Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekend Cooking, Mutilated Mexicans

The weekend invMushroom, Sherry etc.olved some cooking, at long last I tried making a baked risotto, it was OK, but not as good as a real one where you stand stirring for quite a long time. It didn’t have that creamy texture which is so essential to a really good risotto and which is caused by releasing the starches as you stir in the stock. Nevertheless it made an enjoyable side dish to our fillet steak. The steak itself was covered with another Gordon f***king Ramsay sauce called Mushroom, sherry & grain mustard sauce which was excellent. I was cooking my little heart out on Saturday. Not an easy thing for me any more. We have a heap more risotto and another serving of the sauce so I will have to figure out something to do with it. On the web site somebody mentioned chicken maybe I will try that - we did try it on chicken, and it worked just as well. I do like meals I can use twice as for me, standing in the kitchen for a long time causes my back to ache like mad these days.

A delightful story in the news this weekend. 49 decapitated and mutilated bodies mexico-bodieswere left on the highway in Mexico between Monterrey and the US. They apparently think it is drug related, but what a horrible thing to do. They have not ruled out the possibility that these might be US bound immigrants. Such people are often killed apparently. Reading further I see the drug cartels often leave multiple dead bodies around. Matt has said for years he wouldn’t go near the place, this just adds fuel to the fire. Can you imagine being their on vacation and coming across a pile of mutilated remains. The article contains details of other bodies found in Mexico in the last year or two. There have been quite a few reports over the years of Canadians being killed. No, Mexico is not for us.
I have been writing a guest post as a consequence of the A to Z challenge, having written it, we are not quite sure how to get it from my computer to theirs in view of the fact that I compose all my posts on Windows Live Writer. If it doesn’t work, I guess it will eventually become a regular post.

This is going to be a hectic week for us, so I am not sure about the blogs I will be posting. If I can keep up I will, but if not my apologies.

I came a day late to the First Loves Blogfest, I will post mine tomorrow.

I can think of nothing better than some of the flavours of Scandinavia. This recipe landed in my inbox over the weekend and looks and sounds delicious. I have been picking up some lovely recipes from Viveca of My Guilty Pleasures blog too and have her permission to share them. This recipe, however, is from Eating Well, easy to make and delicious to eat.


Source: © EatingWell Magazine


4 servings

Don’t let the name intimidate you. This delicious take on the Swedish "savory sandwich torte" is sure to please family and guests alike. We’ve transformed this traditional smoked-fish dish into a light layered sandwich that captures the essence of Scandinavia. Make it a meal: Serve with a beet salad or steamed red potatoes.


2/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
6 large hard-boiled eggs (see Kitchen Tip), finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
2 teaspoons finely chopped rinsed capers (optional)
4 ounces smoked trout, skin removed, shredded
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
12 thin slices whole-wheat bread or rye bread, lightly toasted

To hard-boil eggs: Prick the fat end with a pin. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water and run a constant stream of cold water over the eggs until completely cooled.


Mix sour cream, lemon zest and juice in a medium bowl. Combine eggs, dill, onion and capers (if using) in another medium bowl. Stir in half of the sour cream mixture.
Add trout, celery, parsley, caraway seeds (if using) and pepper to the remaining sour cream mixture.
To assemble sandwiches: Divide the egg mixture among 4 slices of bread. Top with bread, then spread with the trout mixture. Top with the remaining bread. Cut each sandwich in half and serve.

Have a great day


  1. Thanks for dropping by Barbara. I am hoping to get to more A to Z challengers myself.

  2. Jo! You wonderful cook! Did you know I was Swedish?? I lost track of who knows what in the whirl of the A-Z Challenge, but as I stop here for a visit this evening (have finally gotten the family to bed and most of my packing done - I have a brand new niece I'm visiting in VA tomorrow!) I'm delighted to see this familiar recipe. I love a Smörgastorta! Did you know I did my A-Z challenge on teaching a new Swedish word a day? You might want to visit some time. I absolutely love what you did with your new post and will discuss scheduling with you via email.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge

    1. Nope I didn't Tina. Never got to Sweden although we spent time in both Norway and Denmark. Always loved the food in that part of the world. Yes, I will check out your Swedish words blog, be interesting.

      You should visit Viveca at My Guilty Pleasures, she is Swedish and also loves to cook. My guest post recipe on May 23 will be one of hers.