Sunday, March 30, 2014

Matbaren at Grand Hotel

Matbaren is a superb bistro in Stockholm by Mathias Dahlgren. It is located at the classic Grand Hotel in this beautiful city and here you can have a glimpse of the concept.

The bistro is not too big and it really feels relaxed. A true bistro with a nordic twist. I was there last Friday for lunch and the food was just great. It was very well prepared and the combination of flavours and textures was impressive.  The best of Sweden in your plate. Our choices were:

Peas cream with truffle. Sourdough bread, butter and black pepper.
Panfried white asparagus and morels. nettles, egg at 63 degrees and chives.

Chicken and veal liver pate. Mushrooms, rye bread and watercress.
Deer tartar and salted whitefish roe. Paltbread, raw onions and smoked butter.

Almond cake with brown cheese. Blueberries, maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream.
Yuzu sabayonne  with crisp sesame. Green apple, lime and goat yogurt

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Salad in February

     Avocado, green beens, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Some soja, honey and olive oil.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Before dinner

    I always like the time just before dinner.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Breakfast in January

    Again, breakfast. Avocado and poached egg on rye bread. Delicious and healthy.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ottolenghi to go

     I really like the Ottolenghi way of cooking. At home, we have already reproduced some recipes very successfully and enjoyed a couple of dinners in his restaurant. But the best, was the other night, when Jakob, on his way home from London, bought the dinner to go. It was one of those things which makes you happy. First week after my holidays, lots of things to do, new projects and then, such a reward, more than convenient..

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Orange and almond sponge cake (Gateau A L’Orange Et Aux Amandes)

    This sponge is like a perfect Sunday morning. It is delicate and delicious. From "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"  by Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle and Julia Child.

This is delicious for Sundays and for any day. Also enjoy watching this film

- ¼ pound butter
-2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 3 egg yolks, room temperature
- Grated rind of 1 orange
- 1/3 cup strained orange juice
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ¾ cup pulverised almonds
- ¾ cup sifted cake flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Powdered sugar

Egg whites:

3 egg whites, room temperature

1. Butter and flour a round 9-inch cake pan; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Measure out all the ingredients.
2. Melt the butter and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, gradually beat the sugar into the egg yolks and continue beating until mixture is thick, pale yellow and forms a ribbon when beaters are lifted. Add orange rind, juice and almond extract. Beat for a moment until mixture is light and foamy. Then beat in almonds, and finally the flour.
3. Beat the egg whites and salt together in a separate bowl until soft peaks form. Sprinkle on the sugar and beat until stiff peaks are formed. (They should stand in upright peaks on the beaters when lifted.) Using a rubber spatula, fold the cool, melted butter into the cake batter, omitting the milky residue at the bottom of the pan. Stir one-fourth of the egg whites into the batter, then delicately fold in the rest. With the spatula, cut down through the center of the mixture to the bottom of the bowl, then draw the spatula toward you against the edge of the bowl, and up to the left and out. Continue folding, rotating the bowl, until the whites have just a few remaining patches left.
4. Immediately turn into prepared cake pan and run the batter up to the rim. Bake in middle level of preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Cake is done when it has puffed and browned lightly, the top is springy when pressed, and a needle plunged into the center of the cake comes out clean.
5. Remove from oven and let stand about 10 minutes, until cake begins to shrink from sides of pan. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and reverse onto a rack, giving it a small, sharp, downward jerk to dislodge it. Immediately reverse so puffed side is up. Let cool an hour. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Thursday, December 26, 2013


    This year we have stayed in Cambridge. We are working during this period and unfortunately, it has been difficult to go to Spain or Sweden. However, we have brought Christmas at home. Christmas Day was especially nice. Cambridge was sunny, we walked by the river and planned the dinner: Bouillabaise and rådjurswallenberg with hasselbackpotatis and raw lingoberries.

The Bouillabaise requires a bit of time but is really festive and comfort food at the same time. There are loads of ways to do it, but we followed, more or less, this receipt at BBC. The rådjurswallenberg, a sort of deer burger, very nordic, simple and elegant.

Well, I hope you are having a nice time with the ones you love and see you all soon.