Monthly Archives: December 2014

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: -1Ā°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! šŸ˜€ 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 šŸ˜‰

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 seeĀ some friendsĀ forĀ 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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