Thursday, 20 February 2020

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Fiskefrikadeller - Danish Fish Cake


Serves 4

Ingredients:

1. 600 g cod or salmon or a combination, skinned, boned and cut into smaller pieces
2. 1 egg
3. 2 TBS white wholewheat flour
4. 1 TBS rolled oats (optional)
5. 1 carrot diced (optional)
6. 1 handful of dill or parsley chopped (optional)
7. 100 ml low fat fresh milk (traditional Danish recipe uses heavy cream)
8. 1 tsp salt
9. 6 turns black pepper mill

10. 2 TBS cooking oil (or you can use a mixture of butter and cooking oil)

Directions:

1. Dice carrots by hand, food processor or blender. If using blender, you need to add water and pulse it. Drain off the liquid and press dry the carrots.

2. Add fish and salt and blend in a food processor or blender.

3. Add flour, rolled oats, diced carrots, milk, pepper, parsley or dill and blend by hand or in a blender/food processor till combined and smooth. The mixture will be a bit sticky.

3. Let the mixture rest for 15-30 minutes in the fridge.

4. Heat cooking oil on a pan.

5. Use a ice-cream scoop to form the mixture into fish cakes and fry them on medium heat (no. 5 on my stove) for 5 minutes on each side or until golden using medium heat to ensure the fish is cooked without burning the fish cakes. It's important to have patience when frying the fish cakes and not rush it with a higher heat.

6. Sprinkle some chopped dill or parsley and serve.

Tips:

You can also bake them in the oven at 180 degree celsius. Give it 7 minutes on each side.

Video Demonstration:




Additional Information:

Just trying to squeeze in more fish into the diet. Made the Danish fiskefrikadeller today with a simpler version of the recipe with lesser ingredients than the earlier recipe I posted. It actually tasted better. So I will jot it down and archive it here.

I dice the carrots using the Magimix blender, using water and pulsing it. You can actually use half of the water than what was shown in the picture above.


Drain off the liquid and press dry the carrots.


Don't throw away the water. You can drink it like you are drinking your regular water. It tastes like water, but with all the vitamins in it.

Add all the ingredients into the blender... such as 1 table spoon of oats

2 tablespoon of wheat germ

Crack in 1 egg

Add 1 teaspoon of salt

Add a few turns of the peppermill as desired

Add a handful of parsley. Pre-chopping it is not required.

Add in the diced carrot

Add in the fish - here I added a combination of cod fish and salmon. I first cut the fish fillets into smaller fishes. I then add it into the blender with the other ingredients... 

Lastly, add 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and a teaspoon of chopped ginger

Add 100 ml of milk

I start at speed 1 and slowly work it up to speed 2 and ended with the last few seconds on speed 3.

I also use the spatula while blending to scrap down the side and guide the mixture towards the centre of the blender.

The blending is done :-) Ideally let the mixture rest in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

Heat up pan with 2 tablespoon of cooking oil and 1 teaspoon of butter.

Use a tablespoon to form the mixture into fish cakes and fry them on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side or until golden using medium heat to ensure the fish is cooked without burning the fish cakes. 

Thus, it's important to have patience when frying the fish cakes and not to try to quicken the cooking with a higher heat.

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Danish Fish Cakes called "fiskefrikadeller" ready to be served with mashed potatoes or Danish rye bread along with tartar sauce or remoulade sauce :-)

References:

https://thegutenappetit.com/2018/01/06/178-fiskefrikadeller/
https://sweetsoursavory.com/blog/2013/9/16/fish-cakes-fiskefrikadeller
https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/danish_fish_frikadeller_98237
http://thefamilydinnerbook.com/recipes/2013/12/31/fish-cakes-danish-fiske-frikadeller/
https://lineh.dk/opskrifter/fiskefrikadeller-uden-mel
https://hjerteforeningen.dk/opskrifter/mini-fiske-frikadeller-med-kartoffelsalat/
https://www.meyersmad.dk/lav-mad/opskrifter/fiskefrikadeller-med-hurtig-remoulade/
https://www.valdemarsro.dk/fiskefrikadeller/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-uUrqprqe4
https://youtu.be/gIeYHsTRIfc
https://youtu.be/K3ei9nAxbGs
http://farskoekkenskole.dk/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Fiskedeller-og-mos.pdf

Saturday, 18 January 2020

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Oat Groats Oatmeal Combi Breakfast


Serves 4

Ingredients:

1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
2. 1/2 cup oat groats
3. 2 cups of water
4. 2 cups of fresh milk
5. A pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Cook oatmeal according to the instructions here. When done, add a pinch of salt and mix well.
2. Cook oat groats according to the instructions here. When done, add a pinch of salt and mix well.
3. In a individual serving bowl, add 2 spoonful of oatmeal.
4. Add 2 spoonful of cooked oat groats.
5. Pour some fresh milk into it.
6. It's ready to be eaten or you can top it with goji berries, chopped nuts or raisins as desired.

Additional Information:

We are back from Singapore. The kids ate many unhealthy food in Singapore. I was worried that they would have developed some unhealthy eating habit. Back in Denmark, Baby FECS said, "Mommy, I would like to eat the oatmeal that you cook. Mommy, may I have one more bowl?" Phew, looks like the good habit that I tried to instill in the kids do have some effects. They will still return to the healthy and nutritious food eventually, even if they deviate from it during holidays abroad :-)

This way of eating oats adds variety. It breaks the boredom of eating oatmeal and at the same time it is very delicious. You get to taste the creaminess of oatmeal and the chewiness of oat groats. It makes eating oats very satisfying. You will be asking for more helpings. Try it :-)

Add two spoonful of oatmeal, topped with two spoonful of oat groats.

Pour some fresh milk into it.

Stir and mix well and it's ready to be eaten :-)

You can also sprinkle some goji berries, chopped nuts or raisins as desired, or just eat it on its own :-)

15 January 2020 (3Y7M30D): Baby FECS said, "Mommy, I would like to eat the oatmeal that you cook. Mommy, may I have one more bowl?"
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How to Cook Rolled Oats?


Serves 4

Ingredients:
1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
2. 2 cups fresh milk
3. 1 pinch salt

Directions:
1. In a pot, add rolled oats and milk, and bring to boil.

2. Simmer for 20 minutes or until cooked (no. 3.5 or 4 on my stove).

2. Add a pinch of salt and mix well.

Additional Information:

I prefer to cook it with milk, as it gives a richer creamier taste, but you can also cook it with water. A friend of mine add an egg into her oatmeal. It's up to personal preference.



Nutritional Value:
Oats are an excellent source of soluble fibre, protein and the B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, B6 and vitamin E. They also provide iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus and zinc.

References:
http://www.eatmoreoats.com/

http://www.great-workout.com/nutrition/vegetables
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Chinese Red Bean Soup

Nutritious Adzuki bean dessert - apology for the picture. It doesn't look very good, but it is actually very tasty
Ingredients:
1. 1 cup (200 g) dried adzuki beans
2. 4 cups (1 L) water for cooking the beans
Sweet milk:
3. 1 cup (250 ml) fresh low fat 0.1% milk
4. 3 dried dates pitted
Directions:
1. Rinse the adzuki beans and add 2 cups of water into a pot.
2. Bring to boil, lower hear and simmer under medium heat (no. 4 on my stove) for 45 minutes.
3. Let cool.
4. Blend 1 cup milk with the dried dates for 30 seconds to a minute to make a sweet milk.
5. Ladle separately into 4 bowls and add sweet milk and serve :-)
Additional Information:
I love this dessert. Growing up in Singapore, my mum would make this dessert for us. Translated from Chinese 绿豆汤 [Lǜdòu tāng], it actually means "mung bean soup." My mum would add a bit of sago i.e. small tapioca pearls (which our son likes today). And during the durian season, she would add durian slices into it too - absolutely heavenly. My mum would cook it and add sugar during the cooking and we usually eat with a drizzle of condensed milk. But condensed milk isn't healthy. Thus, I don't wish to pass this down this habit to our kids. I made a sweet milk mixture using fresh milk and dates instead as a healthier option for the condensed milk.
I served this yesterday after Baby FECS got back from the kindergarten and Little FECS too. They loved it. So I am very happy :-) Baby FECS is currently tired of the breakfast I give her (usually oatmeal or smoothie), thus this morning, I served this for her as breakfast. She liked it very much.
I tried to sweeten the mung beans during cooking with dates, but our Little FECS feel that it wasn't as nice as the one I made yesterday - which was simply just cooking the mung bean with water. Thus, I will stop doing that. They love the sweet milk.
This morning, I had a little bit of homemade strawberry milk left. Baby FECS asked for more sweet milk for her mung bean dessert. I poured some strawberry milk in it instead, and she liked it too :-)
Our Little FECS likes the mung beans cooked unsweetened. If you prefer it to be sweeter, you can add coconut sugar or just sugar while cooking the mung beans (but don't add the sugar at the beginning of the cooking before the beans are softened).
References:
https://www.chinasichuanfood.com/mung-bean-soup/

You will need natural dried dates. It cost 25 DKK for a pack of 600 g at Netto or Lidl supermarket at the vegetable section.

Rinse the adzuki beans. Add to a pot with 2 litres of water. Bring to boil, lower heat to medium (no. 4 on my stove) and simmer for an hour, or until beans are soft enough that you can easily mash them with a fork. Watch occasionally and add more water as needed.


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How to Make Sweet Milk as a Natural Sweetener


Ingredients:
3. 1 cup (250 ml) fresh low fat 0.1% milk
4. 3 dried dates pitted

Directions:
4. Blend 1 cup milk with the dried dates for 30 seconds to a minute to make a sweet milk.
5. Ladle separately into 4 bowls and add sweet milk and serve :-)

Additional Information:
This is a healthy substitute to condensed milk. I use it on many things - to sweeten oatmeal, as coconut milk substitute for Chinese black glutinous rice dessert, as sweetener or red bean dessert and mung bean dessert.

References:

https://www.chinasichuanfood.com/mung-bean-soup/



As sweet milk for red bean dessert
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