Black Forest Ham Maccheroni

Preparation : 2-3 Minutes

Cooking Time : 35 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings (Kid’s servings = 2 adult’s portions)

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

As I mentioned on my other post that today was the toughest day of my life, for dinner I made 3 completely different dishes. Salmon Salad for my love, Broccoli Parmesan Soup that was requested by Mack. And the last one was Black Forest Ham Maccheroni with Tomato Sauce for Lev. You won’t believe me if I tell you that he ate 2 bowls.

PS. The pic above was his portion.

For this recipe, I used:

250 gr (8-9 oz) of fresh Maccheroni, cooked (it takes 3-4 minutes)

1 Can (450 gr /15 oz) of diced Tomatoes

250 gr (8-9 oz) of Black Forest Ham

1 small piece of Parmesan Rind (if you don’t have, skip it)

2 Cloves of Garlic, miced

Salt, just a bit

A drizzle of Olive Oil

Fresh Parsley, chopped

PS. You can also add some sugar (1 Tsp), but since I cook for my kids, so no sugar. Normally I will add some finely chopped carrots. But I didn’t have any carrots today 😆. If you can’t find Black Forest Ham, just use Pancetta or other kinda ham. I like Black Forest one, because it is very lean and almost no fat. Depending on the saltiness of ham and parmesan rind, taste your sauce before you put salt in it.

Instructions:

  1. Turn on your stove into medium heat.
  2. Drizzle some olive oil so your ham won’t get burn (I used Black Forest one = almost no fat). If you use Pancetta, then you don’t need oil. Put in the Black Forest ham and minced garlic. Stir fry for a minute or so.
  3. Put in the canned tomatoes,  and Parmesan rind. If you cook for yourselves, you should add 1 Tsp of sugar now. Try it first before your put any salt, if you need some, add some then.
  4. Lower the stove heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Turn of the heat and scatter some fresh chopped parsley.
  6. Take some of the Maccheroni pasta and serve with some tomato sauce.
  7. Garnish with some curly parsley (optional). xoxo 😘

Broccoli Parmesan Soup

Preparation : 5 Minutes

Cooking Time : 30-35 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Second dish of tonight: Broccoli Parmesan Soup! It’s my daughter, Mack’s favorite. She kept telling me that she ate at her kindergarten for lunch and how much she loved it.

This is the way how I make my Broccoli Soup and my kiddos love it! You can replace Parmesan with other cheese (Gouda, Emmentaler, Cheddar etc). Each will bring different background taste tho. And my favorite is always the one with Parmesan.

For this recipe, you will need:

500 gr (17 oz) of Broccoli, chopped

1 Potato, medium size and chopped

2-3 cloves of Garlic, minced

Salt, pepper to taste

250 ml (1 Cup) of Crème fraîche

80 gr (1/3 Cup) of grated Parmesan

250 ml (1 Cup) of Cooking cream

500 ml (17 fl oz) of Water

1 Tsp of Olive Oil

Parsley, optional

PS. If you don’t have Crème fraîche, you can also use sour cream. Cooking cream in Germany is similar to half and half or lighter heavy cream. We love to eat the whole broccoli (florets and stems). The stems are more delicious for me than the florets 🥰

Instructions:

1. Turn on your stove to medium high. Put some olive oil, chopped broccoli, potato and minced garlic. Stir fry for about 5-7 minutes. 

2. Add in the water, salt, pepper and cook for about 25-30 minutes. Don’t cover your pot with a lid!

3. Turn the stove to really low heat, add in the Crème fraîche, cooking cream and grated parmesan. Don’t cook too long, and stir it otherwise it will foam curds.

4. Blend it with a blender or a hand blender.

5. Serve with some parsley. xoxo 🥰

Salmon Mustard Spring Salad

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Cooking Time : 25-30 Minutes

Serves : 2-3 Servings

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Finally it’s spring! It was very cold but at least it was sunny! Today was the toughest day of my life, for dinner I made 3 completely different dishes haha. Salmon Salad for my love, Maccheroni with Tomato Sauce for Lev and Broccoli Parmesan Soup that was requested by Mack. Everyone is happy and so am I!

This salad is divine especially for spring. It’s fresh, creamy, mustardy and crunchy. The strawberries just give it a very nice background taste!

For this recipe, you will need:

350-400 gr (12-40 oz) of fresh Salmon

4 small Cucumbers, diced

1 Avocado, diced

1/4 Onion, chopped

3-4 Strawberries, diced

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 Tbsp of Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp of Dijon Mustard

2 Tsp of Bavarian Sweet Mustard (Honey Mustard)

A drizzle of Honey

Curly Parsley / Cilantro, optional

Black sesame seeds, optional

PS. I prefer Bavarian sweet Mustard because it has nice mustard seeds and I love the texture. If you can’t fine it then sub with honey mustard.

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven at 200 C (400 F).

2. Clean your salmon including the scales. Pad dry, season with some salt and pepper. Broil for 25-30 minutes. Make sure you cook it through, unless you buy salmon with sushi quality grade. Depending on the thickness of your salmon, the duration time of broiling varies. After that, let it cool and tear into small pieces.

3. During that time. You can prepare the salad. In a small bowl, add in salt, pepper, dijon mustard, Bavarian sweet mustard, honey, lemon juice and whisk.

4. Cut the cucumbers, onion and put the into a salad bowl.

5. Mix them with the mustard dressing.

6. Add in the avocado and mix them gently.

7. Add in salmon pieces and try not to over-mix it with the rest.

8. Serve the salad with some diced strawberries, garnish with some curly parsley and black sesame seeds.

Mango Avocado Spinach Smoothie (Vegan)

Photo 06.03.19, 12 10 34Preparation : 5 Minutes

Making Time : 5-7 Minutes

Serves : 2 Servings

Episode : 35 (Video Recipe is here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Yay finally the weather is getting better here in Munich and just made this really delicious smoothie and it’s very easy to make. My kids love it and I am sure yours will too!

Ingredients:

1 Mango, medium size, diced

1 Avocado, cut

1/3 Cup of Frozen Spinach, drained

1-2 Cups of Tangerine Juice

A blender to blend all the ingredients

P.S. If you use fresh spinach, you’ll need a handful of it. And fresh spinach is a lot better. You can also sub the tangerine juice with apple juice, orange juice or pineapple juice. I like the combination of pineapple juice the most. Depending on which juice you’re mixing, the flavor with change a bit too. I like my smoothie a little bit thicker so I use about 1 cup of juice, if you like it a litte thinner then add more juice.

Instructions:

  1. Into your blender, throw in half of your mango, add all the spinach and then the mango again.
  2. Cut the avocado and scoop in the flesh into your blender.
  3. Add half of the juice, blend well.
  4. Add the rest of the juice, blend again. Give it a stir with a spoon if you need it.
  5. Enjoy it while it’s fresh. You can keep the smoothie in a fridge for 1-2 days. I won’t change the color. The acid from the juice and the mango keeps the avocado’s natural color. xoxo 💋

 

 

Indonesian Balado Eggs

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Making Time : 50 Minutes

Serves : 6-7 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Hi guys!

We’ve been sick for months but this doesn’t hold me back from sharing my recipes. I’ve been craving something spicy but not too spicy. And since I love eggs, so I decide to make some Balado Eggs. Balado is a dialect from Minangkabau (where Rendang originate) and means “with chillis”. So if you’re in Indonesia and check out on a menu and spot “Balado”, watch out. Normally it is very SPICY!

I modify this recipe a bit and it’s a lot milder so that everybody can enjoy it. Traditionally Balado Eggs are hard boiled eggs with very spicy sambal sauce. I don’t really like to eat hard boiled eggs, so I boil them for 8 minutes ish (so I still have runny yolks). If you like hard boiled eggs of course, you cook your hard boiled eggs.

Here is the list of the ingredients:

6-7 Boiled Eggs

6-8 Dried Chillis, cut, deseeded and soaked in hot water

4 Red Paprika Peppers, deseeded and cut

4 Cherry Tomatoes

3-4 Cloves of Garlic

1 Onion, diced

3 Kaffir Lime Leaves

1 Lemongrass Stalk, cut into halves and pounded

2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar

1 Tsp of Salt

Juice of half a lemon

1/3 Cup of Oil

Instructions:

  1. Into your blender, throw in the cherry tomatoes, paprika peppers, garlic, onion, dried chillis and oil (leave some for frying later) and blend them until smooth.
  2. Turn on your stove to medium heat.
  3. Into your wok, add in some oil and pour in all the blended mixture and give it a stir.
  4. Add in kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass stalk, brown sugar and salt.
  5. As soon as it boils, lower the heat. Put the lid on and leave some small space so that the water from the lid won’t get into your wok again.
  6. Cook for about 50 minutes or until it reduces to 3/4, turn off the heat and add in the lemon juice.
  7. Add in the boiled eggs and serve with some warm rice. xoxo

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Mango Tiramisu

Preparation : 15 Minutes

Making Time : 30 Minutes

Cooling Time : 1 hour to overnight

Serves : 8-10 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Hi guys!

It’s weekend! It’s dessert time yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I have made this georgous Mango Tiramisu a couple of times and my friends really love it so I thought to share this recipe with you!

This is a twist of classic Tiramisu and kid friendly one too. If you make it for yourselves (no kids, then I’d recommend you to dip your lady fingers into some Limoncello and it will give you really nice flavor!).

And if you have been reading my blog /following my instagram, you’d know that almost all of my recipes are not so sweet or so salty 🙂

For this recipe, I don’t have a video recipe yet, but if you want to see how I make my mango cream, you can check it on youtube here: Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Here is the list of the ingredients:

1 Mango, skinned, cut and blended

2 Tbsp of Coconut Cream

1 Tbsp of sugar (if your mango is already sweet then don’t add any sugar)

A pinch of Salt

25-30 Lady Fingers

500 gr of Mascarpone Cream Cheese

200 gr Heavy Cream, whipped

1-2 Tbsp of Sugar

Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Sugar

1 Glass of Lemon Juice  (Limoncello if you want something with alcohol)

Ikea Casserole Dish (Honestly I don’t know the size)

Instructions:

  1. Clean, skin, cut and blend your mango in a blender.
  2. Turn on your stove into medium heat, on your sauce pan add in your blended mango. If it is a sweet mango, don’t add any sugar, add 1 tablespoon of sugar if it is sour) along with 2 Tbsp of coconut cream and a pinch of salt. The salt with enhance the sweetness of the mango. Don’t worry it won’t make it salty.
  3. As soon as it boils, lower the heat into really low and let it simmer until it gets really thick (normally it takes 15 minutes ish) and turn off your stove. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then keep it in a fridge.
  4. In your large bowl, whip your heavy cream with sugar and vanilla extract until thick. If you use vanilla sugar, then reduce the amount of the sugar.
  5. Add the mascarpone cheese little by little into your whipped heavy cream and mix until all of the mascarpone is mixed with the whipped cream.
  6. Dip your lady fingers in lemon juice (or limoncello) and arrange them on your casserole dish.
  7. Add in some cream cheese mixture and spread it even with a spatula or a spoon.
  8. Spread some mango cream.
  9. Repeat again with lady fingers until all ingredients are done.
  10. Put it in a fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
  11. Enjoy it with your friends xoxo

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Easy Guacamole Recipe

Preparation : 3 Minutes

Making Time : 5 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet.

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Hi Guys!

I just made this creamy and yummy Guacamole. This is my way how to make it and it is very easy, that’s why I would like to share this recipe with you. I made the guacamole twice and both had slightly different taste but were really mouth watering!

Ingredients:

3 Riped Avocados

1 French Shallot or Red Onion, finely chopped

Juice of 1.5 Limes

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

3-4 Cherry Tomatoes, thinly sliced *(For my first pic, I didn’t use tomatoes)

1 Bundle of Fresh Cilantro, chopped *(I used for the first pic)

1 Bundle of Fresh Parsley, chopped *(I used for the second pic)

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Instructions:

  1. Cut the avocados and scoop out the meat and put it in a large bowl. I always use a spoon to smash my avocados. I love the different textures in my guacamole. You can also use a fork.
  2. Into my bowl, add in the chopped shallot / onion, lime juice, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix them well with the spoon.
  3. Add in the sliced tomatoes but don’t overmix.
  4. Garnish with some chopped parsley or cilantro.
  5. Enjoy with some nice bread! I ate with some walnut bread and it was fantastic! xoxo

 

German Currywurst

Preparation : 5 Minutes

Cooking : 5-8 Minutes

Serves : 3 Servings

Episode : 32 (Video recipe is available here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

 

Hi guys!

It’s carnival in Germany!!!!!!! Everyone is really excited including me! In Germany, during carnival and other celebrations, we always eat currywurst! In my opinion, currywurst is really German snack that you can get on particular occasions; christmas market event, carnival and some other festivals.

The key to make great currywurst is good curry sauce which is ketchup and curry powder. Don’t worry, it is NOT spicy!

All you need is:

8 Bratwursts

3/4 Cup of Ketchup

1 – 1.5 Tsp of Curry Powder

2 Tsp of Fried Onion

2 Green Onions, optional

1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Instructions:

1. Turn on your stoves to medium low heat, one skillet for the bratwursts, one sauce pan for warming up the ketchup.

2. Into your skillet, grill your bratwursts, each sides 2-3 mins. Into your sauce pan, out in the ketchup and just warm it up. Don’t forget to add the curry powder into your ketchup.

3. Lay all your bratwursts on a piece of paper towel, and dry them with it if they’re oily.

4. Put your curry ketchup in a bowl, scatter some fried onion.

5. Lay the wursts on a plate and scatter some green onions and fried onion.

6. Serve with some weiß bier! Enjoy! ❤️

Indonesian Bouillabaisse (Spicy Sour Fish Soup)

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Cooking : 5-8 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : 31 (Video recipe is available here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

 

Hi guys,

It’s still very cold in Munich, and I have been craving this delicious Indonesian Bouillabaisse! I call it “Indonesian Bouillabaisse” because it is very similar to the French one, but it has more unique exotic flavor in it. If you don’t know what it is, google “Ikan Asam Pedas” you’ll know what it is hehe.

I modified a little bit here, no fresh pineapple but a lot of crushed tomatoes and some lemon juice.

Ingredients:

700 gr or 1.5 lbs of Fresh Salmon, cut into small pieces

2 French Shallots

3 Cloves of Garlic

2 Bird-Eye Chilies, very spicy!

2 Lemongrass Stalks

4 Coriander or Cilantro Roots, optional

4-5 Keffir Lime Leaves

Juice of half a Lemon

500 ml or 2 Cups of Crushed Tomatoes

1 Tbsp of Turmeric Powder

1 Tsp of Ginger Powder

1 Tsp of Galangal Powder

2 Tsp of Salt

2-3 Tsp of Sugar

500 ml or 2 Cups of Water

Some Olive Oil

Sweet Basil for garnishing, optional

 

Instructions:

1. Put shallots, garlic, chillies and some water into a blender, blend until smooth.

2. Turn your stove to medium low heat, put some oil into your cooking pot.

3. Add in cilantro roots, keffir lime leaves and wait for a minute or two then add in the ingredients from the blender along with the turmeric, ginger and galangal powder.

4. Add in the crushed tomatoes. Stir and add in the water, salt and sugar. Cook until it simmers and add in the salmon chunks.

5. It takes about 5-7 mins to cook, depending on the thickness of your fish.

6. Turn off your stove and add some lemon juice.

7. Serve with some warm rice and nice white wine. Enjoy ❤️

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Cook Rice (Jasmine Rice)

Preparation : 5 Minutes

Cooking : 20-25 Minutes

Serves : 3-4 Servings

Episode : 30 (Video recipe is here )

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

 

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Hi guys,

Today I am going to show you how to cook jasmine rice. I have different types of rice at home; brown rice, jasmine, basmati, pandan, short grain Japanese rice, sushi rice, risotto rice, white glutinous and dark glutinous rice. I also like to eat wild rice, but do you know that wild rice is not rice 🙂

My friends and neighbors have been asking me how I normally cook my rice. And jasmine rice is mostly eaten rice in Asia and Europe besides basmati rice, that’s why I want to share it with you.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of jasmine rice

1 1/4 Cups of water

Instructions:

  1. Put rice into a small pot, wash and rinse it. Cleaning the rice from the starch will make the cooked rice become very soft, fluffy and yummy. I know some people don’t do that, but I think it’s very important to do so to reach delicious cooked rice. Unless you cook Italian risotto.
  2. Add the water.
  3. A lot of people say that 1:1 is the ratio. Well, I disagree, it depends on what kind of rice you are cooking. Basmati can absorb double amount of water and still tastes really great. I will cook basmati rice with 1:2 ratio (1 part of rice, 2 parts of water). But the ratio will be different if I cook short grain Japanese rice.
  4. In Asia, it is very common to understand your rice before cooking it. And people also ask the sellers about the rice, if it is “soft grain rice” or “hard grain rice”. Although it is the same type of rice. Soft grain rice means you’ll need less water to cook otherwise it will be mushed, wet and soft. Hard grain rice means you gotta add more water to reach this fluffy and yummy cooked rice.
  5. Turn the heat to the highest, don’t cover and let it cook until the bubbles come out. Cover with the lid and turn to the lowest heat. You want the steam to cook the rice. The longer it is cooked, the better it tastes later.
  6. Let it cook for about 20 minutes or until the rice is not wet anymore.
  7. Serve! xoxo Christina

Caramelized Onion Teriyaki Salmon (Mum’s Recipe)

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Preparation : 20 Minutes

Cooking : 30 Minutes

Serves : 3-4 Portions

Episode : 33 (video recipe is availble here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Hi Guys,

Long time no new posts! So I tried to spare my free time to recreate my mum’s best caremelized onion teriyaki salmon recipe. As I was a kid, I never knew the named of this this until I was in Japan. My mum also never knows that she cooks something delicious and it’s called teriyaki 😂😂😂.

I cook this many times and my kids love it. As I always mention, we don’t cook with a lot of salt or sugar.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

600 gr of Salmon

1/2 Onion, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp of Soy sauce

3 Tbsp of Sweet soy sauce

Some lemon juice (I used 1/2 of a lemon)

1/2 Cup of water

1-2 Tsp of Tapioka/Corn starch

Some salt and white ground pepper

Sesame Seeds, optional

Coriander, optional

2-3 Tbsp of Cooking Oil

Instructions

1. Turn on your stove to medium heat. In your non-stick skillet add some cooking oil.

2. Add in the salmon, fry each sides 3-4 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon.

3. Take it out and put it in a plate. In the same skillet if there’s still oil left, just use it. If not, add a little more oil, stir fry the onion slices until translucent and add in some ground white pepper.

4. Add in the soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, a little bit of salt, lemon juice and the water starch mixture.

5. Stir until it thickens. Try the taste. You can of course add more salt or sweet soy sauce depending on how your stomach desires it.

6. Pour in the sauce on the salmon. Garnish with some toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander.

7. Serve with some cherry tomatoes and Romano salad.

Enjoy 😊 xoxo Chris

Salmon Green Onion Cupcakes

Preparation : 20 Minutes

Baking : 30 Minutes

Serves : 12-14 Cupcakes

Episode : 36 (video recipe is availble here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Hi Guys,

I’ve made these really delicious, savory, full of flavor Salmon Green Onion Cupcakes. I know, I know, everybody is raising their eyebrows now and officially you can call me CRAZY CHRISTY lol. But I promise you and trust me, these are amazing! And you won’t regret it.  The consistency of the cupcakes is like muffins and scones. With cream cheese, cranberry jam and some garnished green onions, it is phenomenal! You don’t even taste the salmon.

Here is the list of the ingredients:

2 Cups of AP Flour

1 Tbsp of Baking Powder

1/2 Tbsp of Salt

2 Eggs, medium size

1 Cup or 250 ml of Crème fraîche (sour cream or yoghurt can replace it too)

1 Cup or 200-250 gr of fresh Salmon, diced

1 Cup or 250 ml  of Vegetable Oil

1 Cup of Green Onion, finely chopped

2 Tbsp of Bavarian Sweet Mustard (honey mustard)

1 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard

1 Tbsp of Horseradish

2 Tbsp of Honey

For the frosting, you’ll need:

1/2 Cup or 125 gr of cream cheese

1/2 Cup or 125 ml of heavy cream

Some Cranberry jam

Some green onions.

How to make the Salmon Green Onion Cupcakes:

  1. Turn on your oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Farenheit.
  2. In your large bowl, beat your eggs until pale (3 minutes) with a mixer or a whisk.
  3. Add in the oil and Crème fraîche, mix again. If you don’t have Crème fraîche, you can also use sour cream or yoghurt. But yoghurt is a little ligher than Crème fraîche, you might need to reduce a little bit.
  4. Add in all the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix them again.
  5. Put in the salmon and green onions. Mix them with a spatula. Add in all the rest of the ingredients; mustard, sweet mustard and honey.
  6. Line your muffin tray with liners. Use a spoon to transfer your batter into the liners.
  7. I made about 12 cupcakes. I still had some and just made pancakes out of it.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let them cool.
  9. For the frosting, beat the heavy cream until soft peak or about 3 minutes.
  10. Add in the cream cheese and mix well with the whipped cream.
  11. Transfer it into a ziploc or a pastry bag with a nozzle. You can also use only a ziploc without a nozzle.
  12. Smear the cranberry jam on each cupcakes.
  13. Make a little swirl to cover the cranberry jam.
  14. Garnish with some green onions and cranberry jam.
  15. Enjoy!

Authentic Indonesian Beef Rendang Recipe (Mum’s Recipe)

Preparation : 20 Minutes

Cooking : 3 hours at least

Serves : 6-8 portions

Episode : 29 (Video recipe is here )

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Hi guys,

I hope you all have a great day! People have been asking my beef rendang recipe and since I have a little bit of free time, so I thought I just make it.

Beef Rendang originated from Minangkabau, Indonesia (on Sumatera Island) and has been spread to a lot of countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. Rendang is a spicy meat dish cooked in coconut milk a long with a lot of herbs and spices at least for 3 hours. Some even cook for 6-8 hours. The longer you cook it, the best the result is.

CNN has crowned Beef Rendang as the most delicious food in 2011 and 2017.

On this recipe, I am cooking my mum’s recipe (as usual) but this one is kid-friendly Rendang so it is NOT spicy at all. Regardless the spicy chillies, it tastes very authentic.

List of the ingredients:

1,5 kg (3 Lb 4 Oz) of Beef .

1000 ml (4 Cups) of Coconut Milk

1 large Onion, finely chopped.

5 Garlic Cloves.

2 Lemongrass Stalks, cut and pounded.

4 Kaffir Lime Leaves.

3 Tbsp of Cummin Seeds.

2 Tbsp of Coriander Seeds.

1 Tbsp of Fennel Seeds.

3 Tbsp of Smoked Paprika Powder.

1 Tbsp of Ginger Powder.

1 Tsp of Galangal Powder.

1 Tsp of Ground White Pepper.

4-5 Cardamon Pods.

A pinch of Nutmeg, grated.

Salt, to taste.

Some oil to fry.

P.S. My mum always uses turmeric leaves in her rendang, but there is no way to find turmeric leaves in Munich unless you grow them by yourselves.

How to cook Beef Rendang:

  1. Cut the beef into small pieces (2-3 cm/ 1 inch big) and set aside.
  2. Roast all the seeds and pods (cummin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cardamon pods) at medium heat for about 3-4 minutes or until you can smell the fragrance.
  3. Grind all the seeds, cardamon pods and salt (1 Tsp) until fine like powder.
  4. Put the garlic cloves inside and grind too.
  5. Toss the lemongrass stalks and pound lightly.
  6. If you don’t have a pestle or you don’t want to grind. You can also use a mixer. Don’t put the lemongrass stalks in the mixer tho.
  7. Turn your stove into medium to high heat. Into your pot, put some oil and fry the chopped onion until translucent. Add in the ground spices and fry for a minute or so.
  8. Add in the beef and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Mix in all the powder spices with the meat well.
  9. Pour in the coconut milk and toss in the kaffir lime leaves.
  10. Cook at medium heat and you have to still it occasionally. Don’t let the coconut milk break or curdle.
  11. Cook for at least 3 hours and turn the heat lower if you see the coconut milk turns  thicker.
  12. Serve with some Pandan or Jasmine rice and of course for the adults, serve it with Indonesian sambal (spicy sauce). Enjoy! Christina xoxo

 

Video recipe, click the image below:

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Preparation : 15 Minutes

Cooking : 20-25 Minutes

Serves : 4 portions

Episode : (no video availble yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Hainanese Chicken Rice is very popular in Singapore. You can’t go to this country without trying this dish. It’s so popular that is considering as one of the national dishes in Singapore. In other countries like Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia you can find it in big cities. I think in south east asian style is more interesting because we like to put some other herbs that normally aren’t use in China.

I have made Hainanese Chicken Rice countless time and I really like this recipe and it’s super easy.  If you have chicken soup/stock on hand, it takes only 15-20 minutes. If you have a ricecooker, it’s even easier.

List of the ingredients:

2 Cups of good quality of Rice, I use Jasmine if you have Pandan rice would be better.

2-2.5 Cups of Chicken Stock (I made by myself, I will write for the next recipe and will link it too).

1/2 Tsp of Ginger Powder.

1/2 Tsp of Galangal Powder, if you can’t find it just skip it.

1/2 Tbsp of Chicken Bouillon.

1/2 Tbsp of Garlic Powder.

2 Lemongrass Stalks, cut into 5 cm long and pound with a pestle.

1 Pandan leave, if you can get it skip it.

Salt, to taste (I don’t put any).

P.S. My family and I don’t really consume a lot of sugar or salt. Most of my recipes have very little of salt. I don’t put salt here, neither in my soup nor in my rice. There is a little salt in the bouillon. You can put a little bit of salt, we just don’t need it.

How to cook the rice:

  1. Put your rice in a pot and clean it with water. Rub it with your hands. Make sure you clean the starch away. In Asian cooking, it is very important to wash the rice.
  2. Add in the chicken stock, ginger powder, galangal powder, chicken bouillon, garlic powder and stir well. If you want salt, you should add it in now and stir well too.
  3. Put in the pounded lemongrass stalks and pandan leave.
  4. Turn on stove heat into high.
  5. Cook until it boils and turn into low heat. You need the steam to cook the rice.
  6. I like to cook rice in low heat but in longer time. The rice is evenly cooked and it tastes better. I cook it about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Done! I serve it with the chicken from my chicken soup, some cucumbers and red bell pepper dices. Enjoy 💓

Classic Italian Lasagna

Preparation : 15-20 Minutes

Making and Baking : 30-35 and 40-45 Minutes

Servings : Serves 6 to 8 portions

Episode :  (no video available yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Who doesn’t love Italian Lasagne. The crispy top with crunchy edge and creamy oozy inside. My husband, Nick is always very happy if there is lasagna on the table. He can just eat it everyday. We love lasagna, and always keep it in the oven if we don’t finish it and Nick will take some to go to work for his lunch.

I’ve made so many different kinds of lasagna and I’d love to share with you this recipe.

I used this Ikea Casserole dish, to be honest, I don’t know the size (sorry).

List of the ingredients:

Barilla lasagna sheets

500 gr Ground Beef

2 German Sausages (picante), can’t find Italian sausages and I think they taste quite the same. Remove from the casing.

2 Carrots, finely chopped.

2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped.

1 Onion, finely chopped.

3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped.

2 Cans of chopped tomatoes.

1 Can of crushed tomato.

2 Tbsp of Tomato paste.

1 Cup of beef stock (you can also use  1 Tbsp of beef bouillon and mix with warm water).

1 Tbsp of sugar.

Salt and Pepper, to taste.

1-2 Tbsp of Italian Seasoning.

3 Bay leaves (take them out later otherwise it will taste weird/bitter).

1 Cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

1 Cup of freshly grated Mozarella cheese.

1 Cup of Ricotta cheese.

Some Olive Oil.

Freshly chopped parsley for garnishing.

*If you don’t want to grate your own cheese, you can also get a bag of Cheese for Casserole (very common in Germany to use those kinds of cheese).

How to make your lasagna:

  1. Into my pan on medium high heat (you can also use a dutch oven or anything higher on the sides because you’re making the lasagna sauce) put some olive oil. Put chopped onion, carrots and celery. Cook for about 3-5 minutes.  Put your ground beef, Italian/German sausages, and garlic inside. Mix all of them together. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Toss in all of the canned tomatoes (chopped and crushed ones), beef stock and the tomato paste. Mix well. Lower the heat into low medium.
  3. Add in the Italian Seasoning, I love it so much sometimes I add in 2 Tbsp 🙂 and then the bay leaves. Cook for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Don’t cook the lasagna sheets, trust me!
  5. During the time preheat the oven to 360 F (180 Celsius). My oven is slightly hotter than other people’s, I have no idea why.
  6. To assemble, get a ladle spoon and your casserole dish. Spread some ricotta cheese with a spoon, sprinkle parmesan, mozzarela, add some sauce and lay lasagne sheets (mine was about 4 sheets. Repeat until your casserole is full or your sauce and cheese are done. But save some cheese for the top part tho, otherwise you’ll bake the sheets and you don’t want that.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes and after that I turn my oven into 200 C (400 F) and bake for about 5 minutes. Garnish it with some parsley.
  8. Enjoy your lasagna with a glass of good Chianti or Barolo. Enjoy!

P.S. Above is the pic before the oven

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Authentic Indonesian Fried Rice Noodles (Bihun Goreng)

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Preparation : 10-15 Minutes

Making : 20 Minutes

Servings : Serves 3-4 Portions

Episode : – (no video available yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

It is really cold in Munich and my family and I just crave for comfort food. My husband had requested these delicious rice noodles for a long time and I just had some time to make his dream come true.

These rice noodles, you can serve either cold or warm depending on your mood and desire. Typical Indonesian fried noodles or fried rice is we like to cook them with sweet soy sauce. So you have this combination of sweet, salty, sour and slighty spicy mixed with fresh herbs. Fantastic! Magic in your mouth!

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Ingredients:

1 package of Rice Noodles (serves 3-4 portions), soak in hot water until softened.

2 Eggs

1 Red bell pepper, diced

1/2 Cup of Corn

1 Handfull of String beans, cut into small pieces

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

White sesame seeds, green onions, fried onions, cilantro (for garnishing)

Salt & Pepper, to taste

1-2 Tbsp of Soy sauce

1-1 1/2 Tbsp of Sweet soy sauce, depending how sweet and the quality of the sauce.

Some lemon juice

Oil

Instructions!

  1. Soak the rice noodles in hot water until completely softened, drained and keep them aside.
  2. Beat the eggs, add some salt and pepper. Make a simple omelette and cut in stripes. Keep aside.
  3. In your hot wok, put some oil and add the chopped onion, garlic.
  4. Add the beans, stirfry for 2-3 minutes and then put in the red bell pepper and corn.
  5. Throw in the rice noodles, along with some salt and pepper. Stir well.
  6. Add in the soy sauce and sweet soy sauce. Sweet soy sauce is the key into this yummy flavor. Make sure to get good quality of sweet soy sauce. Keep stirring and try if it is salty or sweet enough. Drizzle some lemon juice.
  7. To serve it, put some of the noodles on your plate. Add some egg stripes, garnish with some cilantro, green onions, fried onions, and white sesame seeds.
  8. Don’t forget to get some Riesling white wine. Heaven! Enjoy 😊

 

How to Make Coconut Oil

Preparation: less than 5 Minutes

Cooking: 10-15 Minutes

Serves: Makes about 250-300 gr of Coconut Oil

Episode: 25

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Video instructions are here : How to Make Coconut Oil

Hi guys! I just made my own coconut oil. Believe me, it’s very easy and you just need ONE ingredient: coconut milk or coconut cream.

Ingredient:

2 cans of Coconut Milk (each 400 gr)

Enjoy!

Video instructions are here : How to Make Coconut Oil