• 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,…

  • Rose water butter cookies - great for tea or champagne
    Bread and baked goods,  Cakes and desserts

    Rose water butter cookies

    These delicate rose water butter cookies are the perfect little treats with a nice cup of tea. They do, however, also go surprisingly well with a glass of champagne or other bubbles, for example for New Year’s! They also make a great hostess gift, bagged or boxed nicely, maybe even accompanied by the hostess’ favorite tea or bottle of bubbles. This rose water butter cookie recipe hails back to my grandma, and there is indeed something totally old-school about butter cookies. The rose water though seems quite an exotic addition which must have been a rather decadent and almost daring feature back in grandma’s day. Often used in Middle Eastern…

  • Apple blackberry crumble served with vanilla ice cream
    Cakes and desserts

    Luscious apple blackberry crumble

    This apple blackberry crumble has been one of my favorite desserts for years. It’s incredibly easy to make, it’s so rich in taste and, as with all baked desserts, you even get the double pleasure of getting to it eat and enjoying the smell of it as it bakes away in the oven. To me it also reminds me of that comforting feeling of being home with one of my grandmas. (I had the privilege of knowing three of them.) They all seemed to know that good cooking does not need to be complicated. It’s not that they didn’t care about presentation. In fact their food always looked great, but…

  • Dinner,  Starters and appetizers

    The ultimate winter soup

    In my book no soup beats a well-made classic French onion soup as the ultimate comforter on a cold winter’s day. It’s packed with taste, easy to make, not expensive and healthy too. The first time I had onion soup, though, I have to say I was a little suspicious. And it’s true that with its muddy brown color this dish will probably never win any beauty contests. But its understated appearance completely fooled me, and I was taken aback by this rich and flavorful soup. Though I try a lot of new dishes all the time, I very rarely get a really powerful tasting experience that immediately wins me…

  • Creamy chicken tarragon with garlic French green beans and baguette
    Dinner

    Creamy chicken tarragon

    Béarnaise sauce is one of my family’s absolute favorite sauces, and if I was prepared to make it every day, I’ve no doubt they’d eat it. Though the sauce for this creamy chicken tarragon is not butter, egg yolk and vinegar based like real béarnaise, it does have a very similar taste. But with this recipe you don’t have to frantically whisk the sauce right up to the moment before serving. In fact, you can easily keep this creamy chicken tarragon in the fridge or the freezer without the sauce splitting. Instead of including vinegar this sauce gets its acidity from mustard and white wine. The balance of the sour,…