EURO cooking challenge update

By now, I am hopelessly behind schedule and am cursing my idea of cooking myself through the countries participating in the EURO 2016. I have actually been quite busy researching cuisines and trying out new dishes. But not all of them came out well, and I also realised I did not really like to post…

Gravlax Pizza Bianca (White Pizza with Cured Salmon)

…inspired by the cuisines of Italy and Sweden, two teams playing in the UEFA EURO 2016 today. I discovered salmon curing during my University year in Spain. It is so incredibly simple to make, and is best eaten on buttered bread. Or on white Pizza. Just replace the tomato sauce by Mascarpone. Add the cured…

Barbecued Cevapcici and Ajvar

…inspired by the cuisines of – well, never mind… Croatia, with its many kilometres of shoreline, boasts of culinary delights of plentiful fish and seafood. Unfortunately, my Croatia food memory that has imprinted itself most is that of no food. On Easter Sunday, we were stranded on a small island after a storm had shredded…

Spring rarebit with goat´s cheese and strawberries

…inspired by the cuisines of Wales and Switzerland, whose teams are playing in the UEFA EURO 2016 today. I do not recall actually having eaten anything Welsh during my teenage hiking holidays in Wales. We did self catering, so I was the cook and we ate Hungarian dishes all the time. However, Welsh rarebit has…

Creamy milky rice with cherries

Milky rice is a regular feature on our school´s lunch menu. My son has been nagging me for ages to make some at home, so I served this as an afternoon treat for the children. I let them help themselves to sugar, cinammon and cardamom. Personally, I liked the plain version best, just topped with…

Leftover BBQ Sausage Salad

I hate throwing away food. Yesterday´s BBQ left me with three grilled sausages, so here I used them for a traditional Austrian sausage salad, which is normally made with “Extrawurst”. I sliced the sausages, added sliced onion (I used 1/2 smallish onion for my three sausages) and poured over the dressing consisting of 1tsp sugar,…

Cooking the UEFA Euro 2016 theme

My sister and I had been toying with the idea of cooking ourselves through the European Soccer Championships for a while. Now that I have time, I decided to follow up and it took me half a day to figure out when to cook what and according to which rule? Will it have to be…

Pea and asparagus spring salad

I get so excited every time I see peas in their pod on sale, as you so rarely come across them. I love their delicate, almost flowery aroma, which is so different to that of frozen peas. All too often I am disappointed that the peas are much too grown up to be what I…

“Erdbeerknödel” Strawberry dumplings

These dumplings, made from a curd called “Topfen” in Austria and “Quark” in Germany, are filled with sweet in-season strawberries and coated in luxurious hazelnut breadcrumbs. Fruit dumplings are a a Central European speciality. Depending on the season, they are filled with strawberries, apricots or plums. Potatoes or curd (Austrian “Topfen” or German “Quark”) are…