• '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…

  • No poison has ever tasted sweeter, GOT drinks, season 8, part I (in honor of House Tyrell
    Drinks

    Let the Game Begin!

    Are you ready for the final season of GOT? For those one or two people out there who didn’t already know, tonight the first episode of Game of Thrones season 8 airs. We have been spending the last couple of weeks watching some of the previous seasons to be totally ready for tonight. It’s been an excruciatingly long wait, and we thought it would only be right to look back and remember some of the houses we have lost and now miss during this epic series. What better way to do it than to celebrate them with their very own special GOT drinks? This is the first of more GOT…

  • Classic Danish brunsviger - sticky brown sugar butter bread cake
    Bread and baked goods,  Cakes and desserts

    A cake lover’s cake (Danish brunsviger)

    Sometimes I just get this insistent craving for a good Danish brunsviger, or, what probably best translates into sticky brown sugar butter bread cake. There are so many scrumptious and awesome classic Danish cakes and pastries, and yet, this is the one I’d always choose above the rest. That is if I was forced to make the choice. (Let’s hope that never happens!) In Denmark this cake originally comes from my native island Fünen (Fyn). For all of my birthdays when I was a kid, my mom would serve brunsviger. And for many kids who come from Fünen this cake continues to be a must  for their birthdays. Every little…

  • Cauliflower feel good salad - roasted cauliflower, microgreens, almonds, red onion and cilantro
    Low-carb,  Salads,  Side dishes

    Cauliflower feel good salad

    I like to start my week with a good salad. After a weekend of giving in to my less healthy food cravings, it gives me such a nice good conscience. It has to be tasty though, as there is nothing more uninspiring and tiresome than a bland salad. This cauliflower feel good salad is packed with taste as well as healthy stuff. It has crispiness, softness, sweetness, bite and crunch all in one. Exactly what a good salad should have if you ask me. I probably make this salad once or twice a month. Not only because of its great taste, but because it is so easy to make, and…

  • Shrimp with cilantro lemon mayo dip
    Fast 5-ingredients dishes,  Starters and appetizers

    It’s Friday!

    This is just the most easy peasy simple yet addictively delicious appetizer! Perfect for a Friday night to celebrate that you’ve finally arrived at the weekend. And perfect too with a glass, or two, of bubbles. When I serve these shrimp with cilantro lemon mayo dip the main challenge is to make sure I’ve made enough. More than once I’ve found that the whole platter of shrimp and dip I just put on the table a minute ago has already mysteriously vanished! You can easily prepare the cilantro lemon mayo dip in advance, but otherwise it’ll only take you 5 minutes max to whip up right before serving. Just make…

  • Pan-seared trout with creamy caper dill sauce and butter-roasted Brussels sprouts
    Dinner,  Starters and appetizers

    Seared trout with caper dill sauce

    Really good, crispy skin, pan-seared fish is something everyone deserves to learn how to make. Pan-frying is simply the preparation method that does most justice to fish and also brings out all the nuances of how fish should taste. This recipe for pan-seared trout with caper dill sauce gives you an easy step-by-step instruction for how to sear a piece of fish fillet without messing it up. For years the thought of pan-searing a piece of fish left me with nervous tics and sweaty hands. I simply had not had much luck with it. Every time I attempted it, it ended up looking like something the cat had already had…

  • Fajita beef salad - low-carb delcious Mexican salad
    Dinner,  Low-carb,  Salads

    Low-carb fajita beef salad

    Feel like having Mexican food tonight, but would like to avoid carbs? Here’s an amazingly tasty and succulent fajita beef salad that will fulfill your craving without leaving you with a carb guilty conscience. With its beautiful mix of colors this fajita beef salad truly reminds me of Mexico, and it brightens up any dinner or buffet table. Actually, Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon, so why not start planning your own fiesta? This fajita beef salad does really well as party food. Not only does it look and taste great, it is very fast to make, leaving you time to join the fiesta. You can even make variations…

  • Cajun shrimp bread - appetizer
    Starters and appetizers

    Cajun shrimp bread

    We spent this March break doing a road trip through Louisiana and Texas, and had some pretty amazing encounters with real southern food classics. Even just writing about it makes me hungry! This Cajun shrimp bread was inspired by a Cajun crawfish bread we had one sunny afternoon in Louisiana. If you can get your hands on crawfish, I’d use that instead of shrimp, but alas, we don’t all live down south, and shrimp will also do nicely. The Louisiana kitchen is world famous for its spicy and flavorful Cajun and Creole tastes. In my mind, this recipe represents quintessential Louisiana food culture: great shellfish combined with hot Cajun spice,…