• Cauliflower cream with grilled crunchy cauliflower and pistachio topping
    Fast 5-ingredients dishes,  Side dishes

    Rich and crunchy cauliflower side

    I am always looking for new and delicious ways to use cauliflower, and this rich and crunchy cauliflower side is my new favorite. It’s perfect for summer BBQ, steak, fish, lamb, chicken, you name it. Moreover, it is very easy to make, and it’s a great alternative to potatoes if you want to skip the starch. If you like, you can easily skip the Pecorino or Parmesan, or experiment either with other cheeses, a bit of grated zucchini or a bit of lemon. Or, if pistachios are not your favorite, almonds work very well as a substitute. As I make this side quite often, I like to mix it up…

  • King of the North and Fire and Blood - Game of Thrones drinks, season 8 episode 6 (House Stark and House Targaryen)
    Drinks

    Endgame…

    So we’ve come to the end of this epic Game…far too soon it seems. And so, we’ve also come to our last two drinks celebrating the last two Houses of Westeros. Quite fittingly, we thought, our ‘King of the North’ drink is on the sweeter side, while ‘Fire and Blood’ is slightly more bitter. We’ll let you decide which one goes first. What will rise out of the ashes of last Sunday’s episode? The web is buzzing with theories and Dany going rogue and deciding to incinerate all of Kings Landing has left devoted fans divided over the turn(s) the series has taken this last season. One thing is for…

  • Roasted tomatoes, tomatoes, Burrata salad - warm delicious salad, great for BBQ
    Salads,  Side dishes

    Potatoes, tomatoes, Burrata!

    The BBQ season is slowly catching up, and it’s the perfect time to experiment with tasty salads to go with a good piece of grilled meat or fish. Also, there’s an abundance of amazing spring, and even summer, veggies in the stores right now, and some of my personal favorites this time of year, are all the wonderful new potatoes that come out. This roasted potatoes, tomatoes and Burrata salad is a celebration of these new potatoes that are such a far cry from their drab and floury winter cousins. Not only do the potatoes taste so much better this time of year, so do tomatoes, so here we’ve decided…

  • A Pot of Gold - Game of Thrones drink for season 8, episode 5, in honor of House Lannister
    Drinks

    There will be fire, and blood

    After the last episode of GoT, the game is open, though it does seem there’s bound to be both fire and blood in GoT tonight. But whose fire will be the strongest and whose blood will spill? Once again we’ll need something strong to calm our nerves! This drink ‘A Pot of Gold’, named after another great, and very ambitious, house, will surely alleviate at least some of our anxieties. What exactly are we in for with all the political scheming going on? How far is Cersei willing to go to get rid of her enemies? Is Daenerys going mad, like her father, or is she just growing sad because…

  • Mother's Day flower cake - cheese cake with ginger biscuit crust and vanilla white chocolate hibiscus cream
    Cakes and desserts

    Mother’s Day flower cake

    A cake and flowers all in one? Isn’t that just the perfect Mother’s Day gift? With this Mother’s Day flower cake you get to pamper your mom in the best way she deserves. And maybe if you’re a good kid, she might even offer to share it with you 🙂 With a ginger biscuit brown sugar crust and a creamy vanilla white chocolate hibiscus filling, this Mother’s Day flower cake is simply an absolutely delicious gem of a cheesecake. You can either make one large cake or six smaller individual cakes depending on how you find it best to treat your mom this coming Sunday. Just beware to start on…

  • 'Eerie Dawn' - Game of Thrones drink for season 8, episode 4 in honor of House Arryn
    Drinks

    Dawn is coming

    An eerie dawn awaits us in tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones. The long night is over and the Night King is dead. Who saw that coming? It seems it can only mean one thing: what is in the cards now is a yet unimagined and unpredictable horror dealt by Cercei’s hand. And maybe we are in for an even longer night still… It does appear we may have mistaken the Night King for the bigger enemy of the two and have underestimated the level of Cersei’s evil intent. But come to think of it, she really is not that different from the Night King, as her deepest desire is…

  • Cool carrots - carrot salad with roasted carrots, feta, black olives and mint
    Fast 5-ingredients dishes,  Low-carb,  Salads,  Side dishes

    Cool carrots

    The first spring carrots are starting to appear in the grocery stores, and why not take advantage of that and celebrate these tasty little spring beauties with this wonderful cool carrots salad? I find that carrots are extremely versatile. With their elegantly sweet nature, they offer such and abundance of great taste pairings. And they are a great match for fish, meat and veggie dishes alike, all the while without losing their own distinct character. Here, we’ve matched them up with some deliciously salty feta and black olives, and the fresh and fragrant mint simply just underscores that these are really cool carrots! I first came up with this recipe…

  • 'Fury' - the Game of Thrones drink for season 8, episode 3, in honor of House Baratheon
    Drinks

    The night closes in…

    As hoped for, and expected, the final season of GOT only got better with the second episode. What an amazing scene where all our beloved characters gather around the fireplace in the silence before the storm! It is bittersweet, though, because at the back of our minds we know that next Sunday these our favorites will start to go…one by one… Yes, it fills us with fear, horror and fury, but alas, that is what keeps us glued to the screen… They certainly seem convinced themselves, except perhaps for Tyrion, that they’re all going to die, so we kind of know what we’re in for this Sunday! I wish I…

  • Lobster starter - lobster galore with pea purée, sea asparagus and cilantro mayo
    Pescetarian,  Starters and appetizers

    Lobster galore

    The first time we made this lobster starter was for New Year’s, and it immediately became one of our lobster favorites. When Karen-Anne and I were planning our New Year’s dinner, as we always do weeks in advance, we’d already decided we were going to make something with lobster. Actually, we always make something with lobster when Karen-Anne visits. (When your friends voluntarily decide to cram themselves into a plane for eight hours just to visit you, they really deserve to be fed well!) Lobster is so elegant, festive and somewhat extravagant, but one of the perks of living in the northern part of North America is that lobster is…

  • Red Viper - GOT drinks, season 8 episode
    Drinks

    And the Game continues…

    Are you ready for the second episode of the final season of GOT? What a satisfyingly spectacular and dramatic season premiere last Sunday! Yet, while the first episode certainly delivered lots of material for new tensions and power struggles, the only problem was that it was just all-too short. We are so ready for more! So what to do with the excruciating wait time? Well, we’ve made our second Westeros drink! This one we’ve named Red Viper, and it celebrates another of the great houses that seems to have been pushed from the centre of the action. However, it is still uncertain if they might reappear and have some crucial…