Kruidkoekmuffins

  • 300 g flour
  • 1 packet baking powder, ~15 g
  • 175 g brown sugar
  • 2 T koekkruiden
  • 75 g butter
  • 5 T stroop
  • 1 egg
  • 200 ml milk

Preheat oven to 175 C. Line a muffin form with flour or muffin liners. In a large bowl mix the flower, baking powder, sugar, spices, and a pinch of salt. Melt the butter and stroop in the microwave for ~20 seconds. Mix the butter mixture with the egg and milk. Pour the liquid into the flour and mix with a fork; lumps are OK. Pour into the muffin forms. Cook in the middle of the oven ca. 20-25 min. until brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes before removing.

Credits: Aller Hande


2015-04-03: A rainy holiday required muffins. We used molasses instead of stroop, and a mix of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves for the spices.

Spicy Salmon Surprise

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/blackened-salmon-fillets/

Adjustments: 1/2 t salt, but salted butter; some hickory smoked salt; garlic powder; 1 t cayenne; pinch of red pepper flakes.

(The surprise comes from the fact that we bought fish thinking it was trout, then thought it was salmon, and then found out it might be trout.)

Ari Mala’s Gammon Ham

Soak for at least 12 hours/overnight in cold water with cinnamon, cloves, and either honey or maple syrup. Then take out of water, stud with cloves, pour over a mixture of wholegrain mustard and honey and, if you have the time, baste. Slowcook for about 4 hours, depending on slowcooker. And put a tiny bit of broth in the bottom, just for added moisture.

Lamb with 40 Cloves of Garlic

  • 1 shoulder/leg of lamb on the bone, around 2kg
  • 4-6 heads of garlic (depending on size), broken into cloves, with the peal on
  • 2 t cumin seeds
  • 2 t fennel seeds
  • 2 t coriander seeds
  • 2 t caraway seeds
  • 10-12 black peppercorns
  • 2 t sweet paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 2 T olive oil

Preheat the oven to 220C. Heat a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin, fennel, coriander and caraway seeds and peppercorns, and toast until fragrant – about a minute. If you don’t have whole seeds, you can use the powdered version, but don’t toast. Transfer to a mortar and use a pestle to pound to a fine powder. Combine with the paprika, cayenne, salt and oil.

Put the lamb in a large, deep roasting tin. Use the tip of a sharp knife to score the meat. If you want, slice a few garlic cloves and shove them into the scores. Rub the spice mixture over the joint and massage it in, including the underside, working it into any crevices.

Roast in the hot oven for 30 minutes. Baste the lamb with its juices, then pour a glass of water into the tin (not over the meat). Cover with foil, return to the oven and reduce the heat to 120C. After 4.5-5 more hours, take the lamb out and scatter the whole garlic cloves into the lamb juices. Cover the dish again and return to the oven for a final hour, by which time the meat should be extremely tender and the garlic soft and sweet.

Credits: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, slightly modified.


2013-12-25: We made this for Christmas dinner. It was spectacular (if a bit overcooked). The spice rub was excellent and could be used on many other meats.

2014-01-19: I tried it on a cut of frying beef (braten keulen), around 1/2 kg. We cut the spice mixture in half, put it in at 220C for 10 min., then added between 1/4-1/2 C water, cooked for another 10, basted, reduced to 120C and cooked for 15-20 min., until it was medium rare. It was gorgeous:

2014-01-26: This weekend, we tried it with pork. We got a schweine-filet of 600g, and again cut the spice mixture in half (and skipped the garlic step). It’s not as good with pork as it is with lamb and beef, but still good. Roasted at 200C for 10 min., added about 1/4 C water, roasted for another 10 min. at 200C, and then reduced heat to 180C, checking every 10 min. until done.

2014-12-26: Made with 1.5lbs of eye of round beef. Did not halve the spice mixture. Cooked at 220C/430F for 15 min., then added 2/3 C water and the garlic, and cooked for 10 more min. Basted, reduced heat to 120C and cooked a further 15 min, covered, when it was medium rare.

Cranberry Relish

  • 2 C washed raw cranberries
  • 2 skinned and cored tart apples
  • 1 large, whole unpealed seedless orange, cut into sections
  • 1 to 2 C sugar (depending on how sweet you would like your relish to be)

Run fruit through a food blender. Use the entire orange, peels, pith and all.

Mix in the sugar. Let sit at room temperature until sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes. Refrigerate until serving.

Credits: Carolyn Friedemann (via ?)


2013-12-25: Joel wanted to make it again for Christmas, so we did. This time, I chopped about 3/4 of the apples small, and only blended 1/4. We put in 1/4 C sugar instead of 1-2.

2013-11-30: Mom made this for Thanksgiving this year, and we liked it so much we decided to make it ourselves when we had Thanksgiving in Heidelberg.