Asparagus with grey gurnard and lemon gnocchis

It is that lovely time of the year again – asparagus season. We do our best to help the region’s farmers. This is a nice one where you could easily change the type of fish depending on what your local fisherman has available. This was the first time I cooked grey gurnard (Knorrhane, Knurrhahn) and if you haven’t tried it, you should.


  • 800 g grey gurnard
  • 1 kg asparagus (green and white)
  • 400 g boiled potatoes
  • 0,2 l flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 shallot
  • 0,1 l olive oil
  • parmesan

Start with the gnocchi. Work the boiled and riced potatoes with the flour, lemon zest and the egg to a roll of dough. Cut into pieces. Boil in salted water for 3 minutes (the gnocchi should come to the surface. Remove the gnocchi and put them in a bowl with icy water. Fry them in butter 2 min before serving.

Peel the white asparagus and cook for 7 minutes in water with a pinch salt and sugar. After 4 min add the green asparagus (leave two uncooked for the serving).

Make a sauce of the lemon juice, olive oil and finely chopped shallots. Add salt and pepper.

Fry the fish. Mix the asparagus with the sauce and the fried gnocchi. Slice the parmesan and the green asparagus and use for garnish.

Music: Listened to Graceland with Paul Simon

And the winner is….Noma, again!

San Pelegrino has announced the best restaurants in the world 2012. For the third consecutive year Danish Noma with Rene Redzepi is the winner. Last year we tried to get a reservation but failed. Not very surprising – we were not alone. They received over 300.000 requests.

Noma has  made the jury interested in what’s cooking up in the north. This year we have three Swedish restaurants on the top 50 which must be a record. Frantzen/Lindeberg ended up on 20th place. Far up in the north at Fäviken, Magnus Nilsson is experimenting with lichen and moss which gave him the 34th place on the list. My favorite restaurant and chef, Mathias Dahlgren, captured a well deserved 41st spot.

I hope to see the Swedish restaurants even higher up on the list in 2013. Here is the complete list.