Hot chocolate with chilli and whipped vanilla cream

This is an english translation of an older post on my danish foodMAD blog, so yesterday was NOT the big christmas baking day in the familiy :-)
Enjoy anyway!

Yesterday was our big Christmas cookie baking day, and upon such an effort it is nice to relax with a cup of hot chocolate. Luckily I had a chocolate stick from Danish chocolatier Peter Beier lying around in the house, and I decided to combine it with chilli and vanilla.

Hot chocolate with chilli and whipped vanilla cream

Chopped dark chocolate
Vanilla pod

Split the vanilla pod and scrap out the vanilla grains. Whip the cream and add the grains. Spilt the chilli and take out the white part. Add half a chilli to a pot containing the milk. Heat the milk slowly while stirring. Add the chopped dark chocolate to a mug and pour the hot milk on top. Stir. Garnish with the other half of the chilli and the whipped vanilla cream. DRINK!

Fresh vietnamese spring rolls with duck and mango

Once in a while I have a terrible craving for these fresh spring rolls. I think it is almost always after a period with a little to much junk, because these rolls are really fresh and feels healthy. The dip for this recipe should be made some time in advance, such that it is allowed to cool and get thicker.

Approx. 4 persons

1 can ofcoconut milk (250 ml)
2 limes
Fish sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp peanutbutter (smooth or crunchy as you prefer)

Heat the coconutmilk in a pot. Add the peanutbutter and the juice of the two limes. Add to taste with sugar and fish sauce. Remove from stove, and allow to cool. When roomtemperature put in the fridge until you need it. Will be able to hold 2-3 days in there.

Fresh vietnamese spring rolls - foodMAD-style

Rice paper
Coriander leaves
Duck breast
Star anise

Score the skin on the duck breast and grate some star  anis on top of it. Top with salt and fry on a hot pan to brown the skin. Turn the breast when it needs about 2 min more and turn of the heat, such that the meat is fried on the afterheat. Let the duck breast rest while you do the vegetables.
Wash the salad. Peel the mango, and cut in slices. Wash the coriander leaves. Now slice the duck meat. Soak the rice paper (not to much, just such that you can bend it without breaking it). Put a little of everything on the ricepaper and roll. Dip in the dip, and EAT!


Easy buns...

I once knew a guy who made amazing buns. Now a days I make these buns a couple of  times every week in the morning, because they are so super easy, and really delicious.

Mortens Buns
7-10 buns

9 g yeast
12 g salt
3 dl water
390 g flour (I use a combination of wheat (250 g) and rye (140 g))


Dissolve the yeast in the water. Mix the other ingredients into the water in your mixer or by hand. Leave the dough at roomtemperature covered by a cloth overnight, or approximatly 8-10 hours.
Turn on the oven at 250 degree C, and pour the dough out onto a flour dusted counter. Fold the dough onto it self from each end, and cut out around 7-10 buns. Put them on a baking sheet, and sprinkle poppy seeds on to them (if you want that). Bake in the oven around 10-15 min, or until they sound hollow when you knock on them. Now EAT with a LOT of butter ;-)