Thursday, June 11, 2015

Turrón blando de almendras - Now that sounds fancy

This is one of those recipes that lets you make something super fancy with just a few common ingredients. I've been wanting to try making Turrón ever since I tasted it the first time. I just never did because I thought it would be too difficult. How silly of me.

A 4 ingredient delicacy? Don't mind if I do.

Quite a while ago by now - I went on a trip to Barcelona to visit my sister there. Everywhere you went in Barcelona that could even remotely have something to do with food, would have Turrón. Barcelona, and I believe Spain in general, is proud of it's Turrón.

Traditionally a Christmas desert, you can find it on every corner of the street the whole year through. There are so many different kinds! Some look like nougat, some are fudgy others look more like caramelized nuts or chocolate bars. I mean just look at the different varieties!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Norwegian 'Bløtkake' Birthday cake

I've been on a wee lil' vacation, which is why I'm a day late posting. But no, it wasn't to Norway. Although part of me wishes it had been - Norway looks like such a beautiful country! Anyway - without further ado: Bløtkake aka the Norwegian Birthday cake.

Here's what's make a Bløtkake a bløtkake: a sponge cake in layers, fruits and/or jam and whipped cream. Since it's a birthday cake: you're free to 'customize' it in whatever way you like. There are typically two or three layers of cake, but you can opt for five or more if you like. In between the layers cake you could find jam, fresh fruits or whipped cream or any combination of these three. The cake as a whole is then covered in whipped cream (although I've seen marzipan as well). Lastly, it's decorated with fresh fruits and more whipped cream. Berries seem to be a favourite - especially strawberry.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fortune cookies for sister nr. 2

Shocking News: Fortune cookies are 100% Non-Chinese. It was the Americans!

"WHAT!?!" - I know what you're thinking. Why would Americans invent such a thing? Why would anyone invent new food to convey a traditional feeling?

So honestly, it's all the Japanese fault. They started it! Apparently the Japanese had a cookie that was slightly -just a little slightly- similar to the modern fortune cookie. When a few Japanese moved to the U.S. they brought the recipe with them and used it in their restaurants to appeal to the public - which worked. They also included little fortune slips that can be found in temples and shrines in Japan. That still leaves me in awe at the fact that it became a symbol of China.

Although the history of fortune cookies is a bit vague - with so many laying claim to it's origins - and it seems to have been invented by the Japanese (/Americans), fortune cookies were mostly sold to Chinese restaurants. Since they were greeted with so much enthusiasm there, they became a symbol of the Chinese cuisine and China in general.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bibimbap - 비빔밥 for my sister

Do you ever have periods? No, not those! I know what you're thinking. I'm talking about being 'obsessed' with something for a while. Like, at some point I'd only eat breakfast bars for breakfast. At another point, I'd cook Thai food for dinner every single night. There was a while in which I craved instant noodles whole days long. Or I'd suddenly have a coffee obsession. Or I'd be fascinated by Greek bakeries.

You know what I mean right? Ever experienced something similar?

Anyway, the point was: at some point I was fascinated by the Korean cuisine. Which led me to try bibimbap. And to my surprise my sister became obsessed with it - she LOVES the egg in it. Together with the stir-fried vegetables, rice and sesame/soy seasoning it was totally her thing. So I made it more often (I really liked it too).