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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Norwegian Salmon with Kiwi Mango Salsa

Get a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids from this salmon dish!

  • 4 Norwegian Salmon fillets
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ bunch basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 mango, peeled
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  1. Pre-heat oven at 180° and rack set in the middle
  2. Place salmon on a baking tray and brush with butter, then top with the chopped basil
  3. Place in oven for 13 minutes (actual oven temperatures vary and you may find you need more or less time according to your oven). Do not turn salmon while cooking
  4. While the salmon bakes, finely chop the kiwi, mango, shallots and jalapeño. Add the balsamic vinegar and mix together
  5. Plate the salmon with the salsa and serve with your favorite side dish

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dessert: Carrot cake

I am 6 months pregnant, and I am really craving for something sweet. So today i am making a carrot cake. I can hardly wait!!
Everyone has tasted carrot cake, and many have made ​​carrot cake. All eager carrot cake bakers have their favourite recipe.
Most recipes for carrot cake seem to contain carrots (surprise!), eggs and flour. Everything else, we seem to disagree about.

 Should there not be sugar in the carrot cake?
 Not necessarily. Some do in fact use syrup. Those who agree that one should use sugar in the carrot cake still do not agree whether to use brown or white sugar.

And the disagreements do not stop there.

 What to use to raise the carrot cake?
Some carrot cake bakers claim that baking soda is the best. Mainstream carrot cake bakers cling to the baking powder.
If you come across a recipe for carrot cake with baking soda you can replace it with baking powder. BUT: According to wikipedia, you can not use baking soda instead of baking powder as baking soda does not provide enough raising effect on carrot cake.

 As if that was not enough carrot cake-disagreement, we have not even begun to talk about spices.

 Most bakers of carrot cake believe that cinnamon should be mandatory (although here too there are some carrot cake bake circuits that diverge in this issue.)
 Then there are many who would argue that carrot cake is not carrot cake if you do not use a little cardamom.
Ginger and nutmeg are the most common spices (except cinnamon and cardamom).

 Personally, I find that orange (orange peel, perhaps) are quite good. Especially in combination with carrots.

 With this initiative I hope that the pursuit of new varieties of carrot cake is started. Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.

Here is my recipe for carrot cake!


 4 eggs
 3 cups sugar
 3 cups sifted flour
 peel from half an orange (only the yellow! not the white)
 2 teaspoons baking powder
 1 tablespoon cinnamon
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or seeds from a vanilla bean)
 5 tablespoons oil or melted butter
 5 cups grated carrots

250 g cream cheese (such as philadelphia)
 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar/extract
 3 tablespoons melted butter
 300 g powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Whip eggs and sugar fluffy, almost until it becomes white. Add the flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir it well (please use the food processor).

Add the butter or oil, grated carrots and grated orange peel. Stir it in well.

Grease a round cake tin. Pour in the batter. Bake in oven for 45-55 minutes. Check along the way if it gets too brown (add baking paper over if you are afraid it is too burned). Take it out of the oven and loosen it from the tin. Cool on rack and put a towel over. Let cake cool completely before you start with the glaze.

Stir together all ingredients. Cake must be completely cooled. Cut the cake in half (lengthwise!). Apply a layer of glaze on the bottom. Put on the lid and apply a new layer on top. Garnish with some grated carrot.

Enjoy J

Dinner: Pork Steak with ruccolasauce

This is what we are making for dinner today. Steak is food you can enjoy with good conscience, even on a weekday like today. This recipe is perfect for making dinner for one, but can be doubled if you are two.


150 g loin of pork

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

 ½ tomato

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

1 slice cucumber, cut lengthwise with a cheese grater

 Ruccola sauce:
 100 g ruccola
4 tbsp curd
½ tsp ground white pepper

1. Run the ruccola and curd with hand blender. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Brown steak quickly on high heat, 2-3 minutes on each side. Then roast at a lower temperature for 3-4 minutes. Season the tomatoes and fry with beef in the last minute.
3. Serve steak with a long cucumber slice, fried tomato and ruccolasauce.

Enjoy :)

Dinner (seafood): Bacalao

There are a lot of recipes for Bacalao around the world and in Portugal they boast that they have a recipe for every day of the year. Here in Norway the combination with Tomato is the most widely used. Easy to make and perfect food for festive occasions.

Ingredienser for 4 people
2 kg dried fish
1 kg onions
1 kg potato
2 pcs red chilli
3 box chopped canned tomatoes
10 pcs whole pepper
2 pieces garlic
4 pcs bay leaves
30 pcs black olives
3 cup olive oil

1. Put the dried cod in water overnight (put it in a large bowl of water).

 2. Clean cut the fish from skin and bones, and cut into approx. 2 cm thick slices. Cut potatoes and onions for approx. ½ inch thick slices.

 3. Add fish, potatoes and onions in layers in a large saucepan.

 4. Chop garlic in half and place in pan with pepper, bay leaf, chilly, olives, tomatoes and olive oil. Let it cook about. 1 hour.

Enjoy :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vanilla sugar/extract - from Wikibooks.

Vanilla extract is alcohol containing flavor (vanillin) from the vanilla bean. Vanillin itself, produced by a modern chemical process, is widely sold in a form similar to vanilla extract. When a recipe specifies vanilla, usually the recipe is intended to work with either vanilla extract or vanillin. Such recipes will require modification if whole vanilla beans are used.
Vanilla is also used in the form of vanilla sugar. This can have different meanings depending upon the origin of the recipe. In Scandinavian countries, vanilla sugar is a powdered sugar with a strong vanilla flavour. In these countries, it is the main method of incorporating vanilla flavor into a recipe; vanilla extract is not commonly available. This form of vanilla sugar can be replaced by a roughly equivalent volume of vanilla extract. In other countries, including the United States, vanilla sugar usually is granulated white sugar that has been flavored over some time by a vanilla bean included in the sugar.

Moods of Norway-waffles

Designer duo from Stryn in Norway has become world famous for their colorful clothes and suits, and when they launch a new collection or open a new store; waffles are always served to guests. This recipe is printed on many different Moods products.
Norwegians loves waffles!

400 g flour
150 g sugar
150 g butter
6 cups milk
2 eggs
1 1 / 2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1 / 2 teaspoon vanilla extract (vanilla sugar)
 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Melt the butter and set it aside to cool slightly.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and make a crater in the middle. Pour in milk and whip it all together into a batter. Crack the eggs and whip them into. Finish by stirring in melted butter.

Let the batter swell for at least 30 minutes and cook waffles as usual in hot waffle iron.
Enjoy!! :)

Tapas Inspired catfish - simple, quick and delicious.

Ingredients 4 people:

4 pieces (160 g) catfish
8 garlic cloves
1 lemon
1 parsley
olive oil
2 heart lettuce
salt and pepper

Cut garlic cloves into thin slices. Rough chop the parsley. Squeeze juice of lemon.
Cut your heart lettuce in half and place it in the bottom of the plate. Add the olive oil, salt and a little lemon juice.

Put salt and pepper on the catfish. Fry it in olive oil over low heat. After a while you add the garlic. When the fish is cooked, approx. 7-8 min, you add the parsley and lemon juice.

 The fish served on top of the heart salad, remember to pour cooking oil over the fish. Serve with baguette.