As it was my Birthday a few friends where putting a surprise party together (it wasn’t a real surprise as one of them couldn’t hold her tongue). It was not a big affair just 5 of our cookery club (Marianne is sunning herself in Cornwall).
I wracked my brains (??) what I would make, as I hit the Elbe tunnel at Hamburg it hit me (not the tunnel but what I was going to make). A Tom Yum soup!!!
I have made some nice Tom Yum soups over the past few years, some variations of recipes from people who used to use the BBC food board (Josh and Sunflower) and some from Far Eastern Cookery recipes. This time it was put together while on the motorway so I will call it Autobahn Tom Yam soup.
1 stalk of lemon grass
Zest from 1 lime (If you have kafir lime leaves all the better)
A piece of fresh Tuna steak cubed (about 200g)
4 spring onions sliced into rings
1 bunch of coriander (stalks for the stock)
3 cm square piece of galangal (sliced and diced)
1 tin of Chinese straw mushrooms
6 very small ripe tomato’s
3 large field mushrooms thinly sliced
2 handfuls of bean sprouts
200g Broad rice noodles (half a packet softened in warm water)
First make up the chicken stock and vegetable stock with 2 ltrs of water, bring to the boil and reduce the heat, add one of the stalks of lemon grass crushed, one of the chillies chopped fine, the stalks of the coriander crushed, the grated ginger, the zest of the lime, the prawn shells and heads, simmer for a good 10 minutes, pour through a sieve into a clean pot.
Now add the chicken pieces, the galangal, the remaining stalk of lemon grass hard outer skin removed bashed and chopped very fine and simmer until the chicken is almost done, Now add the Tuna cubes and the prawns cut into pieces. Next add the sliced mushrooms, curry leaves and the drained contents of the tin of straw mushrooms, the bean sprouts and the drained rice noodles. Allow all to fuse for about 5 minutes over a low heat. Just before serving adjust taste with the fish and Soy sauce, add the small tomatoes halved and the spring onion rings.
Serve in a large bowl decorated with chopped coriander and chilli sliced into rings, everyone helps themselves. I will often have bowls of sliced spring onions, extra coriander, fish sauce and chilli rings so that the guests can add a little extra to suit their taste.
Linda had done marinated pork filet medalions and grilled pepper.
Carolyn had been and got a nice plump smoked trout and various other niceties
Martin had made "kaseler in schlafrock" kaseler in puff pastry, and popped it into the oven, this was served with a horse radish sauce.
And last but not least a Rhubarb Crumble with vanille sauce from Kalle, it was a wonderful end to a meal,
There was, sekt to start and lots of wines and I do believe Martin and I had a beer or two!
Saturday morning we had decided to all meet at the coffee stall at the Market
|The coffee stall holder started off in a very small way about about 4 years ago with just his stall and a couple of tables that you stood at, look at it now!!|
then do a bit of shopping, I went to the hair dressers (A real Turkish Barbars). Sauntering back just taking a few photos of the fresh produce it is really such a well provisioned market.
|Double Matjes filets|
|Punnets of fresh strawberries|
|Fancy a whole plaice ready for the pan|
|New season (Cypriot) potatoes, and a whole load of fresh white asparagus, kohlrabi, artichokes etc|
I then tracked the group down at Jacques! Wine tasting indeed they only go to get free wine and bread
|The wines that we tasted|
|Talk about posing for the photographer|
|Some of the jars, tins anf packets of wonerful sauces, pates, olives, sardines etc|
|They even had some real Yorkshire Crisps, wonder what part of France Yorkshire belongs to????|
|And the outside|
|Next weeks brew starting to brew|
|The coppers where the brew is finished is finished|
|A bottle of the stuff (especially for the tourists)|
|This is for the Swedish (and other) tourists that come here to let their hair down, when the ferries and cruise ships come into Kiel. I have never used one myself but have seen many bent over them calling for Huey|
|But I had a glass of the the real good draught, Linda being a lightweight had an "Apfelschorle|
|A pochard keeping an eye on things|
|Some of the Kieler residents enjoying the Saturday sun|
|A couple of Canadian tourists in the front with some of the Grey locals behind|
|A coot having a bath|