Pea Risotto


(Norsk oppskrift, klikk her: Risotto med Erter)

Here you have a very simple, but oh so yummy Risotto. Perfect with chicken, or as a vegetarian dish. Mind you, you must hover over it and stir the whole time. You can’t put it on and watch Netflix for half an hour!

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Pea Risotto

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Superyummy Risotto that can be served with most anything - or as a stand alone vegetarian dish.


Credit: BBC goodfood

Ingredients

50g butter

1 onion, finely chopped

300g frozen or cooked fresh peas

1.7l hot vegetable or chicken stock

350g risotto rice

200ml white wine

50g Parmesan, or vegetarian alternative, grated

extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle (optional)

Directions

Melt the butter in a large pan, add the onion and gently sweat for about 10 mins until soft. Meanwhile, put 100g peas into a food processor with a ladleful of stock and whizz until completely puréed.

Stir the rice into the onion, increase heat to medium and sizzle the rice for 1 min. Pour in the wine, then bubble and stir until completely absorbed. Continue cooking like this, adding a ladleful of stock at a time, and stirring continuously until the rice is tender and has a good creamy consistency – this will take 20-30 mins.

Stir in the puréed peas, remaining peas, Parmesan and season to taste. Then turn off the heat and leave to stand for a few mins. Give the risotto a final stir, serve in individual shallow bowls as is, or with some fried chicken. Drizzle with olive oil, if you like and perhaps some freshly grated parmesan.


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Chrysanthemum Breadcake


(For norsk oppskrift, klikk her: Krysantemum Brødkake)

Are you having friends over for game night? Are the kids having friends over to play videogames? Or perhaps you are hosting the book club? Whatever the reason, visitors or not, this stuffed breadcake is bound to receive lots of praise. Not just for it’s cool appearance, but it also tastes great!

Mind you – it’s not as hard as it seems. But it is a bit fiddly. You can fill it with whatever you like, I used minced meat, onions, tomato paste and herbs and spices. Be aware that the filling must not be too wet – then you’ll just make a mess.

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Chrysanthemum Breadcake

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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A real headturner of a partydish.


Suggestions for filling: Ricotta and spinach, Pesto and Parmesan, Tapenade, Ham and Cheese, Pulled Pork, leftover chicken or turkey. Sky’s the limit! How about making a sweeter dough and sweet filling? Again, just mind the moisture. If you go for a sweet filling, omit brushing with butter as it comes out of the oven. Use icing or similar when the breadcake has cooled down instead.

Ingredients

  • 125 ml milk
  • 125 ml kefir / cultured buttermilk
  • 1 satchel dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 500 g flour
  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (or other herbs) – optional
  • 1 egg yolk for brushing
  • 1 tablespoon of milk for brushing
  • 30 g of butter for brushing

Directions

Warm the milk to lukewarm and add it and all the other ingredients (except those that are marked with “for brushing”) in a baking bowl and combine to a dough. Knead good and well, 5-10 minutes.  Cover and set to proofing until doubled in size, approx. 40 minutes.

Roll out the dough on a surface dusted with flour until 3-4 mm thick, and cut circles with a glass or round cutter (my glass is 9.5 cm in diameter). Place the dough discs under plastic to keep them from drying out while you cut out the rest. Line the base of a pie dish or spring form pan with parchment paper, and grease both the parchment paper and the sides of the pan.

Spread approx. a teaspoon of your chosen filling on the dough discs, fold them over into halves, and then again into quarts. Stand them up along the sides of the pan, continue all the way round. Don’t put them very tight together, but allow some space for the dough to rise during the second proving.

For the middle of the pan, I make a rose: Place tree dough discs side by side with a little overlap. Spread your filling across all three. Then fold in half lengthwise and roll from one end. Stand your rose up and place in the middle of your pan.

Proceed to fill the pan with more dough discs folded over to quarts. Depending on the size of your pan, you should get two or three rounds in addition to the rose in the middle. Cover and set to prove for approx. 30 mins.

I had dough discs and filling to spare, so I made a bigger rose and placed in a small spring form pan.

Quickly whisk an egg yolk and a tablespoon milk with a fork and brush the breadcake. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius, middle rack approx. 25 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 175 and bake for additional 15 minutes.

Brush the freshly baked cake with melted butter, lay over a towel and allow it to rest for 15 minutes in the pan. Make sure to check that the breadcake isn’t sticking to the top if the sides before you take it out of the pan. And now it’s time to serve. Enjoy!


 

Soft and yummy Swedish Polar Bread


For norsk oppskrift, klikk her: De beste Polarbrødene baker du selv)

The Swedes have this really yummy round, soft flatbread called Polar bread or Tunnbrød. These breads are super easy to make. In the recipe blow I use oatmeal that I turn into flour in a blender. Now, you buy the oatmeal flour in the store, but it is cheaper to do it yourself.

Baking Polar Bread is a fun activity for kids. They can poke with chop sticks and use cutters to cut out gingerbread shapes. These will be popular in their lunch boxes!

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Soft and Yummy Swedish Polar Bread

  • Servings: 20-35
  • Difficulty: easy
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These might well become your kids lunch box favorites

Ingredients


1 egg
250 ml lukewarm water
250 ml lukewarm milk
1 satchel dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
100 ml sunflower oil
150 gram oatmeal, ground to flour in blender
800 grams flour

Directions

Combine all ingredients and knead the dough for approx. 10 minutes. When the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and shiny, set it to rise under some cling film until doubled in size (approx. 30-40 minutes)

Roll out the dough on a surface dusted with flour until 1 cm thick, and cut circles with a glass, or any shape you prefer. Poke the breads with a chopstick or a fork. Place the breads on a baking tin lined with parchment paper. Raise again for approx. 30 minutes.

Bake in preheated oven, middle rack, at 200 degrees Celsius, until golden (approx. 12-15 minutes). Cool on a rack, but cover with a tea towel so they remain soft. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Or put in freezer for later use.


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.

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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: Deilige pølsebrød  )

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.

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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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Spicy

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?

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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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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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Danish Dream Cake


(Norsk oppskrift: Dansk Drømmekake)

Finally Friday! Finally done with this weeks get-into-shape-program. Do you understand the full extent to being done with this week’s workouts? It means CAKE! Yup! Cake! Doesn’t cake undermine the workout, you ask? Honey, cake is the reason I work out. No cake, no workout.

Today I share with you a Danish recipe. Despite the total lack of licorice in this recipe (Danes have no filter as of what to put licorice in, see here), this seems to be a favorite cake in Denmark. And it is good, and it is easy. Therefore, a perfect cake to bake this weekend, the Dream Cake (Drømmekage).

Danish Dreamcake

Danish Dream Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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A cake deserving of it's name.


Ingredients

Sponge:

  • 250 grams (9 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 250 grams (9 oz.) sugar
  • 50 grams (2 oz.) butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 ml (4/5 cup) milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping:

  • 125 grams (4.5 oz.) butter
  • 50 ml (1/5 cup) milk
  • 200 grams (7 oz.) muscovado sugar
  • 100 grams (3.5 oz.) coconut flakes (desiccated coconut)

Directions

Whisk eggs and sugar until light and fluffy

Melt the butter and combine the warm, melted butter with the milk. Then add the butter and milk mix to the eggs and sugar.

Add flour, baking powder and vanilla, and mix well into a smooth batter.

Butter and dust with flour your baking tin – or line it with greaseproof paper – and pour the batter in.

Bake at 200 C (400 F) for 25 minutes, place the tin low in the oven.

Make the topping the last ten minutes while the cake cooks in the oven: Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the milk and muscovado sugar and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about a minute.

Add the coconut flakes and mix well. When the cake has been baking for 25 mins, take it out of the oven, pour on the topping, use a knife to spread the topping evenly on top of the cake.

Bake the cake for 10 minutes more.

Let the cake cool and then cut into pieces and enjoy. (I know I will!)