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I wanted to fix up a cute & healthy little breakfast for us this morning.

The weekends we take our time to start our days.

My mother-in-law makes the best fish cakes. I saved some from the holidays for this weekend to surprise my husband. He loves them.

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Mini Quiche. 4 servings. 2 per person.

5-7 eggs (depending on the size of the eggs and how big you want to make your little mini quiches).

1 (+ -1/4) cup milk (use more if you are making them a little bigger).

4 slices of sandwich meat. Cut into small pieces (I used smoked turkey breast. Depending on how large the slices are, add or take off as you desire).

5-7 mini/cherry tomatoes or 1-2 regular tomatoes. Cut into small pieces. I cut up the tomatoes and let them rest on a folded paper-towel. (This way they are not as wet for the quiche).

1-3 tbsp. fresh herbs, finely cut.

4-5 slices of a sharp (or regular) cheese. I love sharp cheddar.

Pinch of salt & pepper (if desired, add any other seasoning of your choice).

Muffin-pan or small oven safe cups.

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Whisk the eggs, milk, herbs, salt & pepper together until well blended. Add additional seasoning as desired. I tend to always add hot-sauce, ground coriander and/or ground chipotle pepper. Smoked paprika would also be delicious.

Grease (spray) the muffin-pan. Turn on the oven to 175-200C/350-400F (depending on how your oven works. Mine is a little low and slow so I cook on the higher temperature).

Fill each of the holes with the egg mixture. Make sure they are only filled 1/2 – 2/3 to the edge. Add the meat, tomatoes and finally top with pieces of the cheese slices.

Bake in the oven until the cheese is nicely melted and has turned into a golden brown color.

Serve 2 per person. Make a little bed of salad decorated with either herbs, fruits or vegetables.

I served mine with the reheated leftover fish cakes my mother-in-law made for the holidays.

If you want to make them vegetarian (a vegetarian who eats eggs), skip the meat inside.

Usually I serve them with some oven baked bacon or prosciutto.

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Enjoy!!!

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The egg is the “king of the Swedish Easter table”. In the old days they used to save all the eggs, milk, heavy cream & butter during the Easter fasting.

When Ester finally arrived, they got all those goodies out of their food pantries and started cooking up a storm.

Most of the time, the food is served buffet style as a “smörgåsbord” as we call it. For Easter we eat lot’s of eggs, pickled herring, Quiche, salads, lamb, salmon, caviar …Did I mention eggs and pickled herring??? I love it. It is also one of my year round fast fix dinner. Luckily, my husband loves it as well. If it is for dinner I usually boil a couple of potatoes as well.

I always try to come up with a new little “chick” made out of an egg for the Easter table. I saw these little ones somewhere and wanted to add them to my herring plates. You just boil the eggs (hard boil) cut out a thin slice from a peeled carrot. Cut out little v-shapes on one side. Cut a slit in the top/pointy part of the egg. Insert the “rooster comb”. I inserted 2 pieces of wild rice for the eyes. They really are super cute.

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Herring tray.

* Pickled herring with a mixture of sour cream, mayo, dill & black pepper.

* Egg halves with caviar.

*”Gubbröra”. “Old man’s mixture”…not sure of the translation of this egg anchovies mixture. You need hardboiled eggs, anchovies, a little finely chopped red onion, finely chopped dill, finely chopped chives, Creme Fraiche. Usually this is served on hard or dark bread.

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Our Easter table is always a display of spring. Lot’s of  yellows and greens… I like to give my guest a little something on their plate.

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Isn’t it wonderful when the flower shops starts to sell tulips & daffodils with all those vibrant colors. There is a great flower district in New York. I go there a lot, it makes me happy. If any of my friends are a little down I always suggest a trip to the flower district. It is the busiest early in the morning. My visits usually takes place between 7 or 8am, I have loved flowers as long as I can remember. I always buy flowers and make everything from little bouquets to bigger arrangements. A dream is to have a country house with some land where I would grow all sorts of flowers and vegetables. One day…

If you can, bring some flowers into the house. It really makes it lively. Even a potted plant will do it. If you have a garden, get a potted plant that you eventually can plant outside. Many of my hyacinths and tulips started out as house plants. Anything from christmas arrangements to summer flowers. They all go into the ground. Easter is the “kick off” for my garden. This year it has been such a harsh winter that the daffodils and tulips are taking their time. The only thing blooming are some mini daffodils I planted after easter last year.

Happy Easter!!!

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Happy easter!!!!

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It is possible my design career started as a little girl, making easter cards & painting eggs.

For easter, kids are dressed up as little witches with a scarf on their heads, rosy cheeks and freckled noses. They would wear an old dress and an apron. The story goes, that on the Thursday night before Good Friday, all the witches flew on their broomsticks to an island called Blakulla. This tradition is thought to have started during the big witch hunt in the 16th century.

Easter is our version of “trick or treat”. Kids give out hand-made easter cards and they receive candy, money or other treats in return.

As a kid I always thought that good friday was the longest day of the year. Soo long.. Nothing to do. One had to be calm and stay indoors. Hard for all of us 4 kids. Thank god we had the easter eggs & treats to focus on.

There are so many little crafty projects one can do for easter. A perfect time to involve the kids in crafts and cooking.

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We always have a “Pask ris” all decorated with hand painted eggs, colored feathers and little chickens. My husband is getting used to me spiffing up our house for all sorts of Swedish holidays. It is to the point where he comes up with the boxes of decorations from the basement even before I have said “Let’s decorate!!”  But then again, he is now an honorary Swede, these are his new traditions.

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Little egg chicks.

Hard boil some eggs. Let them cool in some ice-cold water.

Cut a little jagged edge line all around the upper part of the eggs. Be careful so that you don’t cut off any parts of the egg yolk. Loosen the top egg white part. 

Cut little beaks off any red vegetable like red pepper or tomato. Cut out little eyes. Attach them to the egg yolk. Present them in a deviled egg platter or in egg cups. They are really cute to have on the easter table. 

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I have lot’s of different egg cups. My favorites are the clear glass ones that I inherited from my grandmother, they are just ordinary every day egg cups. The reason they are special is because they came from my grandmother, and I remember eating my breakfast eggs from those cups. This turquoise egg cup came from my mother so of course they are also favorites. The silver one is actually one of the awards I got in swimming (I used to compete in swimming. We don’t or at least didn’t get anything even close to the trophy’s kids are getting here in America, we had to make do with a little bucket. I shouldn’t complain though, they are all silver and I have a bunch of them. I love to be able to use things instead of them becoming dust collectors.) Another great cup is a miniature terracotta flower-pot. This one is usually the hit with our guests. If you don’t have any egg cups, you could use shot glasses.

My easter table usually ends up being green and yellow. I think it is appropriate to make it spring like. This would be the only time of the year I would have yellow in the house. It isn’t a favorite color of mine at all, but for some reason it doesn’t bother me for easter. I actually look forward to taking out all the yellow and green decorations. We would have daffodils in the house for as long as possible.

A great trick with them is, that you can buy a couple of bunches of daffodils and put them in the fridge. No water needed. Take them out the day or so before you plan to put them in a vase. They will last a long time in the fridge. They are cheap and really beautiful.

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A couple of great ways of coloring your eggs.

A few weeks or a month before easter, I start saving dry onion peels, from both red & yellow onions. Save the peels in separate bags.

Take as many white eggs as you think you will eat. (I watched the documentary “Food Inc” and have now a hard time buying anything else than organic eggs.)

Take little leaves either from plants or herbs. Put them on the sides of the un-boiled eggs. Cover the eggs with a cut up nylon stocking or cheese cloth. Tie the opening or close with rubber bands. Make sure the little leaves are spread out well and are laying in a great “position” on the egg. Hard boil the eggs with the onion peels. When done, take off the heat, but let them stay in the liquid. Let them soak up the color from the onion peels as long as possible. When cool, cut open the little packages. You will find these beautifully colored eggs. Natural and just so different.

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Another way of doing different eggs for the easter table is to make them marbled. You hard boil some white (organic) eggs. When done, crack the peel slightly but don’t take off any parts of the peel. Let soak in the liquid from pickled beets, or just the liquid from boiled beets. Let sit over night in the fridge. Be careful when you peel the eggs, so that no part of the egg white comes off. This is a super great way of making decorative eggs.

Happy easter decorating a crafting !!!

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