I cooked a so called traditional sunday dinner / 3 course:
1. Soup - clear (clear as glass) beef broth with vegetable juliennes (carrot, celery) and small seminola dumplings called Griessknoedel (this is so german) and chopped chives.
|clear broth with chives and dumplings|
2. Roasted young ducks filled with pumpkin, celery and chestnuts (recipe after a german michelin star cook), red cabbage stewed sweet / sour (spiced with a little star anise and cinnamon stick, sweetened with brown sugar, apples, cassis jam; sour due to red wine and balsamico vinegar)- not overcooked into a mashy state, potaoe dumpling: rolled, filled with roasted bread cubes (croutons), herbs and roasted bacon dices, duck sauce: reduction of the roasting liquids (ducks were roasted above some roasting ingredients: carrot, onion, celery, chopped duck wings, necks, stomachs, hearts and a little water) with red wine, orange juice and zestes
|middle top duck leg, red cabbage, pumpkin chestnut stuffing, slice of dumpling roll, duck breast, center: sauce|
3. Black forest cake. Made out of chocolate sponge cake layers, lactose free whipped cream, acid cherries compote (cherries from my garden) and lots of Kirsch (clear cherry brandy).
|small (18 cm diameter) black forest cake|
The soup/broth was nice, with intense flavors (I cooked the broth from soup bones/scrap meat, fresh and dried mushrooms, root vegetables, afterwards a sip sherry), they did not ask for soy sauce although I offered some (japanese brand). Husband recommended Maggi but I could stop them. Maggi is for native only.
The ducks were juicy and tender and they liked the stewed red cabbage (surprise) and the potatoe dumpling slices! I roasted the ducks a few hours earlier and just reheated them at 200 degree Celsius with the oven ventilation system on and a little grilling and a glaze made from forest honey and balsamico vinegar. Worked out brilliant.
They ate only a little cake (maybe it was too much).
Minor problems with fork and knife, but I had to eat with chop sticks the whole time during my visit in Beijing. I even managed to eat a whole grilled carp with sweet corn. Now we are even (laugh). Some minor burnings due to heated plates.