29 August 2010

The first potatoes

And more from the allotment. Enjoyed with pickled herring and sour cream.

20 August 2010

Allotment garden

Me and two friends share an allotment garden. This is our first year and we have set potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, onions, peas, salad, squash, Jerusalem artichoke and more. It's been fun and delicious so far!

Below photos are from May and July

19 August 2010


Bought a mortar today for my first attempt at making Harissa. The result was good but I slightly overdid the salt. Here's what I put in it:
  • 3 sweet peppers
  • 5 Czeckoslovakian Black
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • ½ dl coriander seeds
  • ½ dl cumin seeds
  • ½ dl extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Chop the garlic and chili in big pieces. Roast the coriander and cumin seeds in a pan, don't let it burn. Roast the sweet peppers in the oven on 250 degrees C until they turn black. Let the peppers cool down a bit and then peal the skin off them. Crush everything each on its own in a mortar and then mix it together with olive oil. When crushing the chili and garlic it helps to put in salt.

Looking back I think I could have gone easier on the garlic and salt. It could have had more chili as well but I decided to only use the Czeckoslovakian Blacks I picked the other day to see how well they fitted the taste of Harissa. And they were perfect.

Harissa is best enjoyed on a piece of bread and to any BBQ party!

Edit: I forgot about the lemon, there should be lemon juice from half a lemon in the Harissa as well.

17 August 2010

Today's Harvest

From left to right; Hot Lemon, Czechoslovakian Black and Red Tip.