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Lilian

Ingredients

For the chicken marinade:

  • 800g boneless and skinless chicken thighs or breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger (or finely grated)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (or 1 tbs butter + 1 tbs oil)
  • 1 large onion, sliced or chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced or finely grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 400 g crushed tomatoes or 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to your taste preference)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1 cup of heavy or thickened cream (or evaporated milk to save calories)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kasoori methi (or dried fenugreek leaves) (Can do without)

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine chicken with all of the ingredients for the chicken marinade; let marinate for 30 minutes to an hour (or overnight if time allows).
  • Heat oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat. When sizzling, add chicken pieces in batches of two or three, making sure not to crowd the pan. Fry until browned for only 3 minutes on each side. Set aside and keep warm. (You will finish cooking the chicken in the sauce.)
  • Heat butter or ghee in the same pan. Fry the onions until they start to sweat (about 6 minutes) while scraping up any browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pan. 
  • Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant, then add ground coriander, cumin and garam masala. Let cook for about 20 seconds until fragrant, while stirring occasionally.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, chili powder and salt. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens and becomes a deep brown red colour.
  • Blend with stickblender to make a smooth paste. You can add water with max. 150 dL.
  • Stir the cream, sugar and crushed kasoori methi (or fenugreek leaves) through the sauce. Add the chicken with juices back into the pan and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick and bubbling.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with fresh, hot garlic butter rice and fresh homemade Naan bread!

Notes

OPTIONAL: To thin out the sauce, add a couple tablespoons of ghee or butter at the end of cooking, and gently simmer it through. Alternatively, add a small amount of water.

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You might be wondering why you’re bitter gourd doesn’t give any fruit or you had some fruits but they don’t grow and just died out. Well I myself experience that a couple of times, until recently I found out that the reason is that there are not enough bees to pollinate my ampalaya especially when i’m growing it inside the house. Since I learned how to hand pollinate, my plant just gives so much fruits that I couldn’t even consume everything cuz I’m the only one who it it at home:) But luckily I have some collegues who I shared them with so they don’t go to waste. But yes you can also freeze them of course.

Here in Denmark, I normally sow the seeds around the month of march and replant them at the beginning of May. The seeds come from my previous plant I save from last year. They were then place at the conservatory where it gets enough sunlight during the summer. And take note that they need a lot of water.

So here’s what to do to hand pollinate your ampalaya. When your plant started giving flowers, you will notice that you get two different types. One is male flower and the other is female. Normally the male flowers come first. Below you can see the difference between male and female flowers:

Video below shows how you can hand pollinate your bitter gourd (bitter agurk på dansk) or amplaya.

Male flower
Female flower bearing small gourd shape

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Our little princess Jasmin (well, not so little anymore :0) turned 5 last December 4, 2009. Here’s what happened that morning of her birthday:

Jasmin

Our family used to get up early to sing to the birthday celebrant and present her/him the gift but that particular morning. On this day, I think Jasmin forgot it was her birthday. She was so excited what Santa Claus put in her socks so she woke up around 5:30am to look for her present. But then she realized it was actually her birthday. So she told Daniel and Brandon (who were already awake too!) that she will go back to bed and wait til we got up and sing for her.

I didn’t know that she was waiting on her bed until Daniel woke me up around 6:45 and whisper; “Mor (Mom) when are you gonna wake up?” and I answered, “why, what time is it?”. He answered, ” Do you have Jasmin’s gift? Jasmin is actually waiting in her bed. She told me that it’s her birthday and I wanna be the one to give her her presents”.

So I get up and couldn’t help but smile and wondering how long time she’d been waiting in her bed?? So I went to get her gift and I woke Ole and Thalia up and we all sing “Idag er Jasmins fødselsdag og det har hun jo og det er idag…..”

The first thing she said is “Mor i’m now 5”. “I’ve been waiting to be 5”. She was that day and I know I have to make her day something she would always remember.

So I made her wish birthday cake castle the night before the celebration of her birthday. I was actually feeling sick and Jasmin thought I can’t make her Castle cake. But I know how much she’d been waiting for this day that we can have her cake. So even though I know it’s a little late at night to start making it, I still manage to finish it and went to bed around 2:45 am. The next morning I was soooo tired but as soon as Jasmin saw my surprise, her happines and gratefullnes was all worth the trouble and i’m glad I made her Disney Princess Castle Cake.

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Elderflower Gin Cocktail

This is my new favorite drink this summer. I always make elderflower cordials everytime it’s a season for it and since I love gin tonic so why not use it to give it a twist. And I just looooove it! So if you’re looking for a new summer taste, here it is:

Recipe:

1-2 tbsp. homemade elderflower syrup/ hyldeblomst sirup
1 shot of your favorite good quality gin
3 shots tonic
3 leaves of mint
A slice of lemon
Ice (lots of ice)

Method:

Filled your glass with ice, put lemon and mint leaves,tthen add elderflower syrup, gin and tonic water.

Stir well and Enjoy!

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I’ve been craving for this jiggly cake since I saw it on the internet! It is really worth your time if you want to try it.

The ingredients are readily available and you probably have it already in your cupboard. The recipe is good for a 9-inch baking form which is good for 4 persons so if you want to make a bigger one so just double the amount of the ingredients. So without further due, here it is…

You need / Du skal bruge:

50 g butter/smør
50 g creamcheese/flødeost
65 ml. milk/mælk
4 eggyolk / æggeblomme
30 g flour/ mel
30 g cornstarch/ majstivelse

6 eggwhite/ æggehvid
70 g sugar/ sukker

Method / Fremgangsmåde

  1. Turn on your oven to 160C.
  2. Mix A. In a saucepan melt butter, creamcheese and milk in a low heat, whip until you get a thick consistency. Remove from the stove and let it cool a bit. Whip it again while adding your eggyolk. then sæt aside.
  3. Mix the flour and cornstarch then fold it into your Mix A. Fold it gently, and do not use whisk, only spatula!
  4. Whip your eggwhites and sugar until it is fluffy- It is done when your eggwhite hang to your whisk. then blend it into mixture. Again only use your spatula and fold it gently.
  5. Pour the mixture into your baking form with baking sheet inside. Then use another baking form which is a littele bigger. You will use a waterbath while baking it. Pour a hot water in it as shown on the picture to the right.
  6. Put it in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

ENJOY!

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Vi elsker jordbærsyltetøj specielt til pandekager og min yngste datters yndlings at smør sit brød med. Jeg venter med at lave det når det er sæson til det så jeg kan enten plukke dem eller købe en hel kasse fra vores yndlings supermarked.

Jordbær har anti-carcinogene egenskaber, hvilket vil sige, at de styrker collagen i underhuden, som er med til at holde huden fyldig og rynkefri. De indeholder både B- og C-vitamin, som er antioxidanter, der er med til at booste dit immunforsvar og derved holde dig sund og rask.

Jordbærsyltetøj Opskrift:
1 kilo jordbær
700g økologisk sukker
1 citron saft (må godt undvær)
1 tsk. vanillesukker
Atamon eller cognac

Fremgangsmåde:

Skyl og skær jordbærrene i små stykker. Læg dem i gryden med vanillesukker og sukker. Kog den uden låg i høj varme i 5 min. Med konstant omrøring. Blænd det med stavblender hvis man ikke vil have jordbær klumper.
Rengjort alle glas og skyl med Atamon*. Fyld dem op med jordbærsyltetøj og opbevar i mørk kølig rum.

*Atamon er konserveringsmidler i væske form.

Enjoy!

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Jeg blev forelsket i hyldeblomst siden jeg kom i Danmark og læret hvor god og sund det er. Hyldeblomst er kendt for sine helbredende egenskaber og velsmagende saft. Blomsten er fra planter af slægten hyld (sambucus), som består af ca. 20 arter, hvoraf 3 er indført i Danmark, hvor de nu vokser vildt i naturen.

Naturmedicin*

Siden tidernes morgen har der været værnet om hylden. Ifølge den Nordiske Mytologi boede gudinden Freja i hylden. Hylden beskyttede menneskene. Som en gammel talemåde lyder: “Hvor hylden ej vil gro, kan mennesket ikke bo”. Derfor risikerede man alverdens lykker, hvis man fjernede hylden ved sit hus uden at plante en ny.

Allerede oldtidens ægyptere, grækere og romere værnede om planten som en medicinsk plante.

Hyldeblomsten medicinske egenskaber er i historien flere gange beskrevet som:

  • Vanddrivende, sveddrivende og udrensende: Disse egenskaber har bl. a. en gavnlig effekt på væskeansamlinger og diarre
  • Betændelses- og virushæmmende: Hyldeblomst-udtræk har en lindrende effekt på bl.a. åbnesår, skoldkopper og influenzavirus
  • Beroligende: Hyldeblomst virker således mod søvnløshed, nervøsistet og depression
  • Slimløsende: Hyldeblomster har en tonisk virkning på slimhinderne, eftersom de dæmper slimproduktionen, hvilket bl. a. er godt mod forkølelse, influenza, snue, bronkitis, høfeber og bihulebetændelse
  • Immunstyrkende: En hyldeblomst har en høj koncentration af blodkar- og immunstyrkende flavenoider, som menes at have en forebyggende effekt mod kræft og hjerte-kar-sygdomme

Ovenstående egenskaber bør dog tages med et gran salt, idet de stammer fra nogle forældede medicinske praksisser. I dag er ingen af ovennævnte egenskaber anerkendte af den evidensbaserede lægevidenskab.

Hyldeblomst Opskrift
20 skærm/blomst
1,5 L vand
700 g sukker
2 citron

Fremgangsmåde:
Fjern det stor stilke af hyldeblomstskærmene og læg dem i en skål eller gryde. Det skal ikke skylles men husk at kun tage blomster fra steder hvor der er ikke tæt ved vejen.  Skær citron og læg dem sammen med hyldeblomst.
Kog vandet op og opløs sukker. Hæld det i skålen med hyldeblomst og lad det stå og trækker i 3 dage.  Hæld saften i rengjorte flasker. Jeg bruger bare sodavand flasker og sæt dem i fryseren.

*Kilde: https://www.sundhedslex.dk
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Her er min egen version af walestang kage. Nemt og enkelt. Det eneste udfordrende er vanillecreme, hvis man har slet ikke prøvet at lave den fra bunden før. Ellers kan man altid bruge kagercreme pulver fra Dr. Oetker. Men denne opskrift har jeg lavet helt fra bunden undtagen butterdej.  Den er købt i vores lokal ABC og det kan man selvfølgelig også lave selv men jeg synes bare at jeg havde ingen tålmolighed til at lave det selv denne gang.

Vandbakkelser opskrift

200 ml vand
75 g smør
2 stor æg
100 g mel

Tænd ovnen på 200C. Bring smør og vand i kog  i en gryde. Tilsæt mel og rør med ske indtil dejen slipper ske og gryde. Lad dejen køle af i ca. 10 min. Tilsat 1 æg af gangen mens du pisker med el-pisker. Pisk til du får en blød og glat vandbakkelserdej.

Vanillecreme opskrift

150 ml vand
2 spsk. majstivelse
1 dåse condensed mælk
3 æggeblomme
1 tsk. vanillesukker eller korn

Opløs majstivelse i vandet og tilsat condensed mælk, æggeblomme og vanillesukker i en gryde. Bland dem godt sammen og varme den langsom op mens du rør den konstant  til du får en tyk creme eller sovs. Lad den kole af til side men du samle butterdej og vandbakkelser sammen.

Pisk fløde til flødskum og læg den til side.

Nu kan du samle din kager. På en bred plade, put 2 stks. butterdej sammen på en lang række. Put din vandbakkelserdej i en pose med tyl, brug hvilken som helst tyl du har hjemme eller du kan også bare lave et hul i posen og spread den på begge sider af butterdej. Læg det i ovnen for 30 min. Husk, du må ikke åbne ovnen indtil det er helt færdig ellers fælder vandbakkelser sammen.

Når vandbakkelser og butterdej er færdig, lad den køle af inden du putte vanillecreme og flødskum. Pynt op med bær og smeltede chokolade.

God appetit!

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Yes finally! That perfect moment i’ve been waiting for. I have a week off and the weather in Denmark have been very favorable for my morning walks and picking up herbs.  Well, as I was walking in the forrest (Gram skov) I saw this field of ramson or wild garlic or ramsløg in danish.

I picked up some leaves and flowers to bring home and if you also want to pick up from the wild and this is your first time, be aware that there are poisonous look alike plant like Lily of the valley ( liljekonval ) and Meadow saffron (Wild saffron or Høsttidløs in danish) out there and unless they have flowers, it’s hard to identify them by just looking at them. But once you nip a piece of leaf and smell it then you’ll know that ramson have this distinctive smell of garlic and you can’t go wrong. But then again, there are some people who unluckily been poisoned by picking the wrong one.

Anyway, once you got it and thinking what the heck are you gonna do with it then here is one sure thing that you will definitely love (well I do anyway:) Make a PESTO!

Pesto is just the easiest thing to do once you have the ingredients of course and a mixer. Here’s the recipe you can do in under 10 minutes:

INGREDIENTS:

20 pcs. / stks. ramson leaves
1 dl parmesan cheese
2 spoonfool cashew nuts or any nuts you like (cashew is by far my favorite)
1 spoonfull of olive oil
salt and pepper (according to your taste)

Method:

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and blend them until you got a paste consistency. And that’s it. You got a very tasty pesto which you can butter your bread or burgers.

You can store it in cold place and last for a week but you can fill the top with olive oil so it can last for weeks in the fridge.

Hope you’ll enjoy it:) BON APPETIT

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As requsted, here is the easiest and very delicious recipe for brownies. With this one, you’ll never go wrong making brownies even if it’s your first time;)

Ingredients:

200g chocolate
2 eggs
150g butter
250g sugar
90g flour
10g cocoa powder

Method
Melt 200g. Chocolate and butter in a waterbath and blend. Put sugar and eggs. Mix them well. Now you can put flour and cocoa powder and mix them with just spoon. Don’t use mixer. You now have a very nice blend of brownies. Transfer it in your baking form then put chunks of pieces of chokolate or nuts on top. Put it in the preheated 180 C, for 25 min. Enjoy

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