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…
For Christmas Cecilia got these nice cast iron forms from her work and we thought is was high time to try them out!
We chopped up a portion each of beets and placed in each of the two forms, seasoned with pepper and topped with coconut oil. We then placed them in the oven for 30 minutes at 200 °C.
After those thirty minutes we added pieces of leftover chicken and matured feta cheese. The forms then went back in the oven for another fifteen minutes.
This is the first time we tried this particular brand and type of matured feta cheese. It is matured to give it a more intense flavour with quite a lot more character than the usual brand of feta cheese that we tend to buy. Definitely not the last time we try that out!
We were really happy with the final result. A simple meal, but with the matured feta cheese and the cast iron forms it kind of made it feel like a restaurant dish anyways. I guess it all comes down to the ingredients and that this feta cheese definitely was something extra!
The cast iron pans/form was really useful as well and a nice different way of serving. The really nice thing about them is that it is possible to use them both on the stove as well as in the oven, unlike many other ceramic oven ramekins. So, you will probably see more of them in the future.
Recently we have had chicken quite often and that together with the wild duck that we had almost makes it feel like we have bird every week now. That is not strictly true, but we have definitely had chicken a lot more the past month than during the rest of the autumn. Here comes another take on whole grilled chicken.
We glazed the chicken in Dijon mustard and seasoned with oregano, black pepper and fresh ginger. And into the oven roasting at 170 °C for two and a half-three hours.
To go with the mustard glazed chicken we steamed carrots and celeriac and served with a small green salad with pomegranate seeds.
When cooking a whole chicken we tend to go for the chicken legs for the first meal. They are just the best ratio of skin to meat and often much more tender than many of the other parts. All in all we were really happy with the mustard glazing as well as the seasoning. Definitely not the last time we use mustard and chicken in the same dish!
Magnus’ parents bought half a deer the other week and we were lucky enough to get a few cuts from them. In addition to some minced meat, which went into a really tasty meat loaf, and organ meats we also got one shoulder and one chuck steak.
The venison shoulder we decided to cook in the Schlemmertopf together with turnip and celeriac.
After chopping the turnip and celeriac into semi-small pieces we put the shoulder and vegetables together in the Schlemmertopf, seasoned with bay leaves and black pepper, and added a jar of venison bone broth.
We cooked the venison in the oven for almost five hours, but at almost too low a temperature, 120 °C. It turned out really nicely though, but not as tender as it could have been if we had dared turning up the temperature slightly.
As a side we steamed white cabbage and enjoyed it all with a click of butter on the top together with a branch of fresh rosemary. Not the most appealing presentation maybe, but it tasted wonderful!
Now you might feel that we have had a bit too much of the pomegranate variations, but we would not agree with that. It is a superb fruit and blending it with different kinds of vegetables can only turn out well!
The recipe this time is of a kale and cauliflower salad with pomegranate and feta cheese. A both beautiful and tasty mix.
What you need:
200 g kale
A whole head of cauliflower
100 g feta cheese
Salt and pepper
Start by separating the haulm and the head from the cauliflower. However, make sure to save the haulm, it is really tasty after being fried, so no need to throw that away. Divide the cauliflower head into smaller bunches and add to an oven ramekin. After seasoning with salt and pepper and topping with coconut oil place it in the oven at just under 200 °C for 40 minutes.
Next, chop or rip the kale apart into smaller pieces and put in a bowl. Pick out the seeds from the pomegranate.
We made some really nice meat patties to go with the salad. As we have said before we prefer to just form the patties directly from the minced meat rather than adding spices, eggs or other things that supposedly should keep the patties together. In our opinion the patties stick together the best when not mixed with other ingredients.
This dish might possibly be something that would be better suited for the summer months rather than the winter. The salad had a really fresh and light feel to it much in contrast to the stews and soups that one associate with winter. But, there is also never a bad time for good food, so in addition to adding the combination of ingredients to a list of todos for next summer we really enjoyed the dinner, despite the cold outside.
Today we made a whole chicken in the Schlemmertopf. It turned out really well! The Schlemmertopf keeps both the moisture and the flavours in the meat really well, so it was not too much of a surprise that the chicken was perfectly moist and tender.
After placing the chicken in the Schlemmertopf we sliced some onion and garlic and put around the chicken together with a small jar of bone broth as well as a few bay leaves. Make sure to soak the Schlemmertopf before putting all the ingredients in and before placing it in the oven. When the clay is dry the heat from the oven might make it break…! So, that’s a worthwhile precaution.
Then the whole thing was placed in the oven at around 175 °C for about two hours.
Together with the chicken we steamed some white cabbage as well as roasted some broccoli and sweet potatoes in the oven together with the chicken during the last hour before serving.
Sorry for the boring picture of the final plating. It was one of those days where we lost patience (read were really hungry) in combination with a not very photogenic mix of food. But, hey it tasted marvelous!