A little help from a friend

August 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

I´ve been trying really hard to hold on to my new mantra “change is a good thing” and I still believe in those words. But when I woke up this morning, I looked out the window to discover yet another cloudy and rainy day. And for some reason I couldn´t help feeling sad and for a while I totally forgot my mantra.

But somehow I ended up making banana pancakes for breakfast with a friend. And with some wise words and moral support from her I found my way back from tears to smiles.

I spent the day in Elsinore, visiting Kronborg Castle and I have to say … I had a wonderful day and I have a good feeling about my next step:-)

Mantras can be very helpful but sometimes all you need is a little help from a friend. Thank you!

Oh … and by the way, it stopped raining;-)

Kronborg, Elsinore

 

Kronborg Castle

 

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The ferry for Helsingborg

 

Kulturværftet, the culture yard

 

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Kronborg Castle

The Culture Yard

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The positive approach

August 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Summer may be drawing to an end and yes I can no longer eat anything containing gluten. But since my new mantra is “Change is a good thing“, I´m endeavouring to take the positive approach and meet it all with a smile. So on this windy day I´ve taken the opportunity to stay in and bake lovely, Gluten-free and moist coconut macaroons for afternoon tea – something less suitable for a hot summers day but perfect for a day like this.

Scroll down for the recipe.

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COCONUT MACAROONS

2 eggs

160 g honey

250 g shredded coconut

3 tbsp coconut flour

3 tbsp coconut oil

60 g dark chocolate

Whip eggs and honey till fluffy, white and creamy. Mix in the shredded coconut and the coconut flour and finally add the melted coconut oil. Place 12 dollops on baking paper and shape the top to make it slightly pointy like in picture. Heat the oven to 175 C / 350 F and bake the macaroons for 12-15 minutes till they have a nice golden colour. Leave to cool. When completely cooled, coat the bottom in melted dark chocolate and leave to dry on some parchment paper or, like I did, upside down in an egg cup:-)

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Make a nice cup of tea and share these moist and tasty macaroons with a loved one.

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Change is a good thing

August 4, 2013 § 2 Comments

I´ve always found change difficult. It scared me and sometimes still does. For some reason, even if the current situation was bad, changing it seemed worse. Because of that I´ve often let things escalate and not taken steps toward change before it was a matter of “life and death”. The “funny” thing is that at the same time, I wanted change so much it hurt. Something inside me knew that things were wrong or bad but my fear made sure I was unable to take the necessary steps to make a change. And when something finally happened and forced me to act, I was surprised at the positive outcome and it puzzled me that I could have been so afraid of something that was clearly so right.

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Years ago I had to change my diet for a while because of a health problem. I was told I couldn´t eat gluten, dairy products, sugar and only very little fruit. I was devastated. I had to make huge changes to all my meals. All the things I normally ate and loved were banned from this new diet. I cried and felt (I´m ashamed to admit) that it was the most horrible thing that ever happened to me. But my mum was optimistic and together we came up with new dishes, different from what I was used to but lovely and tasty none the less. The change of diet was temporary and after three months I could return to my former way of eating. And I was relieved and happy. But I learned a lot during that time, and I implemented many of these new recipes in my regular diet.

Again because of my health I recently learned that a gluten-free diet could help me. And again my immediate reaction was negative. I love baking and I felt deprived of that joy thinking about a step like that. But then I decided to change my approach and feel happy about doing something good for me and my health. I researched the internet and found lots of delicious recipes for gluten-free bread.

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Today I baked these beauties and they´re fabulous both in texture and taste. The recipe is from upstairs atelier.

I feel very happy and optimistic about this change in my diet. My new mantra is – Change is a good thing:-)

gluten-free buns

Spring in the city and a chocolate cake recipe

May 30, 2013 § 2 Comments

Five months ago I moved back to the city after 3 years in the country. Personal circumstances brought this change and at first it was thrilling to be back in Copenhagen. This is where I grew up and therefore a place I know well. I have all the shops close by and there are lovely cafés on almost every corner. But now that spring is here and summer is next I find that I miss being close to nature. Not connecting with nature every day, feeling it and looking at it, makes me feel alone and disconnected. So today I decided to go to the nearest park. Frederiksberg Have. It´s a beautiful place with lots of trees and flowers and a rich birdlife. Here are some pictures from my sunny day in the park. Scroll down if you want to skip directly to the chocolate cake recipe:-)

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Frederiksberg Have

Frederiksberg Have

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And then I met this goose who left me these beautiful feathers.goose feathers

And last but certainly not least I went home and baked a fantastic gluten free chocolate cake. The perfect ending for my great day with nature. I got the recipe from this blog missfirelake. Her recipe is in danish so I will write it up in english just for you.

GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE

140 g dark chocolate 60-70%

3 tbsp strong coffee

5 eggs

120 g sugar or honey

250 g swettened chestnut cream

2 dl hazelnuts or almonds

Whip the egg yolks with 80 g sugar till it gets light and creamy. Add the chopped hazelnuts and the chestnut cream. Melt the chocolate and coffee in a water bath and add it to the mixture. In another bowl whip the egg whites until they start stiffening then add 40 g sugar and continue whipping till stiff and shiny. Add the egg whites gently in the egg yolk mixture little by little. Pour mixture in a greased baking tray and bake for 40-45 minutes in a preheated oven of 180 degrees celcius. Very easy and absolutely fabulous. Enjoy!!

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