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They are rare, but thats probably why I really like them. weekend mornings just laying in bed with coffee eating breakfast for forever if you have this kind of morning you should really make this banana bread because the smell of new baked and holding a warm slice of banan bread with melting butter all of your fingers is pure weekend happiness!!



BANANA BREAD 

4 dl white flour

4dl sugar

2tsk baking soda

0.5tsk sea salt

1tsk cinnamon

1tsk ground ginger

1tsk cardamon

3 ripe or more then ripe bananas

150g butter

3dl oat or soy milk

1.5 dl of mixed seeds or chopped nuts (sesam, sunflower seeds, cashews, hazel, almonds, pecans, walnuts is all nice!!)

PS. If you want you can also flavor it with 100g of chopped dark chocolate, a splash of dark rum och dried fruits!! DS.

Butter up or dress a loaf tin in baking paper. Sprinkle it with mixed seeds. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mash the bananas. Melt the butter until its browned. Mix bananas butter and milk. Pour the flour mix in to the banana mix little by little so you get a smooth batter. Pour it into your tin and sprinkle with more nuts or seeds. Bake in 175 degrees for an hour or so depending on how goeey you want your banana bread. 

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I love tahini so this spread from Pom & Flora is just the perfect thing for my banana bread toasties. It also so nice on yoghurt, chia puddings, pancakes or whatever!!

 

TAHINI WITH MAPLE SYRUP

1dl tahini 

0.5dl maple syrup 

2msk hot water 

Mixed it all up in a blender. it will be loose but it will be all fine after some hours in the refrigerator. If there anything left (but spread thickly important!!) you can save it for like 2 weeks.

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Gave this crafted coffee calender that you find here to A where you get to dry 24 different beans, blends and flavor and make your own notes how you liked them also you can order your new favorite in a larger package really love this gift idea perfect for all winter fikas preferably a saffron swirl filled with almondpaste and fuckloads of sugar lost count of how many saffroncats I have eaten so far but its more than I can count on my fingers and toes together!!

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Also I have a new craving these caramel date balls are to die for make them or no dont because you will only want to eat them for the rest of your life!! OK I give you the recipe and you will decide for yourself!!

CARAMEL DATE BALLS WITH GINGERBREAD SPICE AND SE SALT

20 dates

0.5dl coconut oil

1tsk vanilla powder

1tsk gingerbread spice

100g milk chocolate (or dark if you prefer that or wanna go vegan)

If you like you can also add zest from 1/2 orange

Mix all ingrediens. Put in the freezer for a couple of minutes. Form the batter in to balls. Melt the chocolate carefully. Dip the date balls in the chocolate and put them in the fridge if you can manage for so long without tasting one. Simple as that!!

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Me and my mum i love you went to The Nutcracker at The Royal Opera in Stockholm and it was just magic and champagne in the paus hehe!!

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Been a lof of fikas lightly this Sticky upside down bun with sugar and maple syrup topped with pecans from Guntherska is one of my favs!!

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One of this years Amaryllis is Red Velvet cant have too much of the queen of Christmas flowers!!

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I love all the heavy winter food I really really do but I also love to mix it all up especially when spending hours baking saffron cats, making candy or building gingerbreads houses something fresh and spicy is exactly what I want for example a poke bowl like this one with tuna salmon edamame red cabbage coleslaw pineapple carrots pickled onion cucumber sesam soy sauce and sirracha majo!!

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WINTER I LOVE YOU!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OK I admit Im a Christmas maniac but still Im all in for maximum feeling minimum effort so therefore I will offer some of my best and simplest Christmas snacks attacks that goes perfectly with all the Holidays Christmas beer and mulled wines to warm you up after a refreshing (no not cold as fuck) December walk!!

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SAFFRON CARAMEL CHÄZ

Truffle brie that I covered in honey infused with saffron and roasted nuts then grilled in oven until its creamy and nice gingerbreads and advent snack number one is done!!

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CRUSTADS WITH BRIE AND CLOUDBERRY

Speaking of cheese this is the easypeasiest naggnagg ever just fill crustads (yes you buy them in multipack in the store you do not make them yourself crazy person) and fill them with brie cheese I prefer goat brie because brie dont taste enough fo me grill in the oven for a minute or so until the cheese melts and smells way too good and top with cloudberry jam omg I LOVE CLOUDBERRY JAM!!

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SALMON RYE

Savory Christmas snack starter brekkie snack or whatever the occasion is this is a winner with Christmas beer mulled wine or coffee just spread a good juicy rye with a good amount of butter ad salad and smoked or cured salmon drizzle with hovmästar sauce (butler sauce or I donno??) and top with some sprouts and chives!!

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CRUSTADS WITH NUTELLA AND HAZELS 

Also you ned something sweet always so fill the leftover crustads with nutella top with some dark chocolate sauce or whatever you feel for and squeeze down a hazel in all that yummy goo sprinkle with some sea salt and you got smooth crisp sweet rich crunch nutty and salty in one bite!!

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CHOCO APRICOTS WITH ALMOND AND COCONUT

Go buy eco apricots without any weird colors naturally dried apricots are brown not yellow taste the same or even better promise open it and place a roasted almond melt your fav choco dip the apricots and sprinkle with coconut now who dont agree that fruit are candy?!

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A vase of the queen of Christmas flowers is a must on all Christmas mingles also this year I might try hanging them upside down in the curtain rod since Im not a big fan of curtains and never ever have any hehe!!

 

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So finally I had the chance to go home to Lund for a weekend and do (and ofc eat!!) all of the stuff I craved to death during fall in the north firstly me and my best fika friend Saga went to Broder Jakobs bakery to buy the palest ones of the amaze buns have to be the amount of butter that is the secret and had a long and sweet brekkie with to much coffee in our kitchen!!

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Kaffe Rosteriet in Malmö have the best coffee!!

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Pic from last summer but just wanted to express how much I missed our kitchen (and our dish machine!!)

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Then me and love had bubbles and parmesan chips and lots to talk about always sometimes I dont get how he bares listen to me all the time cause Ive got soooooo much to say all the time guess its the perks of being in love with your best friend!!

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Then we had pizza bianca from our local pizza jedis La Cucina (always order white pizzas this one with pear gorgonzola dop and basil is one of our favs!!) and listened multiple times to Mumford & Sons new Album Delta so excited that A got us tickets for their concert in Copenhagen in spring!!

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Not to big on making fancy desserts mostly I prefer good or bad chocolate but this fall my life hack is all the natas that we exported from Portugal that I pimped with different stuff depending on my mood the last ones got grilled with white chocolate and hazels and served with Sias new saffron ice cream!!

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After all the genius food at Daniel Berlin (post is coming promise) Sunday mood was just having a great falafel Skånes national dish crispy new fried chickpea batter fresh greens pickled cabbage fefferoni pickled cucumber halloumi and extra garlic aioli and mango sauce 35 pix Kebab vagnen (two words yes) I love you!!

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Then we went to buy loads of candy from Hemmakväll and watch the new Magic Creatures movie that we thought was very feel good very grand very American and very little Harry Potter BEST WEEKEND EVER!!

 

 

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Last weekends mindfulness was to make pralines this time with browned butter roasted hazels and sea salt!!

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Btw lost one of my rings the other day and all I could think about was how glad I was that it wasnt my Burger ring from Caroline Hjerpe!!

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If you dont know what to do for November dinner you should kale the world and make a multi kale pie you can make pie crusts in a thousands way so make the one you find best I make a butter crust with sesam because I like butter and crunch frie yellow onion garlic green kale and black kale in oil until its soft but still got some structure and put it in your awesome crust mix egg heavy cream salt and pepper and pour it over the pie add a lot of chevre and västerbotten cheese and top with roasted walnuts grill it in the oven until its golden and smells of comfy food!!

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One year ago I started my master project in San Francisco seems like forever ago and yesterday at the same time so strange what living on the other side of the world do to you!!

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But I really miss some of all out eating adventures like standing in line for this crazy matcha ramen from Mensho Tokyo noodle soup will never be the same again!!

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And the croissants Jedis at Vive la Tarte died twice!!

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Nows the time to just fill your self with Citrus fruits and pretend that your the girl with the golden egg love Beskows fairy tales forever!!

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When boosted with vitamin C you should also eat buttery sticky maple syrup upside down buns with pecans from Guntherska!!

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Winter time is my favorite time so hate that Im always so busy and stressed this time of the year it just flies away the good thing is that no time means Yukikos sushi!!

 

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OK so autumn is coming up and so is the rain the darkness and the cold but that also means a lot of cozy stuff for example you can still enjoy places like Rosendals garden and eat fennel soup with sourdough and whipped cream in the green house!!

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Also its never to early to start dreaming and plan next summer maybe what you wanna plant in your garden or balcony a peony like this tree peony is on top of my list!!

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But for now a Geranium like this one on Millesgården is more reasonable right you should all go there right now cause theyre housing a exhibition with wonderful Morris!!

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Also you can spend time at your amaze friends house and get brunches like this one that my lovely Rebecca made shes kind of like the queen of brunch!!

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Really wanna do this kind of home stuff right now make jam bake bread and pickle everything good but also so beautiful!!

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In case you don´t know the queen of brunches you can also brunch on kafes Guntherska in Uppsala shrimp croissant are my fav forever sometimes I also take a glass of bubbles just because I can!!

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I know your not suppose to but I kind of like the cold light the chill and the early darkness its melancholic in a calming way!!

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Don´t forget to fika a new baked bun makes everything easier I think Broder Jakobs in Lund makes the best cardamom buns in the world always ask for the palest one I know doughy is wrong but I like it so I do!!

 

 

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Spent last weekend at our summer house just enjoying the sound of the ocean all the colored leaves the smell of horses and ofc loads of good food and wine for example you can start the day with a buttery croissant filled with truffle brie and fig marmalade and oatly cappu always it was even so sunny that we could sit outside!!

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I also hade my very first surströmmingsskiva or fermented codd party hehe had the smelly fellow with all of the traditional sides like hard flatbread boiled almond potatoes sour cream red onion smetana norwegian brown cheese (like hard messmör totally awesome!!) sea salt butter and roe it was so much fun but Im so glad we had beer to wash it down hehe first and probably last of this kind of party!!

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As its time for the last fall flowers I have started to dream about Christmas plants do anyone have tips were to find different sorts of amaryllis? Really like last years trend with apricot colored ones!!

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Ok kids during winter time you have to eat all the amaze seasonal fruit all of my favs are amazing and also pretty cheap right now orange dates mandarines and omg KAKI (persimon, sharon, Japanese kaki or whatever you wanna call them is case you wondered “Diospyros” is the name of the tree) just make sure that you buy the sort of kaki (there are two) that can be eaten when its not quite ripe (often the smaller round ones) or that you buy the other sort and wait for them to get soft and the fruit flesh jelly because otherwise the tannic acid will turn your mouth inside out but anyways please buy them HAPPINESS LIVE IN THEM PROMISE!!

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I really love all the autumn dishes  but then again I really like heavy food kale and roots than been simmering in cream for forever so this sweet potatoe gratin we did was right down my alley together with a full-bodied red wine this is how you do it:

SWEETIE GRATIN

4 port

700 g sweet potatoe

2 cloves of garlic

0.5 red chili

2,5 dl heavy cream

To much of your favorite cheese (I like goat cheese, gorgonzola, feta, halloumi, parmesan, västerbotten ok so like all cheeses is najs)

Sage or other fresh or dried herbs you like

Peel and slice the potatoes. Peel and chop onions and chili (but remove the seeds or you will die). Mix garlic chili and cream. Add the potatoes, sage, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with loads of cheese like until you can barely see the sweeties. Bake in 200c until the gratin has a nice color and the potatoes are soft (around 30min +)

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Another nice way to update potatoes is to just slice them in half and mix with some butter smoked olive oil sea salt and chili flakes simple as that!!

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I tried to paint promise I really did I just wasnt up for it not a single line turned out how they supposed to you know the feeling maybe next time Ill be more creative!!

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Also you should always past-a-time-away!! This Kaleonara (carbonara but without meat with kale you get it?!) is one of my all time favorite fall dishes ofc you can make itwith just one sort of kale or green kale instead but i like the kombo of the more buttery black kale and the crunchy brussels anyways make it like tonight please!!

KALEONARA

4 port

1 bag of brussels

1 bag of black kale

1 yellow onion

1 clove of garlic

Butter

2.5 dl of heavy cream, smetana, sour cream or whatever you prefer

2 dl mushrooms (I love chanterelles but all is fine)

1 handful of roasted nuts like hazels walnuts or almond

As much aged cheese you want I prefer Västerbotten but parmesan pecorino or chevre is najs cheeses for this occasion too

Pasta (for this i like spaghetti)

Slice the kale. Chopp the onion and fry them in butter. Add mushrooms and then the kale. Pour over the cream and let it simmer until the kale has softened but is still cheavy. Boil the pasta al dente in fuck loads of sea salty water. Pour the pasta into the kale cream and top with grated cheese crunchy hazels and ground black pepper important also you can drizzle it with some truffle oil if you feel fancy as fuck!!

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YES I have somewhat of a sweat tooth but since Im not a fan of jelly and already it to much chocolate I made some vegan date balls although I dont usually like things without real sugar and butter too much but kids make these chocolate balls!!

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Never been much for celebrating all of this new food days but cinnamon bun day is holy and actually you have to have a new baked buttery bun for brekkie!!

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There are still some garden flowers standing really started to like Dahlior this year!!

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Not sure but something about this new colder darker hours of the day makes me feel like starting painting again maybe next weekend in the summer house. Maybe.

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I love markets especially when all the harvest festivals are happening just stroll around and buy local stuff you dont really need but makes you very very happy just because nature are so present even if its man made kind of feels exotic these days!!

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Eat a lot comfy food Sweden have the best traditional home cooked food these kind of month I think I mean meatballs made of ecological lamb from Gotland cream sauce with truffle butter fried chanterelles your own pickled jelly loves grandparents dill pickled cucumber and baked potatoes dont really eat meat but this month Ive had it like twice and thats really more than enough for me you dont have do be a vegan or vegetarian all the time you know but eat plenty of green and less and better meat me I only eat wild animals because knowing they had a good forest life makes me feel better and also sometimes local lamb just because I really love lamb and rather skip the rest and eat greens instead OK just make sure that when you eat meat that it really counts!!