Oat cream-based zebra cake

In my everlasting quest to make the perfect cakes suitable for my food-intolerant friends and colleagues, I have started exploring oat-based products more and more. This also applies to adapting the recipes I use when working with my students in order to include those who cannot eat dairy products. It all started with oat milk and deveoped from that. In this recipe I’m using cream. Continue reading

Ten first times – travel edition

I am writing this after reading a trending post on some Italian travel blogs I follow (linked at the end of this post). I don’t blog in Italian and I don’t blog about travel (as my main topic), but I like to share stories and this trending post felt like a good opportunity to write about stuff I love. The original post was called #prime10volte, that is to say “ten first times” when travelling. Travel is about exploration and learning so it should come as no surprise that while travelling one gets to experience many “first times”. So here’s 10 of my first times while in travel. Continue reading

Cilantro Lime Rice

It all started two months ago, when I stumbled upon a very interesting recipe on one of the first food blogs I have ever followed, cilantro lime rice by Cooking with a Wallflower. Sometimes I find recipes and I wonder how on Earth I had never come up with such ideas myself, spontaneously. I lovelovelove guacamole and I often think that my big love is mostly for the avocado, but the thing about guacamole is also the peculiar flavours of lime and cilantro that make the avocado mash special. Why didn’t I ever think of adding lime and cilantro to rice? Continue reading

I am ready for spring

It’s been a strange week, the one that just ended. I found myself crying when crying was the last thing I wanted to do, really (I generally don’t mind crying, it helps me get stuff out and relax, but I need to be in the right mood for a good cry and I was most definitely not when I cried this week). Then my body just gave up and I found myself exhausted, sick. I had to pause, spend a day in bed stunned by a wild migraine. Outside my window the snow had started to fall again. All the snow that had not showed up in January – there it was. In March. Continue reading

Gingerbread cake

I have this habit that whenever I’m abroad I like to visit local supermarkets. I equally like to have my guests have the same experience, so I often take people grocery shopping whenever someone visits me in Sweden. It’s my favourite way to get inspiration for the meals we are going to share, and it’s a good opportunity for them to get in touch with foods that might attract them but that I may not have at home. This is how I ended up making gingerbread cake recently. Continue reading

Double chocolate banana bread

double chocolate banana bread

Making banana bread can be a very good strategy to get rid of overly ripe bananas that had been forgotten or just neglected. There are people who will feed on all sorts of fruits whenever they find one within reach. Sadly, I belong to the other type – those who buy fruits, try to eat them regularly, then forget them in the fruit basket. Some fruits hold longer, and hopefully make it until the next time I feel like eating random fruits. Others will just sit and ripe and hope for the best. Continue reading

Single-serving applesauce

Let’s make things clear – applesauce is not exclusively a type of baby food. I consider it comfort food. Maybe the reason should be found in the fact that applesauce is so easy to eat that it requires the table manners and eating skills of an infant, hence the comfort. Whatever! Applesauce is not only baby food and it’s something that I really really enjoy. Especially warm, straight out of the pot. On the spot. You make it, you eat. What a bliss. Continue reading

No-bake Oreo cheesecake

no-bake oreo cheesecake

Oreo cheesecake has been on my mind for quite some time. I decided the time had come to try and make it when I found Oreos on discount at the store. It felt like a sign. The problem is that of course this lucky coincidence at the store happened two months ago and I’ve only found the time now to turn the cookies into the key feature of my most recent cheesecake. I’m not even going to blame work or lazyness here for not being able to make this cake earlier. The truth is that winter has finally (!) arrived and with -10°C outside the last thing I wanted to make was a no-bake cheesecake. Continue reading

The places I called home: Oslo

I like to say that with the Norwegian capital I’ve had a serious love affair. We first met in 2007, a bunch of sunny April days; Oslo was the destination of a spontaneous trip with my parents. We never take spontaneous trips in my family, but 2007 had not had a good start and a spontaneous trip somewhere new was what we all needed to heal our wounds. Oslo healed my wounds. I was young, I fell in love so desperately. Continue reading