Hot and spicy chili pepper soup, Tteokbokki inspired

Are you feeling the chill, like we do in Norway right now? Why not try this hot and spicy Korean chili soup. It is perfect for this type of weather, chilly and humid.

I first encountered this soup when I lived in Pusan, South Korea but did not learn to make it untill I was back in Norway.

Korean chili soup, Tteokbokki

I was invited to a cooking class held by the Korean embassy in Oslo. We made Japchea sweet potato starch noodle stir fry and Tteokbokki(떡볶이) a spicy korean rice cake dish.

Tteokbokki 떡볶이

This dish is Tteokbokki inspired, I have not been able to find all the ingredients like tteok and odeng, the rice cakes and fish cakes used. I did however find some doable replacements. I think I have to try to make tteok one day and make this soup properly.Tteokbokki, korean chili soup

The heat in this soup comes from the fermented chili paste used(gochujang,고추장) and chili flakes.

Gochujang is a savory, spicy, and fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, and salt.

The embassy chef instructed us on how to make this dish and showed us how to make the simple broth used. She boiled some dried anchovies in water and strained it and voila, broth.

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Ingredients:

400 g rice flake/cake or of tteok
200 g fish balls or odeng(korean fish cakes)
3 scallions
2 eggs
Seasoning
2 tbsp chili pepper paste
1 tbsp chili pepper flakes
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic
Anchovy stock or some light broth( 1 liter water 1 dl dried anchovies)

Anchovi stock agj

Boil the eggs for 8-10 minutes.

Make anchovy stock by cooking anchovies in water for about 10 minutes, remove the anchovies.

Add the seasoning to the broth.

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Bring to a boil, when this is boiling add the fish balls and rice flakes. Turn down the heat to medium. Cut scallions crosswise and add them to the soup.

Chili pepper soup 3 agj

Let this boil for a minute or so, enough for the scallions to soften slightly but not lose its colour. Pour the soup into serving bowls and add the eggs, the serve and enjoy the heat.

Scrambled eggs with tomato and chives

Hapy New Year dear readers.

Yes I know that we are well into the first week of 2017, but better late than never:)

I haven’t blogged much lately, my excuse is that I have gone back to school and haven’t managed to organize my time so that there is enough time to blogging. Or maybe is it just the simple fact that I haven’t had time to cook dinner. No, it is just that I have not had the capasity  to think up anything that I wanted to post on my blog.

Continue reading “Scrambled eggs with tomato and chives”

Fried rice, making use of leftovers

Fried rice is something I make if I have a lot of leftover rice, sometimes I make a little extra on purpose just so I can make this dish. This is a simple and easy dish to make, you use what you got in the fridge. This took me less than 1 minutes to make.
This is what I used for 4 people.
4 egg scrambled
1/2 chopped onion
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tablespoon cooking oil for frying (not olive)
1 liter boiled rice
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1.5 dl chopped prawns / shrimp
1.5 dl carrots cut into cubes
1 cup edamame/peas
Ham leftovers
Salt and pepper
Sliced scallions for garnish
Make the scrambled eggs and set aside.
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Fry the onions and garlic in a pan with oil on high heat.
When the onion is translucent and starting to get burnt edges, add the rice and fry and add the sesame oil.
When the rice is nicely fried add the rest of the ingredients and fry until everything is cooked through, salt and pepper to taste.

Mère Poullard omelette

On the island of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy there is a little restaurant called La Mère Poulard, a place that serve lofty and fluffy omelets.

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Anne Poulard and her husband Victor founded the Hostellerie de la Tête d’Or, but found that their customers came and went as quickly as the tide as most of them where pilgrims visiting the church on top of the rock. They came up with the idea of cooking giant omelets in their wooden hearth to entice the visitors to stay.

The restaurant founded in 1879 has since then become quite famous for their egg dish, they are several inches thick, beaten in hand-hammered copper bowls, and cooked over an open fire.  The omelets resemble a soufflé more than a traditional one. In the early days when catering to the pilgrims the omelets were free, but when I was there in May 2015 a 250 gram omelette cost €49 and if you wanted the decadent one with lobster and truffle potatoes the price was €79.

To my dismay I was not able to sample this dish on my visit to the island. I was on a guided tour and managed to sneak away 20 minutes earlier and thought I had enough time to get a taste of this omelette. I ran from the cathedral as if I had stolen the Holy Grail it self turning a few heads as I passed, but alas the restaurant did not open until 11:30 and I had to meet up with the rest of the group at 11:20 for departure.

When I got home from my trip I googled and this is my interpretation of the omelette, but since  I made it on a conventional oven it probably did not taste the same as the one the pilgrims got, I imagine the omelette having a light smokey flavour since it is cooked over burning wood on a open hearth.

For this fluffy omelette i used

3 eggs

2 tbs creme fraishe

salt og pepper

oil and a little butter for cooking

Beat the eggs until pale and fluffy, fold in the creme fraishe, salt and pepper.

Pour the eggs into a preheated pan with a little oil and lett it cook gently on medium to low heat for about 5 minutes.
Take the pan off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes .
Put the pan back on the heat and gently lift it up and add some butter to give it a little crisper crust. Let the omelette cook for about 5 more minutes on medium to low heat, you do not want it to be cooked all the way to the top.
Slide the omelette on to a serving plate and fold.
Bon Appetitte.

Flashy breakfast eggs for easter

How did you decorate your eggs this Easter?

A few minutes before breakfast I decided to decorate ours with some flash tattoos I was going to use on myself, but they probably look way better on the eggs than on a semi old gal like myself, ha ha ha.

Super easy to make. Cut out the figures you want to use, peel the foil off and place them on the egg.

Wet the back of the paper with a wet cloth for a few seconds and voila you have some gorgeous eggs for breakfast

Happy Easter

Hugs

Pancakes

When I came home from a short but fun trip in Northern Norway I found this brochure from Prior to the mailbox.
A little while ago some other bloggers and I were asked to contributed with a recipe where we use eggs as one of the ingredients. I got a little hungry looking through all the delicious recipes. Luckily I had been in the store just before my trip and had eggs and a few other ingredients so I could make some pancakes.
It is a simple recipe and I drop the sugar and salt since I eat them with something sweet, and I fry them in butter.
For 3-4 persons
4 eggs
2.5 dl buttermilk
2.5 dl flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

butter for frying

Beat the eggs, add buttermilk and stir and lastly add the rest of the ingredients. Mix everything together but do not over mix, you want soft pancakes.
Fry the pancakes on a griddle or a frying pan with a bit of butter over medium heat on both sides.
I ate these with blueberry jam and kiwi, but you can use whatever you want.

Classic deviled eggs

I had a lot of leftover eggs from yesterdays brunch and made a few Deviled eggs.
The first time I tasted this or recollect tasting them was when I lived in The US. To me even though I tasted them for the first time in the 1980’s, this snack represent the 70’s.  I am so wrong it turns out that these filled eggs date back to Roman times. The reason why it’s called deviled / devilish is that they were considered hot was the mustard that they started using sometime in 1800 or 1900. You can use any ingredient you want as mayonnaise or equivalent is one of the main ingredients.
12 deviled eggs
6 eggs
0,5  dl mayonnaise
1/2 tbsp finely chopped(almost minced) onion
1 tsp hot mustard.
1 teaspoon finely chopped gherkins
Sugar, salt and pepper to taste
Paprika powder
Hard boil the eggs and let them cool.
De  shell the eggs and slit them i two length wise, scoop out the yolks and place them in a bowl.
Mash the yolks and add mayo, onions, mustard and gherkins, mix them together and add a bit of sugar, salt and pepper to taste.
Pipe or spoon the filling back into eggs and drizzle some paprika powder on top and garnish with something green.