about 15-20 g flour depending on the type of the potatoes
100 g coconut flakes
1 tablespoon salt
1 handful of cloves
dried herb sprigs for the brooms
Cook the potatoes with their skins on until cooked and soft.
Skin the potatoes and mash them using either a press, a masher or other device to your liking.
In a large bowl add the mashed potatoes, the egg, the flour and salt.
Mix together thoroughly until there are no more lumps and forms a dough.
Clean the oranges of their rind and cut the slices in two.
Remove the preserved sour cherries from the jar to drain their excess liquid.
With floury hands take a piece of the potato dough and form a round shape. For the orange slices, these rounds will be a bit larger than for the cherries.
Place one fruit piece in the centre of these rounds and carefully shape a ball of dough around the orange/sour cherry middle, covering them completely.
Bring salty water to boil and carefully place the dumplings in this pot.
Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until the dumplings are cooked and are floating on the surface. Turn off the heat and cover them with coconut:
Lay the coconut flakes in a larger saucer. A few dumplings at a time place them in this coconut flakes saucer and shaking gently try to move the balls around the plate to be covered completely by coconut.
Let them cool down for an hour or so.
When cooled assemble the snowmen: place two bigger balls with oranges for the bottom ones and a smaller – sour cherry one for the top.
Ornate with cloves for the eyes and buttons.
Cut some small pieces of the persimmon for the noses and attach them using toothpicks.
Add the herb sprigs as their brooms.
For their hats, I used some red caps of small rum essence bottles.
Make sure you stick the end of the skewers into something that can hold the snowmen in balance / upwards. I used a cardboard box.
I travelled this late spring to Germany, in Bavaria/Bayern in German. As usual, when abroad, I wander by foot allot, visiting the cities, every corner of the I found interesting, takings snacks on the run, taking a lot of pictures and usually in the late afternoon a well-deserved dinner, local food is a must.
So, in München / Munich, in the Hofbräuhaus, I ate a Münchner Sauerbraten (marinated beef pot roast), very Yummy, garnished with bread dumpling (Semmelknödel). And of course, there was a Hofbräu Original draft beer. As a parenthesis, while at table, I chitchatted with some locals at my very long table who were complaining that in the late years the food got more and more expensive even in Germany, as the daily menu that they use to eat although it remained at the same price contained fewer courses and smaller portions ;).
I wanted to try it earlier, but I did not have at hand a nice piece of beef and the long marinating time was a bit of a turn-off when I needed a quicker recipe at the time.
But when I got lately to the farmers market I got a very good deal at large piece of veal leg, so I had plenty of meat for short term and long term cooking. With other foods in my belly and my fridge, I had plenty of patience for this dish to come alive.
Ingredients (4 servings):
1 kg veal leg
300 ml water
300 ml white wine vinegar
3-4 thyme branches
4-6 juniper berries
3 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
about 500 g carrots
2 smaller parsley roots, approx. 200 g
1 medium celery stalk
75 g butter
3 tablespoons butter
100 g breadcrumbs
200 ml sour cream
Wash the veal, remove any skins and tendons.
Peel the onion and cut it into rings, do not chop them.
Wash and clean the vegetables, slice them into 1-2 cm rounds.
Bring water to boil, add the onion, vegetables, seasonings (bay leaves, juniper, cloves, thyme) and vinegar and simmer for 15 minutes. Place aside and cool it down.
Place the veal piece into a smaller plastic container and pour over the marinade mix with vegetables watching that the meat is totally covered by liquid. If you don’t have such sized container, use a resealable plastic bag.
Place the container into the fridge and let it marinade for a week ( 7 days 😉 ).
Remove the veal from the marinade and pad it dry with kitchen towels.
Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.
Melt the butter into a frying pan over medium heat and sear the veal piece on each side, about 4 minutes per side until nicely brownish.
In a different pan, heat up the marinade.
Place the veal into an ovenproof dish, pour over the marinade and place this dish into the preheated oven.
Let it roast for about 2 – 2 & 1/2 hours, turning the meat once or twice to get an even roasting. If you don’t have an electric oven, but a gas one, cover the dish with tin foil for the first half of roasting time.
Remove the veal from the oven and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Then slice it int0 1 cm pieces.
Run the marinade sauce through a sieve, discarding the vegetables.
Bring to boil the resulting gravy, adding the breadcrumbs and the sour creme. Simmer until the desired thickness, about 2-3 minutes.
Place 2-3 slices of sauerbraten covered by some of this brown gravy. As a side dish you can use traditional ones like knödel or spätzle, but I used baked potatoes.