Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Frambozen Cream! a.k.a Raspberries cream

Raspberries are called Frambozen in Dutch.

I saw the pack of raspberries puree at Albert Heijn in the chill section. the puree is made of fresh raspberries with no sugar and preservatives added. There was a buy one get one free promotion on it. So I just grabbed it. But then thought, what would i do with 2? but i bought them anyway!

I had initially picked one up to add in Cream Cheese Frosting for the cupcakes.

A friend after having cup cake, asked for just more of frosting in a bowl if i had in left over. And she just loved it. So i thought this could be the a dessert in itself.

I thought that it would be quite fattening as well. Then i thought to use hung curd instead of cream cheese.

I hung curd for 2 hours in Muslin cloth to get the waterless creamy texture while whipping it!

So here is how i made it.

Ingredients:

1 packet Frombozen puree (You may puree at home also).

Hung Curd ( I used 250Gm Greek curd tub, strained the water using muslin cloth and twisted the clothe to take out as much water i could and hung it over the sink for 2 hours)

1 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp cream

fresh raspberries. (chop half of them)



Method:

  1. In a deep pan, Boil the raspberries puree and dissolve the sugar it in. Let it cool.
  2. Whip the hung curd and cream together.
  3. add the puree mixture into this bowl and mix it well.
  4. add the chopped raspberries and mix.
  5. chill it for at least an hour.


Garnish with remaining raspberries before serving!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tapenade

First time, I tasted Tapenade at an Italian Restaurant called Sartoria in New Delhi and bought some for home as well.
Then here in Netherlands, its given as an accompaniment when you order bread basket along with herbs and garlic butter.

So that's how I developed its taste.

Tapenade's original recipe contains anchovies but being a veg. I made it my way. Also they use Kalamata Olives but what i get here are not pitted ones, so big hassle there. I just used pitted black olives and they are easily available as well.

First time when i made it I added only black olives and next time I added green ones as well. Which I just made yesterday. But my fav. is only black olives one!


In churner goes Black Olives and Capers
Then Garlic, Lemon juice (little bit) and semi sun dried tomatoes (few slices), 2-3 tbsp olive oil and dash or salt.

I keep on checking the taste in between and to adjust the quantity of ingredients to my taste.

Here it is! i love it with bread. That day i had roasted bread it went awesome with it!


This is how I eat in most of the morning. Spread tapenade over toasted bread slices, place cheese slice ( I like Cheddar ) sprinkle some chili flakes and herbs ...
Sometimes I fill in the bell peppers or tomato or cucumber to make veg sandwich.



The one with Green olives. I added little bit of chili flakes and instead of only garlic added mixture of ground garlic, parsley and olive oil(which I had in my refrigerator, I use it to make garlic bread).


Next time i shall try making it only with green olives.