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…
As mentioned, we did bunker a lot of gammon after Christmas. Because of that, some creativity is needed in order to not get fed up by it. This innovative dish with eggplant and tomato sauce in a cast iron ramekin turned out really nice. Find the recipe below.
In order to reduce any possible bitterness of the eggplant, slice them and sprinkle salt over. Let the salt drag out liquid for about 10 minutes and dry them with a paper towel. We don’t always do that and usually the eggplant is fine anyway, but this time I thought it was convenient to make the slices a bit softer as well so that they could be fitted into the ramekins.
Ham and eggplant in tomato sauce
Eggplant in slices
Crushed, canned tomatoes
Place the sliced eggplant in suitable oven ramekin and bake in the oven at 225°C for about 15 minutes, until soft and slightly browned.
Mix the canned tomatoes with dijon mustard, pressed garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Dice the ham in small cubes.
Put the ham in the eggplant and cover with the tomato sauce.
Top with some goat cheese.
Finish off in the oven at 225°C for another 15 minutes until the goat cheese is golden.
Serve with some greens and a nice glass of red wine if you like.
The cast iron ramekins not only keep the food warm throughout the dinner, they seems to add a lot of iron to the food as well based on the iron taste that the food gets. Very nice!
With our new portion-sized cast iron ramekins we have had the possibility to explore some new ways of presenting as well as cooking our food. Nothing too surprising or ground-breaking (yet) but well some additional inspiration.
The last week we bought some pork loin which we thought would be nice to make pulled pork with. We have done it before, but every time one revisits a dish some new factor is added. One gets a different feel for which spices should be included. The ratio meat to sauce changes somewhat or one alters the oven temperature and time slightly. So, it is always interesting to see how the new dish turns out.
This time we used tomato sauce and garlic as the base together with the loin of pork. The spices were black pepper, cummin, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. The whole thing was mixed into the Schlemmertopf and cooked in the oven for almost four hours. Unfortunately on a slightly low temperature for the meat to really fall apart, but the taste could not have been better!
As a side for the pulled pork we made sticks of carrots and parsnips that we roasted in the oven along-side with sweet mini peppers that we stuffed with matured feta cheese.
Since we figured that the carrots and parsnips needed to be in the oven longer than the peppers and on a higher temperature than the pulled pork we took out the Schlemmertopf with the pulled pork and let it rest whilst the vegetables we roasted on the higher temperature. With 15 minutes left before serving we put the peppers in as well. The peppers were placed in our new portion-sized ramekins which as a really nice way of serving them in the end, since they kept the heat nicely when serving.
Whilst waiting for the vegetables to finish in the oven we pulled the pork apart. And then we put it all together and enjoyed a really nice dinner with a glass of red wine to go with the food. The spicing of the pulled pork turned out really, really well. The cinnamon and ginger together with almost too much cayenne pepper made a perfect combination.
Another lamb stew packed with spices and flavour! Can’t get enough of it and it is so convenient to just let it slowcook in the Wonderbag. To add some extra color and nutrients to the tomato-red stock and the orange root vegetable mash we had steamed red cabbage served with it.
We found some really nice pieces of lamb neck and lamb leg at the butcher, perfect meat for this stew.
Spicy lamb stew
Lamb meat on the bone, 1-2 kg
400 g crushed tomatoes
Bone broth + water
Ground sweet paprika
Salt & pepper
1. First, dry-roast the coriander and cumin seeds in a pan.
2. Mortar together with the turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper.
3. Toss the lamb meat in the spices.
4. Heat a pot with lard, coconut oil or butter and brown the meat.
5. Place the meat aside, chop the onion and brown it until soft in the pan. When soft, add chopped garlic and grated ginger.
6. Place the meat back in the pan and add the crushed tomato, bone broth and water to cover all the pieces.
7. Add the cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.
8. Let the stew boil softly for at least 30 minutes and place in the Wonderbag for a minimum of 4 hours.
The stew is of course possible to leave on the stove top to finish as well, but a slowcooker is better!
All the spices creates a well needed cosiness and warmth during these cold winter months. To balance the dish, it’s nice to squeeze some lemon juice on top before eating!