It is already Epiphany, 06th January, and Christmas is now most definitely over – until next time.
But before I post my Prawn Moilee today I like to share with you a picture of our own (Christmas) Crip with the Three Wise Men having now arrived at The Stable. Jo gets all the credit for actually building this one and the figures, angles etc. were all purchased by us over the years in Germany, England, Thailand and here in our own town in India. So many good and happy memories are attached to this tableau.
For New Year’s Eve we once again stayed at home – we have always preferred it like this.
But what to cook for this special occasion? –Very simple, one of our other favourite dishes, Prawns Moilee! Prawns simmered in slightly mild and creamy coconut gravy. Having the Arabian Sea as our coast, gives us all this beautiful sea-food for our kitchen. The prawns used in this preparation by me are acquired directly from the Chinese Nets (pictured above) workers.
Kerala is known of course, amongst other things, as the land of coconuts and there for one will find in most of our local cuisine either freshly grated coconut or/and coconut milk –absolutely delicious.
So, come and join us at our table, have a glass of wine or whatever, and enjoy this wonderful local dish
PRAWNS MOILEE for 2
For you who like to know – Moilee just means “An Indian curry, originally from Goa, containing fish or seafood and coconut milk”
To make the Moilee you need:
2 x Tbsp Coconut oil (or any other vegetable oil)
1 x large Tomatoe, sliced
Curry leaves (10 – 15 numbers)
1 x cup of Onions, sliced
3 x green Chillies slit in middle
1 x Tbsp Ginger, finely sliced
2 x Cardamom
2 x Cloves
½ x tsp Fenugreek seeds
½ x tsp Mustard seeds
A small piece of Cinnamon (stick)
3 x dried red Chillies
3 x Garlic pods, very finely chopped
½ x tsp Turmeric powder
1x tsp Coriander powder
1 x cup of Coconut milk
How to make the Moilee:
1. In a bowl mix together all the items mentioned under ‘to marinate…’ and keep aside for ca. 30 minutes.
2. Heat oil and when hot add and fry the Fenugreek seeds. After this add the Mustard seeds until they ‘pop’. Add Cardamom, Cloves, Cinnamon stick, dry red Chillies. Stir and add Onions, Ginger, green Chillies, Garlic and the curry leaves and fry until the onions turn translucent.
3. After this add Coriander- and Turmeric powder and keep stirring for ca. ½ minute. Now add the prawns, ½ x cup of Coconut milk and the sliced Tomatoes and cook until the Prawns turn pink.
4. When this is done add the remaining ½ cup of Coconut milk and bring this to a slight boil for a minute only.
5. Serve with Rice or Appam and enjoy!
Having all the fresh Coconut at our disposal we make Moilee with two kinds of Coconut milk; first we squeeze the freshly grated Coconut with some water to extract the initial thick (first) milk and repeat the process on the same to extract the thin (second) milk.
That’s it! And Happy New Year to you all.
Hello my friends – after a somewhat lengthy hiatus I now have come back and will try to share one of our delicious recipes again once a week.
But first of all Jo and I like to wish you all the very best for the coming year; good health (and good fortune), joy and happiness and may at least some of your wishes, if not all, come true!
Christmas came and went – now is the time to say “good bye to 2019 and hello 2020”. Like most of us we too will be spending time with relatives and friends here in India whilst dreaming of snow, cold etc. in my own native country Germany. Hm – maybe next year!
Today I like to share with you one of our most favourite dishes, Jo’s very special Pork Vindaloo from a recipe he has devoped into his very own over the last few years. For any kind of celebration we will serve, amongst others, Biriyani and of course his Vindaloo. It is so delicious that we will never have any left-overs here.
We like our food really hot, but if you want to scale down on chilli by all means do so, but remember Vindaloo is by nature a very spicy dish. It is a jumbled pronunciation of the Portuguese dish “carne de vinha d’alhos” (meat marinated in wine-vinegar and garlic), which was introduced to Indians in 15th century by Portuguese explorers.
So, go ahead and enjoy this Vindaloo and, if you like, let me know what you think.
1 kg Pork, cut into medium sized pieces
3 x big onions, thinly sliced
4 x Tbsp grated coconut
1 x inch ginger, crushed
5 x large garlic pods, crushed
4 x Kashmiri Chilli, dried and whole
1 x tsp cumin powder
1 x tsp fenugreek
5 x cloves
3 x cinnamon pieces
5 x cardamoms
6 x black peppercorns
1 x star anise
1 x small bay leaf
2 x tsp mustard seeds
1 x cup white vinegar
½ x tsp black pepper powder
3 x Tbsp chilli powder
2 x tsp coriander powder
1 x tsp turmeric powder
1 x tsp ginger/garlic paste
4 x Tbsp Vegetable oil
2 x sprigs of curry leaves
2 x cups of water (initially)
Salt, as required
Method of Preparation:
1) Wash the pork pieces well, drain and pat dry with kitchen paper.
2) Rub a little bit of chilli powder and salt into those pieces and keep aside.
3) In a Mixi grind into a fine paste, with a little water, grated coconut, portion of one sliced onion, cumin powder, mustard seeds (1 x tsp only), pepper powder and coriander powder.
4) Heat oil. When quite hot add fenugreek, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamoms, pepper corn, star anise and the bay leaf and mix. After a few seconds add the remaining mustard seeds and let them ‘pop’ and then add the Kashmiri chillies and the sliced onion.
5) Fry this on medium heat until the onions turn golden brown.
6) Now add the grinded mixture, ginger/garlic paste and turmeric powder and fry until the oil rises.
7) Add the Pork pieces and fry in this mixture for app. Five minutes.
8) Add vinegar, water, salt and curry leaves and slow cook until the water almost dried up and the meat is deliciously tender.
9) Done – serve with rice, chapatti, naan or paratha and enjoy!
As long as I can remember come New Year’s Day I have made “Gebrannte Mandeln” (sugar-burnt-almonds) to give away to friends as a little ‘thank you’ for this and that.
Wrapped in little cornucopias simply made out of newspaper they always bring a smile to everybody’s face; with most of us being reminded of those fun-filled childhood visits to our local Christmas Markets. Although I never had an overly sweet tooth this did not stop me from nagging my own mother to buy me a portion of those deliciously smelling ‘gebrannte mandeln’ each time we visited one of those markets – until she decided it would be cheaper making them at home.
To me and many people around the globe the almond is a symbol of good fortune and happiness.
“….already at sea en route to Germany, the biggest import market.”
And this is one of the main reasons why today I like to present each one of you with my little gift combined with my very best wishes for
There are so many uses for this nut in the kitchen alone, too many to start listing them all here.
And although I use Almonds a lot in my kitchen, one of my own personal ‘comfort dishes’ (especially when the wretched cold/flu has hit me) is a nice bowl of rice pudding, laced with a pinch of cinnamon and a dollop or two (wicked!) of jam and some Almonds. By the way, this is also a Swedish Christmas Tradition.
Here in India we say that eating 10 Almonds a day is good for the brain (….oh yes?!) – and so I keep stocking up once a month!
And who does not know the 5 important health benefits of Almonds: they are of course as follows:
1) Almonds are a great source of healthy monounsaturated fats.
2) They are a good way to get your magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B
3) They are particularly high in antioxidant vitamin E
4) Eating Almonds instead of high carbohydrate foods has been shown to aid weight loss.
5) Vitamin E in Almonds protects your skin’s collagen to keep you looking younger for longer.
Now for you, who like to make those Almonds at home, here is this very simple recipe I have been using for so many years.
300 g Almonds (with skin on)
180 g white sugar (you can use more if you like, but ….)
2 Tbsp Cinnamon powder
The inside (pulp) of one Vanilla
40 ml water
Take a large frying pan and on medium flame heat water, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla pulp stirring continuously until sugar has molten.
Add Almonds and continue stirring until all the Almonds are well covered. Now for the next 10-15 minutes keep stirring until all the water has evaporated and the Almonds have turned nicely brown.
In the meantime line a tray with parchment paper and transfer all the Almonds onto this, spreading them out and simply let them dry for a little while. For this I put the whole lot into the oven (WITHOUT HEAT) for maybe 30 minutes or so.
That’s it – done – ready to be bottled or boxed and enjoyed.
Come now and join me – jumping straight into a New Year, with a spring in one’s step, a song in one’s heart, a smile on one’s face and hope for a better tomorrow.
2016 – Nothing good is to write about that year (at least from my perspective) and so I will not dwell on all the sad, bad and unpleasant things – they came and went and now I want to leave those behind and just concentrate on the New Year ahead.
JS and I wish you all a better, happier, healthier and safer
And to put you into the right mood tonight I like to give you all a little musical gift – one of the most famous musical pieces for this occasion
AULD LANG SYNE
so beautifully (and heart rendering) performed by the Band of the equally famous Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
I just know that, just like me, quite a number of you will need a handkerchief and I also know of at least one friend in Canada who will actually need 2 of them, – yes, this music is especially for you, Rebecca!
And if THE PIPES are not for you, you might like Rod Stewarts rendition live from beautiful Stirling Castle
or you, who still remember the 1940 film “Waterloo Bridge” (starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor), might enjoy listening to Michael Buble’ and Kylie Minogue’s version of AULD LANG SYNE.
Whatever – come midnight lets join hands through cyberspace and hope and pray for a more peaceful and happier NEW YEAR.
To all my Blogger friends, near and far, I wish you a joyous, peaceful and for all of you who are travelling, a safe CHRISTMAS!
GOD’S Blessings to you all.
My heart is too heavy right now to post a food blog this time – I am still shocked and saddened by the latest atrocity in Berlin – in my home country! What has become of it – what has become of Europe?!
I hope you find at least a couple of minutes in your own busy schedule to listen to one or more Gregorian Christmas Chants which were actually recorded live from Berlin.
Carina and JS
It is today that Christians across the world celebrate the feast of Epiphany which marks the official end of the Christmas season.
The Mediaeval Baebes ‘We Three Kings’
I leave you now with 3 beautiful pictures of the Magi
Meine eigene FREIE Uebersetzung:
Heute ist der Tag wo Christen in der ganzen Welt das Fest der Heiligen Drei Koenige feiern welches auch das offizielle Ende der Weihnachtszeit ist.
Dies sind die Figuren der Drei Koenige aus unserer eigenen Sammlung.
Und hier ist mein letztes Musik Video fuer diese Weihnachtszeit – geniesst es!
Und hier sind noch drei wunderschoene Photos der Weisen.
Coming from India on EMIRATES via Dubai we land at Venice airport and then take a short, only 30 minutes ride by road right into the centre of Padova.
It was my husband Jo, who had visited Padova previously, who took me there for my first visit – I was full of anticipation to see with him this town and all it has to offer.
He had already wisely booked our tickets, the queues can be very long and often there is also a sort of waiting list for visitors, to view the famous artwork at the Scrovegni Chapel (commonly known as the Arena Chapel) by the Italian Painter and Architect from Florence, Giotto di Bondone, but now always referred to simply as “Giotto”.
It is one of the places I urge everyone to see when visiting Padova – I promise, you will leave this place in awe and most likely many of you want to come back.
Other places to see are of course Basilica de San Antonio de Padova, the Shrine of our beloved Saint.
For you who are interested I refer you to two, more in depth articles in Jo’s personal blog http://www.manningtreearchive.com , viz., Viva Italia – 1: Padova – An Oasis of Calm (06.09.2012) and Viva Italia – 2: Santuario dell’ Arcella – Illustrious and Sublime (30.09.2012)
Worth a visit are also St. Georges Oratory, the Roman Ruins, Basilica Abbaziale di Santa Guistina, Orto Botanico di Padova, etc.
Orto Botanico di Padova, which is the oldest University botanical garden in the world and included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
On my continuing journey around some of my favourite places on this earth I now leave you with this video and the beautiful powerful voice of Friar Alessandro from his Album “Voice of Peace” – relax now, listen and most of all – enjoy!
Friar Alessandro singing “Amazing Grace” from his album “Voice of Peace”
See you soon again, my Friends!
Meine FREIE Uebersetzung hier:
Fuer die letzten 12 oder so Jahre ist diese schoene kleine Stadt zu unserem ersten Anreiseaufenthalt fuer unsere italienischen Ferien geworden.
En route von India via Dubai on EMIRATES wir landen in Venedig und dann ist es nur eine 30 minuetige Fahrt in das Zentrum von Padua.
Es war mein Mann Jo, er war frueher schon einmal in Padua , der mich hier zum ersten mal begleitete und ich war voller Freude mit ihm diese Stadt und was sie zu bieten hatte zu sehen. Klugerweise hatte er schon unsere Eintrittskarten gebucht, die Warteschlangen koennen sehr lange sein und oft gibt es auch noch so eine Art von Wartezeit fuer die Besucher, die wie wir die beruehmten Werke des Malers und Architekten aus Florenz von Giotto di Bondone, der aber jetzt nur allgemein “Giotto” genannt wird in der Scroveni Kapelle (allgemein als Arena Kapelle bekannt) zu bewundern.
Dies ist einer der Orte die ich ganz besonders empfehle fuer jeden Padua Besucher und ich verspreche, dass Ihr voller Staunen von hier weggeht und viele werden sicherlich auch wieder zurueck kommen.
Andere Orte die man sehen muss sind natuerlich die Basilika (Dom) de San Antonio de Padova, den Schrein unseres geliebten Heiligen.
Wenn Ihr weiter hieran interessiert seid verweise ich Euch auf Jo’s eigenen Blog http://www.manningtreearchive.com ganz besonders auf “ Viva Italia – 1: Padova – An Oasis of Calm (06.09.2012)” und “ Viva Italia – 2: Santuario dell’ Arcella – Illustrious and Sublime (30.09.2012)”
Sehen sollte man auch St. Georges Oratory (St. Georges Oratorium), die Uberreste der roemischen Ruinen, die Basilica Abbaziale di Santa Guistina, den Orto Botanico di Padova, welcher der aelteste Universitaets Botanischer Garten in der Welt ist und auch jetzt zum UNESCO Kulturerbe gehoert.
Auf meiner weitergehenden Reise zu den Plaetzen auf dieser Erde die ich besucht habe verlasse ich Euch fuer heute mit diesem Video und der wunderschoenen maechtigen Stimme von Pater Alessandro von seinem Album “Voice of Peace” (Stimme des Friedens).
Bis bald, meine Freunde