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Collective Cooking - 26.01.09

posted Mar 4, 2009, 3:32 PM by Manuel Lombardi   [ updated Mar 5, 2009, 1:27 PM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net ]

Last week's cooking session was dedicated to carnival food, being the day after Mardi Gras. Typical Mardi Gras foods are: fried stuff and pancakes. A sort of vegetarian shephard pie completed the dinner.

Vegan fried vegetables
How to make a crunchy fried crust on our vegetables without using eggs or milk?
simple: with sparkling dry white wine (in other words sekt or prosecco) and flour! The mix (the "batter") should be thick enough, so don't make it too liquid.
We cut various vegetables (aubergines, potatoes, broccoli, onions, mushrooms), then dip them in the mix, then deep fried for 2-3 minutes in boiling oil. Some (toilet) paper helped us absorbing the oil in excess, then a bit of salt on top. Apparently, they were gnam gnam really good!

Pancakes
Made a mix with milk, eggs and flour. It had to be liquid, but thick enough to make a "string" if poured from a spoon. "Gras" means "FAT", so we choosed to cooked pancakes with butter and put butter, sugar and cinnamon powder in them.

Vegetarian Shephard Pie
various vegetables cut and put in a large oven pan, covered with mashed potatoes and baked until a crust is formed on top. Well, I have to ask the correct recipe for this...

And tonight (4 march)?
Tonight french dinner, but I will let the french girls talk about it....

Dinner 18.02

posted Feb 19, 2009, 5:24 AM by Manuel Lombardi   [ updated Feb 20, 2009, 12:41 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net ]

And even the cooking program has officially started!

Altough it was not a proper collective cooking session, I will document what we cooked yesterday, so you can steal our recipes and make good stuff.
behind the herd (and the oven): Manuel & Tau & Daan

We cooked:

- borsch-like redbeet soup
- soft focaccia with quark
- chicky-chickpeas

And now recipes!

Redbeet soup

We put a lot of  chopped leeks in a pot with ghee and oil and let them fry. O my dog! It's burning! Don't worry, just add water.
Then, chopped redbeet and celery, salt and spices, curry, thyme and some dark soy sauce. We needed to add salt and spices to mild the too sweet flavour! (That is why it is recommended to mix red beet in tomato sauce - they balance each other)
It had been served with a quark creme (quark, oil, paprika, muskatnuss, salt)

Focaccia
We prepared a bread dough with 1 kg of white flour. The yeast mixture was warm (but not hot!) water, fresh yeast, salt, sugar and ghee. Sugar let the yeast be more active, accelerating the raising process. To let the dough rise, we filled a large pot with boiling water and put the covered bowl with dough on top: the temperature let the dough grow really fast, after 15 minutes is ready to be cooked. So, knead a bit and then put the bread in form of a focaccia on the oven plate. Made some pinches with my fingers, spread ghee and salt on the surface. Let cook for 20 minutes at 180°. Then spread a quark sauce on top (quark with spices) and let it cook for other 10 minutes. Ready!

Chickpeas
Simply boiled chickpeas with oil, salt, vinegar: a yummy and proteic side dish!




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