Thunfischtatar Mit Korianderpesto

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Aufgrund der engen Freundschaft zwischen Düsseldorf und Japan, sucht auch das Team des Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel immer wieder nach neuen Möglichkeiten, die Verbindung der deutschen und japanischen Kultur noch enger zusammen zu schweißen.  Mit diesem Gedanken im Kopf, haben vor kurzem Küchenchef Philipp und unsere japanische Köchin Nao zusammen ein Gericht entwickelt.  Das Ergebnis: Eine leckere Interpretation von Thunfischtatar und Korianderpesto.

Ich hatte Glück, denn ich durfte gleich einmal von der neuen Kreation kosten und habe mich sofort in das Gericht verliebt.  Die exotischen und regionalen Zutaten ergaben zusammen eine wunderbare Verschmelzung der Deutschen und Japanischen Küche.

Seid ihr bereit es auszuprobieren?  Auch wenn ihr mich nicht in die Brasserie „1806“ begleiten könnt, könnt ihr dieses Gericht mit Hilfe des folgenden Rezeptes zu Hause genießen.

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Thunfischtatar mit Korianderpesto
für 4 Personen

Korianderpesto

Zutaten:
– 1 Bund Koriander
– 1 Schalotte, in feine Würfel geschnitten
– 1 Knoblauchzehe, in feine Würfel geschnitten
– 8 getrocknete eingelegte Tomatenfilets, in feine Würfel geschnitten
– Sojasauce
– Geröstetes Sesamöl
– 25g Zucker

Zubereitung:
Zunächst die Schalotten in einer Pfanne mit Sesamöl farblos anschwitzen, bis diese weich sind.  Den Knoblauch hinzugeben und mitrösten, bis sich ein feines Aroma entwickelt.  Nun die Tomaten hinzugeben, kurz mitschwitzen und mit etwas Zucker verfeinern.  Wenn sich der Zucker gelöst hat, mit Sojasauce ablöschen und alles einkochen, bis der Sud leicht dickflüssig wird.  Das ganze auf Raumtemperatur abkühlen lassen und in der Zwischenzeit den Koriander klein schneiden.  Zuletzt alles zusammen verrühren und eventuell noch einmal mit etwas Sojasauce abschmecken.

Sojamarinade

Zutaten:
– 100ml Sojasauce
– 100ml Zuckersirup 100% (Wasser : Zucker im Verhältnis 1:1 einmal aufkochen und abkühlen lassen)
– 50ml Reisessig
– 50ml Wasser
– 50ml Distelöl (alternativ Olivenöl)
– etwas grüner Salat zum Garnieren
– 25g Zucker

Zubereitung:
Alle Zutaten bis auf den Salat in einem Mixer zerkleinern.  Nun den Salat mit der Marinade vermengen.

Thunfischtatar

Zutaten:
– 400g Thunfischfilet
– 1 Schalotte in feine Würfel geschnitten
– 1 Limette (Abrieb von der Schale und Saft)
– ½ Bund Schnittlauch in feine Ringe geschnitten
– Soja Marinade
– Salz und Pfeffer, zum Abschmecken

Zubereitung:
Den Thunfisch in feine Würfel schneiden und in eine Schüssel geben.  Schalotten, Limettenabrieb, Saft und Schnittlauch hinzugeben und alles mit der Sojamarinade würzen.  Je nach Geschmack kann noch etwas Salz oder Pfeffer dazugegeben werden.

Nun das Tatar mittig auf einem Teller anrichten, das Korianderpesto um das Tatar träufeln und den marinierten Salat daneben platzieren.

 

Guten Appetit!

 

Dragon Boat Festival

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Chinese history and culture fascinates me. Behind every holiday, every celebration is more than a thousand years of history and mythology.

On 2 June 2014, we celebrated Dragon Boat Festival. Locals in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong enjoyed a few days off to cheer for their Dragon Boat teams and feast with their families. While it is not officially a holiday in Singapore, it is still widely celebrated here in Singapore by local Chinese.

Dragon Boat Racers

Dragon Boat Racers

Contrary to what you may imagine, the story behind the Dragon Boat Festival is one of great tragedy. According to legend, in the third century B.C, Qu Yuan, a scholar and councillor to the King warned his king, Lord Huai, of an ominous threat from the northern Qing kingdom. Instead of listening to his advisor, the king banished him to the countryside. The king then took counsel from corrupt and scrupulous statesmen that cared not for the king and country but for money. Qu Yuan took to writing beautiful soulful poetry about the plight of the nation which inspired many countryfolk. In 278 B.C, the Qing armies conquered his kingdom and destroyed the imperial palace. Distraught, Qu Yuan threw himself into the Mi-Luo River, killing himself.

When the villagers saw Qu Yuan jump into the river, they attempted to save him, to no avail. They then tried to appease his spirit by throwing rice stuffed in bamboo stems into the river to prevent the fish from eating his body. The villagers all went out in dragon boats trying to look for his body but they could not find it. Thus, began the practice of eating rice dumplings and racing dragon boats. Isn’t it interesting how a tragic event in the past can lead to a colourful vibrant festival today?

One of the reasons I personally love Dragon Boat Festival is because I have an excuse to eat deliciously sweet rice dumplings. In my opinion, one of the best dumplings in Singapore is made and sold by Kim Choo’s Kitchen. Kim Choo’s kitchen, nestled in the heart of Singapore’s East Coast, Joo Chiat, is a true delight for the senses. Here, you can buy a colourful assortment of local confectionary, cakes and dumplings. As the dumplings and cakes are so popular, I suggest you come early during the day to be able to even get your hands on them.

Rice dumplings with tea

Rice dumplings with tea

Kim Choo’s Kitchen is an easy 25-minute drive from Capella Singapore. You may wish to spend a whole day wandering the historical streets of Joo Chiat, stopping for lunch at Kim Choo’s Kitchen. Our Personal Assistants will be able to assist you with planning your visit to Joo Chiat and share more about the Dragon Boat Festival. You can reach them at pa.singapore@capellahotels.com / +65 6591 5035.

A Look Back: The Capella Ixtapa Sabor + Vino Festival 2014

Bittersweet chocolate, bed of peanuts and cocoa, Cotija cheese meringue, xoconostle (a fruit of prickly pear cactus) foam, coconut cotton and a reduction of jamaica and passion fruit.

They say the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach.  And if you haven’t fallen in love with Mexico yet, our Capella Ixtapa Sabor + Vino Festival, would have you in head over heels, guaranteed!

Sabor + Vino 2014, which we held this past May, was Capella Ixtapa’s first culinary festival, and with the amazing feedback we received from our guests and visitors, I can promise you it won’t be the last!

Sommelier Lucian Mocanu and Chef Miguel Baltazar from Capella Ixtapa, with Guest Chef Carmen Valencia and Chef Ramiro Ortega.

Sommelier Lucian Mocanu and Chef Miguel Baltazar from Capella Ixtapa, with Guest Chef Carmen Valencia and Chef Ramiro Ortega.

“This region of Mexico has so much to offer gastronomically, offering an authentic Mexican cuisine experience.  We gathered well known chefs from different towns within the region to participate in festival Capella Ixtapa Sabor + Vino 2014, which established a sense of pride and honor, as we presented diverse traditional Mexican dishes, combined with exquisite Mexican wine and spirits for all attendees, complemented with a wonderful culinary event.  The feedback we received was fantastic, and I hope to see you all again at Capella Ixtapa’s Sabor + Vino 2015!” said Eliezer Quinones, General Manager of Capella Ixtapa.

The Capella Ixtapa Sabor + Vino Festival ran over two weekends in May, and featured Guest Chefs,  Carmen Valencia, Ramiro Ortega, Karla Chápero, Jesús Ordoñez.  Hosted by Capella Ixtapa’s Chef Miguel Baltazar, guests were delighted by appetizers based on regional cuisines, cocktail events, cooking classes, two exquisite 7 course wine pairing dinners and a special breakfast where each of the chefs prepared their own signature breakfast dish.

Bittersweet chocolate, bed of peanuts and cocoa, Cotija cheese meringue, xoconostle (a fruit of prickly pear cactus) foam, coconut cotton and a reduction of jamaica and passion fruit.

Bittersweet chocolate, bed of peanuts and cocoa, Cotija cheese meringue, xoconostle (a fruit of prickly pear cactus) foam, coconut cotton and a reduction of jamaica and passion fruit.

Sabor + Vino 2014 was an incredible experience,” said Chef Miguel Baltazar.  “Four different culinary minds came to Capella Ixtapa with the same objective; to satisfy the palate of our guests, surprise them with the magnificent flavors and show them the best of their cuisine.  It was a great pleasure having them with us and creating the first edition of Capella Ixtapa’s culinary festival together.  For me personally it was also a magnificent opportunity to create, innovate and practice with these amazing Chefs for the Chef of the Year in Mexico contest, at which I will be participating in June, and representing the colors of Capella Ixtapa and our region.  Some of the unforgettable dishes from the festival for me were jack fish with black radish, scallops tiradito, jicama fruit infused with beet and mezcal, cocoa with meringue of salt from Zihuatanejo, and crystallized nopal.”

You can see more photos from the festival here, and mark your calendars for May 2015, for the next Capella Ixtapa Sabor + Vino festival.  Our team is already hard at work planning next year’s festivities!

The Perfect Profiteroles Recipe

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I have a confession to make.  I have a sweet tooth and easily succumb to delicious treats made with milk, butter and most importantly sugar.  Given that, you can only imagine my sheer delight when Capella Singapore’s Pastry Chef Sam called me into his kitchen to share the new profiteroles recipe he is working on for The Knolls.

I was very grateful that Chef Sam took time out of his busy schedule to teach me.  According to Chef Sam, “I always believe to teach is to learn twice. By teaching I get to learn a second time, and also it gives me insights on ideas other people may have, which could eventually become part of my next idea for a new creation.”

Chef Sam’s profiteroles were indeed heavenly and they were surprisingly easy to make.  They were light with a slight bite and with a rich golden brown colour.  The profiteroles were sweet at first bite, but with a mild salty aftertaste perfectly complementing the chocolate sauce we made.

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Profiteroles
Serves six

Ingredients:
50g Milk
50g Water
¼tsp Salt
1Tbsp Sugar
50g Butter
60g All Purpose Flour
2.5g Baking Powder
2 Eggs

Method:
1. Mix the milk, water, salt, sugar and butter into a saucepan.  Bring to boil allowing the butter to melt.
2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
3. Remove from heat and pour the flour into the boiling liquid and cook until a smooth dough forms and it pulls away easily from the sides of the pot.
4. Put the hot dough into a mixing bowl. Continue mixing while adding in 1 of the eggs to cool it down immediately.
5. Add in the second egg and continue mixing until the dough forms a smooth shiny consistency.
6. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
7. Pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto a tray lined with baking paper.
8. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until dark golden in colour.
9. Remove from oven and once cooled on a baking rake, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to two days.
10. Once chilled, poke a hole into each profiterole and pipe in ice-cream and serve with chocolate sauce.

Chocolate Sauce
Makes 1 ½ cups sauce

Ingredients:
½C Water
⅓C Sugar
2Tbsp Corn Syrup
¼C Cocoa Powder
100g Dark Chocolate Chips

Method:
1. Bring water, sugar, corn syrup and cocoa powder to a boil in a small saucepan.
2. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in dark chocolate pieces.
3. Stir until smooth.
4. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
5. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
6. Pour generously over profiteroles.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!!

Get To Know Chef Victor Garrido of Capella Marigot Bay

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Recently I had the chance to sit down with Capella Marigot Bay’s Executive Chef, Victor Garrido.  Get all the mouthwatering details from our chat below!

Hello Chef Victor and welcome to Capella Marigot Bay!  Tell me and the Capella Blog readers a bit about yourself.
Hello!  I am Victor Garrido, I began cooking at a young age.  As a kid growing up in Mexico, I would always be in the kitchen with my mother, grandmother and aunts, while my brothers and cousins played football outside.
My love for food, cooking and eating has allowed me to travel throughout Mexico and the world giving me the chance to enrich my repertoire.  I am so excited about this current opportunity to place these culinary and cultural experiences together on one plate for our guests here at Capella Marigot Bay.

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Describe your attitude towards food and your personal cooking style.
My attitude towards food is all about respect.  I have as much respect for a single bay leaf as for a giant spiny lobster.  This attitude helps me to understand each and every ingredient and its characteristics to get the best of them and create the proper balance and match for palate, nose and eyes.
But that doesn’t mean I take food too seriously!  In fact I would describe my style as fun, adventurous and full of flavor.

What are your impressions of St. Lucia? 
St. Lucia is the best!  It is full of magic and wonder.  The environment and nature is rich and beautiful and the people posses a genuine warmth.  I have no doubt that this island will be a top vacation destination in the Caribbean in the very near future.

What do you think of the local food?
It is rich in both history and flavor.  You can taste the French- British influence combined with Indian spices and enhanced by organic local herbs in every bite.  Imagine these flavors joining with luscious chunks of Caribbean Kingfish and ground treasures…all in the same coal pot.
It just makes it amazing and full of potential seasonal variations.

Can you share some of your ideas for the different food outlets at Capella Marigot Bay?
Certainly!  As part of our plans, we have the construction and development for two new outlets and a Pool Bar, featuring fresh and healthy seafood options in our menu, such as Tiraditos, Lobster Rolls, Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad etc.…

Our main restaurant will offer a relaxing atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking our gorgeous Marina.  For those looking for a more secluded affair, a private dining room will also be available.

The Hurricane Hole, located Jetty side, will serve lunch and dinner under a casual relaxed ambiance. I can’t wait to bring some smoky charcoal and barbequed meat aromas to the setting!

All of our dishes will possess true “Caribbean Soul,” as we are working with local farmers and purveyors to provide the most authentic and fresh ingredients.  I can’t wait for our guests to taste it all for themself!

 

 

 

 

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

Margarita making classes are one of our guest’s favorite activities.  They are practical, fun and Miguel Tafoya, our Mixologist, is a great teacher.  Not only does he teach you the basics of preparing a classic margarita, but he then helps you to create your own personalized version!  You will learn the history of a margarita and some of Miguel’s secrets in making this popular drink.  I always suggest this class to friends who are visiting because it is a great way to build a memory of your time at Capella Ixtapa— especially when you get home and make your signature margaritas for friends!

This season Miguel has prepared several new fall cocktails, and he offered to share not one, but two of them with us!  One is made with tequila, and the other with mezcal, a spirit made of maguey plant (a form of agave), which is gaining popularity in Mexico.

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

MARGARITA PATRIA

Ingredients:
1 ½ oz. Tequila Centenario Reposado
½  oz. Chartreuse liqueur
½  oz. Controy (you can substitute it with triple sec, orange curaçao or Cointreau)
2 oz. Tuna fruit juice  (this is the fruit of the cacti -see the photo above)
½ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Agave nectar
2 Mint leaves

Preparation:
Pour all tequila, Chartreuse, Controy, tuna fruit juice, lemon juice and agave nectar in a pint glass, add ice and use a shaker to combine.  Serve the content in a rocks glass, rimmed with granulated salt.  Garnish with mint.

 

ADELITA COCKTAIL

Ingredients:
1 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 oz. Grapefruit juice
15 g. Pomegranate seeds
1 Maraschino Cherry for garnish
½ tablespoon of Agave nectar

Preparation:
Marinade pomegranate seeds with mezcal.  Add grapefruit juice and X-Rated Fusion Liqueur to a pint glass to combine.  Serve in a champagne glass.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Salud!

On your next visit to Capella Ixtapa, I invite you to try our new cocktails at the Terrace Bar, or join a margarita making class with our mixologist Miguel and create your own!   A visit to the Terrace Bar and margarita making classes are available also to Ixtapa locals and visitors with prior reservation.  For more information and reservation please contact us at 01.755.555.11.00, or send an email to the Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistants pa.ixtapa@capellahotels.com.