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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Banana oats cookies

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Banana oats cookies_IMG_5494Baking with kids can be both fun and frustrating at the same time, but I have learnt to keep it as simple as possible when involving my two little monkeys. They are currently aged almost 2 and 4 and a bit years old. That proves a little bit of a challenge to allow them to attend at an equal level. The oldest is very good at helping, whereas the youngest believes he is very good at helping. 🙂 Recently, I found this recipe on Pamplemousse’s blog! It is easy, few ingredients and such a simple and good treat for the kids! If you go easy on the chocolate, they are more food than treats too. Continue reading

Easy tortilla pizza

Having two small boys, there is not always time for any fancy or time consuming dinners, and to be honest, they would much rather have a pizza or pasta and sausages than any fancy creations. Added then the dairy and egg allergy of the youngest, we have to look for suitable and fairly healthy alternatives that does not take hours to prep. One of these simple dishes that they love are pizza of course. But to change it up and to make it a quick meal, I use whole grain tortillas and just add the topping to them. Either store bought or homemade tortillas. If you use store bought, be aware of the content. A lot of the producers are getting better at using healthy oils, so stay away from the ones with palm oil and look at the fiber content and types of grain.

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Lovely Easter surprise!

During our Easter vacation, I received a wonderful message from Natascha that she had nominated the blog for a Lovely Blog award! It has taken a little bit of time to write the post linked to the nomination since we have been travelling, unpacking and just dealing with the household and the kids! But after a little bit of work, we are finally ready to thank you for the nomination and make our own post.

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As part of the award, I am supposed to share 7 things about myself too.

1. I dislike snow. Actually, I think that goes for both of us. But being Norwegian and not liking snow tends to get a few funny comments.

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2. I love coffee! But I don’t really drink it black, so I prefer to make a mocca on my own Isomac coffee machine. I used to have a red KitchenAid espresso machine and I love the design of it. But when we moved, the machine got upgraded. I still miss the look of the old one though, even if the new one makes better coffee and steamed milk.

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3. We love wine, especially Italian Amarone and French Rhone reds, but always open to new recommendations and tastings.

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4. I love cooking for friends and family, testing out new recipes and ingredients. They are my guinea pigs, whether they like it or not. 🙂

Macaron cookies with Nutella filling

Macaron cookies with Nutella filling

5. Ralph is the gardener and farm person, whereas Silje will happily pick and make food with the produce from the garden.

Jostaberry shoots

Jostaberry shoots

6. I love to involve the kids in the kitchen, even if it calls for added patience, safety measures and more mess than initially planned. It is great fun to see how they grow from being allowed to help with what mummy or daddy does.

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7. I have a major fascination for little deli shops, tea shops, coffee shops and farmer’s markets. Ralph is convinced I am their dream customer as I just “have to buy something” every single time! If they sell cheese, salami, spices, tea, wine or similar, I am sold before I walk through the front door. Just like the shop at Hopballe Mill that we visited over Easter. The bags were rather full after my visit there! 🙂

Selection of cheese in the shop

Selection of cheese in the shop

Shop overview

Shop overview

Blogs I recommend and nominate:

1. Spring Tomorrow, wonderful mix of food posts with great Asian inspiration.

2. Learn To Love Food, great inspiration for playful food.

3. Addicted to the sweet life, for their Melbourne inspiration. We both miss Melbourne a great deal! 🙂

4. Living on Annette, great food inspiration and good recipes.

5. Jane’s patisserie, because I can’t open the page without getting hungry for something sweet! 🙂

6. Cooking without limits, great recipes and gorgeous pictures.

7. The Culinary Jumble, good inspiration and vibrant page.

8. The Migrant Chef, Beautiful page with great inspirational recipes.

9. Food 4 your mood, Fun and inspirational blog.

10. Some good eats, a very different perspective than the majority of the blogs I follow, with focus on Asian cuisine. Great and extensive step by step recipes.

11. Sugar and sam, so much sweet yumminess!

12. Trines mat, Norway largest food blog and my definite go to blog for inspiration.

I have gotten somewhat stuck now, so I think I will stick to these. 🙂

Rules/instructions for the “One Lovely Blog Awards”:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you (mention your nominator in your own award post with a link back to their original award post, which would be this one).
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know.

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Fun with fruit

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Kids are easy to please and entertain with a little bit of effort with a good selection of fruits and a few little aids.
Adding some creativity to the dessert plates is always highly appreciated by my kids. With a few tools and some bit of inspiration, you can easily make some fun plates for the kids. My trick to get some inspiration is that I search for the figure or shapes with Google images. An image of the animal, figure, vehicle or similar that I would like to make is all that is needed to be able to cut some fruit and berries into the shapes needed. Continue reading

Easter egg hunt & twist bread recipe

What could be more fun for the kids to do during Easter than an Easter egg hunt? We’ve had a wonderful day with 11 kids running around searching for Easter eggs in the garden, eating candy, hot dogs, marshmallows and just having great fun. It takes a little effort to plan and execute, but if you share the tasks with your friends, you can easily arrange an Easter egg hunt without too much planning or preparation needed.

Delicious grilled marshmallows

Delicious grilled marshmallows

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Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate

Melting chocolate

Melting chocolate

Since we are getting closer to Easter, it only seems a good idea to write about chocolate. Chocolate can be delicious, yet tricky at the same time. Especially when you try to temper it, which is what I am going to write about today.

But, it is so tempting, both to grown ups and to little helping hands. If there is one thing the little monkey’s will never turn down, it’s definitely chocolate. Continue reading