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Rhubarb Gin Cocktail

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Rhubarb Gin Cocktail
A fresh drink with a refined bitterness is nice for relaxation on a summer evening.
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  1. Cut the vanilla pod and scrape out the marrow.
  2. Cut rhubarb and slice in pieces of 1 inch.
  3. Bring rhubarb, orange juice and vanilla to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the juice from the pulp, collect the juice and let it cool in the fridge.
  5. Fill a wine glass halfway with ice cubes.
  6. Add 50 ml gin, and rhubarb according to your preference.
  7. Garnish with a slice of orange over the rim of the glass.
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Potato dish with cheese and chives

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Potato dish with cheese and chives
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Prep Time 15 minuten
Cook Time 50 minuten
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Prep Time 15 minuten
Cook Time 50 minuten
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  1. Grate potatoes coarsely, using a food processor.
  2. Cut chives in small in small rings, using a pair of sciccors.
  3. Preheat oven to 200°C / 400 °F.
  4. Mix chives, bacon, garlic, salt and pepper through the potatoes.
  5. Put the potato mixture into a greased baking dish. Smooth the top.
  6. Mix the eggs with the milk. Stir in the cheese. Pour mixture over the contents of oven dish.
  7. Bake the potato dish in 45 to 60 minutes in the middle of the oven.
  8. Enjoy your meal!
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Roasted Vegetables from the Oven

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Roasted vegetables from the oven
Roasted vegetables from the oven taste great, smell delicious and are so easy to make! Use your favourite veggies and add some fragrant herbs.
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Prep Time 30 minuten
Cook Time 60 minuten
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Prep Time 30 minuten
Cook Time 60 minuten
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  1. Cut all vegetables into bite-sized pieces (not too small).
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C / 200°F.
  3. Fill the baking dish with your vegetables: Start with the vegetables with the longest cooking time (carrots, beans). Put vegetables that are quickly cooked on top (broccoli, tomato). Do not add the mushrooms yet.
  4. Sprinkle with some olive oil.
  5. Spread the mushrooms on top. (Do this after the olive oil, otherwise the mushrooms absorb the oil.)
  6. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, such as basil, oregano, finely chopped leaves of fennel and / or dill. These ingredients provide a wonderful scent!
  7. Season with black pepper and a pinch of salt.
  8. Roast the vegetables in the oven for about 60 min. When the vegetables are cooked, it is ready to serve! Gently strain the cooking liquid and let everyone serve themselves.
  9. Enjoy your meal!
Recipe Notes

Tips

  • Choose vegetables of different colours, to obtain a colorful dish. (So use different colors of peppers.)
  • If you're short of time, briefly blanch the vegetables with the longest cooking time (carrots, green beans) in advance.
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Apple Sauce with Pear

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Apple Sauce with Pear
Simple cooking from grandmother's time, could be easily forgotten. Fresh homemade apple sauce tastes so much better! Add some pears and it's even more special. It's a nice fresh side dish for turkey in the oven. For example at Christmas dinner with a pair of red currents on it.
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Prep Time 10 minuten
Cook Time 20 minuten
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Prep Time 10 minuten
Cook Time 20 minuten
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  1. Take a large heavy saucepan. Fill with 2 liters of water and the juice of a lemon ( This is to prevent browning of the apples).
  2. Peal the apples, remove the core, cut them into large pieces and keep them in the lemonwater. After you pealed all the apples, pour some of the lemonwater out, but leave some to prevent burning. Put the lid on the pan and bring to the boil on a medium heat.
  3. In the meantime peal the pears. Remove the core, cut the pears into pieces and add them to the apples.
  4. Boil for about 15-30 miniutes, till the fruit falls apart. Stir regularly. When the fruit at the bottom of the pan is cooked to a compote, then you can put some more heat. If necessary use a potatomasher to make the pieces in the pan smaller.
  5. Adding sugar to homemade apple sauce is not necessary, but of course you can add it.
Recipe Notes

Tip:  Add 1 tsp of cinnamon for a lovely golden brown color and a heavenly smell.

Variation tips

Use quinces or cooking pears instead of regular pears. Quinces have to cook longer, but have deeper taste and color pink by themselves during cooking.

Smooth compote or with 'lumps'?

Do want your compote to be extra smooth? Pass it once or twice through a sieve.

To get your apple sauce lumpy there are different kinds of trics:

  1. Cut the apples into large and small pieces. When the small pieces are cooked. Take the pan from the heat. End the cooking process by putting the pan into cold water and stir from time to time.
  2. After half the cooking time of take out half of the apple /pear sauce take a blender and puree it smooth ( you can use a blender or a hand mixer) and pour it back in with the other half.

Did you know ?

  • Apple sauce factories use sour apples and add 7,5% sugar as a sweetener. Making it yourself is tastier and healthier.
  • Lemon juice is very healthy. Not only because of the vitamine C!
  • You can adopt an apple tree from a fruit grower nowadays. In the spring you can come and take a look at the blossom, and in autumn you can harvest your own apples. Fun, educational and sustainable. Perhaps an original (Christmas) present for grandma and granddad, so to can take their grandchilderen on an outing?

 

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Rhubarb Compote (basic rhubarb recipe)

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Rhubarb Compote (basic rhubarb recipe)
This rhubarb compote is delicious as a side dish. But you can also use it as ingredient for other dishes. For example pies and jam or as pancake filling.
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Prep Time 5 minuten
Cook Time 10 minuten
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Prep Time 5 minuten
Cook Time 10 minuten
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Instructions
Important
  1. Important: - Use steel or ceramic knife (no aluminium). - Use steel or enamel pan (not aluminium).
Preparation
  1. Cut the leaf material and the bottom, hard and white pieces of stems.
  2. Rinse the stems underneath the tab and cut them into pieces of 2-3 centimeters (With a kitchen blender it is not much trouble to cut them even smaller).
  3. Cook the rhubarb with the sugar and water in a saucepan with lid. Within 10 minutes the rhubarb pieces are soft and will disintegrate into a form a puree.
  4. Taste if the rhubarb is sweet enough (possibly add extra sugar).
  5. Let cool and store in refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Tip:

  • Add a little blackberry juice, gradine or cassis liqueur for a lovely pink color.
  • For more binding dissolve 1.5 tsp potato starch in water, add it to the compote, stir through and bring to a boil for 1 minute.
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