Summer Day Elderflower Drink

Almost every sunday we meet with a couple of friend to have dinner and watch a movie (or rather sleep while the movie is running ;-)).

Today it has been quite warm here in Denmark and all four of us was quite tired from yesterday: Ditte was out dancing with some friends, the boys were here drinking and I was at Roskilde Festival listening to Metallica, and what a splendid experience!!! It was without doubt the best concert I have been to for many years, so I’ll definitely going to see them next time the visit Denmark (or some nearby country)!

Well, as I wrote above, we were quite wasted, so I decided to make an easy refreshment to start the evening. It only takes a few minutes to make and it tastes delicious and refreshing. The elderflower cordial in this recipe is homemade and contains both ginger and chili, which makes it less sweet than regular elderflower cordial. But if you don’t have the patience (4-5 days) to make your own, a bought one from the local super market is just as good. Just make sure that you buy good quality product 🙂

 

Ingredients (6-7 glasses)

1 bottle white wine

1 cup elderflower cordial

10 ice cubes

1 lime

5 mint leaves

 

Slice the lime and the mint leaves and add them to a pitcher together with the rest of the ingredients and stir well with a spoon to combine. In this version I have used pineapple mint, but you can use any kind of mint or even leave it out you don’t have anything or don’t like it.

Serve on a warm summer day 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (6-7 glasses)

1 bottle white wine

2.5 elderflower cordial

10 ice cubes

1 lime

5 mint leaves

 

Coq au Vin Blanc

Coq au vin is French and means “rooster with wine”. It is a braise of rooster/chicken cooked with wine, bacon, mushrooms and garlic. Originally the dish was made with Burgundy, but recently the French people have begun to use local wines when they make it.

This version with white wine is great to serve on a cold and snowy day (like today), but just as good on a rainy summer day.

It takes approximately 20 hours to make the dish, but it is all worth it!

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

1 chicken

2 tbsp. olive oil, for cooking

12 shallots, peeled

1 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound mushrooms, 1/2 sliced and 1/2 whole

10 slices bacon

1/8 cup cognac

2 1/2 cup good white wine

2 cups chicken stock

3 tbsp. thyme leaves, fresh

3 bay leaves

2 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. butter

3/4 cup cream

Salt

Pepper

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Cut the chicken into 6-8 pieces – thigh, drumsticks, and breast (cut each breast into two pieces if they are big). Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Chop the bacon roughly and fry in a cast iron pod until brown and crisp. Remove the bacon, but leave the melted fat. If necessary, add the olive oil and brown the meat on both sides. Remove the chicken and set it a side while making the sauce.

Add the butter and the shallots and roast until the onions begin to get transparent. Then add the mushrooms and roast for 5-6 minutes or until the mushroom liquid is gone. Add garlic and roast for a few more minutes.

Shift the flour into the vegetables and stir well. Add the cognac and stir until combined with the flour. Then add 1/3 cup of white wine at time and stir well between. Make sure that roux is thickening before adding more. When your have added approximately 2/3 of the wine, stop adding liquid and let cook for 4-5 minutes. Then add the rest of the wine and the chicken stock.

Bring to a boil before adding thyme, bay leaves, 2/3 of the fried bacon and the browned chicken. Let boil for a few minutes. Put a lid on the pod and let simmer in the oven (convection) at 270F for about an hour or until the meat is tender.

When cooked, remove the chicken from the pod and add the cream. Bring to boil on the stove. Let boil at medium heat for 10 -15 minutes or until the sauce has the right consistency (the consistency you like best). Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the remaining fried bacon on top of the finished arrangement and serve with rice, a good french baguette and a glass of wine 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (4 servings)

1 chicken

2 tbsp. olive oil, for cooking

12 shallots, peeled

1 garlic cloves, minced

450 g mushrooms, 1/2 sliced and 1/2 whole

10 slices bacon

0.3 dl cognac

6.25 dl good white wine

5 dl chicken stock

3 tbsp. thyme leaves, fresh

3 bay leaves

2 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. butter

1.8 dl cream

Salt

Pepper