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Jamie at home

Sunday, May 27th, 2007


I just wanted to remind all of you living in Sweden that Jamie at home is on air Sundays at 9 pm on channel 5. I wasn’t impressed after the first episode but now I’m hooked and I always take notes while watching. I’ve tried some of his recipes and they are great, especially the oven baked potatoes and red onions in balsamic vinegar. The book with all recipes from the series will be published during the autumn.

Dim Sum cooking class

Thursday, May 17th, 2007


Making open face dumplings.

Since I’ve moved to Stockholm I’ve attended two cooking classes at Medborgarskolan. Both were 4 hours classes given on either a weekday night or on daytime during a weekend, so there are no problems with combining them with work. The first one was Modern cakes and even though the teacher was skilled the level was too low for me. I didn’t learn a lot but at least I tried some new recipes and got a lot of cakes back home. For those of you that feel a bit insecure when baking cakes I really recommend the class though. The second class, Dim Sum, I really enjoyed. The teacher for the Dim Sum class, Jonas Arbman, was very talented and his recipes were delicious. We made steamed chicken buns with cilantro sauce, Nem (deep fried Vietnamese spring rolls) with a dipping sauce called Nuoc Cham, deep fried wonton dumplings called Tung Tong with a peanut dipping sauce named Nam Jim, pot sticker dumplings (first fried and then steamed) with a dipping sauce and Mandu which are Korean dumplings with a dipping sauce named Yang Nyeom Jang. I always thought that Dim Sum dishes are way to difficult to make, but I learnt that it isn’t that hard, just a bit fiddly. After the class I feel much more confident and I’ll experiment with different fillings and dipping sauces. For more cooking classes check Medborgarskolan’s homepage. And for those of you that are interested, Jonas is planning to give an advanced class in Dim Sum next year which I wouldn’t mind attending. Here are some more photos from the class:


Pot sticker Mandus and dumplings.


Nems with shrimps, before deep frying.


Nems, wrapped in fresh lettuce and mint, and the hot sauce Nuoc Cham.


Frying the stuffing to the buns and dumplings.


Students working hard.


Making a chicken stuffed bun.


Preparing to steam the chicken buns.


The steamers used for steaming buns and dumplings.


The teacher Jonas Arbman, deep frying Nems.


Deep fried Tung Tongs with pork and other goodies.


Time to eat all goodies; here you see all the different dipping sauces, chicken buns, Tung tongs and dumplings.

Västerbottensoststipendiet 2007

Monday, April 16th, 2007


Jesper Kansten, winner of Västerbottensoststipendiet 2007

Västerbottensost is a Swedish hard cheese aged for at least 12 months and is one of my very favourite cheeses. It has a rich and heavy flavour and some people say that it reminds of young parmesan cheese. It’s quite salty and a bit fruity with a vague hint of toffee, but I have to admit that I never analyse the taste, I just eat it. But today on the seminar on Västerbotten cheese, which was given by the producer Norrmejerier due to the Västerbotten cheese scholarship, there were discussions on the characteristic taste while we tasted it. Apparently the cheese also has an element of umami, which you probably know is the 5th basic taste. After the seminar we had a nice buffet, and of course all dishes had Västerbotten cheese in them. Following the buffet, the winner of the Västerbotten cheese scholarship was announced. The scholarship is a competition between students from the restaurant high schools, where the purpose is to create and cook a modern dish with Västerbotten cheese. Furthermore the price per serving may not exceed 20 SEK.

Jesper’s winner dish: Warm terrine consisting of hand of pork, apple and mushrooms with a celery and Västerbotten cheese crème, Västerbotten cheese sticks and pearl onions in saurkraut.

This year’s winner was Jesper Kansten who won 3 weeks of internship at Erwin Lauterbach’s restaurant Saison in Copenhagen, Denmark. Jesper’s dish can be seen on the photo above. We weren’t able to taste the creation, but at least it was on display.


Food from the buffet: Asparagus tart, Chicken and Mango salad, Roasted pepper soup with grilled scampi, bread with Västerbotten cheese butter and Vegetarian Carpaccio with Västerbotten cheese.

I had a nice time at the event together with Anne from Anne’s Food. We got recipes for all of the dishes, both from the buffet and the three finalists creations, and also some other interesting recipes containing Västerbotten cheese. We also received a signed book (Lust, en bok om livets salt) written by the conferencier, Steffo Törnquist, a big piece of Västerbotten cheese and a bag of grated Västerbotten cheese. Thanks to Prime PR for the invitation!

Menu for Hope III winners!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

The raffle winners for Menu for Hope III were announced yesterday and I would like to congratulate Phil W. who won the Swedish tea kit and cookbook which I donated. He’ll receive his parcel very soon. Can you believe that we sold 6000 raffle tickets and raised $60 925.12 to support the UN World Food Programme? Amazing! I’ve already started to buy things to my donation for this year and I can reveal that it will be something special for all you Moomin lovers! Stayed tuned until December 2007 :-)

Help us fight the hunger!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

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On Friday Menu for Hope III is coming to an end, but you still have time to donate money at the same time as you have a chance winning amazing food prizes, for example my donation which consists of a Swedish cookbook and a tea kit with delicious teas and other yummy things. Read more here.

Menu for hope III

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Christmas is a time of giving and sharing, not only to our closest ones but most importantly to the less fortunate. The ones who don’t read cookbooks for ever in search for the perfect recipe but for the ones who don’t have enough food to feed their family. Now’s your chance to help someone in need of food. Every year, food bloggers from all over the world get together for a fundraising campaign called Menu for Hope. Last year, $17 000 was raised to help UNICEF. This year all money goes to United Nations World Food programme which provides hunger relief to needy people worldwide. No money will pass through our hands, FirstGiving will do the collection and forward all the money raised directly to United Nations World Food programme. Read the United Nations World Food programme’s press release about the event here.

To encourage you readers to donate money for this good cause, food bloggers all around the world have donated food related prizes and for each $10 donated you get one ticket in a raffle to win them. And unlike most raffles, you can pick and choose the prizes you might win. This campaign and raffle is open for everyone, no matter where you live. For more information and other prizes than my own which is described below, please look at the European host page where you can read all about the fantastic donated prizes from the European food bloggers or the main host page where you can find the food prizes from the whole world.

My offer to the campaign is a Swedish tea kit and a cookbook, this kit can be won if you donate at least $10 to the Menu for hope III campaign. The kit contains four unique and delicious tea blends from cosy Old Town in Stockholm, Swedish blueberry honey, archipelago sweets, a cute tea infuser and the cookbook “Swedish Cakes and Cookies”. The perfect kit for cold dark winter nights when you need some comfort! Post and package will of course be provided by me, no matter where you live. Just make sure that your country’s customs allow a private import of the contents.

The Swedish tea kit and cookbook, prize code EU17, contains:

~4 bags of unique tea blends from Gamla Stans te- och kaffehandel in Stockholm, Old Town:

    Gamla Stans te (= Old Town’s tea). Black tea with wild strawberries, strawberries and mandarin oranges. 100 gram
    Rimfrost (= Hoarfrost ). Black tea with cranberries and violet. 100 gram
    Stora Nygatan Special (= Big New Street Special). Green and black tea with lemon and peppermint. 100 gram
    Grönt Kvitten (= Green Quince). Green tea with quince and marigold. 100 gram

~Swedish honey with blueberries from Klas-Olof Ohlsson, Tillinge Uppland. 130 gram.

~Skärgårdsblandning (= Archipelago assortment). Hard sweets in mixed flavours from Spikarö Karamell & Pralin. 150 gram

~A cute tea infuser with a red miniature tea cup. For a close-up look here.

~For an authentic Swedish tea break or fika as we call it, you need 7 different kinds of cookies. To obtain this I’ve included a brand new copy of the popular cookbook “Swedish Cakes and Cookies. In Sweden it’s known as “Sju sorters kakor” and it’s a must in every home. It contains 298 recipes of delicious Swedish cookies, cakes and sweet breads. Every recipe comes with a colour photo.

Doesn’t this sound like a lovely prize which you would like to win at the same time as you’re doing a really good deed? Remember that $10 is only 69 SEK and you will not only feel good about yourself donating money, you will make the people in need feel good and content as well.

    Here’s what you should do:

    1. Go to the donation page on FirstGiving.

    2. Make a donation, each $10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. Please specify which prize or prizes you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code — for example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and for EU02 (Please use the double-digits, not EU1, but EU01). The prize code for my Swedish tea kit is EU17. The rest of the prizes can be found here.

    3. For US donors, if your company matches your charity donation, please remember to check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

    4. Please also check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we could contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

    5. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 when we announce the result of the raffle. The drawing will be done electronically.

    Thanks for your kindness!

Manna – a different food exhibition

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006


(phtoto: http://www.mannautstallningen.nu/)

    How many insects does it take to make a hamburger?
    How do you fit hundreds of litres of water into one bottle of beer?
    What do researchers really say about the environmental benefits of organic farming?
    Can we eat our way to sustainable development?
    All of this – and much more – is taken up in Manna, a different exhibition about food, the environment and our hidden dependence on nature.

On my way to work this morning I saw an ad for “Manna – a different food exhibition”. The exhibition was first shown in Stockholm in 2004 and has been on tour around Sweden. But soon, from September 30th until October 29th, the exhibition is back in Stockholm and I will definately go there. You can find more information, both in Swedish and English, on Manna’s homepage.fruit 1910 company mp31996 mp3 firemans prayer ball charliemaster 2ba mp3baci mp3 24000cadillac mp3 1972mp3 louisiana 1927lady mp3 1at2fast mp3 2furious Map

Upcoming food trade fairs in Stockholm

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Det goda köket
Det Goda Köket (photo: Stockholmsmässan).

Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival at Factory Nacka Strand,
September 28-30th & October 5-7th
Beer and whisky, tastings and seminars. Entrance fee 160-180 kr depending on which day (including a beer tasting glass and a beer seminar).

Chocolate Festival at Nordiska Museet, October 13-15th
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!! Taste, buy and watch! Entrance fee 100 kr.

Det goda köket at Stockholmsmässan, November 10-12th
Focus on home cooking and the domestic kitchen. Tastings, shopping, competions. Entrance fee 120 kr.