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Pretty pretty purple

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

I’ve only seen this colour of Le Creuset online earlier, that is until today when I saw it in Lagamati in Stockholm. It’s an adorable and irresistible colour! This oval casserole is standing in my kitchen now and I’m wondering what the premier dish will be. The official name of the colour is cassis and it’s new since this year.

The perfect ice cream

Monday, June 23rd, 2008


Vietnamese coffee ice cream

Ice cream season has barely started so once more I would like to remind you about the lovely book “The perfect scoop” by David Lebowitz. If you don’t have it, make sure to get it as soon as possible as it’s the best ice cream book ever and the recipes are gorgeous! Swedish readers can order it from here (however the book is in English). I’ve tried a lot of the recipes and so far I havn’t been dissapointed. Here are some pictures of a few things that I’ve tried from the book.

And when speaking of ice cream, does anyone of you own a Gaggia compressor ice cream maker? I’ve had my eyes on it for a while now, but I can’t really make up my mind. It’s big and needs a permanent location in your kitchen as it can’t be moved for 12 h before making ice cream. But still I would love to make ice cream whenever I want, not having to wait for the freezable part of my current (very old) ice cream maker.

Banana and blueberry sorbet

Nectarine sorbet

Strawberry sour-cream ice cream, my favourite one!

Jamie at home

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007


“My favourite hot and sour rhubarb and crispy pork with noodles”

Yesterday I finally received my pre-ordered copy of Jamie’s new book Jamie at home. The book is great in every way, the only problem is that I would need a garden but until then my balcony will have to do. The book is divided into the four seasons and into seasonal ingredients. There’s also loads of tips on how to grow the different vegetables and fruits. I guess that you can assume how happy I am about the rhubarb section under spring? Six lovely rhubarb recipes of which I tried the first one for dinner tonight. Rhubarb is still sold here so Jamie’s hot and sour rhubarb and crispy pork with noodles was the perfect choice for dinner. We both loved it and I can’t wait to try the rest of the book. I’m sure that Jamie’s new cookbook will be a new favourite in our home.

Vinterns söta

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Photo from the Cookbook Café

The book Två Systrars Söta by the Eisenman sisters, founders of the Cookbook Café in Stockholm, is one of my favourite baking books. I’ve tried several recipes and all turned out great so I’m really looking forward to their new cookbook that is for sale from October 3rd. The book is called Vinterns söta and contains recipes of sweet goodies with emphasis on winter. The cover photo with the sisters is just adorable!

Shopping

Monday, July 23rd, 2007


Unfortunately, in last minute due to health reasons, we had to cancel our planned trip to Warsaw this summer. In a desperate way to try to make up for it I tried some comfort shopping as soon as I felt better which resulted in the below very (?) necessary kitchen stuff. To my defence some of the things were real bargains in opposite to the expensive baguette pan…

1 glass cover, Åhlens 99 sek.
1 cat mug (the only thing I collect) with a matching tin, Gekås 25 sek.
4 ramekins, Gekås 25 sek for all 4 (I saw equivalent ones at Cordon Bleu for 40 sek each).
4 Crème Brûlée ramekins, Gekås 8.90 sek each (!).
1 baguette pan, Cordon Bleu 250 sek (it was the last one and it looked very lonely on the shelf so I had to buy it…).
1 10″ spring form, for a daring baker’s challenge, Cordon Bleu 160 sek.

Japanese owl cups

Sunday, March 25th, 2007


Our cute cups with owls on one side and japanese text on the other side. If anyone could translate I would be very happy! :-)

We bought these adorable handmade and handpainted cups in Kyoto on a very hot summer’s day last August. Tea and tea cups were the last thing on our mind while we were walking the narrow alleys of Kyoto in exhausting heat, but luckily we couldn’t resist the cute owls when we saw them in a display window of a small shop which we found.

Espresso cup from the Taika series of Iittala (photo: www.iittala.com).

If you want your own cute owl cups, the Scandinavian brand Iittala has a new series called Taika with owls which kind of reminds me of our Japanese cups.

Cooking Mama

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Now you don’t need neither food or a kitchen to cook. With the game Cooking Mama to Nintendo DS you can cook in your sofa, on the subway or in your bed. Using the stylys as a kitchen tool you can chop, stir, stew, slice, fry and even more on the touch screen. Is the food too warm? Then cool it by blowing on the microphone. You play the game by choosing a recipe, then you prepare it by following the step-by-step instructions as they come on the screen. The game originates in Japan, which you notice on the rather special recipes. There is a lot of japanese food and I guess that oyster sauce in Spaghetti Bolognese is a special japanese touch :-) It’s funny and easy to play and hopefully you’ll pick up some new ideas as the game contains 76 recipes which you also can combine.

During 2007 a follow up, Cooking Mama: Cook Off, will be released to Nintendo Wii. Thanks to the special Wii remote you’ll basically be able to do anything you do in the kitchen with Wii remote motions that feel close to the real thing. A great thing is the multiplayer mode where you and a friend can compete using the same recipe.

But… the best thing is of course to go to your kitchen and cook some real food. The game won’t feed you, but it’s sure a lot of fun and if you’re a total disaster in the kitchen you’ll probably pick up some cooking skills!

A bizarre knife block..

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Knife block

I wouldn’t dare to enter my kitchen if I had this Dutch knife block… Read more about it here.