Schlagwort-Archive: Recipes

Shop around the world – Dessert-edition

Mmm – desserts!

Teddy hosts this month‘ culinary blog hop.

I love desserts. It’s a rare day when a dessert is offered and I decline one – but it has happened …

Usually I am with the SWEET-dessert-brigade. But today I want something else, for all those who are not into the sugar-variety:

Gorgonzola-pears (serves two)

2 ripe pears

1 kg about 2 € – though they are now in season and could be less – but you only need two – which is about 400 g, if you choose big ones, and 300 g, when you are not so greedy. That leaves you with 0,80 € (of course you can also buy only ONE big one – about 200 g)

1 table spoon lemon juice, I always have a lemon in my storage – but I found an organic lemon direct juice – costs about € 1,25 – but you need only a table spoon, approx. a tenth of that – that is 0,13 €

1 table spoon chopped walnuts – 100 g cost 9,49 – but you only need about a half of the packet (depends on the size of your pears, of course) 4,75 € (the priciest item here)

40 g Gorgonzola (or more if you chose big pears) – or any other mild, creamy blue cheese

I chose Galbani Gorgonzola Cremosa – priced around 2 Euro for 150 g – you need a third of that 0,77 €

20 g butter – a knob of butter from the fridge – costs about 0,20 €

For decoration purposes 4 blue grapes – but if you cannot stand grapes, leave them out.

Peel the pears, half them, core them and take the stem out (all of it, even the stringy white parts). Then smother the pears in lemon juice. Roll the outside part of the pears in walnuts.

Mix cheese and butter, fill into an icing (or piping) bag and pipe it into the pear halves (there should be a big hole where the core was). Halve the grapes and decorate.

The sweetness of the pears and the savoury filling make a nice change from those puddings/desserts we usually spoil ourselves with in my cooking group.

This comes to a total of 6,65 €. For two. But you only make effort for a dessert when you have something special, the rest of the days it is ready bought ice-cream or a ready bought dessert …

For the US-readers:

7,83 Dollar – just in case you wondered.

20 g are about 0,7 ounces – we don’t bother with cups here.

It should be cheaper in the States: You have way cheaper walnuts, haven’t you? Those were the main cost-source in this recipe. And you can choose any kind of mild, creamy blue cheese, it doesn’t have to be Gorgonzola, though then those pears would not be Gorgonzola pears but Blue Cheese pears.

As I have taken it from a cookbook (bad, bad Fran) I should at least give the source:

Lukullisches für zwei Personen, by Karin Brüchmann. A gem of a book but the English speaking world is left in the dark, that is why I dared to bring it on my blog. I have done all the translation and I am very willing to give Ms Brüchmann her due – I love her book and can only recommend, if you are able to understand German, to buy it, but it’s only available as a used book now!


Shopping around the world- vegetarian main dish

Since OneTwospoiledcats asked for a vegetarian main dish, I am happy to oblige. One of my favourite cookbooks is called  – Köstliches Gemüse – which translates as Delicious Vegetables. And my go to recipe in there is a variety of „cauliflower and cheese“.

Here you combine spinach, tomatos and cauliflower with a cheese sauce, based on a roux, spiced with white pepper and nutmeg.

You need:

half a cauliflower (price about 2 Euro for one, 1,00 f0r one half – the other half I will use extra)

500 g Spinach (or a packet of frozen spinach, which you just need to defrost – my go to variety) – price is about 1,70 €

Water and Salt

You part the cauliflower in bitesized pieces, bring the water to the boil with some salt and cook the cauliflower for five minutes, then you decant the water. If you have used fresh spinach, you just put the spinach in for a minute before you drain all.

Then you need 250 g of tomatos. I use tinned tomatos, I am too lazy to peel tomatos, so I buy tinned, ready peeled tomatos. But if you use fresh ones, you peel them (by crossing two slits on the bottom of each, pouring boiling water on them and then the peel should start to come off at the slits – use a knife from there. I don’t, I use a tin.

Tin of tomatos (440 ml – 0,45 €)

Butter an oven dish, lightly, spread the spinach, cover with tomato-slices (tinned tomatos can be bought already in small pieces) and put on the cauliflower.

Now to the cheese sauce:

You need 100 g of grated Gouda (or any other cheese that melts easily), ok, we have all laughed, take 200 g, (price 1,99 for 450 g, about 1 € for what we use) 30 g of butter, 40 g of flour, 250 ml of water and 250 ml of cream (if you use 200 g that is fine by me, costs about 0,49 €). You also need an egg (about o,35 €, an organic one) pepper and nutmeg and some extra salt.

Dissolve butter in pan, stir in flour, till it’s golden, then stir in water, slowly, you do not want some clumps. Stir well, add cream, spices, bring to the boil, add cheese, slowly so it can melt in between. Meanwhile separate egg, whisk egg yolk, add to sauce, beat egg-white until stiff, cautiously stir under the sauce.

Cover your vegetables with sauce, add some more butter on top (small flakes, not a thick layer) and put into cold oven 225 ° C for about 30 to 40 minutes.

Guten Appetit.

Now for the Americans among you:

500 g – about a pound (more or less, it does not signify)

250 g – one half of that

30 g – about a well heaped tablespoon

40 g – a little more than that

250 ml – 8 and a half liquid oz

100 g – about 3,5 oz

437 ° F – which means, the dish is HOT when it comes out of the oven!! Do not consume greedily! Let it cool slightly on the plate.

4,64 € plus some extra for butter, flour and spices – about $ 4,91. Low in carb, delicious (the acidity of the tomatos, the dark taste of the spinach and the sweetness of the cauliflower) -what is not to like?


Bacon’s shopping around the world – Snacks

Here is an easy recipe for a snack we loved at home, sometimes for easy and quick lunch, sometimes in the evening in front of the TV.

We call it Toast Hawaii – a recipe that became popular in the 1950ies, when Germans associated fruit like pineapple or oranges with exotic destinations, a time when Germans travelled by car or train to holiday destinations in the mediterranean and Hawaii was out of bounds for most Germans.

So now you know the history, here is the recipe with prices:

Toast Hawaii (as made in my Grandma’s home)

Toast (we prefer toast with a little bit of full grain to completely white bread toast), a package of 500 g (approx. 1,1 pound in American measures) will cost 0,55 Euro (about 0,62 in American money but you only need about half a package: 0,28 Euro – 0,31 Dollar).

Butter, 250 g (more than half a pound, but you only need about 40 g – about a tenth of an American pound) 0,75 Euro- 0,84 Dollar- but you need about a sixth of that – that is 12 Eurocent – or 0,14 Dollar.

Ham (sorry, Bacon) cooked  – 150 g 1,49 Euro – 1,67 Dollar

Tinned rings of pineapple – one can/tin should suffice – 0,77 Dollar (0,69 Euro)

Melting cheese in slices – we always took the variety Chester, you can also take Cheddar or any other you fancy:

250 g 0,79 Euro – 0,89 Dollar, you won’t need a full package, just one slice per toast. Approx two thirds of that – approx 0,60 Dollar or 0,52 Eurocent

So much for ingredients and prices, here now what you have got to do with that:

Toast 8 slices of toast. Butter slightly. Lay ham and a ring of pineapple on that and top with cheese. Put into preheated oven, 180 ° Celsius, 356 ° F – for 6 minutes or as long as it takes to melt and only slightly brown the cheese (only very slightly!).


Toast: € 0,28 (0,31 $), Butter: € 0,12 (0,14 $), Cooked ham € 1,49 (1,67 $), Pineapple rings – one tin € 0,69 (0,77 $), Cheese € 0,79 (0,89 $)

€ 3,37 or 3,78 $

Serves 4.