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Month: October, 2012

Brownie in a cup – ready in 4 minutes

I see easy recipes, I have to try them.  This one was easy, it takes no time to make and the result….  It´s not too bad.  I had it in the micro for 1 minute and 40 sec on high like they say, maybe It would be o.k to have it for only a minute.

It´s a must to serve some  Ice cream with this Brownie though.

Brownie in a cup

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp water

Add dry ingredients in a cup (a cup that can be put in a micro).  Mix oil and water to the dry ingredients.  Mix well with a fork.  Put in  a micro on high for 1. min and 40 sec.

I used a bit more water, maybe 5 tbsp, and I would try less time next time…and maybe add some chopped chocolate to it.

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Fäviken – a great book about food with recipes

I just got a great book in the mail.  It is called Fäviken and it is a beautiful  book about food from the chef of a restaurant in Sweden called Fäviken.  This is a book to read as well as recipes.  This is maybe not the typical cookbook with everyday recipes but more about the food he uses and how he cooks.  Gorgeous book.

The Ideas he has and the ingredients are usually something that is easy to find in Iceland as well, this is a raw, seasonal and very farm fresh cooking, using ingredients from around his restaurant that is located near Järpen.

Since I am not going to Sweden any time soon and wont be able to dine at Fäviken I will cook something nice, being inspired from the book and then tell you all about it.  Until them I am going to browse through the book and have a glass of some very fine wine and a slice of cheese.  Happy days.



Chicken chili with cannellini beans

This was so good I almost didn´t get a picture of it, it was all gone so fast.  This is such a perfect dish to make when the weather is “chili” as well.  I would say this is a comfort food, but it isn´t a heavy one or unhealthy at all.  It is actually very healthy and unbelievable tasty.

When I was having my what to cook dilemma I asked  fellow bloggers if they had any nice recipes to share, and this is one of them.


This is how I did it and it was perfect amount for 2 greedy people.  I served it with what was left of the Farro salad I made the day before.

Chicken Cannellini Chili

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup redwine
  • 1 chicken breast, cooked & shredded
  • 2 cups white cannellini beans, cooked
  • 1 lonely carrot, finely chooped
  • 1 cup organic frozen sweet corn
  • 10 slices of canned mild jalapeno slices
  • 1cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups water (the recipe goes for chicken broth but I didn´t have any so I just used water)

Saute the onion and the carrot for few minutes, add garlic, oregano and cumin. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

I recommend you take a look at the recipe here I got from suebthefoodie and follow that  when making this the first time, but you know mine was really good as well even though I didn´t use broth or Marsala wine.  But mine was more of a stew and if you see her picture it´s got more of a soup texture, I think that is good too.  I also had one lonely carrot I threw in there with the onion.

The only essential thing in this recipe is to take half of the beans and mash them good.

Talk about chicken,here is another shot of my neighbor Haukur.

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A new recipe game, who want´s to play? Prawn salad with Farro and Cannellini beans

The good thing about asking what to have for dinner is that I got recipes I haven´t tried before, one of them being a very fresh salad with blackened prawns.

The funny thing, I got it from a fellow blogger who had adapted it from another food blogger and now I´m adapting it… It´s like the whispering game…You say a word in someones ear and ten ears later it´s a totally different word.

Now someone needs to try my recipe and adapt it.  I don´t know how this game would work…who wants to adapt my recipe? 🙂

This is the original recipe:
Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad with Blackened Shrimp

My fellow blogger, Trials in food:
Recipe (adapted from Daily Crave)

Here is my recipe:

Yellow, red, green and shrimp.  I haven´t bought prawns for a long time, I always buy  the small lobster tail when I find it on a good price.  What I love about this salad is the combination of warm and cold ingredients, the warm farro, beans and prawns and then fresh raw veggies. It was a big hit at the dinner table tonight.

Instead of Quinoa I used organic Farro. I didn´t have black beans so I used Cannellini beans.    I didn´t have cilantro and I skipped cumin.  Instead of Farro one could also use Barley.

Prawn salad with Farro and Cannellini beans (adapted from Trials in food) for 3-4

  • 1 cup Farro (boiled for 40 min or so)
  • 2 red peppers
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 cup Cannellini beans (boiled or canned)
  • 3-4 green onions
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn ( you can skip this if you don´t get good corn)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Tiger Prawns (I used about 12)
  • Blackening seasoning for the prawns, I used paprika, oregano, hot pizza spice mix, salt and pepper.

Boil beans, boil Farro.  Dice the veggies rather small.  Blackened the prawns. Mix everything together in a big bowl and serve.

More about authentic blackening seasoning and how to do the blackening  here.

– The ever adapted salad –

Daily Crave

Trials in food

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Now I will go shop for the chicken chili recipe I got …

Every year Yoko Ono comes to Iceland to light up the Imagine Peace Tower.

It is a beautiful light beam and even more impressive when the Northern Lights are around.



What should I have for dinner tomorrow?

Are you a food blogger?  Do you have a favorite dinner recipe to share?

If you do and you have blogged about it (If you are not a food blogger but know of one and a good recipe)  please post a link to it in the comments.  I´ve spent all morning trying to think what I want for dinner today and I am so uninspired and I would love to try something new.  So tomorrow I hope I can cook something good from what you suggest.

Until then I will spend the rest of the afternoon to decide  on what to cook tonight….just one of those days, I want something good, something I haven´t done 1000 times before but don´t know what..

Ever felt this way? 🙂

You can do so many different things with almonds.  Roast them, marzipan, almond milk, almond flour and so on and on…

I tried to roast them the other day.  That was nice.

Roasted Almonds

  • 2.5 dl sugar
  • 7 dl almonds
  • 1/2 dl water
  • 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, if you like

Put sugar, water and cinnamon in a frying pan.

Add the almonds and stir well together on medium heat until the sugar crystallizes.

Move the almonds to a parchment paper and cool down.

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Lamb pâté – Icelandic Style and only 3 ingredients

This is classic Icelandic.  We have very good lamb meat.  It´s lamb that wanders around the mountains during summer eating what ever they find there and many end up by the shore eating  seaweeds.  Very good.

For a lamb pâté you only new few things, meat of lamb, onion and salt.  This type of lamb pâté is ment to be served cold and put on bread.  It is amazing on Icelandic flatbread called Flatkaka, on a Rye bread or crisps.

lamb paté

Lamb pâté

  • 1 kg Lamb
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Keep few tablespoons of the broth you get after simmering the meat.

You can experiment with seasoning, spices and garlic for example.  I like it simple but I use a bit of black pepper for seasoning after I grind it.

It is essential to cut of a lot of the fat off the meat.  Put the lamb meat  in a pot with salted water that covers the meat.  Bring to boil and the simmer for couple of hours.  For the last hour or so add the onion, no skin and roughly chopped.

lamb paté

After couple of hours of simmering, cool the meat, put it in a grinder or a mixer.  It depends on how fine you want your pâté how well you mix it.  I like it not too fine. So either I grind it or mix it shortly with a food processor. Use few tablespoons of the broth when you mix or grind the meat.

Don´t throw away what is left of the broth, it´s perfect to use it in soups.  You can freeze for later.

lamb paté

lamb paté

Few slices of cucumber would be perfect on that piece of crisp.


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Pop art…pop corn…micro greens

I sometimes forget that pop corn  is alive.  yes…IT´S ALIVE 😀

It´s not only good for making pop corn.  Many people make micro greens with this crazy little thing.  Put the corn in a bottle with water in it for 8 hours, then poor out the water and clean the maiz twice a day.  Try and google “micro greens”.  So many cool things you can do with seeds.

micro greens


Pizza with jalapeño cheese spread

Some times I read recipes and the list of ingredients is not my cup of tea, so I don´t try them.  Then I end up tasting them  somewhere else and love it.

I tell you if you like jalapeno this recipe  is a must try.  My experience is that no matter what toppings I put on my pizza, it´s always good, also when I put pickled cucumbers, mustard, pigs tenderloin and  ham.  ( I had leftovers from a Cuban sandwich).

If you are making pizza this weekend make one of those.  This is one of my fav and so far everyone who tries it  when I make it loves it.

Pizza with jalapeño cheese spread

Pizza dough

  • Sour cream (or creme fraiche)
  • jalapeño (fresh or pickled)
  • Shredded cheese (swiss cheese, montary jack or any bread cheese you like)
  • Salt

Mix together the shredded cheese, very finely chopped jalapeno and the sour cream.  It is about 1 cup cheese, half a cup sour cream and 1-2 jalapeño.  Season with tiny bit of salt.

Roll out the dough, spread the jalapeño cheese spread on it, bake as you usually bake your pizza.


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Creme Fraiche – homemade from one ingredient

This simple method is what comes close to being a Creme Fraiche without using cream. You simply put buttermilk in a coffee  filter over a cup and let it drip through.  What goes in the cup is the whey and what´s left in the coffee filter is the “Creme Fraiche”.

It takes only about couple of hours to get 1 cup.

Sour cream and Creme Fraiche is not the same thing and I think this method is giving you something closer to being a Creme Fraiche.

Happy October…

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