Hey there! The weather is finally improving from constant grey blandness to wonderful sunny goodness (at least a little bit). That means long walks, bike rides, and hiking. It also means that the gardens are growing, and we are slowing switching from heavy, hearty soups, stews and braises to light, fresh seasonal produce.
We've been trying to eat healthier around here, but that doesn't always have to mean steamed veggies and lettuce. Healthy food can still be delicious and packed with flavour. Today, I've chosen to take a little bit of Thai inspiration with a beautiful cucumber salad with peanuts and a sweet chili glazed salmon.
This salad combines lovely fresh cucumbers with a bit of onion, chili and cilantro (or coriander for some of you). Top this fresh salad with a lovely vinaigrette and top with crunchy peanuts and you have a wonderful healthy snack, or a healthy salad side.
Ingredients and Instructions
To serve with your delicious salad, try a piece of broiled salmon. Simply marinade salmon in sweet chili sauce for an hour, and broil for approximately 7-10 minutes. Brush with more sweet chili sauce, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with a bit of lime.
This meal is a perfect for busy weeknights where you just don't feel like putting a bunch of effort into the kitchen. It's fairly quick, healthy, and has buckets of flavour. Print or share a direct link to the recipe here.
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Hey there! Welcome to my brand new series of posts on Quite Chefy all about Danish food. I've been living in Denmark for about 6 years now, and between every day living, holidays, and chef training, I've gotten to know the cuisine fairly well. There are some things I love, and other things....well...not so much. Regardless, I've decided to share some of these Danish recipes for you to try them out at home!
Romkugler aka Rum Balls
Romkugler (plural. approximately pronounced rum | kool | ah) is a Danish cake you can find just about everywhere. Directly translated, it means Rum Balls. It's not just any cake, though, it's the Frankenstein's monster of cakes. It uses leftover cake and scraps, a bit of jam, a bit of chocolate, and rum flavouring. This is all blended up together, rolled into balls, and covered with a colourful coating of crunchy sprinkles. Kind of like cake pops. They come in all sizes, too, from the usual bite-sized ball, to a lump the size of your head.
In my home, we can never finish off an entire cake ourselves since we're only two people, and I send food off to my husband's office fairly often. This is an excellent way to use up leftover cake other than freezing it for naughty late-night snacking, and it's also a clever way to reduce food waste. If you want to read more tips on how to reduce food waste in the home, check out a previous blog post here.
How to make Romkugler/Danish Rum Balls
400 g leftover cake or cutoff edges (you can also use store-bought cake)
4 tablespoons raspberry jam (or what you have on hand)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
100 g melted chocolate (milk or dark)
2 tbsp rum essence
1.5 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
1 tbsp cream
sprinkles of choice or flaked coconut
My rum balls used the leftover Mini Egg Easter Layer Cake with some of the buttercream cut away. I also used the leftover strawberry-rhubarb jam plus an extra teaspoon of jarred strawberry jam. You can literally use any cake and jam combination for this recipe, and it will taste a little different every time.
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Hey there! My name is Lea, and I'm a Canadian Culinary student trying to survive chef life in Denmark. I want to share my journey, and some great food and experiences with others. I believe that anyone can be quite chefy!