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Yes Sweden this time of the year is fifty shades of grey thats why this post will be about weekend treats to bring some sunshine it to ones life until spring and new sneakers arrives!!

EAT LONG BREAKFAST

Have to much wine sleep for to long and make breakfast in bed no need to make something fancy just something you really like me Im not much for pretty akacia bowls with rainbow colored lines of seeds and dried fruits no Im more of a carbs and melt cheese kind of a girl this one is a sourdough bun that i found in the freezer and fried in butter leftover aged cheese onion pickled in red beet because my love is the king of pickles roasted sesam seeds because I always have roasted seeds on nuts on everything to get some crunch bengal mango chutney to get it kickin strong coffee and your ready!!

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GET FRESH FLOWERS 

Nothing makes me happier than seeing things grow or evolve from one day to another the elusiveness of life gets me everytime right now Im so in love with the vase we bought in Marocko that are constantly filled with branches of cherry from As grandmothers garden!! Fresh flower might feel expensive but really they are so worth one or two beers nothing feels more luxurious than bringing home a bouquet of flowers in your home before the weekend!!

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SPEND TO MUCH TIME AT A CAFE

The sound of humming coffee machines the smell of butter and lighted candles everywhere bring someone you love or your best book and just chillax with a sinful cake and a oatly cappu with some fancy as fuck milk art on it you deserve it!!

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TAKE HOME FOOD

The best thing with being surrounded with places and people that makes kick ass food is that you dont have to cook everything all the time for your self right?! Our local pizzeria is THE PIZZERIA and these pizza biancas with gorgonzola and pear and scampi, moules and tuna is THE PIZZAS!!

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EAT DESSERT

I barely never eat or make dessert so that why its feel like real festive to now and then make or buy something really pretty to finish of the dinner with and yes a pink valentines semla might feel a little bit heavy after a full dinner but since Im not much for fresh dessert I dont care much rather feel like pretty please with cream on top!!

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VISIT A RESTAURANT YOU LONGED FOR

For me its all about the contrast cooking a lot of cheap plant based food treasuring leftovers eat a lot of low key street food and then on special occasion go to a fancy restaurant that I really want to visit drink bubbles and eat exactly what I want to last time we visited amazing Mutantur and had this tartar and loads of other treats!!

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COOK SOMETHING FOR YOUR SELF 

Yes ofc you can cook something for or with someone you like as well but just having the time to go to the market buy everything that looks good put on some good music maybe pour a glas of half cheap wine and cook helluva dinner one of my fav when I get the chance to make whatever I want is pizza bianca with smetana potatoes red onion roe dill black pepper and lemon with that (although mostly before because the glass of wine before dinner is my absolute fav glass of wine) I drink dry bubbles or buttery white!!

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DO SOMETHING SPECIAL TOGETHER WITH SOMEONE DEAR

Treating someone you love I think is one of the most precious thing you can do with your time since time is the thing we got least of in our busy everyday life what you wanna do is ofc very personal maybe you wanna go for a cosy brunch maybe you wanna go to a spa maybe you wanna take a long walk in the woods maybe you wanna buy take home thai and eat in the sofa treating yourself and people around you is all about feeling what your body and mind need and want to do so listen to yourself please anyways what we did last weekend was to spend all Sunday afternoon on Grand Hotels afternoon tea munching English delis drinking tea and sipping champagne and it was so very special!!

NOW GO GIVE YOURSELF HELLUVA WEEKEND KIDS PUSS!!

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Yes were back in Skåne and yes falafel for 30 pix on Kebabvagnen on Mårtenstorget in Lund (they make the best falafel well Im not really a fan of the ordinary and a little bit dry liba bread most falafel places rock but well the falafel greens cabbage salad pickles mango sauce garlic majo and your choice of fried cheese IS the best so I go there always anyways) although this time I had to try their new Potatisbullerulle yes its so fun to say fast three times in a row I know!! Almost pissed my pants because I was so afraid I would regret not taking my standard falafel for the rest of my life  but I did it for science so that I now can tell you kids thats yes its the same potato pattys that you got in school but deep fried yes it comes with all the falafelstuff red cabbage fake feta (which is so much better then the real stuff) spicy sauce and xtra garlic majo always and yes it was fucking tasty!!

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Also had to walk all the narrow cobblestones streets with beautiful Skåne houses and sweet flower shops crave right now is color flowers and spring!!

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Hehe and chääz ofc always I love this store and the ways they almost decorate the place with their food also I would really want those neon letters in my kitchen when i get a big one completely in tiles because cheese really is the only true religion and the foundation for all human culture!!

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Since my middle name is Maja Gräddnos Im so happy that we live just a short walk away from Sweden best Semlor Broder Jakobs is the name of the place and they just nails a fluffy cardamon infused bun loads of crunchy almond paste and just the right proportion of really softly whipped cream which a pinch of sugar!!

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Being home also means free access so our own bar drink cabinet and there nothing thats makes the everyday feel more luxurious than a post yoga weekday drink just because you can!!

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If Fridays dont contain pizza bianca from La Cucina Lund its not really Friday at all this one with pear mozzarella and gorgonzola was the first one we tried and the last we ate so its been with us for more than 2 years now thats a good pizza!!

 

 

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So right after sunny Marrakesh we went to snowy Åre in north of Sweden which Ive been going yearly since I was a baby and really love for sentimental reasons!!

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This time at the season the higher zones of Åre Skutan are closed so we were so happy that it dumped a lot f snow so we could have nice rides anyways and yes this is how I look when its really cold (also i have bats in my Hestra gloves that keeps them warm at all times how cool am I)

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Important to keep warm with hot choco butter and carbs or as we say in Swedish “styrketår för rumpa och lår!!”

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My man and his disco-mustache!!

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To celebrate that mys sis turned 25 we visited Marcus Aujalays  Fjällpuben I had a magic reindeer Rydberg with the classic sides fried potato beer braised onion eggyolk and mustard creme!!

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Because I will dream about livin in The Grand Budapest Hotel forever!!

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Important with fat otherwise you will start freezing also FYI Kafferosteriet in Åre serves the best coffee in Sweden its true they won a lot of prices for it!!

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Ended our trip by going to Åre Chocolate  say these two flavors are the best because they feel most local and also they have that little wacky twist without just getting strange!!

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IVE BEEN TO AFRICA!! Omg so proud even if I did not really now Marocko was in Africa before A told me but anyways AFRICA thank you love for bring me to all cool places!! Anyways we lived in a old power ladys riad that she had filled with like thousands no joke art pieces from her dead husband and we just loves it this is our every morning breakfast view PS. The breakfast was also totally handmade and also so amazing!! DS.

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If you wanted you could also eat brekkie at the rooftop basically Moroccans live their life on the rooftops all restaurant and bar was up there and I really loved that however mornings was a bit chilly so mostly we ate in the dining room but we hanged out here in the sun out the afternoons!!

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Soon learned that they drink saffron or mint tea ALL THE TIME and thats its crazy sweet if you don´t say no sugar really clearly tips!!

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Another tips is to write a list BEFORE you go want kind of interior you need and what you DONT need because omg there is so much pretty things and so little space in a bag!!

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Marrakesh street style!!

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There was so many gorgeous hidden garden and terraces this is very popular fusion restaurant Le Jardin were we had a really nice dinner with wild birds and bamboo everywhere also in love with green mosaic next time Im in charge of a kitchen it will have green tiles!!

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Forget cars and modernities the streets of Marrakesh are still  owned by the Donkeys!! (sound like a joke buts its true)

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This city was soooooo good at dessert!! If you like my kind of dessert in other words nothing light fresh and lemony but updated banana splits chocolate fondants  creme brulees milkshakes yes keyword chocolate and heavy this date cake with a saffron caramel and mint cream was heaven and I was so full I thought I would  have a date cake baby!!

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This town is so mad you have to fall in love with it!!

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Everything is in color! and so alive!

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Eat the streets please you will find the most exciting  local things here!!

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Aslo had dinner at the rooftop of hyped Nomad tried chicken tagine with saffron and dates and harissa cous cous with whole roasted cauliflower and almods hehe basically all restaurant serves cous cous and tagine so yes you will get a little bit tired of it after a week or so but they are really good!!

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One day we visited Yves Saint Laurent Garden it was sunny and nice and I tried to be as little landscape architecty as possible so A would survive!!

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YSL is like saint here and yes this is his little house home sweet home right

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OK yes excited this you cant miss it the Medina all so called streets without name or location on google maps have their own thing one street is the bread street one is the vegetables street ons is the killing chickens street and one is the SMOOTHIE STREET this was the best you just walked up to the smoothie king got pushed around by the locals who will look at you as your a rare animal (that is always a good sign when your surrounded by locals that looks at you like that because there will be good food) point at the fresh fruit of your choice like avocado mango papaya date sharon mmyes then the smoothie king puts it all in a blender together with some local heavy yoghurt and out comes awesomeness with a straw for seven pix!!

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Always takes photos of oranges whenever I see one don´t really know why but I think they remind me of the girl with golden egg Beskows fairytale you know reminds me of my grandmother ok anyways THANK YOU MARRAKESH YOU WERE SOO COOL!!

 

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Hope you had a kick-ass 2019  so far we started celebrating the last day 0f 2018 by riding dromedaries in the dessert my dromedary was called Madonna and I got the name Madame couscous don’t really know why but I think it was easier for the dromedary guy to remember!!

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The dromedary guy also made me a ring from a palm leave (?!) and asked if he could buy me from A for 20 dromedaries I think A was tempted but he needed the space in my bag to get all stuff home to Sweden again (my love is a thing  faddist) so it was a bad idea!!

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Snack attack!! Everything is so god damn fresh just look at what they call an avocado sandwich? Imagined something like a grilled guacamole toast with majo or I dunno but this mashed avocado with apple pomegranate and some baguette at the hippest vegan henna cafe was also nice!!

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PALMS OMG!! the child in me will never stop think that palms are so cool and fill my camera memory with them thank god for digital cameras!!

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Hehe needed a break from all couscous and tagine so for New Years dinner  we had dromedar burger with some awesome ketchupy relish and the best fries EVER sorry Madonna i did not mean to eat your baby!!

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And the date milkshake that was CRAAAAAAAAAY maybe not the New Years dinner i would have every year but since we were in Marrakesh and they dont drink bubbles and they dont really celebrate New Years last January this was so nice authentic unposh and just what we wished for!! Did not even miss the bubbles well almost anyways!! Also the restaurant had storytellers thats told Arabic stories under the riads open sky all night!!

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2019 BRING IT!!

 

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HOPE YOU HAVE A KICKASS CHRISTMASES KIDS  here comes some mixed picture of our Christmas before leaving snowy Uppsala for the sun in Marrakech!!

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 First up is my fav Christmas brunch Punsch a la malta yes my secret for making the best ris a la malta ever invented hehe humble yes mix bought christmas porridge with coconut cream and vanilla sugar the real sort please top with dark cherries and roasted almonds then you drizzle it all with WARM PUNSCH and die twice!!

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Ofc also a lot of different saffron buns actually tried all of Guntherskas versions by now saffron semla saffron donut saffron butter swirl saffron tosca mazarin saffron croissant saffron pain au chocolate saffron levain hehe decided that  I prefer mine with fuck loads of butter almond paste and cardamon sugar!!

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Lots of winter walks really love garden evens in winter just look at this green kale how pretty even when its freezing also my favorite  buildings orangeries are almost more beautiful this time of the year when the glass are lit up beats churches every day!!

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Sometimes I get totally mindblown by the easiest of things or maybe thats exactly why I get so mindblown this saffron levain that awesome Johanna been serving as the most amaze office brekkies all december is just that kind of thing so ofc that was the first thing I had on my first day of Christmas vacay!! Also the leftovers makes really great krutongs  for pastas, soups and risottos!! Just fry it in olive oil and salt and you have the most beautiful crispy topping imaginable!!

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Speaking of kale this kaleonara is far better than any mimmi pig carbonara in the world promise (also its so easy to veganize if you like!!) just fry chanterelles green kale and brussels in butter add cream and bring to boil before adding salt pepper then mix with pasta and top with fuckloads of aged cheese like västerbotten cheese and roasted nuts pasta-time-away!!

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Ofc it was loads of Christmas goodies among them Christmas biskvi just add gingerbread spices and some fresh grated ginger in to your original butter chocolate cream and dipp the whole thingy in rich dark chocolate!!

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The most important Christmas decoration FLOWERS!! Always prefer white and green palettes not so much for squeeze red at all actually!

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Also been a lot of chilly snowy playful walk with this little fellow best Christmas gift ever and then I never ever been a fan of dogs!!

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Since it was my bday this week I had the fortune to chose post-bday -brekkie (cause no one really wanna have their bday on a monday!!) and yes ofc since I have more than one sweet tooth I wished for one of my all time favs which is  Allt om Mats really dense (no joke!!) dark chocolate cake layered with a cover of white chocolate ganache with saffron topped with roasted and choco dipped walnuts that I always in some way manage to eat huge slices of after everyone else is game over heavy cakes is a talent of mine anyways served with cream apricot desert wine double espresso and no presents needed!!

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Had the traditional lobster tish back on and got ready for one more bubbly stay up sea food night!!

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Omg I LOVE the combo lobster fries and bubbles!!

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This years fav winter drink is this one with prosecco clementine tonic and rosemary from Buffé magazine!!

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Hehe ok confession time I LOVE ROMAN ARCS but only the small one that you can buy in boxes you know important so for Christmas I wanted to do something like that but fancy and these milk chocolate pralines with roasted almond sea salt and orange blossom is what I came up with!!

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Im not an expert but I really enjoy making nice packages when Im in the mood!!

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This years foodie Christmas present tip is this lexikon of flavors and how you can pair all imaginable and unimaginable flavors with eachother hehe ok this is probably what I think about most in my entire life so yes I was so excited when I got hold of one I almost finished it that same night!!

 

 

 

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OK I have no problem with sweet brekkies so if someone think we should celebrate Christmas vacay and that Ive finished my internship with a saffron Semla for brunch I will say yes please with extra cream on top also people who makes it legal to eat my favorite thing in the world way to early by adding some natural yellow color to the bun dough that tastes expensive should be awarded with some kind of Christmas spirit price!!

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The night before Christmas eve I start unwrapping all the Christmas decorations for the Christmas tree this Lobster from last year in SF gets the honor place for the night since we always eat sea food the evening before!!

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A tradition of the 23th is aslo doing the last Christmas treats maybe you kids have  many small bits of leftover chocolate nuts seeds dried fruits and berries from Advent Christmas candy making and baking? PERFECT!! This Birdie nam nam is what to do with it all: melt the leftover chocolate and sprinkle with the leftover fruit and nuts maybe add som sea salt rest in the fridge and then crack in to your kind of size of pieces!!

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Since my and moms visit at Hantverket this is my fav snack all categories fried Hasselbacks potatos with smetana onion löjrom (Swedish expensive roe??) and dill bubbles to go with it ofc omg game over!!

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Moules in cream are always a nice idea if you wanna update the ham sandwich and television night that seems to be a tradition that never reach our family!!

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Also ofc more Amaryllis Christmas must have so pretty in a big vase or hanging from the window!!

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CARB IS FUEL KIDS!!

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Everybody should celebrate stay up night with bubbles lobster and carbs at least its the strongest tradition in our family!! As religious for something we get hehe!!

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So ofc we also hang a champagne bottle in the Christmas tree to prevent it from getting thirsty thats why its loose all of its needles to ungenerous supplies of bubbles!!

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We dont have any presents under the tree this year instead we have this little fellow say hello to our latest family member Leo the assistent labrador!!

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The best dessert in my world  is chocolate always this rocky road which is just melted milk chocolate mixed with dumle caramels jelly rasberries pistachios hazels and licorice have it all its salty sweet smooth crunchy chewy all at the same time!!

Talk again after Christmas so until then I hope you have a very merry Christmas! however you chose to spend it!!