• 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…

  • 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…

  • Crisp salmon avocado appetizer bites
    Starters and appetizers

    While we wait for dinner

    Easy and tasty appetizers are something I am always on the outlook for, because we love having friends over, but also enjoy having time to entertain them when they first arrive. With this easy and crisp salmon avocado appetizer you’ll have time to actually spend time with your guests when they arrive instead of being caught up by time-consuming starters. Karen-Anne and I came up with this yummy recipe last time she came to visit as we found ourselves with too much salmon and a ripe avocado on our hands, and good food does not deserve to go to waste! These crisp salmon avocado appetizer bites are little flavor-packed mouthfuls…

  • Spinach artichoke and cheese dip. Served with tortilla chips
    Cheese,  Starters and appetizers

    Addictive appetizer dip

    Just before guests arrive I’m always very busy making dinner ready. Of course my husband can entertain the guests until dinner is ready, but when coming to our house, our guests are used to not only lots of spirited conversations, but certainly also lots of treats for their tummies. This spinach, artichoke and cheese dip is the perfect treat to serve right when the guests arrive. With lots of fresh spinach, artichokes and no less than five cheeses, it’s sure to lay the foundations for a great evening of entertaining. As we all know, a happy belly is, after all, the foundation for relaxation, great thinking and overall wellbeing. Making…

  • Seared tuna starter - appetizer with tuna, honey mustard mayo, pickled red onions and capers
    Starters and appetizers

    Seared tuna starter

    This seared tuna starter with pickled red onions, caper berries and honey mustard mayo is inspired by the most amazing appetizer I had in an Italian restaurant in Tivoli in Copenhagen about 15 years ago. Sadly, the restaurant is no more, but all these years I’ve never forgotten that appetizer! For many years I didn’t dare try and copy it for fear of being disappointed, but finally I decided to give it a go, and the result here is so good. I really should have done this years ago! When I was a kid we had lots of tuna, but back then in the ’80s and ’90s the tuna would…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…