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A New year. I am happy for that. A New Year brings new possibilities and expectations.

We all try to start off being better & healthier. I want to make better choices for myself this year. On all levels. With that said, now it is up to me to execute it. Oh boy… I better stick to it all this year.

We decided to just take it easy on new years eve. A pajama party of sorts. A tradition that my husband grew up with, is to hold rice and some money in your hand when the clock strikes midnight. I wanted to “up the odds” so I was holding a couple of extra bills and as much rice as my hand could hold. Now we just have to wait and see.

The new year is showing its nice side. The sun is shining and it is nice and fresh outside. The morning has been slow and gentle. How could you start the new year better than this?

We had the usual lobster meal on for new years, but this time we didn’t even finish it all. That is unusual. That gave me an opportunity to make a nice individual Lobster Omelette with some vegetables for breakfast. Delicious and the first healthy meal of the year.

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Individual Omelette’s with left over Lobster.

Serves 2.

4 large eggs.

4 tbsp. milk.

6 mini peppers or 2 x 1/2 bell peppers, different colors. Finely cut.

6 asparagus. Finely cut.

1/4 – 1/2 cup left over Lobster or any other seafood. Cut in semi big pieces.

1 tbsp. shredded basil leaves or any other fresh herbs.

Salt & pepper to taste.

1 Lemon or lime.

Hot 450 F/ 225 C oven.

Directions;

Whisk the eggs well, together with the milk, salt & pepper.

Heat up mini frying pans or if you only have a regular sized pans, do one big omelette.

Pour in the egg/milk mixture. Fry for a couple of minutes, scraping the edges into the center so that it cooks evenly.

Fry the finely chopped vegetables. Turn off the heat. Let sit in the pan.

Put the mini omelettes into the oven. Add the seafood into a oven-proof bowl and warm slightly.

Finish off the omelets and make them “dry” on the top. It will only take a couple of minutes.

Take them out, you will see that they have puffed up a little bit, just like a soufflé.

Add the vegetables and the seafood on top. Shred over the basil or fresh herbs.

Squeeze a few drops of lemon or lime over the omelette.

Serve with some fresh fruit.

Enjoy the New Year!!!

 

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We are coming to the end of the Midsummer weekend. What a wonderful weekend we have had. Lot’s of food, rest, friends and family. That is just the way I like it.

Midsummer is the second most important holiday for us Swedes (christmas being the most important one). We just love to celebrate the longest days of the year.

It is very common for families or groups of friends to go out to someones house in the country. If you have a garden at home, that would be a given place for a midsummers party as well. We don’t care if it’s cold out. We just bundle up and drink another “snaps”.

It is very important to have a traditional dinner (or lunch). Most of the time, a long table is set up in the middle of the garden with white table cloths, wild flowers picked earlier that day and lot’s of food.

We would not cook many intricate dishes as much as we would assemble food on plates. This is really a true “smörgåsbord” opportunity. It is a day of fish (typically salmon), shrimp, all kinds of pickled herring and many more things.

I must have warm smoked and cold smoked salmon, caviar & herring on my midsummer buffet. It really isn’t midsummer without it.

Of course we would traditionally have our “snaps” as well, but this year we took it a little easy. The summer is still young though… There are more chances for some “snaps”.

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“Gubbröra” (Matjes herring mixture).

Makes about 1 1/2 cup.

3 hardboiled eggs.

3-4 oz. Matjes herring. (or anjovis if you can’t find mates herring).

1/3 of a nice tasting apple, finely cubed/chopped.

2 tbsp. chopped chives.

1 tbsp. chopped dill.

Pepper to taste.

Cut all into very fine pieces. Mix well.

Spoon onto bread or into egg halves. You could also fill a wrap with the mixture. Roll it up (very tight) and cut into 1 1/2″ pieces.

Enjoy, and Happy Midsummer.

 

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Warm smoked salmon or warm smoked Whiting would be a regular on the midsummer table. Little "crusader" (pastry cups) with herring mixtures or cold smoked salmon mixture.

Warm smoked salmon or warm smoked Whiting would be a regular on the midsummer table.
Little “crusader” (pastry cups) with herring mixtures or cold smoked salmon mixture.

Pickled Herring, Canadian sweet shrimp.

Pickled Herring, Canadian sweet shrimp.

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My husband sets the tone in the garden. The swedish flag goes up.

 

Happy midsummer!!!!

 

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A record cold Arctic blizzard blasting winter has been playing with us in the US. Here in NY we have had a really cold and long winter. Down to -14-15C/8F almost every time a cold spell hit us. And it has been snowing off and on all through the winter. We still have snow in the garden and now they warned for yet one more little snowfall. But this time I think it will be very minor and it will not stick to the ground.

The really strange thing is that back in Sweden, it has been a more warm winter, not too much snow & not too cold. Actually no winter at all for the longest time. Some people said they missed the winter others didn’t.

I just reminded a friend, that the good thing with a super deep freeze is that all mosquitos, tics and other horrible little creeps all dies. They have to start from scratch with their colonies.

So all is well with the deep freeze during the winter for me. But one does not have to overdo it. All over the US temperature records are broken. They said that we in NY have had the 7 coldest winter since they started keeping track of temperatures. Now that is crazy.

And all this really has made us “drink soup” as they call it in the West Indies. And lot’s of it, all through the winter.

I make sure to always have a few different kinds in the fridge & freezer, because it really is one of the best ways to defrost after being outside.

I usually make some pumpkin soup, potato & leek soup, some clear broth for noodles, my favorite simple and classic vegetable soup, corn chowder or some other soups.

But come the weekend, we do a little bit of a fancy soup or chowder.
Here is an easy seafood chowder. Super good, tasting and fragrant.

 

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Seafood chowder.

Serves 4.

About 1/2 lb. of fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined.

6oz. of fresh salmon cut into 1″ cubes.

1/2 c. of finely cut leek or 4 medium shallots, chopped.

4 c. of fish stock or vegetable stock.

1- 1 1/2 c. of heavy cream (if you do not want cream use more stock).

A handful of corn kernels & shelled edamame..

1/4c. white port or good white wine.

1.8 oz-2 oz. saffron.

Fresh herbs like thyme, basil or chives as decoration.

1/2 tbs. butter for frying (you could use olive oil if you only have that).

Salt & pepper to taste.

Directions;

Start with melting the butter in a soup pot on medium heat. Fry the shallots to a translucent color. Add the saffron, corn & edamamde. Fry for a few minutes.

If the shrimp is really big, you can split them lengthwise.

Add the white port or white wine. Let boil for one more minute before you add the peeled and deveined shrimp & the salmon. Let come to a boil and add the cream and let come to a boil again and simmer for a few minutes. The seafood chowder is done when the shrimp is turning pink. You can add either salt & pepper to taste or just stick to the fresh herb that you chop up and sprinkle over the chowder. You can of course also add hot sauce if you like just as well as any other of your favorite ingredient that you feel is missing in your version of the seafood chowder.

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Stay warm and enjoy!

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I can’t believe that another year has passed. When I was younger, “they” all said that when you get to a certain age, life is just spinning faster and faster. “You better pay attention and live to the fullest!”

I guess it is because all of a sudden you see the “goal line”. I never reflected on this until a few years ago, when I realized that I had lived over half of my life. I actually started to feel a little stressed. Am I on the right path? I better shape up and just “go for it”. I am not worried about my age. That is something I can’t change. I am turning 52 next year.  I am embracing it, grateful for another year. It really is just a number. I know lot’s of young people, at least half my age as well as people who are a generation or so older that I am, who really don’t define their age groups. I think that when you just let go of the fear of getting older, you will feel younger.

Ringing in the new year is always a time of expectations. I am not making any New Years resolutions. I rather look at it as expectations and deadlines. I don’t want to set myself up for failure. It is much easier to just set up a bunch of partial deadlines that you would work with through the year.

As you might know, my husband loves his lobsters. The challenge this year is what to make for new years eve? I was thinking of making lobster rolls… Or perhaps some lobster ravioli?

I finally settled on The same old same old… That means a steamed lobster with all the trimmings.

But for an appetizer, I made a cold lobster roll salsa with a little mashed potato & parmesan “nest”.

To that I served a spiced snaps (vodka with a few slices of fresh ginger).

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Lobster Roll inspired salsa.

Serves 4.

1 cup of coarsely chopped boiled lobster meat (about 1 large lobster or 2 small).

1 chopped medium ripe fresh mango.

1 stalk of celery, preferable one of the more inner stalks, finely chopped.

1/2 orange, squeezed.

1/2 lemon, squeezed.

1 tbsp. chopped cilantro or mexican cilantro (recao).

1/2 -1 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger.

1/2 cup. steamed shelled edamame (optional).

1 tbsp. mayo.

1 tbsp. Mirin.

Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste.

1 cup of good white wine mixed with gelatin, for decoration.

Directions;

Prepare the white wine and gelatin. Let it stiffen up in the fridge.

Chop up the lobster meat in larger chunks. Mix all ingredients together. Set aside for about 10-15 minutes to “marinate”.

Divide the mixture into 4 small cups. Pack it all very well. Make sure not to spoon up the liquid, you can discard that.

Take the gelatin white wine and scrape it with a fork. This creates “crushed ice”.

Pour up the lobster mixture on a small plate. Decorate with some of the “crushed ice” gelatin around it.

You could serve it either just like that or add some greens or as I did, a little nest of baked potato mash, mixed with some grated parmesan & freshly grated ginger.

Enjoy!

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Simple, fast and with a fantastic taste!

You know how some people like to wrap everything in bacon? I like that too, but I never do it. Or rather do it very rarely. It is the bad wrap of bacon that sits in my mind (no pun intended) . Instead of bacon, I sometimes use smoked ham or air-dried ham (prosciutto). The food doesn’t get as greasy if you do that.

You need to just be careful with what it is that you cook, so that it doesn’t dry out and become really boring to eat.

One of my favorite “wraps” is fresh salmon wrapped in prosciutto,fresh basil and mozzarella. It is so easy. It is one of those dishes where you almost don’t have to add any spices. It is so very tasty itself with the freshness of the basil, the saltines of the ham and the absolute delight of the fresh salmon.

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You can serve it any way you would like.

I love couscous, so this time, that is what I did.  A vegetable couscous.

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Serves 4.

4 pieces of fresh salmon (About 3 oz or 1 1/2″ wide piece. No skin.)

20 slices of prosciutto or smoked ham. (Unless they are very big. Then you can use 16 slices.)

8 thinly slices mozzarella slices.

1/2 bunch of basil leaves.

2-3 tomatoes.

Salt & pepper to taste.

1 c. couscous & 1 c. boiling water. Salt & Pepper.

4 cups of chopped vegetables. Anything you have at home.

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Place the slices of ham or prosciutto on a cutting board. Make them overlap slightly. Use 6 pieces or 4 if they are big, per salmon.

Place the skinless salmon piece on top of the meat. Sprinkle with some pepper and very little salt (since the ham is salty).

Add 2 slices of mozzarella onto. Finish off with finely sliced tomatoes and basil.

While you start working with the wraps, let some water come to a boil.

Add the couscous and the boiling water together with salt & pepper into a bowl. Stir a little. Cover with a plastic wrap. Let it steam until done. This will happen while you keep working with the salmon.

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Fold over the ham/prosciutto so that the salmon and mozzarella is totally covered on the length.

Heat up a skillet on medium heat.

Fry the salmon in a little dash of olive oil or other prefered oil. Make sure to turn it all around. When the ham/prosciutto is nice and crispy, the  salmon is done.

But to be sure, feel a little in the middle of the salmon. If it feels a little firm to the touch, it is done. Please note, If it is too firm, the salmon is over cooked.

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While the salmon is frying, start with the vegetables.

Use any vegetables of your choice.

I just grab anything I have in the fridge.

About 1cup per person.

Use a medium hot pan. Fry the vegetables for a few minutes. Add the couscous.

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Just fold over the couscous and the vegetables. Make sure all is well mixed.

Plate the couscous mixture with the wrapped salmon on top. Decorate with som herbs or mini tomatoes if you have any.

Enjoy!!!

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A fabulous dish to do when it is hot out and you just don’t want to really cook something, is to make a nice and fully packed crab salad.

As I see it, it should be crunchy, spicy, having tons of good crab meat and also feel like a full meal.

A little watery crab salad with substitute crab meat doesn’t do it for me.

I saw one of my favorite master chefs make this avocado ball and after trying it a couple of times, I now love it. It is a little bit of drama in the presentation. Perfect if you are having people over for dinner, and want to impress them.

My husband can’t eat avocado, so I make the same thing for him but I use other “shells”. Anything from baked sweet potato to fresh bananas. Please note, if you use sweet potatoes, you have to finely slice them (preferably on a mandolin or something like that) and bake them in the oven on a medium low heat so that the strips don’t burn. Let cool down before using.

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Crab salad with Walnuts and Pears.

serves 4-8 (depending on how you serve the salad)

1 1/2 c. of good fresh lump crab meat.

(If you are making the avocado ball you need 4 nice and ripe avocados. Make sure they are still firm enough to slice. You need 1- 2 avocados per ball if you make them small.)

1/2 c. good mayo.

1/2 c. creme fraiche.

1/4 c. walnuts. Chopped and roasted. (If you serve the salad “open” not in an avocado ball, save a few whole walnuts as decoration for the top of the salad).

1/4 c.  Finely chopped celery.

2 nice and firm & sweet pears or apples. Finely chopped.

1/4 c. chives. Finely chopped.

1/4 c. dried cranberries. Chopped. (If you can’t get that, use raisins).

2 tbsp. of squeezed lemon or lime juice. (You could also use a little bit of the zest in the salad).

Salt & Pepper to taste.

A splash of hot-sauce (or 1/2 tsp. optional).

(1/2 tsp. old bay seasoning or any other seafood seasoning, optional. I don’t use this but it does give a little more “round” taste).

Directions;

Mix everything together but the crab meat. Make sure it is mixed well.

Gently fold in the crab. Make sure you still will have big lumps of the meat.

You can serve the Crab salad in many ways.

The most smashing way would be to make Avocado balls and hide the crab salad inside the avocado. This is a little labour intense and detail oriented. But is make a great presentation.

You could also take apple or pear slices. Dip them or brush them with some lemon juice and add scoops of the salad on top. Decorated with a walnut.

Another way would be to serve the salad in a lettuce leave, shaped a little like a bowl.

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Cut the avocado as thinly as you can.

Take some glad wrap and put on a cutting board. Brush with some of the lemon juice.

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Lay down the avocado slices on the glad wrap, creating a nice and totally covered circle.

Add a couple of tbsp. of the crab salad onto the middle of the circle.

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Gently lift up the avocado & crab salad only holding the corners of the plastic wrap.

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Start to shape a round ball.

Gently….

Twist the glad warp making the avocado ball nice and firm. Make sure nothing pours out and the plastic wrap doesn’t break.

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When totally round, add do a plate. Decorate with some of the chives.

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You could either leave it as a “mystery” avocado ball or just cut it open for people to see what it is that hides inside.

Enjoy!!!

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It has been so hot in New York.

We have had another heat wave. It was about 98F/36C degrees but  it felt like about 110F/38-40C.

How is it even possible to turn on the stove a day like that???

When it is too hot outside we turn to as much cold food as possible. Salads, sandwiches, cold soups…

A typical Swedish dish would be the Skagen sauce in a baked potato. The Skagen sauce can be changed up in so many ways. Traditionally, one is supposed to use cooked Greenland sweet shrimp, but I love switching out the shrimp for some smoked salmon.

You can add half a lobster tail on top, if you would like to make it a little more fancy. You could of course decorate with the salmon as well. Just as fancy and good.

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Smoked Salmon sauce on toast.

Serves 4.

6-8 slices of smoked salmon.

1 c. sour cream or creme fraiche.

2 lobster tails (optional). Cut in half,  length wise.

1/2 small red onion or white onion, finely chopped. You could also use 3 tbsp. chopped chives.

1 small jar of white or red caviar (optional).

Small salad leaves. Or salad mix.

2-3 tbsp. chopped fresh dill + 4 sprigs of fresh dill.

Small splash of hot sauce (optional).

Pepper to taste.

4 slices of a good hearty bread. Very lightly toasted.

1 lemon cut into quarters.

Directions;

Mix all of the ingredients together. Taste the mixture. If you need or want to add some other spice to do.

Toast the bread.

Place the salad on the toasted bread. Add the salmon mixture on top of the salad. Top with the lobster tail and a sprig of dill. Add a slice of lemon to the plate.

This is great together with a cold beer.

This is an ultimate summer dinner. I hope you will enjoy it.

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The flowers in the garden are blooming like crazy. The heat is beating them up but they are still hanging in there. This is such a nice time of the year.

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