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Brussels sprouts gone nuts

In Side dishes on December 26, 2012 at 23:31

Brussels sprouts gone nuts

I must admit my knowledge about Brussels sprouts and its uses is kinda limited. But, in Norway at least, they can often be found as a side to game (vilt), turkey and different roasts. But whenever I have gotten it served it has been very basic, just boiled until tender. Except this one time… which totally changed my mind about Brussels sprouts altogether!

Imagine sinking your teeth into tender, yet not overcooked, lovely greengreen Brussels sprouts. The bitterness of the sprouts perfectly balanced by a hint of honey and hazelnuts. A surprising, but perfect joint venture!

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Salmon sashimi with ponzu dip

In Appetizers, Asian, Cilantro, Finger food, Fish and shellfish, Koriander, My favorites, Salmon, Sashimi, Side dishes, Small dishes, Sushi on November 13, 2011 at 22:00

Of all the food I love, sushi is waaay up there on the love-list. Here is a beatifully simple way to make a melt-in-your-mouth salmon sashimi dish. The ponzu dip is so good that you´ll be tempted to drink the leftovers…

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I ♥ aioli

In Aioli, Appetizers, Oils and dressings, Side dishes, Small dishes on June 28, 2011 at 23:52

I don´t know if you believe me, but it is summer in Stavanger, Norway (let´s not even start discussing that, ok?). And in the summer we throw grill parties and BBQs and go on picnics and boat trips and mountain hikes and late night terrace tapas parties. Let me present to you the perfect companion to all these events: smooth, garlicy, slightly salty, can´t-get-enough-of-it AIOLI! (or garlic mayonnaise if you wish)

Even though aioli is created by emulsification (a molecular gastronomical phenomenom) it is surprisingly easy to make. It just sounds fancy – don´t be intimidated! I made this out on the terrace. See? It is summer!

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5 gourmet minutes

In Appetizers, Eggs, Lunch, Salad, Side dishes, Small dishes on November 10, 2010 at 21:04

This is a magical combination: asparagus, plenty of good olive oil, arugula (rocket), parmesan and a fried egg, sunny side up. It will take you 5 minutes, and you will have a beautiful plate in front of you. And just one little secret ingredient pushes this to the top of my appetizer chart!

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Quiche Lorraine

In Cakes and pies, Eggs, Kid´s menu, Lunch, Quiche Lorraine, Side dishes, Small dishes on October 31, 2010 at 22:27

A classic, rustic quiche is one of my favorite dishes. It is light, has a smooth and creamy texture, tastes just as good for breakfast as it does for lunch and even dinner.

Eat it by itself, or with a nice green salad as sidekick. Talk about classy comfort food!

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Focaccia to the people!

In Bakery, Breads, Finger food, Focaccia, Lunch, Side dishes on August 3, 2010 at 21:47

I have baked a few focaccias in my time. Can´t really brag about any of them though – not until I tried this recipe that is. It is easy and quite quick to make. Well, the actual work involved is quick – as with all yeast-based dough you can´t really rush the rising.

But here´s the real bonus: for everyone out there that hate getting your hands dirty and messy and sticky and yucky – I promise you can make this bread and not get more than ONE finger messy! How is that for breadbaking? Not too shabby, huh?

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Soulfood and then some…

In Chicken, Crabs, Fish and shellfish, Main courses, Pork, Side dishes on July 25, 2010 at 08:11

Finally (?) home and back to a somewhat normal state after a fabulous vacation in Florida, a stunning wedding in Leipzig and visits from great friends. I have gotten so used to having at least 7 persons around me at all times that I have some serious social withdrawal symptoms! I find myself calling, planning and booking every spare minute I have – quite mindlessly! Hard to find time for blogging in times like these. Blogging material, however, is bountiful! Stay tuned!

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Avocado stuffed with Norway lobster

In Appetizers, Avocado, Langoustine, Norway lobster, Side dishes, Small dishes on June 14, 2010 at 20:57

No, I swear to you I didn´t make up the name! Well, what the heck is a Norway lobster? In my county, Rogaland, we call it “rekekonge”, a shrimp king. But the rest of Norway calls it a “sjøkreps”, sea crayfish. In English it is called a “Norway lobster”, in French “Langoustine”… Whatever the name: They are delicious!!

Lets get to the food-part. I grew up on an island, and naturally enough there are quite a few fishermen there. So we have always had the luxury of fresh seafood. Shrimp and Norway lobsters we buy straight from the boats. Already cooked to perfection, in salty seawater. If you think that sounds weird, wait till you taste shrimp in Norway… Perfectly salted, tender and the word “chewy” never even crosses your mind. The weekend before last, I spent at my parents house, and my dad brought home some Norway lobsters. I immediately went to the store and bought avocados, sour creme, red chillies and lemon. And picked some parsley from my mom´s garden.

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Waffle iron toast

In Finger food, Grilled cheese, Kid´s menu, Lunch, Sandwiches, Side dishes, Small dishes on May 31, 2010 at 00:48

Almost all Norwegians I know own a waffle iron. Almost all Americans I know love a classic grilled cheese sandwich (especially the night/day after a good party). Let´s combine these two random trivia and eat! Well, first cook, then eat!

The fact that I was at a good friends´ bachelorette-party last night may, or may not, have something to do with this post…

These toasts have a few things going for them: you can use any bread you have laying around, even if it’s a little dry. It makes a miniscule dent in a poor student’s wallet. And you can go plain and just use cheese or you can jazz it up a bit according to your fridge content!

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Risotto: YOUR way

In Big dishes, Main courses, Risotto, Side dishes on May 22, 2010 at 17:05

We made a mushroom risotto as a side dish to go with the stuffed chicken breasts that I posted last weekend, but this is a very basic risotto recipe that can be used both as a side dish or as a main course. Risotto is just great that way, and you don´t need to make any gravy if you have risotto! If you don´t care too much about mushrooms, you can add whatever you want, or happen to have in your fridge! For example asparges, sugar snap peas, bacon, mussels, clams, green peas (petit pois), chorizo, rocket salad, chicken, shrimp, green beans, parma/serrano ham or other types of cured meats……. Let your creativity (or fridge) decide!

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