Olaf's Kitchen: A Master Chef Shares His Passion

Olaf's Kitchen: A Master Chef Shares His Passion

by Olaf Mertens


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"Whether he's cooking for the British Royal family or whipping up a casual dinner,it's the same every time: exquisite meals, stunningly presented." - Josh Sleeman

"Chef Olaf is a bright light in the world of food - a culinary commando dedicated to the pursuit of excellence." - Anna Olson

"...a kind soul with a heart of gold, and those ingredients make Olaf's food absolutely delicious. these pages truly will get stuck together." - Ted Reader

"Olaf's got a big heart and he uses it to make big flavors. I highly recommend wading into this book-there's big fun to be had!" - Brad Long

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470155653
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/17/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents




Greetings from the Kitchen.

First Bites.

Tomato Salad Shooters.

Tomato Melon Salad with Strawberries and Olive Dust.

Potato Crisps with Herbed Feta Dip.

White Asparagus Three Ways.

Herbal Schnapps-Cured Salmon Sticks.

Fancy Fish and Chips.

Duck Empandas with Salsa Verde.

Mini Duck Burgers.

Fresh from the Earth.

Wholesome Vegetable Cooking.

Butternut Squash Soup with Muesli Popcorn Clusters.

White Asparagus Soup with Root Vegetable Crisps.

Sauerkraut Crème Soup.

Sweet and Sour Spice-Infused Tomatoes.

Confit Vegetable Parcel with Goat Cheese Dip.

Scalloped Kohlrabi.

Savory Apple Couscous.

Say No to Fast Food!

Faster-Cooking Foods.

Veal and Mushrooms.

Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken.

Spicy Peanut Chicken.

Bourbon Chicken and Shrimp Risotto.

Mushroom and Spinach Strudel.

Bratwurst-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.

South Beach Sandwiches.

Olaf's Wiener Schnitzel.

Handmade and Delicate.

Pasta, Noodles and Dumplings.

Focaccia Dumplings in Oyster Mushroom Sauce.

Potato Dumplings and Lobster in Sherry Tarragon Sauce.

Curried Shellfish with Red Beet Spaetzle.

Spaetzle and Clams in White Wine.

Whole Wheat Spaetzle with Mushrooms.

Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Spaetzle and Port Wine Reduction.

Crab and Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Maple Glaze.

Veal Ravioli.

Fresh and Light.


Seafood Soup.

Clams Casino Style.

Salmon with Cucumber Spaghetti and Mustard Mousse.

Simple Salmon with Crudités Salad.

Whiskey Maple Salmon with Potato Lox.

Sole on Fridays.

Crab-Crusted Cedar-Planked Halibut.

Italian-Scented Cod with Potato Strings.

Seared, Grilled, and Roasted.

Meat and Poultry.

Chicken and Veal Involtini.

Stuffed Cornish Hen.

Rum-Spiked Jerk Chicken.

Chicken Stuffed with Orange-Braised Duck.

All-Canadian Cheeseburger.

Beef Wellington Burger.

Beef Fillet Wrapped In Herb Collar.

My Ribs...My Home-Brewed BBQ Sauce.

Braised Meals.

One-Big-Pot Dishes.

Smoked Pork and Carrot Stew.

Veal Paprikash.

Veal in Horseradish and Gooseberries.

Soured Beef Short Ribs.

Beef Roll-Ups with Tomato Fondue Sauce.

Smoked Turkey Thighs with Lentils and Pea Pesto.

Turkey Thigh Osso Buco. 

Curried Chicken.

Save Water, Use Beer!

Beer Cuisine.

Spicy Stout Beer Garlic Shrimp.

Mussels and Smoked Salmon in Wheat Beer.

Smoked Trout with Wheat Beer Sabayon.

Beer-Brined Roast Chicken.

Smoked Pork Baked in Beer Rye Bread.

Festive Ham with Maple Stout and Brat Apple Marmalade.

Drunken Soya Glazed Ribs.

The New Pre-dessert.

Cheese Courses.

Baked Saganaki with Date and Fig Salad.

Baked Brie and Roasted Apples.

Blue Cheese and Walnut Apple Bake with Peppered Honey.

Goat Cheese and Gouda Dip with Tomato Jam.

Pick-Up Sticks with Liquid Parmesan.

Gratin Cheese Fondue with Red Wine Hazelnut and Quince Relish.

Goat Cheese Brûlé Cake.

Belgian Waffle Gratin with Thyme-Infused Sugar Beet Syrup.

The Sugar Rush.


Nougat Mousse with Rum Balls.

Chocolate Soup.

Semolina Mousse with Niagara Fruits.

Tree Cake and Rum Berries.

Marzipan Poppy Seed Bundt Cake with Wild Blueberry Compote.

Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake with Boozy Cherries.

Butter Cake with Roast Rhubarb and Strawberries.

No Campfire S'mores.

Kitchen Basics.

Vegetable Stock.

Sweet Orange Sauce.

Port Wine Reduction.

BBQ Sauce.

Olaf's Black Spice Rub.

Braised Duck Leg.

Basic Spaetzle.

Whole Wheat Spaetzle.

Red Beet Spaetzle.

Basic Risotto.

Basic Ravioli.

Strudel Dough.


Blender Dressings and Vinaigrettes.

Key Components of Dressings and Vinaigrettes.

Citrus Vinaigrette.

Red Wine Vinaigrette.

Wheat Germ Dressing.

White Raisin, Cauliflower, and Caper Dressing.


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