• Indian coleslaw - coleslaw with a twist, perfect with Indian food or barbecue
    Low-carb,  Salads,  Side dishes

    Coleslaw with a twist

    This ‘Indian’ coleslaw salad is inspired by my never ending attempts to lose some weight. If I summed up all the weight I have lost and then gained again it would be more than I weigh today, so I can’t say that I have been successful! However, my recent diet is all about not eating carbs, which is why some of our recipes are in the ‘low carb’ category. My family loves butter chicken and we eat it at least once a month, but butter chicken typically goes with basmati rice and that is a no-no on my diet, so I had to substitute it with something else. Here is…

  • Sauces, dips, butters

    Let’s nail that Béarnaise!

    If you are from Denmark, or have ever lived in Denmark, you will know that Danes love sauce. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Denmark came in first place on a list of most sauce eating nations in the world. (And béarnaise sauce would certainly be among the absolute favorites.) If you don’t believe me, try the cruel experiment of serving a good steak with no sauce to a Dane. I promise you the disappointment and disillusionment will be of unforgettable proportions. It’s hard to say exactly why béarnaise especially has such a dear place in the hearts and bellies of most Danes. But the strong craving for this…

  • Roasted salty almonds - perfect salty beer or wine snack
    Snacks

    The mysteriously disappearing salty snack

    These roasted salty almonds can be used as a snack to serve with a cold beer or nice drink, or you can use them in dishes where you want to add almonds with a bit of extra crunch. Store-bought roasted salty almonds are often expensive, but since it is so quick and easy to make them yourself, this recipe provides you with a way to save some money while not compromising with the taste. And I would of course say that it is nice for once to literally go nuts in the kitchen 🙂 If you prefer other nuts, or would simply like to mix it up a bit, you…

  • Slow-roasted leg of lamb with aromatic herbs and spices
    Dinner

    Take your time little lamb

    What to make for Easter? Need some inspiration? This slow-roasted leg of lamb is the most succulent and flavorful option if you want to make your Easter dinner a guaranteed success. In Denmark roasted leg of lamb is a must during the Easter days. Traditionally it is garnished with rosemary and garlic, and maybe a bit of mint for those who want to be adventurous. In this recipe we’ve turned up the volume on these traditional flavors and added some aromatic herbs and spices that work perfectly with lamb. Often, the biggest challenge when cooking a whole leg of lamb is that it might go dry. This is because the…

  • Flavorful citrus cheese cake for Easter
    Cakes and desserts

    Easter citrusy no-bake cheese cake

    I am spending this Easter in Canada visiting my fellow Gourmandine blogger, Dorthe. While I’m here, Dorthe has been kind enough to invite Andrea, one of her lovely Canadian friends, over for dinner. I find it only fitting to try and dazzle her with my cake skills to make a good impression, so I’ve decided to make an Easter version of this flavorful citrus cheese cake. Baking cakes takes time and precision and knowledge of the oven you are working with. Since I’m not in my own kitchen I want to make a cake that I am sure will be a success, because it doesn’t even have to go in…

  • Dinner,  Low-carb

    Moroccan (low-carb) lasagna

    This Moroccan style low-carb lasagna recipe is a twist on ordinary lasagna. With three kids still living at home, we tend to make a lot of lasagna in my household. Therefore it’s nice to mix it up a bit and bring in new flavors to the Italian classic. So here, we’ve fired up the aromatic spices typically found in the kitchens of the northern part of Africa. Furthermore, we’ve experimented with substituting pasta sheets with zucchini, making this a healthier, more low-carb and less heavy lasagna. Add a good green salad, and you’ve got an amazingly tasty, good for you dinner that’s entirely pasta guilt free. Making this Moroccan (low-carb)…

  • Classic Danish meatballs Grandma style (frikadeller)
    Dinner

    A tribute to grandma style cooking

    My mom…not only is she the best mom in the world. (Well, I guess everybody feels that way about their mom). She is also the best grandma to my kids. I could say she wins hearts by always being ready to take care of my kids when they are sick, or being the matriarch who cooks dinner for the whole family almost every Sunday. And this is no small feat as we are 11 people and my mom makes everything herself so the rest of us can relax. However, all of this is nothing compared to the love my family bestows on her because of her cooking. Actually she is…

  • Vitello Tonnato, veal tenderloin with tuna sauce, basil pesto and tomato concassé
    Dinner

    The no fuss showstopper

    Vitello Tonnato is a delicious dish for the taste buds, but not always so for the eyes. It tends to have a greyish color and with the capers on top it sometimes ends up looking more like a bowl of oatmeal gone bad. That doesn’t sound at all like the showstopper advertised above, but with a little twist or two it can be. Instead of the classic Italian starter, this version of Vitello Tonnato serves as the main course of a dinner where you finally have time to entertain your guests while wooing them with your fabulous cooking skills. The garnishing sauces for the veal can be made a day ahead, and…

  • Pork cheeks in Marsala wine with champ (potato mash with scallions)
    Dinner

    Pretty cheeky

    Pork cheeks are an overlooked cut of pork in my opinion. So when some friends of mine told me they had bought too large a bulk of cheeks from Ibiric black foot pigs, I didn’t hesitate to say yes to the offer of taking them of their hands. One of the most efficient ways of tenderizing pork cheeks is adding wine or beer and letting them stew slowly for a few hours, so I decided to go all in on the booze and literally drown the cheeks in Marsala, and what do you know? All the dinner guests ended up with af smile on their faces. A cheeky one of…

  • Butter chicken with cilantro and naan bread
    Dinner

    Not too hot for kids

    When the weather turns cold, I like to eat something that’s a little hot and spicy to get the warmth back in my body. The problem is that my kids won’t eat anything hot and spicy, except this very mild version of the Indian dish murgh makhani or butter chicken as we Westerners like to call it. I only use the hot spices in this recipe in sparse amounts, and I use honey to soothe down the taste to accommodate the delicate taste buds of little ones, and yet there is still heat enough to get the internal fire going, but not enough to burn or scare off anyone. And…