Whole wheat waffles with banana, dairy free

The Summer vacation came upon us just as quickly and surprisingly as it ended. I unintentionally took a break from the blog during this time and have now recently been working on some posts to get back on track with the blog again.
During the last couple of months, I have been so lucky to have been nominated for several awards too and my conscience is pretty horrible on that end. But, I am working on posts to say my thanks and respond to them all and hope to be posting them soon. All work in progress!

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Gyoza

IMG_6355Recently I made an attempt at making the Japanese dumplings called Gyoza. I have to admit I did not have all the appropriate ingredients for the dish to make it fully Japanese, but they turned out delicious nonetheless.

Before you consider getting started, you need to find and buy gyoza wrappers. I found these in the freezer section in an Asian grocery store. The wrappers are extremely thin, but fairly easy to work with.

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Spring garden

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It has been an incredibly slow blog week. We are moving into the Summer holidays with lots to finish up at work before everyone heads of for their vacations, which is wonderful on it’s own, but has taken the focus off my food making and even more so the blog. However, the garden is progressing, albeit very very slowly this year as we are seeing record low temperatures for May and June. This is pushing back the expected harvest by quite a few weeks. This time last year, we were harvesting potatoes and strawberries and seeing a lot more progression in general in the garden. Quite a bit of the crop may not grow to full maturity with the weather we are seeing so far. Continue reading

Rhubarb compote

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Following what I mentioned in the Rhubarb cordial recipe, you can use the leftover cooked rhubarb to make a delicious compote! This ensures there is no waste when you have finished making the cordial mixture. When growing your own produce, you often get a more conscious approach to using all parts of the fruit and vegetables. The compote is simple, refreshing and a perfect little Summer dessert on the terrace, served with yoghurt, cream or quark. Continue reading

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Cordial_IMG_6274The Summer is really not arriving this year in Norway. We are seeing record low temperatures for May and June is not seeming to get much better. Temperatures are still in the low teens and the garden progression is slow at best.

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White chocolate mousse with berries

I love going into the local city center on a sunny Saturday morning when the shops are doing their very best to create life in the street. The lemon and pistachio cream is an idea gotten from Olivier’s & Co. They served fresh strawberries with the cream outside their shop a couple of weeks ago. Me, being a sucker for these little treats and offers, I of course had to buy the ingredients and use them for a dessert.

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Carrot cake with white chocolate

The other day we had a Summer party at the kids’ kindergarten and as part of it there was a cake sale that we contributed to. For this event, I made a version of a carrot cake that I have made several times in the past. The major change I did this time is the sheer size of the cake and the use of white chocolate and a little bit of lemon.

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This is a super moist and flavorful cake! The use of apples in the recipe adds a great deal of moisture and sweetness to the cake. The cake is easy to make, but takes a bit of time to make. It can easily be made the day before and then have the icing added before serving it. You can also freeze the cake if you don’t put icing on it. The carrot cake is a definite crowd pleaser and I received great feedback at the cake sale. Continue reading

Coconut panna cotta with oven baked rhubarb

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Finding new ways to update your recipes and using your garden vegetables is not always the easiest. But every now and then that little light bulb comes on. This was definitely one of those moments. I wanted to make a dessert for a dinner with friends, but I also wanted to “upgrade” it a little. So when I noticed we had a can of coconut milk, I decided to try the panna cotta recipe with coconut milk. Continue reading