Saturday, 31 December 2011

Boxing Day Scandi Brunch pictures

Food is important. Shopping. Furniture. Domesticity. Larsson invites us to identify with his heroes by filling in the ordinary moments of their lives, the humdrum aloneness that makes colorful sexual encounters so desirable. A cookbook could be compiled from Blomkvist’s efforts in the kitchen in the first novel of the trilogy. Salander prefers to get herself pizza and Coke. Both of them are used to eating alone in front of a computer screen. 

Home made 'pepperkaker'


So obsessed with all things Scandinavian after my trip to Sweden and devouring all three parts of the Millenium trilogy, to the point that I attempted to read in the shower.
I shared my holiday buys with my guests on Boxing Day in a Scandi inspired brunch.
 Pic by Bellaphon. Eggs with Kallix roe and home made mayonnaise.
Home made hot blinis
 Pic by Bellaphon. Gravadlax from the Gothenburg fish church.
 Pic by Bellaphon: potato salad with soured cream, red onion, dill. Jar of sweet pickles. Bowl of herrings from Sweden. Plenty of coffee was served which is very Swedish. (In fact I'm surprised that Mikael Blomkvist got ANYthing done in the Millenium trilogy as they spent 90% of their time having 'fika' and drinking coffee).
 Saffron lussekatter
 Serve yourself Jarlsberg cheese with typical cheese slice.
Plenty of candlelight as is typical in Sweden. Guests enjoying the lazy brunch. Love brunch, why don't more people book for it?

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Edith Piaf Lunch: Susan Black sings




Susan Black has a show in which she performs Edith Piaf. She came along and sang at my Edith Piaf lunch. It's extraordinary but she doesn't speak French, she learn it all phonetically. The combination of her voice and Tom Baker's accordion along with Absinthe cocktails from Pernod made one of my most memorable events. Do go and see her, I think she's brilliant.
Menu
Cocktail d'absinthe. The table was lined up with absinthe fountains dripping water over sugar cubes.
Salade des endives aux noisettes et au fromage bleu (et celeriac remoulade)
Plie au persillade et sauce buerre blanc

Timbale de legumes avec tofu et halloumi
Gratin dauphinois/e (after much debate on Twitter, it appears 'dauphinois' should be masculine. But I've decided that with extra cream it's feminine and I make mine with a high cream to potato ratio!)
Petits pois à la francaise avec des petits onions blancs
Assiette de fromages

Tarte tatin aux pommes et aux kiwis
Glace creme fraiche faite à la maison
 Buveuse d'absinthe

Read from the bottom up!
 

 Kerstin Rodgers 

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   and high cream to potato ratio. It's not a potato pie.I would posit that mine is the best in UK!

 Kerstin Rodgers 

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  Aren't they still on the letter 'E'? They've been at it since 1635 'academiefrancaise



 Keith Barker-Main 
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  Not, I suspect, on Twitter. They're still debating what to call it in French: transmissions sociales en commun?


 Kerstin Rodgers 

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  I'm up to p10 French google & it's mostly 'dauphinois'.Is l'academie francaise on Twitter? Wrong in my book too

 Daniel Young 

   for gratin dauphinois don't wash spuds & no cheese unless your name is robuchon 
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 Tom 

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   becuase its been made by a generous female and not a stingy male?
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 Tom 

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  it'll be gratin dauphinois. Gratin is masculine so has to agree with it.
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 Daniel Young 

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  in france it is a gratin dauphinois but you might see patate dauphinoise or pommes de terre (a la) dauphinoise.
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 Giles Coren 

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 I'm certain it is 'dauphinoise' and I'd guess it is because 'methode', which is understood, is fem. I think 'facon' is too.
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 Keith Barker-Main 

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 un gratin (a la mode) dauphinoise....adjective agrees with la mode (feminine)

 rhino75 

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 it's gratin dauphinois or pommes à la dauphinoise. I think the mix-up only occurs on English lang. sites.
 The Alex Renton 

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  you shouldn't eat dolphins. Even with a crunchy topping.
 rhino75 

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 gratin dauphinois
 annie 

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 It's dauphinois :)



 Kerstin Rodgers 

Is it gratin dauphinoise or gratin dauphinois. It's un gratin, une pomme de terre.