Monthly Archives: December 2014

Falafel

Something that is very appreciated by vegetarians is falafel. We figured it could not be difficult to make your own, and it wasn’t!

Falafel has a lot of flavour and it can be eaten in so many ways. Today we chose to eat some green lentils with our falafel and we made a yoghurt sauce. The falafel was a bit spicy so the fresh youghurt sauce was perfect to eat with it. Continue reading

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Our Weekend, Week 49

This weekend was quite hectic and somewhat lazy, if that’s possible. On Thursday we went to IKEA and Mio to buy some new furniture, some of which we made up when we got back and the rest we did on Saturday. We bought a matching bookshelf (they only had one last time), and a new side board to replace the desk in the living room.

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On Friday, we had our friend Sanna over for dinner (dumplings and fried rice), followed by some glögg (Swedish mulled wine) and Lucia buns.

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I (Jason) have been ill most of the weekend; I’ve had what I suspect to be a tummy bug since Thursday. I woke up early on Saturday hoping to be better, and to go for a long ride with some friends (with a 09:00 start about 11 km from home), but I felt much worse than I did Friday evening. 😦 So after telling my friends I wouldn’t ride, me and Sofi made the final piece of furniture before Sofi went to spin (in her new Bianchi socks that she got in her advent calendar), and then my day was spent playing PlayStation and feeling sorry for myself (especially as it was such nice weather)!

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Once Sofi came home, we had a really fresh salad and then we prepared for my work’s Christmas party. The party is held not far from where we live (it is literally like Pocahontas said: just around the river bend), so we were able to get ready at a relaxed pace and then walk to the restaurant.

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They served traditional Swedish julbord (which translates to “Christmas table”, but it is basically a buffet of mostly meat – they barely eat any vegetables at Christmas in Sweden!), with plenty of booze and entertainment. We stayed until about 1 a.m. as we were having a good time hanging out and dancing with my colleagues and friends 🙂

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On Sunday we both felt very tired, and my tummy felt as bad as it did Saturday morning, so it was another day resigned to playing PlayStation on the sofa for me, and a day spent napping for Sofi.

For dinner on Sunday we made a delicious tomato and basil soup with garlic bread. We also made some really nice white chocolate and cranberry cookies, which taste quite festive!

The cookies we really simple to make: 75 g unsalted butter, 150 g caster or light muscovado sugar, 1 egg, 150 g plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 150 g white chocolate, 75 g cranberries.

  1. Set the oven to 180°C.
  2. Chop the white chocolate and cranberries into small pieces/chunks.
  3. Whisk the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Whisk in the egg.
  5. Whisk in the flour and baking powder.
  6. Fold the chocolate and cranberries in the mix.
  7. Roll into 16 balls and spread out on some baking paper on a baking tray.
  8. Place the cookies in the oven for about 10 mins, or until golden brown on top.
  9. Take out and leave the cookies to rest for a few minutes before placing them on a cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy!

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This week will be quite hectic again, and we will be preparing a few things for our Lucia party at the weekend. So hopefully we’ll have some nice recipes for mulled wine, Lucia buns, and more cookies next week.

Have a nice week,
/Jason and Sofi

Homemade Pesto Pasta

Jason has always made a delicious pesto pasta, but after he went to a cooking class in Italy and picked up a few tips there, it is now even more delicious! The secret to a good pesto pasta (other than technique) is to have good ingredients: fresh basil, good parmesan, high-quality extra virgin olive oil, and good pine nuts. If you have these things, the flavours will be spectacular. Continue reading

Our Weekend, Week 48

December is here, and Christmas is almost upon us! In Sweden, the days are fairly short now, so making the most of the daylight is something we have to do, and this weekend we did it really well!

On Friday we both went to town after work to buy a few things: I, Jason, bought some bits for my bike, and we bought some Christmasy things for the flat as well! We then headed home and had some inspiration for what to make for dinner (we discussed it on the bus and it all came together as we went to the supermarket). In Sweden, it is very common to have “taco night” on a Friday, which actually means eating any sort of Mexican food. (I am not even sure Swedes know what tacos are, seeing as most people seem to eat fajitas and still call it taco night!) We never usually make Mexican food, but our inspiration on Friday was very Mexican: enchiladas! (Recipe coming soon!)

Enchiladas

Enchiladas

On Saturday, we both skipped our usual RPM (spinning) class in favour of exercising outside in some daylight and on an untypically-dry day. (Most of November the sun has been hidden behind clouds and most weekends we’ve had a bit of rain.) It wasn’t a warm day though: -1°C and breezy. I went for a 70 km bike ride, but Sofi went one better and ran a half marathon! She actually almost turned around after 2.5 km, but apparently the Strava challenge she signed up to was motivation enough to keep going a further 18.6 km!

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Jason wrapped up warm on his ride.

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Sofi collapsed on the floor after her run.

We also made some raw food energy bars and raw food cacao snack balls, both of which took very little time to make and were delicious! 😀 For dinner, we made pizzas with different toppings – I had potato on my pizza, among other things.

On Sunday we rewarded our hard work the day before with a lie in, followed by 90 mins of RPM…wait, that second part doesn’t sound like a reward… After struggling to walk home, we had a very simple soup, which we ate with our caraway bread (which we prepared on Saturday and baked on Sunday morning before RPM). We then made some traditional Swedish Lucia buns (saffron buns) to take to our friends’ for fika, along with the rawfood balls.

Lucia buns!

Lucia buns!

For dinner we enjoyed more of our bread, and lit the first of our advent candles. Today we opened our advent calendars as well. I’m not as manic as my sister is about Christmas, but now it’s December, I really can’t wait!

Another busy week ahead for us this week, but we promise to post more recipes, and get back into our blogging groove 😉

Have a nice week,

/Jason and Sofi

Raw Food Cacao Snack Balls

Following on from our simple raw food energy bars, we went for another raw food recipe this weekend. We are going to see some friends for fika (a Swedish concept that covers anything from coffee to cakes, sandwiches, and small snacks) this evening and one of the friends is not eating sugar. We wanted to make some traditional Swedish Lucia buns (saffron buns), which contain a lot of sugar, so we figured we needed something else and something no one could resist!
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