• Dinner,  Low-carb

    Moroccan (low-carb) lasagna

    This Moroccan style low-carb lasagna recipe is a twist on ordinary lasagna. With three kids still living at home, we tend to make a lot of lasagna in my household. Therefore it’s nice to mix it up a bit and bring in new flavors to the Italian classic. So here, we’ve fired up the aromatic spices typically found in the kitchens of the northern part of Africa. Furthermore, we’ve experimented with substituting pasta sheets with zucchini, making this a healthier, more low-carb and less heavy lasagna. Add a good green salad, and you’ve got an amazingly tasty, good for you dinner that’s entirely pasta guilt free. Making this Moroccan (low-carb)…

  • 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,…

  • Smoked salmon with dill, capers and dressing
    Pescetarian,  Starters and appetizers

    Zesty smoked salmon

    Are you ready for spring? I know it’s only February, but I can’t wait for the sun to start warming up my patio and defrost my bones! I’ve already got the patio furniture lined up, and the rosé is in the fridge, so I thought I might just give it another notch with this savory zesty smoked salmon appetizer, or lunch if you like.    Maybe it’s because I’m Scandinavian, but I could easily eat smoked salmon every day. It’s no secret that Scandinavians have had a particular liking for raw and raw cured fish since the Vikings, and some even claim that it was the Norwegians who introduced raw…

  • Little ricotta bites with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan and lemon - great appetizer
    Starters and appetizers

    Little heavenly ricotta bites

    Need a great idea for an appetizer that is fast and easy to make and that will instantly charm your guests’ taste buds? In my book these little heavenly ricotta cream bites are the perfect appetizers. They are creamy, crunchy and light with that amazing freshness and fragrance that basil and lemon so perfectly provide. I’ve been making these for years, and every time I serve them, they seem to be gone before I know it, and my guests always ask for the recipe. I think it often comes as a surprise that these little pale rather innocently looking mouthfuls are so powerful and packed with taste. Because of the…

  • Warm gnocchi salad with greens, tomatoes and Parmesan
    Dinner,  Salads,  Side dishes

    Gnocchi and greens

    Gnocchi is but one of many magnificent wonders to have come out of Italian cooking. For some reason, though, it seems these gems always come in second after pasta, which is a pity because if cooked right, these delicately soft silky-smooth Italian potato dumplings can send you straight to heaven. Believe me, I’ve been there! And this warm gnocchi and greens salad is definitely a good way to gnocchi self-indulgence.   Truly, I could easily eat Italian food every day. I really love pasta, and Italian cooking is very honest. It’s filled with fresh ingredients and what you see is what you get.  The only downside is that if I…