In search of healthy and fun meals to feed my family, with an eye toward sustainable living.
Here you'll find recipes & ramblings about keeping my family fed with what's available in Alaska between local produce, a little bit of wild harvest, and the modern grocery store.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The lowly potato! One of my favorite staples, being a good German Hausfrau (NOT)!!!
The Kartoffel is versatile, nutritious, and EVERYBODY in the family likes them! So here are a couple of recipes that are popular in this Haus:
Firm potatoes, such as red other root vegetable: turnips, carrots, sweet potatoes (optional) olive oil salt, pepper garlic rosemary (optional)
Cut all the root vegetable to uniform size (approx. 1 inch cubes). Coat with olive oil and spices. Bake at 375 F until done (approx. 1 hour) -- We like to bake them uncovered, and let them get a good crust on!
Garlic Mashed Potatoes potatoes (optional: leave the skin on) salt butter garlic milk or half-half black & white pepper
I like to leave the skin on (much to my German mother's chagrin!) Wash the potatoes well, using a brush to get all the soil off. Remove any brown spots or where they begin to sprout. Boil potatoes in salt water until soft, drain. Heat butter and saute garlic. Mash potatoes with generous amounts of garlic butter, milk, salt and pepper. Remember, garlic is a vegetable, not a spice!
Heaven and Earth (German: Himmel und Erde) This is a favorite dish from the Rhineland (Koeln), where my father and I were born. The name of this dish comes from the combination of apples, which are from above (heaven) and potatoes from below (earth). It's basically potato pancakes fried in butter, often served along with sauteed liver, roast lamb or mutton. leftover mashed potatoes butter applesauce salt, sugar, vinegar (to taste)
The original recipe is basically to mix it all together, and serve with browned butter on top. In our family, I often make mine more like Reiberdatschi or jewish potato latkes (like those pictured on the left), and serve with applesauce and optional sourcream. Yummy!
Bubble and Squeak Traditionally served in England on Boxing Day (December 26th) with leftover meat. Hint: Known to appeal to people who don't normally care for cabbage!
leftover mashed potatoes other leftover veggies, mashed onion, chopped olive oil green cabbage, thinly sliced parsley, thyme & dill, salt
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and ½ teaspoon salt and sauté until golden, about 10 minutes. Then add garlic, and herbs and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. 2. Add the cabbage, another ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ cup water. Cover and cook slowly until the cabbage is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes, turning it occasionally. Add more liquid as necessary. When tender, uncover and raise the heat to evaporate some excess moisture, but it’s OK if it’s a little soupy. 3. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper. 4. Mix the cabbage in with the mashed potatoes, and then fry in some olive oil.
Leek and Potato Soup Leeks, washed well spinach or other dark leafy greens (optional) butter potatoes stock (chicken, beef, vegetarian) or plain water grated cheese (Parmesan, Romano, or other) dill salt, pepper cream or half-half (optional) instant mashed potato flakes (optional)
1. Cut leeks in rings and saute in butter (I save the ends and darker ends & outer leaves for making stock -- I'll post something on making homemade stock soon!). 2. Add potatoes, remaining vegetables and stock. Cook on low until potatoes are soft. OK to let it cool at this stage. I often do this part early in the day, and finish soup later. 3. Puree in blender. Reheat. 4. Add grated parmesan cheese and spices to taste. 5. Shortly before serving, add some cream if desired (don't boil). 6. If some thickening of the soup is desired, add some instant mashed potato flakes -- it's an easy way to add substance to a soup without needing to use flour or starch.
Borealkitchen is a blog by an amateur-- I simply enjoy cooking a variety of foods. I was inspired after we started getting a weekly CSA box last winter, which forced me to plan ahead more. This blog is my way of organizing menus and recipes, sharing my family's experiences, plus reflect on food-related issues. I also grow a garden, shop at Farmer's Markets as much as I can, and there's even a little bit of wild harvest as well... Philosophy: Good food, wholesome, mostly. My approach is more product-based than recipe-driven. By this I mean that I try to find something to do with what's in season: this week it might be an abundance of beets, cabbage or collard greens -- then I start searching for meals to incorporate them... I think of recipes as "starting points": when I start cooking, I just start improvising...
My RECIPES are rarely precise: I often just list ingredients ("Bah-humbug" to measuring, except for baking!). If I list recipes from a cookbook, I give the source and variations I've made. If a recipe came from a website, then you'll need to follow the link to the source for the "nitty-gritty" details of that recipe.
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I call Alaska home, but am originally from Germany. I'm incredibly lucky to have a job as a naturalist, teaching and hiking the great outdoors. My family:
The Prof (my husband);
Eldest (flown the coop);
Wolfman (teenage son);
Liesl (youngest pixie).