Michael Owen
Serious food in a relaxed atmosphere

Jun
13

The BBQ championship is done and dusted. Had a fantastic day with friends and family. No prize for our team but met some great people.

A really good event hosted by Matprat & Opplysningskontoret for Egg & Kjøtt (www.matprat.no)!

We’ll be back again next year.

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Jun
10

http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/hordaland/1.7161420

Jun
09

Only a few days to go now. The planning is well on the way.
We will be participating in the following categories:

1. Hamburger
2. Chicken
3. Challenge (suprise meat)
4. Spareribs
5. Best marinade
6. Best functioning stand

We have no idea how this event will go, but we’ll have fun for sure.

Will post recipes on the blog a few days after the event.

Going for GOLD!

Last meeting with Vigdis before the games begin!

Jun
03

We are participating at the Norwegian BBQ championship @ Birkelunden, Oslo on Saturday 12th of June.

Should be a ball. Will post plan of attack on the blog.

Team name: MasterCooks
Team mates: Vigdis, Lena & Michael.

Wish us luck (or even better, pop in and see us in action) !

Apr
10

Dough (1/2 kilo of pasta dough):

– 225 grams of flour
– 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
– Pinch of salt
– Some use a teaspoon of olive oil (optional)

Mix your eggs in a little bowl. Pour the flour on the kitchen bench and make a crater (like a volcano). Pour the eggmix into the crater. Use a fork to mix the egg and the flour little by little. In the end you will have a ball (or many small balls). Knead the dough for ten minutes or so (You will feel that the dough is elastic and smooth).

Cut the dough in two and feed it through your pasta machine on the thickest setting. Repeat a couple of times (each time fold the flat dough before you feed it through again). Then feed through a thinner and thinner setting. Each time folding and repeating at least twice. Dust with flour if necessary.

Cut the pasta in the size you want (spagetti, tagliatelle etc). Hang the pasta to dry.

Boil for 3 – 5 minutes in boiling water. Taste to make sure its al dente.

For ravioli:

If you want to add some filling, then try mixing some ricotta with spinach. Make a hole in the middle and add an egg yolk. Glue edges with some water, put a pasta top on & press the tip of your fork around to seal it.

Very nice with some burnt butter and parmesan.

Good luck!

Mar
06

Here’s what you do:

6 egg whites
2 teaspoons vinegar
4 dl sugar
1 teaspoon maizenna
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preheat the owen to 250 C.

Start mixing your egg whites in a cold bowl with an eletric hand mixer on full speed. Add vinegar, sugar, maienna and vanilla little by little. When you see peaks in the bowl, lower the temperature on the owen to 100 C.

Pour the mix onto a tray lined with baking paper. Sculpt it so that it is circular like a small cake. Bake the meringue cake for about 50 min – an hour (should be a light brown color) & let it cool.

Filling: lots of things work here. I normally use vanilla cream or normal cream. Decorate your cake with fruits of your choice.

Feb
04

Good for the soul

Right now it’s about minus 15 outside. When the weather is behaving this badly I like to cook a curry to keep myself warm. Don’t buy the ready made curry jars, why not make your own?

Get your prep done:

Slice (thin):

  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 chili (depends if you want it hot or not)

Slice (coarse)

  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 fillets of chickenbreast

Mix:

  • 1/2 cube of chicken stock with 2/3 of pint of warm water

Start cooking:

  • Heat oil in a saucepan
  • Add all of your ingredients
  • Add water with chicken stock
  • Stir for 2 – 3 minutes
  • Add 1 tin of coconut milk
  • Add 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • Add 1 tablespoon of hot curry powder (madras)
  • Add 2 teaspoons of red curry paste
  • 1 Kaffir Leave (thinly sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar

Mix carefully , bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes.

Add 2 coarsely chopped mushrooms, snowpeas or fresh vegetables of your choice at the end.

Thicken the curry with corn flour if needed.

Garnish with coriander and serve with rice of choice.

Good luck – let me know how you go.

Mike.

Jan
31

A stunner but seriously to much lemon

The best chicken I have ever tasted. What a cracker.

We made this tart for our friend Vigdis the other night. The recipe was from a cookbook called ‘Good food – the modern cookbook in colours’. The book is from 1970 and we thought it would be fun to try out. The result was mixed. The cake looked fantastic but tasted full on. Too much lemon and too little sugar. .

Vigdis also cooked beer infused roasted chicken. Use an half empty can of beer (1/2 l) and put the chicken over it. Roast as normal. The result was yummy. A tender and juicy roasted chicken. Well done Vigdis.

Jan
31

Nice Sunday treat

We made these horns as a treat today. Thought it would be nice with some fresh rolls for breakfast whilst watching the brilliant Federer play in the Australian Open.

Portion: 4 people

  • 60 grams butter
  • 300 ml / 3 dl of milk
  • 1 dry packet of yeast
  • 400 grams flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cardemon
  • 1 egg for brushing
  • Seeds to have on top

Mix flour, sugar and cardemon in a bowl. Melt the butter and add the milk. Stir until it is luke warm. Mix the dry yeast in with the milk and butter. Mix with the dry ingredients.

Knead the dough (7 minutes in the mixer is the best). Add flour if needed.

Cover the bowl with plastic and put it in a warm place for 30 min. Roll the dough out in two circles. Divide each circle in pie pieces. Roll each piece, starting with the wide end and finishing with the tip.  Let the rolls rest and rise for 20 minutes (Covered and in a warm place).

Brush with egg and sprinkle your seeds over. Cook in oven for 10 – 15 minutes (200 – 220).

Serve with butter and jam (also nice with cheese). Great with a glass of milk on the side.

Happy Sunday and go Federer!

Nov
11

I love fishing and I love working with fish. Here is a fish recipe that is easy, healthy and done in 10 minutes or so.

Oven baked snapper:

  • 200 grams fillet of white fish
  • Knob of butter
  • Drizzle of lemon
  • Thinly sliced fennel (small)
  • 4 cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • Salt and pepper

Wrap in foil leaving a pocket of air on the top. Preheat oven to 180 – 200 degrees and bake for 10 – 12 minutes.

While you wait for it to cook you can check out the pictures from my trip up to North QLD, Australia with my dad.

Queen Fish

A reef cod

Fingermark

Dad with a Spanish mackarell

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