Spicy Mayonnaise

Last week I gave you my version of an easy and creamy mayonnaise without any additives. This week I’ll show you how to spice up your mayonnaise in only a few minutes.
You can use any kind of chili for this recipe, but please do you self the favor only adding half the chili, then taste and then add more chili if necessary. You don’t want the chili to dominate the entire mayonnaise, but you still want it to have that spicy bite that makes it burn a little bit on the tongue.

Ingredients (1 cup)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 habanero chilies
1 garlic clove
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp chives

Chop the chili, garlic clove and chives finely. Add half the chili and all the remaining ingredients to the mayonnaise and combine it thoroughly with a whisker or a spatula (I use the wicker on my KitchenAid stand mixer, as I make large portions, but a hand whisker or a spatula is just as good). Taste and add the remaining chili if you want it stronger. However, be aware that it takes a day or two to get to the full strength, so when you taste it at this point, you will not get the full power from the chili.

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Transfer the mayonnaise to an air tight jar and refrigerate for up to 8 weeks. For the best result, keep refrigerated for 1-2 days before using it. If you don’t have 1-2 days to wait, you can of cause serve it immediately.
Fits perfectly as a condiment in sandwiches, for salty oven roasted potatoes, on top of a perfectly grilled lobster or as I like it best, on a peace of toasted French baguette with a slice of good salumi.Mayonnaise (12 of 12)

Bon Appétit Friends!

Ingredients (250 ml)

250 ml mayonnaise
1 habanero chilies
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp chives, chopped

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Creamy Beet Soup

Soup, soup, soup and more soup… I have experimented with soups this December and I must admit that I have made some pretty awesome variation with the vegetables in season.
Years ago we never thought about using what was in season – we just bought whatever ingredients was necessary to make what we wanted for dinner. Today we most often pick our vegetables at the local farmers market where we can get fresh seasonal vegetables, which makes it a lot more fun than buying them in the local super market where it have been lying for days. What would be even better is to grow the vegetables our selves, but as we live in an apartment it is quite difficult for us to grow anything else than herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and chilies. To our luck, my parents have a garden where we can grow potatoes, beets, celeriac, zucchinis, onions, brussels sprouts, carrots, strawberries, raspberries, black currant and apples 🙂 Or to be honest, my parents grow it and we eat it!

The beets and onions for this soup is bought while the celeriac and jalapeños is home grown and the vegetables stock home made from vegetables residues.

Hope that you will enjoy the soup 🙂

 

Ingredients (4 serving)

26 oz. celeriac, peeled

26 oz. beet roots, peeled

8 oz. onions

1 jalapeño

 

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

2 tsp. dried coriander

1 lemon, juice

5 cups vegetable stock

1/3 cup sour cream

1/4 cup bacon, fried

1/4 cup cashew nuts, roasted

Salt & pepper

 

Chop celeriac, beets and onions in 1/2-inch pieces and the jalapeños in slices.
Warm the oil in a sauce pan and add all the vegetables. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until all vegetables has adapted the beautiful color from the beets.

Add cayenne pepper, dried coriander and lemon juice and stir to combine.

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Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Transfer to a stand blender and blend until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add more vegetables stock or water for a thinner consistency.

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Pour the soup in small soup bowls and garnish with sour cream, fried bacon and roasted chopped cashew nuts.
Serve on a busy and cold week night or as a starter when having friend or family over for a three course dinner 🙂

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Ingredients (4 serving)

750 celeriac, peeled

750 beet roots, peeled

225 g onions

1 jalapeño

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

2 tsp. dried coriander

1 lemon, juice

1.25 liter vegetable stock

0.8 dl sour cream

0.6 dl bacon, fried

0.6 dl cashew nuts, roasted

Salt & pepper

Spicy Elderflower Cordial and Syrup

I few days ago I was out walk with my mom and a friend of mine. We went to walk my friends moms dog, but we ended up going on an elderflower hunt instead 😀

We went to an area where there in our childhood was a playground, but unfortunately (for the kids living there now) the area is now overgrown with  nettles, ground elder, brambles and elderflowers. There had been some elderflower pickers before us, so we had to go home to get a garden cultivator so that we could get the top flowers. In a short while we had picked more than 50 elderflower heads and were ready to walk the now very impatient dog 😀

The elderflower season in Denmark is normally in May/June, but due to the cold weather we have had this spring, you might still be lucky to find some during the next few weeks 🙂

 

Ingredients

30 – 40 elderflower heads

3 organic lemons, sliced

4 inches ginger root, peeled and sliced

2 red chilies, sliced

4 cups cane sugar

2 tbsp. citric acid

6 cups water

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Heat the water until it begins to boil. Carefully remove all the small insects and other not-elderflower-objects from the elderflowers heads, but DON’T rinse! Rinsing them will remove the pollen from the flowers, and the end-result will be less tasteful!

Place all ingredients, except water, in a heat proof bowl and cover it with the boiling water. Stir to combine and dissolve the sugar.

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Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and fridge for 3-4 days, stirring occasionally (at least once a day).

Filter the juice through some tightly woven fabric and into cleaned bottles or ice cube bags if you want some for the freezer. If bottled, keep cool for up to 4 weeks.

This portion makes 6 cups of elderflower cordial, but I have chosen only to bottle 4 cups, and make syrup from the remaining 2 cups.

Use for lemonade (1 cup elderflower cordial to 4 cups cold water, 10 ice cubes and 1 sliced organic lemon) or do as me – make elderflower cupcakes  (recipe will follow) 🙂

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Elderflower Syrup (1 cup)

2 cups elderflower cordial

 

Heat up the elderflower cordial at low-medium heat in a saucepan. Stir occasionally and let cook until reduced properly. It is up to you, what you think is ‘properly’, but i have reduced it down to 1 cup. You can easily reduce i more, but be careful that it doesn’t burn.

Use for Elderflower Latte, as a syrup for aged cheese, as a cocktail syrup or as an ingredient to you summer cupcakes.

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (elderflower cordial)

30 – 40 elderflower heads

3 organic lemons, sliced

10 cm ginger root, peeled and sliced

2 red chilies, sliced

10 dl cane sugar

2 tbsp. citric acid

1.5 liter water

 

Elderflower Syrup (1 cup)

5 dl elderflower cordial

 

Spicy Drumsticks

Who don’t love drumsticks? Most people like drumstick in one way or the other. As we are chili ‘freaks’ we both love these spicy drumstick and the delicious marinade which we use as a dipping sauce.

If you are not used to eating chili every day, you might add less chili sauce and more honey. You can alway add more chili if you find it to mild, but it is more difficult to go the other way.

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

12 drumsticks

3 tbsp. hot chili sauce (today we’ve used Sriracha)

3 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. good olive oil

4-6 garlic cloves, chopped

Juice from 1 lime

Salt

Pepper

 

Mix together chili sauce, honey, olive oil, chopped garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Add the drumsticks and mix well. Make sure that all drumsticks has been marinaded before covering the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rest in the fridge for at least an hour.

Cover a roasting pan with baking paper and put in the marinated drumsticks. Pour the remaining marinade over the drumsticks and bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit. Turn the legs halfway to avoid the marinade from getting burned.

Pour the remaining marinade in a bowl and serve with the drumsticks as a dipping sauce.

Serve with your favorite side dishes like black bean salad, smoked beans or with celery and blue cheese dressing.

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Bon Appétit!