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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!!

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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!!