Just a quick update…

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This is today’s dinner. Corncakes with sour cream and salsa. The recipe will be on the blog by the weekend. Have a nice evening sugars! Xx

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Spicy chorizo and prawn stew

 


IT’S ALMOST DECEMBER, WOAH!
What have happened? It feels like it was June yesterday. Time really does fly fast when you have fun and I can feel the Christmas spirit in the air. All my presents, except one, are neatly wrapped up and I just feel like sharing and old recipe with you guys to fire up your christmas spirit. It is really fast and takes only 15 minutes. Meanwhile the stew is cooking up, feel free to cook pasta or couscous to serve with.

PRAWN CHORIZO STEW
100g of de-shelled prawns
2 hot chorizo sausages
1 tin of crushed tomatoes (350g)
1 green bell pepper
1 red chili
1/2 onion
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper to taste.

METHOD
Start off by chopping the onion and slicing the green bell pepper. Sweat the onion in a large saucepan with a knob of butter or olive oil for 5 minutes and then add the pepper and sweat for an additional 5 minutes. Meanwhile slice up the chorizo and chop the chili, then add it to the pan. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and add the prawns, cumin and salt & pepper to taste. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

Serve with pasta or couscous.

November coldness.

 

Thanksgiving is approaching us in stormy steps, it’s frosty outside and it’s nearly a month left until christmas and I’ve almost finished one term of school! School is going great by the way, thanks to much focus on homework (this is what I study) and not blogging or too much exercising. Time goes fast when you have fun, don’t you think?  As you might know, me and my boyfriend started a new lifestyle two weeks ago. A healthy lifestyle. We’ve been eating very low calorie and low carb and I’m thinking about sharing it with you sugars!  I needed to loose weight ever since I stopped eating vegan and if I didn’t start now, I’d never start and I’d never loose weight! So it was certainly time to do something by eating lower calorie, exercise much more and smaller portions. Who doesn’t love to eat much of something that’s tasty? I have a feeling that I am not alone eating way too much. So I had to learn what a normal portion looks like. Anyway – I am on my way to weightloss and a healthy lifestyle, too bad thanksgiving is coming up though, that gravy- yum!

…Anywayyy, I’d like to share a delicious alcoholic beverage with you sugars, that you can make virgin! It’s a pumpkin martini, de-li-cious!

PUMPKIN MARTINI á la Cecilia
depending on how big your glass is, mine’s quite big, but a general rule:
1 part of vodka
1 part of Bailey’s Irish cream
1 part of half ‘n half
2 parts of pumpkin purée
1-2 teaspoons pumpkin spice *see note*
whipped cream and cinnamon to top

METHOD
In a shaker, fill up with ice and add vodka, Bailey’s, half ‘n half, spices and pumpkin purée. Shake until frosty and stream into a martiniglass rimmed with cinnamonsugar. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkle.

VIRGIN PUMPKIN MARTINI
1 part of simple syrup *see note*
2 parts of milk
2-3 parts of pumpkin purée
1-2 teaspoons pumpkin spice *see note*
whipped cream and cinnamon to top

METHOD
In a shaker, fill up with ice and add milk, syrup, pumpkin pirée and spices. Shake until frosty and fill up in a small glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkle

note: to make your own pumpkin spice mix, mix 2 teaspoons of nutmeg, ground ginger and 4 teaspoons of cinnamon.
simple syrup, pour equal parts of water and sugar into a saucepan, bring to a boil and let cool, seal in an airtight container.

a Thanksgiving traditional

 

               a cup of tea at the station in Sundsvall, Sweden. Snow in the background!

What is the most traditional Thanksgiving feast except for the turkey? It has to be the Pumpkin pie. It’s not only a thanksgiving traditional – but also a Halloween traditional.
Two weeks ago I arrived to my mothers house back in Northern Sweden to celebrate Halloween up there. It was pretty nice and a lot of snow up there, it’s insane! When I arrived at the train station I had to change from my high heels to flat shoes not slip and break all my bones.  I also baked a traditional pumpkin pie that I’d love to share with you all! I served it with maple-cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon! Dare to make pumpkin pie from SCRATCH. Make this pie in the evening the day before it’s planned to feast on.

PUMPKIN PIE serves 8-12
for the crust
2 cups of AP flour
2 sticks of butter
2 tablespoons of cold water
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for the filling
1 cup of pumkpin purée  = 1/2 medium pumpkin
1 cup of sugar
1 can (375g) of evaporated milk /OR  1 cup of full fat heavy cream
1 tablespoon of Maizena
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 nutmeg
2 eggs

METHOD
Set  the oven to 480f/250c.
Split a pumpkin in half, take out the guts and place it with skin side up on a baking tray lined with a baking sheet.

Meanwhile, make sure the butter is room-temperatured and add flour. Work it quickly and add ice cold water, form it quickly into a dough and wrap it with cling film and placing the dough in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes. At this point: Take a cup of coffee/ tea and relax.

After you’ve had you break, take out the dough and roll it to 1/8″ thick, and lining a baking thin.

The pumpkin should now be ready, take it out of the oven and place the baking thin with the crust in the owen and lowering the heat to 400f/200c. Pre-bake the dough for 10 minutes.    Meanwhile the dough is baking, scoop the flesh out of the pumpkin and purée it.

After 10 minutes, take the crust out. It should now be golden and a bit crispy, but not yet cooked trough.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and beat in the pureé, spices, maizena and the evaporated milk.

Pour into the crust and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a stick comes out clean.


TIPS!
If you get too much purée, simply scoop it into a ice baking form and put it into the freezer. Great for pumpkin smoothies and milkshake (or even pumpkin martini!)

Healthy living

 

Oh boy! I have not blogged for nearly a month although I promised to do so. I feel terrible and I promise, promise, promise to post recipes soon. I’ve just been too busy.  BUT, my boyfriend and I made a promise to try to eat much more healthier and with a lower calorie reduction. So I figured I should share our Meal schedules online! This is a four day (tuesday-friday) schedule! wiee, hope you all get inspired.
texas salad,   avocado, tomatoes, beans, corn, spring onions and tabasco vinaigrette!

Dinner week 45
Tuesday:  Salmon w/ couscous salad made of couscous, pomegranate and apricots.
Wednesday: Chicken w/ texas salad
Thursday: Cauliflowermash w/ salmon and a big side salad.
Friday: Fish tacos in hard shells with spicy salsa, vegetables and sour cream.