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Coconut quinoa and asian greens.

new years resolutions. one of mine was to cook more asian food. a really good resolution. a result of this is of my latests discoveries: this bowl of wonder. it’s like eating fluffy clouds spiked with great greens and chili.

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the clouds (serves 4)
200 ml white quinoa
250 ml coconut milk
150 ml water
ca 1 tsp salt
a little bit of coconut oil/flavorless oil

rinse the quinoa and fry in the oil for about five minutes. add water, coconut milk and salt. bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minuter on low heat. while cooking the quinoa prep the greens.

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the greens
brussel sprouts (one net), peeled and cut in quarters
200g edamame, if frozen thawed
4 handfuls of leaf spinach, rinsed
1 bid clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/3 of a chili, finely chopped
a small piece of ginger, finely chopped
ca 2 tbsp fish sauce
juice from 1/2 a lime
a mini-dash of soy sauce
a handfull of fresh cilantro
a dash of olive oil

fry the brussel sprouts in oil together with garlic, chili an ginger. after a little while add the edamame, lime juice and fish sauce. adjust to flavor and add soy sauce if needed. divide the quinoa into bowls, top with fried and fresh greens and cilantro and then enjoy.

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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.

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The simple mushroom soba bowl

so it’s time for my next favorite noodle. feels like that’s about what i have time to cook at the moment – school’s started.. even though this means that autumn is on it’s way i feel like there’s still room for summer, trying to enjoy the late summer treats the nature offers. stockholm is fantastic right now and i spent my saturday in the sun on the water, indulging every bit of it. by the way, if you want to add some proteins i’d go for a few slices of fried tofu.

By the temple | piecefully  in Kyoto.
Mushroom soba bowl | piecefully

the bowl
japanese soba (buckwheat) noodles enough for one person
4 big mushrooms (I used portabella and champingons)
1/4 of a leek
a handfull of baby spinache
toasted and ground sesame seeds (with shell)
sea salt & pepper

the dressing
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
a finger tip of wasabi

this is truly very simple. start by mixing the ingredients for the dressing and set aside. slice the mushrooms and the leek and fry them in some oil while cooking the noodles.when the noodles are done rinse briefly in cold water. mix noodles, mushrooms and greens top with sesame seeds and season with the dressing.

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Peas and music.

IMG_9022  IMG_8951  Green pea pesto | piecefully

when i got home from gothenburg on sunday afternoon i was super hungry, but had hardly nothing in the fridge to work with. so this is what i whipped up. originally i though of doing something with edamame (hence the japanese somen noodles) but i realised that green peas was the only thing in my freezer, so i went with those instead. and as for the noodles – they’re one of my favorites. oh and by the way, way out west was magical, especially the three hours of pure happiness we experienced under this giant disco ball during Giorgio Moroder’s daytime session.

easy pea noodles
(good for one)

ca 1 dl (100 ml) green peas, fresh or thawed
a small glove of garlic
grated parmesan cheese
fresh parsley
a dash of olive oil
pepper
sea salt
japanese somen noodles enough for one person (soba or angel hair spaghetti works fine as well)

put everything except the noodles in a mixer and season to your liking with parsley, parmesan and pepper. cook the noodles for 1,5 min in boiling water, drain and rinse briefly in cold water to prevent them from sticking together. mix in the pea pesto and serve up.

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A stack of mini buckwheat pancakes with red chard, ricotta, pine nuts and mint

that was an incredibly long title. i couldn’t find anyway to express whats in this dish without the long title – and it’s explicit right? V is away in copenhagen for the week so i have the apartment (and kitchen!) to myself. well, not that it’s awfully crowded in the kitchen when she is at home. even though V being away for the week has it’s perks there is the tiny detail that i have to eat alone. it’s not a problem in the morning; then i love eating alone, having time to read the paper, listen to some music and whip up anything i feel like. not having to speak to anyone. or bump in to anyone. but. any other meal i prefer sharing with someone. it tastes so much better. plus eating alone makes me eat far too fast. 10 min and i’m done.

Buckwheat pancakes with red chard and ricotta | piecefully  Buckwheat pancakes with red chard and ricotta | piecefully  Buckwheat pancakes with red chard and ricotta | piecefullyactually, when i first moved to stockholm, at that time living in the apartment solo, i tried to mitigate the melancholy over eating a lone. so i made it a thing to cook only really tasty dishes, taking time to arrange the food beautifully on my best plates and in my pretties bowls. just for myself. this actually works – i mean who said you don’t need to make an effort when you’re alone? make an effort for yourself. so that’s what i did today – inspired by Katie i brought out my mini-pancake iron skillet (“plättlagg”) for the second time this week. the mint flavor with the vinegar in the onion and the creamy ricotta works really well together, plus i love having so many different textures in one dish. 

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this is from Ise in Japan, we went there to visit the emperor family’s temples. buckwheat always make me think of japan, since my first (apart from a russian bliny or two) encounter with the cereals was there. i had cold soba noodles and fell in love. then i had them warm in a soup. and i was stuck. i’ll post a recipe or two on that as well. but for now these tiny treats.

Buckwheat pancakes with red chard and ricotta | piecefully second stack.
these measurements are perfect or one hungry gal (read: myself). or if you wish to serve it as a mini-starter/nibble this is enough for at least 6 ppl

the pancakes
1 egg
100 ml buckwheat meal
100 ml oat milk
a knife’s point of baking powder
2 pinches of sea salt
olive oil for frying

the filling
a big hand full of red chard, chopped
15 mint leaves, chopped
50 g ricotta
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
grated parmesan
sea salt
pepper
1/2 a red onion
honey
balsamic vinegar

start by mixing the dry ingredients for the batter. whisk in the egg followed by the oat milk. set aside.
slice the red onion in thin slices and fry briefly in olive oil. take of the heat and add a splash of balsamic vinegar, salt and honey – season to you liking. now mix the chard, mint, pine nuts together with the ricotta and season with parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. now, fry the pancakes in olive oil and arrange in layers with onion and ricotta filling.

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Bubbles, strawberries and goat’s cheese

the summer I just had turned 20 many summer nights were spent drinking bubbles in the kitchen of my friend anna. she introduced me to the world of golden sparkly and i got stuck. dry and with strawberries is a favorite.

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i also have a love for fruits in salads. not fruit salad. but adding a fruit to your cooking. it gives a great contrast. the sweet with the savory. and why not pick strawberries? late lunch = light dinner.

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this serves one one not so hungry person.
handfull red chard, washed and dried
3-4 leaves roman salad, washed, dried and ripped
handfull small strawberries, washed and sliced
60 g chèvre (or other goat’s cheese)
1/2 hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
a couple of leaves thai basil (i had som left from yesterday and it gives the salad a nice twist!)
honey
crema di balsamico
olive oil
pinch of sea salt
black pepper

on a plate (serving plate if making for many) combine greens and strawberries. add cheese, nuts and basil on top. drizzle some honey and plenty of olive oil and balsamico over the salad and finish of with salt and pepper. this is delicious on it’s own as a vegetarian, light meal. but if you are in need of proteins and don’t back off red meat i would suggest glazed and barbecued lamb racks to go with the salad. i’ll try that next time.

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Summer rolls.

yesterday was so warm. i had a vietnam flash back from the trips there last year and this year.  a culture so far away. and the wonderful kitchen. we visited a place where they made rice paper wrappers and i managed to get som nice shoots of this skillful form of art. as such, i decided to use the inspiration collected when in vietnam. with loads of thanks to this couple that helped me remember the ingredients.

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summer rolls for four (or rolls for dinner and salad for lunch)

rolls/salad

one block (ca 200 g) firm tofu

oil for frying

1 kohl rabi, cut into thin strips

1 carrot, cut into thin strips

1/3 of an iceberg lettuce, shredded

1/2 handfull coriander (cilantro) leaves

1/2 handfull thai basil leaves

deep fried shalotts (the original recipe says fried rice flour – but I couldn’t find any at the asian store close to home so this had to do to get the crispy texture)

cellophane  noodles

ca 24 sheets of vietnamese rice paper wrappers (thinner are better in my opinion)

pinch of sugar (coconut or other)

some salt

black pepper from mill

cut the tofu in 0,5 cm slices, dry with paper and pan fry on both sides at high heat. when cool cut in thinner strips. cook noodles in boiling water for 2 minutes. drain, refresh in cold water and drain again before setting aside. the next part is optional (mostly because i forgot to do this step in the heat of the moment). you either pan fry the kohl rabi and carrots, seasoning them with a little sugar, salt and pepper until wilted – or leave them all fresh. when/if cool toss with tofu lettuce and noodles.

for rolls: dip a rice paper in warm water for a second (once! if you soak it will most probably tear..) place the paper on a flat surface and put a coriander leaf and a basil leaf face down on the bottom 3rd of the paper, wait for 20 sec. then add some of the vegetable mixture (approx 1 tbsp), a bit of shalotts/roasted rice flour and fold; bottom over the filling, the sides and then roll.

for salad: toss in a bunch of herb leaves with the vegetable mixture, pour on the dipping sauce and top with the shalotts/roasted rice flour.

dipping sauce

3 tbsp fish sauce

juice from two limes

1 tsp rice vinegar

50-100 ml coconut sugar (or caster if you like)

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/2-1 red chili, finely chopped

combine in a small bowl and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. serve in small individual bowls with to dip the rolls in.

i made half into rolls and served half as a cold salad for lunch the day after. (you can only eat so many rolls at once, and leaving them in the fridge overnight is not to recommend). light but filling .

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