We bought a jug blender recently. I am not a big fan of too many kitchen appliances taking space in the kitchen but I really wanted this blender to make fresh juices on weekends and so we have been juicing a lot recently. Every saturday and sunday fresh juices for breakfast it is. It is also so much fun! Not too much fun for the neighbours though as the blender is quite noisy. My favourite fresh juice still is carrot, orange and ginger juice. What are your favourite combinations for fresh fruit or vegetable juices? Let us know!
I want to share this simple pickled pumpkin recipe with you. I thought I didn’t like pickled pumpkin until I tried this recipe: pumpkin cooked with vinegar, sugar and ginger. My mum gave me this recipe and I modified it a little, adding my ginger.
It is a nice little snack and great to serve with an aperitif.
I am still keen to do everything with pumpkin, although the city starts to become Christmassy. The Christmas markets have started yesterday but I am not yet in the mood for that. It is still autumn, people!
What you need for two small preserving jars:
200g pumpkin, peeled and chopped into small pieces
75ml white wine vinegar
100g cane sugar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
Lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
Cover the pumpkin with the sugar and leave it for two hours to let the pumpkin absorb some of the sugar
Add the other ingredients and cook everything in a pot and then let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes
Our sundays are very lazy lately. I am listening to the latest album of one my favourite bands called Malajube. My good friend Pier-Luc from Montréal recommended them a couple of years ago. They were in Germany in 2007 and so I saw them live and totally fell in love with their music. If you like francophonic indie rock you should definitely check them out.
I wanted to make a summery version of one of my favourite deserts: TIramisu! Actually I have never had another version of the all time classic with mascarpone and eggs. Probably the best Tiramisu I ever had was when I was at my friend’s place in Italy. She made a real rich and tasty one. This is a rather “light” version of the classic recipe and is very refreshing.
My version is with strawberries and lemon and the base consists of vanilla yoghurt and cream. To add the refreshing taste, the ladyfingers are soaked in lemon juice.