Salad of Rampon

I was in the market picking up salad leaves for dinner when I spotted a familiar leaf. It was hidden under the name mâche, but I recognized it as the delicate lead that my aunt had served me last winter when I visited her in Switzerland. I called her up and asked how she prepared it and then changed a few things to get the recipe below. It’s my dad’s favorite salad.

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Ingredients

  • 2 sliced up hardboiled eggs
  • Slice of Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Chopped Up Purplish tomato the Size of a fist
  • Mâche Leaves
  • Less than 1 oz/30 g chopped up Bresaola

Dressing

  • 2 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 t Thomy Delikatess-Senf
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ½ t of Dried Parsley
  • 1 Minced Garlic Clove
  • 1 Tiny Minced Purple Shallot
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the dressing ingredients except the olive oil, then pour in olive oil until mixture has doubled in size.
  2. Shake the jar to combine.
  3. Take the slice of bread, slice it into cubes, drizzle with olive oil and toast until crispy. These are your croutons.
  4. Mix together all the ingredients to the salad, including the cooled croutons.
  5. Drizzle it with dressing and enjoy.
  6. Enjoy.

Bread and Apple Pudding

This pudding was made out of kitchen scraps. As I was making it my great aunt kept handing me things she wanted to be gone or had extra of. It was originally supposed to be something like this actually.

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Ingredients

  • Pie Crust
  • 8 T Butter (plus extra to grease the glass pyrex dish and place on top)
  • 3 Yellow Apples (peeled and sliced thin)
  • Juice of ½ a Large Lemon
  • 2 C Milk
  • ½ C Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 ½ C Lemon Cake Crumbs
  • 1 t Nutmeg
  • 1 t Cinnamon
  • 1 C Raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C
  2. Grease the pan you are using and put the pie crust on top.
  3. Heat the eight tablespoons of butter on a pan on the stove at a low heat until brown milk solids begin to form. Let cool.
  4. In a bowl, mix the milk, sugar, eggs, crumbs, nutmeg, cinnamon and raisins.
  5. Layer half the apples on top of the crust and paint half of the lemon juice over them.
  6. Pour the wet mixture over the apples.
  7. Layer the rest of the apples on top of this and paint with remaining lemon juice
  8. Place eight daubs of butter on top.
  9. Cook for about 35 minutes or until the cake is brown/can jiggle.

Orange Dipping Sauce

Perfect for fried rolls and the like, it originates from my great aunt’s son’s somebody’s… dim sum dipping sauce recipe.dfdd.jpg

Ingredients

  • 3 t Sugar
  • 1 t Water
  • 2 dl/ 3/4 C + 2 T Orange Juice
  • 1 t Soy Sauce
  • 2 t Ketchup
  • 2 Minced Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Minced t Ginger
  • Small Hot Pepper (Minced)
  • Corn starch to thicken

Instructions

  1. Mix together sugar and water over heat in a saucepan on the stove until caramelized to a light brown.
  2. Add the orange juice, mix and cover for a bit on low.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the the soy sauce, ketchup, ginger, garlic, and hot pepper. Mix to combine.
  4. Turn a little heat on and add the cornstarch to thicken. It keeps well in the fridge.

Bread & Butter Pudding

Bread and butter pudding is the dessert that catches all the scraps, universally beloved in my family, this recipe has eaten challah, panettone, stollen, lemon cake and many other scrappy-bready things. The one in the picture was made with panettone and goat’s milk.

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Preheat oven to 350°C/175°F

Ingredients

  • Enough Slices of Challah (or any soft bread) to fill a 9×9″ or a 25 cmx25 cm dish
  • 3-4 Eggs
  • A bit over 1/3 C Sugar
  • 1 ¼ t Vanilla
  • 2 T Cream
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 C + 2 T Milk
  • A Few Daubs of Butter
  • Cinnamon Sugar (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Toast your bread and in a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla, cream salt and milk together.
  2. Place bread in glassware dish.
  3. Pour mixture over bread.
  4. Place some daubs of butter on top.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  6. Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until golden.

“Any Fruit” Tart

Yet another recipe from my great aunt. This recipe makes creating a tart over whatever fruit you have on hand an easy reality. In the featured picture, I used cherries and apricots.

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Preheat Oven to 400°F or 200°C 

Crust

Ingredients

  • 200 g/7 oz Flour
  • 80 g/2.8 oz Butter (Cut up into cubes)
  • ½ t Salt
  • 5-6 T Cold Water

Instructions

  1. Mix together the flour and salt.
  2. Now mix in the butter with your hands and rub the butter into the mixture until its raggedy with no lumps.
  3. Add water and knead.
  4. Wrap in saran wrap and let sit in fridge for an hour

Royal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Eggs
  • 5-4 T Sugar (or a sugary syrup)
  • 1 1/2 C/350 ml of Milk/Cream/Similar

Instructions

  1. Whisk together

 

Instructions for How to Make the Actual Tart

  1. Put crust in pie tin and poke holes and cover with flour. Cook this for 15 minutes
  2. Take out of oven and place the royal and your choice of fruit in the crust.
  3. Cook for 30-45 minutes

Two Ingredient Chocolate Pudding

This is one of my mother’s favorite desserts. It’s super easy and can be used to fill cakes, fill sufganiyot (I mixed it with raspberry jam), or just be eaten plain. The higher quality chocolate you use, the better the product.kj.jpg

Ingredients 

  • 2 C Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 200 g/7.05 oz Chocolate (thinly chopped)

Instructions

  1. Boil the cream in a sauce pan
  2. Mix in the chocolate so it is melted
  3. Take off heat and cool in fridge for around 3 hours or until it has stiffened.

Elderflower/Honeysuckle Syrup

This is my great aunt’s recipe that she makes from the plants she grows in her garden in Switzerland. It is super delicious and I love cooking with elderflower syrup! Since I can’t get elderflowers where I live right now, I made a honeysuckle syrup which was also very good!

Ingredients

  • 15 Stemless Elderflowers or 30 Honeysuckle Flower Heads
  • 6 1/3 C/15 dL Boiling Water
  • 2 ib + 3.264 oz/1 kg Sugar
  • 4 oz/113 g Citric Acid
  • 1 Sliced Lemon

Instructions

  1. Shake flowers to dislodge potential insects.
  2. Place in a jar with the lemon, hot water, sugar and citric acid.
  3. Let stand for two days and stir twice a day.
  4. Sieve until clear.
  5. Boil in a sauce pan and remove froth.
  6. Cool and serve in club soda or in whatever you like.