Sunday, June 30, 2013

Five Details

Currently have a slight obsession with big jars and just tall see thru bowl/jar kind of things, but they are just so pretty! And we have tons of them just lying around in our storage. so I figured that it would be better that we used them, so now our place is full of them for something. 

So happy that my uncle is letting me drive his vintage Jaguar for the entire summer! 

Two of the best parts of summer, dresses and cherries. 

The hazelnuts I used for the Biscotti I made yesterday. 

Went shopping for groceries today on my bike, just thought it looked really pretty with the basket and my bike that my sister painted when she was studying so that no one would steal it, because she would be the only one with a blue bike with red and white flowers. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti


Takes about 2 hours to make but only 20 minutes to prepare.

Biscotti is a type of biscuit that has been baked twice so that the moisture is taken away and your left with a dry biscuit that you can keep for a long time! They are perfect on the side of a cup of coffee, tee or just on it's own as a little snack.

What you need:
120g chocolate
2.5dl tightly packed light brown sugar
4dl flour
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon expresso powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
200g hazelnuts

How you make them:

Step1: Start by preheating your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

Step2: In a food processor chop the chocolate till it basically becomes a powder and then add in the brown sugar and mix for another minute or two.

Step3: I a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder and baking powder.

Step4: In a third bowl whisk the eggs together with the salt for about a minute, just so that they get well combined. Add the chocolate and sugar mixture and combine, add your dry ingredients, last add the hazelnuts (make sure that they are evenly distributed in the dough).



Step5: Spread some flour out on a flat surface so that the dough (that is really sticky) doesn't stick. Roll the dough together and then divide it into two parts. Then form the two pieces so that they are about 5x25 cm and then put them pan a piece of baking paper and flatten them a bit so that they are about 1.5cm thick.



Step6: Bake them in your oven for about 35-40 minutes. Then take them out and let them cool. with a cooking brush brush away the flour that will be on top and underneath of the ''loaf''. 

Step7: Cut them into 1.5cm thick pieces and place the pieces back on your baking paper.


Step8: Bake them for 20 minutes and then turn them over and bake them for another 20, then take them out, let them cool and enjoy!



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Oats for breakfast



So simple to make and so good! 
Oats are healthy and nutritious and if you have cholesterol problems it can help you lower your cholesterol levels. Overall they are great to start your day with and keep you full for a really long time!  

What you need: (for one portion) 
1dl Oats 
2dl water
1 teaspoon honey (optional) 
loads of fruit and berries

How you make it:

Step1: Combine the oats, water and honey in a heatproof bowl and microwave it for about 3-4 minutes.

Step2: Then cut up loads of different fruits and put them on top, my favorite combination is bananas strawberries and blueberries but you can just use any type of fruit that you have at home of they're frozen I recommend you to thaw them first.. personally I think it tastes better then!


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer plans

You can basically summarize my summer in two words - work and studying. 
I'm working at a hotel/restaurant on the Northern part of öland and that's where I'll be spending the majority of my time this summer. When m not working I'm going to try to study as much a possible. All this leads to a little less blogging. Since I'm basically in the middle of nowhere there isn't a lot to blog about... Can't go shopping, don't have all my baking supplies etc etc.. 

I'm going home to Luxembourg again in ten days because a bunch of my friends are graduating from high school! Going to be fun to see everyone again! 

In the middle of august I'm going back to Lund and that is my summer in a nutshell.
Yeeey! 


Here are some of my latest instagram pictures from when i got back to sweden. 
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Eggs, we served lunch to some very hungry teenagers today // late night tee // Lovisa was looking for a dress in one of our closets, didn't find one but later when she was going to tidy up she found one.. //  I reorganized our bookshelf, I'll make a blogpost about it later. Love the result! //  Had strawberries with whipped cream for dessert after lunch on midsummer // Right before I went to the train station to go to Öland.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Meatloaf


Takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to prepare.

What you need:

400g minced meat
0.75dl breadcrumbs
1.5dl heavy cream
1dl water                            (or 2.5dl milk instead of the water and cream)
0.25 teaspoon salt
0.5 teaspoon black pepper
1 thin leek about 1dl (not the leaves) 
1 egg
25g butter

How you make it:

Step1: Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius.

Step2: Mix the breadcrumbs and then let it set for 10 minutes. 

Step3: Either use butter and butter a oven pan or put baking paper in it (I prefer baking paper then you can just lift the meatloaf out of the pan when its done). I usually use a 8 by 30 pan. 

Step4: In a mixer or by hand, mix the ingredients together, first the minced meat and the breadcrumb mixture and then add the rest one by one.
Step5: Spread the mixture out in your oven pan and put it in your oven for 45 to 60 minutes. 


Slice the meatloaf in 1cm thick slices and serve with brownsauce, boiled potatoes and some veggies. 

Enjoy!

Brownsauce



Takes about 3-5 minutes to make. 

What you need: 

2dl heavy cream
2 tablespoons soy
1 cube of meat bullion (the one from Knorr is great!) 
2 tablespoons of flour (optional)

How you make it:

Stir everything together in a pan and bring it to a boil.

You usually serve this to meatballs or meatloaf (anything with minced meat actually) and what I usually do is that if I I've made meatballs I make the sauce it the same frying pan after so that I get some of the meaty flavor in the sauce as well. 
If I serve it with meatloaf I stir the ingredients together but then add some of the juice that is left after you've made the meatloaf, makes it taste so much better! 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy Midsummer

Or as we would say in swedish Glad Midsommar! 

Today was a very special day here in Sweden, midsummer, it's the longest day of the year and we celebrate it a lot. Except for me and all the other people who have been working all day.. Summer in Sweden is very short so this day is really special for us and we tend to celebrate as much as we can. 

If you follow tradition you are supposed to eat a fish based lunch (filled with  pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill), then dance around something that looks like big flower covered cross (a maypole) while wearing a flower wreath on your head. Then you usually have something grilled for dinner (like salmon or lamb) and then the typical desert is strawberries with whipped cream. Yummy. 

If you want the person that you are in love with to fall in love with you you are supposed to pick seven different kinds of flowers and sleep with them under your pillow on midsummer night, that is supposed to make them fall in love with you. My mother always used to do it when she was little. So cute!

Swedish teenagers just usually use this as another opportunity to get a little bit too drunk but throw in some tradition by wearing a flower wreath and maybe have a BBQ. 

I used to celebrate midsummer when I was little, a lot of the Swedish people in Luxembourg went to a park and put up a maypole and did everything almost like tradition. But when I got older I started to celebrate Grand duke's (Luxembourgs national day) which always ended up being on the same day for some reason. 


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Love

Home

Here are a few pictures from the past week here in Luxembourg!


Glad to be home!
Went to my cousins High School Graduation! She graduated 3rd in her class and was elected prom queen! So proud of her! 
Visited my old school together with two of my old classmates Elise and Nathalie.
Every Monday me and Nathalie used to have a double lunch in school (double lunch is when we had our lunch hour and then had another 45 minutes where we didn't have a lesson afterwards).
So every Monday we used to go to Coffee Lounge and have lunch so of course last Monday we had to have lunch at Coffee Lounge - just like old times!  
Every year the senior class has a big BBQ after they have finished their written exams, so they get to take a break from studying between the written exams and the oral exams. Me and some of my old classmates went to this years BBQ and it was a lot of fun! I found it quite funny how I felt so old, even though I only graduated last year!
Amanda came to visit for a few days so we showed her around Luxembourg.


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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pumpkin Pie

For years and years my aunt has been making this incredible pumpkin pie, we always ate it on Thanks giving and I always thought that she wouldn't be able to make it when it wasn't ''pumpkin season'' or whatever so I never bothered asking her to. 
Last year found out that of course she would be able to, because - drum roll please - basically it all came from a can. Can honestly say that i didn't think something that good could come from a can. They work at an American Military base in Germany (which is basically like a mini America in Germany) so they we're able to get me the main ingredients so that I would be able to make it myself and it was so easy!! 

Usually I don't bake with canned ingredients but in this case I really wanted to! 
So if you are able to get the ''real'' ingredients (the two last ones listed below) you won't even need this blog post to tell you how to make it, because it all says how to right there on the back of the can. 


What you need for the crust:
3dl flour
3 tablespoons water
150g butter

What you need for the filling:
1.7dl granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Half a teaspoon salt
Half a teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 ground cloves
2 large eggs
425 grams of LIBBY'S 100% pure pumpkin (or any other type of pumpkin puree).
340 grams of NESTLE CARNATION® Evaporated Milk (or any type of evaporated milk).


Step1: Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius. 

Step2: Make the pie crust, Mix the ingredients together and roll it out on a flat surface, and place it in a baking pan (preferably one with removable sides). Make sure that the dough goes up about two or three cm on the sides of the pan depending on how wide your pan is. Make little  holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork and then put it in the oven for about 10 minutes. Take it out and let it cool. 


Step3: mix your dry ingredients together (sugar, cinnamon,  salt, ginger and cloves).

Step4: beat the eggs and then add the dry mixture. Add the pumpkin puree and then the evaporated milk (but don't add the evaporated milk all at once do it gradually). 

Step5: Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake it for 40 to 50 minutes (you should be able to stick a knife into the middle and it should come out clean). 

Step6: Let it cool and serve it with whipped cream or coolwhip (coolwhip is the best if you ask me!). 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Salmon packages



Salmon packages are so easy to make and so delicious! You can basically make them with any vegetables that you can find in your house, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes - anything! 
I'm going to show you my favorite combination! Something that I always aim for when I make the packages is to have as many colors as possible! 

Some of the great things about this meal is that you can prepare the package in the oven but also on the grill, and you don't really have to check it and it is so hard to fail at making this! 

What you need for one package:
aluminum foil
A portion sized piece of salmon (frozen or fresh, but if its frozen just let it thaw first).
A teaspoon of olive oil
half a red onion
A third of a bell pepper 
salt 
black pepper
10g butter 

Step1: pre heat your oven to 225 degrees Celsius.
Step2: cut your vegetables.
Step3: take a piece of aluminum foil big enough to wrap it around all the ingredients that are going to be inside (so about 30x30 cm). Spread it out on a flat surface. 
Step4: pour the olive oil on to the middle of the aluminum foil and place your piece of salmon on top (the oil prevents the salmon to sticking to the foil). 
Step5: put your vegetables on top and then season it with salt and pepper and then put the butter on top.
Step6: wrap the aluminum foil around the food and make sure that the re are no holes in the foil so that the sauce wont run out of the package, because then half of the taste will disappear. 
Step7: put the package in your oven for about 30 to 45 minutes. 

Serve with boiled potatoes and a sauce made of creme fraiche and chives. 
So yeah, this is my favorite one! 
ENJOY!! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

New stuff!

Bought a Zara biker style jacket with some really nice details that I fell in love with when I saw it on another blog, my first thought was ''I need that jacket!'' so I went in to zara with the intentions of only buying that jacket but like always I ended up finding something else too. I just love this bag and did not think twist about buying it. I also bought some black skinny jeans but since everyone knows what plain black skinny jeans look like I figured that I didn't need to show them. 



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sweden's national day


Today, June 6th, was Sweden national day which basically ruined all my plans because everything is closed, I had so many things I had to do today and then I realized that I wouldn't be able to. So now I'm going to try to go to the bank, two libraries and return a top tomorrow before I have to take the train to the airport because I'm going home to Luxembourg tomorrow!! 

So I've spent the entire day packing and cleaning my room as much as possible because I'm only going to spend one night here for the next two months (I'm going to stay at my summerhouse on Öland while I'm working). 
As a ''goodbye Lund'' type of thing I had dinner with Amanda and her brother at Viggos (where they have the best burgers in Lund) and then we went to see the Hangover 3, I had quite low expectations because the second movie wasn't that great but it was quite good actually!




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Je Voudrais


Zara Faux leather biker jacket  //  Diane Von Furstenberg top  //  Zara pants  // 

 Tory Burch Bag  //  Zara platform heels

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Wyoming Cowboys


My mother bought this sweatshirt during the 70's when she was an exchange student in Wyoming, I found it at my summer house and fell in love with it! That's the good thing about my summer house, we (being myself and my family members) always bring our old clothes there, stuff that we don't use, don't fit, we don't have enough space for in our closets, etc etc.. Good thing is that we've been doing it for years and years so you can always find something new (old), like my aunts old scarves and jackets.