— The food and the bottle.

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June, 2014 Monthly archive

Incredibly excited today !!! I received the first full recipe !!! from Jenny and her family.

Jenny and her two kids Felicia and Marta found bottle T_0005 last summer in South Sweden whilst at the beach with Lars, Jenny’s father. Read the whole story here.

Time went by, winter came and Lars and his wife visited Jenny, her husband Sergio, Felicia and Marta in Uppsala. They decided to cook a menu together and write the recipe down for this project. Sergio ist from Chile and apparently the one who is doing the magic in the kitchen at home. And so is Lars with desserts.

Jenny: “We really enjoyed eating it with a great Zinfandel wine. Sergio made the starter Salsa and the main course, and my father did the dessert.”

It sounds so scrummy >>> it’s so totally screaming for a cooking session <<< *Fingers crossed the dessert comes out nicely in my old gas oven* … photos to follow …

Thank you so much for participating !!!

Pebre – Chilean salsa
Peel 4 tomatoes and slice them into small pieces.
One big onion and 4 banana shallots are very well chopped into small pieces and mixed with the tomatoes.
The juice from one lemon is added together with 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil and 1 tablespoon of sambal oelek. Salt and pepper as you like.
2 large bunches of fresh coriander (silantro) is chopped and put on top of the salsa. Just before serving together with bread, as a starter, the coriander is mixed into the salsa.

Entrecote en la Chile
Mixed mushroom sauce
Banana shallots (equivalents of 150 grams) are chopped into small pieces and fried in butter until they are soft.
Mushrooms of your own favorite kinds are fried in a pan on their own until the liquid is evaporated. Then the onion is added to the pan with mushrooms and fried together followed by adding 300 ml of full cream. Let it boil carefully for ten minutes. Add breadcrumbs until the sauce is as thick as you want it and spice it only with salt and pepper.

Sweet potatoes puree
Peel sweet potatoes and slice them into smaller pieces. Boil them together with potatoes until they are ready. Pour out the water. Pulp the potatoes and then whip with the mixer. Salt and add a lot of full cream.

Mixed salad
Arugula, baby spinach and chard are mixed with cherry tomatoes in half and yellow paprika. The juice from half a lemon and extra virgin olive oil and salt is mixed into the salad and it is served as it is.

Entrecote
Fry 2.5 cm thick slices of entrecote in sunflower oil until it is done as required (preferably rare). Only spice with salt and serve immediately together with the left overs of pebre, puree, mushroom sauce and salad.

Glace au four (Lars style)
Heat the oven to 250°C.

Meringue
4 egg whites are whipped into hard consistence using a mixer. Add three table spoons of sugar and mix carefully by hand with a ladle. Keep it in the refrigerator during the preparation of the chocolate sauce.

Chocolate sauce
Two tablespoons of butter are melted in a saucepan, followed by adding 200 ml of cream (40%), 200 ml of sugar and 80 grams of cocoa. During stirring the ingredients are carefully heated until boiling and let it simmer until the sauce has started to get thicker. Do not let it get to thick.

1 liter of vanilla ice cream of good quality is placed into a deep ovenproof dish. Spread the whipped meringue to cover the ice cream totally.

Bake the meringue in the oven a few minutes until the meringue turns light brown on the top. Watch the process so that the icecream not melt more than at the surface.

Serve immediately together with the chocolate sauce. Enjoy!

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The Linus and the cork.

Evening of the 21st of April. Sonja is packing the bag for the next day. She’s on Curacao with her husband and two kids for her brother’s wedding. They planed to go daytripping on a boat to Klein Curacao the next morning. Towels, suncream, snorkel gear, swimmies, clothing for the kids, water, a book … bottel SL_0008. And of course a cork to seal it.

The alarm goes of early, but that’s alright because everyone is excited. Especially Sonja and her six years old son Linus. They brought the letter all the way from Germany, now on their way back from Klein Curacao to Curacao it was time to finally send it off traveling. Everything is ready. Linus is fiddling the message into the bottle – a classical carribean Flor de Caña rum. Sonja is searching for the cork. It’s all perfect, they are in the middle of the two islands. Niko is getting the camera ready. Sonja is searching in the left corner of the bag. Searching in the right corner of the bag. Searching in the side pockets. Slightly hectic now. Searching the boat. Now everyone’s searching for the cork. Even Leia, the little one, is down on her knees. But no cork. Nowhere. Disappointment. Linus get’s mad. Angry and young tempered he shouts at Sonja for forgetting the cork. Uncensored. Niko cools everyone down while he’s looking for a substitute they could close the bottle with. Nada. They go home, the bottle un-thrown. Sonja feels terribly bad, old and forgetful. 

Breakfast the next morning. The family in sitting on the terrace, enjoying another day in sunny paradise. Linus, daydreaming and recapturing his last adventures, is all of a sudden remembering: “Mum! I know where the cork is! … It’s in the car! I’ve been playing with it on the way to the boat!” Sonja stunned. Sonja angry. Shortly. Sonja happy for not being forgetful. Or old. “Sorry, I forgot.” Linus apologises.

After breakfast they go down to the beach and together they swim out into the ocean to send the bottle SL_0008 on it’s journey. Thank you so much you two! For participating, and for this lovely anecdote.

To see where and when SL_0008 was finally put into the water check out the MAP.

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A belated entry for bottle nr. NI_0001 and NI_0002 // August 2013.

Natascha and Simon went to Basel and put NI_0001 into the Rhein, right where the borders of Switzerland, Germany and France meet. Now where will you be found my friend?

NI_0002 was put into the Limmat in Zurich a couple of days later. When Natascha and myself went swimming there last year I was surprised how fast the drift is. If the bottle doesn’t break it might make it’s way all the way to the Aare.

To see where and when check out the MAP.

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