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Tartine breakfast

26 Jun

tar·tine

(tär-tēn′)

n.

A French open-faced sandwich, especially one with a rich or fancy spread.

 

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Rich or fancy spread, that is the question here. I tend to go with fancy and colorful. And most important of all: Tartine sounds nice (better than bread breakfast). You will find lots of varieties of tartine bread or sandwiches in countries where bread is part of the daily food plan.

A few that I can think of are:

Brotstulle – Germany

Sandwich – UK/US and other English speaking countries

Chlebíček – Czech Republic

Smørrebrød- Sweden and Denmark

Bocadillo – Spain

Tartines are allrounders: They are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All you need is bread and a topping of your choice. I prefer colorful toppings and try to make my tartines healthy. As you can see in the picture, I used avocado, radish, tomato and egg. When I made this tartine I immediately had a good start into the day.

Two tipps that I have for you:

  1. Toast the bread before you put the topping on it (unless you use very fresh and fluffy bread)
  2. Use an oily base like butter, olive oil or sour cream

Next time you make your own tartine, do not forget to include colorful and healthy ingredients and you will see how happy this tartine will make you :)

Wishing all of you a good start into the week!

Happy New Year & tips for party dips

1 Jan

Good luck in the New Year

Happy New Year my friends &

Good luck for the New Year with a little pig cake

I hope you’ve all enjoyed nice dinner parties last night. I imagine that many of us have been invited to Raclette, Fondue & Co. I myself was invited to a delicious Raclette soirée. My contribution were the dips & sauces, which I had prepared at home in the afternoon. We had something for every taste: Common sauces like guacamole and cocktail sauce as well as more exotic ones like blue cheese garlic dip or pineapple coriander sauce.

Blue Cheese Dip

Ingredients: 1 pack blue cheese (ca. 250g/1/2 pound), 1/2-3/4 cup sour cream, 3 garlic cloves, salt, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (optional)

With a fork mix the blue cheese, the sour cream and the finely diced garlic together. Season with a pinch of salt and add one tablespoon of chopped walnuts (optional).

Cocktail Sauce

Ingredients: 1 cup ketchup (my preferred: Heinz ketchup), 1 cup mayonnaise (my preferred: Hellmann’s Mayo), salt, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Mix the ketchup and mayonnaise together, season with salt and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

Variation: Add a spoon of cranberry jam for a little sweeter taste.

Quick Tartare Sauce

Ingredients: 1 glas mayonnaise (250g), small glass pickles, 1 onion, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, salt

Dice the pickles and the onion, stir into the mayonnaise. Then season with vinegar and salt.

Egg & Caper Sauce

Ingredients: 1/2 glas mayonnaise (small glas of 250g), 2 hard boiled eggs, 1-2 tablespoons capers, pepper, ground nutmeg, spicy paprika powder

Boil the eggs (10 min) and when cold, dice them. Then stir the egg chunks into the mayo, add the capers and season with pepper, ground nutmeg and spice paprika powder (very little, only a pinch of each)

Guacamole

Ingredients: 3 avocado, 4 cloves garlic, 2-3 tablespoons sour cream, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, sweet paprika powder, salt, pepper (optional)

With a fork mash the avocado. Then add the finely chopped garlic and the squeezed lemon juice, and mix with a hand blender.  Stir in the sour cream and season with a pinch of sweet paprika powder, salt & pepper. The pepper is optional. If you don’t want to have the black dots in your guacamole, season with pepper on your plate.

Tasty Sour Cream

Ingredients: 1 cup sour cream, salt

Simply season the sour cream with a pinch of salt and stir well.

Variation: To make a lighter sour cream, replace one half with greek yoghurt. In the summer time, you can make a great dip if you add finely chopped onion and additionally season with red paprika powder. This dip is very tasty with pretzels.

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