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A juniper berry is the female seed cone produced by the various species of junipers. It is not a true berry but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which gives it a berry-like appearance. The cones from a handful of species, especially Juniperus communis, are used as a spice, particularly in European cuisine, and also give gin its distinctive flavour. Juniper berries may be the only spice derived from conifers.
As I mentioned in the Challenge thread, I was inspired by Hemulen; specifically, I was fascinated by the Ceviche propio de Hemulen. I wondered how seemingly aggressive flavors would play on a fish. I thought about making that exact recipe (and I think I will someday), but I decided instead to...
Getting a very soft octopus and not chewy takes time, in fact the trick is all in the resting time after cooking octopus: the longer it rests the more tender the octopus will become. The juniper berries then will release even more of their aroma and you will be in Sardinia.
Pork chops with juniper berries
This is an updated family recipe.
Preparation ~15 min, 6-8 hours in the marinade, cooking time in the oven: 60-75 minutes
6 pork chops
1 one-clove garlic (or 3-5 cloves), chopped
3 shallots, coarsely chopped
6 juniper berries, crushed
Pollo con bacche di ginepro
Chicken with juniper berries
8 medium-sized chicken legs
For the marinade:
½ dl ev olive oil
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cumin (jeera)
¼ teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
¼ teaspoon turmeric...
Juniper berry ice cream
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Freezing time: 6 hours
400 g sweetened, condensed milk
4 dl double cream
1 teaspoon of juniper berries, crushed in mortar
zest of 2 limes
2 tablespoons of lemon liqueur (Limoncello)
a pinch of salt
Ha-ha. I added a few juniper berries +...
The resiny pine taste of juniper berries adds piquancy to the mild nutty cauliflower and lifts the egg’s low sulphurous notes. Enrobed in a creamy mornay sauce, this dish is warming autumn/winter comfort. I like to make this in individual cast iron skillets. The mornay sauce is made with Gruyere...
I based this recipe on one posted on Serious Eats. I couldn't find cardamom pods (I know a place 40 miles from my house that had them, but didn't feel like making the drive). I also couldn't find chamomile or lavender anywhere, and didn't want to mail order them, so I used the lavender/chamomile...
Ceviche propio de Hemulen
Preparation time: 12 hours
Ingredients and cooking instructions
700-800 g boneless salmon fillets or fresh tuna, cut into chunks
3 dl water
5 clove buds
3 bay leaves
1 dl white balsamic...
Welcome to the CookingBites Recipe Challenge. The current challenge ingredient is juniper berries and/or gin. and TastyReuben is our judge. To enter, all you need to do is post a recipe containing juniper berries and/or gin as a new thread, tag it cookingbites recipe challenge and post a link to...
I usually cook black beans in a spicy Mexican style sauce but wanted to try something different. Slow cooked beef in brown ale is a traditional British way to cook beef and here and I set about trying to re-create something of that deep and dark savoury taste in a vegan bean dish. Juniper and...
1-1/2 cups quality white wine vinegar
3/4 cups beer - dark or medium, just whatever flavor you prefer
3 ounces apple juice
8 ounces Mexican cane sugar (unprocessed cane sugar juice reduced to a thick syrup then dried in molds, very dense and hard, color similar to dark brown sugar)...
This is a lesson in how to make healthy cabbage ‘unhealthy’ but delicious. Cooked ‘en papillote’ the green outer leaves of the cabbage stay green and flavours are intensified. The caramelised cut edges provide umami flavour and juniper adds a hint of pine forest. Serve on its own with some...
This was a genuine experiment - I had a hunch that juniper berries might work with fennel. I munched on a piece of raw fennel with a juniper berry squashed and rubbed on top. Oh my - that works, I thought: the delicious conifer notes of juniper with the slightly sweet aniseed fennel is magical...
So, this mustard spice challenge....
I just had to make some of my own for a change. I have loads of different mustards in and around the place, from yellow mustard seeds to black/brown mustard seeds, to wholegrain mustard, to Coleman's mustard powder to Swedish mustard and back to French...