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Yum Cha at Berns, Stockholm

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

For a lovely afternoon treat I recomend going to Berns for a chinese afternoon tea, Yum Cha. For 175 SEK you get to choose an exclusive tea and 3 various appetizing dumplings with dip sauces. But the best part is the last one: the amazing dessert buffet with gorgeous mini desserts.

Various mini desserts, for example crème brûlé with lemon grass and passion fruit/saffron shot.

Guess who’s happy? :-)

Yum Cha at Berns Asiatiska
Mon-Fri 14:00 – 18:00

Cucumber, mint and feta dip

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Yesterday I wrote about my crystal apple cucumbers. This luscious dip is the only thing I’ve done with my cucumbers so far. My intention was to do tsatsiki but as I didn’t have any yoghurt I made up this dip instead. I served it with grape-leaf dolmades and bread, and it was lovely.

How many things can you actually do with cucumbers other than salad or tsatsiki? I’ve read about frying cucumbers, but it doesn’t sound right. I’ve seen soup recipes as well, but nothing that I really want to do. What is your favourite fresh cucumber recipe?

    Cucumber, mint and feta dip

    100 gram feta cheese
    100 ml sour cream
    1.5 tsp fresh mint, finely chopped
    3-4 crystal apple cucumbers (or around 140 gram cucumber), coursely grated

    Mash the feta cheese with a fork, you still want small chunks and not a smooth mixture. Combine with sour cream, mint and grated cucumbers.

Crystal apple cucumber

Monday, August 25th, 2008

When I planted three tiny cucumber seeds in May I could never imagine that they would result in something from the Little Shop of Horrors. Actually my husband is a bit afraid of coming to close to the plants :-) This variety of cucumber, crystal apple, produces small round cucumbers that are crisp and sweet. They are very easy to grow and result in a lot of tasty cucumbers. Fortunatly for me, neither the deers or the snails are interested in the plants. I highly recommend growing crystal apple cucumbers and I’ll do so again next year. Possibly I’ll plant the seeds a little bit earlier as the plants didn’t start producing fruits until end of July. The plants are still blooming and my best guess is that I’ll have fresh cucumbers until the night frost, so I’m hoping for a long and warm autumn.

Three crystal apple cucumber plants.

Ilva’s plum muffins

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

More plums and more recipes from other bloggers. This lovely recipe is from Ilva and it came out great. I did some small changes: I didn’t have small plums so I cut large plums in wedges. I put sliced almonds on top instead of whole ones. I used vanilla infused caster sugar instead of ordinary caster sugar. And last but not least, toasted oat flour (skrädmjöl) instead of mixed oat meal. Very tasty muffins, perfect for an evening snack with a glass of cold milk while reading food magazines online.

Weekend cat blogging

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Tanuki

A picture is worth a thousand words. From cooped up city cats to prowling garden dwellers.

Yoshi

Pille’s clafoutis

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Plum clafoutis

For a delicious and quick dessert, do try Pille’s clafoutis. I used plums instead of apricots and it was very tasty. A perfect dessert when you have dinner guests on a weekday and don’t have much time.

Thai take away and our 3 furry guests

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Chicken spring rolls with soya and garlic sauce. 60 SEK

Weekdays we usually cook a quick dinner after work and then we try to relax. Those evenings when we’re so exhausted that we just want to sleep we go for something even quicker, take away. Lucky for us we have a Thai take away close by. Nok thai take away, as it’s called, has its kitchen in a truck almost hidden beside a road. The food is excellent but unfortunately, because of the climate, they don’t operate all year. But for now they’re still there and feed us when we’re too tired to cook.

Today was definitly a take away evening and after bringing home the food we sat by the kitchen table and talked about our day at work. Suddenly a roe deer passed by just outside, followed by her two baby deers (photo further down). We’ve seen the roe deers in our garden a lot during the summer, but this is the closest we’ve seen them. And I can’t possible be angry on them, despite the fact that they ate ALL my carrots, ALL my beets and half of the physalis plant earlier this summer. They are too beautiful for that and I love the fact that they come by almost every evening.

Photo taken in rush through the window: Mother roe deer with one of her babies, the second one just outside of the photo.

Chicken skewers marinated in coconut milk, with peanut sauce. 70 SEK

Work, work, work…

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Autumn is here; the end of vacation and start of work. End of sunny days and start of rainy ones. I’ve had my first week at my new job and I’m totally exhausted. Next week I’ll do my best to blog about all those great things that I’ve cooked and baked lately. But until then just a picture of my new cute tea cup that I bought at Koffert, to have at work now when I have my own desk again (with a fabulous view!). Oh, and among all great things at Koffert they have Jelly Belly jelly beans by weight!