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Wishlist 2017

Mother's Day and my Birthday are around the corner. I thought I would create a new wishlist just for fun. These are the things on my mind at the moment for the next shopping opportunity, together with a trip to visit family members old friends from my home country.

Salon and favorite store gift cards are always the best idea when it comes to giving gifts without knowing what the person might wish for exactly. Or Perhaps a piece of jewelry from the swedish designer  Lillyandrose :-) 

Enjoy the inspiration..


Mother's Day Gift Ideas





Lingerie sleepwear
1 750 SEK - journelle.com

Birkenstock shoes
830 SEK - shoes.com

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics blush
420 SEK - neimanmarcus.com

Estée Lauder anti aging skin care
525 SEK - bloomingdales.com


A beauty salon treat 

My Mom Needs Caffeine Cup for Kids
87 SEK - enjoyessential.com

IKEA Tejn
87 SEK - ikea.com


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Inspired by Swedish Cuisine: Turnip Pytt I Panna

As I try to shift my cooking slowing to more a healthy eating habit by making low carb , gluten free and less meat dishes. I came up with this recipe inspired by the Swedish Pytt I Panna recipe which I heard it has roots from Finland. 

I previously roasted the turnips dices with diced bacon pieces in olive oil and some salt and black pepper. Then I fried the egg separately to be placed on top of the turnip and bacon. Aside I added some pickled beetroots like the traditional recipe.  

I felt this was much light comparing to the rest of the ingredients in the original recipe. Using Turnips as a healthy alternative to potatoes is really good. At the end of this post you will find the original Pytt I Panna recipe from Honest Cooking. This makes a nice quick lunch ;-) 


Ingredients for two servings:  

2 Big Turnips
handful of bacon diced 
salt and pepper to taste 
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 eggs 
pickled beetroot 

Method 

Mix the turnip and bacon diced together with oil, salt and pepper and roast them in the oven for about 30 minutes, until the turnips get soft. 
When done fry the egg on a frying pan using either oil or butter as you prefer. 

Place the turnip on the serving dishes, top with an egg and couple of beetroot pieces on the side. 

Garnish with your favorite herbs. 

* You can keep the egg softer when frying it, it will make the mixture juicy.  




Ingredients

6 Diced potatoes
2 Diced onions
2 Diced carrots
2 Diced parsnips
2 Tablespoons of organic butter
1½ Ib good beef
4 Free range eggs
⅓ Cup chicken stock
Pickled beetroots
Strong mustard
Salt
Pepper

Instructions

Cut the beef into dices of about ½ inch squared.
Gently fry the onions in a little butter until golden. Set aside.
Fry the diced potatoes carrots and parsnips in butter for 8-10 minutes over medium heat. Add the chicken stock. When the stock has boiled in/evaporated completely, turn the heat up for 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are golden and crispy on the outside.
In a separate - very hot skillet - fry the beef quickly until browned but not well-done.
Add the vegetables and onion to the beef (for an extra decadent version, also add ¼ cup of cream) and cook together for about a minute. Season with salt and a good amount of freshly ground black pepper.
Serve with fried eggs, beetroot and some good mustard. Garnish with chopped chives.

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5 Cocktail Treat Recipes For Mother's Day

Hello buddies! Mother's day is celebrated in some countries like Sweden on the last Sunday of May or sometimes first Sunday of June if the last Sunday of May is Pentecost. Such as ; Algeria, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, France (First Sunday of June if Pentecost occurs on this day), French Antilles (First Sunday of June if Pentecost occurs on this day),  Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Haiti, Mauritius, Senegal, Sweden, Tunisia.

We will be celebrating it this year on 28 May. Unfortunately my hubby will be away working so as usual in these case we either celebrate earlier or later within the week. Last year since Julia was only about 3 months old and I was still trying to get used to my new mom routine we did not give it much of a thought. I did not get breakfast in bed because I was the one waking up very early or perhaps not sleeping at all. But anyways, I appreciated the cake and a massage gift card I got from my sweetheart.   

Here I am sharing with you these lovely cocktail recipes to treat the Mothers in your life. I previously tried the rhubarb cocktail during our engagement anniversary. The rest are on the list for upcoming spring / summer events. Enjoy! 
    










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Chicken And Green Curry With Coconut Milk

I love Thai food. We often eat it when out dining or as a home delivery meal when none of us feel like cooking. Couple of years ago I tried making Asian food for the first time at home. So I tried chicken curry and tikka masala, and the results were great. But it's been awhile since I cooked something different until this month. I went grocery shopping and got everything needed to make a perfect chicken green curry with coconut milk just like the one from restaurants. 

I don't quite like the look of the chicken in some of the asian dishes as it stays white. I like to have a bit of color in it so this recipe was perfect for me because it requires adding soya sauce. I skipped using fish oil because I thought the combination between both soya and fish oil would be a bit intense.

Note* The soy sauce will change the color of the green curry to a light brown. It also affects the flavor a little. You can totally skip the soy sauce if you don't mind your chicken color being white. Enjoy!




Ingredients

1 h 4 servings 472 cals

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes 
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce 
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 
2 tablespoons cooking oil 
2 tablespoons green curry paste 
2 green onions with tops, chopped 
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
 2 cups coconut milk 
1 tablespoon fish sauce 
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce 
2 tablespoons white sugar 
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, for garnish 

Directions

Prep 20 m Cook 40 m Ready In 1 h

Toss chicken first in 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce, then in the flour, coating pieces evenly. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Place chicken in the skillet, cook and stir chicken until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken.
Reduce heat to medium and stir in curry paste. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant, then stir in green onions, garlic, and ginger; cook an additional 2 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet, stirring to coat with the curry mixture. Stir the coconut milk, fish sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and sugar into the chicken-curry mixture. Allow to simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes until the chicken is tender. Serve garnished with cilantro leaves.


North African Fish And Chips Sauce

This is one of the lunch meals that are very popular in North Africa during summer season. I grew up eating this with other different small tapas plate of fried eggplants, zucchini, tomato, onion and cucumber salad etc.. the main thing in this meal is the sauce. because the rest of the other tapas plates are just regularly fried in corn oil. The sauce gives even more delicious taste to the fish because of the cumin spice, coriander, garlic and chilli peppers.   

For those who dislike spicy food you can reduce the amount of black pepper, choose a mild red pepper spice and skip the chili peppers if they were spicy. Sometimes I find chilli peppers that aren't spicy at all. 

We usually make the sauce first, then we fry the fish and the chips at the end so it stays crispy. We use the tomato sauce as a dip in this meal, so having pitta bread for dipping insures that the whole family going to be full. 

You can also add more fried vegetables besides the chips like; cauliflower, egg plants, zucchini .. after dipping them in a batter of egg and flour so that they don't stick and take in a lot of oil. 

I hope you like this inspiration. Enjoy! 



Ingredients 

1 tbsp of corn or olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
250 g tomato sauce can
1 tbsp red pepper
1 tsp black pepper
100 warm water
1 Garlic clove minced
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp salt

Coriander and lemon for garnish


Optional 
2 green chilli peppers

Method 

Heat the oil in the cooking pot, then stir in the garlic. And fry until golden.

Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, add the cumin, red pepper and two green peppers and salt. Add the water if the sauce was very thick and leave to simmer.

Leave the sauce to cook until it ripens for about 10 minutes.

Serve in a bowl, and garnish with chopped coriander and drops of lemon. Together with pitta bread, fried fish and fries.


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Spring And Summer Bedroom Styling

Hello lovelies! I am finally done with all spring cleaning tasks except one thing..... the windows :-/. I had fever last week and the weather has been weird lately. The snow comes back every now and then. Not to mention the rain. The temperature isn't stable at all... last week we got only one great sunny spring day and it even got to 20 c . I really thought finally spring / summer is really here. This makes me longing more for our comming vacation. 

After spring cleaning, I like to change the decor of the house to give it the spring / summer feeling. I started with our bedroom. Changing sheets and curtains to brighter colors. I love the white and blue theme which gives the room a bit of a fresh summer cottage feeling. Below are the things I use to spring  / summer styling:


1. Bright curtains: Bright curtains means a bright room. Nothing better than natural daylight to keep your space looking fresh and clean.

2. House plants: Use oxygen supply houseplants to keep your room air fresh and clear 24 h. Here are some you might want to take a look at 6 Oxygen bomb houseplants .

3. Mattress: Spring and summer are the most seasons we spend doing lots of activities. We get to bed exhausted, really in need for good night sleep to recharge for the next day. If you need to upgrade your bed mattress. Here I recommend Leesa Bedding

4. Bed anatomy: Learn the art of bed styling following the simple bed anatomy steps in a previous post I shared in the blog here.

5. Sheets: Bright sheets are the best for these seasons. You can select from white, ivory, light grey, light blue and light green.. these isure you to have a fresh spring / summer look. Whether you like the basics or luxury sheets. Both styles need to be soft and comfortable. Elevate your sheets here.

6. Useful gadgets: My favorite useful gadgets that I like to both keep near me while in bed and to also decorate the room are: book holder, jewelry box or plate, candle, books, phone speakers or holders (in case you like to listen to meditation audios or nature sounds before sleeping). Everyday laundry basket.

7. Must have: Every bedroom needs a lovely portrait photo of self, loved one or family. A framed motivation quote to wake up to everyday. A mirror,  clothes holder, bedside tables, alarm clock 
and a dressing table. 


Bedroom Styling



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