Cocktail recipe: Hugo

For those of you who are German or Austrian, Hugo might have been your go-to drink for the last 5 years anyway. However, after (unsuccessfully) trying to order this drink in several other places in the world, I gave up.

Until one of my friends here in Norway, who is Austrian, organised a Hugo night last weekend and we were glad that the other guests from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, France and England enjoyed this drink just as much as we did.

All you need for a Hugo are these ingredients in a white wine glass:

– 2 cl elderflower syrup
– 150 ml Prosecco / sparkling wine
– fresh mint leaves
(If you like you can top it of with some sparkling water)

It’s absolutely delicious and really refreshing on sunny days outside.

What’s your favourite drink?

Hugo cocktail

Healthy avocado snack

My favourite snack these days is this delicious healthy sandwich.

All you need for it is a slice of rye bread,  1 sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes and if you like, you can top it off with both a tea spoon of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle some pepper and sea salt over it and you are done.

This is really easy, absolutely healthy and the best thing is, you won’t be hungry for hours.

Avocado Sandwich

Healthy apple pancakes

I started my day with a delicious apple pancake. I tried out a healthy low calorie version of pancakes by preparing it without sugar and eggs. You can actually make a good dough with only milk, flour and a tea spoon of honey, just be sure to mix it well. I sliced up a small apple and added the pieces onto the liquid dough in the pan.

Instead of whipped cream I added a light sour cream and topped it off with honey and some walnuts. Delicious!

Healthy pancake

 

Low calorie pancakes

 

White chocolate with marshmallows

On autumn days there is nothing better than hot drinks. And why not give some of the old classics an exciting touch by adding your favourite sweets?

In general I always go for white options in the sweet department: White chocolate, white desserts topped with white sauces…you get the idea. And three white ingredients mixed together – you can imagine what joy it brings me ;)

But no matter what sweet preferences you have, I think you will definititely enjoy this one:

Hot chocolate with marschmallow topping
You just have to melt some white chocolate in a pot of hot milk. Pour it into a cup and top with marshmallows. I chose Lindt chocolate with vanilla taste. So delicious!

Hot white chocolate with marshmallows

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One Pot Pasta

Today I tried a life-changing new recipe: One Pot Pasta.

Instead of making the sauce in one pot and the pasta in another, you simply mix everything together right from the start and cook until you get a creamy sauce, which takes about 15 minutes. I know 15 minutes sounds kind of shocking if you are like me and love your pasta al dente but the photos on Berries & Passion looked really convincing.

And I can tell you, it is absolutely delicious! I am even thinking about having this dish every night for at least a week, just with different ingredients – and you actually could make it with any kind of meet, fish, seafood and vegetables you have in your fridge.

Tonight I chose this:

One pot pasta
Slice garlic, onions, fresh basil, tomatoes, mozzarella and put it in a pan or pot with spaghetti (You need about 100g per person). Fill the pan with water, add a bit of olive oil as well as a table spoon of tomato puree and season with salt, pepper and half a vegetable stock cube. Boil for about 15 minutes (or until the sauce is creamy) and keep stirring. Meanwhile add a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and sugar if you like.

one pot pasta

Recipes

One Pot Pasta
Voilá! This is what it looks like when it’s done. What dou you think? Have you tried One Pot Pasta before, maybe with different ingredients?

 

 

 

Easy dessert for BBQ or oven

Yesterday we probably had the last Barbecue of the year. It was really sunny and warm and so nice to watch the sunset over the sea.

I tried a new dessert which is quick and easy to make on a BBQ or in the oven.

All you need is bananas and some chocolate.

BBQ dessert
Cut open the banana peel and slice the fruit itself into pieces. Take one piece out from the middle to create more space for the chocolate. Put in some chocolate pieces (I used nut and raisin but you can chose any).

 

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Wrap banana into aluminium foil and place upright on the grill or in the oven. Leave for about 10 minutes until the banana is dark on the outside and the chocolate is melted. It’s best to eat these with big spoon.

Healthy dessert: Frozen yoghurt with cranberries

This summer I have become addicted to frozen yoghurt. And it’s easy to make it at home.

For this version all you need is this:

cranberries
Fresh cranberries

 

frozen yoghurt
Vanilla yoghurt

 

white chocolate
White chocolate

 

Frozen yoghurt
After filling vanilla yoghurt into a bowl, top it with some cranberries and put in the freezer for 1.5 to 2 hours. Sprinkle some grated white chocolate over it and enjoy!

Last night’s dinner: Bacalao

Yesterday I had the most delicious dinner. Bacalao means cod in Spanish, but is also the name of a dish brought over by the Spanish and Portuguese many years ago to Norway. It is quite common to find this rich, spicy mediterranean dish in Arctic Norway, where you find the best dried cod in the world. It was only recently that I had it for the first time and I absolutely love it. It’s a tomato based fish stew made with dried cod.

All ingredients in the pan before cooking
All ingredients in the pan before cooking

Ingredients for 2 people:

  • 300 g dried cod fish (soaked up in a bowl full of water for one night)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a chilli
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 3 tbs tomato puree
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 100 g halved cherry tomatoes
  • half a glass of green olives
  • 2 big potatoes, sliced
  • fresh basil
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • salt
  • pepper

The dried cod (klipp fisk) should be cut into large chunks and placed in a large bowl of fresh water for 24 hours prior to cooking, changing the water a few times during this process.

Mix together the garlic, chery tomatoes, canned tomatoes, chilli, oregano, basil, parsley, olives, tomato puree in a large, heavy based pan. Add half a cup of water and bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with pepper only (as the fish will bring plenty salt). Reduce to a low heat and then layer on the fish, onions (1 cm thick slices) and potatoes (1 cm thick slices). These should be sitting in 3 layers on top of the tomato base. Let it simmer in the covered pan for about an hour, giving the pan a gentle shake every now and then to prevent sticking and allow the dish to be kept in layers. The dish is ready when the potatoes are soft.

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You can top the dish with some basil leaves and serve on a soup plate.

 

Healthy BBQ: Grilled salmon on cedar wood

The best thing about the Norwegian summer is that the days are so long. After being on the beach morning to evening, it is still so light outside that no one feels like heading back home. A common thing to do here are barbecues, be it in public places or at home. We chose home tonight and tried out a new recipe.

Salmon on the grill
Salmon on the grill

Who says Barbecues have to be nothing more than fatty meat? Especially when you live right by the sea and can have fresh fish at all times. We grilled a big piece of salmon filet on a flat piece of cedar wood. It gives the fish the best taste you can imagine without adding any butter or oil.

 

This is what you need:

  • Salmon filet
  • cedar wood (available in any store that has grill eqipment)
  • lemon
  • salt
  • pepper

Put the salmon on a big piece of cedar wood that has been soaked in salted water for at least an hour.  Cut the lemon into slices and place them on the salmon so that the whole fish is covered. Add salt and pepper. Put the fish and the cedar wood on the barbecue and grill it for about 15 minutes.

But not only did we have a delicious dinner, we also had the best sea view :)

Our view during the BBQ
Our view during the BBQ