mar 28 2010

Series : The Best Sandwich EVER! Take I

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I bought a kilo/two pound rack of smoked «Easter ham» that I had no clue how to incorporate into a meal since it was already cooked and «ready for consumption». Do I heat it up, but won’t it get dry ? Do I eat it cold ? But I want a hot meal…all these thoughts were running and screaming through my mind when I realized that I needed to make a hot sandwich with a warm mustard honey sauce to slather the sandwich with…and then I did just that. I love sandwiches but I don’t make them that often. But for the sake of you, dear readers, I will commence a sandwich-series, trying out and presenting different kinds of sandwiches that make my skirt fly up. Here goes :

I used wholewheat baguettes, sliced them in two, smeared butter on one half, sweet Bergbys mustard on the other, layered it on thick with cheese on one half, thick cut ham on the other and roasted it in the oven until the cheese started to brown. Meanwhile I made a quick sauce starting with a butter-onion-garlic-flour roux, added beef stock, and loads of Dijon mustard and flower honey. I can’t even tell how much honey and mustard I added, but it was a lot. I also added a tablespoon of Norwegian grained sweet mustard (Idun grov sennep),  the brown spots you can see on the picture are mustard seeds. Then I slathered the sandwich halves in the sauce and added some salty capers to balance the sweet sauce a bit, and added another glob of sauce to the plate so that I could dunk each piece of sandwich into the sauce before blessing my mouth with it. Yes, you have guessed right, this is a knife and fork sandwich. And it’s DE-LISH!
I’m gonna go ahead and give you guys the recipe in Norwegian too, since I recently posted it on a Norwegian food forum and I was so pleased with my witty and snappy writing that I wanted to share it with those of you who can read Norwegian (how many are you btw ?).
Dette er bare copy pasta’ fra en tråd jeg skriver på som heter Billige og ganske sunne (student)middager:

Jeg tar en billig og snadderfantastisk studentoppskrift til jeg ! Hvor billig og studentvennlig denne retten er kommer litt an på hva du får tak i av rimelige ingredienser. Jeg bor rett ved en diger Ica Maxi og der har de tilbud på kokt Påskeskinke til 60 KRONER KILOEN! Det er superbillig, i hvertfall hvis du sammenligner med kiloprisen på pålegg, der må du starte med å doble den kiloprisen og gjerne legge på en hundrings til. Så det du gjør som fornuftig og vakker student er at du kjøper et par kilo med påskeskinke, investerer i en knivsliper, sliper kniven snille slektninger har gitt deg i julegave, og leker kirurg med skinka di. Nei, ikke rumpa di, jeg mener seff Påskeskinka. Skjær i så tynne skiver som mulig, pakk i porsjonspakninger og frys ned. Ta ut etterhvert og bruk på studentmatpakka di. Jeg lover deg at du kommer til å være sååå fornøyd med deg selv der du sitter og gomler Påskeskinkesmørbrød på lesesalen mens de andre trøkker i seg svett gulost. Men siden dette er hovedsakelig en middagsrettråd, skal jeg gi deg en middagsrett, jeg. En som er inspirert av den fantastiske amerikanske kreasjonen «Dip Sandwiches». Enkelt forklart er dette en sandwich med kjøtt – roastbeef, langtidskokt svin, etc – som du spiser ved å først dyppe kjøttsandwichen i en slags saus eller suppe av et eller annet slags før du fører det myknede og smaksintensiviserte smørbrødet til dine lengtende lepper. Nå ble jeg litt matpornografisk her, vennligst les videre, det skal ikke skje igjen. Tilbake til skinka, som du har kjøpt billig; denne kan du skjære i tynne skiver, og ta en hel haug av dem, og legge mellom to baguette halvdeler og spise eller så kan du gjøre som meg og lage Christianes HONEY MUSTARD HEAVEN :

Start med å skru på studentovnen din. Skjær baguetten i to deler (First Price har en helt akseptabel og billig baguette), smør smør på den ene og sennep på den andre. Jeg alternerer mellom Iduns grovkornede og Bergbys søte pølsesennep. Legg masse Påskeskinke på den ene halvdelen og ost, hvis du har det, på den andre. Stek i ovn til osten smelter. Hold den varm for du skal lage dyppesausen:

Stek finhakket løk og hvitløk i et par spiseskjeer smør, når løken blir gyllen har du i et par spiseskjeer med hvetemel og rører til du har en løkmelsmørklump. Spe med litt vann, rør, spe, rør, spe. FERDIG! Neida, men du kjenner igjen teknikken ? Du skal lage en hvit saus, bare at du sper med vann eller kraft. Jeg sper med vann også hiver jeg oppi en buljongterning etterpå, så simpel er jeg. Når du har laget en passe tynn saus (den skal nesten være suppetynn) kan du begynne å smake til med sennep og honning. Det skal overraskende mye til, jeg tror jeg brukte minst et par spiseskjeer med grov sennep, en spiseskje Dijon og et par teskjeer med honning og Bergbys søte. Du må bare smake deg frem, det skal bli salt-søtt-godt. Når du er ferdig kan du helle litt av sausen over den ene baguettehalvdelen før du legger delen sammen, og så heller du resten av sausen på tallerkenen og spise smørbrødet med kniv og gaffel slik at du kan sveipe hver bit nedi sausen. Jeg fant ut at det er den greieste spisemetoden, hvis du skjærer baguetten i sånne fancy skrå skiver og prøver å dyppe hver bit i en liten suppeskål med saus ender du bare opp med saus nedover haka og den nye fine blusa di og kvelden ender med tårer. Det vil jeg ikke unne deg så for gids skyld, bruk kniv og gaffel!

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jan 27 2010

Little things that make me happy

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…like starting the day with a BLT-sandwich; loads of fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, tomatoes and mayo on wholegrain bread…nomnomnom!
- Or making homemade noodle soup for supper, then realizing there’s just enough left to fit in a recycled curry paste tub that’s a perfect size for lunch tomorrow. I knew hoarding those plastic containers would pay off someday!
..or…finding these AWESOME band-aids at the supermarket : Star Wars band-aids!!!
- I can’t wait till the next time I cut myself. Wait, that came out wrong.
What little things make you happy?
BTW; today I realized that whilst teaching Fredrik tricks, little Alfie had picked up on the training too! During the daily 5 min «training session» Alf suddenly got up and walked on his hindlegs next to Fredrik  when I gave the command «walk». Such a surprise, he was even better at it than Fredrik. I will never underestimate you again Alfie, even though you look like you have syndrome!

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okt 15 2008

Picture marathon

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Although I haven’t posted anything on this blog for a while, I have been cooking. I just haven’t had the spunk to write about it. But now as the two exams are behind me, I finally have some mental energy to spare. I don’t want to bore you with a super-long essay about what I’ve done since the last post (except for passing my exams with flying colours,no need to mention), so I’ll just give you the photo-evidence. 

First, I’ve gotten a taste..eh, bad choice of words, I’ve gotten an insight of how the work with my master thesis is going to be. Two weeks ago I helped some under-graduates out with their project that is a mini-version of my master. I helped them out with training the chicken. – The one – day old, yellow, fluffy baby-chicken. Sooo cute! I just had to kiss them on their downy little heads, completely forgetting about the possibility of salmonella, which luckily is quite rare in Norway (and I didn’t get sick, so no harm’s done). 

 

Chicken behaviour experiment
At the end of the week-long experiment they’d become so imprintet on us that they came running over, trying to jump into our hands when we were handling them. No wonder, being picked up meant getting yummy worms, so who can blame them. 
On the nigh before my animal behaviour mid-term I was so sick of studying that I followed the old advise to not study the day before an exam (I normally do). Instead I spent 3 hours to cook a pig’s knuckle! I’ve always wanted to try this smoky, super tender (not to mention super-fatty) meat, and tonight I felt like disregarding any counter-arguments like «It takes too long time», «It’s unhealthy», «Bla bla bla». I’m glad I endured the three hour cookin time with the mouthwatering smell almost driving me mad of hunger: It was sooo delicious, cheap and very satisfying. And the cooking made me  relaxed; like I’ve never been the day before an exam, with the result that I did great on the test (I think).
Porks knuckle, sauerkraut and potatoes
As an extra bonus it gave me the opportunity to make pig’s knuckle sandwich the next day. If you’ve read Terry Pratchetts books you’ll understand why pig’s knuckle sandwich has a special attraction to me. 
With the exams behind me and Tore back home from his weekend-trip to the small town where he comes from, I was in the mood for some experimenting. Inspired by Rachael Ray , who makes all kinds of delicious hamburgers (wihout stealing any recipe of her), I made my own chicken burgers with home-made coleslaw and spicy oven fries. I used ciabatta-buns instead of standard hamburger-rolls, since I’m not a too big a fan of those store-bought, über-sweet, fiber-less air-buns. 
Chicken burger, coleslaw and oven chips
They were juicy, tasty and way more filling than any big hamburger chain-meal..
The next meal I bothered to capture on film digital camera was a standard tomato soup. To rid myself of the excessive amounts of vegetables in my fridge I added celery, potatoes, onions and red peppers to the tomatoes in the soup, blended it, and mellowed the taste a tad with a spoonful of low-fat creme fraiche. Yum ! I love tomatoes, I have a craving for them on a regular basis. I read somewhere that craving tomatoes means that you have an iron-deficiency, but maybe it just means that I really love tomatoes (I do). I like this picure, despite it’s blurriness, since it shows off one of the beautiful cutlery Tore inherited from his late grand-parents. I think it’s silver, and we use it everyday. I think it’s nice to use pretty things instead of stowing them away at a «safe place». 
Chunky tomato soup
Over to something not food related. The other day Tore and I took Sam with us outside to enjoy the autumn sun, that doesn’t really warm you up, but makes the beautiful fall colours glow. We let Sam explore the branch of a small tree, but he was so nervous that the only thing he cared about was to jump over to safety, in other words his mum and dad. As long he could sit on the inside of our sweaters his curious little whiskery nose was constantly moving, drawing in the fresh air. 
Tree rat Sam  Sam in the park  Tree rat Sam


Phew! I have many recipes left to post and I still got some pictures that I want to comment on here, but that got to wait. I know a furry little guy that needs some TLC, and I’m not talking about Tore :p


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