Berliner Curry Wurst

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Not many of people has the chance to travel the world, but since our family is multicultural ( my husband is German, I am French and we live in the US), we have traveled to Europe a few times over the past year. We have done it for two reasons: 1, to see our families of course, but also to teach our children our language and culture.

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Last year we decided to go Berlin. The kids had asked for years to go there to see the remnants of the war and learn about the history so we did. We learnt so so much. Though the city was still being rebuilt, we could imagine what it would have been like in war times. It was amazing, but it definitely compel you to reflect and ponder.


photo 2So being in Germany also meant eating German food, which I am not a fan of. I don’t generally care for bratwurst and potatoes, but I was able to find some good food and I really enjoyed my time there.

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My husband introduced me to the national fare : Curry wurst. Curry wurst is very similar to our hot-dogs in the USA, they are sold at streets’ corners, and are very popular because they are good, fast to get and cheap.

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While we were in Germany, my family ate at least one a day because they loved it, and because it is nearly impossible to get a good one here in the USA unless you go to a true German restaurant ( not easy to find).

Well, the other night we had a few friends over and because, we often prepared more food than my guests can eat, there were a few wurst left-overs. The next day, rather than warming them up, and eating them with mustard or ketchup, my husband asked that I made that famous curry sauce to accompany his wurst.

There are tons of recipes out there, and not knowing which to choose, I decided to mix a bit of all of them. As a result, my curry sauce was, according to my husband, the true one. I will take his word;-)

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped thinly
  • bratwursts cooked and sliced thinly ( 6-8)
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  •  2 tbsp of curry
  • 1 tbsp of hot paprika
  • 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 cup  of sugar
  • cayenne pepper for added spice
  • 1 can of tomato and pepper jar.
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  1. In a small saucepan, saute  the onions until they are translucent and golden.
  2. Add the water, the diced tomatoes and peppers, and all the 1
  3. Bring the mixture to boil. When the sauce has come to boil, reduce the temperature and cook for a few 2
  4. Pour the content into a mixer, and puree the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce back into the saucepan, and add the bratwursts that you would have sliced 4
  6. Cook for a few minutes (8-10) minutes or until they are warm and have absorbed some of that 5
  7. Serve in soup bowl, and eat on a buns ( as done in Germany) or with a pretzel stick. Yum!!!photo 2

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Korma or Curry and Coconut Pork

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These past couple of days I was home visiting my sweet twin sister. It was nice to  come home and catch up. Besides visiting the region, we have been cooking together. I learned to make some leaven to make my own bread. We made some chocolate truffles with a hazelnut filling, and many other things. Unlike my family, her family will eat everything!!! Asian, Indian, Mexican, Italian.. everything! So it has been very nice to eat a large array of cuisine. This evening she chose to make a Curry and Coconut Pork. She called this recipe: Korma.

I really loved this dish for several reasons: it tasted great, it cooked quite fast,  it required few ingredients and it could be adapted to include other meat or even vegetables.

Korma is an Indian dish, but like many recipes it varies according to region. Sometimes you will find yogurt, cinamon and many other ingredients. I am not sure where this recipe comes from, except that it was the one my sister taught me. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have.

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Recipe for 4-6:

  • 2 lbs. of Pork ( 0r any other meat: chicken, fish, lamb)
  • 1 large onion, or 2 medium-sized onions
  • 3 garlic cloves pressed
  • 2 tbsp of Curry
  • 2 tbsp. of coriander
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tbsp of turmeric
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of broth
  • Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot, warm up the olive oil and when the oil is warm, saute the onions until they are translucent. Add the garlic and saute it as well.
  2. Remove the onion from the pot and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, warm up another tbsp of olive oil and saute the pork so that it is “brown on all sides”.
  4. Add the onions, the coconut milk, the broth, the curry and all the other ingredients and bring the mixture to boil.
  5. When the mixture has come to boil, lower the temperature to low and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve as is, or with coconut rice. Et voila!photo 3

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Curry Shrimps over Mango and Green Peppers

My brother-in-law came back from Hilton head yesterday, and brought me some fresh shrimps, big ole large shrimps. I could have just season them with olive oil, salt and pepper but I had seen that cute recipe in one of my cookbooks entitled cuilleres de Frederic Barque that I had to try. The mixture of the green pepper and mango sounded so refreshing that I had to try;-)

Ingredients for 2-3 people: 1 lb of large shrimps or about 27, 1 mango, 1 green pepper, 1 sweet onion, salt, pepper, olive oil, 2 tbsp of white balsamic vinegar, 1 garlic clove peeled and crushed, the juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 tsp of yellow curry, 1/4 cup of sour cream, 1 tbsp of chopped chives.

Peel, devein and rinse the shrimps. Place them in a bowl and season the shrimps with 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/8 tsp of pepper, 2 tbsp of olive oil, the juice of a lemon and 1/4 tsp of curry powder. Stir and place the shrimp in the fridge to marinade. Meanwhile, cut the mango and the green pepper in very titsy tiny cubes.

Take a medium-sized frying pan and heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil. When the oil is warm, add 1/2 of an onion sliced. Stir and cook until the onion is becoming golden and transparent. Then add the mango, and the green pepper and saute them for a few minutes. Season with salt, pepper. Add 2 tbsp of white balsamic vinegar, and mix it in. Bring the mixture to boil . When the mixture has come to boil, lower the temperature and cook for a few minutes (2-3). Meanwhile, cook the shrimps. You may cook them in the oven on the silpat for 6 minutes at 400, or you can grill them onto a hot grill for 2 minutes on each sides.

To serve, place a few tablespoons of the mango mixture on each plate and top it up with the shrimps. I served about 8 shrimps per person. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream with the chopped chives and place a few tbps of this mixture on each plate atop the shrimps as seen on the picture below. Et voila.

You may also serve single bit portion as shown on the very top picture. Great Appetizers!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Shrimps and Mango Kebabs with Zucchini and Squash Tagliatelle

Each Sunday evening it is tradition at my house to cook a really good meal. I was not going to elude that task, but this gorgeous weather outside did not give me the envy to stay indoors for hours to cook our Sunday meal. I was going to grill. That would cut down on preparation time as well as  clean-up. I had seen those gorgeous jumbo shrimps at the fresh market, and still had a mango left in my fridge so I thought it would be nice to pair the two.

Ingredients for 2 : 5 jumbo shrimps per person ( so 10 jumbo), 1/2 of ripe but firm mango peeled and diced, 1 tbsp of chopped fresh mint, 1 garlic clove crushed, 1 tbsp of grated fresh ginger, 1 tbsp of sherry wine, 1 tbsp of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp of yellow curry, salt and pepper to taste, 1 tbsp of olive oil.

Peel and deveine the shrimps, but make sure to keep the end tail. Set aside. In a medium size bowl, mix all the ingredients above and mix well. Add the shrimps and the mango to the marinade, and mix well to coat the shrimps and mango. Let marinade for 10-15 minutes. Then thread 5 shrimps, and 4 mango pieces onto the skewers. Cook the kebabs on a hot grill for 3-5 minutes, make sure to turn them at least one. The shrimps should be pink.

Zucchini and Squash Tagliatelle: 2 small zucchini and 2 small yellow squash, 1 tbsp of butter, 1 tsp of fresh mint, salt and pepper to taste.

With a vegetable peeler, slice the zucchinis and the squash into thin long strips. Place them in the large round flexiform, top with the octogonal silpat and microwave for 2 minutes. Once the vegetables are cooked, turn the stove to medium heat, and place  1 tbsp of butter in a frying pan. When the butter is starting to sizzle, drop the vegetables, and quickly stir them. Season with salt and pepper and add the chopped mint.

To serve, place the zucchini tagliatelle at the bottom of the plate, and place the shrimp kebabs on top of it. Devour!!! It is truly delicious. Though next time, I think I will try with fresh pineapple instead of mango, I think it will be equally good;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!