raspberries and pistachio brownie

for 12 brownies 150 grams of unsalted butter + some to grease the form 200 grams of dark chocolate -70 %- chopped + 50 grams to keep for later - >How to grate chocolate 50 grams sugar cane – if you use a 50 % dark chocolate – don´t use any sugar 1 spoon of... Continue Reading →

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creamy asparagus vegan style

Creamy asparagus is my favorite recipe. However I suffered from a lactose intolerance some years and since them I have tried to avoid having too much dairy product even if my intolerance is now over. This recipe is inspired from the menu we tested out with my friend at Le Cheval Blanc in Ribeauvillé, Alsace.... Continue Reading →

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Mini pistachio and strawberry Pavlovas

3 spoon sugar (or agave syrup) 2 tea spoons of cornflour 1 tea spoon of salt 1 tea spoon of white wine vinegar 1/2 tea spoon vanilla essence 3 to 4 eggs (depending the size)   Preheat the oven at 100 degrees celsuis. Measure carefully the dry ingredients in a dry bowl and stir them together. Separate... Continue Reading →

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orange marmalade ( sugar free)

ingredients : 4 organic oranges 1 tea spoon vanilla extract 1 tea spoon agar-agar Squeeze the oranges´juice , add the zest and cook up  ( until boiling point)in a saucepan, add the vanilla and the agar-agar. Stir well as you do not want any clump in the jam later. Pour into a glass jar and... Continue Reading →

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Easter lemon cupcakes ( low carb)

Ingredients : 2 spoons of olive oil 3 egg 100 grams yogurt 1 dl almond flour 1 spoon of baking powder 1 spoon of lemon juice and the equivalent of a spoon of lemon zest cheese frosting: 100 grams cream cheese 20 butter lemon zest for decorating   Whip the eggs and olive oil with... Continue Reading →

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Easter lemon cream

Ingredients : 1 dl of freshly quizzed lemon juice (preferably organic) 1 1/2 dl sugar 1 spoon of corn starch 2 eggs 2 egg yolk 2 spoons of butter 2 dl heavy cream (liquid cream) Direction : cook up the lemon juice and the sugar together in a casserole once it is bubbling, remove  the... Continue Reading →

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home made oat milk

Ingredients : a liter of water a spoon of agave syrup or coconut sugar one pinch of salt 100 grams of jumbo oats Add oats and water with the agave syrup/ or coconut sugar and salt, blend it for 1 minute and makes pauses if necessary if the blender is too weak. At the end... Continue Reading →

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Scampi and mango salad

ingredients : 2 avocado 200 grams scampi 1 mango 1 pinch of dill salt, pepper olive oil lemon flavored ( Oliviers & co) mango vinegar ( Oliviers & co ) a drop of tabasco alternatively you can use a sweet vinegar ( apple for example) and olive oil with some drops of lemon or lime.... Continue Reading →

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Artichokes with vinaigrette

Preparing artichokes with vinaigrette is a traditional way to taste them as a starter. Ingredients : 5 spoons of good quality olive oil 2 spring onions, finely chopped 2 spoons of white wine 2 spoons of white wine vinegar 1/4 tea spoon of mustard 1 spoon parsley 1 lemon Preparation of the artichokes  Cook a saucepan... Continue Reading →

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French pancakes

ingredients  125 grams of flour ( I use often spelt flour) 25 grams butter 1 egg 15 cl of milk ( can be cow milk or oat milk) 15 cl of water 1 spoon of rum 1 spoon of vanilla essence brown sugar ( or coconut blossom sugar) recipe Warm up the milk with the... Continue Reading →

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How to make easy puff pastry dough

( Recipe from Thierry Marx)   ingredients : 400 gr of butter 400 gr of flour 8 grams of salt water prepare the puff pastry 1.To start the puff pastry you need to measure 100 gr of butter and leave it to room temperature until the butter is getting soft. In a kitchen aid mix... Continue Reading →

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Celebrating Saint Nicolas with Mannele cookies

  In the beginning of December all bakers in East of France prepare brioche ( sweet bread) men called Mannelé or Mannala. We trace the origin  of the manneles back to  the 15 century in Alsace where they are prepared to celebrate the Saint Nicholas and are  given to the good children. Traditionally Manneles had... Continue Reading →

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10 tips to embrace the autumn season in Norway

There it is.. we are end of October and November is on it´s way. We have been blessed with exceptional weather conditions and we are enjoying the marvelous orange colors of the nature. The air  though has lately  gotten chilly, the experienced the first frost, the days are quickly getting shorter and the heavy rain typical from West Norway... Continue Reading →

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Pear and Apple compote

When autumn knocks on the door, it is time to open up to the good old fashioned "compote ".  Traditionally a compote is  made with apples  but can be flavored with vanilla, cinnamon or mixed with another fruit like pears, mango, plums, berries etc.. The only limit is your imagination! In this recipe I used... Continue Reading →

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Pear and chocolate tart

I served this pie with a cup of Kusmi tea (euphoria)on an afternoon after a long walk in the countryside under a beautiful autumn weather.  Making the pie Tarte sucrée ( sweet pie dough) 250 grams ice sugar 250 grams flour 250 grams butter 2 eggs 30 grams water Sift the flour Mix the 2 eggs,... Continue Reading →

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Roasted pumpkin and blackberries 

This summer I went really crazy with blackberries. We are blessed to live in a very green area in Stavanger where there are a huge amounts of bushes. Most of our picking has been frozen for rainy days for meals just like this one. It is a perfect recipe to make the transition between summer and autumn.

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I heard once French food is so fancy and I wondered is that so ? At home we always used seasonal products that we bought either at the shop and on Sundays at the markets. We always used consciously the remaining to avoid waste. This is still my philosophy. I often make puff pastry but... Continue Reading →

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I like a good fruit salad for breakfast. It´s simple to make ad allows you to use up your remaining. As I am on a very strict diet I am not allowed to consume sugar. ( I have been diagnosed with PCOS syndrome). Elderflower has a very delicate taste, very floral and subtile. I chose to... Continue Reading →

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cod and strawberry salad

An empty fridge is often  blessing for me; it makes me find creative way to cook. after a trip in Oslo I bought an olive oil flavoured with mandarin and had fun preparing a fruity salad. I have just fried the fish in the pan with a bit of margarine for about 10 minutes. A... Continue Reading →

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I have prepared pasteis de nata for tonight´s football game. It is really easy and if you have some puff pastry dough home it take 30 minutes top ! 0,5 l milk 35 gr flour 150 sugar 3 spoons of lemon juice 4 egg yolk + 1 egg vanilla essence mix the flour + sugar... Continue Reading →

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This traditional dish from Tahiti called i´o ota ( in Tahitian language) is comparable to the Ceviche on the Pacific coast of Latin America. This dish is usually prepared with fresh tuna or other fish like mahi mahi.The fish is seasoned with coconut milk and lemon and let to marinate for 20 minutes as a basis. The raw fish is " cooked " by the lemon juice.

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French éclairs and lemon curd

Making the perfect éclairs is one of my biggest baking dream. I am quite pleased with the result of my latest batch made during Easter.  I have at home to many different variation of the Choux dought ( basis for making éclairs) but for the moment I am quite happy with the recipe from Pascal´s... Continue Reading →

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Reindeer cookies

I found this very cute reindeer cookie recipe on a French website last week and was happily surprised to see that my Rudoph cookies were such a success !   Ingredients : For the cookies : - Vanilla extract (one tea spoon) - 350 grams of flour - 180 grams of butter - 200 grams... Continue Reading →

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Lyon city of lights

Early December I wanted to share with you one of the most beautiful December celebration happening in Lyon " la fête des Lumières" (festival of Lights) but the recent terrorist attacks in Paris last November have changed the agenda. Instead of the usual light illumination on the city buildings  during the first week of December the... Continue Reading →

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Mannele – Alsacian Christmas cookies

Mannele are typical cookies  from the Easter part of France ( Alsace and Lorraine )baked before the Saint Nicolas on the 6 December. These lovely sweet bread are prefect for a pre Christmas treat with jam !   shopping list : 600 g flour 1 sachet of dry yeast 330 ml of warm milk 55g... Continue Reading →

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Vanilla and pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup can be declined in so many ways. One of my favourite or should I say Coup de Coeur is the vanilla and pumpkin soup. I was tipped  to use vanilla pod in pumpkin soup by my friend Laura in France last year when I visited her. She always has such good taste. The addition... Continue Reading →

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Gloomy November morning and low energy ? Try the raspberries and Ginger smoothie

November has come with the rain, the dark nights coming faster and the low energy. I regularly read smoothie recipes and try many but no any left me any special memories. This one however I never forgot its taste. Its sweet and energizing and if you are looking into changing your  boring breakfast routing it is a perfect... Continue Reading →

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recent event in Paris # Pray for Paris

Terrorism might have hit Paris once again but it has been said the best way to fight it, is to continue living as we used to.  So I will continue write about my beloved home country. Words are missing today but here is a cartoon that I found very interesting by Johann Sfar.

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Food trip in Brazil and result of my non- meat challenge !

Hello, I just came back from a wonderful trip in Brazil this week end and enjoyed every bit of it. This was my first time ever in the country and for this very first trip I had chosen to visit  the Northern Part including Fortaleza, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. On this fantastic gastronomic journey... Continue Reading →

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You are going to drop your Nutella jar

Yesterday, Annika my good girl friend offered me this wonderful chocolate paste from the French shop Oliviers&co. For those who know me I never eat anything else that the famous Italian brand. ( I think I might have been bottle fed Nutella in my young years ..)But I became very skeptical  ever since I heard... Continue Reading →

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The original puff pastry dough has butter … lots of butter for your own pleasure !

Puff pastry dough is a fundamental in French baking for pastries and pies. However,  let´s be honest about one thing, puff pastry dough requires time investment and if you plan to eat some  pains au chocolat or croissants the recipe cannot wrapped up in an hour. do not trust recipes that will promise you a... Continue Reading →

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Chicken fricassée

  for 4 people 35-40 minutes preparation ingredients 4 chicken fillets without skin or bones, cuts in small bites 1 spoon of olive oil 2 spring onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 1/4 dl chicken broth, or vegetable 2 carrots, cut in cubes 1 parnish 225 grams of green peas 115 grams mushrooms, cut in slices... Continue Reading →

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the best blueberry pie – (tarte aux brimbelles)

I have to tell you one secret ... I have never eaten a blueberry pie. Not even one in 30 years. ( yes I know ).That is such a pity a pity for me because this pie is a sin .. Maybe the reason why I never bothered to have a look at any is... Continue Reading →

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