Living the good life, the healthy way

a weekend in Malmö

Publicerad 2013-04-28 22:25:07 i Living life,

A weekend trip to Malmö to visit Therese and Johan meant going to "The English Shop", shopping, going to the cinema, wandering around town and a new shopping centre, and admiring a wonderful sunset. 
Chris got very excited over the "Dandilon and Burdock" drink, and also bought some Soreen malt loaf from the English shop. I managed to actually not buy some cream eggs, but mainly because I already had about 400 grams of sweets in my bag for the cinema ;-)

Loaf of bread with nuts & seeds (gluten free and vegan)

Publicerad 2013-04-23 17:58:31 i Baking,

Found this recipe of a bread without any flour. Just packed full of healthy nuts and seeds that will satisfy you for hours, provide your body with essentials fats like omega 3 & 6, protein, and minerals such as magnesium, zink, and calcium. 
Studies have shown that eating nuts and seeds on a regular basis can help reduce bad cholesterol, helps protect artery walls from damage, and protects against inflammations.
Here is the recipe: My New Roots.

when the sun comes out

Publicerad 2013-04-21 09:44:51 i Living life,

The sun was warming our garden last night, so we invited James and Helene, lit the barbeque and a had a nice dinner consiting of pork filet, salad, oven baked root veg, and a grilled pineapple with vanilla cream for dessert. After that the sun had gone down, it was getting cold outside and we put a dvd on and munched on nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Yum!
Hope you had a nice Saturday evening too!

Boat work

Publicerad 2013-04-19 21:09:07 i Living life,

Some images from last weekend. Spring is finally arriving, days are getting longer and the swedish people are starting to emerge from their homes. It's lovely!


Publicerad 2013-04-18 07:13:37 i Living life,

Breakfast and news on TV. Two typical morning pics! Hope you'll have a good day. We are expecting rain and hard winds, but hopefully we'll have a good day anyway.

This last week

Publicerad 2013-04-13 14:44:27 i Breakfasts, Living life,

Two breakfasts from this week. Good filling ingredients like yoghurt/quark smoothie, boiled egg, and almonds is perfect before a long day at work!
It's been a very quiet week, in every way. Since Cloud has moved the flat is so quiet. It's really noticable that he added a lot of stress to our home and relationship, and even though he is incredibly missed it feels much better for us both. Hopefully Cloud will settle nicely into his new home, and have a lot less stress on him. Win win situation.

Chickpea patties with cauliflower/broccoli gratain

Publicerad 2013-04-09 19:37:19 i Dinners, GI recipes, Vegetarian,

Yesterday I made chickpea patties with a gratain of cauliflower and broccoli. It was so good I need to share the recipe with you!
Chickpea patties:
  • 2 tins of chickpeas, rinsed.
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • ½ dl of oats
  • Lots of nice curry and nice seasoning, salt and pepper.
Mix together in a food processor until smooth. Form into little patties and fry in some rapeseed oil.
Cauliflower and broccoli gratain:
  • ½ cauliflower, cut into little florets
  • 1 broccoli, cut into florets
  • 250 grams of half-fat creme fraiche
  • 1 dl of milk
  • french herbs
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • some grated cheese.
Put the cauliflower and broccoli in an oven safe tray. Mix toghether creme fraiche and milk with seasoning, pour over the cauliflower/broccoli, put some cheese on top and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 degrees C.
Serve with some fresh salad and vegetables :) Enjoy!

The weekend

Publicerad 2013-04-08 20:10:39 i Living life,

The weekend had a full schedule of birthday party at mum's and Micke's, boat renovation at dad's and Milo's and saying goodbye to Cloud :'(
His new loving owners came to pick him up yesterday afternoon, and it was both really sad and also a bit of a relief, since I know he will be loved and taken care of. I was fearing we would have to put him down, and I'm ever so grateful that we found someone to look after him! I would be lying though, if I said I didn't shed some tears yesterday. It was painful to say goodbye...

Avocado chocolate cake

Publicerad 2013-04-05 09:43:39 i Baking, GI recipes,

If it was a success? I'd say so! I liked it a lot, Chris ate it quite happily, but who knows if he liked it or not. At least he didn't spit it out. In the end he said "it's a typical Swedish type of cake, not my favourite", haha! It's not sweet at all like your average cake, but not bitter or boring at all either.
For 1 small cake (4 servings) I used:
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1½ dl of coconut flour
  • ½ dl dinkel flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 dl milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tbsp stevia sweetener (not my favourite choice of sweetener, use what you like)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
I started by trying to mash up the avocado, but decided it was just going to be chunky and horrible, so I ended up putting all ingredients in a bowl and brought out the rod mixer and just mixed it all. To begin with I only had ½ dl of milk, but it ended up way too thick, so I added until I got the consistency I wanted, probably about 2 deciliters. Bake in the oven at 175 degrees Celsius, for maybe 20 minutes? Let the cake rest for a while before eating it, to cool down. 
It should have almost a fudgy texture when done, slightly moist. It was lovely served with some whipped cream. Hope you enjoy!
Kan man göra chokladkaka på avocado? Jajamän! Med konsistens som godis fudge, och kraftig och inte så söt chokladsmak, tycker jag nog att denna kaka var en succe. Om man gillar den eller inte är såklart helt individuellt, den är inte så söt som vanlig chokladkaka, och kokosmjölet ger en annan slags konsistens, men tillsammans med lite vispad grädde tycker jag allt att den var helt underbar :-)

Baking with avocado?Maybe

Publicerad 2013-04-04 17:05:45 i Living life,

Trying a recipe for chocolate cake with avocado instead of butter. The mix tasted nice, so now it's just left to see if the cake itself will turn out well! If it does, I'll share it with you :-)
Otherwise? The sun is shining and I've taken tomorrow off, which will be nice. The kids are on their Easter break so there is nothing for me to do really. Nice to have a week of only 3 work days, where I've worked only one whole day ;-) Back to full week next week.
Maybe I'll go out with the camera tomorrow and try and find some early (?) spring flowers. I've seen a few daringly starting to sprout out of the ground. 

Cod with vegetables

Publicerad 2013-04-02 17:42:06 i Dinners, Fish, Living life,

Yesterday's dinner was a coulourful plate of pan fried cod, quinoa and beetroot, boiled carrot and broccoli, salad and some sour cream with caviar. Absolutely yummy.
Today I've been at work, been for a walk on the beach and Chris is out fishing. The weather is really nice at the moment. Spring is finally here.


Publicerad 2013-04-01 11:31:21 i Breakfasts, GI recipes, Vegetarian,

Last day off this long weekend. It's been lovely. Started this morning with a long and well earned sleep in, and then I went up and did small pancakes for breakfast. 
As you already know I loke playing around with different versions of pancakes and trying to make them healthier and more nutritious, so that it's possible to indulge guilt free. Sometimes I manage and sometimes not. This time I'll say that I did ;-)
For two people I used:
  • 1½ dl organic dinkelflour
  • 2,5 dl organic semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 tsp roganic sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
Just mix it all together and fry with some vegetable oil. I served with fresh fruit and frozen berries, and some quark.
Notice how much organic stuff I had in my pantry? I like the fact that I'm buying food with more thought for the environment and also my own health. Buying organic means less pesticides, additives and more nutritional value and flavour. Benefits all the way. 

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