Friday, October 26, 2012

Dine and Dash...

A new trend has been spreading through the office out here.

It started in Susanne's family. Her parents really wanted to see her and the kids. But fitting in whole or even half days or evenings can be difficult. Everyone has a busy and active life, including Susanne's parents. But now they've come up with an ingenious solution.

They call it Dine & Dash.

Basically, Susanne's parents cook a meal – just a simple casserole or whatever they feel like and have time for. Susanne and the kids come over to eat, visit for an hour or so and then "dash."

Susanne is thrilled to get out of cooking, her mom enjoys´making them a meal – and everyone is happy that they get to see each other more often. The fact that it's very informal and everyone goes their separate ways after the meal means that everyone can make it and everyone feels more more a part of each other's everyday lives.

So over the last few months, the concept has spread to several other families here.

And now we're passing on the idea. You could also use it as a way to spend more time with neighbors,colleagues or friends – anyone that you don't see as often as you'd like. You could take turns cooking...

Susanne just visited her parents yesterday. The menu was roast beef, baked potato wedges and béarnaise sauce...

They don't have dessert every time, but yesterday her mom had just got a lot of fresh raspberries from a friend, so she made Jane's swiss roll from our recipe book, only with raspberries instead of strawberries – YUM!!

This is still my favorite dessert... So here's the recipe one more time:

Strawberry Roulade

What you need:
8 oz (200g) Marzipan
8 oz (200g) Egg Whites
12 oz (300g) Sugar
4 oz (100g) Hazel Nut flakes

4 1/4 C (l ltr.) Whipping Cream
20 oz (500g) Strawberries

What you do:
Knead the marzipan with 50 g egg whites. Beat 150 g egg whites until they are stiff. Carefully fold the sugar into the egg whites. Fold in the marzipan. Spread the dough out onto a piece of baking paper measuring 33 x 40 cm. Sprinkle hazel nut flakes on top. Bake for about 15 minutes at 180°C. When the bottom has cooled off completely, flip it over onto a new sheet of baking paper so that the nuts are facing down. Spread the whipped cream and strawberries thickly on the bottom. Use baking paper to roll the roulade. Decorate the tray with strawberries before serving.


  1. When every day life gets so busy this is a great idea!

  2. Love the idea of 'Dine and Dash.' We have several married children with alot of grandchildren and this would be perfect to call it this. We already do it with some. And we have many friends that are so busy. Just a really great idea!

    The roulade looks absolutely delicious and I am definitely going to make it.

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