• Dinner,  Low-carb,  Pescetarian

    Summer veggie curry

    In our house we use a lot of curry in our cooking. Of course we do so because we really like curry, but also because it’s very easy to adjust the level of spiciness when using curry so it appeals to younger palates as well. One of our boys’ favorite dishes is chicken curry, which was something that was introduced to our eldest son back in kindergarten by one of his more progressive teachers. He was suspicious at first, like all 4-year-olds tend to be, but he soon grew to love it. It just goes to show that kids should not be shielded from trying new, and to them very…

  • Vanilla custard layer cake with chocolate frosting - also known as Othello cake
    Cakes and desserts

    Happy birthday cake

    Are you celebrating a birthday and want to make a really yummy festive cake? This vanilla custard layer cake with chocolate is my absolute favorite one and no birthday seems right without it. In Denmark birthdays and layer cake go hand in hand. For Danes a really good layer cake usually consists of mouse with thin layers of sponge cake and lots of whipped cream. The mouse may have added flavors or be plain vanilla. I normally don’t use a recipe when I make this type of cake for family and friends, but that is easy for me to say since I have made hundreds of these layer cakes over…

  • Cognac ganache chocolates - homemade chocolates with cognac ganache filling made in chocolate molds.
    Cakes and desserts

    Little cognac ganache gems

    Good quality handmade chocolates are such a luxury, but they can be hard to come by even if you’re willing to pay a lot of money for them. With this easy recipe you can make the most gorgeous homemade cognac ganache chocolates that are perfect as after dinner treats, or for an amazing hostess gift or perhaps for the upcoming Father’s Day? Chocolate making is really fun and creative, and I have a lot of fond memories of always making homemade chocolates for Christmas. It was my grandmother who taught my sister and I the basics of how to do it, and she would buy the most wonderful sprinkles and…

  • Cauliflower cream with grilled crunchy cauliflower and pistachio topping
    Fast 5-ingredients dishes,  Side dishes

    Rich and crunchy cauliflower side

    I am always looking for new and delicious ways to use cauliflower, and this rich and crunchy cauliflower side is my new favorite. It’s perfect for summer BBQ, steak, fish, lamb, chicken, you name it. Moreover, it is very easy to make, and it’s a great alternative to potatoes if you want to skip the starch. If you like, you can easily skip the Pecorino or Parmesan, or experiment either with other cheeses, a bit of grated zucchini or a bit of lemon. Or, if pistachios are not your favorite, almonds work very well as a substitute. As I make this side quite often, I like to mix it up…

  • Mother's Day flower cake - cheese cake with ginger biscuit crust and vanilla white chocolate hibiscus cream
    Cakes and desserts

    Mother’s Day flower cake

    A cake and flowers all in one? Isn’t that just the perfect Mother’s Day gift? With this Mother’s Day flower cake you get to pamper your mom in the best way she deserves. And maybe if you’re a good kid, she might even offer to share it with you 🙂 With a ginger biscuit brown sugar crust and a creamy vanilla white chocolate hibiscus filling, this Mother’s Day flower cake is simply an absolutely delicious gem of a cheesecake. You can either make one large cake or six smaller individual cakes depending on how you find it best to treat your mom this coming Sunday. Just beware to start on…

  • Flavorful citrus cheese cake for Easter
    Cakes and desserts

    Easter citrusy no-bake cheese cake

    I am spending this Easter in Canada visiting my fellow Gourmandine blogger, Dorthe. While I’m here, Dorthe has been kind enough to invite Andrea, one of her lovely Canadian friends, over for dinner. I find it only fitting to try and dazzle her with my cake skills to make a good impression, so I’ve decided to make an Easter version of this flavorful citrus cheese cake. Baking cakes takes time and precision and knowledge of the oven you are working with. Since I’m not in my own kitchen I want to make a cake that I am sure will be a success, because it doesn’t even have to go in…

  • Pan-seared trout with creamy caper dill sauce and butter-roasted Brussels sprouts
    Dinner,  Starters and appetizers

    Seared trout with caper dill sauce

    Really good, crispy skin, pan-seared fish is something everyone deserves to learn how to make. Pan-frying is simply the preparation method that does most justice to fish and also brings out all the nuances of how fish should taste. This recipe for pan-seared trout with caper dill sauce gives you an easy step-by-step instruction for how to sear a piece of fish fillet without messing it up. For years the thought of pan-searing a piece of fish left me with nervous tics and sweaty hands. I simply had not had much luck with it. Every time I attempted it, it ended up looking like something the cat had already had…

  • Cajun shrimp bread - appetizer
    Starters and appetizers

    Cajun shrimp bread

    We spent this March break doing a road trip through Louisiana and Texas, and had some pretty amazing encounters with real southern food classics. Even just writing about it makes me hungry! This Cajun shrimp bread was inspired by a Cajun crawfish bread we had one sunny afternoon in Louisiana. If you can get your hands on crawfish, I’d use that instead of shrimp, but alas, we don’t all live down south, and shrimp will also do nicely. The Louisiana kitchen is world famous for its spicy and flavorful Cajun and Creole tastes. In my mind, this recipe represents quintessential Louisiana food culture: great shellfish combined with hot Cajun spice,…

  • Creamy chicken tarragon with garlic French green beans and baguette
    Dinner

    Creamy chicken tarragon

    Béarnaise sauce is one of my family’s absolute favorite sauces, and if I was prepared to make it every day, I’ve no doubt they’d eat it. Though the sauce for this creamy chicken tarragon is not butter, egg yolk and vinegar based like real béarnaise, it does have a very similar taste. But with this recipe you don’t have to frantically whisk the sauce right up to the moment before serving. In fact, you can easily keep this creamy chicken tarragon in the fridge or the freezer without the sauce splitting. Instead of including vinegar this sauce gets its acidity from mustard and white wine. The balance of the sour,…

  • Mini Sarah Bernhard cakes with macarons and dark chocolate mousse
    Cakes and desserts

    Mini Sarah Bernhardt cakes

    Mini Sarah Bernhardt cakes were my grandma Grethe’s signature cakes. Whenever she and her husband would have friends or family over for one of their lavish dinners, she would make these little mouthwatering sweet treats. She always served them after dinner with coffee and tea and chocolates, as if we hadn’t already stuffed ourselves with their delicious three-course dinner. But curiously, these little miracles always seemed to disappear before everyone had finished their coffee. And though I was only a kid, I always managed to get my share and gulp down at least a handful.   Like the famous actress whom these cakes were named after, my grandma was a…