I like to make my meals pretty even if simple. I like to challenge myself with what is in my refrigerator. This is a creation of leftovers and simple ingredients. It was my supper but could have been a lunch or brunch as well.
Cookalong with Frida and Ciana. They in Frisco, Dallas Texas, USA and me here in Sollentuna Sweden. This time we made Cod baked in the oven in Coconutmilk. With it we made an Indian inspired Curry with green lentils, chickpeas, leek, carrot, onion and garlic and with indian spicing and coconut milk. I even had white rice with mine. It turned out delicious.
My Easterdinner Easter Sunday was Lambroastbeef with Carrots, Rutabaga, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms and sauce from the roasting. With it I had my Italien Easterbread with the egg. The sauce from the roast was delicious for dipping the bread. I was so satiesfied with my Eastermeal. It was my first time to make Lambroastbeef. And this meal was a different style from a typical Swedish Easter dinner. Since I am alone I skipped the Buffée dishes that is usually my Easter meal tradition since living so long in Sweden. This meal suits any occation and time of the year.
My Easterbrunch with a twist was some Swedish Smörgåsbord ingredients created as my own Afternoon Tea. Here I had bread, Egg, Herring, Beetroot, Lamm Roast Beef, Cheese, Apples, Shrimps. My drink was hot Chocolate. It was cold outside. The lovely bouquet of Easterflowers came from my daughter Frida with thoughts from Texas, USA. They lit up my heart and Easter.
Do you perhaps celebrate by searching for Easter eggs filled with candy, painting beautiful Easter eggs, decorate with twigs and feathers, “Gå Påskkärring” or go skiing? Yes, this sounds like an ordinary Swedish Easter. But why do you celebrate Easter really? Is it for the candy and eggs, social interaction with friends, family, or to spend time outdoors? Easter is actually the biggest Christian celebration in the world and is celebrated in memory of important Christian and religious events. Let me take you around the world on a short Easter-celebration trip. And also inspire you to decorate Eastereggs and twigs the Scandinavian style. What are your traditions?
A traditional Swedish dish on the “Smörgåsbord” for Christmas, Easter or Midsummer.
Cheese Cake is really a sweet dessert. However this is a variation as a Savory Cheese Cake with Swedish tastes that can be used on the “Smörgåsbord” or as a starter. As Easter is coming up and many do not eat meat this is perfect for the Easterbuffé or Eastertable. However it is festive and tastes great for any festive dinner table.
I love to make my own pasta. This time I wanted to take on the challenge to make colored and patterned pasta. It is creative at the same time I get great food. I tried to make different kinds as well. Making pasta is a great activity to do with kids as well!
I love to make my own pasta. This time I wanted to take on the challenge to make colored and patterned pasta. It is creative at the same time I get great food.
This weekend I treated myself to Afternoon Tea. I had some bakery in my freezer that I could create with. So this became my treat after a while. You do not need fancy ingredients to make a perfect Afternoon Tea. It just needs to look pretty and petite.
Overnight Oats! Yes, that is right, these are not desserts, but breakfast made from Oatmeal! It is so quick, healthy and easy. I just prepare the base the night before and put the topping on in the morning. It is like porridge from oatmeal but without cooking.
Churros are widely known as a Mexican or Spanish snack. However Churros are made in different ways around the world. It can be made as a dessert or snack and is very common to be bought as streetfood with chocolate sauce on top or to dip in. I have two recipes for Churros here. One with egg and butter and one without eggs and with oil. The dipping sauce is most often a chocolate sauce but could be something else as well. The easy way is to use Nutella. However I have the recipe of three different sauces here as well. It is just to go by your own preference really.
Cookalong with Frida and Ciana last night. They in Frisco, Dallas Texas, USA and me here in Sollentuna Sweden. We made Baked Potatoes Swedish Style, However with vegetarian filling. Baked potatoes are really popular in Sweden. It is also a popular streetfood. The fillings can be many. Most traditionally it is made with creme fraiche or yoghurt a little mayonnaise, shrimps, onions or with ham instead of shrimps. However it could be with any ingredients you prefer. We made it with onions, mushrooms and bellpeppers this time. This dish is so tasty and comforting and really easy to make.
The other night I made Cod in my airfryer and it became perfectly flaky. I had fresh Norwegian cod which I have bought from a Fish Van that actually goes to northern Norway and buys it from the boats and brings it fresh. It is so wonderful compared to what can be bought in the stores. It is now season for cod in the Norwegian Sea. To go with it I made Beetroot Risotto and a Yoghurt Sauce with dill and lemon zest.
I loved the taste and also the look of this dish, the beautiful white fish against the red just made me happy!
Semla is a Swedish wheatbun filled with a paste of almond or marzipanpaste and whipped cream. Swedish Semla is not like other buns. We only eat them in February. But why do we not eat these buns all year round? And why do we eat Semla at all? The Swedish people eat about six million ”Semlor” during this day Fat Tuesday.
Cookalong on Valentines Day with Frida and Ciana in Frisco, Dallas, Texas USA and me here in Sollentuna Sweden. On Valentines day we made pizza. The crust glutenfree, made with almond flour. Frida and Ciana made their pizza vegetarian with mushrooms and bellpeppers. I made three different toppings. One with white sauce from ricotta cheese and topped with spinnach, onions and brusselsprouts. Another with tomatoesauce, onions and chorizo sausage. The third with tomatoe sauce, ham, shrimps and onions. I mixed mozzarella and parmesan cheese on all three.
Vietnamese rice pancakes are easy to make and tastes wonderful. In this recipe I have adjusted the filling with a little swedish and nordic twist. I do have a traditional recipe also that you should check out with taditional vietnamese ingredients and dipping sauce that tastes wonderful.
Waffles have been eaten since medieval times and in so many ways. There are sweet and sawory, hard and soft and crisp. This week I got inspired by a cooking show to make these Sawory Waffles. I had some filling left from my Vietnamese salad and springrolls and wanted to use it in a different way. So I was wondering what to make. And I decided to make Savory Waffles.
Cookalong sunday night with Frida and Ciana, they in Frisco, Dallas Texas, USA and me here in Sollentuna Sweden. This time we made thin pancakes that are common in Sweden and Norway. We usually eat them with butter and sugar or butter and jam. However they can also be filled with savory filling or sweet like the french crepes.
It is quick and easy to make this luxurious sandwich yourself at home. Last week I suddenly felt like eating sandwiches. I started out with Norwegian Sandwiches and than continued to Club Sandwich. I had sliced meat in the freezer from my Christmas ham and even the other ingredients I needed at home. So I was exited to both make and eat my creation.
Cookalong with Frida and Ciana in Frisco, Dallas Texas, USA and me here in Sollentuna Sweden. We made high protein Lasagne. I even made my own Lasagne noodles from scratch. In this Lasagne we made the meatsauce with ground Turkey meat, shredded carrots, chopped unions and garlic and tomatosauce with herbes. I used my own homemade tomatoe and vegetable sauce. Instead of bechamelsauce we made a filling with cottage cheese, lowfat Youghurt, eggs and herbes. Frida and Ciana had a layer with Zuccini and I had a layer with Spinnach. It turned out so great!
Cookalong with Frida and Ciana last night. They in Frisco, Dallas Texas, USA and me here in Sollentuna, Sweden. We made Bacalao. It is a dish with a long history and found in so many countries. It came to Norway and Möre and Romsdal where I come from hundreds of years ago from Portugal. We made it the Norwegian way today. We had to use fresh Fish since we didn’t have the dried salted cod made in Norway since the Viking times and now exported all over the world to Bacalao lovers.
This is a great way to use leftover mash. I had some left over rutabaga mash from dinner the other night and wondered how can I use this. I decided to experiment with my airfryer and make dippers. They turned out really great. They are good to eat alone but also as a sidedish to a meal.
Light and fresh tasting Apple and Pear Pie with Youghurt, Lemon and Coconutflakes!
For New Year I always want to make Salmon. This New Years Eve I had a Cookalong with Frida and Ciana in Frisco, Dallas Texas, USA and me here in Sollentuna Sweden making lunch for them and dinner for me. We made Swedish Toast Skagen, fried Salmon, Roasted Vegetables and Pommes Duchesse. A lovely end to a year of cookalong. Looking forward to New Cooking adventures in 2021!
Skagenröra is a speciality of Sweden that is used in many varied ways. It can be made to use as an apetizer on toast like in this recipe that I did for New Year. It can also be used as a topping in baked potatoes or as a topping on hotdogs or in wraps you can buy as streetfood. I love the baguettes with Skagenröra which will be a whole lunch. It is also one of the traditional fillings in Smörgåstårta!
A dessert loved in Norway is Riskrem. I loved it and my mom used to make it from left over Riceporridge. In Sweden I learnt to know it as ”Ris A La Malta.” Try this simple but lovely dessert!
Cookalong last night with Frida and Ciana. They in Frisco, Dallas Texas, USA and me here in Sollentuna Sweden. Last night we made Swedish Meatballs for Christmas and prepped Christmas Ham the Swedish way. At a Buffé or Smörgåsbord the ham is served cold cut in thin slices plated with the whole ham making it a showpiece. Swedish Meatballs are always part of a Swedish Smörgåsbord during the year whether it is for Midsummer, Easter or Christmas or any other great celebration.
Cookalong with Frida and Ciana Sunday night. They in Frisco, Dallas Texas, USA and me here in Sollentuna, Sweden. This time we made Swedish and Irish Christmas Candy and Christmas Cookies. We made Irish Lace Cookies with Chocolate filling. This is a traditional cookie in Swedish also and we call them Knäckflarn and fill them with whipped cream. We made Swedish Chocolate Caramel and Christmas Candy with Cornflakes.
Krumkake is a traditional Norwegian cookie that is made for Christmas and also for other special celebrations. It is crispy and wafer like. To make the beautiful pattern a special iron is used for the frying. I have made these cookies as long as I can remember. My mother was an expert and I feel I sometimes succeed and sometimes fail. The trick is to get them thin and crispy. This cookie is also traditional in Sweden and here it is called Rullrån.
It is soon 13:th December and Lucia here in Sweden. And what is a “must” is “Lussebullar” or St Lucia Saffron Rolls.. Saffron Rolls is eaten throughout the whole Advent time which is from 4 Sundays before Christmas. What is also common is to make the Saffron Cringle or Advent Cringle or as it is called in Swedish and Norwegian Adventskrans.
Gingerbread Cookies is a “must” in Sweden and Norway for Christmas. Gingerbread House baking is also very popular. You can use the same dough for both. Get in the mood for Christmas!
Coming from Norway, having lived in the USA and living in Sweden, my traditions have become a mix of many cultures. And as I keep my Norwegian and even Swedish one´s I also like to mix it with a little American. And next weekend is Thanksgiving in the USA. Thursday is actually Thanksgiving and the day for the Turkey.
It is fun to make your own pasta. It is also a bit hard work, so you gain respect for those who do this regularly. This is a pasta high in protein and low in calories. Want to impress, make your own homemade pasta!
These meatballs in vegetable and tomatoe sauce made from scratch will take you to Italy, France and Sweden. Meatballs is a favorite in Sweden. Even Italians love meatballs and serve them in tomatoe sauce. In this sauce I have added even a touch of France with herbs from Provence.
Ideal for anyone who wants to eat less carbohydrates, is gluten intolerant or just want to make a really yummy pizza with full-bodied taste. What you top the cauliflower pizza with, you choose yourself.
Swedish Smörgåstårta is a savory cake. It’s delicious. The Sandwich cake or Smörgåstårta is a speciality of Sweden. The cake is served at parties. Instead of cream and sugary decorations it can be decorated with raddishes, eggs, dill, salmon, prawns, ham, tomatoes, cucumbers to name a few toppings. The sky is the limit! One piece is a whole meal.
“Leverpastej” is a Swedish paste that is used as spread on crackers and bread and also on the Buffé tables when you have Smörgåsbord and Christmasbuffé. It is really good and it is actually easy to make yourself.
This Lentil Stew with bacon and vegetables is a fast and light meal. The poached egg makes it feel luxurious and challenging to make.
Fresh tomato salsa with garlic, coriander and red chili as a seasoning. A Pico de Gallo is perfect to serve with a barbecue or taco evening!
This is a really fast and easy Rich Protein Bowl. It is made with few ingredients. The great thing with Bowls is you can use whatever you have.
October 4:th is the day of the Cinnamon Bun here in Sweden. So of course tonight in my Cookalong with Frida and Ciana we would make Cinnamon Buns ”Kanelbullar” as is is called in Swedish. This bun is actually originally from Sweden.
Easy and fast and delicious fishmeal in one package!
Swedish Flatbread Rolls (Flatbread Wraps) with filling is atraditional fast food meal. The filling usually consists of sausage, mashed potatoes, some form of cold salad such as cucumber, mayonnaise or shrimp salad and often also with roasted onions. As a rule, ketchup and mustard are included.
You don’t need a vegetable garden or a fancy party as an exuse to make your own pickles. Neither do you have to preseve food for the whole winter. I use to make pickles often to not waste small vegetables I have in the refrigerator. It could be a cucumber I worry I will not use before it will go soft, a carrot or two, a small piece of cabbage, some apple or pear, anything really. It is fast and easy!
This week Stockholm Pride is celebrated, however only digitally due to Covid-19. Saturday is always the Day for the Pride Parade through Stockholm. I am a proud parent of my daughter Frida who is gay. We usually go into the city to watch the parade. It is such a happy celebration full of love and joy. I wanted to celebrate this day and her. So I have made a special homemade icecream, Rainbow Ice Cream.
Today I have made Applesauce from fallen apples. Last night there was a heavy thunderstorm and heavy rains. In the common yard outside my apartmentcomplex there are these big appletrees. Anyone can pick the apples but I never see anyone but me do it. However most are so high up I cannot reach them. But due to the weather apples fell to the ground last night. This morning I went out and picked them. I have now cooked all and I got 2 kg of free Apple Sauce! I will freeze the jars and it will last me a year.
I saw that I had some milk and cream that would be outdated so I decided to treat myself and make my own Creamcheese. I never want to waste anything when cooking. I even had some fresh herbes and special salts and honey. From these ingredients I made six different cream cheese flavours. I tend to save small jars and today they came to perfect use. #zerowaste
Homemade Bagels feels like such a special treat. It is not hard to make and gives a silverlining to the day or night.
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