Basil & Rosemary Chicken All in One – Basilika & Rosmarin Kyckling Allt-i-ett

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Long time no see! Starting off the new year with this easy one tray Chicken! This recipe is not hard to make at all, and to be honest, you could put anything you like on it and then bake it in the oven! It’s a perfect January meal, since you can use the cheaper parts of the chicken (the parts with the bone still in them), these parts will make it even more juicy than the parts without the bone. Adding chorizo and prosciutto makes it so moist and flavorful as well. No side needed! You just add arugula (or spinach or something else) at the end, and it’s ready to serve! What’s even nicer is that when everything is cut up, you have time to set the table and clear the kitchen while it’s baking, leaving no mess and a delicious meal!

Recipe / Recept

Chicken (any parts you like) / Kyckling (Vilka delar du vill) 

Chorizo / Chorizo 

Kalamata Olives / Kalamata Oliver

Tomatoes / Tomater 

Prosciutto / Prosciutto

Pine nuts / Pinjenötter 

Rosemary (fresh) / Rosmarin (färsk)

Basil (fresh) / Basilika (Färsk) 

Olive oil / Olive oil 

Salt & Pepper / Salt och peppar

Arugula / Ruccola

  1. Preheat the oven to 440 F. / Sätt ugnen på 225 grader.
  2. Place out the chicken on a tray. / Lägg ut kycklingen på en plåt.
  3. Cut up the chorizo. / Skär upp chorizon.
  4. If you are using small tomatoes, place them out whole, if you are using large ones, but them in pieces. / Om du använder små tomater, lägg ut dom hela, om du använder stora tomater, skär dom i bitar.
  5. Spread out the olives, prosciutto, pine nuts and herbs. / Sprid ut oliverna, prosciutton, pinjenötter och kryddor.
  6. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Not too much salt, since many of the ingredients already are very salty. / Strö på salt och peppar, men inte för mycket salt, då många av ingredienserna redan är väldigt salta.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 25 min, or until the chicken is done. / Laga i ca 25 min i ugnen, eller tills kycklingen är färdig.
  8. Top with lots of arugula. / Toppa med massa ruccola!
  9. Done! / Klart!

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6 Hour Bolognese – 6 Timmars Bolognese

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Something that I’ve been wanting to do for a really long time is a slow cooked bolognese. I don’t own a slow-cooker, so I just made mine in a pot. When I’m in DC, I usually don’t have 6 hours to wait for something cooking (even though it does cook itself and you don’t have to do much, I would still not dare leaving it on the stove….). When I got back to Sweden, this was the first meal I made! And I must say…. There is something about slow cooked meat. It just falls apart, and it tastes SO delicious. As you all know, I don’t eat that much red meat any longer, but this is one of my few weak points. For all of you out there who feel like trying – do it! It was worth it, and especially for a weekend with bad weather, or when you’re on vacation.

Recipe / Recept

600 g chuck roast / 600 g högrev 

5 carrots / 5 morötter 

2 onions / 2 gula lökar 

4 cloves of garlic / 4 vitlöksklyftor 

4 mushrooms / 4 champinjoner

1/2 parsnip / 1/2 palsternacka 

3 sticks of celery / 3 stjälkar selleri 

2 cans of crushed tomatoes / 2 burkar krossade tomater 

1 cup of water / 2.5 dl vatten

1 stock cube / 1 buljong tärning

1 tbsp soy sauce / 1 msk soya 

1 tbsp salt / 1 msk salt 

1 tbsp sugar / 1 tsk socker

Parsley for garnish / Persilja för dekoration 

1. Start by cutting the meat and vegetables in pieces. / Börja med att skära kött och grönsaker i bitar.

2. Brown the meat in butter. Set aside. / Bryn köttet i smör. Lägg åt sidan.

3. In a big pot, brown the vegetables. / I en stor gryta, bryn grönsakerna.

4. Add all the other ingredients and let simmer with the lid on. / Lägg i alla ingredienser och låt puttra med locket på.

5. After about 1 hour, taste and add more spices according to taste. / Efter ungefär en timme, smaka av och krydda.

6. Let simmer and try every 2 hours. / Låt puttra och smaka av efter ca 2 timmar.

7. After 5-6 hours, it’s done. / Efter 5-6 timmar är det klart.

8. Serve with pasta and parmesan. / Servera med pasta och parmesan.

9. Done! / Klart!

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Seared Tuna & Caramelized Onion Rice Bowl

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This recipe has been waiting and waiting to be posted! Don’t be intimidated… It’s so easy to make, and one of the most delicious dinner I’ve made in a while… Which means that you must try as well :). You could just as well use fresh salmon or another type of fish. The combination is what makes it so perfect!

Recipe / Recept 

Rice / Ris

1 mango / 1 mango

1 avocado / 1 avokado 

1/2 cucumber / 1/2 gurka 

1 large onion / 1 stor lök 

1/2 cup of water / 1.25 dl vatten

2 tbsp of honey / 2 msk honung

salt / salt

2 pieces of tuna (that can be eaten raw…) / 2 bitar tonfisk (som kan ätas råa

2 cloves of garlic / 2 vitlöksklyftor

Dressing / Dressing 

1 part olive oil / 1 del olivolja 

1 part soy sauce / 1 del soya 

a piece of fresh ginger / en bit färsk ingefära 

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1. Start by boiling the rice according. / Börja med att koka riset.

2. Cut the cucumber and avocado in smaller pieces. Mix and set aside. / Skär gurkan och avokadon i mindre bitar. Blanda och ställ åt sidan.

3. Cut the mango in smaller pieces and set aside. / Skär mangon i mindre bitar och sätt åt sidan.

4. Cut the onion in half moons. / Skär löken i halvmånar.

5. Heat up a pan and add onion, stir until it’s soft. / Hetta upp en panna och lägg i löken. Rör tills den är mjuk.

6. Add water, honey and salt. / Lägg i vatten, honung och salt.

7. Turn the heat down. / Dra ner värmen.

8. Let simmer until all liquid is disappeared. / Låt puttra tills all vätska kokat bort.

9. Grate the ginger. / Riv ingefära.

10. Mix all ingredients to the dressing. / Blanda alla ingredienser till dressingen.

11. Press the garlic. / Pressa vitlöken.

12. Rub the tuna in garlic and salt, sear in butter on high heat for about 45 sec on each side. / Gnugga in vitlöken i tonfisken och salta. Stek på hög värme i smör ca 45 sek på varje sida.

13. Layer the bowl with rice, dressing, vegetables and top with slices of tuna and caramelized onion. / Lägg upp i en skål, ris underst och sen grönsaker och dressing. Toppa med skivad tonfisk och karamelliserad lök.

14. Done! / Klart!

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Chicken, Mint & Sriracha Meatballs w. Delicious Pasta- Kyckling, Mynta & Sriracha Köttbullar med Underbar Pasta

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Traditional Swedish Meatballs are hard to beat, although, meatballs can be (IS for sure) so much more than what you normally buy at IKEA. It’s an easy dish to elaborate with, and the combinations are endless. The other week I felt an urge for some mint (I mean I do almost everyday, but still). I decided to experiment a little with ground chicken, and I must say that the result was amazingly delicious. A must try! To go with it I made a pasta with vegetables and spinach. All for a perfect hearty yet interesting weekday meal.

Recipe / Recept

Chicken Meatballs / Kycklingköttbullar 

15-16 ounces of ground chicken / 450-500 g kycklingfärs

1 cup of water / 2.5 dl vatten

1 stock cube / 1 buljongtärning

0.4 cups of bread crumbs / 1 dl ströbröd

1 egg / 1 ägg

about 15 mint leaves / ca 15 myntablad 

1-2 tbsp of sriracha / 1-2 msk sriracha 

salt / salt 

Pasta / Pasta 

Pasta / Pasta

peapods / ärtskidor 

green peas / gröna ärtor

tomato / tomat

2 tbsp of sour cream / 2 msk creme fraiche 

2 tbsp of half and half / 2 msk röd mjölk 

salt / salt 

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Lots of fresh spinach / Mycket färsk spenat

1. Start with the meatballs. Boil the water with the stock cube. / Börja med köttbullarna. Koka upp vatten med buljongtärning.

2. Pour the water over the breadcrumbs. Let swell. / Häll vattnet över ströbrödet och låt svälla.

3. Mix in the ground chicken, chopped mint, egg, salt and sriracha. / Blanda i kycklingen, hackad mynta, ägg, salt och sriracha.

4. Form meatball. / Rulla köttbullar.

5. Cook in butter until golden. / Stek i smör tills gyllene.

6. Bring water to boil for the pasta. / Koka upp pasta vatten.

7. Chop tomatoes and pea pods. / Hacka tomater och ärtskidor.

9. Cook until soft. / Stek tills mjuka.

10. Add green peas, cream and salt. / Lägg i mjölk, creme fraiche, ärtor och salt.

11. Mix in with the pasta. / Blanda med pastan.

12. Mix in fresh spinach. / Blanda i färsk spenat.

13. Done! / Klart!

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A Wonderpot / En “Under-Kastrull”

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Pasta comes in many different shapes – yet, I sometimes find it redundant. In the US, tomato sauce just goes by as “red sauce” and it makes me kind of sad. Red sauce and tomato sauce shouldn’t be the same thing, even though it is. The website www.budgetbytes.com is a great resource for any dinner, although it comes more handy for students on a student budget. Pasta rouge is sometimes delicious, but this wonderpot will surprise you! The wonder of the wonderpot simply lies in the fact that you only need one pot to cook the whole meal, even though it’s both pasta and a sauce. Convenient, since it requires less dishes… However, the result isn’t simple or boring at all. It’s
D e l i c i o u s and won’t disappoint you. It’s creamy without cream and flavorful as never before! Try it out and be amazed!

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Recipe / Recept 

12 oz of Bavette / 500 g bavette 

3 cloves of garlic / 3 vitlöksklyftor

fresh basil / färsk basilika 

tomatoes / tomater 

1 yellow onion / 1 gul lök

4 cups of water / 1 liter vatten

1 stock cube / 1 buljongtärning

Parmesan cheese / Parmesanost

1. Cut the tomatoes, peel and slice the onion and garlic. / Skär tomaterna i bitar, skala och skiva löken och vitlöken.

2. Break the pasta in two. / Bryt pastan i två.

3. Add all ingredients, except the cheese,  into a pot. / Lägg alla ingredienser, utom osten, i en gryta.

4. Bring to boil, no lid. Make sure everything is covered in water. / Koka upp, utan lock, se till så att allt är täckt av vatten.

5. Cook until the pasta is done. / Koka tills pastan är klar.

6. Grate some cheese and stir in. / Riv ost och rör i.

7. Done! / Klart!

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Lemon Chicken – Citronkyckling

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Recipe / Recept

4 Chicken breasts, no bone / 4 Kycklingfiléer

Lemon zest from 1 lemon / Citronskal från 1 citron

Lemon juice from 1 lemon / Citronsaft från 1 citron

4 tbsp of olive oil / 4 msk olivolja

1.5 tbsp of sugar / 1.5 msk socker

salt / salt

1. Preheat the oven to 340 F. / Sätt ugnen på 170 grader.

2. Grate the zest from the lemon, make sure it´s washed. / Riv skalet från citronen, se till att den är tvättad.

3. Put the chicken in a plastic bag. / lägg kycklingen i en plastpåse.

4. Add all the other ingredients. / Blanda i alla andra ingredienser.

5. Let marinate for at least 20 min. / Marinera i minst 20 min.

6. Brown the chicken breasts on high heat. / Bryn kycklingen på hög värme.

7. Bake in the oven until cooked through. / Tillaga i ugnen tills kycklingen är klar.

8. Done! / Klart!

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Pasta Pesto with Scallops – Pesto Pasta med Pilgrimsmusslor

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There’s no summer in Sweden yet, it’s July 2nd and the rain is still poring down. Although, they are promising better weather and especially more summery weather during the weekend. The only good thing about the weather being more like a rainy october day is that there’s lots of time for cooking. This dish is perfect when having guests over, since it’s both hearty, delicious and easy. You can prepare the pesto in advance, and the meal will be done in the same amount of time as the pasta is cooking.

But, let’s talk about scallops for a while. Scallops are sooo delicious, but it’s important to not over cook them. A food like scallops is nothing you eat everyday, and therefore it’s worth being a little more attentive in order to cook them in the right way. Well, the “right” way will probably vary from person to person. My way of cooking them is by seasoning with salt and pepper and then quickly turn them in a pan on high heat with butter in. Only about 1 minute on each side, and then let them rest. Mmm….

Recipe / Recept

12 ounzes of pasta / 500 g pasta

Pesto / Pest0

Avocado / Avokado

Tomatoes / Tomater

Pine nuts / Pinjenötter

Parmesan cheese / Parmesan ost

Scallops / Pilgrimsmusslor

1. Start by making the pesto. / Börja med att göra peston.

2. Cook the pasta. / Koka pastan.

3. Meanwhile, slice the avocado and tomatoes. / Undertiden, skiva avokado och tomater.

4. Sear the scallops; season and put the stove on high heat. Melt butter in a pan and cook about 1 min on each side. / Stek pilgrimsmusslorna; sätt spisen på hög värme och låt smöret smälta. Krydda pilgrimsmusslorna och stek ca 1 min på varje sida.

5. Mix the pasta with the pesto. / Blanda pastan med peston.

6. Top of with tomatoes, avocado, scallops, pine nuts, avocado and parmesan. / Toppa med tomater, avokado, pilgrimsmusslor, pinjenötter och parmesan.

7. Done! / Klart!

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Asian Fusion Glass Noodle & Shrimp Salad – Asian Fusion Glasnudel & Räksallad

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Here comes a recipe you can’t go wrong with. It’s perfect for hot summer nights, as well as a cold lunch. I’ve started to absolutely love glass noodles over the past year. In general when I cook, I usually just use what I come across. Sometimes, I of course plan it all out, but most of the times the recipes are half planned and half made up in the heat of the moment, and I think that’s one of the best parts about cooking. I cooked this dish on a friday night together with my brother and his girlfriend Alexandra. I’m kind of a control freak in the kitchen, yet I love having company when cooking (kind of paradox, I know), but this actually turned out to be a great dinner. I hope you can try something like it too!

Recipe (4-5 people) / Recept (4-5 personer)

2 packets of glass noodles / 2 paket glasnudlar

1 mango / 1 mango

1 avocado / 1 avocado

1 cucumber / 1 gurka

1/2 red onion / 1/2 rödlök

1 packet of pea pods / 1 packet ärtskidor

fresh cilantro / färsk koriander 

fresh mint / färsk mynta

about 2 tbsp olive oil / ca 2 msk olivolja 

about 2 tbsp susaki sauce / ca 2 msk susakisås

about 1 tbsp of soy sauce / ca 1 msk soya

salt / salt 

Shrimp / Räkor

Peanuts / Jordnötter

1. Start by cooking the noodles. When they are done, flush them in cold water. / Börja med att tillaga nudlarna, när de är klara kan du spola i kallt vatten.

2. Chop cilantro and mint. / Hacka mynta och koriander.

3. Mix the herbs with olive oil, susaki and soy sauce. / Blanda kryddorna med olivolja, susaki och soya.

4. Chop all the vegetables. / Skär alla grönsaker.

5. Mix the vegetables with the noodles and the sauce. / Blanda grönsakerna med nudlarna och såsen.

6. Mix in the shrimp. / Blanda i räkorna.

7. Garnish with peanuts. / Garnera med jordnötter.

8. Done! / Klart!

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Marinated Chicken with Pureed Basil Carrots & Chili Bak Choy – Marinerad Kyckling med Morots & Basilika Purée och Chili Bak Choy

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Here comes a delicious meal you can prepare for Sunday (or any day) dinner. This meal is healthy, easy to prepare and full of nutrients. I love Bak Choy, it’s such an easy side, and depending on spices, you can make it taste so differently. Here spiced up with chili and salt, but you can put any spices on. I can imagine even cinnamon being an interesting flavor combo, but that will be be an experiment for next time. The carrots and basil tastes beautiful in the combination with lemon, since it’s both sweet and sour at the same time. This also creates a contrast in texture to the crispier Bak Choy. Then we get to the chicken, which really is happiest when it gets to be marinated for at least 2, but up to 8 hours. If you don’t have time though, don’t worry. The marinade works just as well if you throw it on right before you put the chicken in the oven!

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Här kommer en underbar måltid som passar utmärkt till söndag middag (eller middag vilken dag som helst egentligen). En nyttig, lätt måltid fylld med vitamin och protein! Jag älskar Bak Choy kål, det är så lät att tillaga, och beroende på hur du kryddar den, kommer den smaka väldigt olika. Här kryddad med chili och salt, men våga prova andra kryddor! Jag kan till och med tänka mig att kanel skulle vara spännande att krydda med… Men det får bli ett experiment till nästa gång. Morötterna och basilikan passar utmärkt tillsammans med den sura citronen, då det blir både sött och syrligt på samma gång. Denna purée skapar i sin tur en len kontrast till Bak Choyn. Sedan kommer vi till kycklingen, som blir gladast om den får marinera i minst 2, men upp till 8 timmar. Har man inte tid är det dock ingen fara, det går bra att lägga på marinaden precis innan man sätter in den i ugnen.

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Recipe (4 servings) / Recept (4 portioner)

Chicken / Kyckling

4 chicken breasts / 4 kycklingbröst

2 tbsp of olive oil / 2 msk olivolja

2 tbsp of soy sauce / 2 msk soya

2 tbsp of sweet chili sauce / 2 msk sweetchili sås

1.5 tsp of honey / 1.5 tsk honung

2 cloves of garlic / 2 vitlöksklyftor

Carrot Puree / Morots Puré 

5 big carrots / 5 stora morötter

about 10 basil leaves / ca 10 basilikablad

2 tbsp of lemon juice / 2 msk citronsaft

salt / salt

butter / smör

Bak Choy / Bak Coy

1-2 heads of bak choy / 1-2 huvud bak choy

butter / smör

chiliflakes / chiliflakes

2 tsp of ginger / 2 tsk ingefära

salt / salt

1. Start by marinating the chicken. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and put the chicken with the marinade on top in a plastic bag in the fridge. / Börja med att marinera kycklingen, blanda alla ingredienser till marinaden. Lägg kycklingen i marinaden och ställ i kylen.

2. Peel the carrots and start cooking them in a large pot filled with water and some salt. / Skala morötterna och koka i en kastrull med lite salt.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. / Sätt ugnen på 175 grader.

4. Put the chicken in the oven and bake for about 15-20 min, or until done. / Tillaga kycklingen i ugnen i ca 15-20 min, eller tills den är klar.

5. Wash and cut the Bak Choy in smaller pieces. Heat a pan with butter and sauté the bak choy. Add ginger, salt and chili after flavor. / Tvätta och skär Bak Choy kålen i mindre bitar. Värm en stekpanna med smör i och stek kålen på medelhög värme. Krydda efter smak.

6. Cut the basil leaves in smaller pieces. / Skär basilikan i mindre bitar.

7. Puré the carrots with a handmixer, blend in basil, a little butter, salt and lemon juice. / Mosa morötterna med en stavmixer. Rör i salt, smör, basilika och citron.

8. Done! / Klart!

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Green Curry & Coconut Milk Cod – Grön Curry & Kokosmjölks Torsk

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When living by myself, I don’t make a lot of fish. Not because I don’t like it, but more because I’m not sure what to do with it. In the same magazine as I found the recipe for the kale chips and beet salad, there was a recipe on a Green Curry Cod, and to me that sounded delicious. In the original recipe, they wanted you to make your own green curry paste, but that’s something that I decided to leave for another time. Instead I used pre bought curry paste. You can also either use frozen or fresh fish, it doesn’t really matter, but if you use frozen fish, make sure that it’s not frozen when you put it in. And don’t over cook it, it gets so dry then…

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Nu när jag bor själv lagar jag inte speciellt mycket fisk. Inte för att jag inte tycker om det, utan mer för att jag aldrig hittar inspiration till vad jag ska göra av den. I samma tidning som jag hittade receptet till grönkålschipsen och polkabetssalladen, fanns också detta recept på Grön Curry Torsk, och jag tyckte det lät underbart gott. I original receptet ville dom att man skulle göra sin egen curry pasta, men jag kände att jag sparade det till nästa gång, och köpte en färdig currypasta. Du kan använda antingen färsk eller frusen fisk, men se till att den är tinad innan du lägger ner den i grytan. Och, viktigast av allt, tillaga den inte för länge, den blir så otroligt torr då….

Recipe (4-6 servings) / Recept (4-6 portioner)

14 ounces of cod / 400 g torskfilé

2 cans of low fat coconut milk / 2 burkar kokosmjölk 

1 onion / 1 gul lök 

1 small bag of green peas / 1 liten kartong gröna ärtor 

Green curry paste / grön curry pasta 

Soy Sauce / Soya 

Salt and pepper / Salt och peppar 

Rice / Ris

1. Start with cooking the rice. / Börja med att laga riset.

2. While the rice is cooking; Slice the onion thinly. / Medan riset kokar; Skiva löken tunt.

3. Continue by browning the onion in butter. / Fortsätt med att bryna löken i smör.

4. Then pour over the coconut milk. / Häll sedan över kokosmjölken.

5. Add about 2 tbsp of curry paste. / Tillsätt ca 2 msk currypasta.

6. Add About 1 tbsp of soy. / Tillsätt ca 1 msk soya.

7. Add some salt and pepper after flavor. / Tillsätt salt och peppar efter smak.

8. Let simmer for about 5-10 min. / Låt puttra i ca 5-10 min.

9. Cut the cod in smaller pieces. / Skär fisken i mindre bitar.

10. Add the cod to the curry, let cook for about 5 min. / Lägg ner torsken i grytan, låt puttra i ca 5 min.

11. Add the green peas. / Lägg i ärtorna.

12. Done! / Klart!

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