It is always exciting to try out new and innovative food. Every year there is a large food festival in Stavanger, called Glad Mat (happy food), where the entire harbour area in town is filled with food stalls by producers, restaurants and other organizations within the food industry. The restaurants in the region often have special menus featured, there are concerts in town and just overall a great buzz in the entire city.
A bulgur salad is a nice and filling, yet healthy meal. You can use it next to any protein really and just adjust the content of the salad. Using grain like bulgur adds some filling carbohydrates without being very heavy.
I tend to make these kinds of dishes when we hold off on our dinner until the boys are in bed. It is nice to have something a little bit more flavorful and interesting without it being an overpowering meal quite late during the day. Continue reading
It’s Friday, the garden is blooming, the weather is getting warmer and nicer, the sun is shining, the days are getting longer, the kids are happy! So many things to be happy about and celebrate when Spring is upon us. 🙂 Unfortunately, with the nice weather and warmer periods, there is a little less action in the kitchen. So I apologize if you feel there has been less posts and recipes lately. I have a few things in mind and am working on some posts, but it is all too easy to get caught up in the garden and doing things outside. Which is a good thing too! Continue reading
So what’s with all the travel posts from Denmark you may think?
I have recently been to Denamrk a few times to check on our holiday house down there. We will likely be going to Legoland every single year in the foreseeable future. Or at least there is a risk of that happening, but we will see. With two boys aged 2 and 4 years old, and a Lego loving uncle (even if he is slightly older …. almost 30 🙂 ) there will be Lego overload for years to come, especially for mum.
This is not the most elegant looking dish, let me just start by saying that. When using red wine, it gets a much less delicate color than your normal risotto. But, it gives a different flavor profile and different depth to the risotto that the dryer white wine.
Sometimes you need some everyday luxury! And leading up to a long weekend and hopefully some great Spring weather, what could be more suited than a pot of mussels in a white wine broth? Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
3. We love wine, especially Italian Amarone and French Rhone reds, but always open to new recommendations and tastings.
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. 🙂
5. Ralph is the gardener and farm person, whereas Silje will happily pick and make food with the produce from the garden.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
*Map pictures are borrowed from: BP Blogspot Enchanted Learning
In Vejle, Denmark, we stumbled across a very cute little Italian cafe at the start of the main shopping street. It is situated right opposite a wonderful chocolate shop with delicious sweet treats, which deserves a separate post. At the Italian cafe, they had a small butchers counter with Italian hams and salami. And I could not resist getting some to take home. Ralph thinks I am crazy, but at least this time I stuck to a piece that was less than 1 kg. I once brought a salami back from London which was about 2,5 kg!
Visiting Denmark, there are so many of the typical tourist attractions you tend to visit. And don’t get me wrong, we have been past a few of them too! But there are so many small and less known places to see and visit too. During our trip, I looked for places that could be interesting to both adults and the kids. I then quite randomly stumbled across an ad for Hopballe Mølle and we decided to give it a try for breakfast. They serve breakfast on the weekends between 09.00 and 11.45, brunch between 12.15 and 15.00 and then coffee and cake from 14.30 to 17.00. Continue reading