Two days ago I came back from a week in my hometown Düsseldorf. Was so nice to see all my friends and family again and of course try out some new places to have food and drinks at.
My new favourite café I was introduced to by a friend is definitely Uhlenbusch. After a quiet breakfast there the place was buzzing during lunchtime and I heard that in the evenings dinner is served by a chef who deserves at least one star.
I think Uhlenbusch has the right amount of “Berlin style” mixed with some really delicious and traditional snacks.
Well, isn’t Sushi always a good idea? And especially since I have moved to Norway I enjoy it even more. Fish is always fresher when you live close to the sea.
My favourite place here is Sabi Sushi and in case you live in Stavanger, Sandnes, Kristiansand, Bryne or Haugesund you have the chance to get your sushi for only 100 NOK. The offer is valid until Sunday.
On my way to a housewarming party. In Germany and some other countries it is an old tradition to give bread and salt to a person that has just moved to a new home. It comes from back in the days when these two things were the most important basic foods and is supposed to bring sedentary, prosperity and fertility (haha!). I guess today we just do it for good luck and because you can actually make something that simple look really nice.
I like getting my salt and bread gift at delicacy stores where they sell special salt blends and flavoured breads. Nicely wrapped et voilà!
I am not too big on Valentine’s Day as I think: Why not try to make every day special?
But I guess some hearts and flowers are a nice touch anyway. The banana pancakes were so delicious!
What are your plans for today? Have a happy Valentine’s Day and a nice weekend everyone!
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.
What do you do when you finish dinner and realise that you don’t have any dessert in the house? I just had to go to the supermarket around the corner and get some sweets. The Norwegians call it Smågodt, the Germans gemischte Tüte and the English Pick & Mix. You chose your own sweets and put them in an old-fashioned little bag. I love this!
Yesterday we went on a little road trip to a waterfall in Frafjord. Since it started raining on our way, we stopped at a traditional Norwegian café to coffee and waffles. I bought these delicious and very old-fashioned looking sweets. I ate them all after taking the pictures – very tasty!
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.
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
3 cloves of garlic
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.
You can top the dish with some basil leaves and serve on a soup plate.
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.
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:
cedar wood (available in any store that has grill eqipment)
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