May 21, 2009

Father's day in Germany... BBQ-Day....

Hi all...

Today is father's day in Germany and usually the guys go out on a drinking and walking tour into the fields or woods with their little push carts, filled to the brim with beer and picnic food or they take part in other outdoor amusement just for men and fathers.... but in my family this has never been the tradition and this year we decided to have a litte BBQ... I was in charge of the salads and the pushcart hot dog sauce this is what i made.... Everything tasted very nice matched tha different kinds of sausages that we grilled and it was a good lunch...Cheers Alissa

pic by alissa

Pineapple - Brown Rice Salad
adapted by a salad froma german cookbook - i added the pineapple and ginger wich gives it a nice tang and special note... I like it very much ... Its different fromt he usual rice salads...I used spelt in this recipe as i wanted to try out how that goes - very nice i say... i would make it again...Enjoy alissa

125g rice (i use spelt grains you can also use barley, wheat berry or any other grain)
1 green pepper, grilled, skinned and finely chopped
1 red pepper, grilled, skinned and finely chopped
1 red onione finely chopped (i omit as my dad can't have raw onions)
125g ham finely chopped
1/4 fresh pineapple finely chopped
1 can mandarine oranges (keep half the juice) chopped in half
250 g mayonnaise
2 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp sugar
a bit freshly ground ginger
salt and pepper to taste

cook the rice till done and mix everything together, chill overnight, taste and spice to your liking. Serve

pic by alissa

Couscous Salad

this is a salad i always make for a BBQ or picnic...

2 cups couscous fine grain
3 cups water
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 large garlic clove minced
1 tsp harissa
a bit of sea salt and pepper
8 cherry tomatoes, seeded and finley chopped to grain size
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finley chopped ot grain size
flat parsley finely chopped
olives finely chopped ot grain size (today i omit)

bring the water to a boil and the couscous in a bowl and pour over the water, stir and let rest for 5 min so the couscous can soak. Then mix wiht all the other ingredients and taste to liking....

You could add fety cheese, grilled peppers, grilled zucchini or other ingredients to you liking this is a very versatile salad!

pic by alissa

Greekish Salad

10 cherry tomatoes chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 small goat cheese chopped
10 basil leaves, torn
1 red onion chopped
1 1/2 lemon the juice
3 tbls extra virigine olive oil
fleur de sel + freshly ground black pepper

mix together taste and serve!

pic by alissa

New York Push Cart Onion Sauce For Hot Dogs

i have given a review and story about this recipe earlier on this blog.
This amazong sauce that has been a huge hit on the TOH bulletin board is wonderful on any meat but especially a New York Hot Dog!!! I guess the biggest fan of this sauce is my sweet friend Janie!! Thanks for hte great review you gave... i was lucky to find this recipe ...Enjoy Alissa

2 onions sliced 1/4" thick
2 Tbe Vegtable Oil( Used Olive Oil)
1/4 cup Ketchup
Pinch of cinnamon, and chili powder
Dash of Hot Sauce and Salt
1 cup water.

Saute the onions for about 7 minutes. Add the ketchup, cinn, and chili powder, salt and hot sauce. Add the water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. ( I cooked it longer and it got nice and thick)

* Add more Hot Sauce to your liking for more heat. Bet it is even the next day.

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