Tuesday, April 7, 2009

An accidental Thai dinner

Sometimes things that go wrong, actually go right. My dinner plans for the evening was to make a salad with some bruschetta, a fish soup and some grilled pine apple with mascrapone cream, using collected scraps laying around. I started by making a fish stock from some frozen, raw shrimp i found in the freezer, some leftover mussels from two days ago and an assortment of vegetables. Having strained the stock, I proceeded to add the canned tomatoes, only to find that the can of tomatoes I had in the pantry was coconut milk! Shitpanic! So Thai style noodle soup it was:

Noodle soup with fish and leftovers
The stock:
vegetable oil
200 g shrimp with shells
blue mussels in theirs shells
1 onion

1-2 sticks of celery

1 carrot
1 l water

The Thai:

1 can coconut milk
5-10 lime leaves

1-2 red chilies, chopped
1 tsb strong chili powder
1-2 tbs Thai chili paste

The goodness:
200 g halibut, cut in cubes and lightly salted

150 g surimi (crab stick of good quality, not the cheap crap)
1/2 a squash
sweet peas in the pod, cut in half

The stuffing: Thai rice noodles

Heat the oil and fry the shrimp until lightly browned. Don't worry about overcooking the shrimp, they will be sacrificed to the Gods of Compost. Add the rest of the ingredients for the stock, sweat for a while and cover with water. Let the stock simmer for 30 min, strain and return to the pan. Add the Thai stuff and season to your liking. Bring a kettle to the boil and cook the noodles until done (not al dente!). Just before the noodles are done, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and turn off the heat. Simmer without boiling for 3-5 min. Put a generous amount of noodles in a deep dish and cover with the soup. This time not having canned tomatoes saved the evening.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A quiet Saturday

The plan for today was to a) go skiing, or b) fly tandem. Neither worked out. Plan a) went down the drain because I didn't go to bed until 4 a.m. in a good mood, and b) was canceled by a snowstorm. So instead I shopped food and wine for 1300 kr (!), had coffee at Perez, cleaned the house, baked bread and made dinner. Originally I planned to spend some quality time with myself and just relax, but since food tastes so much better in good company I decided to send out an invitation. I got lucky too, since the ever so wonderful Charlie accepted my invitation. And not only that, she brought a bottle of exquisite port. On the menu was an assortment of sushi, since the fish monger had very fresh and good quality salmon today. For desert we had cofee, port and dates filled with mascarpone and dusted with chocolate powder.