Dumplings

My kids prefer home made dumplings, or Jiaozi as they say in China.  I have to make them a few times every month.  And I always have one of the kids to help me with them. Because it takes some time to make them..

Favourite filling; minced chicken, cabbage, spring onion, garlic, fresh ginger.

The plate is designed by Lansheng Li for Spin, China.

The sauce is mega important!! I like to mix Japanese soy sauce, a touch of rice wine and freshly squeezed ginger. All mixed together. Yum!! 

I buy the dumpling (jiaozi) wrappers in a local Asian store. I normally buy the gyoza skins.

About 50 dumpling/gyoza wrappers

INGREDIENTS

500 grams of minced chicken

2-3 spring onion, finely chopped

A hand full of finely chopped cabbage

Squeeze in some ginger (if you like ginger)

1 piece finely sliced garlic

1 table spoon rice wine

1 table spoon soy sauce

A touch of sesame sauce

Mix it all together

Prepare a table with the bowl of minced chicken

A glas of water

A wooden board to put the finished dumpling at. It should be a bit damp so they don’t get stuck.

A table spoon.

And then you put a table spoon full of the mix in the middle of the wrapper.

And then you dip your finger in a glass of water, and dampen the outer wrapper ring before you fold it together. Press the ends of the wrapper seal it to close. The water makes it easier.

Make little pleats all around the dumpling.

Cook them in a wok or a frying pan. You need a lid.

Add oil in the pan, add some dumplings. Fry more a short while.

Add water to the pan til the bottom is full, put the lid on. When the water is gone, then you let them fry on one or two sides (If you like them fried)

Enjoy!!!

This is really nice to do with a group of friends. And you can freeze the ones you dont use!!

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Jebena

Food from Eritrea at today’s lunch with Food Tours. At RĂ„dhusets tube station in Stockholm. This was a totally new place for me.

We had a big tray of different food to share.

You eat the food with a traditional Ethiopian / Eritrean bread called Teff Injera, and they have a gluten free version too. The bread is like a sponge pancake, and you scoop up the food with it. It’s traditionally baked with the grain teff.

We had BebÂŽAinetu with different kinds off food like hamli (sautĂ©d greens), Timtimo (red lentils), potatoes and greens with some sauce, and lot’s of other things.

With that we had Mestej, (Mes or Tej) And it is a is a mead or honey wine made out of fermented honey, and it is thought to be the oldest form of alcohol known.

In Ethiopia can you find Tej houses to drink it, but most people make their own Tej. In ancient times MesTej was only served to kings and queens.

You normally drink it out of a berele, which looks like a vase. And if your at a Ethiopian restaurant, just ask for some Tej Bet. Then you get the restaurants House Tej. And the taste always depends on what honey that is used to make it;)

ADDRESS

Kungsklippan,
112 25 Stockholm
T- RĂ„dhuset

E-Mail

info@jebena.com

Phone:

08-650 42 50

Raw food balls with cinnamon and cardamom

3 dl almonds

10 fresh dates, without pits

2 table spoons coconut oil

1 tea spoon honey

2 tea spoons Kockens cinnamon

2 millilitre Kockens cardamom

2 millilitres vanilla powder

a pinch of salt

2 table spoons almond butter

To roll them in:

1 dl Kockens white sesame seeds

1 dl Kockens black sesame seeds

2 tea spoons Kockens cinnamon

2 teaspoons Kockens cardamom

Mix the almonds nicely, and then place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until you get a sticky dough. If too dry, add a few drops of water.

Shape into little balls, roll them in the sesame seeds. And sprinkle them with some cinnamon and cardamom.

CafĂ© BlĂ„ Lotus (Cafe Blue Lotus)

It’s situated at Södermalm in Stockholm. The place looks very Asian with a lot of furniture from India, buddhas etc.. It’s has a very relaxed vibe, and is normally packed in the weekends.

They have salads, sandwiches and good cakes! I really like their carrot cake! A nice touch is that they ask you to not use your computer, and everyone is speaking with their company at the cafe! Just like it should be!

Adress;

Katarina Bangata 21, Stockholm

Handing out a price!!

SkĂ„nska Gastronomipriset, I had the honour to hand out the prize to Southern Sweden’s Biggest Star 2018, Martin Morand. Martin is an amazing pastry chef. He is a member of the Swedish Pastry Team that won Coupe du Monte Europe 2018! And soon will compete World Wide!

I look tiny😂

This was an amazing night with people that love food and drink in SkÄne (Southern Sweden)

And to represent Gourmet magazine here was an honour!

And a big bonus was that I could hang out with my friend Gunilla there!

All of the winners:

Martin Morand, Daniel Berlin Krog, Vollmers, Arilds Wine Yard, SkÄnska Spritfabriken, Thomas Drejing, Botildenborg, Vismarlövs Café & Bagarstuga and Frida Nilsson.

Gong Bao Ji Ding

Or The English name, Kung Pao Chicken. Kung Pao Chicken is one of my favourite dishes from China, and when you cook it make a lot, because it is hard to stop eating;)

It’s a Sichuan dish. The name comes from Ding Baozhen that was called Kung Pao. He used to serve this dish, and people started to call the dish after him.

Ingredients;

900 grams (2 pounds) of chicken breasts, or legs. Cut into small cubes.

2,2 dl (1 cup) of fried peanuts

4 spring onions, the white part. Cut it into small bits.

8 dried chilli peppers ( or as many as you want, it’s according to your taste.

Cooking oil

2 teaspoons Sichuan pepper

A pinch of salt

!!!If you are using Sichuan peppercorn powder, add it along with the deep-fried peanuts.

When frying the Sichuan peppercorn, use low heat and be patient. Over-fried Sichuan peppercorn brings a bitter taste!! Ok?!?

Marinating

a small pinch of salt

4 tsp. dark soy sauce (for coloring)

2 tbsp. Rice wine

4 tsp. cornstarch

The Mixed Sauce

1tablespoon dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons of light soy sauce

a small pinch of salt (around 1/2 tsp.)

5 centimetres (2 inch) of grated ginger

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

4 tsp.cornstarch

2 tablespoon vinegar

4 tablespoons water

3-4 teaspoons of sugar

Cut the chicken into little square bits. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and marine it with salt, soy sauce, cooking wine and cornstarch.  

Cut the spring onion into thin slices, and slice the ginger and garlic.

Heat up the oil in the wok until hot, add the chicken cubes. Fry until all of the chicken cubes begin to change color.

Transfer the chicken cubes to a plate for a while. Add Sichuan peppercorn and dried chili pepper, and fry until aromatic. Add the garlic, ginger and half of the scallions. Quickly fry to mix well.

Add the chicken again.

Stir the sauce, and then pour it in and mix with the chicken in the wok.

Fry until the sauce is well coated. Mix with the remaining leek onion white sections and fried peanuts. Finished!

Serve with rice.

I used Chili flakes in this one. Because my daughter doesn’t think it’s spicy then;)

Shanti

Real Indian food in Stockholm?!?

Yes, Shanti has some locations. But my favourite is Shanti Classic. The chef is great, and so is the food. When you are eating Indian food, then you should order some different dishes to share. (According to the Indian way, and mine;)

There is some musts at this restaurant. The Palak Paneer is made by the chefs and it is so good! It is a indian cheese in sauce. Served with veggies and rice.

And of course some tandoori chicken or a Korma. And… Well the list is long, just order a bunch of food!

And have a beer with it.

Enjoy!

Sauces and rice. The key to the Indian food.

Shanti Classic

Katarina Bangata 58, Stockholm, Sweden

https://shanti.se