Thursday, January 17, 2019

France - Pipérade

Pipérade is named from piper, the Basque word for pepper. It can be served in many ways as a main or side dish but is most popular with eggs. We love eggs so we had this for lunch alongside an omelette.


Ingredients:

2 onions

2 peppers

2 tablespoons oil

2 garlic cloves

1 can chopped tomatoes

1/4 teasppon smoked paprika mixed with a dash of cayenne pepper

Salt & pepper

 

 

Slice the onions and peppers thinly. Saute them in the oil until softened.


 

Mince the garlic and add to the pan along with the tomatoes and spices. Continue to cook stirring well until the tomato liquid has thickened.



Season the dish with salt & pepper. Quickly whip up an omlette to go with it and you're done!




We really enjoyed this meal. The Pipérade was nicely spicy from the paprika and cayenne. It was different to have a lot of vegetables with our eggs as we often add meat to our breakfasts. It would be great as a side to meat or fish but we would eat it again on it's own too. Tres bonne!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

France - Tartiflette

Back in June 2011 I made Cheese Gougères for my French entry and I'm starting off with another cheese based dish.

This recipe calls for a type of cheese I haven't tried before. It's called reblochon and is possibly the worst smelling thing I've ever eaten. I bought it at great expense from The Cheeseboard, a cheese shop in Harrogate.


The smell took me back to when I worked in a chicken farm collecting eggs. I was probably 14 at the time and when I got home my mum wouldn't let me in the house until I took my clothes off. I stank of chicken poo and that's what reblochon smells like to me. When I asked JD to smell it, it reminded him of his pet duck, Henry, who he had about 12 years ago. So, some kind of bird poo at least. Lovely!

Tartiflette is a really old recipe from the Alps in France. Made as far back as 1705. They must have had no sense of smell back then.

Ingredients:

1/2 wheel sliced Reblochon
1 lb potatoes
2 onions
1/2 cup white wine
300g lardons
Salt & pepper


Saute the lardons until browned. While they cook you can peel and dice the potatoes.


 Slice the onions and when the lardons are done remove them from the pan. Saute the onions until softened.


When the onions are soft add the lardons back to the pan along with the wine. Saute for 5 more minutes. Drain the potatoes (they should just be starting to get soft) and add them to the pan stirring well.


Put half the potato mixture in an oven-proof dish. Top with half the sliced reblochon. Use the rest of the potato mix to make another layer and then top that with the last of the cheese. Bake in the oven at 180C for 20 minutes until it's bubbling.



The smell from cooking the Tartiflette filled the downstairs so much that Leigh and Erin didn't come down to eat. They complained even more than the time I made Onion Chutney for my Dad. JD and I weren't fazed though. We each ate a portion of the Tartiflette so we could tell you what it was like. It was strangely tasty. It looks like a lovely, cheesy comfort food but as you lift the fork to your mouth you breathe in the smell of the cheese. I enjoyed the texture of the dish, it was creamy with a lovely thick sauce coating the potatoes. The reblochon was too strong to eat very much of this which was a shame. We want to try making it again with another cheese, like gruyere maybe. I've heard people saying that French cheese is smelly but this was my first experience of the realness of that statement!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Estonia - Rabarberikook

This rhubarb cake is really popular in Estonia. It looks great, I can't wait to try it. :)

Ingredients:

Base
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 egg
150g butter
¼ tsp baking powder

Filling
600g rhubarb
8 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Topping
6 eggs
6 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp flour
1tsp vanilla extract



 Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl.


When it is light and fluffy, add the egg followed by the flour and baking powder.



Spread this mixture on the base of a greased oven-proof dish. Use a wet spoon to smooth it out if needed.


Chop up the rhubarb into 1cm pieces.


Mix the sugar and cinnamon in with the rhubarb. I couldn't resist a couple of sugar coated rhubarb pieces into my mouth here!


Spread out the rhubarb on top of the smooth base.



To make the topping, whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the flour and vanilla.

Pour over the rhubarb and bake in the oven at 180C for 30-40 minutes.



We had ours still warm with some vanilla ice cream. It was lovely! The rhubarb was still a bit tart and was delicious with the sweet crunchy topping. I think the rhubarb was meant to be a bit more central in the cake but it floated to the top while baking. It was still good.
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