May 28, 2015

Changing the colours of the library

Library today - closing in on the desired colour code

After I have converted the guest room into a library, I have decided to change the colour scheme from purple/red into mainly the green tones. So I have been on the look out for new cushions and bed blanket. 

Sofa cushion can actually be quiet expensive, so therefore I have been knitting two new sofa cushion. One cushion is finished, while a second cushion is under construction. A third cushion (green HAY cushion) I have brought second-hand to ½ price, and when I have found two cushion covers, while travelling (the Marimekko cover to the left side and leaf-motive cover to the right side).

Library . before making the colour change
The green plaid have I brought, when I went on vacation to Stockholm right after Easter, a 100% wool plaid to 600 SEK, which I found to a very good deal, as the Swedish currency is 80% of the Danish kroners.

Next item on my TO-DO-LIST is to have sewn new cushion cover in some green fabric, in which I store the spare duvets and sleeping cushion, when not in use. Today these two covers are still in purple fabric. Here I need to locate a person with a talent for sewing, as this is not one of my key competencies.

In-between picture - moving from purple to green colour code

May 26, 2015

GREEN CLEANER


This juice is both looking and tasting healthy with it´s green colour. The taste is to the bitter side, so at another time I would consider to juice the lime without the peel.

GREEN CLEANER: - 5-6 servings
  • 1 lime with peel
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 squash
  • 1 handfull of parsley
  • 4 pears
  • 4 kiwis
  1. Clean and rinse all the ingredients.
  2. Juice everything together. Juice the lime and parsley in between the pears.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy :-)
  4. Store remaining juice in the refrigerator.

May 24, 2015

Busy baking day in the kitchen


It has been a busy day in the kitchen, where my KitchenAid has been a great and very helpful wing man assisting me the preparations for an upcoming birthday coffee. As one of my guests suffers from lactose intolerant, I have been shopping lactose-free butter, whipping cream, milk and yogurt. (Valio should really become a sponsor of my kitchen !!!!):

The "menu" will consist of:

Perchs luxus chai for my tea pot 33


Right here and now I am seriously enjoying this luxus chai from Perchs. It has a wonderful spicy taste, which I am becoming addicted to.

The luxus chai is made from black Indian tea, rooibos, cinnamon pieces, ginger pieces, black pepper, all spice, cardamon, red pepper, vanilla, orange pieces, corn flower petals. Flavoured with orange.

Uuuuhmm. this tea taste great. I make the tea as normal tea. Perhaps I should try to boil some milk with this blend inside ? My only concern is, that I do not like the taste of boiled milk.

May 23, 2015

Walnut cream cake at Svinkløv Badehotel

The original walnut cream cake at Svinkløv Badehotel
As part of my birthday celebration my mother and I spend two days in the Norther part of Jutland, where we enjoy coffee and cake in form of the famous walnut cream cake from Svinkløv Badehotel.

We were served a great piece of cake together with a pot of both coffee and tea. It is a nice place to enjoy afternoon coffee/cake, if you are in the area of Svinkløv Badehotel. Cake and coffee cost 85 DKK (11.25€), which is a very fair level.

My version of walnut cream a la Svinkløv Badehotel

May 22, 2015

Brownie-style cake with yogurt


When I saw, that yogurt as a part of the ingredients in the chocolate cake I knew at once, that I need to bake it. Can you actually taste the yogurt ? None, perhaps because I added dark chocolate on top of the cocoa powder. I found the recipe in the small recipe booklet called "Den økologiske bagebog volume 2", which I got at the baking event "Rent Mel i Posen".

When I was reading thorough the recipe, I noticed, that the milk, yogurt and butter should be heated up together in a cooking pot. Yogurt is very sensitive to heat, as it is an acidic dairy product, so the milk protein will curdle, when exposed to heat. I decided to try it, as the amount of the butter is very high, so I thought, that the high fat content could help to protect the milk protein. Even though I heat the mass gently up, the milk mass will curdle, so I had to start all over again. In my second attempt I decided to add the yogurt in the sugar-egg mass, and only heat up the milk and butter.

Perhaps the person, who created this recipe like a curdle and sandy texture in their cake ? However, I really dislike such sandiness !!!!

The cake is not raising a lot during the baking process, as no baking powder is added into the recipe. If you like more normal cake structure instead of brownie-style I would recommend, that you add baking powder into the cake.

Anyway, I like the use of yogurt in this cake, as it is another way of using up yogurt getting old in your refrigerator. And I will bake another version of this cake without the chocolate and adding in some baking powder.

Brownie-style cake with yogurt:
  • 6 eggs
  • 500 g sugar
  • 150 g milk
  • 150 g yogurt
  • 250 g butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 400 g wheat flour
  • 75 g cocoa powder - without sugar
  • 1 orange - without peel, diced into smaller pieces
  • 100 g dark chocolate - roughly chopped
  1. Heat up the fan oven to 180'C.
  2. First whip eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar into a foamy mass. 
  3. Meanwhile heat up the milk and butter in a cooking water, until the butter is melted.
  4. Add in the yogurt into the sugar-egg mass, while whipping.
  5. Afterwards slowly add in the melted butter-milk liquid, while whipping. Keep whipping for another 2 minutes on speed 3.
  6. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder together. Add it into the cake mass, while whipping. 
  7. Also add in the orange and chocolate pieces Stop the whipping, when the flour-cocoa is mixed in. 
  8. Cover either one big baking tray ( 30 x 40 cm) or two smaller baking trays with baking paper.
  9. Pour in the cake dough into the baking trays.
  10. Bake the cake at 180'C for approx. 35 minutes.
  11. Cool down the cake, before you cut and serve it.

May 19, 2015

ROAD RUNNER



I keep on juice my way through the various JuiceSelvKasse, which i received on regular basis from Årstiderne. This time I have enjoying a juice called ROAD RUNNER, which is made from redbeets, grape fruit and pineapple. The taste is very good, and you feel how you become more enerigized as you drink this juice

ROAD RUNNER: - 3-4 servings
ORANGE DREAM: - 3-4  servings
  • 4 redbeets 
  • 2 grape fruits - without peel
  • ½-1 pineaplle - without peel
  1. Clean and rinse all the ingredients.
  2. Juice everything together. 
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy :-)
  4. Store remaining juice in the refrigerator.

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