Kooken, Eeten, Klönen...

So, dann wollen wir mal ans Eingemachte gehen... Nein, heut gibt's kein Marmeladen- rezept, es geht an die Details für das am Sonntag bereits angekündigte Kochtreffen hier in Hamburg.
Ich freue mich sehr, dass soviel Interesse an einem solchen Treffen besteht, das wird sicher ein ganz toller Tag! Beim letzten Foodbloggertreffen, das ich veranstaltet habe,  hab ich natürlich auch ein paar Bilder gemacht - schaut gerne mal rein um einen Eindruck vom Loft zu bekommen: Foodbloggertreffen 2010

Bevor ich mit meinen Planungen jetzt aber so richtig in die Vollen gehe, habe ich direkt eine sehr gute Nachricht: Alin und Sebastian von der Hüttenhilfe würden sich gerne an dieser Veranstaltung beteiligen und haben sich bereit erklärt das Treffen zu sponsorn und die Kosten für die Küche zu übernehmen. 
Bedeutet im Klartext, dass sich der von mir angedachte Teilnehmerbeitrag mal eben von 40 auf 30 € reduziert. Das wird also nicht nur ein mächtig leckeres und hoffentlich sehr lustiges und ereignisreiches Treffen, sondern sogar ein richtiges Schnäppchen!

Die Formalitäten

Datum: Samstag, 25. Mai 2013
Zeit: 11:00 Uhr - 23:00 Uhr
Preis: 30 €, all inklusive
Ort: Eventküche Loft in Hamburg Winterhude

Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 25
Anmeldeschluss: 31.03.2013
Anmeldungen bitte unter dem Betreff "KuLa-Kochtreffen" an folgende eMail-Adresse: steph@kuriositaetenladen.com

Die Plätze werden in der Reihenfolge, in der die Anmeldungen eintreffen, vergeben. Für den Fall, dass alle 25 Plätze vergeben sind, besteht die Möglichkeit, dass ich eine Warteliste anlege um Nachrückerplätze für evtl. Ausfälle einzurichten.
Der Teilnehmerbetrag ist bis zum 25.04.2013 zu überweisen, die Bank- verbindung teile ich Euch nach erfolgter Anmeldung per Mail mit.
Rücktritte mit voller Kostenerstattung sind ebenfalls bis zum 25.04.2013 möglich. Je nachdem, ob es Nachrücker gibt oder nicht, kann ich dann leider nicht mehr versprechen, die Teilnahmebeträge komplett zurückbezahlen zu können. Sind Nach- rücker vorhanden, werden die Kosten aber selbstverständlich komplett zurück- erstattet. 

Sabine von Hamburg kocht! hatte die tolle Idee, zu Beginn des Treffens eine kulinarische Stadtführung durch Winterhude anzubieten, d.h. durch ausgewählte Geschäfte, die Euch als Hobbyköche sicher interessieren könnten, zu bummeln. Wenn Ihr daran interessiert seid, hinterlasst bitte einen entsprechenden Kommentar, dann können wir das einplanen. Ich hatte schon zweimal das Vergnügen, eine Stadtführung mit ihr zu erleben und kann das nur wärmstens empfehlen!

Ich selbst werde ab ca. 9:00 Uhr im Loft sein und alles vorbereiten, mein Mitesser erledigt in der Zwischenzeit noch einige Einkäufe und besorgt beispielsweise den Käse vom Wochenmarkt und evtl. noch frisches Gemüse und Kräuter.  
Ab 11:00 Uhr geht's dann offiziell im Loft los, d.h., ab dann steht die Tür offen (ich setz aber natürlich auch niemanden vor die Tür, der/die etwas früher da ist). Selbst- verständlich könnt Ihr auch etwas büschen später kommen, ich hatte 11:00 Uhr als offenen Anfang angedacht. 
Wenn Ihr an dem kulinarischen Rundgang durch Winterhude teilnehmen möchtet, wärt Ihr sicher auch nicht unbedingt pünktlich um 11:00 Uhr im Loft - kommt ganz drauf an, wieviel Zeit Ihr Euch beim bummeln lasst und was Sabine euch alles zeigen möchte.    

Das grobe Programm im Loft habe ich mir wie folgt gedacht:

Mittags

Kennenlernen, Anstoßen, Klönen, hier und da was vom Buffet (s.u.) naschen...
  

Nachmittags

Wir werden aktiv und bereiten gemeinsam Nudeln und Eis zu. 
Wenn Ihr möchtet, kann ich Euch alles zeigen, was ich in meinem Pastakolleg bereits in der Vergangenheit vorgestellt habe, solltet Ihr darüberhinaus noch weitere Wünsche haben, bitte raus damit! Ich werd dann schauen, ob wir das irgendwie einbauen können. Außerdem werden wir vegetarische Ravioli zubereiten.  
Die Pasta, die nicht verzehrt wird, werden wir in Form von Nudelnestern antrocknen und Ihr könnt sie am Ende des Tages mitnehmen. 
Natürlich werden wir aber auch kleine Kostproben ziehen und damit wir nicht auf trockenen Nudeln rumkauen müssen, werde ich verschiedene Pestosorten, von Flaschenweise besorgen und meine hausgemachte Bolognese und Ochsenschwanz- ragout mitbringen.
Da ich die Eis-Grundmassen am Vortag vorbereiten muss, könnt Ihr Euch die Sorten aus meiner "Eiskarte" aussuchen - da kommen bis dahin aber auf jeden Fall noch einige dazu. Ich hab an ca. 6 Sorten Eis gedacht.

Abends

Klönen, Anstoßen, Grillen und/oder Schollen im Akkord braten.

Das leibliche Wohl

Buffet

Selbstgemacht

  • hausgemachte Pasta
  • hausgemachtes Eis
Getränke
    • sortenreine Apfelsäfte vom Schaalsee (die Unterschiede sind wirklich unheimlich spannend!)
    • Wasser
    • Weiß- und Rotwein
    • Prosecco zum Anstoßen
    • Elbler (Cidre aus dem alten Land)
    • auf Wunsch natürlich auch Bier
     

      Außerdem

      oder

      • es ist Mai! Finkenwerder Scholle (gebratene Scholle mit Speck und Krabben) mit Petersilien- oder Bratkartoffeln 

      Damit wir nicht zuviele Reste übrig behalten, werde ich in meiner Bestätigungsmail noch genau aufführen, welche Infos ich von Euch brauche (ob Ihr Weiß- oder Rotwein trinkt, lieber ne Bratwurst oder eine Scholle essen möchtet, usw. usf.)

      Ich werde wie gesagt alle Lebensmittel nicht tonnenweise besorgen und auffahren (den Fehler hab ich einmal gemacht, das passiert mir nicht noch einmal), sondern von allem nur soviel, dass alle Teilnehmer etwas davon essen können, aber nicht zuuuuviel übrig bleibt. Bringt aber unbedingt Transportbehälter mit und habt bitte keine Scheu, Euch Doggy Bags zu packen, Hartweizenmehl einzutüten, usw. Ihr habt für die Lebensmittel bezahlt und ich möchte nichts davon mit nach Hause nehmen!  

      Natürlich würde ich mich sehr freuen, wenn auch Vegetarier an diesem Treffen teilnehmen, dieses Mal werden die fleisch- und fischhaltigen Speisen allerdings überwiegen. Vegetarier werden selbstverständlich nicht verhungern (vegetarische Pastazubereitungen, Käse - enthält aber vorwiegend tierisches Lab - und vegetarische Grillalternativen sind natürlich gesetzt), ich kann aber keine andere Teilnehmergebühr berechnen - das übersteigt dann doch meine planerischen Fähig- keiten. Vegetarier müssten also den gleichen Betrag bezahlen wie "Fleischesser".

      Wichtig!

      Ich verfolge mit diesem Treffen kein kommerzielles Interesse, die Beiträge dienen lediglich dazu, meine Unkosten zu decken - ich werde an diesem Treffen nichts verdienen.
      Sollte ich am Schluss Geld übrig behalten, werde ich den Restbetrag selbstverständlich auf die Teilnehmer aufteilen, d.h.

      1. zuvor zurückgetretenen Teilnehmern und
      2. den anwesenden Teilnehmern 
      zurücküberweisen.

      So, ich glaube, das war es erstmal von meiner Seite. Bitte schickt mir bei Interesse eine Mail mit dem Betreff "KuLa-Kochtreffen" und vermerkt auch, ob Ihr für den Fall, dass alle Plätze bereits vergeben sind, auf eine Warteliste gesetzt werden möchtet. Ihr bekommt dann schnellstmöglich eine Bestätigungsmail von mir und ich werde parallel möglichst zeitnah die Teilnehmerliste unten aktualisieren - da ich natürlich nicht die ganze Zeit vor dem Bildschirm sitze, kann das aber evtl. etwas zeitverzögert der Fall sein.

      Wenn Ihr noch Anregungen, Ideen oder Wünsche für das Treffen habt, hinterlasst bitte einen Kommentar und wir können das hier noch besprechen und versuchen umzusetzen.

      Ich freu mich schon sehr!  
          

      Teilnehmer

      1. Steph + der "Mitesser"
      2. Zuckererbse
      3. Sebastian von der Hüttenhilfe
      4. Anna
      5. Susanne E.
      6. Kathrin H.
      7. Sabine H. 
      8. Claudia E. 
      9. Isabella M
      10. Kathleen K. 
      11. Begleitung
      12. Doreen H.
      13. Timo B.
      14. Susanne D. 
      15. Bettina G.
      16. Sandra T.
      17. Begleitung
      18. Elisa B.
      19. Begleitung
      20. Aylin
      21. Mareike W. 
      22. Lena H. 
      23. Sandra
      24. Hatice S.
      25. Anke B. 
       

      Holla, die Waldfee! Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass die Plätze so schnell weg sind! Für Alle, die gerne an diesem Treffen teilgenommen hätten, aber leider keinen Platz mehr bekommen haben, tut es mir sehr leid - ich selbst bin aber natürlich bannich froh und auch n büschen erleichtert, dass soviel Interesse vorhanden ist :o)
      Vorausgesetzt dieses Treffen wird ein Erfolg, wird dieses sicher nicht das letzte bleiben. Ich hab schon eine Menge Ideen für weitere Kochtreffen. 

      Da erfahrungsgemäß doch der/die ein oder andere absagen muss, richte ich gerne eine Warteliste ein, auf der Ihr Euch eintragen könnt. Auch hierfür gilt, schreibt mir einfach eine Mail und ich setze euch in der Reihenfolge der Anmeldungen auf die Warteliste! In der gleichen Reihenfolge würdet Ihr dann auf die Teilnehmerliste vorrutschen.

      Warteliste

      1. Claudia
      2. Christin
      3. Miriam  
      4. Maike K. 

      Für alle Teilnehmer habe ich hier einen Beitrag veröffentlicht, unter dem Ihr gerne Eure Wünsche und Ideen für das Treffen loswerden könnt!  

          Kommentare:

          Strickoholikerin hat gesagt…

          Mensch, das wird bestimmt super toll... Leider ist Hamburg so weit weg....

          Ich wünsche Euch aber viel Spaß und bin schon auf Euren Bericht gespannt.

          Steph hat gesagt…

          Vielen Dank! Ich hoffe auch, dass das ein ganz toller Tag wird - wahrscheinlich können wir im Anschluss nach Hause kugeln ;o)

          Ich werde im anschluss ausführlich darüber berichten!

          moey hat gesagt…

          Schade, ich dachte es würde um einen anderen Termin gehen :-(
          Ich bin dann leider nachwievor nicht dabei...

          LG Maja

          Steph hat gesagt…

          Nene, ich wollte diesen Termin nur nicht so einfach verstreichen lassen und das Loft stornieren. Sobald ich die Planungen hier erledigt habe, werd ich im Forum mit der Planung für das HH-Forentreffen weitermachen, versprochen!

          Knoten-Susi hat gesagt…

          Moin Moin,

          wie schon zuvor angekündigt: Ich bin dabei! :-) Mail ist raus.

          Lieben Gruß,
          Susanne

          Steph hat gesagt…

          Super Susi :o)
          Ich hab Dich bereits in die Teilnehmerliste eingetragen, die Bestätigungsmail mit den weiteren Details schick ich nachher raus - ich freu mich schon!

          schwiegermutterinklusive hat gesagt…

          Hört sich toll an!!! Viel Spaß beim Treffen und freue mich schon sehr auf die Berichte...

          Anonym hat gesagt…

          Würde sehr gerne kommen.. leider sind 800km nicht wenig..
          :o(
          Liebe Grüße
          Marina

          Sebastian hat gesagt…

          Da ist man mal einen Tag arbeiten, geht abends wieder online und schon sind fast alle Plätze ausverkauft. Absoluter Wahnsinn! Ich freu mich schon ;-)

          hoppsala hat gesagt…

          Wenn Hamburg nicht so weit weg wäre, hätte ich mich schon längst angemeldet! Gerade wo ich derzeit mit dem Selbermachen von Pasta so überfordert bin! ;-) Sehr schade.

          Anonym hat gesagt…

          Was für eine tolle Idee - ich würde so gerne kommen, aber aus dem Ruhrpott ist es leider zu weit.

          Viel Spaß und ich freue mich auf einen tollen Bericht.
          Grüße aus Essen
          Vicky

          Christin hat gesagt…

          Oh nein - da hatte ich einmal keine Zeit und verpasse die Anmeldung :'( wenn doch noch ein Platz frei wird würde ich mich wahnsinnig freuen wenn ich doch noch teilnehmen könnte!
          Lieben Gruß Christin

          Sara hat gesagt…

          Hallo Steph,
          freut mich unheimlich für Dich, dass Dein Event so gut ankommt. Aber wundert mich auch nicht - bei dem tollen Angebot.
          Noch mehr freue ich mich über deine Ankündigung dass es nicht das letzte mal gewesen sein soll :) Hätte gerne mitgemacht, aber bin im Mai schon so ausgebucht und müsste 600 km anreisen mit meiner kleinen Familie. Aber beim nächsten mal machen wir das - Hamburg ist immer eine Reise wert :)

          Ganz liebe Grüße und jetzt schon viel Spaß!

          Steph hat gesagt…

          Das ist versprochen, Sara! Ich werd mich schon mal im Loft nach Terminen für den Herbst umhören - evtl. im August oder September.

          Sarah hat gesagt…

          Oh schade. Da surft man schon so viel auf Blogs und followt und doch verpasst man einige gute Gelegenheiten. Wie gut, dass wir zu diesem Termin umziehen, sonst hätte ich mich noch mehr geärgert. Aber...das nächste Treffen kommt bestimmt.

          Und könntest du fur uns arme Mäuse, die betteln vor der Tür sitzen müssen die Liste mit den Stationen vom kulinarischen Rundgang veröffentlichen? Dann kann man da vor dem nächsten Treffen vielleicht schon mal reinschnuppern.

          Ansonsten wünsche ich viel Spaß und gutes Gelingen.
          Wird sicher ein denkwürdiger Tag.
          Liebe Grüße
          Sarah

           

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[image: Sherry-roasted butternut squash and brioche bread puddings] Viviane’s tip 1. If you can’t find brioche, I recommend using another light white bread. Make sure not to use a heavier bread (even Challah is too heavy!) or the puddings will turn out dry and stodgy. [image: Sherry-roasted butternut squash and brioche bread puddings] bread pudding, butternut squash, sherry ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/sherry-roasted-butternut-squash-and-brioche-bread-puddings/feed/ 8 Rosemary-roasted root vegetables agrodolce http://foodandstyle.com/rosemary-roasted-root-vegetables-agrodolce/ http://foodandstyle.com/rosemary-roasted-root-vegetables-agrodolce/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:16:44 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=20878 Carrots, beets and turnips make up this massively flavorful side dish Spiced up with rosemary, honey, and vinegar; these root veggies really shine Young carrots, tender golden beets and cream-fleshed…]]> [image: Rosemary-roasted root vegetables agrodolce] Spiced up with rosemary, honey, and vinegar; these root veggies really shine Young carrots, tender golden beets and cream-fleshed turnips make for appetizing roasted veggies. But in this recipe they’re also tossed with rosemary, vinegar and a bit of honey. While they roast, they acquire not only wonderful aromatics but also agrodolce notes that deepen their flavor and enhance their natural sweetness. These superb roasted roots are mouthwatering on their own, served as a side dish, but they also make an elegant and tasty condiment in this silky-smooth radish-top soup. Rosemary-roasted root vegetables agrodolce serves 4 active time: 30 min 1. 12 oz (340 g) young or baby carrots – leaves trimmed to 1″ from the top of the root, peeled and left whole 2. 12 oz (340 g) golden or pink beets – peeled and cut in 1″ slices 3. 12 oz (340 g) Japanese turnips, regular turnips or parsnips – peeled and cut in 1″ slices 4. 3 tablespoons white balsamic or Champagne vinegar 5. 1 tablespoon honey 6. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 7. 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary 8. 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 9. freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. medium (15″ x 10″ x 3″) (5.25QT) non-stick roasting pan 1. Preheat oven to 475ºF (245ºC). 2. Place the root vegetables in the roasting pan. Drizzle with the vinegar, honey and olive oil and sprinkle with the rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss well with your hands and spread the vegetables in a single layer. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes until tender. Remove foil, toss the vegetables with wooden spoons and spread in a single layer. Return to oven, uncovered, and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes until golden-brown, tossing the vegetables once during that time. Serve piping hot! 3. Cook’s note: The vegetables can be baked up to 6 hours ahead and kept in their pan at room temperature. Reheat at 475ºF (245ºC) for 6 to 7 minutes until hot. [image: Rosemary-roasted root vegetables agrodolce] side vegetable, carrots, beets, turnips, honey ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/rosemary-roasted-root-vegetables-agrodolce/feed/ 8 Wilted radicchio with vincotto http://foodandstyle.com/wilted-radicchio-with-vin-cotto/ http://foodandstyle.com/wilted-radicchio-with-vin-cotto/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:42:16 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=20819 Sautéed until wilted and tossed with “cooked wine.” A beautiful side dish. Step 1: Sauté the radicchio carefully Here’s a recipe that couldn’t be simpler – or more delicious! But as…]]> [image: Wilted radicchio with Vincotto] Step 1: Sauté the radicchio carefully Here’s a recipe that couldn’t be simpler – or more delicious! But as with all simple things, the attention to details is critical. First off, the radicchio needs to be sautéed until barely wilted. This will take a very watchful eye, because the vibrant veggie can turn brown in a split second. Step 2: Make your own vincotto! Second, making your own vincotto is a must! This tangy, aromatic condiment adds a wonderful contrast to the slight bitterness of the radicchio. And a homemade vincotto will leave you craving another mouthful of the wilted leaves. A super easy-to-make, yet sophisticated and delectable, side dish! Wilted radicchio with vincotto serves 4 active time: 10 min 1. 1 lb (455 g) radicchio (2 medium) 2. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 4. freshly ground black pepper to taste 5. 3 tablespoons vincotto 1. Cut each radicchio in half lengthwise. Remove the core and cut each half crosswise in 1/4″ slices. Place in a large bowl and set aside. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and radicchio and sauté, tossing continuously, until the radicchio begins to wilt, but remove it from heat before it loses its vibrant color! This will take about 1 minute or less. Quickly transfer the radicchio back to its bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and drizzle with the vincotto. Toss well, transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately. [image: Radicchio] side dish, radicchio, vincotto ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/wilted-radicchio-with-vin-cotto/feed/ 8 Vincotto with fresh ginger and spices http://foodandstyle.com/vin-cotto-with-fresh-ginger-and-spices/ http://foodandstyle.com/vin-cotto-with-fresh-ginger-and-spices/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 01:30:59 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=20814 Tips and tricks for a perfect, tangy homemade “cooked wine” What is vincotto? Vincotto (also known as vin cotto) is a “cooked wine” made from unfermented grape must, slow-simmered…]]> [image: Vincotto with fresh ginger and spices] What is vincotto? Vincotto (also known as *vin cotto*) is a “cooked wine” made from unfermented grape must, slow-simmered until thick and syrupy. This flavorful condiment has been crafted in Italy and Greece (where it’s known as *Petimezi*, or “grape molasses”) since Roman times. Vincotto is wonderfully versatile and can be used as you would use a sweet, dense aged balsamic vinegar – spooned into savory dishes, drizzled on fresh cheese or fruits, poured over gelatos or used as a coulis… Vincotto is fun and easy to make! Of course, you can always buy vincotto, but I think it’s much more fun (and creative!) to make it in your own kitchen. All you need is a bottle of fruity red wine, a few spices and a little patience. In this version, I reduce red wine with fresh ginger and spices. The result is a tangy, aromatic and succulent syrup that’s suitable for either savory or sweet dishes. So here’s to vincotto… You’ll find that its uses are endless! Recipe Wilted radicchio with vincotto Vincotto with fresh ginger and spices makes 3/4 cup active time: 10 min 1. 3 cups fruity red wine (Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese or Cabernet Sauvignon) 2. 3/4 cup organic sugar 3. 2″ piece fresh ginger root – cut in 1/4″ pieces 4. 1 cinnamon stick 5. 1 teaspoon cardamom pods 6. 2 cloves 1. Place all the ingredients in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes until the wine has thickened and foams up. The wine should have a syrupy consistency, and should have reduced to one fourth of its original volume, about 3/4 cup. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or jar and refrigerate until ready to use. 2. Cook’s note: Refrigerate for up to 3 months. [image: Fresh ginger and spices to make vincotto] condiment, red wine, cooked ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/vin-cotto-with-fresh-ginger-and-spices/feed/ 1 Farro with pan-roasted Brussels sprouts and pistachios http://foodandstyle.com/farro-with-pan-roasted-brussels-sprouts-and-pistachios/ http://foodandstyle.com/farro-with-pan-roasted-brussels-sprouts-and-pistachios/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:26:35 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=20732 A healthy, super-delicious side dish – the Brussels burst with flavor Dress up your Brussels sprouts with earth and crunch Here’s a dish that’s as healthy as it is scrumptious!…]]> [image: Farro with pan-roasted Brussels sprouts and pistachios] Dress up your Brussels sprouts with earth and crunch Here’s a dish that’s as healthy as it is scrumptious! Brussels sprouts are pan-roasted until they become deeply flavorful and sweet, then tossed with crunchy salted pistachios and deliciously earthy farro. Every bite of this dish is a joy. Of course, this recipe makes for a perfect side dish with meats or poultry. But for a light main course, serve it with a couple of other sides – like this sautéed Swiss chard with lemon zest and these luxurious mashed potatoes with garlic confit. Bon appétit! [image: Brussels sprouts] Food & wine pairing: Austria, Neuburger with farro and pan-roasted Brussels sprouts [image: White wine icon]If serving this dish as a main course, then pour a full-bodied, aromatic white wine like a Chasselas or Pinot Blanc from Alsace, a Viognier from Southern France or California, or a Neuburger from Austria. The latter, a lesser-known varietal, is lush and has nutty notes that pair wonderfully with the pistachios. Farro with pan-roasted Brussels sprouts and pistachios serves 4 active time: 30 min For the farro 1. 6 cups spring water 2. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 3. 2 large garlic cloves – skinned and left whole 4. 1 fresh bay leaf 5. 1 cup farro (semi-pearled or pearled barley is a good substitute) For the Brussels sprouts 1. 1 tablespoon butter 2. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3. 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey) 4. 12 oz (340 g) Brussels sprouts – trimmed, halved and cut lengthwise in 1/8″ slices 5. 1 shallot – skinned, halved lengthwise and cut in 1/8″ slices 6. 2 garlic cloves – skinned and finely chopped 7. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 8. freshly ground black pepper to taste 9. 1/3 cup salted shelled pistachios 10. 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid from the farro 1. *Step 1:* Place the water in a medium heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a boil. Add the salt, garlic, bay leaf and grains. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, until tender but still al dente. Drain well, remove the garlic and bay leaf and reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. 2. *Step 2:*[image: camera icon] Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium-high heat. Add the butter. As soon as the butter is melted, add the olive oil and syrup. Stir well and add the Brussels sprouts. Sauté for 6 to 7 minutes until golden-brown, stirring only from time to time. Add the shallots and sauté for 2 more minutes until softened. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and sauté for an additional 30 seconds, until the garlic has released its flavor but has not browned. Add the pistachios, farro and reserved cooking liquid. Toss well and sauté for a few seconds only. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately. [image: Farro with pan-roasted Brussels sprouts and pistachios] farro, Brussels sprouts, pistachio ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/farro-with-pan-roasted-brussels-sprouts-and-pistachios/feed/ 5 Brown butter-roasted winter squash salad with Pecorino Toscano Fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds http://foodandstyle.com/brown-butter-roasted-winter-squash-salad-with-pecorino-toscano-fresco-and-toasted-pumpkin-seeds/ http://foodandstyle.com/brown-butter-roasted-winter-squash-salad-with-pecorino-toscano-fresco-and-toasted-pumpkin-seeds/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:00:08 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=20792 A festive fall salad recipe — perfect for the holidays! Roast butternut squash – or any other winter squash – for this superb autumnal salad. Winter squash is prized…]]> [image: Brown butter-roasted winter squash salad with Pecorino Toscano Fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds] Roast butternut squash – or any other winter squash – for this superb autumnal salad. Winter squash is prized for its sweet flesh, which becomes even sweeter when cooked. But sautéed in brown butter, the delicious fruit also acquires a nutty flavor that’s absolutely wonderful. Here the warm, brown butter-roasted squash slices are paired with crunchy frisée, creamy Pecorino Toscano Fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds. The combination of textures and flavors makes for a mouthwatering, festive salad. Food & wine pairing: Loire Valley, Vouvray with brown butter-roasted winter squash salad [image: White wine icon]A full-bodied, dry to off-dry, aromatic white is ideal with this flavor-packed salad. Riesling and Gewürztraminer are the first two verietals that come to mind, but you could also pour a Vouvray from the Loire Valley or a Viognier from Southern France. Each wine pairs magnificently with the sweet-fleshed winter squash, the creamy Pecorino and the nutty elements in this dish. Brown butter-roasted winter squash salad with Pecorino Toscano Fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds serves 4 active time: 30 min For the toasted seeds 1. 3 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds 2. 1/2 teaspoon toasted pumpkin seed oil 3. pinch sea salt 4. freshly ground black pepper to taste For the vinaigrette 1. 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots 2. 1 1/2 tablespoons aged sherry wine vinegar 3. 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey) 4. 1 tablespoon toasted pumpkin seed oil 5. 2 tablespoons almond or walnut oil 6. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 7. freshly ground black pepper to taste For the winter squash 1. 1/2 medium Acorn, Delicata, Carnival or Dumpling squash (12 oz) (340 g) 2. 2 tablespoons brown butter 3. sea salt to taste 4. freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. 1 medium frisée (8 oz) (225 g) – leaves cut in 2″ pieces 2. 3 oz (85 g) Pecorino Toscano Fresco – cut in 1/4″ cubes 3. freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. *Step 1:*[image: camera icon] To toast the seeds – Place the pumpkin seeds, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and toss with your fingers until well coated with the oil. Heat a small heavy-bottomed skillet to medium-high heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan frequently, until golden. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. 2. *Step 2:* To make the vinaigrette – Place the shallots, vinegar, maple syrup, oils, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside. 3. *Step 3:*[image: camera icon] Peel the squash with a vegetable hand-peeler and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut each half in four 1 1/2″ wide slices. Then cut each slice crosswise in 1/4” slices. Heat a large non-stick frying pan to medium/medium-high heat. Add the brown butter and squash slices. Spread the slices in a single layer and sauté until golden-brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate or tray and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. 4. *Step 4:*[image: camera icon] Place the frisée in a large bowl, add the vinaigrette and toss well. Add the cheese and squash slices and toss a couple more times. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and finish with black pepper. Serve immediately. [image: Dumpling and acorn squash] Viviane’s tip 1. Pecorino Toscano Fresco is a young Pecorino made with sheep’s milk and aged for about 30 days. I chose it for this salad because it has a creamy texture and a delicious mild, herbaceous flavor that complements the roasted squash perfectly. You can find Pecorino Toscano Fresco in gourmet grocery stores like Whole Foods and Fairway Markets, or online at gourmetfoodstores.com. Manchego, Fontina or a young Asiago (similarly soft-textured) make good substitutes. [image: Brown butter-roasted winter squash salad with Pecorino Toscano Fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds] salad, winter squash, butternut squash ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/brown-butter-roasted-winter-squash-salad-with-pecorino-toscano-fresco-and-toasted-pumpkin-seeds/feed/ 7 Butternut squash soup with brown butter and nutmeg crème http://foodandstyle.com/butternut-squash-soup-with-brown-butter-and-nutmeg-creme/ http://foodandstyle.com/butternut-squash-soup-with-brown-butter-and-nutmeg-creme/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:59:15 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=21132 A creamy winter squash soup recipe, dressed up with flavors of fall Winter squash is an amazingly delicious and versatile fruit, but it’s never better than in soups. Here butternut squash…]]> [image: Butternut squash soup with brown butter and nutmeg crème] Winter squash is an amazingly delicious and versatile fruit, but it’s never better than in soups. Here butternut squash is slowly simmered until tender, then puréed until silky-smooth. It gives us an incredibly light soup, yet it’s also rich-tasting and creamy thanks to the texture of the squash. A low-calorie soup… with a bit of indulgence And since the soup is so low in calories, we can afford to dress it up with a drizzle of brown butter and a dollop of nutmeg crème! The result is a most pleasing combination of flavors, and a most luxurious soup. [image: Whole nutmeg] Food & wine pairing: Chardonnay with butternut squash soup [image: White wine icon]If you’re a Chardonnay fan then you’re in for a treat, because it’s the perfect wine for this soup. But make sure to choose a Chardonnay from a warmer region like Mâconnais in Burgundy, Sonoma in California or Gisborne in New Zealand. Indeed, these warmer regions produce full-bodied wines with ripe fruit notes that pair beautifully with the creamy texture of the soup, the slight sweetness of the squash and the richness of the brown butter. Butternut squash soup with brown butter and nutmeg crème serves 4 to 6 active time: 40 min For the nutmeg crème 1. 1/2 cup heavy cream 2. 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg (use a microplane grater) For the soup 1. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2. 1 large leek – green leaves trimmed off (keep white and pale green parts only), halved lengthwise, thoroughly rinsed and cut in 1/8″ slices (2 cups) 3. 4 large shallots – skinned and cut in 1/4″ pieces (1 1/4 cups) 4. 2 garlic cloves – skinned and finely chopped 5. 1 medium butternut squash (2 1/4 lbs) (1 kg) – peeled, seeded and cut in 1″ pieces (6 1/2 cups) 6. 2 cups vegetable stock 7. 3 1/2 to 4 cups spring water 8. 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt 9. freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. 3 tablespoons brown butter – melted, as garnish 2. 6 fennel, dill or chervil sprigs as garnish 1. *Step 1:*[image: camera icon] Place the heavy cream and nutmeg in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip at medium speed until the cream just begins to thicken. It mustn’t be as thick as whipped cream – rather, it should have a consistency similar to yogurt. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use. 2. Cook’s note: The crème can be refrigerated for up to 12 hours. If refrigerated for a longer period, it’ll start to separate. 3. *Step 2:*[image: camera icon] Heat a large heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and leeks, stir well and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until leeks have softened. Add the shallots and sauté for 2 more minutes until shallots have softened. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for 30 seconds only – do not let the garlic brown. Add the butternut squash, stock, 3 1/2 cups of water, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Once the soup reaches a full boil, reduce heat to medium/medium-low, cover the pot and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until the squash is very tender. Purée the soup with a stick blender or food processor until very smooth. Thin the soup to the desired consistency with water, if needed, and adjust the seasonings. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with a spoonful of the nutmeg crème. Drizzle with a little brown butter. Garnish with an herb sprig and serve immediately. 4. Cook’s note: The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 weeks. It may need to be thinned with additional spring water, as the soup will thicken as it stands. [image: Butternut squash soup with brown butter and nutmeg crème] soup, butternut squash, brown butter ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/butternut-squash-soup-with-brown-butter-and-nutmeg-creme/feed/ 5 How to make brown butter http://foodandstyle.com/brown-butter/ http://foodandstyle.com/brown-butter/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:52:48 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=20782 An easy-to-make condiment for any cook’s winter kitchen Brown butter is an exquisite and versatile condiment, and it’s extremely easy to make. Heat butter until the milk…]]> [image: Brown Butter] Brown butter is an exquisite and versatile condiment, and it’s extremely easy to make. Heat butter until the milk solids brown – that’s it! However, this process is best done slowly, under a watchful eye, so that the milk solids don’t burn. Once filtered, the resulting fat is clear, with a lovely light caramel color and an irresistible nutty aroma. And since the milk solids have been cooked and strained, the browned butter reaches a smoking point of about 400°F (200°C) – a real bonus! A batch of brown butter will keep in the fridge for weeks – ready to use in sauces, cookies… and more During the colder months of the year, when I’m more inclined to cook with butter, I always have brown butter on hand. Indeed, you can make a batch ahead of time and refrigerate it for several weeks. Lastly, brown butter is marvelous in both savory and sweet dishes. It adds a wonderful richness and nutty flavor to anything you cook with it. Recipes Butternut squash soup with brown butter and nutmeg crème Brown butter-roasted winter squash salad with Pecorino Toscano Fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds Brown butter makes scant 1 cup active time: 10 min 1. 8 oz (225 g) unsalted butter (2 sticks) 1. Cut the butter in 1″ chunks and place in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the butter has melted and starts to foam, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook the butter undisturbed until the milk solids are dark brown (they will look like dark crumbs at the bottom of the pan) and the butter has a light caramel color, about 35 to 40 minutes. Take care not to burn the butter, or it will become bitter. Strain the butter through a fine-meshed sieve and let cool. Refrigerate for up to 1 month. condiment, butter, browned [image: Brown Butter] ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/brown-butter/feed/ 10 Broccoli and clothbound cheddar torta http://foodandstyle.com/broccoli-and-clothbound-cheddar-torta/ http://foodandstyle.com/broccoli-and-clothbound-cheddar-torta/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:11:47 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=20639 A Spanish crustless quiche made with aged cheddar and a hint of cayenne An easy recipe with a gourmet result A torta (not to be confused with a tortilla, which is an…]]> [image: Broccoli and clothbound cheddar torta] An easy recipe with a gourmet result A *torta* (not to be confused with a *tortilla*, which is an omelet) is the Spanish version of a crustless quiche, although it’s a bit lighter. It is easy to prepare, looks like a showpiece, and of course, it’s marvelously delicious. Today’s torta is made with broccoli sautéed with a fresh cayenne pepper (which spikes up the dish without making it spicy-hot) and a sublime clothbound cheddar. If you’ve never tasted clothbound cheddar, you’re in for an exhilarating ride! It reminds me of the famed English Farmhouse Cheddar, with all its sweet caramel and tangy, nutty, deep, complex flavors. A tribute to fine cheesemaking, from Vermont to Wisconsin My first introduction to clothbound cheddar was in Vermont, where I tasted Cabot Creamery’s exceptional clothbound cheddar, which is crafted by the expert cheesemakers of the Cellars at Jasper Hill. There, the young cheddar wheels are wrapped in muslin, then aged for 10 to 14 months in carefully controlled temperature, humidity and airflow. Special molds start to grow on the cloth, and in time they impart to the cheese its signature flavor. I fell in love! A couple of years later, though, my love affair with clothbound cheddar took an even more delicious turn: While visiting Wisconsin, I was invited to Bleu Mont Dairy for a tour of their cave. This is where I finally had a close encounter with the superb cheese… one that I shall never forget. Stepping into Bleu Mont’s underground cave was exhilarating – rows of cheddar wheels, totem-like, were waiting patiently for the molds to work their magic. The pungent, earthy smell that hit my nostrils as I entered the cave made me want to move right in. This torta is my tribute to Bleu Mont Dairy, to the Cellars at Jasper Hill and to all the cheesemakers whose skills and patience deliver such goodness to our tables. Say cheese… and torta! *Murray’s Cheese, based in NYC, sells both Cabot’s and Bleu Mont’s cheddars. They ship anywhere in the US. Make sure to order enough for this recipe and for savoring the cheese on its own.* [image: Clothbound cheddar] Food & wine pairing: California Chardonnay with broccoli and cheddar torta [image: White wine icon] Here’s where a California Chardonnay can shine! The texture and weight of the wine goes perfectly with the richness of the cheese, while pairing wonderfully with the broccoli too.. Broccoli and clothbound cheddar torta serves 6 to 8 active time: 45 min For the broccoli 1. 1 tablespoon sea salt (to blanch the broccoli) 2. 1 large bunch broccoli (1 1/2 lbs) (680 g) – florets cut in 1 1/2″ pieces (6 cups) 3. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4. 1 small cayenne pepper – stem removed and finely chopped *or* 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes 5. 2 large garlic cloves – skinned and finely chopped 6. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt For the torta 1. 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 2. 1 1/4 cups milk 3. 3/4 cup heavy cream 4. 8 extra large eggs – lightly beaten 5. 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 6. freshly ground black pepper to taste 7. 1/4 cup freshly grated Reggiano Parmesan 8. 8 oz (225 g) clothbound cheddar (or aged cheddar) – coarsely grated 1. 9″ non-stick spring-form pan – lightly buttered and floured 1. Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC). 2. *Step 1:*[image: camera icon] Rinse the broccoli, trim off the stalks and cut florets in 1 1/2″ pieces. Fill a large bowl with cold water and several ice cubes. Fill a large heavy-bottomed pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the salt and blanch the florets for 2 minutes until barely tender. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and transfer to the ice water bath until cool. Drain on paper towels and set aside. 3. *Step 2:*[image: camera icon] Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, cayenne and garlic. Sauté for 15 seconds, until the garlic begins to sizzle and release its flavor. Add the broccoli and toss until the florets are well coated with the oil. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes until heated through. Sprinkle with the salt. Toss again and transfer to a bowl. Set aside. 4. *Step 3:*[image: camera icon] Place the flour in a large bowl. Add a bit of the milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the balance of the milk and whisk until well blended. Add the cream and whisk again until well blended. Add the eggs, salt and pepper and whisk until well blended. Add the cheeses and broccoli and stir until well incorporated. Pour the broccoli-egg mixture into the prepared mold and spread the broccoli pieces evenly in the pan. Place on a jelly roll pan (to avoid spills) and bake for about 1 hour until the center has risen and the top is golden-brown and puffed up. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before un-molding. Serve warm. 5. Cook’s note: The torta can be made up to 4 hours ahead, and kept in its mold in a cool place at room temperature. Before serving, bake at 375ºF (190ºC) for 6 to 8 minutes until warm. Viviane’s tip 1. If you decide to cut the recipe in half, make sure to use a smaller mold… otherwise, the torta will be too thin and dry. [image: Broccoli and clothbound cheddar torta] Torta, broccoli, cheddar ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/broccoli-and-clothbound-cheddar-torta/feed/ 13 Spanish chickpea stew served with toasted couscous http://foodandstyle.com/spanish-chickpea-stew-served-with-toasted-couscous/ http://foodandstyle.com/spanish-chickpea-stew-served-with-toasted-couscous/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:15:55 +0000 http://foodandstyle.com/?p=20549 A sweet, smoky and hearty vegetable stew that makes great leftovers The vegetables in this hugely flavorful stew are available all year long at your corner grocery store. But the…]]> [image: Spanish chickpea stew served with toasted couscous] The vegetables in this hugely flavorful stew are available all year long at your corner grocery store. But the best time to make this dish is at the end of summer and the beginning of fall – the tomatoes are at their juiciest during this time, and so are the just-picked red bell peppers! Together, they bring a marvelous sweetness to the stew, and it’s further balanced with pungent roasted spices and smoky Pimentón Dulce. An easy vegetarian stew — but even easier, and tastier, when refrigerated for a day or two and served as leftovers! As in many stews, the flavors in this one get deeper with a little bit of rest. So whenever I make a batch, I either refrigerate or freeze half of it, knowing that on a busy night I can simply reheat the stew and a delicious, healthy dinner is on the table in minutes! [image: Toasted couscous] Food & wine pairing: Rioja, Tempranillo with chickpea stew [image: Red wine icon]A Spanish stew calls for a Spanish wine, and a Tempranillo from Rioja fits the bill perfectly! The wine’s characteristic notes of tobacco, leather and spice pair magnificently with the flavorful, slightly smoky stew; while its inherent acidity complements the tomato base. Spanish chickpea stew served with toasted couscous serves 4 to 6 active time: 1 hr For the toasted couscous 1. 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2. 2 cups instant couscous 3. 2 cups spring water 4. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt For the stew 1. 2 teaspoons cumin seeds 2. 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 3. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 4. 2 medium Spanish or yellow onions – skinned and cut in 1/4″ pieces (3 1/2 cups) 5. 2 medium red bell peppers – cut in 1/4″ cubes (2 1/2 cups) 6. 1 medium green bell pepper – cut in 1/4″ cubes (1 1/4 cups) 7. 4 garlic cloves – skinned and finely chopped 8. 1 1/2 tablespoons Pimentón Dulce (smoked Spanish sweet paprika) 9. 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne 10. 3 lbs (1.4 kg) very ripe tomatoes – peeled, seeded (seeds strained and juices reserved) or one 28 oz (795 g) can whole, peeled plum tomatoes plus 1/4 cup spring water – puréed in a food processor 11. 1/2 cup reserved chickpea cooking liquid or spring water 12. 3 cups cooked chickpeas 13. 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt 14. 2 tablespoons Amontillado sherry (or Marsala) 15. 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley as garnish 1. *Step 1:*[image: camera icon] To make the couscous – Bring a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the couscous and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until the couscous is pale-golden, stirring or shaking the pan frequently. Turn off the heat and add the water and salt. Stir well, cover the pot and let stand for 20 minutes, flaking the couscous with a fork once or twice to prevent it from making clumps. Keep the pot covered until ready to serve. 2. *Step 2:* Heat a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin and coriander seeds and sauté until they turn a dark color and are fragrant (about 2 minutes), shaking the pan continuously. Transfer to a mortar and grind until coarsely ground. 3. *Step 3:*[image: camera icon] Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions and sauté for 2 minutes, until the onions start to sweat. Add the peppers and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes until golden, tossing only occasionally. Add the garlic, ground cumin and coriander, Pimentón Dulce and cayenne and sauté for 1 minute until the spices release their flavor. Add the puréed tomatoes, the reserved chickpea cooking liquid and the chickpeas. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium/medium-low, cover the pot and slow-simmer for 20 minutes until the stew has slightly thickened, stirring from time to time to prevent the stew from sticking to the pot. Uncover the pot and continue to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce the stew. The sauce should be thick but neither dry nor liquidy. Add the salt and sherry, stir well and simmer for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve the stew with the toasted couscous and a sprinkle of chopped parsley. 4. Cook’s note: The stew can be cooled and refrigerated for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 1 month. Viviane’s tip 1. If you prefer serving a whole grain with this stew, then quinoa is the perfect candidate. It’s almost as light as couscous and has a wonderful nutty flavor. [image: Spanish chickpea stew served with toasted couscous] stew, chickpea, couscous ]]> http://foodandstyle.com/spanish-chickpea-stew-served-with-toasted-couscous/feed/ 3 -
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