Black Bean Salad

What are you serving for your family tonight? We are having delicious spicy drumsticks and this colorful, fresh and tasty black bean salad.

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

1 cup black beans, soaked and cooked

1/2 cup sweet corn

10 small tomatoes

2 avocados

1 red onion

1 jalapeño (optional)

1 handful basil leafs

1/2 handful cilantro

1 lime, juice and zest

1 tbs. good olive oil

Salt

Pepper

 

Chop tomatoes, jalapeños and onion in to small pieces (same size as corn and beans) and combine beans, corn, tomatoes and onions in a mixing bowl. Chop basil and cilantro leafs finely and add to the bean mix together with juice and zest from the lime, olive olie and salt and pepper.

Cover with plastic wrap and and let rest in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Just before serving chop the avocado and combine it with the rest of the salad.

Try serving it with spicy drumsticks – a fabulous combination!

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Ingredients (2 servings)

2.5 dl black beans, soaked and cooked

1.25 dl sweet corn

10 small tomatoes

2 avocados

1 red onion

1 jalapeño (optional)

1 handful basil leafs

1/2 handful cilantro

1 lime, juice and zest

1 tbs. good olive oil

Salt

Pepper

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies cookies cookies… we could eat cookies every day all year around. Therefor we try to experiment with different recipes – not to find the best, but to develop excellent cookie skills 🙂

The inspiration for this version came from our favorite Danish chocolate blog, and consists of the same ingredients, we just changed 1/3 of the bittersweet chocolate to white chocolate chips. The combination of the cookie made with dark chocolate and the small white chocolate chips is delicious and worth a try. If you don’t like white chocolate, just use dark chocolate chips, which is delicious too.

Before you begin, we would like to say a word or two about the choice of chocolate. You can use any kind of chocolate, but the best result will definitely be obtained if using a good quality chocolate. We primarily use chocolate from Amedei, as it is without any sort of additives (but also due to its delicious taste and creamy consistency). So find you favorite chocolate and make these cookies for your loved once.

 

Ingredients (30 small cookies)

1 cup bittersweet chocolate

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

2 tbsp. butter

2 eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tbsp. salt

 

Melt chocolate and butter together slowly in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Be careful not to get any water into the bowl, as it will ruin the chocolate.

In another bowl whisk together egg, sugar and vanilla sugar. Whisk until combined and add the melted chocolate (before adding the chocolate, make sure that it is not warmer than room temperature, otherwise it will ruin the batter).

Combine until smooth before shifting in flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk again until combined and then add the chocolate chips (if your chocolate chips are large, it is good idea to chop them roughly, before adding them to the batter).

Put teaspoonfuls on a pan, and bake at 350F for 12-13 minutes.

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Ingredients (30 small cookies)

2.5 dl bittersweet chocolate

1.25 dl white chocolate chips

2 tbsp. butter

2 eggs

1.8 dl granulated sugar

1/2 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1.25 dl flour

1/4 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tbsp. salt

Pork Chops with Sweet & Sour Peppers

Once again we forgot al about time and suddenly it was dinnertime. We are not that good at eating at the same time every night, and most often we use several hours in the kitchen, experimenting and having fun cooking.

Today has been nothing like that. Chris has been working late followed by an hour or two on his other hobby (designing and producing furnitures in metal and old wood), while I (Ann) has been in bed due to neck pains from an old whiplash.

As we had forgotten al about time, we decided to make something easy and quick but still delicious. It took less than 25 minutes (including prepping) and tasted fabulous 🙂

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

Pork chops

4 pork chops

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 handful thyme stems

1 tbsp. butter

Salt

Pepper

 

Sweet & Sour Peppers

1 tbsp. olive olie

2 red peppers

2 yellow peppers

2 red onions

1 jalapeños

1 cup edamamme beans

1 lime, juice and zest

2 tbsp. sugar

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

Salt

Pepper

 

Begin with prepping the vegetables. Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut them lengthwise. Then cut the onions and the jalapeño into thin slices. We are both chili lovers so we rarely remove the seeds and stems from the chilies, but if you like it more mild, you can remove it (or leave out the jalapeño).

Add olive olie to a frying pan and heat. Then add the peppers, onions, jalapeños and edamamme beans and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add sugar and sir to combine. When the peppers get a glazed surface add the red wine vinegar and juice and zest from the lemon. Season with salt and pepper. Turn down the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes or until all the fluid had thickened.

While the sweet and sour peppers are simmering you can make the pork chops. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat a frying pan and add butter, garlic and thyme. When the butter begins get brown and smell like nuts, add the pork chops and fry for about 4 minutes before turning it. Fry 4 minutes on the other side too, while pouring some of butter over the top. This will give the meat a love nutty taste on the surface and prevent it from drying out in the frying process.

Arrange the sweet and sour pepper mix on a plate and top with a delicious and juicy pork chop and serve with bread or rice.

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Bon Appétit!

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

Pork chops

4 pork chops

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 handful thyme stems

1 tbsp. butter

Salt

Pepper

 

Sweet & Sour Peppers

1 tbsp. olive olie

2 red peppers

2 yellow peppers

2 red onions

1 jalapeños

1 cup edamamme beans

1 lime, juice and zest

2 tbsp. sugar

1.25 dl red wine vinegar

Salt

Pepper

 

Louise’s Liquorice Cookies

Last night I asked my Facebook friends what they were doing. A former fellow student answered that she was  watching Best of Top Gear while eating American Cookies. She added that she had thought about replacing the walnuts with almonds, the dark chocolate chips with white chocolate, and then add some liquorice powder.

It sounded so delicious that I promised to try it out as soon as possible (she is finishing up her Master Thesis at the moment, so I don’t think that she has the time herself :-)).

I promised her, that I would name the cookies after her, if they were a success – they are not a success, they are some off the best cookies I have ever made (and tasted)!

Serve warm with a creamy vanilla ice cream or store in an airtight contain at room temperature for up to one week.

 

Ingredients (30 cookies)

1 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tbs. vanilla sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 tsp. salt

1tbs. baking soda

2 tbs. hot water

4 tbsp. cold water

3 tbsp. liquorice powder

1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (I use Amedei Toscano White)

1 cup almonds, chopped

 

Beat together butter and sugar until soft. Beat in one egg at a time, and stir in vanilla sugar afterwards.

Dissolve baking soda in hot water, add to the batter along with salt. Whisk in oatmeal, flour, liquorice powder and cold water.

When just combined, fold in chocolate chips and almonds.

Put large spoonfuls on a pan, and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes.

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Ingredients (30 cookies)

225 dl butter

250 g granulated sugar

200 g packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tbs. vanilla sugar

250 g flour

2.5 dl oatmeal

1/2 tsp. salt

1tbs. baking soda

2 tbs. hot water

4 tbsp. cold water

3 tbsp. liquorice powder

150 g white chocolate chips (I use Amedei Toscano White)

2.5 dl almonds, chopped

 

Whoopie Pies with Liquorice Ganache

Yesterdays whoopie pie success continues today! Today the ganache contains raw liquorice powder and I am surprised how delicious the combination of chocolate cake and liquorice is.

Once again I should note that they are larger than the look, and would properly only serve one per person for dessert. If served as an afternoon cake, I would recommend, that you make them smaller, maybe half size.

Next time, I think that I will make a raspberry ganache or a mascarpone-raspberry frosting. If you have a suggestion, please leave a comment and I will take into consideration 🙂

 

Ingredients (8 whoopies)

1/3 cup butter, room temperature

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup light syrup

1 egg, room temperature

1 1/8 cup flour

3 tbs. cocoa powder

1 tbs. baking soda

1/2 cup chopped chocolate chips (this time I’ve used Belgian Callebaut 56%)

 

Ganache

1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tbsp. raw liquorice powder

 

Beat together butter, brown sugar and syrup until soft and creamy and then add the egg. Beat well.

Shift in flour, cocoa and baking soda and beat until combined and smooth. Fold in chopped chocolate chips and keep folding until the chocolate chips are evenly divided. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap a refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.

When the dough has hardened divide it into 16 equally sized pieces. Roll each peace into a small ball and squeeze a bit (but not to much) with two fingers. Place on a baking tray a bake a 350 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Ganache

Chop the chocolate chips into small pieces – this will make the melting process easier. Bring the cream to a broil and pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let stand for about a minute before you begin whisking. Whisk until completely smooth and then add raw liquorice powder (regular liquorice powder can be used as well).

Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or until it is stiff enough to be applied to the woopies with a kitchen knife. When the ganache has reached the right temperature, apply it on half of the whoopies and put the other half on top. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

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Ingredients (8 whoopies)

75 g butter, room temperature

67 g dark brown sugar

0.8 dl light syrup

1 egg, room temperature

2.8 dl cup flour

3 tbs. cocoa powder

1 tbs. baking soda

60 g chopped chocolate chips (this time I’ve used Belgian Callebaut 56%)

 

Ganache

135 g white chocolate chips

1.25 dl heavy cream

1 tbsp. raw liquorice powder

 

Whoopie Pies with Orange Ganache

I am home alone this evening and instead of watching TV I decided to try something new. For a long time my husband has been pestering me to bake whoopie pie, so why not?

They were easier to make than expected and tastes delicious. The combination of chocolate cookie filled with creamy orange ganache is a wonderful and definitely worth a try 🙂

It should be noted that they are larger than the look, and would properly only serve one per person for dessert.

 

Ingredients (8 whoopies)

1/3 cup butter, room temperature

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup light syrup

1 egg, room temperature

1 1/8 cup flour

3 tbs. cocoa powder

1 tbs. baking soda

1/2 cup chopped chocolate chips (this time I’ve used Belgian Callebaut 56%)

 

Ganache

1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 orange, zest

2 tbsp. orange paste

1 tbs. freeze dried passionfruit (optional)

 

Beat together butter, brown sugar and syrup until soft and creamy and then add the egg. Beat well.

Shift in flour, cocoa and baking soda and beat until combined and smooth. Fold in chopped chocolate chips and keep folding until the chocolate chips are evenly divided. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap a refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.

When the dough has hardened divide it into 16 equally sized pieces. Roll each peace into a small ball and squeeze a bit (but not to much) with two fingers. Place on a baking tray a bake a 350 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

 

Ganache

Chop the chocolate chips into small pieces – this will make the melting process easier. Bring the cream to a broil and pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let stand for about a minute before you begin whisking. Whisk until completely smooth and then add orange zest and paste.

Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or until it is stiff enough to be applied to the woopies with a kitchen knife. When the ganache has reached the right temperature, apply it on half of the whoopies and put the other half on top. Sprinkle with freeze dried passionfruit (or confectioners sugar if you want some more sweetness).

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Ingredients (8 whoopies)

75 g butter, room temperature

67 g dark brown sugar

0.8 dl light syrup

1 egg, room temperature

2.8 dl flour

3 tbs. cocoa powder

1 tbs. baking soda

60 g chopped chocolate chips (this time I’ve used Belgian Callebaut 56%)

 

Ganache

130 g white chocolate chips

1.25 dl heavy cream

1 orange, zest

2 tbsp. orange paste

1 tbs. freeze dried passionfruit (optional)

 

Traditional Coleslaw

Coleslaw is without doubt a main dish when having a barbecue party, and is perfect for pulled pork, spareribs or smoked pork cheeks.

We have tried many combinations (adding carrots, herbs, low-fat sour cream, chopped jalapeños and lemon), but found this one to be the best. It is the combination of the cabbage, the intense onions, fat from the sour cream, sweetness from the sugar and sourness from the vinegar that makes the coleslaw tasteful and delicious.

 

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

1/2 cabbage

2 red onions

1 cup sour cream (don’t use low-fat)

1/3 cup confectioners sugar

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. mayo

 

Cut cabbage and onions into thin slices and mix it together in a bowl.

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I another bowl mix together sour cream, confectioners sugar, apple cider vinegar and mayo. mix until smooth.

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Pour the dressing over the cabbage and onions and mix well. Let rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour, over night would be perfect.

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Serve in pulled pork burger as shown on the picture below or as a side dish for spare ribs or any other smoked meat 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

 

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

1/2 cabbage

2 small onions

2.5 dl sour cream (don’t use low-fat)

0.8 dl confectioners sugar

0.8 dl apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. mayo