Archive for January, 2008

Copenhagen cabbage

January 20, 2008

It just couldn’t go on, I guess. Nope. It had to end sometime. A couple of weeks ago, I started being part of the morning rush hour again, catching the bus out to the outskirts of town. Back to work after a couple of months on paternity leave. Getting back to work hasn’t been all bad, but it sure has cut down on my cooking ambitions, no cooking all day these days. One (very) good thing, though – and food related – is that I go to Copenhagen once in a while, attending meetings and that sort of thing. Those meetings aren’t the good, food related things, especially not the parts of the public administration I visit. Their food skills really aren’t worth writing home about. Actually, not at all.

But, sometimes I have a little extra time, giving me the chance to visit some more interesting places in our lovely capital (Read more on Copenhagen and foodie related stuff at Bea’s who just visited the place, took some great pictures and met up with fellow Danish food blogger Zarah.) One of the places I go back to often is Meyer’s Deli. They have an outlet at Magasin and even though I like the original on Gl. Kongevej better, the one in Magasin does the trick and gives me my occasional Meyer fix.

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This time around I opted for a cabbage soup with puy lentils. It was a great lunch dish with crunch from the fresh green cabbage garnish and the lightly cured goose providing the filling. I assume this was made from simmering a lightly cured goose in a stock, removing the goose when done and cooking the cabbage in the stock afterwards. The stock and cooked cabbage was then pureed and seasoned, the plucked meat of the goose added, and then served with finely chopped, fresh cabbage and cooked puy lentils. Serve with bread on the side.

For dinner I went to the Deli on Gl. Kongevej. You might say I have a slight obsession for Claus Meyer’s books and deli’s – and you’d probably be right.

After Christmas Chocolates

January 11, 2008

Yes, I’m sure they make decent chocolate in Paris. I’ve heard they even make some in the US. And of course Valrhona isn’t a bad choice, but really when it comes down to serious business, there really is only one.

Summerbird chocolate

Well, in my humble opinion anyways. Jokes aside, there are tons of great chocolatiers around, and we’re lucky enough to have a couple close at hand. Summerbird is our absolute favorite with their innovative twist on the chocolate side of life. It’s never over the top but always a little different than those mainstream products you pick at the gas station because you forgot the gift for grand ma.

The star of the trio above is the egg covered in white chocolate. The inspiration is the spices of the Middle Ages, it may sound a bit strange but any reservation will be put to instant shame by this complex chocolate ganache filled baby – try one!

Menu for Hope IV – part 2

January 11, 2008

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The results are in for the fourth edition of Menu for Hope, this time raising more than $90.000 for a food programme in Lesotho. The results can be seen over at Chez Pim. – And what do you know… I won! I’m almost a little embarrassed as I didn’t enter to get anything but to do little good in the world. But it ended up with a copy of Dorrie‘s new book on baking for my personal enjoyment. I can’t wait to try it out, even giving my slight embarrassment 🙂