Saturday, November 22, 2014

Haute Cuisine at Genuss-Atelier

This picture shows Lisa Deutschmann (business management and marketing), Martin Seifried (chef), Marcus Blonkowski (chef) and Nicole Blonkowski (restaurant management).

They all met in Vienna where they studied, trained and worked in Haute Cuisine. The team of four decided to start something great back in their hometown Dresden. And born was the idea for Genuss-Atelier: a restaurant that offers food of an extraordinary quality in an unpretentious atmosphere.

Our lunch  

Romaine Lettuce with Poularde, Capers and Parmigiano  

Saibling with Parsley Root and Leek

Mousse of Gingerbread with Crumbles and Morello Cherries 

If you are curious and want to try it yourself, here is their website and address.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

Donna Hay's pear tart

This wonderful pear tart just breathes autumn. I freshly ground the almonds and the whole-wheat in my Vitamix. Instead of buttermilk I used almond milk. Happy sunny autumn!

Pear Tart 

3/4 cup (115g) whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup (40) ground almonds
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup 880ml) maple syrup or light agave syrup
1 egg
3/4 cup (180ml) buttermilk
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
40g unsalted butter , melted
2 firm pears, peeled, cored and sliced (I took Conference.)
2 tablespoons raw sugar

Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Place the flour,ground almonds and baking powder in a bowl and mix to combine. In a separate bowl, mix together the maple syrup, egg, buttermilk/almond milk, lemon rind and cinnamon.Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients with the butter and mix to combine. Line the base of a greased 24cm loose.bottom tart tin with non-sticking baking paper. Pour the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.
Arrange the pears over the top and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

two ways to cook quinces

I'm always keen to find new quince recipes, because every autumn my quince tree heaps basketfuls of this wonderful, old-fashioned fruit on me. My classic is the double reduced, deep coral red, jelly. Besides pure muscle strength (which is always necessary to cut a quince in pieces) it takes many steps and a lot of time to prepare. Although I really love the classic jelly I have been looking for something easier, quicker, but nevertheless more sophisticated than the homely quince and apple sauce.

Regardless of the recipe, you will need a good kitchen equipment and you have to be very careful not to cut your fingers to turn the tough and rock-hard fruit into its soft, sweet and fragrant state.

In one of the last weekend editions of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung I came across this recipe which I put aside for the next "quincy" occasion: poached quinces with mint cream.

poached quinces with mint cream
yields 4 servings

2 ripe and beautiful quinces
1/2 l white wine
100g honey
100g sugar
1 vanilla pod

for the cream:
5 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
200g créme fraiche

Peel the quinces with a regular vegetable peeler. Cut the fruit in half using a large sharp chef's knife. Be careful! Cut the core and seeds away. They are very hard and woody, I use a melon baller to cut them out. Make the poaching liquid combining the wine, the honey, the sugar and the vanilla pod. Let it simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the quinces. Let them cook at a bare simmer for 40 minutes or until pink and tender.

Refrigerate them in the liquid.

Combine the crème fraiche, the sugar and the mint and blend in a blender. Refrigerate.

Serve the quinces without the poaching liquid (you may save it to drizzle it over ice cream). Cover them  generously with mint cream and decorate with a sprig of fresh mint.

And here's how I cook our traditional  double reduced quince jelly:

6 -8 quinces
1l water
500g sugar

Clean the quinces with a kitchen cloth. Chop them with a sharp chef's knife. Put them into a large pot with core, seeds and skin. Let them cook at low temperature for about 40 minutes. Strain Them through a cheese cloth during the night or at least for a couple of hours. I additionally press the cheese cloth with my hands to increase the amount of juice before I discard the fruit. It will become a little less transparent, but who cares!

Measure the juice. It should yield one liter. If it is more liquid reduce it cooking at slow temperature with the lid open.
Combine one liter juice with 500g sugar. Reduce it again cooking slowly with the lid open to about one liter. You will see how it thickens. Try if it has jelled cooling a tiny amount on a plate. Fill it in jars. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

weekend links

"I breathe life into the impossible" says London based set designer Rhea Thierstein. Here's an interview with her.

Check out "Live the language" on vimeo. It's great fun.

How to figure out what you really want to do in life - in case you haven't found it yet

Behind the scenes of a food photography shoot with the famous food photographer Matt Armendariz.