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Pour-over-pear-hazelnut and celeriac tapioca pearl soup with egg yolk

Ingredients for 2 persons

1 tablespoon butter

2 shallots, finely sliced

2 teaspoons finely chopped hazelnut

1 celeriac, peeled and roughly chopped

2 pears ripe, cored and roughly chopped

1/2 litre vegetable stock

1/2 cup pearl tapioca

2 egg yolks

How to prepare:

Pour the tapioca into boiling water (use 1 cup of boiling water for 1/2 cup tapioca), Stir in the tapioca pearls and cook, stirring occasionally. To check whether the tapioca pearls are cooked, look for a tiny white dot in the center of the pearl. Drain and set aside.

Heat butter in a saucepan, add the shallots and hazelnut, and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until softened but not coloured.

Add the celeriac, pears and stock, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the celeriac has softened enough to mash easily.

Liquidise the soup in a blender until silky smooth. Sieve to catch any bits.

Before serving add the pearl tapioca to the soup, season to taste and boil it again.

Plating: place the egg yolk in a soup plate and pour the hot soup. The egg yolk will be partially poached in the soup.

 
 
 
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Red Radish, corn and Tomato Tapa Salad with red chili pepper, peppermint and fried shredded pork skin (chicharrones)

Ingredients:
3 cherry tomatoes sliced (different colours) and seeded.
1/4 white onion diced
3 red radish sliced
1 red chili pepper  and seeded if you want a more mild taste
1 tsp cup peppermint minced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
some shredded fried pork skins.

How to prepare:
Place all ingredients into a large bowl.
Mix and season with salt, to taste.
Add the chicharrones right before serving.

Garnish with some edible flowers.

 
 
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February | Pregnancy

That Recipe on my Mind | The Cycle of Life Calendar 19

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Mother Oyster and her Pearl

 
 

Caramelized Backerbse* in oyster jelly, lemon jelly with herbs, frozen crumbles of cream, sour cream and yoghurt , horseradish

Backerbsen(*)

Backerbsen - common in Germany and Austria - are deep fried little dumplings that are used like croutons in soups. In Germany and Austria you can find them in almost every supermarket ready-to-use, but here is the recipe for self-made Backerbsen:

Ingredients:

3 tbsp Flour

1 egg

1 tbsp milk

1 tsp muskat

water

vegetable oil, to deep fry

How to prepare:

Pour oil in a sauce pan and heat it.

Make a batter of the ingredients for the backerbsen and put into a Spätzlepresse (a colander, strainer or pastry tube will also work)

Squeeze out small drops about the size of a pea into the cooking oil/fat.

Fry to golden brown.

When done, pick them out with a sieve, drain, set aside to cool and place them on a paper towel to cool off.

You can continue until all the batter is used. You can use those bakerbsen as croutons for a soup even 2-3 weeks later.

Take one for caramelization.


Backerbsen caramelization

This step allows the backerbsen to remain crunchy for a longer period inside the Oyster Jelly - otherwise the backerbsen will absorve the liquid and will have a soft consistency.

Ingredients:

2-3 tsp sugar

1 dash of muskat

How to prepare:

Take a saucepan and add the sugar, add the muskat, heat over medium-high heat. Stir the pan to dissolve the sugar, but once the mixture comes to a boil, be careful not to overcook it. The caramelization of the sugar should produce a very deep, rich, brown-colored syrup.

Dip the Backerbse (deep fried little dumpling), drain well and set aside on a plate to cool off till dry


Oyster jelly

Ingredients:

1 tbsp fresh rock oyster juice

1 tbsp of unflavoured and disolved gelatine

How to prepare:

Drain the juice from the fresh oyster into a small bowl. You should get 1 tablespoon of oyster juice.

Follow the instructions for the gelatin.

Pour 1 tbsp of the hot disolved gelatin in the small bowl with the fresh oyster juice and stir. Reserve the rest of the gelatin mixture for the lemon jelly with herbs (recipe above)

Pour the mixture into a jelly mould (I used an egg cup)

Put a caramelized backerbse (see recipe above) into the mixture.

Leave the gelatin in the fridge until is completely set (it´s a small amount of jelly so it will take less than 30 minutes).


Lemmon jelly with herbs

Ingredients:

1 tbsp fresh lemmon juice

1 tbsp of unflavoured and disolved gelatine

1 tsp of chopped dill or fennel leaves

How to prepare:

Pour 1 tbsp of the hot disolved gelatin in the small bowl with the lemon juice juice, add the herbs and stir.

Pour the mixture into a jelly mould.

Leave the gelatin in the fridge until is completely set.

Cut it into small cubes.


Different types of „snow“ (frozen cream/sour cream/yoghurt) and arrangement

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cream

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup yoghurt

1 tsp horseradish

How to prepare:

In 3 different small bowls or tupperware put 1-2cm thick layers of cream /sour cream/yoghurt and freeze until solid.

After defrosting a bit, make crumbs out of the frozen contents with a spoon or knife. Freeze again keeping them apart from each other.

Arrange the frozen crumbled particles on a cold plate with the oyster jelly on top of the oystershell, the lemon jelly and a bit of horseradish.