Jam & Cardamom Cookies – Sylt & Kardemumma Kakor

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And all of a sudden I’m at the end of my semester again. First week of school it always seems so far until the end, yet, every semester it goes by as quick. Thanksgiving break, a week of classes and then finals. This also means that this is the third semester I’m keeping up (well, at least trying to) with the blog – and I’m so happy I do. Even though it’s much harder to after 250+ posts invent new things, find the time amongst all other activities, and, maybe mostly, have the time to post it (I still have some posts since summer that are not yet up….). Here comes a recipe of Jam & Cardamom cookies. I love jam (or thumbprint) cookies, but these comes with a twist. I put an egg in the dough and decreased the amount of flour slightly, this created a much softer cookie. Cardamom can be put in anything (and make it absolutely delicious 🙂 )

Recipe / Recept 

1.8 sticks of butter / 200 g smör 

0.4 cups of sugar / 1 dl socker

1 tsp vanilla / 1 tsk vaniljsocker

1.6 cups of flour / 4 dl mjöl

1 tsp of baking powder / 1 tsk bakpulver

1 tsp of cardamom / 1 tsk kardemumma

1 egg / 1 ägg

jam /sylt

1. Preheat the oven to 430 F. / Sätt ugnen på 220 grader.

2. Mix all ingredients. / Blanda alla ingredienser.

3. Roll small balls and make a thumbprint in them. / Rulla små bollar och gör ett litet tumavtryck i dom.

4. Put in some jam. / Lägg i sylt.

5. Bake for about 8 min. / Grädda i ca 8 min.

6. Done! / Klart!

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Cute Chocolate Cookies – Söta Chokladkakor

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Last week I went baking-crazy. It’s funny how a lot of people see baking and cooking as very stressful, for me, it’s like therapy. These cookies I found on this blog, and been wanting to try them. Although, the original recipe called for special Swedish candies or frozen Nutella, which was out of my possession. Instead, I used chocolate chips. I baked three types of cookies, and my housemates all voted for this one as their favorite (which I disagreed with, but flavors different for everyone). So, I definitely think you should try these, and stuff them with whatever noms you have in your pantry of fridge!

Recipe (makes about 25) / Recept (ca 25 stycken)

1/2 stick of butter / 60 g smör

1/4 cup of brown sugar / 0.75 dl muscavado socker

1 egg / 1 ägg

4 tbsp cocoa powder / 4 msk kakao

1 cup of flour / 2.5 dl mjöl

0.5 tsp baking soda / 0.5 tsk bikarbonat

0.4 cups of sugar / 1 dl socker

1 tsp vanilla / 1 tsk vaniljsocker 

Garnish / Topping

chocolate chips / chocolate chips

sugar / socker

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1. Preheat the oven to 390 F. / Sätt ugnen på 200 grader.

2. Mix brown sugar and butter together. / Vispa smör och muscavado socker tillsammans.

3. Add all other ingredients. / Lägg i alla andra ingredienser.

4. Roll small balls and stuff them with chocolate chips. / Rulla små bollar och fyll med chocolate chips.

5. Roll the cookies in sugar. / Rulla kakorna i socker.

6. Bake for about 7 min. / Grädda i ca 7 min.

7. Let cool. / Låt svalna.

8. Done! / Klart!

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Chicken! Chicken! Chicken! – Kyckling! Kyckling! Kyckling!

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Chicken was definitely what I used to cook the most. Although, since my brother and his girlfriend decided to go vegetarian (with exception for fish) this was also what I started to cook more and more. As a student though, it’s easier to get cheap(er) chicken that’s still organic. Fresh, organic fish is quite expensive…. This recipe is chicken cooked with onion and bacon and boiled (!) in broth. It might seem strange, but I’ve started to really enjoy cooking chicken by boiling it. It really let’s the flavor of whatever you boil it in absorb into the meat. So here’s another chicken recipe for you – easy and quick.

Recipe (3)/ Recept (3)

2 boneless chicken breasts / 2 kyckling filéer

1 small pack of bacon in cubes / 1 litet paket bacon i kuber

2 spring onions / 2 salladslökar 

water / vatten

1 stock cube / 1 buljongtärning

1. Start by cooking the bacon. / Börja med att steka bacon.

2. Chop the onion. / Hacka löken.

3. Quickly fry the onion. / Stek löken snabbt.

4. Bring water to boil. / Koka upp vatten.

5. Add the stock cube. / Tillsätt buljong tärningen.

6. Add bacon and onion. / Tillsätt bacon och lök.

7. Add the chicken. / Lägg i kyckling.

8. Reduce heat, let simmer until the chicken is cooked. / Sänk värmen, låt puttra tills kycklingen är klar.

9. Done! / Klart!

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Mini Scones w. Cinnamon & Cranberries – Mini Scones med Kanel och Tranbär

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Every time I make scones, I think of my mom. She was the scones “master” in our house, and it was always a really happy, and really good day when I walked down the stairs to our kitchen, and the whole kitchen smelled like scones. Now a days, there’s not as many scones baked or made, but whenever I do make them, it makes me happy. As I’ve mentioned in this post, we usually bake scones in a different way than people do in the US. Last time I baked, I used a muffin thin in order to make the scones smaller and more symmetric. I added some cinnamon to half of the dough, and some dried cranberries to the other half. The scones turned out super cute and delicious. I believe scones are the absolute best right out of the oven with butter and a cup of coffee :).

Recipe / Recept

2 cups of flour / 5 dl mjöl

2 tsp of baking powder / 2 tsk bakpulver

1 tsp of salt / 1 tsk salt

0.8 cups of milk (soy or rice works as well as regular) / 2 dl mjölk (soya eller ris funkar lika bra som vanlig)

5 tbsp of butter (about 2/3 of a stick) / 75 g smör

some cinnamon / lite kanel 

some cranberries / like torkade tranbär

1. Preheat the oven to 480 F. / Sätt ugnen på 250 grader.

2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. / Blanda mjöl, salt och bakpulver i en bunke.

3. Add the milk. / Tillsätt mjölken.

4. Cut the butter in pieces and mix it in with your hands. / Skär smöret i bitar och blanda till en deg med hjälp av dina händer.

5. Part the dough in two. / Dela degen i två.

6. Add cinnamon to one part, and cranberries to the other. / Lägg i kanel i den ena delen och tranbär i den andra.

7. Prepare a muffin thin. / Förbered en muffinplåt.

8. Part the dough’s in 8’s (making 16 scones in total). / Dela degarna i 8. Det blir 16 scones totalt.

9. Roll into small balls and put in the thin. / Rulla små bollar och lägg i plåten.

10. Take a fork and pick on the top of the scones. / Ta en gaffel och picka på toppen av sconsen.

11.  Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden. / Grädda i ca 12-15 min eller tills gyllene.

12. Serve immediately. / Servera direkt.

13. Done! / Klart!

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Delicious Swedish Pancakes – Fantstiska Pannkakor

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What is better than pancakes?! Right, nothing. If you’re really craving them, there’s nothing that can satisfy the craving other than making some pancakes. Swedish pancakes are kind of a mixture of a crepe and an American Pancake. They’re thin but not super thin, but they’re not sweet. Serve them with sugar, jam or fruits and indulge in the deliciousness of pancakes!

 

Recept (12 tunna) / Recipe (12 thin)

3 ägg / 3 eggs

6 dl mjölk / 2.4 cups of milk

2 msk smält smör / 2 tablespoon of melted butter

1/2-1 tsk salt / 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of salt

2.5 dl mjöl / 1 cup of flour

1. Smält smöret och vispa ihop alla andra ingredienser. / Melt the butter and whisk together with all other ingredients. Make sure there are no lumps.

2. Lägg ca 1/2-1 dl smet i stekpannan beroende på hur stor stekpannan är. Lossa den försiktigt i kanterna och vänd när den blivit lite “bubblig” på ovansidan. / Put 0.2-0.4 cups of mix in the pan depending on how big it is. Loosen it carefully in the edges and flip it when it’s bubbly on the top (and it doesn’t break, it takes some time to get the technique in.)

3. Klart! / Done!

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Quick Smoked Salmon & Vegetable Pasta – Snabb Rökt Lax & Grönsakspasta

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First week of school is just finished! This is my third year at American University, and I can’t believe how fast time goes by! After an amazing summer with sun and time for longer dinners, it’s time for the quick recipes to come back! This pasta was made in a second, and is both fresh, delicious and filling at the same time. The combo of vegetables I used is not a necessity, you can put in a little of whatever you like really. I hope you’ve had a great start of this semester and are looking forward to another great year!

Recipe / Recept 

Pasta / Pasta

1 package of smoked salmon / 1 paket rökt lax

1 tomato / 1 tomat

2 green onions / 2 mini salladslökar 

Fresh Spinach / Färsk Spenat 

1 Avocado / 1 Avokado

Parmesan Cheese / Parmesanost 

1. Boil the pasta. / Koka pastan.

2. Meanwhile; cut the tomato and chop the onion. / Undertiden; skär tomaten och hacka löken.

3. Drain the pasta. / Häll av pastan.

4. In the same pot, heat it up with butter and cook the onions, tomato, salmon and spinach. / I samma kastrull, lägg i lite smör och stek löken, tomaten, laxen och spenaten.

5. Mix in the pasta and top with avocado and parmesan. / Blanda i pastan och toppa med avokado och spenat.

6. Done! / Klart!

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Super Good & Healthy Fish Burgers – Jättegoda & Nyttiga Fiskhamburgare

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When my brother became a vegetarian, I can’t say I was a huge fan of fish… I liked salmon, but mostly I would stick to chicken. However, over the past year, I’ve barely eaten red meat, and not that great amount of chicken. This summer I was craving fish, even when my brother was no longer at home. This resulted in these healthy and delicious fish burgers! They’re easy to make, quick, and delicious. We ate them with a half hamburger bread, two delicious sauces (I’ll provide the recipe to those too) and some oven roasted vegetables. All in all, a successful dinner!

Recipe (4 servings) / Recept (4 portioner)

7 ounces of white fish / 200 g vit fisk

7 ounces of red fish / 200 g röd fisk 

1 egg / 1 ägg

1 boiled potato / 1 kokad potatis 

3 cloves of garlic / 3 vitlöksklyftor 

chili flakes / chiliflakes

salt / salt 

pepper / peppar 

Chive sauce / gräslökssås 

0.8 cups of sour cream / 2 dl crème fraiche 

3 tbsp of chopped chives / 3 msk hackad gräslök 

a hint of lemon juice / lite citronsaft 

salt / salt 

pepper / peppar 

Sweet chili Sauce / Sweetchili Sauce 

0.8 cups of sour cream / 2 dl crème fraiche 

4 tbsp of sweet chili sauce / 4 msk sweet chili sås 

1. Start by boiling the potato. / Koka potatisen.

2. In a food processor, mix all the ingredients for he fishburgers. / I en mixer, mixa alla ingredienser till fiskburgaren.

3. Shape the batter into burgers. / Forma smeten till hamburgare.

4. Fry on low heat. / Stek på svag värme.

5. Mix the ingredients to the sauces. / Blanda ingredienserna till såserna.

6. Done! / Klart!

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Couscous Salad with Chili Sautéd Eggplant – Couscous Sallad med Chili Stekt Aubergine

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Recipe (Serves 6) / Recept (6 portioner)

4 portions of couscous / 4 portioner couscous 

2 cloves of garlic / 2 vitlöksklyftor

1/2 stock cube / 1/2 buljongtärning

2 tbsp of lemon juice / 2 msk citronsaft

1 tbsp of olive oil / 1 msk olivolja

Sugarsnaps / Ärtskidor 

tomatoes / tomater 

cucumber / gurka 

Broccoli / Broccoli

Eggplant / Aubergine 

Chiliflakes / Chili flakes 

1. Boil the water for the couscous with 2 crushed cloves of garlic, lemon juice, stock cube and olive oil. / Koka upp vatten till couscousen med 2 pressade vitlöksklyftor, citronsaft, buljongtärning och olivolja.

2. Slice all vegetables. / Skiva alla grönsaker.

3. Boil the broccoli lightly. / Koka broccolin lätt.

4. Slice the eggplant thinly. / Skiva auberginen tunt.

5. Add salt and chili flakes onto the eggplant. / Lägg lite salt och chili flakes på aubergine skivorna.

6. Sautée in butter. / Stek i smör.

7. Plate nicely. / Lägg upp fint.

8. Done! / Klart!

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Awesome Salmon & Passion fruit Salad with Cilantro Dressing – Fantastisk Lax & Passionsfrukts Sallad med Koriander Dressing

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Since the weather in Sweden doesn’t seem to cool off yet (awesome) there’s definitely a need for some quick, easy and delicious salad inspiration recipes. This sallad was so good that me and my brother ate it for lunch 3 days in a row. My brother even said he’d make the dressing the coming days too. The dressing contains a couple of ingredients, but most of it, you’ll find in your pantry at home. It’s really only the fresh cilantro that you will maybe have to purchase. When it comes to presentation, or ingredients for that part, don’t be scared to experiment a little. Put in whatever you like. I used warm smoked salmon, a swedish speciality, but really, any kind of salmon will do. Enjoy your salad, and I hope you try making the delicious dressing.

Recipe (serves 4 hungry people) / Recept (till 4 hungriga personer)

Hearts of Romaine / Roman Sallad

Salmon of any kind / Lax

3 Passion fruits / 3 passionsfrukter

1 spring onion / 1 salladslök

1 avocado / 1 avokado

Pea pods / Ärtskidor

Halloumi cheese / Halloumi ost

Cucumber / Gurka

Dressing / Dressing 

0.4 cups chopped cilantro / 1 dl hackad koriander

Olive oil / Olivolja

Balsamico / Balsamico

Honey / Honung

Soy Sauce / Soya

Chil iflakes / Chiliflakes

1. Start by making the dressing. / Börja med att göra dressingen.

2. Chop the cilantro and put in a small glass. / Hacka koriandern och lägg i ett litet glas.

3. Cover with olive oil. / Täck med olivolja.

4. Add about 0.2 cups of soy. / Tillsätt ca 0.5 dl soya.

5. Add 1 tbsp of honey. / Lägg i 1 msk honung.

6. And then 1 tsp balsamico. / Och sen 1 tsk balsamico.

7. Add chili flakes after flavor. / Tillsätt chiliflakes efter smak.

8. Cut all other ingredients and plate nicely. / Skär alla andra ingredienser och lägg upp fint.

9. Cover with passion fruit and the dressing. / Täck med passionsfrukt och dressing.

10. Done! / Klart!

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A whole Grilled CornCob – En hel Grillad Majskolv

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For those of you who has been with me for a while know that I love corn (and maybe more so, corncobs). In the summer, I believe it’s one of the best things to put on the grill. But maybe you guys, just like me, has had the issue of the corncob cooking unevenly. Since it’s not as thick all through it can be hard to grill it in a good way. So what to do? Well, don’t be frightened by the pictures – it’s not burnt. But put it on the grill with it’s peel on! Cook until the first layer is black and then flip it, 3 times in total, you’ll have perfectly flavored, perfectly grilled corncobs! Tadaaa.

Recipe / Recept

Just corncobs / Bara majskolvar

1. Heat the grill. / Sätt på grillen.
2. Put the corncobs on. / Lägg på majkolvarna.
3. Grill for about 5 min on each side (4 sides) or until black. / Grilla i ca 5 min på varje sida (4 sidor) eller tills svart.
4. Let cool a little. / Låt svalna lite.
5. Peel. / Skala.
6. Done! / Klart!

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