onsdag 29. september 2010

Scandinavian style wholemeal waffles

Being home with a feverish child, I wanted something yummy for lunch. So I finally managed to put together a wholemeal waffle recipe I'm happy with.


3 eggs
5 tbsp Sukrin (erythritol)
2 dl wholemeal wheat flour
2 dl wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cardamom
approx. 2 dl milk
100 g butter, melted

Beat the eggs and Sukrin until fluffy. Mix in half the flour, the baking powder and the cardamom. Then add half the milk. Repeat with the rest of the flour and milk. Lastly add the melted butter. You should end up with a slightly runny batter. Bake in waffle iron.

tirsdag 21. september 2010

Breakfast pancakes

These have become a favourite with us. I make the batter in the evening and leave it in the fridge overnight. That means the bran goes soft, but it still tastes great. I've tried without roasting the bran, but it's not qute the same. The pancakes are also popular in my daughter's daycare lunchbox. I found the recipe on a Norwegian forum a few years back, and hereby translate and share it.


2 tbsp honey
80 g oat bran

160 g whole grain rye flour
2,5 tsp baking powder
A good dash of brown flax seeds (I use about a handful)
3 dl water (approx.)
2 tbsp rapeseed oil or other neutral oil
1 (very) ripe banana

Melt the honey over medium heat in a non-stick frying pan, then add the bran. Roast until it smells nutty and turns golden brown.

In the meantime, mix the dry ingredients and mash the banana. Add the bran to the dry mixture and stir well. Add water and oil, and mix until you have a thick batter. Add the banana and mix again.

Fry in a dry non-stick pan without grease.

torsdag 16. september 2010

Living in fear

I haven't really considered the fact that fear is something I struggle with quite a lot. I've just watched the second half of a documentary called "My Breasts Could Kill Me" with Dawn Porter. Her mum died of breast cancer when she was in her thirties, and Dawn had cameras following her as she went through various exams to check her own risk and met cancer pasients, cancer survivors and their next of kin. And it scared me shitless. My gran had breast cancer when she was in her thirties, and though she didn't die from it, she had a mastectomy. Later on she had four (or was it five?) more rounds of cancer as it spread throughout her body. She died when I was 6, and she 62. She had cancer of the brain. Rather a few of her nine siblings have also had various types of cancer. My mum found a breast lump when she too was in her thirties. It turned out to be benign. But still...

The thing is, though I've been aware of my fear of cancer before, it only just hit me today how deep that fear is. I'm absolutely terrified of finding a lump, and thus don't really check myself. Even more so now that I have a child. What would I do if i found something? What if I die? It's probably quite irrational. But I do need to follow in Dawn Porter's footsteps. I need to find out.

onsdag 8. september 2010

Soup for sore throats

Soup is perfect when you have a cold. It slides down easily. Particularly this one, which has a silky smooth texture when blended. It's based on this recipe (in Norwegian), but I made some adjustments, as always. I'm unable to follow a recipe without changing it.

500 g carrots
400 g parsnips
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
A good inch of fresh ginger
800 ml vegetable stock
200 ml orange juice
Lemon juice and more ginger to taste

Scrub or peel carrots and parsnips and cut into chunks. Chop onion and garlic, peel ginger. Fry the onion in a bit of oil for at least ten minutes, until it's fragrant. Add a pinch of salt to keep it from browning. Add the garlic and let it fry for a minute or two, then add carrots, parsnips and most of the ginger. Pour over vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through.

Place the soup in a blender and blend until smooth. Place back in the pan and bring it back to a boil. Add orange juice, some more ginger and a bit of lemon to taste.

I made puff pastry cheese swirls on the side. Roll out a sheet of ready-made puff pastry, drizzle one half with finely grated cheddar and press the other half over. Slice into strips and twist them. Bake on 180C for about 10 mins.

Lunch for the poorly

Celery with hummus.

1 can chickpeas (200 g)
1 large tsp tahini
2 cloves of garlic
2-3 tbsp olive oil
A large splash of lemon juice (about half a lemon)
A pinch of cumin seeds
A pinch of paprika
A bit of salt

Combine the ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Eat with a celery stick.

Wish list

I'm home with a cold today, and thus have a bit too much time for surfing. So I am making a Christmas wish list for myself! It's nice to be ahead, right? ;)

Christmas wish list

Le Creuset Dutch Oven/French Oven. I'm not quite sure about neither size nor colour, but I quite fancy the orange one. I also want it to be relatively large, so that I'm able to use it for roasts.

Zyliss mandoline. My mum used to have one, and it's really handy. Particularly because I get a rash from handling various starchy raw veg, such as potatoes and carrots.

Harry Potter boxed set. I love, love, love Harry Potter and am also a sucker for proper books. So I like to have my favourites in good quality hardback versions.

Diamond studs... Something like these:

A cashmere/silk pashmina in a particular shade of purple that I've yet to find. Never a good idea to decide what one wants before actually having seen it IRL...

søndag 5. september 2010

Chocolate banana cupcakes

These are based on Julie Goodwin's Lemon Diva Cupcakes, but with cocoa powder and banana instead of lemon zest.

100 g butter
165 g sugar (I use Tate&Lyle caster sugar)
A splash vanilla extract (e.g. Nielsen-Massey)
2 eggs
200 g flour
1,5 tsp baking powder
3-4 tbsp cocoa powder
100 ml milk
2 very ripe bananas, mashed

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Add the eggs one by one and mix well. Mix flour, baking powder and cocoa, then stir in about half into the egg and butter mixture. Add half the milk, then the rest of the flour mix and the rest of the milk. Lastly stir in the mashed bananas. Divide mixture into lined muffin pan. I got 10 cupcakes out of this recipe. Bake at 180C for 18-20 mins.

60-70 g chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
25 g butter
2-3 tbsp icing sugar
50-100 ml single cream

Melt chocolate, butter and icing sugar together over low heat, then add cream until the mixture emulsifies. Leave to cool.

Never quite tidy enough...

... but today I give you a peak into our living room anyway.

The orange sofa is "Emma" from L.K. Hjelle, the black one is a sofa bed that we got from a friend of my grandmother's and then reupholstered. The coffee table is from Naver Collection/Aksel Kjersgaard, and the ottoman is Norway Says' "Boy". The corner table consists of a wire drawer rack and a kitchen cabinet door, both Ikea. The rug is also from Ikea, and is called "Strib".

fredag 3. september 2010

Who am I?

I'm my husband's wife.
I'm my daughter's mother.
I'm my parents' daugher.
I'm my brother's sister.
I am a student.
I am an employee.
I am 5 feet 10 inches tall.
I weigh a bit more than I like.

And the list goes on. I have no difficulty defining myself by others and by external factors, but lately I've been thinking a lot about who I am. My true self, so to speak. After my daughter was born, I've been struggling with a postpartum depression, and it has shaken me. Though things are looking up and I'm feeling more than "myself" than I have for nearly two years, I still don't know who or what that "myself" is. It's all very philosophical, I know. And I'll probably never truly find out. But it is an interesting journey.

torsdag 2. september 2010

Language swap

For a while now I've been thinking about changing from Norwegian to English in this blog. With English being my "A2" language (using an IB term) it falls quite natural for me to both write and speak English, but with few English-speaking friends around and fewer visits to the UK than before I miss practicing the language. Thus I've come to the conclusion that my blog shall be my English zone.

This is NOT an attempt to broaden my audience, I've no intention of making this blog into more than a creative outlet for my dabbling with sewing, knitting, cooking and baking. It is strictly the result of me wanting to keep my English skills alive.