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Crayfish salad

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment
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Crayfish salad

This crayfish salad is easy to make even though it contains quite a long list of ingredients. It’s a nice, healthy and beautiful dish to serve any time!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 250g Romanesco cauliflower (I just love how this veggie looks!)
  • 250 g Broccoli
  • 100 g Kidney beans (you can use more if you like)
  • salt
  • 4 mini pineapples (I bought regular sized pineapples. It all depends on how big portions you’d like to make. Mine was a lunch size)
  • 2 Oranges
  • 4 Mandarins
  • 150 g Celery
  • ½ bundle of fresh dragon
  • ½ bundle of dill
  • 1,25 dl olive oil
  • Juice of 0,5-1 lemon
  • 400 g crayfish
  • Black pepper
  • Worchestershire sauce

Preparation

  1. Clean and wash the broccoli and romanesco. Separate inflorescences. Clean and was the kidney beans and cut them in short pieces. Boil the vegetables in salted water for approximately 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water and strain.
  2. Slice off the “hats” of the pineapples and scrape the contents out. Peel the oranges and the mandarins. If you have time and energy – the salad is even better if you only use the pulp from the oranges and mandarins as fruit files of a sort. If you don’t feel like going through all the trouble, don’t worry – the salad will still taste gerat if you just dice the fruit.
  3. Clean and wash the celery, then cut it into small pieces. Mix the fruit, celery, romanesco and broccoli.
  4. Wash and dry the herbs, finely chop them and mix with lemon juice and olive oil. Add the crayfish into the salad. Season with salt, pepper and Worchestershire sauce. You can also add the lemon-oil-herb dressing or serve it separately.
  5. You can use the pineapple “hats” for decoration.

Photo @ Hanna Stolt

Original recipe from a book (a Finnish translation) called “Salaatteja” (Salads)

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Seafood risotto and a delicious berry pie

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Äyriäisrisotto © Hanna Stolt

Seafood risotto

My sister Saara visited us this weekend and today I also invited my brother and his 8-year-old son over for lunch. In the morning we were trying to figure out what to eat for lunch and finally I found this Seafood Risotto recipe in a Swedish magazine called Elle mat & vin. Our freezer’s full of berries as Kalle’s (my boyfriend’s) parents are always giving us more when we visit them. For that we’re both very grateful of course :) In any case, with a freezer full of berries it felt like a good idea to make a berry pie for dessert.

This recipe is my own version of the original with some small changes.

Seafood Risotto

serves 4-6

  • 1 onion or 2 shallot onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 dl vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 dl avorio or arborio rice
  • 3 dl white wine
  • 2 dl grated parmesan
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese
  • 340 g crayfish tails
  • 180 g shrimps
  • 240 g mussels
  • juice of half a lemon
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 – 1,5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • dill for garnishing

Preparation

  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic cloves.
  2. Bring the vegetable broth to boil and let simmer  lightly. It’s important to use warm broth throughout the preparation.
  3. Fry the onion and garlic cloves in a kettle with olive oil and butter. Don’t let them catch color, fry for approximately 3 mins.
  4. Add the rice and fry it with the onion and garlic cloves until it becomes translucent.
  5. Add about 2 dl’s of vegetable broth at a time while simultaneously stirring the risotto. Do the same with the white wine. Once you’ve added some liquid, stir and let the absorb it before adding more.  You can never stir a risotto too much!
  6. Cook the risotto for 20-25 mins. You can add even more vegetable broth if needed, just remember that it should be warm.
  7. Lift the kettle from the stove and add parmesan cheese. Mix well and add mascarpone cheese – mix carefully.
  8. Add the seafood and season with lemon juice, grated lemon peel, salt and pepper. Leave some of the lemon peel for garnishing.
  9. Garnish the risotto with lemon peel and fresh dill.

This risotto is rich and creamy thanks to the mascarpone and parmesan cheese. Lemon makes it fresh and gives a great little egde to the taste. Serve the risotto immediately and enjoy!

Vadelma-mansikkapiirakka © Hanna Stolt

Berry pie

As mentioned, we had berry pie for dessert. Spelt (a species of wheat) gives the crust a lovely “nutty” flavor and raw sugar makes it extra delicious.

Berry Pie with Raspberries and Strawberries

serves 4-6

  • 100 g butter
  • 2 dl (organic) wheat or spelt flour
  • 3/4 dl (organic) wheat or spelt flakes
  • 2,5 tbsp indian sugar or raw sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp maizena or potato flour
  • 1-2 dl raspberry
  • 1-2 dl strawberry

Mix butter, spelt flour and flakes and sugar in a bowl until the dough becomes even. Press the dough into a loose bottom cake tin (∅ 20 cm). Leave a little dough so you can some dough crumbles on top of the pie later on. Spread a thin layer of potato flour on the crust. The potato flour is crucial as without it, the berries (when melting in the oven) will make the crust wet. So the potato flour will soak up the juice from the berries and leave the crust nice and dry.

Add berries on top of the crust and potato flour layer. Crumble rest of the dough on top and bake the pie for 15-20 mins in 200°C.

You can serve the pie with some vanilla ice cream or vanilla sauce.

Original recipe from: Elle mat & vin 6/2010 (Dec-Jan)