Monthly Archives: February 2015

Swedish Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon buns are very Swedish. You can not go to any café in Sweden without them having cinnamon buns. The trick to get them really delicious is to use a lot of butter and sugar 🙂

They take some time to make becuase the dough needs to rise for about 40 mins but they are well worth the wait. They are perfect to eat with a cup of tea, a cup of coffee or with a big glass of milk. Continue reading

Mid-Week Catch Up – Week 9

Wednesday, and the weekend is not far away. We have not been up to to much the past few days. On Monday we made a nice ramen. It is very simple and very quick even if you do the noodles yourself, which we always do. The broth is easily prepared and it only needs to cook for 10 minutes. This time we cooked the broth separately and poured it over the vegetables and noodles. We used spinach, broccoli and spring onion in this ramen, but it is so easy to vary what vegetables you have. Spinach and broccoli are both very good for you so we tend to eat them in our ramen most times.

DSC06484Otherwise it is mostly work and the days go by so fast. As I have written about before, my leg has been hurting since Christmas and I have not been able to run since. On Friday I finally went to the physio to see what the problem was. I was given some exercises that I need to do for two weeks in order to strengthen the muscles in my leg.

My hope and aim is that I will be ok to run a race on March 22nd. It is a pre-race for the Gothenburg Half Marathon that I will be running in May. It is basically a 10 km race that can give you a better start group. If you have never run the half marathon before you automatically end up in the slowest pace groups. So me and my sister (who I will run the half marathon with) will do that race together. Jason and Tommy (my sister’s boyfriend) are also running it.

Jason has been very good at keeping up his training. Yesterday he did a session on the turbo trainer and today he went home a little earlier from work to do 30 km outside before it got dark. It was a very gentle ride and he said he loved the fresh air he got. Jason is also a blood donor and today he gave blood again, hence the iron-rich vegetables in our ramen on Monday. I have to start as well, but I am really afraid of needles!

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Luckily the weather in Sweden is slowly changing into spring! Today was the first day it really felt like the spring might come soon. There is something in the air and it has been plus degrees for more than a week now. It is very early for Sweden to get spring this time of the year and according to the news it is almost a month early in the south of Sweden (the north of Sweden still has winter).

Jason’s dad Colin is coming this week for a visit and hopefully the weather will allow some cycling 🙂

We hope you have a great week and you’ll be hearing from us at the weekend if not sooner 😉

/Sofi

 

Our Weekend, Week 8

We’ve been a little bit quiet this week, with no mid-week catch up. We had actually started another post but never got round to finishing it. It seems we had a lot to catch back up on after our week in Spain.

This week we made more corn pucks, a delicious ratatouille, a cheese ravioli, and we celebrated pancake day with pancakes, as well as the Lunar (Chinese) New Year with Korean pancakes.

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This weekend has been a very active weekend, although more socially and culinary than athletically. We had friends over for dinner on both Friday and Saturday, and Sofi’s parents came up to visit us during the day on Saturday.

The dinners had a strong Italian theme. On Friday, we made focaccia (with sage and red onion), melanzane alla parmigiana (baked aubergine with a tomato sauce and mozzarella and parmesan) as a starter, tagliatelle al pesto as the main, and we also made a simple layered quark dessert (we also made on New Year’s Eve).

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Unfortunately we forgot (as is often with us when we have guests over) to take photos of the finished food, however we will make the melanzane again next weekend and make a recipe then as well 😀

Our guests, Sam, Caroline, and Leo (their dog…although he didn’t eat our food), really enjoyed the food, and we thought it was nice to spend an evening with them. I (Jason) spend my days with Sam (we work together), but it was really nice to have more time to talk and to get to know Caroline better. Me and Sofi also got a few cuddles with Leo, which was nice 🙂

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On Saturday I woke up early to do a 1.5 hr session on the turbo trainer. It’s part of my new workout regime from TrainerRoad. I’m really enjoying the sessions, and the time seems to go by quickly trying to keep the power at the right level – it’s almost like a game!

Sofi’s parents came for lunch, and we made a nice salad and some cheese on toast. They haven’t been to our flat since we first moved in, so it was nice for them to see how much we’ve done to it to make it our home. We had a short stroll to Eriksberg afterwards, and had a fika in one of the nice cafés there. (It’s our current favourite.)

After Sofi’s parents left, we had an afternoon nap – perfect for recovery! And then started preparing for dinner. We made focaccia again, and prepared things for two types of ravioli.

Our guests, Malin and Evan, were wanting to try out making pasta, so we prepared the fillings in advance but left the pasta making until they came. When they came we made some mojitos and me and Evan watched the track cycling world championships while Sofi gave Malin a masterclass in ravioli making. (We were all happy with that arrangement.) One of the ravioli was a cheese ravioli with a tomato sauce, and the other was a black olive and sun-dried tomato ravioli with a pesto sauce. For dessert Sofi made puff-pastry rhubarb and crumble tarts – they were served with custard and were delicious!

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Today we had a relaxed morning and waited until the sun came out to go for a bike ride. Sofi’s leg was hurting a bit but she still wanted to ride. So we planned for me to do a longer loop and Sofi to leave a bit later to meet her on my way back and cycle the last part together. We timed it very well, and I did 40 km and met Sofi more-or-less where we expected to meet (she had done 17 km by then). We cycled the last 25 km together into the wind, but it was worth it with the sun shining and the blue skies! We then went to our favourite café for a quick fika before coming home and doing the weekly shop and reorganising our kitchen cupboards.

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Now it’s time to start making dinner.

Did you get up to anything fun or try something new this weekend?
/Jason and Sofi

Simple Cheese Ravioli

This is a very simple and quick way to make filled pasta, with few ingredients but it still tastes great.

We ate our cheese ravioli with a ratatouille we made earlier this week. We always try to make a big batch of some type of sauce that goes with pasta, rice, couscous or roasted potatoes. That way you can vary the things you eat with the sauce and even add other things to a dish as well. We usually have at least 3 types of vegetables as the base and then we add a few tins of tomatoes or whole tomatoes. So this time we made a ratatouille where we used fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, zucchini and aubergine. We added a tin of tomatoes and flavoured it further with some thyme. Continue reading

Crunchy Granola Bars

These crunchy granola bars are perfect as an afternoon snack before training or as something that will give you some energy (and carbohydrates) straight after training.

The bars can also be eaten as an afternoon snack when you need extra energy or in the morning to get you started. It is important to have a regular intake of energy to ensure that your blood sugar is constant. If you don’t, you might feel fatigued. The risk is then that you eat something unhealthy just to get that extra energy fast.
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Peanut Power Bars

These peanut power bars are perfect before, during, or after training. They are packed with carbohydrates and protein, as well as sodium and fats, so are ideal for an active lifestyle. You can add some protein powder (soy, whey, or whatever you prefer) in place of the seeds if you want more protein as well.

They are really delicious, and you can alter the flavours by changing a few of the ingredients. Another nice touch is to melt some chocolate and drizzle that on top, or dip one end of each bar in the melted chocolate and allow to set – sometimes you need that extra sugar kick! 😀 Continue reading

Our Weekend, Week 7

So, a long wonderful week in the sun has sadly come to an end.

We went out for a long ride on Friday. It was the perfect weather, about 25°C in the sunshine and not too much wind. We had planned to do a 100 km ride (and Jason’s ride). The feeling of getting out in the fresh air and to move your muscles was particularly great this day. We know that we had a 4 hour ride in front of us and we were stopping for lunch halfway, as well as having our raspberry and mint rice cakes along the way.

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Sofi enjoying her raspberry and mint rice cake 🙂

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Jason enjoying the last of the sunshine.

The first part of the ride was quite flat, but then we got to a long climb, about 7 km long. The rest of the way was downhill and then flat. We were not the only ones thinking the weather was great for cycling, when we stopped for lunch we saw a large group of female cyclists.

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Nice bendy roads up into the hills.

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Sofi testing her legs out of the saddle.

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Back on quiet flat roads along the canal back home.

In the evening we went enjoyed the sunset from the roof with a bottle of Cava before going out for dinner at an Italian restaurant. The perfect way to end our week.

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The sun disappearing behind the clouds before finally disappearing behind the horizon.

Yesterday, (Valentine’s day! ❤ ) we got up early to see the sunrise and were saddened by the fact that we were going home to the cold again 😦

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We then had to pack up our bikes and head to the airport. When we came home we were very tired and made a quick dinner before bed.

This morning we had a lie in and then we have spent the whole day unpacking our bikes, preparing what to make for dinners next week, doing our weekly shopping, and making bars, granola, and kimchi. We made two different types of bars, both of which will be on the blog tomorrow.

For dinner tonight we made Korean steamed buns with sticky tofu, kimchi mayonnaise, kimchi, and pickled cucumber and radish.

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We hope you have a good week,
/Sofi and Jason