Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Good morning! Today my plan is to take my bicycle to work.. I think it will take a while so I figured I better eat some healthy and nutrious grains for breakfast! I topped it with the classic apple sauce, and I thought I should add some cinnamon to go nice with the apple taste... But as you can see I put on a bit too much haha. Sometimes you gotta know when it's enough! :)

Now I'm off on my bike... Take care! /E

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The most important meal of the day

I love eating breakfast!! Today I made my porridge as usual, and to give myself a little treat I took some homemade cherry jam I got as a gift from dad. He cooked the jam himself using our own cherries that grow in our (my parents) garden. So yummy! It also felt better to eat than the sugary store-bought kind.

For the porridge I used oats, rye, barley, millet, buckwheat, psyllium & flax seeds.

 My dad is an excellent cook, and loves to fish. So he often cooks up fish he caught himself. (He makes the best smoked salmon ever!!) The thing is, I am the only one who always manages to get a small fish bone stuck in my palate or just finding one in my piece of fish.

Well, today when enjoying my breakfast, I found a cherry stone! Haha it was just so typical! I figured that was the cherry I should have helped to take the cherry stone out of.. That's what you get for not being home and helping out with making jam... I wouldn't be surprised at all if that was the only cherry that still had the stone. I had to call dad to tell him and he thought it was funny as well :)


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Breakfast: mixed grain porridge

I love to make porridge with different grains. I also love that it's so easy to make in the microwave. Today's breakfast:

I mixed oats, rye, millet, spelt, buckwheat, some psyllium and a touch of flax seeds :) So yummy!
To top it of, I cut up a pear and drizzled some cinnamon and a tiny amount of fairtrade brown sugar. I really liked it!

I love the look of the mixed grains, it looks so healthy and most of all delicious!

If you make morning porridge, what are your ingredients? Do you have time to cook it on the stove or do you use the microwave like me?

Late night snack/dinner

Yikes, I came home SO late.. And I'm not someone who feels for cooking at 3AM.. So my to go meal this night was some toast with apricot(!) jelly and cheese. Yum! Really easy to make but it's still something warm.

I also made some hot chocolate.. And got the bright idea I'd wisk it with the milk frother. Then when it looked like the chocolate might whip up out of the glass I freaked out and instead of just turning it off I pulled it out. Now that's gotta be one of the fastest ways you could ever get your kitchen and yourself covered in chocolate drops haha! This explains the chocolate stains in the picture... Better luck next time!

What do you spread on your toast?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ikea Haul

Okay so here are the cooking/baking related goods I got at Ikea. I have never shopped this much at ikea, haha! Well, I got some good-to-have things for the apartment which I won't list here because my receit was very long, I promise.. ;)
Okay so here's a picture!

... And here is a list of what you see :)
  • Cake sheets (to have under the cake, yay)
  • Rolling pin
  • Flexible cutting boards
  • Muffin cups
  • Milk frother
  • Metal tins (I think I might use them as cookie jars!)
  • Glass baking/cooking dish
  • Kettle grill (never thought about what it was called before haha!)
  • Measuring pitcher
  • The weird white wavy thing is for storing spices. You're supposed to put it in a drawer and store the spices there. I don't have much room to store my spices so this way I can fit more into my little kitchen :)
  • And I almost forgot.. I got a nice pair of purple kettle holders so I won't burn my hands when taking cookies out of the oven!
Okay, that's just a few things I got.. Haha good thing I just got paid ;)

Time for bed.. Tomorrow is work day and I'll be working until 1AM on Sunday! That totally sucks... At least it's extra pay to work on a weekend!

Good night! /E

Lunch: Pasta and tomato sauce

mushrooms and frozen spinach
Inspiration was completely lacking... But then when I opened the pantry the premade tomato sauce and some pasta jumped right at me! Then it felt easier..

Radiatori & full grain fusilli pasta

I started with cooking the pasta since the sauce only needed to be heated up. In the freezer I found some frozen spinach (note to self: thaw it in the microwave or something before putting it in the sauce next time!) i tossed in there as well.

 Then I took some mushrooms and a small bag of corn that I had forgot about (taco leftovers!). After making four lunchboxes I didn't have very much pasta left, so next time I'm making more! The sauce was enough though so I'm glad anyway. To make it a bit extra "festive" I had some mango juice too drink. It's the first time I've had it (It's been sitting in my fridge all summer...) and it taste really good. So, here's a picture of the finished meal:
Bon appetit!

Time to do the dishes..! Take care and please share if you have any nice recipes! :)

Grocery haul

I love going to the store. Especially if I have a lot of time on my hands so I really can walk up and down every isle, look at ingredients, compare prices, and remember if there is something I lack in my apartment.
Yesterday I bought some spices I didn't have; Cayenne pepper, Cardamom, Rosemary (want to bake crisp bread with rosemary!), Oregano, Parsley and then a small pepper mill. What could be better than freshly ground spices?

I also got some chocolate chips and peanut butter, which I intend to use for baking. I've never been very fond of just eating peanut butter, but I know preferences can change. I also got a Cherry Coke zero.. I try not to drink sodas, but I've never seen this one before, and with zero calories.. ;)

Last but not least.. I got two large grapefruits! It was 2 for $1.50 so I figured I might as well.. And now I don't really have a clue why I got them. I've never eaten fresh grapefruit before, and I'm not very fond of grapefruit juice haha... Hopefully I'll come up with anything, please tell me if you have any good ideas!

Time to make lunch... /E

Now are these red grapefruits big or what?! I've never seen them so big haha, they look smaller in the picture.

Too tired..

I was going to write a blog post about what I got at the grocery store today.. But it took so much time to make the animation for the "tuna taco" blog so that will have to wait until tomorrow... But I will give a hint.. I got some chocolate chips.
Picture from here. I love cookies!!!!!
Sweet dreams!(hopefully about chocolate!) /E

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lunch of the day

Yesterday I invited my parents to taco night! Tacos are really easy to make, just fry the ground meat, cut up the veggies you like and heat up the tortillas a bit :) And as usual it gives a lot of leftovers, which is why I'm having taco lunch today. Yummy!

First post!

Hi y'all! Welcome to my blog, and thanks for reading :) I've caught a cold so no work for me today... So what could be better than starting a blog?
I figured I should come up with a list of things I want to learn, so when I find myself all lost in the kitchen (as usual) I can just take a look at this list and do something.
Things I've never done in the kitchen:
  • baked cupcakes
  • make my own jam
  • bake cookies I haven't tried before
Uhm... that's about as much I could come up with! (sad really...)
OK, to be honest, I have cooked before, but baking is really where I'm totally lost! Last time I baked something it was with the help of a cake mix, the "just add water" kind... So baking is really what I want to learn!
Please tell me if you have any good ideas, or if you have a yummy recipe I should try!
The cake is my cousin's wedding cake. They chose to have several smaller cakes instead of one big. It was with chocolate mousse and it was SO good!! I think I could've eaten one on my own if I hadn't had dinner first ;)
Time to go to the kitchen...
Ahoy! /E