Birdie, birdie nam nam

Quail is probably not the first bird most of you would prepare. It´s hard to find but it is rather easy to cook so give it a try. If you serve it as one course in a menu one quail is enough for each person.

Rosted quail with beluga lentils and fig vinegar sauce

  • 4 drawn Quails (vaktel, Wachtel)
  • fresh Thyme
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 3 dl Beluga lentils
  • 2 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 green Apple
  • 3+5 dl Chicken stock
  • 1 dl Fig vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • Salt, pepper

Start with cooking the lentils in 5 dl chicken stock, thyme, chopped garlic (1 clove), onion and carrot. When they are done, pour away the broth.

Roast the quails in a pan with 2 garlic gloves, butter and 3 thyme sprigs until it gets colour. Cook in 100⁰ C until it reaches 57⁰. Let it rest 5 min before serving.

Fig sauce. Braise an onion and a garlic clove in butter and sugar. Add the fig vinegar and stock. Let it simmer til you have reduced it with 50%. If it is to thin add some butter and even some thickening. Finish it off with salt and pepper.

Warm the cooked lentils in a pan with butter and thyme. Add chopped apple. Serve the lentils with the roasted quail and the fig vinegar sauce.

Music: Listened to the extraordinary album by Movits!

Weekend special

Starter – Artichoke and mozzarella salad

  • Mozzarella
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Lamb’s lettuce
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar
  • Chilli, finely chopped
  • Lemon zest
  • Garlic, grated

Buy a really nice mozzarella and tear it to pieces, half the artichoke hearts and place it on a plate together with lamb’s lettuce. Splash olive oil and vinegar over the plate and finally add chopped chilli, lemon zest and grated garlic.

Main course – Veal with beluga lentils and sun-dried tomatoes

  • 400-500 g fillet of Veal
  • Butter
  • 1 Lemon, zest
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 dl Beluga lentils
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • twig of fresh Thyme
  • 100 g salted Pork belly/Bacon
  • Chicken broth
  • 300 g Cherry tomatoes, dried

Start with the tomatoes, half them and put them on baking paper with salt, pepper, fresh thyme, slices of garlic and a bit of sugar in the oven for 1 hour on 150 degrees Celsius.

Fry the veal with butter in a pan until it gets a bit of a colour. Place aluminium foil with baking paper on top, place the meat and squeeze the lemon juice over it and the lemon zest. Wrap the meat and bake it in the oven (150 degrees Celsius) until the meat has a temperature of 55 degrees Celsius.

Add salt and pepper and cut the meat in four pieces, for serving.

Boil the lentils in chicken broth with a crushed garlic clove, a twig of fresh Thyme and salt. Cut the salted pork belly into small pieces and fry them in a pan. Remove the garlic clove and the Thyme twig from the lentils and add the fried salted pork.

Jerusalem artichoke sauce

  • 200 g Jerusalem artichokes
  • 2 dl Milk
  • 1 dl Cream
  • 0,5 dl Water
  • Chicken broth
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • 1 Lemon, the juice

Peel and cut the artichokes in small pieces. Boil them with milk, cream, water and chicken broth until the artichokes are done. Mix and strain. Shortly before serving bring the sauce to boil and add the lemon juice. Is the sauce to thick, add more milk. When warm mix to get a nice foam.

Put the lentils on to a plate, lean the veal on to the lentils, place the dried tomatoes on top and add your Jerusalem artichoke foam.

Dessert – Mint mud cake and cherry sorbet

Mint mud cake

  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 dl Sugar
  • 150 g Butter
  • 1,5 dl Wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp Cacao
  • 1 Mint chocolate bar ( 100 g)

Set the oven on 175 degrees Celsius. Melt the butter and the chocolate. Blend everything together, butter a baking tin with a detachable brim and sprinkle it with coconut.

Bake it for approximately 30 minutes, it should still be “muddy” in the middle.

Cheery sorbet

  • 400 g Cherries
  • 1 dl dry White wine
  • 2 dl Water
  • 1 dl Sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon, the juice

Remove the pips from the cherries and mix them. Blend the mixture with the rest of the ingredients in a casserole. Bring it to boil and simmer shortly to make the sugar melt. Let it cool off and use an ice-cream maker for 20-40 minutes.


Finally the R-months are here!

It is said that you should only eat sea mussels when the month’s spelling contains the letter r. And now we have September!

Moules marinés

  • 2 kg Sea mussels
  • 2 Shallot
  • fresh Thyme
  • 3-4 dl White wine
  • 1 dl Cream
  • 1 Carrot, sliced
  • 2 Celery stems, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • 1-2 Bay leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Start by scrubbing the mussels and make sure to throw away the open ones. Heat up the olive oil in a pan and add the mussels, stir. Add the rest of the ingredients; veggies, spices, wine and cream.

Let the mussels boil/ steam until they are open. Serve the mussels in a large bowl and decorate with chopped parsley, lemon zest and grated garlic.

Home made deep-fried potatoes

  • 4-5 Potatoes
  • Deep-fry oil
  • Salt

Cut the potatoes in pieces/ batons. Use a pot or a saucepan with a thick bottom, heat up the oil. To test if the oil is hot enough throw in a piece oaf white bread. The bread should be ready after approximately 1 minute in the oil.

Fry the potatoes twice. The first time for 2-3 minutes, let them cool off in between, and the second time until they are golden.Let them drain on a kitchen paper and add salt.

When deep-frying always keep a lid nearby in case the oil gets to warm and if you have one, a fire blanket. In case of an accident do not use water!

Chili Mayonnaise

  • 3 Egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar
  • 2-3 dl Rape oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sambal Olek
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice

Make sure that all the ingredients have the same temperature before you start. Blend egg yolks with mustard and vinegar. Use an electric mixer and very carefully add the rape oil in a fine jet.  When you feel you have a good consistency add Sambal olek, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Blend and taste it.

Music: The swedish band Movits with their song Äppelknyckarjazz

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

We both had a cold this last week and needed something to cheer us up so we started planning a menu with the very healthy apple as the connecting ingredient.

Oysters with apple

  • 8 Oysters
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar (apple cider)
  • 2 tbsp dry apple Cider
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Olive oil
  • zest from half a Lemon
  • White pepper
  • 1/2 frozen Apple

Open the oysters and marinate them in the vinegar, cider, sugar, olive oil, lemon zest and white pepper. Clean the oyster shells and put them in the freezer.

Grate the frozen apple. Take out the frozen shells, put some grated apple in the bottom, add an oyster and little of the marinade and garnish with some more frozen apple.

Smoked lamb, cucumber salad and chervil foam

  • 150 g Lamb fillet or other tender pieces
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled and cored
  • 1 dl Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 3 Shallots
  • 4 dl Chicken broth
  • 2 dl Apple juice
  • 2 dl Milk
  • 2 dl Cream
  • zest and juice from 1-2 Lemons
  • 50 g Chervil (or mint, Thai basil)
  • Salt and black pepper

Start with the lamb. Mix a litre cold water with 1 dl salt to a transparent fluid. Add the lamb and salt for 5 min. Dry the lamb and smoke it for 5 min. You could also buy smoked lamb or duck.

Make long “noodles” of the cucumber. Salt and squeeze out the water. Chop 1 shallot in fine pieces and mix with cucumber, yoghurt and cumin.

Chop 2 shallots in fine pieces. Braise in butter, add chicken stock and apple juice. Boil untill half of the fluid remains. Add cream and milk and cook until it got a creamy consistency. At the end add chervil and lemon juice and mix with a hand blender to a foam.

Serve the foam with the lamb topped with the cucumber salad.

Thick fillet of cod with leek cream

  • 600 g thick fillet of Cod
  • 1 tbsp Bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp Apple, finely cut
  • 1 tbsp Shallot, finely cut
  • 1 tbsp Tomato, finely cut
  • 1 tbsp Parsley, finely cut
  • 1 tbsp Horse radish, grated

Put the cod raw in a bol with 1 l water and 1 dl Salt for about 20 minutes. Then rinse the fish in cold water, cut it in 4 pieces and put them on oven paper or on a buttered tin. The oven temperature is 80⁰ Celsius and the fish is done when it reaches 45-50⁰ Celsius.

Decorate the cod with the vegetable mix and the bread crumbs

Leek cream

  • 300 g Cream, 40 %
  • 200 g Leek, sliced
  • 150 g Potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • Salt
  • White pepper

Boil cream, leek and potatoes together until the potatoes are soft. Mix, strain and spice.

Blend rape oil with lemon juice and decorate the leek cream with it.

Roasted quail, black salsify x 2, cider juice

  • 4 Quails (boaned)
  • fresh Thyme
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 300 g Black salsify
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 dl Cream
  • 1,5 dl Chicken stock
  • 1 dl Apple cider (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon White wine vinegar
  • 4 twigs Tarragon
  • 1 dl stock from Veal

Cook vinegar, tarragon and cider until 3 tbsp remains. Add chicken- and veal stock and simmer to wanted consistency. If you want it to be like a glaze add some thickening. Before serving add a tbsp butter, salt and pepper if needed.

Peal the black salsify. Make four sticks (10 cm long). Fry the sticks in sugar and butter. Cook the left over pieces in 1/2 dl chicken stock and cream. Boil until the salsify is soft. Mix with salt and pepper to a purée.

Fry the quails in thyme, garlic and butter on the skin side. When colored bind together and roast in 100⁰ C in the oven until it reaches 57⁰ C.

Goat cheese with lemon and rosemary cooked apples

  • 1 Ciabatta or baguette
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 2 dl Sugar
  • 1 twig Rosemary
  • 1 Lemon slice
  • 1,5 Apple
  • 150 g creamy Goat cheese

Slice the bread in wafer-thin slices. If you put the bread in the freezer for 30 min it is easily done. Heat a pan with oil and salt. Bake the slices until they have a nice color.

Slice the apple into 1 cm apple rings. Cook 2 dl water, 2 dl sugar, lemon slice and the rosemary for 2 min. Add the apple rings and simmer for 3 min. Take out the apples and let them rest until served. Cook the syrup until it has the consistency of a glaze.

Put apples, cheese and the thin bread in layers. Garnish with the glaze and some rosemary.

Apple compote with cardamom cream and Calvados jelly

Apple compote

  • 2 Apples
  • 0,5 dl Applejuice
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • half a Cinnamon stick

Peel and core the apples, cut them into pieces. Boil them with the applejuice, the sugar and the cinnamon stick until they are soft. Take out the cinnamon stick and mix the rest to a smooth pureé.

Cardamom cream

  • 200 g Cream
  • 100 g Milk
  • 4 Egg yolks
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 20 g whole green Cardamom
  • 1 Gelatine leaf, soaked

Boil milk and cream together with the cardamom, whisk the egg yolks and the sugar. Pour the milk cream over the egg yolks and the sugar. Heat to 85 degrees Celsius, add the gelatine leaf and strain.

Calvados jelly

  • 0,5 dl Calvados
  • 0,5 dl Water
  • 1-2 Gelatine leaves, soaked

Heat up the Calvados and the water carefully, add the gelatine leaves and let them melt.

Use a dessert bowl or a soup plate. The applecompote at the bottom, add the cardamom cream and then the calvados jelly. Leave it in a cold place (the fridge) until serving. We served it with a home made yoghurt sorbet, apple crisps and candied hazelnuts.

Last but not least we made an espresso and enjoyed a glass of really nice Calvados.

Music: The White Stripes wonderful  Apple blossom, together with the classic Glenn Miller song – Don’t sit under the apple tree