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.

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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:-)

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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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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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My Greek neighbour

November 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

This morning we walked down to the harbour to see if we could buy some fish from one of the boats that had just come in. When we arrived I caught eye of our Greek neighbour Vasilis. He waved and yelled something in Greek and then “Fish?” – I nodded and while he kept talking we followed him to where he kept his fish. He gave me a blue plastic bag and inside were a lot of little fish that I´m assuming were Sardines. I looked at him at asked “euro?” and he answered “pente” – which is one of the few Greek words I do know – so I smiled and nodded and gave him 5 euro.

I ran back to the house to leave the fish in the fridge and when I returned to the harbour we walked over to Café Eva for morning tea and coffee. From there you can see the entire bay and all the fishing boats lined up next to each other – what a great way to start a day.

When we got back we realized that we´d set out to buy one or two fish but ended up with almost three pounds of lovely little fresh sardines … and a lot more work. We cut them open and cleaned them inside before rinsing them in water. Each sardine was salted and filled with parsley pesto that I made yesterday and grilled on the terrace.

While that was going on we made potato chips in the oven and half an hour later we sat at the table and had an absolutely fantastic lunch.

This lot is actually only half of what we bought – I suspect we´ll be having a few more sardine meals:-)

If you sit in one of these chairs you have a fantastic view of the Aegean Sea and Nimos Island … goes very well with fresh grilled fish.

Here we go – ready for the grill and oven.

Bon appétit …

Am now very full and very happy. Thank you Vasilis – what a great neighbour!!

Great day of prayers and warm buns

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today is “store bededag”, a Danish holiday that translates to something like Great Day of Prayers. Back in 1686 they decided to celebrate all the saints in one day, so the people would have to work more and have less holidays. Not very nice and I´m actually not that keen on history. But I do love food and it´s tradition to eat “varme hveder” (=warm wheat buns) the night before the holiday. So today I baked the loveliest “varme hveder” ever and my bet is that they´re probably equally delicious any other day of the year, so here´s the recipe:

20 buns:

2 1/2 dl. tepid milk (1 cup)

2 1/2 dl. tepid water (1 cup)

20 g. fresh yeast

2 eggs

15 g. sea salt

50 g. honey

5 cardamom pods

1 kg. wheat flour

40 g. salted butter

Mix milk and water with yeast and add eggs. Roast the cardamom pods on a hot pan. Open the pods, take out the seeds and grind with a pestle and mortar. Mix in the ground cardamom, salt and honey with the other ingredients and add the flour. Finally you add the soft butter and mix till the dough is nice and smooth.

Leave to rise for 2 hours. Make 20 buns and put them close together but without actually touching in a baking tray. Leave to rise for another 2 hours and then bake 12-15  minutes at 220 C (428 Fahrenheit). You can eat them as they are steaming hot but in Denmark it´s traditon to cut them in half and bake in the oven for another 6-8 minutes. I eat them with strawberry jam or honey but the list of what is good with hot buns is endless.

As you can see, if you´re counting, I made only half the recipe today but thought I´d leave you with the original full recipe and thereby a fuller stomach:-)

Here you go, lovely “varme hveder”…ENJOY!!

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