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Valentine’s day…

When I think back on our wedding, it feels as if it was just a few years ago. But it has been so many years that we get amazed every time we count. I don’t care what people say, it does make a difference to be married. I love it.

We have had so many big celebrations lately that we are a little low-key this Valentine’s. A little partied out, you could say. It could also be because we are expecting the worst and coldest weather in history, here in New York. Well, at least that is what they say.

So we cancelled our plans and are staying local. But, since we actually eloped and got married in Vegas, our revised plan is to go to the casino in New York/Queens, and have dinner there. Same same but different.

We already had our first Valentine’s dinner since we celebrate this for a few days since it actually is both our anniversary and Valentine’s.

This dinner was what we love to eat the most. Salmon. And lot’s of berries with some quinoa. Sweet dinner for my sweet & I.

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Sweet Salmon cubes with Berry & Fruit Quinoa.

Serves 2.

A mid-piece salmon, enough for two people. Cut into aprx. 1 1/2″ cubes.

1/2 cup. mixed fresh fruit & berries.

2 pineapple rings. Preferable fresh (canned is ok as well).

A couple of strawberries, cut in small pieces.

1 lime. Use the zest and the juice.

1 cup boiled quinoa.

2-4 tbsp. Thai chili (Hot & sweet)

1-2 spring onions, the semi green part cut in thin strips on a diagonal.

Salt pepper to taste.

Directions;

Let the pineapple rings dry of slightly. Cut into little cubes. Fry in a “dry” frying pan for a few minutes letting the pineapple get a little color. Add the boiled quinoa into a bowl. Squeeze over the lemon juice &  1-2 of the Thai chili sauce. Mix & let sit and “marry”.

Fry the salmon cubes in a medium hot pan in a little good oil. Just a few minutes on each side. Don’t over cook them.

If you are using larger fruits or berries, cut them into smaller pieces.

Just before serving, mix most but not all, of the berries, the lime zest & spring onions with the quinoa. Plate with the salmon cubes. sprinkle over more of the berries and the spring onions. Place little drops of the Thai chili sauce over the salmon and on the plate.

I used blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, dragon fruit and a little of a kiwi. I took a piece of the dragon fruit and cut out a heart and placed it on the plate.

You could of course use a cookie cutter if you want a perfectly cut heart.

You can squeeze over a little bit more lime juice if you want. Before you plate, taste and make sure it is balanced and to your liking. If you want it more hot and spicy add a dab of hot sauce (optional).

I also added a passion fruit on top of it all. I just love that fruit. A little expensive but so delicious.

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What can be better than waking up to flowers and cards from your hubby?

Followed by a typical and favorite Swedish breakfast. Pancakes with whipped heavy cream and fresh berries, smoothie and some Swedish tea. I am really fortunate…

Happy Valentine’s!!!

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Since it is the National day of Pancakes today (in the US), I wanted to do a re-run of my favorite Swedish pancakes.

It feels as a little ‘treat’ every time I make pancakes. I guess it is because I like to “dress them up” with fresh berries and home-made syrups. They really are a feast for both eyes and stomachs.

I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.

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Swedish pancakes.

Or “Svenska pannkakor” as we say at home.

Makes about 12-14 pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cups of milk

1 cup of flour

1 large egg (if you only have a small egg add another one making it 2 eggs).

1 pinch of salt

Butter for frying (or oil if you don’t like butter).

1 1/2 cup of fruits or berries. Any kind.

1-3 tbsp. of brown sugar.

1 sprig of mint for decoration

Directions:

Mix the flour, milk and salt well in a bowl. Make sure there are no lumps. Add the egg(s). Mix well. Put the batter aside and let it rest for a few minutes.

Take 1/2 of the rinsed fruits and berries. Add to a pan. Add the sugar. One table-spoon at a time.

Be sure to taste so that it doesn’t get too sweet. Simmer on low/medium heat. Let the fruit and berries “melt down”creating a syrup. This will take about 10 minutes or so, depending on what kind of fruits or berries you use. You can also prepare this ahead of time.

When done, take it off the heat. Strain it in a sieve to press out the last precious drops of your syrup. Use the back of a spoon to gently press down the fruit/berry mixture.

Heat up a frying pan/skillet on medium high heat. Add a teaspoon of butter to pan. Use butter/oil to every other pancake. Add one ladle full of batter to the frying pan. Pour it into the center of pan. Make sure the batter distributes well into edges. You do this by lifting the pan up and swirling it slowly. Some flour thickens up more than others. If you feel the batter is a little too thick, just “thin out” with a slightly bit of milk.

You know the pancake is ready when it is starting to “dry” on the surface and when the edges are starting to turn golden brown. Use a “turner” to lift up the pancake and flip it onto the other side. It takes less time to brown on the second side of the pancake. When ready, fold in half and then fold the half into a quarter. Lift onto platter. Decorate with berries or fruit. Poor on the syrup. Decorate with a sprig of mint.

Either serve the pancakes with whipped cream, berries with homemade syrup (or just bought one) or some great jam.

Enjoy.

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Today is the international waffle day, a very important day for all of us waffle lovers.

Fresh crispy, flakey waffles with some whipped cream, fresh berries and home-made (or bought for that matter) jam… Nothing can ever beat that!

They are the very best when just made, and I men JUST made. It is all about not being the designated waffle maker. Everybody will fight over the steaming hot waffles, and you can not make them fast enough. In a perfect world one would make a plate full of waffles and everybody would sit down and eat together, but in reality…. it’s like feeding hungry wolves. But is certainly is worth it. Let the indulgence begin.

Happy international waffle day!!!

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Flakey waffles.

Serves 3-4.

1 1/2 cup of flour.

1 1/2 cup of heavy cream, whipped.

1 cup of seltzer water, ice-cold. This is the trick to making the waffles super flakey and crispy. If you don’t have seltzer water, use regular water it must be ice-cold.

2 oz (half a stick) of butter.

1/4  teaspoon of salt (or 3 pinches.)

Directions;

Melt the butter and let cool.

Mix flour, salt & seltzer water together to a smooth (thick) batter. 

Whip the heavy cream, “Fold” into batter together with the cooled butter. 

Grease (butter or cooking spray) the waffle iron. Pour in some batter. Let the waffles turn golden brown.

Serve with fresh berries and whipped cream. You can of course also add any kind of syrup.

To make them a little fancy, you could sprinkle over some powdered sugar.

Enjoy.

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