Slow roast pork belly with a zesty mediterranean twist

This is a real slow-cooker. Pork belly is uncured, un-sliced and unsmoked bacon actually. By chefs, pork belly is generally considered superior to bacon. It has juicy layers of fat covering the meat part which is quite small in proportion to the fat. During cooking it becomes really tender, not so different from pork loin. I simply melts in your mouth, giving a pleasing contrast to the crispiness of the crust on top.

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Baccalà & potato-mash pizza

Baccalà and pizza have one thing in common: they can be prepared in endless ways. Let’s just try to imagine all the pizza variations we have seen recipes of, and the salted cod recipes: An infinity. Baccalà fillets, is an ingredient that I connect to my childhood in Iceland. For children the mashed potato version was and sure still is a big favorite….. with some butter of course to make it even more appetizing. In time I’ve made a pizza version of my beloved baccalà & potato mash.

 

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Egg fried bread with strawberries & ricotta

When I make those butter fried slices of bread for late Sunday breakfast or whenever I need extra sunshine into my morning, the lines from Richard Rodger’s score of “Oklahoma” automatically come to mind: “Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day”, and I feel like Gordon MacRae admiring the golden meadows on a super sunny day. That is what food can do to us. In addition to nurturing us, it takes our spirit on the most incredible “voyages”. Use the fruit you have in season for topping.

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Very very easy pasta

Simple things are often the best things. Let’s think of the omelette, a freshly made bread with simple butter….. and a simple pasta with sugo, a heartwarming tomato pasta sauce. In this case meatless, just canned tomatoes, oil, garlic, onion, carrot and some aromas. All ingredients that you very probably have in your kitchen cupboard and that will save your day. Freshly grated parmigiano cheese on top would then make it just perfect. Buon appetito!

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Apple fritters from Tyrol

There’s something about fried food that is so comforting and satisfying for the tastebuds. The aroma of the fried ingredients, the crunchiness of the dough that surrounds it…. Heavenly indulgent.
I particularly love fried apple slices in batter, and they are the main reason why sometimes I go skiing. It’s really worth while (independently from the breathtaking view), to take the funivia up to a couple of thousands of meters altitude, and savor these Tyrol Apple Fritters in their perfect surroundings.
The dessert is originally from the Trentino Alto Adige region, which is by the way Italy’s most important apple cultivation area. Then the ski ride down the mountain serves to burn the calories and admire the spectacular view.
When I make them, the sweet, fresh and comforting smell brings out the the imagine of a sunny skiing day in the Alps.

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Truffle eggs

There are some food combinations that seem like a match made in heaven. Like butter and truffles, like eggs and truffles, like eggs, truffles and butter……

Playing with the quantity of eggs (from 1-3) remains a big challenge together with their delicate cooking process. You need to chose well your skillet, of the right measure and non-stick or iron cast would be best. The pan needs to embrace well the eggs and not be too large for the eggs with slightly high soft borders. We wish to obtain a well cooked but glossy white and a soft and creamy yolk. This recipe foresees 3 eggs, and is the perfect portion for a romantic tête-à-tête, or as a “gourmand brunch” for one person that wishes to fill up with seasonal flavors wrapped in the perfumed and comforting creaminess of the eggs.

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Barley ricotta bread with smoked trout


Icelandic-Italian fusion. Tastes that remind of late summer and autumn. Birch smoked Icelandic trout, barley bread with freshly milled organic barley from Móðir Jörð, Vallanes, Iceland, pomegranate seeds from the amazing autumn fruit, pomegranate, freshly picked in Puglia, sheep ricotta cheese from Staffolo, Marche, a dash of orange Sicilian orange blossom honey and a couple of free range eggs. These fabulous ingredients come together in this “smörrebröd” open sandwich suggestion. The scrambled eggs match heavenly with the trout and the pomegranate gives a great acidity contrast to its slight fattiness. Autumn really tastes good, and this toast is in theme with its beautiful colors as well.

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Pancakes with strawberries & maple syrup topping

Pancakes are one of my favorite things, and one day I think I will write a short story, or a “love poem” recalling all the “pancake” moments of my life. Or a song. In whatever circumstance they add joy, comfort, an intoxicating perfume, and then you have a world of choices for the fillings.
This recipe comes from my mother’s cookbook, “Hratt og bítandi” (2000, Ormstunga editor).
I added some baking powder and vanilla extract, that is typically put in pancakes in Iceland and fry them a little differently.

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Sea of chocolate & raspberries

One of my strongest and sweetest food memories are connected to the roasting pan cakes my grandmother used to make. We’re talking about a single-layer chocolate cake baked in a roasting pan and covered with chocolate glaze. She used to sprinkle ground coconut over the whole thing, and that is the Icelandic tradition.
This is my version of the cake, that I always saw as a kind of a “sea of chocolate” being so immense and endless…… until the last slice disappeared accompanied by a glass of cold milk.

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Pork belly sandwich with tangy beetroot & apple coleslaw

Coleslaw is one of the most marvelous inventions. This crispy, creamy and fresh salad with cabbage as main ingredient, is quite a famous dish in The United States where it is often used as a BBQ accompaniment. This recipe is from my friend Karen, with my addition of the celery seeds. It’s very versatile. The coleslaw is a great side dish for burgers, hot dogs, cold meat as chicken or as addition to you falafel pitta. Here it is in the good company of cold Slow Cooked Pork Belly.
This comforting sandwich is more a “wintry” or autumn thing, while you can think of the coleslaw as accompaniment for a huge variety of BBQ dishes and cold cuts for your summer feasts.

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