My best friend and me, we have known each other since we were 5 years old <3 Top from Gina tricot and necklace from -here-
My first days in Sweden have been so nice. I have really started to appriciate Sweden haha, I have really missed it and it feels so good to be back! The first day I spent some time with my friends and of course I wanted to cook something for them and did my easy sweet potato salad with chicken filé, and they loved it! Click -here- for the recipe.
On Saturday we celebrated our friend, she had her 26 year old birthday so we decided to have a ‘girls night out’ in Gothenburg. I’m from Borås, and it’s about 45 min from Gothenburg, perfect. We went to a club called ‘Backstage’. So much fun and I love these summer night clubs!
After that I have just chilled, went on a PW the day after, perfect to get over that hangover hehe…. And today my mom picked me up, because she lives about 1 h 30 min from Borås. I’m gonna stay here for one night and tomorrow we’re heading to Stockholm for one night, and then to Öland which is my ‘summer place’, it’s an Island located on the east side. I’ve went there every year since I was a baby but haven’t been there for 3 years and my family still goes there every year. So now I’m finally back!! :)
At the airport now and soon I will be in my home country, Sweden! I will be away for 4 weeks, it’s crazy long actually haha, but I need it, meet my dear family and my best friends. <3 Gonna be so much fun! And I will also go to Croatia with my group of friends, Can’t wait!
I’m gonna miss my boys at home though, so much, my bf and my baby frenchie! Never been away for so long from them, Max 2 weeks hehe. But I will manage. ;)
See you in 4 weeks Iceland! And I will definitely keep you updated from Sweden. :)
Last Friday we had two of our friends over for dinner, Palmi and Telma. It was midsummer in Sweden, so I really wanted to celebrate a little bit at least! :) So decided to invite for some dinner and wine. And that’s a perfect celebration for me haha.
So I did:
1. Puff pastry with goat cheese (chevre), fig jam and chopped walnuts And it is as simple as it looks.
You can by ready puff pastry at the supermarket. And you just cut them in half to nice squares.
Preheat the oven to 200 C. But the pastry on a baking try, prick some holes with a fork on the pastry.
Brush the edges with beaten egg.
Add some fig jam, then a piece of goat cheese and chopped walnuts.
Bake in the oven for about 15-20 min or until they get a nice brown colour.
Drizzle some honey over the pastries.
2. Beef sirloin with ratte potatoes and fried haricot verts with bacon and pesto cream
Start with the pesto cream: Mix 2dl of creme fraiche, 0,5 dl of mayonnaise, 2 tbs green pesto, 1 crushed garlic clove, salt, pepper and some olive oil. Store in the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 100 C or you can use a gas grill as I did. Salt and pepper the steak, grill the steak to a nice colour, (if you use the oven instead, fry the steak first with butter/olive oil in a high heat pan, then place into the oven) then turn off the heat on one side of the grill, and put your steak there. Keep the other half on. That way we use the grill just like a oven. My steak was around 1,2 kg and it took about 1h – 1 1/2 h to get to 55 -60 degrees wich is the temperature for a medium rare steak. I recommend using a termometer, otherwise it can be really hard to get it perfect. When the steak has reached the 55ish degrees, take it off the grill, wrap it with aluminum foil and let it stand for about 10 minutes before you cut/slice the meat.
Wash the potatoes and place them on a baking tray, add salt, pepper and olive oil. Put some pieces of butter on top and put into the oven in 200 C for about 30 min, remember to turn around the potatoes after half the time. I used Ratte potatoes, they have a very nice nutty flavour and have a funny shape. They are usually small so you don’t need to cut them. But you could use regular potatoes as well.
Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry it in a hot pan, when the bacon is almost done, add the haricot verts and fry together for a few minutes. Salt and pepper if needed.
Serve everything together and enjoy. :)
3. Strawberry dessert with mascarpone
Whip 2 dl of cream with 2 tsp of sugar, add 200g of mascarpone cheese, lemon zest of one lemon and seeds of a vanilla bean. Mix everything gently together until smooth. Taste and see if you want more sugar.
Melt 25-50g of butter, mix it with crushed biscuits(digistive).
Clean and cut the strawberries into small pieces. Squeeze some lime juice and add some sugar if you like.
Then for the serving > Add some of the biscuits mix into serving bowls, then fill with strawberries, then the mascarpone cream and you could do one more round, it depends how big bowls you have. Finish with a strawberry on top. :)
Yesterday we were at a graduation party for our friends Lisa and Frikki. We had so much fun and it was nice to meet friends you haven’t seen for a while. We ended up going down town, very late though haha. Went to a few bars, and then we went for some pizza, of course… Not good, but I always crave for bad food when I’m drinking haha..
I have really started to miss my home so much right now, specially the Swedish summer <3 Jisses, this summer has been so nice there, the weather has been perfect! I really hope it will still be that way when I come haha. And this weekend was the Swedish Midsummer, a big tradition. You usually hang out with your friends/family at the coast, eat good Swedish food (herring and fresh potatoes), yes I miss it haha, partying and just enjoy! But soon, I will go home and get some summer, can’t wait!!
Okey guys, you will love this pasta, especially if you like truffle, parma ham, garlic, ricotta and nuts…. I did this pasta for the first time this weekend, and it was so delicious. You will definitely give your guests a WOW effect if you will serve this to them. :) The only thing you actually need to cook is the pasta, do the garlic crumbs and roast some pine nuts. And it’s so easy! The rest is just added to the pasta.
Pasta, I bought ‘mezze maniche rigate’ the plane ones, not the rifled… But you can just choose wich one you prefer. Olive oil and salt
Grated parmesan, 1 dl + some for garnish
1/2 dl Walnuts oil
about 2 teaspoons of Truffle oil
Pine nuts, roasted
Parma ham Ricotta cheese
Start to do the garlic crumbs. Put the bread on a baking tray and then roast them in the oven, until they get a bit hard and light brown. (You can also use a toaster).
Mix the bread in a mixer until very small pieces (see picture on top).
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic. Fry until fragrant. Add the breadcrumbs. Fry and Stir for about 3 minutes or until golden. Then remove from the heat.
Fry the pine nuts on a dry pan until they get finely roasted.
Cook the pasta with a lot of olive oil and salt, al dente.
When the pasta is done, just remove the water from the pot. Add the walnut oil and Truffle oil and mix gently. Taste and add more walnut/truffle oil if needed. Add the grated parmesan.
Plate up the pasta on dishes. Add some ricotta cheese, roasted pine nuts, pieces of parma ham, garlic crumbs, parmesan, fresh basil leaves and on top of everything drizzle some dropps of truffle oil. VOILÀ, It’s done!!