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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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

Summer potato salad

Even if the calendar says June and it is supposed to be Summer, the weather seems to think it is October! The wind is howling outside and it is raining horizontally. But the weather forecast seems to be showing some improvement for the weekend. Fingers crossed that we will finally see some Summer weather and be able to bring out the shorts and t-shirts. It just feels weird sending your kids to kindergarten in June with woolen longs on. But with the cold wind and temperatures still in the single digits, there is just nothing to do about that. At least they don’t look at the calendar when we dress them in the morning still.

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Pavlova

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Pavlova seems to have become the new national celebratory cake in this country too. Before the Constitution Day, the newspapers and food magazines were filled with recipe suggestions for how to make a good pavlova. I initially got to know this wonderful cake through my other half, who is Australian, where this cake origins from, or it may be New Zealand, but the main point is that it was pretty unknown in Norway until a few years ago. Continue reading

Celebratory fruit skewers

It has been a long and exhausting but fun day filled with way too much food. That is always the case when celebrating anything in Norway really and today we celebrated the Norwegian Constitution Day. The main cake of the day was featured in my previous post and that was a rich and flavorful cake that got the reaction you always want to get when putting time and effort into a good bake.

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Tropical smoothie

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Smoothie is a great snack to tie the kids over before dinner when they have had a long day in kindergarten and school, or as a healthy dessert after dinner. I find it a great dessert if they have not eaten too much of their dinner and I think they need a little bit more nutrition than what they have had during their meal. However, it is not always the easiest to think of new ingredients to test out new recipes, especially not when the kids are the judges. They tend to ask for what they know and like. But, during one of the last shops, Ralph discovered a frozen smoothie mix in the freezer section at the supermarket. This mix contains pineapple, mango and banana, so all that was needed to add was some liquid. Continue reading