Tuesday, 23. November 2010


Yesterday I made some cookies as a test, because I was asked to make some for a group of activists who work for the promotion of renewable energy sources like wind and water. The cookies should depict a water wave.
Because powdered sugar is hard to get in organic quality and making powder from 4 lbs of sugar is not an option, I used organic normal sugar crystals. They are bigger than the non-organic ones and the cookies are much more crispy than if they had been made with powdered sugar. I would have preferred using powder, but I made do with what I could get.

I used 500 grams sugar, 500 grams butter and 1kg white wheat flour, 125 ml milk and a pinch of salt, and 15 grams of baking soda to make a dough. Half of the dough was left undyed and I added some cocoa powder/blue food colouring to the rest. I then rolled the dough into thick cances and cut shapes out, and made a block of dough containing a wave shape. I refrigerated the whole shape and after 2 hours, when it was all cold, I cut the block into slices and baked them.
I decorated them with a mixture of a little powdered sugar and lemon juice.


And I have a new lens for my camera, which I love, love, love!

Friday, 14. May 2010

Guerilla Gardening

In May, I have joined a community gardening project, one that has been going on since 2004 and last year lost it's gardening grounds. They had been vacant lots, which were sold to investors and the garden was evicted. This year, the city department agreed to have the gardening group build a new garden in a very small park in the middle of a block.



I have started to make a bed for flowers and veggies, in the shape of a moon.
We used to have a compost in our backyard, which is now impossible because inhabitants complain about compost smell, and all degradable waste goes to a communal compost that is picked up by the garbagepeople and out of our sight, we can't use the compost later. So I'm hoping that we can make a compost in our park, because the soil is somewhat poor.

I have also picked up wild rucola, and I've made a delicious potato salad, with potatoes grown by friends on the countryside, wild rucola, and homemade mayonnaise!



The mayo recipe:

2 egg yolks
salt, white pepper
2 tbsp white vinegar
or 1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp mustard (dijon, but I used Bautzener)
300 ml peanut- or olive oil (I used 150ml canola oil and 150 ml olive oil).

in a small bowl, beat the egg yolks with half of the vinegar, the mustard and the spices. After about a minute, the mixture will thicken. All ingredients must be at room temperature, or it won't work. Place the bowl on a kitchen towel to stop it from moving around while beating the stuff.

Now continue beating the egg yolks while adding drops of oil. After having added about 2 tbsp of oil drop by drop, you can add the rest of the oil by letting it flow slowly in a very thin squirt. Don't stop beating the mixture. After all the oil is added, stir in the rest of the vinegar, and you can season to taste with more mustard, salt + pepper.

The mayo should be thick and gleaming and just keep it's form when it falls down from the whisk.

It can be now mixed with sour cream, garlic, chopped herbs, to make a variety of salad dressings.

Wednesday, 14. January 2009

chili con soy


I love how beans look in their soaking water.

Yesterday I made "Chili con Soy" instead of "carne".

The recipe:

500 g dried Azuki beans
100 g dried Soy-meat (the kind that looks like minced meat, when cooked)
Soy sauce
1 can (400g) of peeled tomatoes
Olive oil
7 onions, cut into rings
8 cloves of garlic, cut into small pieces
3 green peppers
Chili powder
3 tsp. of cumin seeds
italian herbs

The beans are soaked for 12 hours and then cooked until done (without salt).
Drain the beans.
Fry the onions and garlic in olive oil with the whole cumin seeds. Then add the can of tomatoes, refill the can twice with water and add that as well.
The dry soy meat should be prepared like indicated on the package. I mixed mine with soy sauce and let it stand for a while and then just added it to the pot.
Then add spices, salt, sugar, the green peppers, and the drained beans and let that cook for a while until you think it's good.
Serve with rice and enjoy your meal!

Oh, maybe I should add that this is going to be a LOT of food, in any case it's too much for just two people... I don't know why I sometimes cook to much stuff. I put something away and froze it ;-)
Maybe you should divide everything by three, if you don't have to feed a big family or many friends.

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