West African Peanut Soup


(For norsk oppskrift, klikk her: Vest-Afrikansk Peanøtt Suppe)

I have been looking forward to sharing this recipe with you, as I know you’ll be just as nuts about it as I am. Pun very much so intended! Per the info I have found, this soup, or stew, originates from West Africa. There are countless regional variations, but common to all of them is that it is a tomato based soup with peanuts and some form of starch. In my recipe, I use sweet potato.

The soup can easily be made both vegetarian and vegan, and if you are expecting a mixed group to your dinner table, just serve the protein on the side.

It’s a hearty, filling dish, Perfect for stormy autumn-evenings.

PEANØTT SUPPE

West African Peanut Soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A hearty, filling soup recipa perfect for those stormy autumn nights.

Ingredients

  • 2 red onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 red chili
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 5-6 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 500 ml chicken broth
  • 200 grams spinach
  • Juice of 1 lime or ½ lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Roasted peanuts for topping
  • A bunch of coriander topping
  • 3-400 grams of fried, shredded chicken breast, for topping
  • Boiled rice for serving.

Directions

Finely chop the onion, chili and garlic and grate the ginger. Sauté in some oil in a large pot for approx. 5 minutes or until the onion has become soft and shiny. Stir in cinnamon, paprika and peanut butter.

Peel and cube the sweet potato and add to the pot together with tomato paste. Occasionally stir for approx. 5 minutes.

Add canned tomatoes, coconut milk and broth, give the soup a boil. Let simmer under cover for 20-25 minutes until sweet potato is cooked.

While the soup is cooking, put the rice on, roast the peanuts in a dry pan and fry up the chicken.

If you want a thicker soup, wiz some of it up in a blender. Season with lemon, salt and pepper. Take the saucepan of the heat, add the spinach and stir.

Serve with rice, roasted peanuts, chopped coriander and fried chicken. 


Hotdog Buns


(For norsk oppskrift, se her: Pølse- og Hamburgerbrød  )

Homemade hotdog buns always beats the store bought buns. Here you have a good recipe for both your hotdog buns and your hamburger buns. It is supereasy, and after you have tried these, I am convinced you will no longer buy them in the store. Of course, you can double the recipe if you want to freeze some for later.

hotdog buns

 

The Best Hotdog or Hamburger Buns

  • Servings: 12-15
  • Difficulty: easy
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Once you go homemade, you can't go back.

Ingredients

  • 3 deciliter milk, luke warm
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 450 gram plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, for brushing
  • Sesame seeds (optional)


Tip: For extra flavor, add a teaspoon of dried herbs, like oregano, in the dough.

Directions

Put the luke warm milk, honey, olive oil, yeast, flour and salt in a baking bowl and combine thoroughly. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

Divide dough into 12 pieces (15 if you are doing hotdog buns), shape into balls and push them flat. Cover and let rest and rise for 15-20 minutes.

Brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven at 225 degrees C for 10-15 minutes, until golden and beautiful.


Delicious fish soup with orange and chili


(Norsk oppskrift finner du HER)

If you are looking for a tasty fish soup with bold flavors and a little heat, then look no further!

Delicious Fish Soup

Delicious Fish Soup with Orange and Chili

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh Fish Soup wih Bold Flavors, perfect for a late summer dinner.

Ingredients

  • 400 g fish, (cod or salmon for instance), diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek
  • 1 box of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 box passata tomatoes
  • 5 dl lobster broth
  • 2 dl cream
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • Juice of an orange
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste

Garnish:

  • zest of an orange
  • 150-200 g boiled and pealed prawns
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (dill, thyme, basil for instance)

Directions

  • Sprinkle ½ teaspoon salt on the diced fish.
  • Peel and chop the garlic, fry in oil in large saucepan for approx. 2 mins, or until soft.
  • Add sambal oelek, tomatoes and broth. Simmer for 5 mins. Mix the cream, corn starch and orange juice separately and then pour into the soup. Simmer for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Put the fish in the soup and take the saucepan off the heat and put on the lid. Leave to stand for 3-5 minutes or until the fish is cooked. Season with sugar and salt.
  • Mix the orange peel with shrimp and herbs. Garnish the soup with the shrimp mixture (and creme fraiche, if you like).
  • Serve with good bread, and enjoy!



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Grillrelish


GrillrelishNå tenker jeg grillsesongen har startet stort sett over det ganske land, og i den anledning vil jeg gjerne slå et slag for et tilbehør til pølsa (eller hamburgeren) som jeg synes er et absolutt must:

GRILLRELISH

(Og dersom du har lyst på skikkelig gode pølse- eller hamburgerbrød, lager du dem selv: Deilige pølsebrød )

 

Grillrelish

  • Difficulty: easy
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Kjempegodt tilbehør til grillpølsa.


Ingredients

  • 4 store, hele sylteagurker
  • ½ rød paprika
  • ½ gul paprika
  • 1 liten rødløk
  • 4 ss eplesidereddik
  • Saft og revet skall av 1 sitron
  • 1 ss sukker
  • 1 ts kvernet svart pepper
  • 1 ss finhakket dill
  • Havsalt

Directions

Rens og finhakk løk, paprika og sylteagurk

Bland alle ingrediensene bortsett fra salt, i en liten kjele

Gi det et oppkok, reduser varmen og la det småkoke i 10 minutter.

Avkjøl og smak til med salt

Og så – ha det på pølsa eller burger’n og NYT!



Se gjerne også mine andre sommer-favoritter:

Buffalo Kylling Burger

Verdens beste potetsalat

Tzatziki og Greske brød

Rabarbra Marengs Pai (og en liten Margarita)

Gazpacho – perfekt sommermat

Arroz/Paella (no)

Lun laks-, mango- og nudelsalat

Greek Stifado


(Norsk oppskrift: Stifado, gresk gryterett)

Stifado is a flavorful Greek dish that is perfect for winter. There are lots of flavor in this lush stew, and it feels extra warming due to the exotic spices. Did I mention that it tastes great?

Greek Stifado

Tasty Greek Beef Stifado

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Traditional and Flavorful Greek Stew, Perfect for Family Dinners.

Ingredients

  • 800 grams stewing beef
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 2 chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons oil for frying
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 200 ml red wine
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 whole cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Directions

Cut meat into cubes (2×2 cm). Brown the meat in two rounds with garlic and onion in a pan with oil.

Add the tomato puree into the pan and cook for a few minutes. Add the red wine, canned tomatoes and whole spices. Simmer under a lid for 1-1 ½ hours, or until meat is tender. Season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar.

Serve with pasta, salad, tzatziki, roasted potato and / or good bread.


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Stifado, gresk gryterett


(English recipe: Greek Stifado)

Stifado er en krydret Gresk rett som er perfekt for den norske vinteren. Du kan bruke det kjøttet du har for hånden, men jeg har brukt storfekjøtt. Den er også fin med viltkjøtt. Det er mye smak i denne gryteretten, og den føles ekstra varmende pga de eksotiske smakene. Sa jeg at den er knallgod?

Gresk Stifado

Stifado, Gresk Gryterett

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tradisjonell Gresk Gryterett med spennende smaker.


Ingredients

  • 800 g rundstek eller bankekjøtt av storfe
  • 2 båter finhakket hvitløk
  • 2 stk grovhakket løk
  • 2 ss olje til steking
  • 4 ss tomatpuré
  • 2 dl rødvin
  • 1 boks hermetiske tomater
  • 3 stk laurbærblad
  • 1 stk hel kanel
  • 4 stk hel nellik
  • 12 ts salt
  • 14 ts grovmalt pepper
  • 1 ts sukker

Directions

Skjær kjøtt i terninger (2×2 cm). Brun kjøttet i to omganger sammen med hvitløk og løk i en gryte med olje.

Tilsett tomatpuré i gryten og stek i et par minutter. Ha i rødvin, hermetisk tomat og hele krydder. La det trekke under lokk i 1 – 1 ½ time, eller til kjøttet er mørt. Smak til, og juster med salt, pepper og sukker.

Server med pasta, salat, tzatziki, stekte potetbåter og/eller godt brød.


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Eranthis hyemalis


This yellow little flower makes me happy. If I had a favourite color, yellow might be it.

Eranthis hyemalis

I am joining the #WeeklySmile bunch, as I wholeheartedly agree with the host, Trent, that we need some positive posts in between all the serious stuff in the news and on the web. Give someone a smile today, and see what happens!

Care to join us at the #WeeklySmile ? Then go to Trent’s World  and join the LINK UP!

Older entries in the #WeeklySmile:

I haven’t killed anyone!

Turkey smiles

Halloween-smiles

Spanish Smiles

Bliss

Against the Odds
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#LastNightInSweden


Welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare. Yes, I have been absent from both the coffee share and the blogosphere due to this pesky lil thing called Real Life, but thought it would be best to reappear online to let my online friends know that I am alive and well.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that the decision to reappear online is due to an incident that happened in real life, I am sure the news about the terrible, terrible terrorist incident that happened #LastNightInSweden has reached you. I mean, it was huge, believe me. Sweden! Who would believe this! Sweden!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I live so close to Sweden. So close. I can spit over to Sweden. I’m the only one that lives this close to Sweden. I know Swedes, I know more Swedes than anyone in the world.

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Yes, it was terrible, it was a new Bowling Green Massacre. Only in Sweden. It was huge. It is a mess. Who would believe this! And the fake media is not reporting this!

What really happened was that the Swedish population all had healthcare and great education, paid vacation and maternity leave, democracy and freedom. There was no incident linked to terrorism in Sweden, just like there was no Bowling Green Massacre. And I am sorry to tell my American friends this, but your president is a liar, a narcissistic proto-fascist, and to top it all off: dumb as a brick.

#JeSuisSweden #NeverRemember #SwedenIncident #BowlingGreenMasscre #IdiotInChief

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Care to join us at the #WeekendCoffeeShare ? It has moved and is now hosted by the lovely Nerd in the brain, so come on over and join the link up !

Want to see my previous contributions to the #WeekendCoffeeShare? They are funny, I promise, here are my last five:

What it means…

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Haunt much?

Most of the time

… So Tired!

read my blog

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Hungarian Goulash soup


(Norsk oppskrift: Gulasjsuppe )

A lot of Danes start their winter vacation this weekend, and some of them go to Norway to ski and enjoy the snow, as do the Swedes and the Norwegians. Whether you are going to a cabin in the mountains or staying at home, you are going to love this recipe I am sharing today; a big pot of delicious beef and paprika-soup – the Hungarian Goulash soup! This soup is the perfect winter food: so warming, so tasty, so filling, so satisfying!

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Hungarian Goulash Soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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This soup is the perfect winter food: so warming, so tasty, so filling, so satisfying!

Ingredients

  • About. 600 grams beef shin
  • 100 grams of bacon
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter or oil for frying
  • 3 onions
  • 10 smallish potatoes
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (or 2 tablespoons regular paprika if you don’t have the smoked)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3-4 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1.3 liters beef stock (or water and stock cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Tip: The recipe sais beef, but if you have venison lying about, go ahead and use it! If you use very lean meat – then increase the amount of bacon in the soup.

Directions

Cut the beef into cubes of 3×3 cm and cut bacon into small pieces.

Cook the meat in butter or oil over medium to high temperature in portions so that it gets a golden brownish color. (Don’t add all the meat to the pan at once, the temperature will drop and the meat will not brown.) Place the meat after every round into another pot or casserole dish. When you finish frying the meat, do not forget to “cook out the pan” with some water to gather up all the flavor at the bottom of the pan. Just pour this liquid over the meat.

Heat a large saucepan to medium temperature. Cut the peppers into strips and chop the onion. Sauté the onions in butter / oil. Add the paprika and sauté for five minutes.

Add the bell peppers, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt, caraway and the cayenne pepper if you choose to use it. Then add the browned meat and pour over beef stock until it is all covered by liquid. Bring to the boil and let it simmer with the lid on for about 1 hour.

Peel the potatoes, but keep them whole, and add to the pot, put the lid back on and let it simmer for another 45 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through and the meat is tender.

Serve the soup piping hot with good bread and just enjoy! If this soup doesn’t warm your wintery cold body, then nothing will.


This soup is so good that the only criticism will be of the positive kind 🙂

Tasty Fish and Apple Casserole


(Norsk oppskrift: Fiskeform med eple og karri)

With those three key ingredients; fish, apple and curry powder – you just know this is gonna be good!

Tasty Fish & Apple

Tasty Fish and Apple Casserole

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A lush Casserole filled with Awesome Flavors

Ingredients

  • 400 grams fillet of cod or other white fish
  • Butter
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 large sour apples
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 300 ml milk
  • 200 ml Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 100 grams grated cheddar cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

Directions

Cut fish into large cubes.

Roughly chop the onion. Remove cores from apples and cut into thin wedges (leave the peel on)

Sauté onion and apple quickly in a little butter, and sprinkle with curry powder.

Evenly distribute fish, onions and apples in a wide ovenproof dish.

Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour. Add milk and yoghurt until you have a thick sauce. Stir while you bring it to a boil and let it simmer for a couple minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and pour the sauce over the fish, onions and apples. Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven at 200 degrees C for 40 minutes.

Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with potatoes, pasta, vegetables or salad.


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