Cooking: Spinach-Creme-Roll with salmon

Cooking book: The App “Yazio”
Publisher: n/a

Estimated time:  20min
Actual time:  35min

Difficulty: 3/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~5€


Yes, it´s pricey – simply because the spinach wasn´t exactly the cheapest thing to be buying, and the salmon kinda topped it. The cheese and the eggs needed for the whole were the rather cheap parts of it, and mixing it all together also the easiest part.

I made the mistake of spreading the spinach-“liquid” too thin onto the baking paper, it should´ve been far thicker but nope, it said “thin” in the instructions so…now I know better, and next time it´ll hopefully also peel off the baking paper better after it cooled off. The rest of the preparation was easy, so no big deal.

For mt it was perfect food for a not so warm summer evening after a day with a workout – simply because it has loads of proteins in it, and in my version with more salmon than instructed it had around 600kcal.

Clearly a recipe I will be doing again – tastes just so good! And it stuffs nicely!

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Cooking: Salmon tartar with potato pancakes and mayonnaise

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time: 25min
Actual time: 45min (but it was relaxed cooking, with laughing and such in between, so that´s maybe biasing the whole)

Difficulty: 2/10 (maybe, hard to judge…but it was rather easy)
Amount: For 2 people
Price per person: ~3€

It was really easy if you split the tasks and transfer those onto  two people – one is doing most of the cutting, the other person is doing the potato work and everything, and then it goes rather smooth. Just one thing: you really need to have a nice mixer unless you want some arm training for the mayonnaise – that was really the only downside of it all, yet it was fun nevertheless.

The meal itself is a great started, because it is rather light, and the tartar is slightly sour and just perfect for summer-ish temperatures like the ones we´re currently facing!

Restaurant: Winter City

 Let´s start with the entree, served first. I chose a salad with mozzarella stick and was a tad irritated about the beetroot pieces on it. Somehow I always connect negative tastes with this veggie, and was kinda taught differently this time because it nicely matched the rest of the salad that also had some slightly sweet vinegar or similar. Really good, thumbs up! Also the mozzarella sticks tasted good and clearly were selfmade as you tasted different and interesting herbs in them…was a nice starter, also the offered bread was quite good. Couldn´t have started any better!

My boyfriend´s salad was pretty much the same basic salad, also with beet root, but he had serrano ham on top of it and this ham was really one of the best ones that I had so far. Nice and salty, but yet not too salty and the combination of the rather sweet-ish salad with the salty touch of the ham – nice contrast, needless to say!

To be honest, I was really wondering what was coming next and also how much it would
be.
I had ordered an entrecote with gratin of the house with a honey sauce. Especially the sauce made me skeptical when I ordered it, but I wanted to try something new and this was the time – and the time was damned right!

The meat was just right and how I wanted it and in combination with they honey sauce – oh boy, what a foodporn! And this gratin…I wanted to dive into it and never stop eating anymore…just too good!

My boyfriend also had the gratin with honey sauce, but instead the Toulouse sausages, really traditional sausages you just get in the region. And they tasted really strong and intense, but in a really positive way – I was surprised I enjoyed the taste a lot, and clearly can just recommend everyone to try it. Especially with the honey sauce it was a good combination,  another perfect match!

And no, this wasn´t the end yet – my personal highlight was still yet to come. It´s the dessert, an ultimate bomb of chocolate, the “Moelleux au chocolate” – it is like a lava chocolate cake but clearly had been beating all of chocolate cakes or similar that I had so far.

Address
8 Rue Maury
31000 Toulouse
France

Homepage
https://www.lafourchette.com/restaurant/winter-city/200300?cc=18174-54f

Restaurant: Duck me

Yes, it´s a funny name and that´s how it all started basically. I had been looking for restaurants of all kinds for our time in Toulouse, and as this city seems to be the capital of any kind of duck dishes, it didn´t really surprise to come across this fast food restaurant (please mind the difference between trash food like certain burger chains and this food) and was surprised as people on Tripadvisor really rated it high.

Usually I really try to eat local food, but sometimes extraordinary things that might not be totally typical local food catch my eye and then I gotta check it out. And that´s also what my boyfriend and I did.

I ordered the duck burger with fries and a coke. And before talking about the food, I gotta talk about the coca cola – jeeez it is sweet here in France, it really brings you close to a sugar shock. But that´s just me maybe.
The fries were accompanied with ketchup and some special mayonese that tasted a tad like mustard. Really fascinating, really. And in a positive way. And the fries were really nicely done and freakin tasty, I loved them. especially together with the mayonese. Only thing missing was anything like a tiny fork or so as some fries were really tine and hard to grab.

The burger has an interesting bun, it really tasted a lot different to what you´re used from chain restaurants. I loved it, really. Less sesame, luckily, as I have never been a fan of that, but for others it might be lacking. The duck patty was really nie, too – especially because it had just the right doneness, I was fully happy. And what makes it even better – the ducks aren´t from whatever country, but from the area. And this is just cool!

Only downside maybe was the price, as the menu cost 10€. But looking at what you pay in other fastfood restaurants, you shouldn´t be complaining much. And for fast food this really was a “go to” – so if you´re in Toulouse and need a quick grab of good food, go to “Duck me” – not only the conceot is kinda adorable 😀

Address
10 Rue de la Pomme
31000 Toulouse
France

Homepage
http://www.duckme.fr/ 

Restaurant: Hoh & Hoh

Actually my boyfriend and I hadn´t planned to be going there that soon, but as our fave asian restaurant had closed down and thus the reservation had been cancelled, we had to look for something else.

And since I insisted on actually wanting something Asian for dinner, my boyfriend had a look and we chose this restaurant as it is rather close to his place. It surely had been awarded by Schlemmerblock and such, but I am not really into these kinds of awards, because they don´t mean a thing to me. It doesn´t mean that their taste is my taste, but I went there with an open mind and – I was not disappointed.

we were welcome with some plum liqueur and that one really was tasty. Like, seriously. And that comes from me, someone who rarely drinks alcohol anymore. It was a nice small treat for the start, and the service was charming and humorous all along during the evening.

The menue is one where some poeple would say “ooh typical Asian” but it really has its perks to say the least.

I ordered crispy duck with beef (right in image), and this was so amazingly tasting, also because the sauce that I was given added a nice extra flavor to it without really killing the taste of the meat itself and the veggies. Amazing. Oh and they serve rice alongside the dishes, so it´s not just the meat. My boyfriend had ordered the left one on the photo and it was some kind of chickne with a sweet-spicy sauce – and man this sauce, totally in love with this one! So those two dishes clearly receive not just one thumb up but even all that you can find!

A last liqueur when paying, some joking whilst paying – I really felt comfortable there, really welcome, a warm athmosphere and in the interior design of the restaurant was also really looking nice.

Conclusion? Clearly a “go there!” and probably our new choice in terms of Asian restaurants as our fave one closed down.

Address:
Fahrenort 125
22547 Hamburg

Homepage:
https://pages.resmio.com/hoh-hoh

Restaurant: Soul Flavour

After my boyfriend and I had been swimming, we thought we could try out this restaurant because it was featured in a coupon book that often gives you reduced prices for dishes. I had never heard of the restaurant before, and somehow the outer view of the restaurant also was not too inviting – if I had been just passing by with no proper plan, I personally would have not entered.

But as we had planned this in advance, we went in and the staff was really friendly and sympathetic, I felt welcomed. Was a good start, though the interiour design was
odd. It was a wild mixture of colorful lamps with the restaurant´s logo, rather Spanish /Greek looking tables and dining table chairs…really not matching mixture of all different styles, that was kinda a disappointment as it hindered with having a certain atmosphere coming up.

The menu was presented with vinyl covers – it all looked rather used, and the menu was extremely short so there was not really too much to choose from, but it was easy

Pre-dish that we got – kind of thin bread with dried-tomato creme

to find something tasty sounding. And when it arrived, it also was tasty: Lamb tibs with injera as an addition. The amount of food was okay – the minimum that you could expect for the money I paid. To be fair, I hoped for it to be more, because I really wasn´t full afterwards, yet I had enjoyed the flavors of the not so common spices of this African dish. Also, and what I really liked, was how they brought it – on a little stove with a burning candle inside to have it warm…

You know, overall it clearly was okay and worth coming there, though I am not sure if I would really come back unless the menu grows and the portions also do…

Address
Jarrestraße 60
22303 Hamburg

Homepage
http://www.soulflavour.de/

Food: Shirataki Noodles


…or how America´s media tends to call them already: “wonder noodles” which is kinda bullshit, because real noodles are something different, and a wonder it also is not really happening.

In this blog post I will not really be digging deep into the factual information, rather this is going to be an experience report on me trying it out.

Funnily enough, I never had known about those before I stumbled across a profile on Instagram – they had liked one of my photos, and I checked out their profile and then did some research on Shirataki and Shirataki noodles and rice and it sounded promising – very little carbs, but really heavy on fibers.

And the latter point is also the downside – the amount of fibers that this has might be heavy on your stomach, as it also was for me here and there. Funnily enough I don´t always struggle with stomach issues and feeling unwell, or having a blown up belly or something – I haven´t yet figured out why it is caused at times and sometimes not. but I nevertheless never regretted having traded in my noodles for the Shirataki ones.

So…the taste and smell. Well, when opening the package of the noodles, it smells like rotten fish, but once you´ve cleansed it under running water (I always do with hot water) for a couple of minutes, the smell is gone and ready to be either boiled and/or put into the pan. I dropped the cooking part and instead have it in the pan for a longer time, accompanied with a lot of spices, onions and sauce to have the noodles suck the taste up.really keep them into the pan until you see they are getting crisp, then it is perfect to take them out and out them onto a plate with whatever you wish for – it just fits to everything, like noodles do.

Therefore – for me as a Weight Watchers person ( a full pack has something around 1-2 points), those are amazing, yet I need to watch as my stomach is easily upset. But after a first “what the fuck” effect taste and consistancy wise, I just fell in love with those noodles!

Flashback – Vacations – 06.07.2016 – Tan when you can


Sleeping in a bit, though the night really was not anywhere close to being good enough to be all relaxed and fit – but at least we went to my fave beach (shit thing is that it costs to have a place there) and man I just love the water there because you can far better see there is nothing scary down there 😉

At some point my head started hurting, maybe a combination of the sun and not drinking enough, having slept pretty badly and having had an Ouzo and wine last evening…lord knows what caused this but I really felt shitty, so I got myself a chicken club sandwich with fries and was surprised how good that actually was. Together with water and a painkiller my state improved, though the headache was kinda just luring around and waiting to get over me again.

Then, after being inspired by the beautiful corners of the area, we wanted to go and rent a little boat but one with a steering wheel because the other one is shitty to handle. Only problem is that they do not rent those with a steering wheel to inexperienced people because they have a stronger engine and could go faster than the “beginner boats”, so..frustrating as fuck to say the least.

Dinner then was….good because I got my dessert wuhoooooo I am just so in love with it, really gotta try to make it myself then in Germany…don’t wanna do without it 😀

Now we are watching the first semi final of the soccer European championship and trying out some be things from the bakery so we know what to take with us tomorrow on the next trip 😉

Flashback – Vacations – All about the food

You know me, right? Me and food, this is like a passionate love affair, always has been and during my stay in Syvota is kinda woke up again, ignoring all Weightwatchers rules and points and stuff like this, and just enjoying the food at the hotel.

And it wasn´t me if I wasn´t sharing this great experience!

And to be fair, I really had planned to be eating something different every evening but I failed – because certain dishes were just too great.



Saganaki (Baked feta cheese)

This probably was my very fave starter dish, simply because I am generally in love with feta cheese as such and then having i baked and with spices and warm…just too good, and the size of the dish was just right, not too heavy, nicely light so also suitable for really warm evenings!

Bauernbruscetta

To be fair, I am not entirely sure in how far this is really Greek food, I´d say it is something that has a nice German touch with it, combined with bruscetta and seemingly Greece´s fave ingredients, tzatziki and feta cheese. I am not sure if this really is a starter, because once you´re done with this, you can hardly manage a full plate of the main dish, at least this was my experience – you do finish it nevertheless, because it is so freaking tasty that you do not want to lose a single bite of it! (Funfact: just when researching about typical Greek dishes, I found out it does have a Greek name: Dakos)

Chtipiti

Feta, again. This time as a dip. So already a good basis to build up on for my taste, and it really worked well – you have the feta taste, but combined with a really spicy portion, maybe some oil and/or pepperoni or something related, I really don´t know. But together with bread really tasty, maybe just a dish for people aswell.

Tuna salad

You probably think “oh, how creative” – and yeah, you do not need to invent the wheel from scratch if you can simply build on what works. It´s a salad with coleslaw, tomato, tuna and a bit of tzatziki aswell, and unfortunately also cucumber (the second time I ordered it without this). And just the right size of a portion for a starter on a really hot day.

Coleslaw

Yes, you can also order just a bit of the coleslaw, and because it tastes so fucking great and fresh and totally not sweet like the stuff you get in Germany (there´s worlds in between), it was a starter for me that I ordered when I wanted something to overcome the waiting time for the main dish, but not worry about being able to finish it then lateron.



Gyros plate

A clasic to start with – gyros, rice, potato fries, tzaziki, onions – it´s been a good sized plate with really soft and tasty meet, accompanied by fries that had some herbs and spices on them making those nearly addictive and the standard onions and tzaziki- NIce and round dish, all good!

Suzukakia Smirneika

The dish consists of minced meat rolls from the oven with spaghetti and tomato-garlic sauce. First off, the spaghetti were thinner and more firm ones than what I usually know as spaghetti and fuck it’s been so much better! The minced meat rolls were really nicely done, not too tight mashed together but just right, nicely accompanied with spices and such…same for the tomato sauce where I have no clue what was also in there, making it really extra tasty.

Pizza al tonno

Pizza might not be traditionally Greek, but this pizza really was different, as it had a different dough than the one we usually have here in Germany. And it was good – small, but tasty and really nicely filling, especially because dough and also cheese really worked well together. Also the rest of the ingredients really worked well together – thumbs up!

Juwetsi

Rice noodles with really soft beef meat, the noodles were really interesting in between rice and noodles but so tasty with the cheese spread over it, the beef meat was so soft it really tell into pieces when you stabbed it with the fork. It was quite a big amount of food but so good and nicely balanced that it could have not been better.

Maccaroni aio olio feta


The dish was a tiny bit dry and I am not a fan of the added olives, but after adding just a few drops of oil it was just perfect unless your partner hates garlic, then you should keep your hands off this dish – or book a separate bed for the night ^^

Bifteki gemisto

It was bifteki filled with cheese (probably some feta cheese or goat cheese I would actually guess from the taste and consistancy), some with some rice with tomato sauce, a bigger amount of fries and, surprise, tzatziki. The meat was just amazing, just perfect amount of being cooked through but still quite firm around the cheese, but the maybe tiny downside of it – at least for a hot sommer – was that it was massive due to its cheese filling.

Bauernspieß


It was meat on a spit covered with crispy bacon and a spicy tomato sauce, accompanied by fries – truly a great combination of tastes from the meat and bacon, as well as the sauce giving it a spicy yet suitable taste and a bit of moisture to the meat.

Filet from the sole

The fish filet was served with potatos from the pan and a tiny bit of tzatziki. The fish was really good, as the panade was crispy and thin and really not fat or full of oil at all, and the potatos were nice and crispy yet not dry. Nevertheless, overall the plate has been a bit dry somehow something has been missing – like a bit of sauce or something giving it a bit of moisture, the tzatziki really couldn´t fully compensate this.

Pastitsio


It´s a maccaroni casserole with minced meat, bechamel sauce and cheese – prepared in the oven. It´s quite a bit of food that you get there, and I really couldn´t manage to finish this because it does make you full pretty quickly and is quite a heavy dish for warm temperatures.
But still so good – yet it felt it was nothing too extraordinary and Greek somehow.

Barbecue Evening

It looks like a lot of meat? Yes, it is – steak, meat on the spit as well as sausages, all nicely done from the grill! And for the side dish there is always something you can find – I was really into this rice with veggies of some kind, tasted really nice even though it  was cold. Also the potato salad tasted really nice, though totally different to what we know as potato salad in Germany. And you really had a lot of possibilities what to choose from!


Galaktoboureko

I really need to admit this – I lost my heart to this actually rather simple dish – but the taste is just really good, with cinnamon and semolina as well as puff pastry.

Accompanied with cold vanilla ice cream the warm Galaktoboureko is a nice contract – warm meets cold and what a taste explosion…I am totally in love!

Spitzkohl – auf meine Art und Weise


Wenn man so das Essen sieht und die Zutaten liest – ja, da könnte man fast meinen, dass wir nicht Sommer haben, sondern später Herbst oder sogar schon Winter. Aber da es dann am Ende doch eher ein “leichtes” Gericht ist – was die Zubereitung betrifft sowie wie es im Magen liegt – passt es dann doch irgendwo in den Sommer.

Und selbst wenn nicht – dann gitb es ja die “Speichern”-Funktion, sodass ihr dann das Rezept zur passenden Jahreszeit ausprobieren könnt. Falls ihr denn dann den Spitzkohl auch im Laden finden könnt – ich habe ihn am Samstag nur mit ganz viel Glück wieder finden können. Es ist wie Roulette spielen…

Zutaten für ~4 Portionen

  • 3/4 Spitzkohl
  • Speckwürfel
  • 1 Zwiebel
  • Chili-Flocken
  • Pfeffer
  • Oregano
  • Öl
  • 1 EL  Exquisa Leicht – Kräuter
  • 1 EL Alnatura Paprika-Chili Creme
  • ca 700ml Wasser
  • 1/3 Maggie Puten Wok – Geschnetzeltes (Soßen-Pulver)

 

Und was nun? genau, ran an die Pfanne. Quasi.

  • Spitzkohl schneiden (die Mitte Zylinderförmig rausschneiden)
  • Ziebeln klein schneiden
  • Speckwürfel bereit machen
  • Zwiebel und Speckwürfel in die Pfanne, etwas Öl dazu und die Mischung leicht anbraten
  • Wenn die Zwiebeln leicht goldgelb sind, den Spitzkohl dazu geben
  • Alles kurz anbraten, dann das Wasser dazu geben und Deckel auf die Pfanne geben
  • Nach wenigen Minuten einmal mit Pfeffer, Chili und Oregano würzen
  • Deckel wieder weg von der Pfanne, das Maggi-Pulver dazu, und gut durchrühren
  • In den letzten Minuten noch den Exquisa Käse sowie die Alnatura Creme hinzugeben und gut durchmischen
  • Noch etwas ziehen lassen bei offenem Deckel
  • Servieren wenn die Konsistenz der “Soße” für einen passt