• Apple and macaroon muffins
    Bread and baked goods

    Marvellous apple and macaroon muffins

    Crunchy on the outside and moist and fluffy on the inside, these apple and macaroon muffins always satisfy my cake cravings. Like most muffins they are quick and easy to make, and a wonderful way to use apples. The recipe grew out of an old recipe for macaroon cakes that I found in one of my granny’s old food magazines, and since I have a general hankering for apple recipes, I thought, why not combine the two? I decided to make these again the other day because my eight-year-old son suddenly found that green apples, having been his favorite apples for as long as I can remember, were no longer…

  • Fast 5-ingredients dishes,  Snacks

    (Almost) guilt-free snack

    A couple of weeks ago we posted a recipe for traditional Danish rye bread with lots of seeds. Here is a great recipe for rye bread chips, a fabulous way of making use of any dry leftover rye bread, while at the same time making yourself one good and really quite healthy snack. If you’re familiar with a typical Scandinavian diet you probably know that people in Denmark, Norway and Sweden have an almost religious relationship with rye bread. It’s definitely an integral part of our diet and it’s something most of us miss terribly when we are abroad. Maybe that’s why in recent years it’s become quite popular to…

  • Autumn gnocchi with Parma ham, sage, zucchini and almonds
    Dinner

    Autumn gnocchi

    The flavors of sage, Parma ham and gnocchi go really well together. In this autumn gnocchi recipe we’ve added some green zucchini and chopped almonds on top for a bit of crunch. These are wonderful autumn flavors! Of course you can go the extra mile and make your own gnocchi, but in well-stocked stores they usually carry ready made good quality gnocchi. Also, the bonus if you use the ready made kind is that you’ll have your autumn gnocchi dinner ready in less that 30 min. This time of year when it’s dark and gloomy outside when you come home in the afternoon, it’s vital that making dinner is not…

  • Dinner,  Pescetarian,  Starters and appetizers

    Killer soup? Well, it is Halloween

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween out there! I’m getting ready with my Halloween menu and thought we might warm up with this creamy pumpkin soup with scallops. In my book, this is a real killer soup: creamy, sweet, spicy with a hint of citrus, garlic and finished off elegantly with pan-seared scallops. What is not to like? Serve it before or after you go out there trick or treating with the little ones, either way it will surely make you feel warm and guard you against the chill. Without a doubt the chili and garlic will keep any monsters or vampires that might be lurking out there…

  • Rye bread with beer - classic Danish recipe without sourdough or yeast
    Bread and baked goods

    Rye bread with beer

    In my top three of foods I miss the most from Denmark, you will definitely find rye bread, or ‘rugbrød’ in Danish. Since moving to Canada almost three years ago, I’ve not yet been able to find any type of bread that comes even close to resembling classic Danish rye bread. I did once buy a rye bread from an Danish bakery store here in Toronto, but I have to say even that, despite its original recipe, was rather a disappointment. Luckily, I dug up this old recipe for rye bread with beer in one of my grandma’s old collections of recipes. It’s heavenly and it just tastes like home!…

  • Bourbon and bubbles cocktail with sliced peaches
    Drinks

    Bourbon and bubbles

    It’s Friday and coming home from work on a cold and windy October day, this is the perfect cocktail to get warmth back into your bones and celebrate the beginning of the weekend. This bourbon and bubbles cocktail is really opposites attracts: the elegant and light sparkling wine meeting rich and deep bourbon. I find they make for a perfect combination of warmth and festive lightness all in one. Just what you need on a cold and windy Friday night! Recently I find myself liking bourbon cocktails more and more. Maybe it’s the season, or maybe it’s that extra depth the bourbon adds. But then again, I never liked really…

  • Onion quiche with Brie and Gruyère - classic French tart with two amazing cheeses
    Bread and baked goods,  Cheese,  Dinner

    Two cheese onion quiche

    There is something rather retro about quiches. For me, they always seem to bring back memories of buffets in the ’90s. Luckily, most of them are fond memories, which I guess is why I continue to make a lot of quiches. This onion quiche with Brie and Gruyère is my own variation of a classic French onion quiche, basically a product of me being really fond of both French onion quiche and cheese, especially Brie. The result is a very soft, creamy and fluffy quiche with lots of rich and deep taste, perfect for lazy autumn lunches, dinners, brunches… or, buffets! The trick to a really good quiche, though, is…

  • Zucchini toast with fresh hersb - perfect toast for fall! Easy appetizer or dinner.
    Dinner,  Fast 5-ingredients dishes,  Starters and appetizers

    Toast for fall

    This October I find myself cooking a lot with zucchini, almost to the point where you’d think I grew them in my own garden. Maybe you’re growing them yourself and are trying to find good use for the overwhelming yield this sturdy little plant produces, or maybe, like me, you just brought home a whole bunch for the price of almost nothing. Either way, these zucchini toast with fresh herbs are a wonderful way to make the most of this very reasonably priced, yet very delicious vegetable. As the days are getting shorter (way too fast!), and there’s no way of ignoring that fall is here, I really like cooking…

  • Risotto with fennel and peas and mint. Delicious green harvest risotto
    Dinner

    Green harvest risotto

    Back from a long summer hiatus which we’ve spent experimenting and coming up with new must-try recipes, this green harvest risotto with fennel and peas and mint perfectly reflects our end-of-summer, beginning-of-autumn mood. I often make risotto, both because I find it’s easy to make and because it’s so wonderfully versatile. There are infinite possibilities to vary a basic risotto by switching up your add on ingredients depending on mood and season, or even what’s sitting in your fridge waiting to find a good purpose. What I like especially about this risotto with fennel and peas and mint is the sweetness of the peas combined with the freshness of the…

  • 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…