Archive for April, 2010

April 29, 2010

Green Beans with Savory

by heikes3

I always thought green beans were so so, and I found you are either a green bean lover or you couldn’t care less. To make them fresh, many people think they are a nuisance to prepare. Then they buy frozen, tasteless green beans or, oh horror, the canned variety. They already look like they’ve been long dead, well past their prime.

No, when I eat green beans, they have to be fresh, steamed, still crisp and fresh tasting, and that’s what my family is used to.  Our 8-year old is into trying out different foods (I thought she would never get there, constantly resisting something new, but now she is downright adventurous, as long as it does not have to do with mushrooms.). So, she requested green beans a different way, “without the sauce”, as she calls it. I made it. I just plainly steamed them, added a little salt and served them. They tasted like green beans do, a little boring. She gladly admitted she liked my variety much better!

My normal green beans are served with a light coating of buttery, lemony, savory goodness coating them. My girls even clean those off their plates before touching their sausages, I’m proud to say.

How I came about this combination? When we were living back in Germany, I would buy green beans at the local farmers market. When you buy green beans you are asked if you want some savory to go with that. Savory is also called bean herb. It is added then to the boiling water to cook the green beans. It is not added purely for taste, which dissipates in the boiling water, but mostly for it’s digestive properties. It makes beans easier to digest, if you know what I mean. I found, though, that it also tastes quite nicely with beans and wanted to find a way to get more of the taste around my beans.

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April 27, 2010

Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

by heikes3

I love going to IKEA and getting coffee, jams and goodies there. I know, others go there for the furniture, I do that, too … but if you know me, I’m mostly about food LOL

So, I came across this Swedish Pearl Sugar with a recipe for Swedish Cinnamon Rolls on the back. I could just see Anna and Emily enjoying these in the morning with a glass of milk or cocoa before school and certainly Michael and me with a cup of coffee. Or for an afternoon snack. It is spring time, windy outside, so perfect for a fresh baked morsel of buttery, sweet goodness with a cinnamon kick. And sometimes, I just have to try something new, to mix up the morning routine so I made these in the evening, right by the recipe, preheated the oven on time-bake in the morning, got up and shoved them in the oven for fresh, warm cinnamon rolls just in time for breakfast.

Well, the verdict was … yummy, but not cinnamony enough … so I had to do a redo, which got a thumbs up all around. So, here is the recipe:

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