Sauerkraut à la Alice

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Yesterday evening, I posted this picture on Twitter. I frequently post what I am cooking there. I got the request for the recipe. So, here it is: Sauerkraut à la Alice.


-onions, I like to use green onions to keep the sauerkraut taste dominant
-hotdogs, cut up into little pieces, or ground beef
-black pepper and salt to taste
-sauerkraut, drained as much as possible
-tomato paste
-ketjap manis (sweet or demi-sweet) or soy sauce
-sambal goreng or chili paste to taste

Work order:

Put the oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic and onions, and stir until brown.

Mix in the hot dogs pieces or the ground beef. If you use shawarma beef it might clash with the taste of the sauerkraut. Add all the dry spices and keep stirring to get the meat done and prevent the powdered spices from sticking to the pan. Add the sauerkraut and mix it really well. This goes best if you add it bit by bit. I just use my hands, grab a hand-full, and place it in the pan. Stir, next hand-full, etc. When all is added and mixed well, turn heat down to medium.

In a cup, mix in equal parts the tomato paste and ketjap manis or soy sauce. For a 1 lbs. package of sauerkraut, I use 3 table spoons of tomato paste and ketjap, mixed well. Add sambal goreng to taste.

Add the tomato-ketjap mix to the beef, turn it up briefly, taste to see if you want to add more salt or sambal goreng but be careful not to overdo it as the sauerkraut has such a unique flavour. You can also later add the sambal goreng to your rice.

Once you add the tomato-ketjap mix and are happy with your spices’ mix, turn the heat low and keep the lid on, serve promptly.

I like to eat this mix with rice and fresh veggies like carrots or corn, or raw veggies like fresh red bell peppers. As for the rice, either white or brown will be tasty and you can even use sticky (sushi) rice.


Simple butternut squash

Butternut Squash sprinkled with oil and spices in the air fryer/AdS

Butternut Squash has quickly become a family favourite here. Either soft or a bit firmer, both are beloved side dishes.

I buy butternut squash ready-to-use at the market. Then I do the following:

Put the cubes into a large container. Sprinkle vegetable oil (or any other oil) lightly over the cubes. Then I use the following spices:

  • salt & white pepper
  • garlic
  • onions or chives
  • paprika
  • parsley
  • cumin
  • koriander

I place a lid on the container and shake it thoroughly. My air fryer is built into the oven. I cover an oven sheet with parchment, spread out the cubes, and turn on the air fryer at 450 for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, I turn the cubes and set the broil on for 4 minutes. Depending on your broil settings, you may need to do just 2 minutes.


Banana bread

banana bread

This is a very basic, easy recipe for banana bread. You need:

4 ripe bananas
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup granulated brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350. I place everything ‘dry’ in a bowl and mix it. Everything ‘wet’ goes into another bowl. Mix that well. Then, I put the dry into the wet mix.

Don’t overmix, just make sure that everything dry gets wet. Banana bread is supposed to be lumpy.

Pour the mixture in a baking dish and set the oven’s timer for 50 minutes. You know it is ready when a wooden pick comes out clean. Let it cool for a bit en enjoy!

Extra’s to consider adding to the mix:

chocolate chips
walnut pieces

What else would you add?

Stuffed rolls

Finished rolls stuffed with beef/AdS
Finished rolls stuffed with beef/AdS

I love making stuffed rolls. You can start from scratch and make the filling but, if you are creative and feel adventurous in the kitchen, you can also use your leftovers.

These are easy to make. You can use vegetables (finely cut) and you have the option to use meat or fish. And, the leftovers are ideal next-day lunch packages.

These are egg roll wraps filled with minced beef, green onions, broccoli pearls, garlic, and fish sauce.

Stuffing and sauce/AdS
Stuffing and sauce/AdS

What do you need?

For the stuffing:

1 package of egg wrap rolls
1 pound of beef or shrimp
green onions
a package of broccoli pearls (or chip them small yourself),

For the sauce:

rice vinegar
hot sauce
fish sauce

I use 3 table spoons of each and mix it before I start cooking. Of course, you can use any sauce you like such as ketjap, teriyaki, peanut, etc.

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Let’s start!

Saute the garlic with the green onions, add the beef, and mince it well. Add the broccoli pearls. When you see them get golden, add the fish sauce. Let it all cool down.

In the meantime, set up your wraps and grab a sheet pan lined with parchment. Wrap a small bit of stuffing in each wrap, tuck in the ends, and let them rest a bit.

Turn up the heat.

I air-fry the rolls at 425F for about 10min. You can spray them with a little bit of oil before they go into the oven to make the wrap more crispy.

Note that if you use a small appliance air-fryer you may need to go to 400F and just for 8min. My oven has a built-in air-fryer and I found that 425F for 10min works best. I do check after about 8min to check their crispiness.