Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Pork Chops, Rosemary Smashed Potatotes & Garlic Broccoli

(Yield 2 servings)

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min


2 pork chops
1 bunch of fresh thyme
1 lemon
1 clove of garlic
1 granny smith apple

Garlic Broccoli
2 garlic cloves
Tendersteam broccoli
Olive oil

Smashed potatoes
A bunch of potatoes (as much as you think that two people can eat)
Sea salt
Olive oil

How to

Remove all visible fat from the pork chops and pat it dry. Rub some pepper and salt over the meat. Heat a grill pan over medium heat (or just a regular pan) and add olive oil. Grill the chops just until they are cooked through, which is just about 2 minutes on each side. Squeeze some lemon over the meat. Add some olive oil with sliced garlic and cut apple pieces to the pan. Cook them for around 5 minutes. 

Boil the potatoes in salty water and then spread them out on a baking sheet with olive oil. By using a fork or masher, push the potatoes down. Sprinkle with salt, rosemary and thyme. Bake for approx. 20 minutes on 220 degrees, until crisp. 

Trim the bottom of the broccoli. Add some oil to a pan and cook the broccoli over high heat for about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and mix. Turn it of the heat and add 50 ml of water. Add a lid and let it be for 2 minutes. 

I really hope that you will try this recipe, if you do please let me know. The sides also works great along with other kinds of meats such as lemon chicken for example :)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Italian night - a glass of Prosecco and Pasta con Polpette di Carne

I am sorry for the little holiday break from the blog, but joggling a full time job for the first time and a lot of responsibility have been a bit hard and I have been struggling to say the least. I am now back in full swing food-wise and there will be way more recipes on the blog for delicious food. As a FOODIE there has definitely been missing something for me when I didn't have the time to cook or at least enjoy it as I used to. But what better way to come back than by inviting a good friend over for a glass of prosecco and delicious Italian food? 

Last night the menu consisted of:
Appetizer: Mozarella Caprese con Pesto al Basilico
First course: Pasta con Polpette di Carne (Meatball Pasta)

As a appetizer, I love fresh creamy mozzarella served with small tomatoes and of course homemade pesto. This is simple and cheap while at the same time being the perfect first course no matter what the following dish will be, if it´s hot and heavy or something more light.
 It´s especially perfect as a appetizer before Meatball Pasta. 

                         Mozarella Caprese con Pesto al Basilico

Fresh mozzarella
Basil, Spinach or Other Greens


                                             Pasta con Polpette di Carne 

(Yield 6 servings)
Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 1 hour and 20 min

Ingredients for the meatballs
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup fresh white bread crumbs (3-4 slices)
1 tbs parsley (I prefer fresh)
1 tablespoon grated parmasan
1 garlic
1 egg, beaten

Ingredients for the tomato sauce
3/4 cup of chopped onion
4 cloves of minced garlic
2 cans of peeled tomatoes
2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of sugar
1 bay leaf
1 handful of basil

How to
In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the meatballs and form it into balls. Store them in the refrigerator, covered.

For the sauce, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil in a large saute pan (medium heat). Stir in the tomatoes, salt, bay leaf and sugar. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to a low heat. Simmer for approx. 60 minutes. Stir in the basil, pepper, and meatballs. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes.

This is a wholesome but simple dish. If you have leftover meatball then they will be perfect on pizza!

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

This is not a sponsored post.

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!