Bangin´ blinis

Blinis look surprisingly much like the Norwegian “lapp” or “svele”, but these buttery, elegant cousins take it to a whole ´nother level when topped with lovely Norwegian smoked salmon, salmon roe tasting of the ocean, velvety sour cream – freshened up by the sharpness of the red onion, the lemon and the dill! Accompanied by excellent Champagne, of course… It is the perfect dazzling, bite-size hors d´oeuvre to serve your guests as they arrive at your party. Or you can make them a bit bigger (and a little less risky) and serve on a plate with cutlery as an appetizer. Either way; delicious!

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Brussels sprouts gone nuts

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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A picnic focaccia sandwich

Although I love to grill and “do it big” during the summer season, every now and then a nice sandwich is just right (especially when the kitchen is a construction zone). Salty, moist focaccia, the creamy, cheesy eggs, the smooth garlic kick from the aioli, the Danish salami – packed up nicely and ready to go! Fingerlickin´good…

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Ovenbaked turbot fish in saffron beurre blanc

Slice your knife through the flaky, delicate puff pastry to get to the delicious, elegant treasure hidden within. Once your fork is loaded, give it a good, long dip in the buttery, light sauce and I promise instant happiness! No kidding!

A few days ago I unplugged my stove (in the middle of redoing my kitchen). I am hoping it won´t be too long until it/I am up and running again… Thanks Astrid, for giving me inspiration and inviting me to cook with you! 🙂

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