Cook through your books - April

Wow - it's been a while! Not that we have not been cooking and eating here at Coeur de Sel but I do admit that I have not been to keen on trying new things. New projects, the garden and quite a lot of travelling, not to mention the job, have taken their toll, which means quiet times on this blog.
But my camera is filled with pictures of the last 3 month so lets start catching up with April's cooking session with the girls.
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We had lot's of plans for that evening but then everybody was way too busy with life to dive into the bookshelf until the night before. So once again it was a late night group chat with way too many pictures from recipes going from one to the other.

Turkish would have been on the program, but we realised that we all don't really have a Turkish cook book.
That night I rediscovered the Casa Moro cookbook, it has been sitting on the bookshelf untouched for a long time!

So the next day this was on the menu:

- Gözleme flatbread filled with spinach stuffing from Casa Moro cookbook n°2
- Basmati rice with chick peas, currants and herbs from Ottolenghi's & Tamimi's Jerusalem
- Fried okra with tomatoe, garlic and preserved lemon also from Ottolenghi's & Tamimi's Jerusalem
- Orange almond cake from " The Cookbook" by Ottolenghi

For me the discovery of the night was the Gözleme Anatolian flatbread.
Back in Istanbul we were queuing for the blue Mosque but when we were only three people away from entering they closed the door for prayer .... We went to the nearest restaurant to drink some tea and eat a little something before starting queuing all over again.
In the restaurants center were three woman kneeling on the floor, one was, very thinly,  rolling out little balls of dough, the second one would then bake the bread on a metal dome over a fire and the third was stuffing the bread with a variety of things - spinach, potato , cheese ... the whole process was beautiful to wach, the bread even better to taste.

On the  way to our garden here, there is a wild playground with a fire place and sometimes in summer there's a group of Turkish women making Gözleme. I'm determined to try making Gözleme in our garden and over the fire too!

They are delicious, easy to make & I think brilliant to go with many menus. The recipe will follow.

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Conclusion: I still don't like okra much -  I need my desserts "jucier"  but the orange cake is nice for an afternoon tea - Gözleme will be on the menu more often - and the Moro cookbooks are back in business.

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The focus was once again on the single dishes and not on the whole so we ended up with a rather funny menu:

Sweet potato and fig salad ( ottolenghi “jerusalem” )
Baked pumpkin with orange zest & bred crumbs ( nigel slater “tender” )
Paratha flat bread filled with potatoes and coriander

So all in all a very earthy and also a very spicy evening, since every single dish had fresh chilies in it. But not bad at all!

The star of the evening was certainly ottolenghis Sweet potato and fig salad with spring onions, chilies and reduced balsamic vinegar.

Indian flat bread is something one should make more often. We made paratha with a filling of mashed potatoes, chilies  and coriander.
Accompanied with a salad this would be a very nice dinner on it's own.


The third dish was baked butternut squash with breadcrumbs, rosemary, chilies  and orange zest.

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Mondays classes - summer edition

The june edition of our Monday classes looked like it would be a difficult one. Shortly before the summer holidays. The weeks days packed with school theaters and such. We were all to busy to look at cookbooks. With a garden full of berries I wanted to do some interesting jams but realized that I don't have any good recipes to try.
Funny enough this turned out to be one of the best monday classes yet. I finally learned to make a decent cazpacio, we discovered smitten kitchen's lovely onion tart made a lentil berry salad and we found the best every berry tart ( thanks to nigel slater ) only oscar martis sweet apricot knödel weren't really worth the effort.
But this was maybe because we only ate them the next day.
We also preserved lemons but they are not yet ready to use.

The recipe for this cazpacio, and the two tarts in the next post.

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Monday classes : Japanese

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Monday classes returns, as Umi is back from her two month stay in Japan! So our first session back in May was dedicated to the Japanese kitchen.
Since some of us don't like raw fish too much, we went for veggie dishes. Umi had the lead and dinner turned out amazing.

We made tempura, something I was desperate to learn since a long time, carrot tuna salad, edamame, salad and pickles. For dessert we had watermelon gelatin und a green tea crème brûlée.

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Monday classes

Janary

I don't know about you, but our bookshelf is overflowing with cookbooks (ok to be fair it's primarily overflowing with Records).
Anyway, there's a certain amount of guilt involved when I buy a new cookbook because I know there's books and books with uncooked recipes at home. I've read all my cookbooks but I could probably cook for the rest of my life with the recipes I have sitting on the shelves.

I want to try out the recipes, but when we have guests I most of the time prefer to cook something I've done before because I'm more relaxed and this means I actually spend more time with our guests. Working close to 100% I don't just cook something new on a Wednesday, foremost because my cookbooks are at home ( most of them ) and I am in the office.

This is why myself and few girlfriends started Monday Classes. Once a month we meet to cook from our cookbooks. We try new recipes and techniques, we drink and chat and sometimes we even knit.

Here I will share impressions and let you know which recipes and books are worth buying and trying.

We started in January with the Ottolenghi. This was on the menu:

Bittersweet salad  (Plenty page 162) and green pancakes with lime butter (Plenty page 150). For dessert we had an apple crumble.

M Januar

B Januar
The salad looks lovely and tastes nice and bitter. The rose water gives it a nice unexpected twist.

bittersweet salad

The green pancakes are proper comfort food perfect for a weekday dinner or a light summer dinner eaten on the balcony after a long and sunny day. The lime butter that goes with is is delicious and I will use it for other dishes as well. It's actually worth having a pot stored in the refrigerator…

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A very good looking light dinner .

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