Senfeier

 

Senfeier in the Seinfeld
Don’t actually pronounce it like Seinfeld…

Senfeier is a German dish. The name translates from German to English as Mustard Eggs. The original recipe calls for boiled potatoes, but I really prefer fried ones. This is my mothers recipe, so thanks to her for sharing this meal with the whole world!

4 servings

Ingredients:
  • 10 medium yellow potatoes
  • 8-10 boiled eggs
  • 500 grams of thick cut bacon
  • Enough cornstarch to thicken sauce (A tablespoon or so.)
  • 500 millilitres of milk
  • 30 grams of Dijon mustard
  • 1 Green onion, sliced thin
  • small lemon wedge

Add potatoes to a pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. While your potatoes are boiling you can work on the other parts of the recipe.

Hard boil your eggs by placing them in a pot of cold water. Bring the water to a boil for 5 minutes. Drain the boiling water off and rinse the eggs in cold water to stop them from over cooking. Peel the eggs and reserve them for later.

Dice your bacon and add it to a cold pan. Cook bacon on medium low heat until crispy. By this time, your potatoes should be cooked. Drain the water from them and cool them on a tray. They should still be firm enough to slice through with a knife.

Stir the cornstarch into the bacon, keeping the bacon fat. Add the cornstarch to the pan while you are stirring the bacon with a wooden spoon. This will prevent your sauce from becoming lumpy. Begin to pour the milk into the pan. Pour gradually, so the sauce does not cool down too fast while you are mixing. Stir in the mustard and taste your sauce, season it with salt and pepper and set it aside. If you feel like your sauce is too thick, add hot water in small amounts.

Slice potatoes in half and place them cut side down in a cold and oiled pan. Turn the element to medium high heat and crisp your potatoes to golden brown.

To serve:

Arrange potatoes and eggs on plate. Pour the sauce over your mixture and garnish the plate with a lemon wedge and sliced green onions. Dust plate with a pinch of paprika if you want to go the extra mile.

 

Kootenay Doukhobor Borscht

This recipe is courtesy of Joan Stewart. Thanks!

I received this recipe in the ’60s from my friend Carol Zubick who was born, raised and still lives in Nelson BC. There are many variations to this recipe (some add celery, some shred everything), but this one is still my preferred texture and flavours.

Ingredients

  • 3 Liters water
  • 1 Tbsp. salt (less if you prefer)
  • 6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1-2 medium beets, scrubbed clean and cut in half
  • 1 large onion diced (half for frying pan and half for pot)
  • 1 large head of cabbage – remove core. Slice cabbage very thin and then small dice/chop (half for frying pan and half for pot)
  • 1 cup small-diced carrots (half for frying pan and half for pot)
  • 1 green pepper, small-diced (half for frying pan and half for pot)
  • 1 can tomato juice (10 oz.)
  • 1 carton whipping cream (473 ML)
  • 3/4 cup butter  (half for frying pan, half for mashing potatoes)
  • 1 large can quality canned tomatoes (squish/break tomatoes with hands in bowl before adding)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • l/2 cup chopped fresh Dill weed –– pull the fronds from the stem and chop them – the more fresh dill the merrier – a whole cup if you have it
  • salt and pepper to taste

INTO LARGE POT

    add water, salt, half of the onion, beets and potatoes to pot – bring to simmer, partially cover and cook until potatoes are tender. Remove potatoes from pot with a straining spoon and place them in large bowl (leave pot on heat). Add a good grinding of pepper. Mash potatoes with half of butter and half of whipping cream and green onions. Set aside.

Heat a LARGE FRY PAN/SKILLET

Melt half the butter in the pan. When the butter has melted, add half of the onions, half of the carrots, half of the green pepper and half of the diced cabbage. Stir to coat all with butter. Simmer slowly on low heat until onions are transparent. Add small can of tomato juice, mix well and simmer until cabbage soft.

BACK TO POT

     Once potatoes are removed, add half of the cabbage, half of the carrots and crushed tomatoes to the pot (Add salt and pepper to taste.). Simmer until cabbage is almost tender.

BRING IT ALL TOGETHER

Remove and discard beets (The nutrients, flavour and color are now in broth.) Add the rest of green pepper and continue to simmer until cabbage is tender. Pour the mashed potatoes slowly back into the soup and mix until mashed potatoes are blended. Add mixture from fry pan to pot. Add remaining whipping cream. Add lots of fresh chopped dill. Simmer gently for a few minutes and then turn off heat. Scatter with green onion. Served with fresh baked bread and butter.

Oregon Black truffles in Olive Oil

Three Oregon Black Truffles ready to be diced up
Leucangia carthusiana or the Oregon Black Truffle is a rare fungus that grows along the west coast of the United States and Canada. North American Truffles are cheaper than their European cousins, but the taste is just as flavourful.

 

This recipe seems quite basic, but it is a clever way to keep your truffles delicious for just a little bit longer. The proper way to store a truffle is to loosely wrap it in paper towels and keep it in a mason jar in the fridge. Be aware, you must change the paper towel daily. Otherwise,  your truffle will dampen the towel and your truffle can spoil. Black Oregon truffles can be hard to find and it’s ok to use any truffles you can get your hands on.

This infused oil can be used in anything from pizzas to pastas. The small brunoise of truffle will impart a complex flavour into your olive oil. The oil is potent, so use it with caution. You can always add more, but once you add too much, there’s no turning back.

You will need:

  • 1 clean mason jar (I used a 500 ml Jar)
  • 6 medium Oregon Black Truffles, very small dice (Brunoise)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Enough to cover the truffles.)

Combine the oil and truffles in a mason jar. Let your mixture infuse in a refrigerator for at least a couple days. Don’t panic if the mixture solidifies in the fridge, it will liquefy when it comes back up to room temperature.

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I would be happy to help out

Caprese Salad with fresh Buffalo Mozzarella

A salad is only as good as the ingredients that go into it. This recipe is more of a guideline than anything. Buffalo cheese is luxurious, but any fresh mozzarella will work.

Serves 5 people

Ingredients:
  • 6 medium vine ripened tomatoes
  • 3 balls of buffalo mozzarella (Or Mozzerella di Bufala in Italian.)
  • Micro Basil (Regular Basil will work just as well.)
  • Olive oil (To taste.)
  • Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Use a sharp knife to slice the tomatoes on a clean cutting board. Also, slice the buffalo mozzarella the same way. Arrange the tomato and cheese on a plate. Season the tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle olive oil over the salad. Garnish the salad with the basil and you’re finished.

Nothing beats Caprese salad. I know it’s winter, but you can still purchase some nice greenhouse tomatoes here in Vancouver, BC.