We got like 2 kg of wonderful red bell peppers with a vegetable delivery a while ago. Organically grown of course, hopefully loaded with vitamins and fibers. The color or taste indicated that at least! Lately we have started to focus more on getting enough quality fibers in our daily meals to serve all the gut bacterias, I’ll come back to that in another post.
I looked for some inspiration of what to pair with the bell pepper and found out that the combination of dill and red onion would be really nice. It turned out fantastic, find the recipe below and make one yourself!
Bell pepper w. dill salad
Red bell peppers
Dill, dried or fresh
Salt & pepper
White wine vinegar
Chop all the vegetables in suitable sizes. Add in a bowl and add salt, pepper and dill. Sprinkle some white vinegar on top and cover with olive oil. For best result, let it rest for a couple of hours before eating to let the vinegar soften the onion and blend all the flavors nicely.
I cheated slightly on the resting part though, but it was delicious anyway! The artichokes gives such a nice earthy flavor to the more sour onion and fresh bell pepper.
For this Saturday lunch a while ago we had the salad together with a spinach and tomato frittata topped with pecorino cheese and some fried mushrooms and saurkraut. A satisfying weekend lunch.
Aubergine, or eggplant, is a vegetable that we really enjoy having and I think the meaty texture of it makes it fun to work with. For this dish, I was just inspired by the color green! Leek, capers and fresh parsley together with dijon mustard for some sparkly taste..
Find the recipe for the dressing below!
The aubergine was simply cut into staves adding chopped leek and squeezed garlic on top and seasoned with salt and pepper. Before going into the oven at about 175°C some melted lard was poured over.
Capers and parsley dressing
Salt & pepper
Chop the parsley and add the rest of the ingredients to taste.
The dressing complemented the soft aubergine very good and was making the dish very interesting. A piece of pork loin and avocado was served with it, but I would say almost any protein would work very well to it.
The secret to get that really fresh and vibrant feeling of your pizza salad is to use real vinegar in it and oregano. Apart from that, the other ingredients can be altered. This time we used point cabbage instead of white cabbage and also added some raw bell pepper in to add some extra fibers and vitamins.
1 cabbage head
1 Tbsp 24% vinegar
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp mild olive oil
Salt & pepper
Mix the vinegar, water and olive oil with the seasoning in a bowl.
Shave the cabbage finely and chop the bell pepper. Add to the bowl with vinegar.
Toss well and leave for a while, preferably over night.
We had the pizza salad for lunch with a “spinach cake”. It was supposed to be a frittata but we had ran out of eggs apparently, having only two left. But that worked as well, by whipping the eggs with some water before covering the spinach and than topped it with a lot of grated pecorino.
It is very convenient to use frozen, chopped spinach since it really is fast food and can easily be kept in the freezer at all times. Very handy. Just de-frost it in the frying pan before adding the eggs.
Avocado and some leftover chicken was served to the pizza sallad and spinach cake as well.
This dinner we made whole chicken in the Schlemmertopf.
We started off with a nice mix of spices:
black pepper and
Together with that we cut a leek into three pieces and chopped a red chili, which we spread out on top of the chicken.
I have found that it makes for a better dish seasoning wise to decide on the amount of spices before one puts them in the pan or stew, etc. Putting them straight into the food I tend to be a bit restrictive, whereas if I place them on a plate or in the mortar and then pour them into the food I tend to be closer to the sweet spot. The past few times I have done this way I have ended up with close to perfect amount of the spices I selected. There is still a long way to go for me to get the whole composition between the tastes right, but in terms of using the spices to bring out the flavours of the food this seems to be working for me at least.
After pre-soaking the Schlemmertopf, mortaring the spices in need of that and chopping the chili it all was placed in the pot and put into the oven at 140 °C.
As sides we made white cabbage wedges that we roasted in the oven after taking out the chicken, that we left to rest in the Schlemmertopf.
Finally we served the chicken and the cabbage wedges with a few leaves of lettuce and some freshly grated carrots and red beets.
It wasn’t too long ago that we made fritata (as we were informed is the proper name, rather than omelette), but after getting a new delivery from Årstiderna with Pecorino cheese and olive oil it was time again anyways.
We made a really simple one this time. Just the eggs, water and grate cheese, mix it and pour it into the cast iron pan and then placed thin slices of tomato on top. To get the fritata well done without burning it we use to cover the pan with a lid.
For the last few minutes we put the grated cheese on top of the fritata and returned it to the stove with the lid on.
We had also go a fresh delivery of vegetables and avocado from Årstiderna this same day, so we enjoyed the fritata with fresh vegetables. Both the bell pepper, cucumber and the tomatoes were some of the freshest vegetables I have ever tasted, even compared to the farmers’ market vegetables that we got during our year in Dublin. The vegetables were amazingly crispy and so filled with flavours. It is definitely not the last time we buy vegetables from Årstiderna simply because of that reason. It was obvious that they had not stored the vegetables for a week in a distribution center before sending them us. They were maybe not freshly harvested, but close enough. Not even our groceries from FRAM are as fresh as these.
I also want to take the opportunity to brag a bit about the fritata, it was by far the best one I have ever accomplished. Perfect texture all throughout without being burnt or getting stuck in the bottom of the pan. Wonder if that will ever happen again…
Here follows another amazing recipe of a stew made in the Wonderbag! This time our favorite meat, the oxtail, had to stand back for some beef cheeks. Not bad competition!
That is something we haven’t cooked for several years since we have had trouble to find it. But now we were able to get some really nice cheeks from grass-fed cows, which were even better than we remembered them to be. So tender and loaded with fat.
Beef cheek stew w. celery
Apple cider vinegar
Bone broth + water
Brown the beef cheeks on both sides in a hot saucepan with some cooking fat. Put the cheeks aside.
Chop all the vegetables in small pieces and add to the pot.
Place the cheeks back and add bone broth + water until all is covered.
Add the seasoning and a splash of apple cider vinegar for some acidity.
Let it boil for about 30 minutes on the stove and than place it in the Wonderbag. Seal tightly and leave for a couple of hours. (Or leave at the stove until the meat is really tender.)
When ready, slice the meat and serve with the yummy broth.
The taste of the celery was a really nice complement to the meat and the bay leaves gives such a nice depth of all the flavors.
We had the stew with some steamed carrots and savoy kale and topped with soured cucumber and some greens. Turned out as a great dinner, with a glass of red wine to as well.