Saturday, 30 April 2016

Healthy snacking with fancier options

Nipping on something delicious through the day can really bring my mood up! It doesn't always have to be something unhealthy though and I am really trying to come up with healthier options. This often involves nuts or carrot sticks, but some days it needs to be fancier and a bit more exciting.
I have found some delicious alternatives that will make you look forward to your snacktime. Coconut water is my favorite favorite favorite drink, it is sweet, healthy and refreshing :) Just make sure that you buy the ones without anything added.

First of all, I love juicing myself since I believe that this is a great way to get nutrition and your greens for the day. Moreover it´s quite easy to make a juice and bring it in your bag. What is fantastic is that more and more companies and shops are making or selling fresh juices without any extra added ingredients. In Denmark we have Frankly juices or The Food Stall. The last mentioned, is a new company that makes juices I haven't heard about before. Some of the fast food chains such as Joe & The Juice makes these boring juices with a lot of sugar added, which makes them, in fact, really unhealthy. Therefore I am excited about The Food Stall and Frankly Juices that makes them as pure as possible and with great variations in taste.

If you live in other countries and don´t have this brand, then just look for one where it isn't just juices with added sugar or a lot of berries which makes it full of calories.

Ricecrackers isn't the perfect healthy option but I often use it instead of white bread as snacks. So i add a bit of cream cheese, a slice of chicken cold cuts or cottage cheese. It is delicious and a great alternative and quick option. I really like these organic ones with rosemary, that I buy in my local organic shop. But they are great without anything added too. 

A new discovery I have made is popcorn! Alright they aren't a new discovery like that, but I have found Ten Acre´s bags of popcorn in my local gourmet food market and I am in love to say the least. They are crazy good and not expensive! You can get them with different flavors but in Denmark we don't have the biggest selection (a girl can only hope that this will change). The bag underneath is with sour cream and chive. This one is a foodies choice for a snack. I have bought them several times already and everyone that I serve them to are just as convinced as me. Look them up:

Ten Acre

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Monday, 25 April 2016

The Lady in the Van - the woman with a story

 I really didn't know anything about the movie beforehand but I love Dame Maggie Smith and British feel-good movies. As soon as the movie begun I soon realized that this was quite a special movie. It is the most atypical, quirky and very fine movie, I´ve seen in a long time. 

This semi-biographic drama is about a homeless woman, with quite a story behind her, that moves her van into writer Alan Bennett´s drive. It was only supposed to be for three months but ended up being there for 15 years. It takes place in the 1970s in Camden. She manages to make herself everyones´s charity case simultaneously with a pariah, as she moves her van from parkway to parkway. They get a special relationship and bond through the years and both help each other in different ways. The movie builds on a script by Alan Bennett himself, who also wrote a theatre play with the same title. 

Dame Maggie Smith is without a doubt the best pick for the role as Miss Mary Sheperd and I really can´t think of anyone who could play the role better. It is also her character that you will long for whenever she isn't on the screen. The part as Alan Bennett is played by Alex Jennings and it´s impressive how he portrays the psychological development of Bennett throughout 15 years, with such a credibility. 

The movie captures you with its humanity and credible portrayal of both Bennett and Sheperds lives. As soon as the credits run over the screen, it gets you to consider everything and think about things. Maybe we could all be a bit more humane towards people we meet every once in a while but forgets that they all carry a story?

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Copenhagen Street Food, A Foodies Dream

Near Copenhagen Central and most of Copenhagens popular sights, there is a paradise for foodies. Over the last couple of days I have eaten food from at least 6 different countries just by visiting one place, Papir√łen (Paper Island). There is all the food you can ever imagine. 
As they write on Visitcopenhagen´s webpage: 
"Paper Island has a prominent place in Copenhagen Harbour and offers a handful of creative buildings with everything from art to showrooms and street food. Copenhagen Street Food on Papir√łen (Paper Island) in Copenhagen is the city's first and only genuine street food market. In the small food trucks you can get delicious sustainable street food from all corners of the world - and enjoy it indoors in the raw halls or in the sun overlooking the city's waterfront."

I can really recommend trying different kinds of food and drinks/cocktails, and then share them with your table so that you can try more of the things. The atmosphere is cozy, laid-back but vibrant, genuine and authentic. The smell is amazing and in one corner you will get the sweet smell from donuts and crepes and just a few meters away chinese and mexican. On the other side there is an italian, brazillian and vegetarian booth and the list goes on... It is a great counterpart to the popular but more pricey "Torvehallerne" on Israels Plads, that I also love. You will get a first class view of the water and excellent value for your money. Expect approx 100 DKK, 15 USD, 10 GBP for a full course. These dishes were really great:

The Pulled Duck Burger
A Brazillian Meat Plate 
Crepes both the Eton Mess and Chocolate/Hazel

Read more about it on TripAdvisor here. They got 5 1/2 stars, so I am not the only one recommending it ;)

Sorry for the photo quality but I only had my phone with me.  You can pay with card, cash or Copenhagen street foods own value "COW CASH" as you can see in the above picture. 
How to get there: 

To get there from town, currently it's best to take the weekday water bus 993 from Nyhavn to the Experimentarium (the family destination next door to Copenhagen Street Food/Papiroen), a basically direct shot across the canal. On the weekend the 993 doesn't run, but you can walk from nearby stops of other water buses where you can see the Opera House or Christiania during the outing. You can also come by bike or car and there is a parking area just behind the building. 
I hope that you will visit the place. It is a great experience!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Clasical Crumbly Scones

If there is one thing I really love about British baking, it´s the classical and simple Scone
I can eat a lot, for example when I went to Claridges and were asked about a refill of the lovely cakes, I turned it down because I liked the scones more. I can't get enough. I don´t know the rules, if you should begin with adding the jam or the clotted cream though. That´s up to you ;) 

300 grams of flour
2 tsp of baking powder
60 grams of sugar
75 grams of butter
2 dl. of milk

Put the oven to 250 degrees. 
Mix all the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Chop the butter into the mix, directly with your fingers until it has a gritty mixture. Add the milk and mix it together. Next you can add chocolate pieces, raisins or just let it be. Role it out to the thickness of 1 1/2 cm and then use a glass to stick out the scones. Bake them for 10-12 minutes. 
Try not to touch or work to much with the dough, the scones will be more crumblier this way. 
After you have cut the scones, you could freeze them if you aren't making them all. 
You can eat them with cold butter on top or the traditional jam/clotted cream.
I added a whipped egg on the top of the scones to get the golden look

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Friendly Friday Dinner with Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes and Tomato

Tonight I will be having a few friends over for dinner but I get of work at 17.30, so it is limited how much magic I can create in the kitchen. Therefore I tend to a classical, simple but delicious meal plan. Chicken is easy to make, a crisp and fresh tomato salad is always a hit and sweet potato fries are my favorite, for absolute everything!

Tender chicken with a crispy skin is always a hit!

I looooove sweet potatoes and I make it all the time as a side dish for everything. To make them as fries is the perfect combo, since it is crispy but still soft and sweet. 

Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and are a classic combination. It is easy to make and tastes amazing. But it can be a bit bland, so that is why I have chosen to make a marinate to pour over the mix. 


6 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 lemon cut into 8 rounds
Sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Salt (and paprika, cayenne pepper  or garlic powder if desired)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pint of tomatoes (cherry or grape)
1 pound of mozzarella (you can use small balls or just tour a bigger lump apart with your fingers)
1/4 cup of freshly chopped basil
Freshly ground pepper and kosher salt
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (400 fahrenheit). Season the thighs with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat some oil in a saucepan and add the chicken with the skin side down. Cook for about 8 minutes until golden brown and then remove the chickens. If your pan is ovenproof, then remove the fat and oil and return the chicken, skin side up, into the pan. Otherwise use a xxx and add the chicken, as written above. Lay the lemon slices on top and around the chicken. Transfer to the oven for about 18-20 minutes.
Line a tray with baking powder. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes before tossing them in a bowl with just enough oil to cover them. Season with salt and lay them on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake them until golden brown and tender but turn them occasionally. Bake for about 20 minutes and then let them cool for 5 minutes. 
While the chicken and potatoes are in the oven, you can prepare the salad. Combine the oil and basil in a bowl before adding the mozzarella and salt/pepper. Let it marinate for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Add tomatoes and vinegar while tossing and season with more salt and pepper if needed.


To make the chicken thighs crispy, then sprinkle them with a good amount of salt ahead of time and let them chill in the fridge to pull out any excessive water. 
Add corn starch to the fries, if you like men even crispier.  Or use coconut oil instead of olive oil, which will give them a maple like flavor.
You can leave the skin on the fries if you like the taste.