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Kartoffelbrei turns into Dessert & (Charles Bridge – Prague Attractions)

18 Jul

I don’t know whether to call this a Fusion, a remake, a Czech recipe, or an experiment transforming into different yummy recipe…Today, I made Kartoffelbrei(Mashed potatoes)  for our dinner. My daughter’s one of the most favorite dish in German cuisine. But after tasting a bit, she said it is not the one she used to enjoy in her KG and refused to finish the remaining. Reason, I made the mashed potatoes in low calorie version using low fat milk without adding butter and cream.

Our recent visit to Czech Republic  inspired me to learn their cuisine. One of those is Potato flatcakes. This traditional dish is prepared with few ingredients like Potatoes, Flour, Salt and Oil and topped with cream, cheese, youghurt and or fruit sauce.

As basic ingredients are same for Mashesd potatoes and Potato Flatcakes, without any delay I started making this cute little patties. For the toppings, I used low fat yoghurt and Jam. Jam used in this recipe were homemade by our dear friends, who are so nice to share specialties made from their garden.  I would like to thank them for sharing the delicious Jam with us.

Over to Recipe…

Ingredients

  1. Mashed Potatoes  – 1 cup
  2. White flour – 3/4 cup approx
  3. Oil for smearing on the flat cakes – few spoons
  4. Yoghurt – few spoons for topping
  5. Jam – few spoons for topping (Redcurrrant & Blackberry).

Method

1. Add the  mashed potatoes and white flour to make it like a smooth dough until it  is not very sticky.

2. Now roll the dough into small circles. you can also use a cookie cutter to cut in to your favorite shapes.

3. Heat the griddle and place these cakes and cook them on each side for 2 min. Smear few drops of oil on top of them while they are cooking.

4. Now arrange the done flat cakes on the plate and top it with your favorite Jam and yoghurt. Enjoy!!!

Tip: These potato flatcakes can be made little bigger and served with indian curries.

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CHARLES BRIDGE

One of the most famous attractions in Prague city of Czech Republic is Charles Bridge. The bridge tower  is a magnificent building which depicts the typical Gothic architecture. Speciality of this bridge, other than connecting the old city and Prague castle, is the alley of statues running through the bridge.  It was interesting to know that  people who touch  St. John of Nepomuk statue will get good luck and will return to Prague sometime in future. As every statue has a story behind it. You can find more information about each statue here in this links Southside Stautues & Northside Statues .

Tourists visiting Prague city should not miss Charles Bridge. Amazing  place to go for a walk and enjoy the art, music and little souveniour shops on the sides.

Some pictures from Charles Bridge……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise visit to Praha…

30 Jun

Roasted Duck and Sour White & Red Cabbage in old Bohemian style.

Living in Southern Germany it is very easy to visit  neighbour countries with few hours of travel by car. Last Tuesday was my Birthday. Usually on my Birthday my hubby surprises me with presents. But this time it was a different surprise. Yes, he booked a surprise vacation at Prague. I heard of Prague as a beautiful city and I completely agree with what I have seen.

To have real feel of the city and to interact with people, we decided to use public transport to reach the city from our vacation home. Then we had a long walk around the old city. On our way we were amazed by beautiful ancient buildings all around the old city. Majestic Cathedrals, Charles Bridge with beautiful monuments and it is truely a place with lot of history.  Ok, definitely not the least we wanted to also try the traditional food.  We have ordered for Goulash and Bread Dumpling, Steaks.The food was nicely presented, and it was delicious as it looks.

On Tuesday we visited Prague Castle. I liked the Golden lane among all the attractions inside the castle. After a very nice historical site seeing it was lunch time already. We wanted to go for traditional food again. We found this restaurant 2kms away from the castle which was promising to serve typical food which we were looking for. Our menu was Roasted duck with sour white & red cabbage in old Bohemian Style, Dumplings and Goulash with Potato cakes. I have tried Goulash and sour cabbage several times here in Germany but the bread dumplings was interesting to know.  I also came to know from one of the traditional Czech recipe book that some  recipies are common in German and Czech Cuisine.

At the end of our trip we felt happy and nice. Perhaps two days was short time to know about Prague and decided to visit one more time later.

Some Fresh salad with Balsamic dressing.

Goulash, Bread Dumpling & Potato pancakes.

A delicious Beef Steak….

Goulash with Bread Dumpling.( Hubby dear like Goulash very much and we ordered next day too.)

Pancakes topped with sugar & sour cream, Raspberry sauce.

Walnut cake made with honey and topped with chocolate sauce.

 
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I am turning 7, Whoof Whoof…

31 May

 

Everyone enjoy celebrating Birthday’s. As Pet is also one among the family member, so why not the special day be different and enjoyable.  We celebrated MAX’s Birthday with our family yesterday. Though he can’t realize what it is like, hope he had a feeling that it is not yet another day. He was more pamphered, we wished him and he got  more attention than usual.  Ok!! What would one present to a Birthday baby? definitely the favourite of them. MAX’s most favourite in the world is food. He likes fruits, vegetables, meat, fish. Almost anything which is eatable. Easy for me to make his B’day food. I cooked plain Rice, lentils, and Minced meat curry. One of his favorite veggie is Carrot, so i took some shredded carrots, some scooby snacks and finally, food was arranged in a plate.

We sang Happy Birthday song for him in the evening and he enjoyed his yummy rice cake with meat and veggie.

Today when i was watching TV, I came across a link which was very interesting for those who have pets.  Toutou Bar in Brussels, is a Dog’s restaurant serving food with a excellent presentation accompanied by red dog Beer. What a fun filled luxury place for them to enjoy!!! 

This is the food, specially made for him on his birthday, yesterday.

 
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A Simple Mocktail and a Super Moon…..

23 Mar

March 19th 2011 was a historic and special day for few reasons. Holi festival, Supermoon and a cool mocktail. Holi is a religious Hindu festival celebrated on the last full moon day during feb and March. During this day people share their happiness by spraying different colors on friends,family and neighbours. For Riya, it was her first time in preparing mocktail all by herself. All decorations were her own ideas. This mocktail is a mix of apple juice and water. I was slicing some mango pieces for dinner, and then she asked me one for her to taste. But after few minutes, when she showed me the final product , it was really cool. I can already see that she started showing lot of interest in my area.

While this was going on, we were all excited to watch the Supermoon in sky. It was amazing to watch the beautiful bright moon.Supermoon is our own moon, but on this special day, it came closer to earth in its elliptical orbit. It is also called lunar perigee.  Though the moon was bigger, it was unable to differentiate with naked eye. Lasttime it happened 18 years ago.

Bright Supermoon.

A Closer view of  Supermoon…

Supermoon view from our city…

 
 

Berliner – German Carnival cakes (Doughnut without a hole)

16 Mar

Ha ha!. One of my long awaited recipes in my list and finally, its time to be out during this Carnival Season. During February and March Carnival is celebrated in Europe. Berliner is the most popular theme food during Carnival Season. Neverthless, it has its unique place in every bakery and it is a common selling thing. Like Bretzel, Berliner is a favorite of  many children.  Berliner is a soft , puffy fried doughnut, filled with Jam or Jelly. It is also called Krapfen or Pfannkuchen (pancakes) and has different names in other parts of Germany.

 Until few months before, I was not aware that this is a fried bread because, it is so soft and spongy and one can not find any traces of oil in it . The most interesting part of the bread is the stuffed jam. Every time I tasted the Berliner, I liked the soft jelly jam in it. I was wondering what was the jam inside as it always reminded me of the “Kissan mixed fruit jam” from India. One fine day, I asked the baker near by, it was revealed to me that it is Himbeere Johannisbeer Gelee(Raspberry and Redcurrant Jelly). The next 5th minute, I got that from supermarket . The procedure is to make bread dough into small balls and allow them to rest till it gets double the size. Once it got that consistency, its fried in the oil on both sides. An important note is that the oil in pan should be just enough to fry only one half of the doughnut. This leaves an yellow ring in the middle, which looks nice. The doughnut floats on top of oil when it is being cooked. Also it doesnt need that much oil like poori or so.  Heat should be kept low as it turns dark when overheated.  After which small amount of jam or jelly is squirted inside the bread using a filler. Finally some powdered sugar is sifted on top of it. Though it is special in carnival season, it is available throughout the year in Bakery.

Ingredients:

  1. All purpose flour – 4 cups
  2. Egg – 2
  3. Butter – 50gms at room temparature
  4. Sugar – 1/2 cup
  5. Milk – 1 /2 cup , lukewarm
  6. Yeast – 25 gms (dry yeast)
  7. Powdered sugar for sifting on top of bread
  8. Jelly or jam to stuff the bread
  9. flour for dusting
  10. Oil – 1/2 ltr

Method:

1.  Mix flour, eggs, butter, sugar, yeast and add the milk slowly and combine this mixture with the spatula in to smooth dough consistency and knead it.

2. Allow it to sit in a warm place until it raises its volume .

3. Now again knead the dough and make in to small balls of 12 to 15 numbers. Place the balls on well flour dusted kitchen towel or baking sheet or non stick plate.

4. Cover it with a kitchen towel and allow it to raise to double its size.

5. Bring the oil to heat and the oil should not go to high heat at any point.

6.Carefully lift the berliner balls using a flat spatulla and place it in oil. Allow it to cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides.

7. Remove from oil and place it in paper towel. Now carefully squirt about 2 tbs of  jelly on the side of the bread.

8. Finally sift the powdered sugar and enjoy.

 
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