any day eat, eats, Places, salt eat, Sweden, vegeterian eat

Creamy polenta with two types of kale

so. i got hooked on this dish a couple of weeks ago. before exams happened… hence the delay. it’s comforting, and super easy to make. think risotto but creamier. with crispy and lemony kale. 

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the colors reminded me of the trekking i did with my mother this summer. among crisp green trees on soft moss with spectacular views. it makes me want to go back up north. and just as the lush green of a late-summer Jämtland calms you down so does a plate of this.

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this makes enough for 4
the polenta
3 dl polenta
12,5 dl warm stock (chicken or vegetable)
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 dl grated parmesan cheese
zest from 1/2 a lemon
fresh thyme, leafed

the topping
fine mushrooms, 3 handfuls (i used brown wood mushroom, but portabella or shiitake would work nicely as well)
Kale, 2 BIG bunches
juice from 1/4 a lemon
olive oil
truffle salt

for serving: lemon and freshly grated parmesan

fry garlic and shallots in olive oil, add the polenta, give it a stir and then add the stock – whisk immediately until smooth (to avoid lumps). when the polenta has come to a boil put on low heat and steer regularly for the next 30 minutes. while the polenta is cooking rinse and chop the kale roughly. put half of it on a oven tray and bake for about 10 min at 225°c. the same thing is done with the mushrooms, halve them and put on a separate tray and bake next to the kale.

the other half of the kale is to be fried in a frying pan with olive oil for about 7 minutes, squeeze some lemon juice over it towards the end. when the polenta is done (make sure it’s still creamy!!) fold in the cheese and lemon zest together with some olive oil. Serve immediately with the greens and browns on top, a sprinkle of truffle salt and a small bunch of thyme leaves. add a pinch of parmesan and a few drops of lemon to top it off.

All content by © Sofia Hellsten 2010-2013. All rights reserved.

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Photograpic, Sweden

Autumn on the water.

i spent the weekend kayaking in the Stockholm archipelago. camping. eating by the fire. enjoying indian summer days. i still can’t get my head around how amazing Stockholm is and that this is where we live. i’m humbled.

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eats, morning eat

Granüsli.

good morning.

autumn granola | piecefully

i’ve been in love with breakfast ever since i can remember. in my opinion it’s the best meal of the day. several cups of good earl grey and time to read a full news paper gives you peace. and the food. somehow i feel that breakfast food is in many ways comfort food. pancakes. cheese. butter. sweet fruits. waffles. warm porridge. flaky croissants. refreshing orange juice. peanut butter. scones. yoghurt. and granola.

autumn granola | piecefully

when i was a kid the only thing i ate for breakfast was cheese sandwiches. preferably swedish “polarkakor” or anything my mum baked (usually some kind of rye bread). i used to microwave the sandwiches to let the cheese melt. oh the goodness of that. sometimes, when served, i would also go for semolina porridge, with way too much apple purée. i did not at all like swedish sour-cream and müsli (except once every summer during vacation when we would be allowed sweet, sweet granola or muesli with real pieces of chocolate. then i’d eat the sour-milk just to get the sweet bits). and so i kept myself to bread and cheese for a very long time. basically until i moved to japan and had to adapt to eating fish, rice and miso soup in the morning. which was, believe it or not, fantastic. then a couple of years ago i discovered turkish yoghurt and that threw my morning routine over again. the simplicity and freshness in thick, creamy yoghurt with fresh fruit and a few nuts and some honey on top is remarkable. and my long fight with the sharp, sour flavor and liquidity of most yoghurts was over. my next combat was the muesli.

i still love granola. but the amount of sugar in it kind of makes me back of. (legit reason?)
i still hate regular muesli. feels like eating pure oats and cornflakes (the fright!) that get all soft…
i want to eat stuff which is good for your body. and tastes great.
i don’t want to pay crazy amounts of money for something i can make myself. and i like knowing exactly what i put in my morning bowl. so i set out on a quest to make the prefect granola/muesli. granüsli?

this is one version.
i’ve made so many batches before this and there are many more to come. though i think i’m starting to get the hang of it; the other day this batch was claimed to be “the best muesli i’ve ever had”… and my sister tries to prohibit me from making it since she can’t resist. which says something. i presume these jars will be finished within a week. and i’ll most definitely be partly to blame.

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one quite big batch.
the granola
1 banana
200-300 ml oats
200 ml spelt flakes
1 tbsp whole cardamom kernels, ground
2 tbsp maple syrup

the seeds and nuts
200 g walnuts
100 ml sunflower seeds
100 ml pumpkinseeds
100 ml ground flax seeds
4 tbsp psyllium seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2-3 tbsp maple syrup

the good stuff
50 ml cacao nibs
150 ml coconut chips
200-300 ml quinoa puffs
200 g dried cranberries
200 g dried goji berries

preheat the oven to 175°c.
to make the granola: mash the banana thoroughly and mix with the rest of the granola ingredients. squeeze into crumbs and put on a oven tray. the seeds and nuts: break the walnuts in halves and then mix together with the rest of the ingredients and the syrup. put on a oven tray. now bake the two trays in the oven for about 40 min, stir now and then and keep an close eye on the oven so that nothing burns. the nuts and seed should be a bit golden and the granola dry when ready. now mix it all with the good stuff and put in airtight jars. and feel free to exchange any nuts/seeds/berries to you liking.

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around the world, Places

James’ Kitchen

in december i went to taiwan. walked through dark and chilly streets of taipei and finally found this little gem. James served us some proper taiwanese food of which everything was delicious. we ordered heaps of dishes but what i truly remember is that incredible garlic rice you can glimpse among the dishes. if i’m not mistaken we all had two helpings (or even three…). i have to try and make it some day soon. from the outside the place looked like smallish but once inside we were proved wrong; even the japanese party besides us asked how in the world we had found the place. some good research and patience with the map i said.

Taiwanese restaurant, Taipei | piecefully

Taiwanese restaurant, Taipei | piecefully

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