Dec 13, 2015

Apfel, Meerrettich und Selleriesaft (APPLE horseradish, celery juice and leaves) - Ein Alinea Rezept

Apfelsaft in einer Hülle aus Meerrettich-Schokolade in Selleriesaft - hm, habe schon Rezepte gesehen, die mich spontan mehr begeistert haben.


1. Teil: Apfelsaftkugeln

Warenkunde:

Simple Syrup ist Zuckersirup im Mischungsverhältnis 1:1, gibts fertig zu kaufen oder einfach 1 kg Zucker in einem Liter Wasser aufkochen, umrühren, erkalten lassen. Hält sich ewig.

Zubereitung:

Viel einfacher wird es nicht. Ein paar Granny Smith Äpfel in den Entsafter, den Saft kochen, sieben und mit etwas Zuckersirup, Salt und Zitronensäure mischen. In kleine Halbkugelformen aus Silikon füllen und gefrieren.

2. Teil: Selleriesaft

Zubereitung:

Ok, es wird doch noch einfacher. Selleriesaft. Aber damit das ganze auch schön aussieht, wird der Sellerie erstmal in kleine Stücke geschnitten und in stark gesalzenem Wasser blanchiert. Dann sieht er richtig giftgrün aus und kommt in den Entsafter.

3. Teil: Meerrettich-Schokolade

Warenkunde:

Kakaobutter ist das gepresste Fett der Kakaobohne. Kakaopulver wird als Pulver verkauft und ist bei Raumtemperatur fest. Bei unter 40 Grad jedoch ist sie schon flüssig und eignet sich daher besonders für Anwendungen wie Kuvertüre.

Zubereitung:

Ein ganzer Meerrettich wird fein gerieben. 10 Mal schlimmer als Zwiebeln. Mit der Küchenmaschine geht das zwar recht schnell, aber die Augen tränen trotzdem. Dann wird der Meerrettich mit Kakaobutter, etwas weisser Schokolade und Salz im Vakuumbeutel gekocht, so dass wir den Geschmack des Meerrettichs in das Kakaofett bekommen. Danach wird die Masse durch einen Sieb gepresst, dabei das fast klare, flüssige Kakaofett aufgefangen und der Rest entsorgt.

Die inzwischen gefrorenen Apfelsaftkugeln werden mit einer Nadel aufgespiesst und vorsichtig mit der Fettmasse übergossen, so dass eine Hülle entsteht. Danach auf einem Küchenpapier abgelegt und das Nadelloch ebenfalls mit etwas Fett verschlossen.

Die Schokoladenkugeln kommen dann ein paar Stunden in den Kühlschrank um vollständig aufzutauen. Hört sich recht frickelig an, funktioniert aber erstaunlich gut.



4. Teil: Finale

Die Zusammensetzung ist einfach: Kleines Glas, eine Schokokugel rein, in paar Löffel Selleriesaft dazu, eine Salzflocke und ein kleines Sellerieblatt drauf, servieren.

Und wie schmeckt es? Überraschend gut. Der Selleriesaft ist weniger schlimm als angenommen, füllt den Mund mit einem gemüsigen Geschmack auf, dann beim Zerdrücken der Schokolade kommt die Wucht des süss-salzigen Apfelsafts als erfrischende Erlösung. Der scharfe Abgang des Meerrettichs im Fett, was als letztes im Mund verbleibt, lässt einen ein schelmisches Grinsen nicht verhindern. Eine sehr positive Überraschung.

5. Das Rezept

Material: Halbkugelform ca. 2.5 cm aus Silikon
Geräte: Feinwaage, Entsafter

Apfelsaftkugeln

3 Granny Smith Äpfel
15g Simple Syrup
7g Salz
3g Zitronensäure

Äpfel entsaften. In einem kleinen Topf aufkochen, Schaum ggf. abschöpfen. Sobald Saft kocht, in eine kleine Schüssel sieben, in einer grossen Schüssel mit Eiswasser kühlen. Restliche Zutaten einrühren. In mindestens 20 Halbkugelformen füllen und tiefgefrieren.

Selleriesaft

20 Stangen Sellerie, in 5m Stücke geteilt
3g Salz
5g Simple Syrup
100g Salz

Grosse Schüssel mit Eiswasser füllen. Grossen Topf mit Wasser (min. 2 Liter) und 100g Salz zum Kochen bringen. Sellerie in Tranchen für ca. 30 Sekunden blanchieren. Im Eiswasser abkühlen. Sellerie entsaften. Mit Salz und Simple Syrup abschmecken.

Meerrettich Schokolade

500 g Meerrettich Wurzel - 300g geriebener Meerrettich
8g Salz
200g Kakaobutter
40g weisse Schokolade
7g Weissweinessig

Den Meerrettich schälen und fein reiben (Küchenmaschine). Das Salz in einem Mörser zu einem feinen Pulver zerdrücken. Den Merrettich mit Salz, Kakaobutter und Schokolade in einem Beutel vakuumieren und 20 Minute in kochendem Wasser kochen. Durch ein feines Sieb pressen. Essig mit einem Immersionsmixer (Zauberstab) einarbeiten. Warm halten.

Die Apfelsaftkugeln einzeln mit einer Nadel aufspiessen un entweder in die Fettmasse eintauchen oder mit einem Löffel die Fettmasse über die Kugeln giessen. Auf Küchenpapier ablegen, Nadel entfernen und Loch vorsichtig mit Fettmasse füllen. Im Kühlschrank für 5 Stunden auftauen lassen.

Servieren

5g Maldon Salzflocken
8 Sellerieblätter
8 Stücke Mikro Sellerie

1 Schokoladenkugel in Glas geben, 1-2 Löffel Selleriesaft hinzugeben. Mit einer Salzflocke, einem Sellerieblatt und einem Stück Mikro Sellerie garnieren.



Nov 2, 2015

May 5, 2014

New Project fo 15

Found a new challenge for 2015: The World Marathon Majors

Feb. 22: Tokyo
Apr. 20: Boston
Apr. 26: London
Sep. 27: Berlin
Oct. 11: Chicago
Nov. 01: NYC

If that doesn't get me a decent frequent flyer status, I don't know what will.

Dec 31, 2013

Catching up - 2013 in review

The year starts with a decent slap in the face. My attempt at Brasil 135 ends after 16 hours and 90km with severe leg pain due to insufficient training. 

Spring marathon season on the other hand is a blast.

The Weltdownsyndromtagslauf, a fundraiser people suffering from down syndrome, which is organised by Anita Kienle and her Laufclub 21, is my season opener. All the usual suspects show up to this small scale event and it is the perfect place to catch up with some old and make some new running friends.

Freiburg and Bonn marathon on two consecutive Sundays both under the four hour mark boost my confidence. Also, in Bonn I accidentally meet a - on first impression weird and overly extroverted - fellow dressed up as some sort of Superman. He calls himself Marathonman. Turn out, his name is Trent Morrow, he is from Australia and attempting to break the Guinness Book record for most run marathon races in a year (157). We take a couple of pictures together, talk a bit and shortly after loose sight of each other.

Düsseldorf marathon is one of my favourite spring races in Germany. Unfortunately, this year it is also on the day after my 20 year high school reunion; so I leave the party late, have a quick shower and then take the train to Düsseldorf rather drunk. Why run at all? I promised Merlin, a colleague of mine, that I would join him at his first marathon. The first 10 miles are ok, the I start getting sober and not feeling to well. Things get better after a while, right in time before said colleague hits the wall at mile 20. We suffer through the rest, but make it in a somewhat respectable finish time.

A long weekend in the beginning of may brings me to the Rhoehn-Weser-Trail, a 193km 4day run through a rather scenic part of Germany more or less following the river Fulda from its spring to its mouth. The event consist of only three starters, of which one only participates for the first day. Nevertheless, the route is just beautiful, our race organiser meets us with the support vehicle every hour our so for food and drink, and I spend the days alternating in conversation with my fellow runner, listening to audiobooks and just enjoying the quiet of the countryside.

After a 2 week break I fly over to the US for Chuck Savages New England Challenge. 5 marathons in 5 days in 5 states. The series is very low key, between 30 and 50 runners per race, most of them fellow Marathon Maniacs, naturally. The races themselves are nothing spectacular, basically running in loops around a park or golf course. And they start at 6 in the morning, which takes some getting used to. I also encounter Trent, the Marathonman, again. We have a lot of time to talk and become fast friends. The week is rather stressful, not so much because of the running, but because it is always followed by a couple of hours of driving, changing hotels, and there isn't time for much else. Friday night I fly back to Frankfurt, arrive Saturday afternoon, get some rest and on Sunday morning head out for the Darmstadt Knastmarathon, a race run inside a federal penitentiary. Pouring rain and a temperatures of about 5C (40F) are to much for my seventh marathon in a week, so I quit after 15km, visit Peter and drink beer. There is more than one way to spend a Sunday.

The next stunt after 5 in 5 is 3 in 2. The first weekend in June I start out with the 6 hour run in Fellbach, running loops in the blasting sun without a bit of shade until I finish the marathon distance, then I drive on to Mannheim, sleep for an hour and run the Mannheim marathon which starts at 7pm. Still way to warm. Only 4 hours sleep, another 3 hour drive and I make it just in time for the Eifel marathon on Sunday morning. This one is a trail race, it is cold and raining and I hate every bit of it.

100km at the 24h race in Stadtoldendorf the next weekend round up the spring season. ALso, it gave me Palladium level with the maniacs.

Summer I intended to have a couple of triathlons, however, this didn't work out too well.

First one is Ironman Frankfurt. Last year I didn't finish this one, so I have a score to settle. Swim goes well, as always. The bike still sucked, but not as bad as last year and the run is stellar, 4:36, my best IM marathon, and the second best IM finish.

Ironman Zurich, my backup race, has an Olympic triathlon on the day before to which I got a free entry. I figure it is a good training. The weekend is brutally hot, and the 10k run on Saturday feel longer than most marathons. Sunday morning I feel like crap. I make it to the start area, and think back to the run the day before. Do I want to do that for 40k? After being grilled on the bike for 6+ hours. I pack my back and cycle back to my air conditioned hotel. After seeing the other athletes coming back to the hotel, I am rather happy with my decision. 

70.3 Wiesbaden happened without me due to a bee sting.

Inferno triathlon is the race where I really get my ass handed to me. Inferno as I find out the hard way, is what triathletes do once Ironman gets to easy. The swim is 3km through the beautiful but rather cold Thuner lake. This is a real open water swim, not following some buoys along the cost, we swim from one coast to the other. The water is a deep blue and the view is just spectacular. After transition to the first bike session, I have bout 200m to get into the right gear, then the climbing starts. The first bike course is only 97km (60mi) long, but has a vertical gain of 2200m (7200ft), which doesn't sound all that much, until you take into account, that about two third are flat. Even with the easiest gear ratio that Shimano offers, I am left to suffer with a cadence in the forties for most of the mountains. I miss the cutoff by a good hour. This is something that I really have to train specifically for for at least a year should I ever wish to try again. Oh, in case you make the bike leg, there is a second bike leg, this time on a mountain bike, 30km with another 1200m of vertical gain before you can finally tackle the sun, which offers a vertical gain of 2200m over 25km ;-)

Last triathlon for the year and my birthday present for myself is IM Lake Tahoe. I arrive at SFO a week before the race, have to stand in line for two hours for my rental car - thank you Budget - and then drive up to Reno. California style, my bike box on the backset of the red Mustang convertible. The lake Tahoe area is very beautiful and quiet, unfortunately it is also at altitude (above 6000ft) which makes breathing a bit difficult. I settle into my hotel and spend a week relaxing, enjoying the scenery and cycling in the autumn sun. All goes well until the day before the race the weather changes. Rainstorms and a severe drop in temperature. Snow the night before the race. WTF? I come to sunny California, I don't want snow!

Race morning I am almost frozen solid before I enter the water. While only 18C warm, the lake actually feels warm, and I enjoy the swim (apparently I am one of very few persons to do so). The water is so clear, I can underwater see swimmers 5 meters to the side of me. And them the snow covered mountain tops. Awesome. Once I leave the water, however, the fun ends. Transition is a mess, the tent is so crowded I have to wait do even enter, changing outside is impossible to to both the temperatures and regulations - we are in a country run by religious fundamentalists, after all. Once on the bike, I try to settle into a rhythm, but never manage to get warm. I suffer for about three hours until the sun is powerful and the hills steep enough to warm me up. But at that time I have already spent way to much energy. After the about 110km on the bike I quit. I probably would have made the bike cutoff, but only marginally, and that would have meant running in the dark and cold, and I simply did not have enough energy left for that. The score will be settled next year.

So, out of five events, 2 DNS and 2 DNFs. There is room for improvement.

Since Lake Tahoe was towards the end of September, the fall running season was rather short. Cologne offers a half marathon and a marathon on the same day, timed in a way that you can run the half first, have about an hour and then run the full. Which I do with my buddy Markus (his first Ultra) and enjoy thoroughly.

Frankfurt marathon is a blast. I meet fellow Swedish maniac Anders, the biking viking; and Dirk runs his debut marathon in 3:05. Some people just have talent. And I run my best time for the year.

The ARQUE run, labelled as the 80% marathon is great as always, and sits at the center of a long running weekend that starts the day before with a 35km run from Frankfurt to Wiesbaden to have lunch with Rolf, and then 40km more to pick up the race packet.

The Eisweinlauf from Offenburg to Baden Baden is the last event on my schedulde. Immaculately organized and with the best assortment of food and drink, over 100 runners journey the 63 km through the wine region of southern Germany in a single group at a slow and steady pace. Nothing beats Gluehwein - warm, spiced red wine from mile 15 on.

That pretty much sums up 2013 running wise. What's next?

The milestones for 2014 are Brazil 135 in January, IM Melbourne, Frankfurt and Lake Tahoe in March, July and September respectively. Marathons to fill up the calendar.

Join me, if you like. Have an awesome 2014 everyone and feel free to comment at any time.

Jan 17, 2013

(not) ready

The eye infection is almost over, thanks to a week of antibiotics and rest. The perfect taper. Picked up the kit, had a rather chaotic race briefing and packed the car. Samuel & Samuel will be my support crew. One more night (in a lousy noisy hotel) and I am ready to go.


Jan 12, 2013

Arrival

So I arrived in Brazil with an eye infection. Seven days until the race, awesome. All the logistical details still not done. Will be quite busy.


Jan 1, 2013

Happy new year

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Neil Gaiman