So it is now the year of the pig. We celebrate the Chinese New Year every year with a nice dinner at our house.
I am not chinese, but my daughter is. And I lived there for nearly 7 years. So that’s why;)
This year I made 6 different dishes, and it took me a day to prepare. Chinese food is all about cutting it all into little pieces and mixing it with ginger, Chili and garlic. And other little things;)
I will add lot’s of recipes at the blog.
So what should you drink with the food?
This year I had the best paired wine with the food ever. Two different kinds of Stoneleigh from New Zealand.
I actually preferred the Chardonnay with the food. It was a perfect match! But my husband liked the other one better. I will stock up with the Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay because it’s the best wine I ever had with the Chinese food. And I have 16 years of experience of chinese food and wine;)
The food I make is just a little bit spicy, the Shanghai style of cooking. I did make a Sichuan dish too, and I still loved the Chardonnay with it. The wine is very rich and well just buy it, trust me!
The Wild Valley Sauvignon Blanc was a good one too, but more on the sweet side. I had this one with fish the other night and it was perfect!
So just stay updated on my blog, and I will give you all those recipes to go with the wine!
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 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
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)
This is really nice to do with a group of friends. And you can freeze the ones you dont use!!
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!
The perfect dish when you are lazy. And you can use halloumi instead of sausage! Fry it a bit before you add it to the sauce!
In Sweden we use a bigger sausage called falukorv. The sausage is made of a grated mixture of smoked pork and beef or veal with potato starch flour, onion, salt and some mild spices. It is a cooked sausage, so you can eat it cold. I normally fry it, or put it into the oven with some cheese.
But back to Sausage Stroganoff.
400-500 gram sausage, preferably Falukorv into slices.
2 finely chopped yellow onions
2 dl cream
1 dl water
1-1,5 Table spoon of tomato purée
1 table spoon Soy sauce, chinese
And some oil for cooking
What to do;
1,Fry the sausage in the oil in a saucepan for about 5 minutes. Add the onion and fry for another minute.
2, Add cream, water, tomato puree and Chinese soy sauce. Cook for about 10 minutes. You can add some wheat flour to make the sauce thicker.
Skånska 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 Skåne (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, Skånska Spritfabriken, Thomas Drejing, Botildenborg, Vismarlövs Café & Bagarstuga and Frida Nilsson.