• Lobster pasta with cognac cream sauce, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan on top
    Dinner,  Pescetarian

    Lobster, cream, cognac, pasta…I’m in!

    This lobster pasta with cognac cream sauce is somewhat extravagant, I admit. But if you can get you hands on lobster without breaking the bank, or in the unlikely event that you should happen to have lobster leftovers, you owe it to yourself to try this dish. It basically contains pure goodness, if you ask me: lobster, cream, cognac, ripe cherry tomatoes, pasta and of course a generous sprinkle of good Parmesan cheese on top. Really, what’s not to like? You can of course go all in and buy a couple of whole fresh lobsters and boil them yourself. But since I’m a chicken when it comes to staring a…

  • Birthday buns - best home-baked buns!
    Bread and baked goods

    Bread, with lots of butter…

    Good bread is the no. 1 reason why I could never give up carbs entirely, and, really, nothing beats a freshly baked bun with lots of butter! Of course, kids know it too, and maybe that’s why classic birthday buns with butter are an essential part of kids’ birthday parties in Denmark. My Grandma Inger was the uncrowned queen of buns. For every birthday party I had as a kid she brought her home-baked birthday buns, and my mom would put them in the oven, just for a bit, so everyone could get a warm bun with what we Danes call “tooth butter”. Let me explain this phenomenon: “Tooth butter”…

  • Chicken puttanesca with parsley pesto pasta - easy Italian food filled with flavor!
    Dinner

    Chicken puttanesca

    Do you ever get a craving for Italian food and that particular taste of sun, salt and tasty ripe tomatoes? I do, especially on warm summer days, but when the weather is nice, I like dinner meals to be easy and convenient so I get to spend time outside rather than hours chopping away in the kitchen. This easy chicken puttanesca almost takes care of itself in the oven, while you get to relax in a deckchair on the patio, yet, it still has lots of those wonderful Italian flavors I love. So it really is a win win dish. Literally, the name of the dish translates into ‘chicken, prostitute…

  • Dinner,  Low-carb,  Pescetarian

    Summer veggie curry

    In our house we use a lot of curry in our cooking. Of course we do so because we really like curry, but also because it’s very easy to adjust the level of spiciness when using curry so it appeals to younger palates as well. One of our boys’ favorite dishes is chicken curry, which was something that was introduced to our eldest son back in kindergarten by one of his more progressive teachers. He was suspicious at first, like all 4-year-olds tend to be, but he soon grew to love it. It just goes to show that kids should not be shielded from trying new, and to them very…

  • Vanilla custard layer cake with chocolate frosting - also known as Othello cake
    Cakes and desserts

    Happy birthday cake

    Are you celebrating a birthday and want to make a really yummy festive cake? This vanilla custard layer cake with chocolate is my absolute favorite one and no birthday seems right without it. In Denmark birthdays and layer cake go hand in hand. For Danes a really good layer cake usually consists of mouse with thin layers of sponge cake and lots of whipped cream. The mouse may have added flavors or be plain vanilla. I normally don’t use a recipe when I make this type of cake for family and friends, but that is easy for me to say since I have made hundreds of these layer cakes over…

  • Fresh flower salad. Salad with edible flowers, Brussels sprout, snap peas and micro greens
    Salads,  Side dishes

    Fresh flower salad

    Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to use edible flowers in your cooking. Not only do edible flowers beautify your salads, cakes and other dishes, they also add a very elegant fragrance both in smell and taste. This fresh flower salad looks and tastes amazing, and besides a bunch of edible flower petals, it has what I think are some of the best green produce available this time of year: fresh Brussels sprouts and garden snap peas. The salad is quite simple with no dressing added, just a drizzle of good quality olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper, but nothing more is really needed with these gorgeous…

  • Crisp salmon avocado appetizer bites
    Starters and appetizers

    While we wait for dinner

    Easy and tasty appetizers are something I am always on the outlook for, because we love having friends over, but also enjoy having time to entertain them when they first arrive. With this easy and crisp salmon avocado appetizer you’ll have time to actually spend time with your guests when they arrive instead of being caught up by time-consuming starters. Karen-Anne and I came up with this yummy recipe last time she came to visit as we found ourselves with too much salmon and a ripe avocado on our hands, and good food does not deserve to go to waste! These crisp salmon avocado appetizer bites are little flavor-packed mouthfuls…

  • Cognac ganache chocolates - homemade chocolates with cognac ganache filling made in chocolate molds.
    Cakes and desserts

    Little cognac ganache gems

    Good quality handmade chocolates are such a luxury, but they can be hard to come by even if you’re willing to pay a lot of money for them. With this easy recipe you can make the most gorgeous homemade cognac ganache chocolates that are perfect as after dinner treats, or for an amazing hostess gift or perhaps for the upcoming Father’s Day? Chocolate making is really fun and creative, and I have a lot of fond memories of always making homemade chocolates for Christmas. It was my grandmother who taught my sister and I the basics of how to do it, and she would buy the most wonderful sprinkles and…

  • Spinach artichoke and cheese dip. Served with tortilla chips
    Starters and appetizers

    Addictive appetizer dip

    Just before guests arrive I’m always very busy making dinner ready. Of course my husband can entertain the guests until dinner is ready, but when coming to our house, our guests are used to not only lots of spirited conversations, but certainly also lots of treats for their tummies. This spinach, artichoke and cheese dip is the perfect treat to serve right when the guests arrive. With lots of fresh spinach, artichokes and no less than five cheeses, it’s sure to lay the foundations for a great evening of entertaining. As we all know, a happy belly is, after all, the foundation for relaxation, great thinking and overall wellbeing. Making…

  • Father's Day chocolate cake. Rich chocolate cake with beets, cream cheese frosting and crunchy salted almonds
    Cakes and desserts

    Rich Father’s Day chocolate beet cake

    What to make for Dad on Father’s Day? Well, cake of course! Here’s the perfect Father’s Day chocolate cake to pamper all the great dads out there, and the best thing is, it’s big enough for sharing. This rich and scrumptious Father’s Day chocolate cake is made with lots of chocolate and cocoa, yummy cream cheese frosting and crunchy salty almonds on top. I love a good carrot cake, and I find that using veggies in cakes adds an interesting complexity in taste as well as a natural moisture that keeps the cake from going dry. Therefore we’ve taken this chocolate cake a notch further and added a bit of…