Ginger and chili kick starter – without a juicer

Are you among those people that believe that you need a nice and expensive juicer to make your own juice? Well, I was once one of those people and as I knew I was moving from one end of the world to another I didn’t wanna go and spend the necessary amount of money on a juicer and was therefore not making any juices.
After a winter with a few colds, a sore throat and a bad craving for home made juice I decided to come up with an alternative. I went to my kitchen, looked in all my cabinets and quickly decided to try the blender, bowl, colander and kitchen towel method and you know what? It worked perfectly… and in that moment I realized that I had probably just saved about $200 (the average price for a good juicer in Denmark) – $200 that I could use on something else and still get a perfect juice whenever I wanted 🙂
Know that I have moved I still use this method as I find it a little stupid to spent money on something that I can do myself and get the same result. Of cause it takes a little longer (15 minutes) but I think it is worth it in the end and you will definitely fell more passionately about your juice when it is made this way 🙂

If you get hooked on the juice-without-a-juicer idea, you can check out my other my other juice recipes which includes carrot and clementine, clementine and orange, cranberry enegizer and the green vitamin bomb.

Ingredients (4 servings)

2 large or 4 medium apples

1 orange

0.5 lemon

1 chili

1 tbsp ginger root

0.5 cup water, cold

Rinse the apples in cold water, remove the core and chop into smaller pieces. Place in a regular blender together with the cold water. Blend for a few seconds to give space to remaining ingredients (this is not necessary if your blender is big enough to contain it all).
Peel the orange, lemon and ginger, cut it into smaller pieces and add it to the blended apples together with the chili. I have used a Tabasco chili, which gives it a little kick – not too much, not too little, but you can use any chili.
Blend it all well together. I use the ‘liquify’ button on my KitchenAid blender for about 30 seconds.

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Find a bowl, a colander and a kitchen towel. It is important that it is a brand new kitchen towel that you only use for juicing and nothing else.
Place the colander in the bowl, cover it with the towel and pour approximately half of your juice batter into the towel.Ginger & chili juice 2

Use one hand to assemble the towel and the other hand to twist it around. Keep twisting to get all the juices out. Remove the all the dry fruit from the towel and repeat the process with the other half of the juice batter.
This portion makes about 3.5 cups (a lille less than 1 liter) and is enough for 4 servings.

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Let the juice rest in the fridge for an hour or two if you want a strong ginger taste. Otherwise you can serve immediately in a glass with a few ice cubes.
If you have kids and plan on serving this juice for breakfast, you should consider leaving out the chili and only use half of the ginger.

Serve for breakfast, after a trip to the gym or use it as a natural remedy against a sore throat. This juice can be serves for anything at any time, so there is no excuse for not trying it 🙂

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Bon Appétit Friends!

Ingredients (4 servings)

2 large or 4 medium apples

1 orange

0.5 lemon

1 chili

1 tbsp ginger root

1.25 dl water, cold

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Spring Breakfast Eggs and Good News

Followers, I apologize for the lack of blog post the past month – time is running and unfortunately someone decided only to give the day 24 hours. We are in the process of packing down our entire life to move, and not just a few miles but from one continent to another 😀

As I’ve probably mentioned in other posts, I fell in love with the States when Chris brought me to Atlanta back in 2009. We had only been outside the airport for a moment we I said: “this feels like home”, and now  4.5 year later it is going to be my home 😀
I am overwhelmed with happiness that a year long dream became a plan, and that plan finally seems to be reality within the next 5 weeks.

Relocating from one continent to another also means that we are trying to sell as many as our things as possible, so that only few things will have to be shipped. As we also sell our kitchen tools, we will run into some trouble when cooking, so for the next month or two (until we have found something to live in, and bought some kitchen tools) the blog post will be rather simple, contain restaurant review from Atlanta, New York and Austin (TX), and so on….

For those of our followers that live in the US, we would be happy to receive restaurant recommendations, good advice on where to go and where not go – actually we’ll take any good advice at the moment, and will probably also ask many many questions 🙂

And now to the actual content of this post – my favorite breakfast Spring Breakfast Eggs. I make these eggs quite often as they are quick and easy, contain few ingredients and tastes delicious – what more can one ask for?

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

8 large eggs

1/4 cup cream

1/4 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt & pepper

1 tbsp. butter

Herbs for garnish (I’ve used chives, watercress, pee shoots, red window box wood sorrel and nasturtium but choose your favorites).

 

Whisk the eggs together in a mixing bowl. Melt the butter at medium heat in a frying pan. Add the eggs and stir once in a while to mix. Add cream and shredded cheddar just before you think that your eggs are done, mix to combine and season with salt and pepper.
Turn off the heat and stir until the cheese is melted and the cream is incorporated into the eggs.

Transfer the scrambled egg to a plate and garnish with lots of fresh herbs – I prefer to use seasonal herbs, but choose your favorite (my own favorites are chives, cilantro and pee shoots) 🙂

Serve for sunday brunch with your loved once or make it after a trip to the gym (if you’re like me – “I believe in Fitness” – you can bring the eggs to the gym, to eat within the first 30 minutes after finishing workout).

These eggs is perfect for brunch together with these orange pancakes  and a glass of sweet and colorful carrot and clementine juice.

Spring Eggs

Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (4 servings)

8 large eggs

0.6 dl cream

0.6 dl aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt & pepper

1 tbsp. butter

Herbs for garnish (I’ve used chives, watercress, pee shoots, red window box wood sorrel and nasturtium but choose your favorites).

 

Demant’s Cranberry Energizer

Processed juice or fresh home made juice?? Well, I definitely know what I prefer but until a few weeks ago I had never made a single juice myself! I insisted on buying a juice maker before make my own juices, but then suddenly I realized that that I didn’t need a juicer – all I needed was my fantasy, some extra tea towels and a washing machine 🙂

During that that week I have made several different juices using all sorts of fruits and vegetables and they have all been a success when served for breakfast or as today, after 2 hours in the gym.

Try this recipe which is filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants or make your own version with whatever fruits and vegetables you have in the kitchen (I can reveal that kale gives a beautiful green color and is one of the best vegetables you can serve, if you want to spoil your body).

Ingredients (2 cups)

4 apples

2 carrots

2 inches ginger

1/2 cup cranberries, fresh

1 lemon, juice

1 cup water, cold

 

Cut the apple into quarters and remove the core. Cut off the top of the carrot and peel the ginger. Cut apples, carrots and ginger into smaller pieces and place it all in a blender together with lemon juice, cranberries and water.

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Blend until completely combined and you can begin to se all the juices from the fruits and vegetables being released.
Cover a mixing bowl with a clean tea towel (I a few that are only used for juices or other similar processes) and pour the blended mixture into the tea towel.
Assemble the tea towel so that you can twist it and squeeze all the juice into the bowl. Keep squeezing into to only have a handful of dry vegetable/fruit leftovers in the towel. Pour the juice into a decanter and serve immediately with a few ice cubes or fridge to cool. Fridge for up to two days and remember to stir a few times before serving.Cranberry Energizer 2_Fotor_Collage

Pour the juice into a decanter and serve immediately with a few ice cubes or fridge to cool. Fridge for up to two days and remember to stir a few times before serving.

Serve for breakfast with warm honey buns or together with a handful of almonds and raisins after a couple of high intensive training 🙂

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Ingredients (0.5 liter)

4 apples

2 carrots

2 inches ginger

1.25 dl cranberries, fresh

1 lemon, juice

2.5 dl water, cold

 

 

 

Stewed Kale – a modern interpretation

Stewed kale is yet another nordic traditional dish which is served around christmas. It can be prepared in many variations but the most common is a regular white roux with minced kale and seasoned with salt and pepper and is served with a variation of pork. In my childhood (the 1980s) it was a popular, easy and cheap dish, but I (Ann) don’t remember that we had it that often, but I definitely remember that I hated it 🙂 Chris on the other hand, grew up in Atlanta GA so when I talked about renewing an old enemy into something delicious and fresh, he did not know who the enemy was 😉

This modern interpretation of an old and boring enemy from my childhood have ended up being one of my own winter favorites and both Chris, the remaining family and our friend has giving it thumbs up, and several people have asked for the recipe – so friend, here it is 🙂

Hope that you will try it and leave a comment with your thoughts about it 🙂

Ingredients (4 servings)

3 pounds fresh kale

2 large red onions

1 lemon, zest and juice

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. flour

1 cup vegetable stock

2 cups whole milk

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Salt & pepper

1/3 cup cashew nuts, roasted

Rinse the kale carefully in cold water and remove the stem. Bring a large sauce pan to a broil, turn the heat down to the lowest point and add 1/3 of the rinsed kale. Let steam for 4-5 minutes in the hot water before transferring to a bowl with cold water. This step will ensures that the kale keeps the beautiful green color. Repeat process with the remaining 2/3 of the kale.
Twist all the water out of the kale when cooled and place on a chopping board and chop it roughly (bite-sized – not to large, not to small)

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Divide the onions in two and chop them in thin slices.
Melt the butter in a large sauce pan and sauté the onions and lemon zest for 3-4 minutes or until the onion slices begin to get transparent. Add flour and stir to combine. Add 1/5 cup vegetable stock, stir until combined and thickened and repeat with the remaining stock and all the milk. Make sure that the liquid is incorporated into the roux before adding more – otherwise you will end up with a thin and indifferent sauce.

Add parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper – taste and season more if necessary. Add the steamed and chopped kale, stir and let cook at low heat for 10-15 minutes.Stewed Kale 2_Fotor_Collage

Arrange on a plate or in a dish and garnish with roasted chopped cashew nuts. On the picture for this post it was served with pulled pork in whisky bbq sauce, but we also served it for this years family christmas dinner together with turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce 🙂

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Bon Appétit friends!

Ingredients (4 servings)

1400 g fresh kale

2 large red onions

1 lemon, zest and juice

25 g butter

2 tbsp. flour

2.5 dl vegetable stock

5 dl whole milk

0.8 dl parmesan cheese, grated

Salt & pepper

0.8 dl cashew nuts, roasted

Raw Brussels Sprout Salad

Many people have the idea that brussels sprouts taste bad and we could not disagree more with that statement!! We just love the little green ball vitamin bomb and we serve it in many different variations for all kinds of meat and seafood 🙂 Actually we believe that any vegetable tastes great if you make it the right way – so don’t reject it if you have had one or two bad experiences with a vegetable. Keep trying and find your own favorite 🙂

Among our favorite recipes containing brussels sprouts is our honey glazed version together with this raw salad with honey/mustard dressing and roasted cashew nut. This salad does not in any way taste like brussels sprouts as most remember them from their childhood (cooked to death), so there is no excuse for not trying it….

If you have a great recipe containing brussels sprouts you are welcome to leave a comment or mail it to us (foodondemant@gmail.com).

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

1 pound brussels sprouts

1 red onion

3.5 oz. feta cheese

1/2 cup cashew nuts, roasted

 

Honey/mustard Dressing

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. mustard

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 lemon, juice

 

Clean the brussels sprout by removing the outer layer of leaves. Cut the brussels sprouts in thin slices, chop the onions, feta cheese and roasted nuts and combine it all in a mixing bowl.

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Combine honey, mustard, olive oil and lemon juice in another mixing and season with pepper. Stir until evenly combined. Pour the dressing over the salad, stir to mix and let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serve as a side dish for all sorts of meat, seafood, pies or whatever you have for dinner – and we promise you, that your kids will love it 😉  Brussel Sprouts Salad 6

Bon Appétit!

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

450 g brussels sprouts

1 red onion

100 g feta cheese

1.25 dl cashew nuts, roasted

 

Honey/mustard Dressing

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. mustard

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 lemon, juice

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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Bon Appétit!

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