25 January 2014

'BOHNSCHARLSUPPE' GREEN BEAN SOUP

In Austria we like to eat hot sweet dishes for lunch, such as 'Kaiserschmarren' [literally translated as 'emperor's nonsense' or 'emperor's mess', but in culinary terms meaning a thick sweet pancake laced with rum-drunken raisins, and torn into bite-size pieces - yum!]. 'Grießschmarren' [more 'semolina-raisin nonsense' baked in the oven :-) ], 'Palatschinken' [thin, large pan cakes], 'Topfenknödel' [quark dumplings], or 'Obstknödel' [fruit dumplings], just to name a few. These would be preceded or followed by a savoury soup. With a lot of 'Sweet-Tooths' in my family, it's always been a standard lunch combination at my parents' home. The soups can be 'Rindsuppe' [beef soup], with various garnishes, such as 'Leberknödel' [liver dumplings], 'Grießnockerl', [semolina dumplings), 'Fritatten' [thinly sliced 'Palatschinken'], 'Suppennudeln' [soup noodles] - oh the lovely  'Sternchensuppe' [soup with tiny star-shape noodles] or 'Buchstabensuppe' [alphabet noodle soup], that we were writing our names on the side of our plates with as girls - actually I still can't resist doing that now :-). Or the more hearty, thick varieties such as 'Gulaschsuppe' [Goulash soup], 'Gemuesesuppe' [vegetable soup], the list is long, hot and steamy. And of course, one of my favourites, 'Bohnscharlsuppe' [bean soup]. 

7 January 2014

ROASTED CURRIED FENNEL (FENNEL-HATERS PREPARE TO BE CONVERTED!)

ROASTED CURRIED FENNEL
Crunchy, slightly sweet and pungent, with a subtle hint of dill, anise or liquorice. With the latter not exactly one of my favourites, I never used to cook fresh fennel a lot, except for using fennel seeds in our SOURDOUGH BREAD, where they add fantastic flavour, be it ground in the crumb or as crunchy seeds in the crust. Until I discovered this recipe...
ROASTED CURRIED FENNEL
The combination of fennel, curry, and the additional spices is fantastic and overrides that pungent liquorice taste, creating a beautifully scented and tasty vegetable. And the fennel looks so beautiful with its blossom-like shape, making it a star on any dining table.