This is a versatile and fun recipe for getting the kids involved and has been a SOBO menu mainstay. The brown rice adds a nice nuttiness and is healthier, too!
3 cups (750 mL) brown rice
3 1/4 cups (810 mL) water
2 tsp (10 mL) salt
4 tsp (20 mL) mirin
3 Tbsp (45 mL) rice wine vinegar
4 tsp (20 mL) sesame oil
4 tsp (20 mL) wasabi powder, made into paste by adding a bit of water
3 Tbsp (45 mL) Japanese mayo
1 avocado, thinly sliced
15 oz (425 g) smoked Chinook salmon, sliced paper-thin
12 pressed tofu pockets (available at Asian specialty stores)
4 tsp (20 mL) black sesame seeds, lightly toasted
2 cups (500 mL) sunflower sprouts
1/4 tsp (1 mL) light soy sauce
Wash rice until it runs clear. Combine rice, salt, and enough water to fill to the 3-cup mark on rice cooker. Start rice cooker according to manufacturer’s directions. For stovetop method combine rice, water, and salt in a saucepan and bring to boil; simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.
Add mirin and rice wine vinegar to rice in a wooden bowl. Fan and slice through rice with a wooden flat paddle to separate individual rice kernels while cooling quickly. This process should take about 4 minutes (over-paddling will make the rice gummy). Cover rice with damp towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
Put sesame oil in a bowl; use it to keep rice from sticking to your fingers. With well-oiled hands begin forming and shaping rice into balls or discs the size of a toonie but about 3/4 in (1.9 cm) thick. Lay discs on a clean work surface and start an assembly line:
source: "SOBO's Sophisticated Bohemians", alive #304, February 2008
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
This dark beer-marinated chicken uses the convection setting on your oven to create a crispy skinned bird. Convection cooking circulates air around the meat, crisping it like rotisserie without needing a spit or a lot of oil, similar to an air fryer (which you can also use!). If you don’t have a convection setting on your oven, you can simply bake the chicken for longer at the same temperatures as below, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 F (74 C). You can use any dark beer, but our pick is, obviously, something German. Oktoberfest barbecue You can also grill the whole chicken on a barbecue—which makes for an impressive presentation and a gorgeously crispy bird—but it’s best to spatchcock it first (take out the backbone) so it cooks more evenly and quickly. Make it fast! If you don’t want to make an entire chicken—or if you want your dinner to cook faster—use this marinade (without stuffing the chicken cavity) on chicken breasts, thighs, or iron-rich chicken livers instead.
At Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, there are always people walking around selling large pretzels, says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who moved to the city in 2018. The large pieces of golden, twisted pretzel dough come topped with coarse salt for a savoury crunch with every bite. “They don’t come with any dipping sauce,” Gilles says, “but you could dip it in sauce if you had ordered something else”—say, the honey mustard or stone-ground mustard you might have with your bratwurst or sauerkraut balls. But don’t feel bad if you prefer to break from German tradition and dip them in caramel or tahini instead! There’s no need to flour a surface when rolling out your dough; the psyllium keeps it from sticking.