Saturday, 20 December 2014

Recipe: The WORLD'S Best Cookies..

This is my 100th post on this blog and so I thought I would share my recipe to the world's best cookies. It's quite a statement, but they taste amazing and whenever I have made them my guest always eat every last single one of them or ask for the recipe. 


Ingredients
  • 240 grams of flour
  • 3/4 a teaspoon of salt
  • 140 grams of butter
  • 145 grams of brown sugar
  • 115 grams of sugar
  • 1 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 150 grams of chocolate (I made mine with 100 grams of dark chocolate and 50 grams of milk chocolate)


Put the sugar, brown sugar and butter in a bowl and stir it together with a hand mixer. The butter has to be room tempature or else it will be quite hard to mix. Add the egg and stir again. Add salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla sugar and flour and stir it together with the mixture.
Chop the chocolate into pieces. I chopped mine roughly as I like big chunks of chocolate in my cookies. Afterwards add the chocolate to the mixture at stir it with a spoon. Let the mixture rest for approximately an hour in the refrigerator. When the mixture has rested you have to roll the dough into small balls. I measure mine with a kitchen weight so they approximately will be the same size. The cookies that are pictured each weighed 70 grams, when they were rolled into small balls. Bake the cookies in your oven at 175 celsius degrees for 17 minutes. It's best to let them rest for some time after you have taken them out of the oven otherwise they will fall apart.


These are so yummy and so unhealthy. They're definitely not ones I make often, as I would basically just eat all of them, but it's okay to splurge on calories once in a while. I can't believe it's my 100th post on the blog, it has been such a journey and I hope that I will continue my journey on the blog.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post and promise you will make these cookies - you will not regret it. I hope you guys will have an amazing christmas!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

New In: The Body Shop Scented Candle..

I bought this scented candle from The Body Shop quite some time ago and I must say I'm quite surprised their candles hasn't got more of a rave in the blogosphere. I have always been a fan of The Body Shop, as I think their CSR is amazing. I think they are so great at making scents and my mum's favourite perfume is The Body Shop White Musk, which I of course also love, as it smells like home. So when I saw they were making scented candles and at a decent price I nearly ran to my nearest Body Shop store. 


I chose the scent Vanilla & Tonka Bean and it smells like vanilla goodness. Each of their candles has a purpose and the description of this candle is: "Soothe your mind with this creamy, sophisticated aroma". It's so soothing to smell and it's right what I need, as I'm always stressed out. I have it on my bedside table and whenever I go to bed and light it on I feel like I can just relax. The scent is extremely rich and it smells expensive.


The Body Shop Scented Candles are paraffin free, which is so important as paraffin is quite bad for your breathing. Now, don't be scared as a lot of cheaper scented candles are made of paraffin and it's only harmful over a longer course of time. Any who, I appreciate the fact it's without paraffin. They also state on their website that as far as possible they want to produce as natural scented candles as possible. I think that's a great attitude and I'm all about supporting that.


As you can tell, I'm a huge fan of the candles. I have yet to try other scents out, but I will definitely take a look. I'm a huge fan of the price, quality and I think the packaging is simple, yet perfect. I don't like my scented candles to be statement pieces and as the container is completely clear, I'm a satisfied consumer.

I hope you guys are doing well!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Meal Inspiration: Pita bread With Chicken..

Pitas is a meal you just can't seem to go wrong with, whether it's with kebab, falafel or in this case chicken, it's always a popular meal. It's a very easy meal and you can put as little or as many vegetables in as you please. I didn't have a lot in my fridge, so it ended up with some iceberg salad. 


Ingredients
  • two wholemeal pitabreads
  • 100 grams of chicken
  • spice mix of your choice - I used a curry mix.
  • iceberg salad
  • dressing of you choice. I used creme fraiche and a homemade chili sauce. If your want to make the chili sauce yourself, you can check out the recipe right here.


I cut the chicken in very thin pieces and put the spice on it before frying it on a pan. I fry the chicken in coconut oil. While the chicken is cooking, I put the pita bread on my toaster and give them approximately 1 minute on each side. Lastly I cut the iceberg salad and then it's basically ready.


It's so easy and I just can't get enough of meals where I can use my chili sauce. I normally try not to eat too much bread or carbs in general, so this is sort of a guilty pleasure. Let me know if you make this and furthermore if you liked it!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Haul: Spice Haul..

Today's post is really random, but I love spices and spice mixes and so I thought I would share some of my newest purchases with you. I'm such a nosey person, and I love to see what other people buy when they go grocery shopping. 


My local grocery store had a sale on spices and since I've been planning on making my own spice mixes, I went a little crazy. I bought: All spice, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, onion powder and chopped garlic. 

One of the spice mixes is going to be a homemade mexican spice mix and the other one I'm going to keep secret for a little while (though you can probably guess it from the selection), as I'm still adjusting it!

I hope you're all are having a great day!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Recipe: Sushi..

I recently bought a starter kit for making sushi and it turned out to be much more easy and delicious than I thought. I chose not to use raw fish as it's far more accessible to use cooked fish and it's safer. I wanted to make this recipe as easy and low-maintanance as possible. 

I'm going to cut this recipe into two parts. Firstly, I'm going to list the ingredients and instructions for the rice and afterwards for the filling. Additionally to the ingredients you will need a: sushi roll mat, a fan and kitchen film. 


Ingredients for the rice

  • 6 dl of sushi rice 
  • 6 1/2 dl of water
  • 5 tablespoons of rice vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar 


Instructions

Firstly you have to wash the rice really thoroughly with cold water. Put the rice in a bowl and put water in it and stir the rice with your fingers when the water turns white, change the water. I do this approximately 6 times. When the rice has been rinsed, you have to cook it. Put the water and the rice in a pot and slowly make it boil at a low heat under a lid. When the rice is boiling let it cook for another 10 minutes and then take it off and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Whilst the rice is resting you have to make the rice marinade. Put the rice vinegar, salt and sugar into a bowl and mix it together until the sugar and salt has almost completely dissolved. When the rice has rested put it into a huge bowl and mix the marinade in the rice quickly. You can use a fan to make sure the rice gets enough air. Put a moist tea towel over it and use it the same day or freeze it. It shouldn't be put in the fridge.


Ingredients for the filling

  • Sushiseaweed
  • 1 advocado 
  • 4 sticks of cucumber
  • Smoked salmon
  • Cream cheese
  • Craw fish tails
  • A teaspoon of greek yoghurt
  • A pinch of sriracha sauce


Instructions

Put a piece of kitchen film on the roll mat and the place a piece of seaweed onto it. Put a layer of rice on top of it in approximately 1 cm height and keep 1,5 cm of seaweed clean in each end. Put the ingredients onto the roll. I put a layer of cream cheese, smoked salmon, advocado and cucumber in one of them and rolled it. In the second roll I mixed the crawfish tails with the greek yoghurt and sriracha sauce and put a layer of it with advocado and cucumber and rolled it.


I served this with a japanese soy sauce and pickled ginger and it was delicious. This is quite a difficult recipe, but I thought I would share it with you any ways. It tastes amazing and it's much cheaper than going out and buying sushi.

I hope you all have a great day! 

Saturday, 29 November 2014

New In: Wooden Plates..

I'm sorry I haven't been as active on the blog as per usual, but a lot of things has been turned upside down in my life lately and it has completely drained me from energy. I'm very sorry that I haven't been able to post anything and I will try to change this, but something happened completely unexpected and so I had to figure some things out in my life, before I felt it was right to return to the blog. 

If you have followed my blog for some time you will know I have rambled on for ages about wooden plates. My mum and dad knew I wanted these so badly, so when I moved to Copenhagen they bought me four plates and a platter as a housewarming present. 


These are from a store called Tallerkengalleriet and they sell a lot of gorgeous things. These plates are the perfect size and have a slight edge so your food won't fall of. They're made out of acacia wood and I think that's one of the most gorgeous wood types.


They're also exceptionally easy to clean, which is extremely important if you ask me. It's as if the tree rejects all types of liquids and so when you have to wash them, the food fall right of and there's no need to scrub them.


And there you have it. I love these plates and I think they're so beautiful and rustic. Food looks a thousand times more appetizing when it's served on them and I just can't stop raving about them!

I hope you guys are doing well! 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Basic How To: Substitute To Coconut Water..

Coconut water is so trendy these days and no wonder. It hydrates more than water and isn't that something we all need in the winter time? However, I find it's really hard to get a hold on and it tends to be really expensive. I looked everywhere in Denmark to find a decent prized coconut water and what really struck me as a problem, was the fact that no grocery store, no matter how much they've specialized in niche diets, had coconut water. I googled how to make substitutes for coconut water and found out it was so easy. So easy, I had to add it to my "Basic How To"-series. 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of water

You just put it in a container, I used a mason jar and shake it. That's pretty easy, right?



It tastes really sweet and can be a bit clumpy, but it's a very cheap alternative to buying coconut water. I could find coconut milk in almost every grocery store and so I thought I would share this recipe with you guys, as you may be in the same position as me, where coconut water hasn't become mainstream enough to be in grocery stores. I use this milk in smoothies and it makes it really creamy.

I hope you guys are having a great day!  

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Another Boring Ikea Haul..

You guys seemed to really like, when I posted my last Ikea haul, so I thought I would do another one. I have to admit Ikea is the easy solution when you have just moved. I can spend hours in Ikea and I feel like there's a lot of hidden gems, that doesn't necessarily scream 'cheap interior'. Even though I bought some boring things I always like to snoop and get ideas from others' boring hauls. 


1. Sävern Towel Bar - I chose this towel bar as it can hold two towels, yet it doesn't take up a lot of space. A key thing in a tiny apartment is to get things, which doesn't take up too much space.

2. Immeln Shelf - I loved the look of these shelves, as I think they look really rustic. However, they have these suction cups, which holds them up on the wall aren't exactly practical. It has taken quite some time to get them to stick to the wall without having them fall down every 10 minutes. But they look great. I have these in my shower.


3. Bekväm Step Ladder - Did anyone say #shortgirlproblems? I have to have a step ladder in my kitchen in order to be able to reach some of my cabinets. I chose this one, as I think natural wood looks really nice, how ever it does get dirty quite easily and when it gets too grubby; I think I'm going to spray paint it in another colour, even though I love the look of natural wood.


4. Pokal Glasses - The infamous 'Ikea glass'. You either love or hate these glasses, but you can't deny they have a great size and they're unbelievable cheap. I personally like the look of them and I think they're extremely practical and I sort of love that chunky almost manly look they have.

So that was my boring Ikea haul. I'm contemplating whether to show my apartment decor to you guys, as I have a 27 m^2 apartment, which isn't a lot of space and I think it can be so tricky to furnish a small space and there isn't a lot of help online. So for all you dorm room/small apartment residents, you can expect to see how I have dealt with furnishing a small space.

I hope you guys are well!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Recipe: Kebab Chili Sauce..

This recipe has been a life changer. You know the chili sauce that's always out in kebab joints? That delicious chili sauce you just never seem to be able to leave alone? I found the recipe for it! It's so delicious and I eat it with everything. I served it at my housewarming party and my male friends, who never cook, wanted the recipe - when that happens, you know it's goooood


Ingredients

  • Four tablespoons of chili flakes 
  • A half of a deciliter of water
  • One can of tomato paste
  • A clove of garlic
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of cumin
  • A teaspoon of sugar
  • A teaspoon of lemon juice
  • A deciliter of grape seed oil 


Firstly, you put the chili flakes and water in a pot and cook it at a high temperature. When the water has oxidized, you put the tomato paste in and cook it a medium heat. Chop the garlic finely and put in. Add the cumin, cinnamon, sugar, salt and lemon juice in and let it cook for five minutes. Take the mixture off the heat and put the grape seed oil in it. Put it in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge. It can last for approximately 2-3 months. 


This is so amazing and I have been using it on everything. It's so addictive and I love a bit of spice in my life. I have recently made my fourth jar in one month and an extra jar to gift to my parents, so yeah, I'm a bit obsessed. 

I hope you guys are having a great day!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Recipe: Spinach Smoothie..

I recently got in a bad rut of eating really poorly and it really showed on my body. No matter how much I exercised, the fact that I was eating poorly still took it's toll on my body. So I had to figure out how to stop eating poorly. Most of the eating had to do with my lack of time. I have had a lot of late nights in uni and by the time I got home I was hungry I just had to get something fast and I opted for take-a-way. 

To prevent these visits I have made a schedule of meal plans and my morning meal will now be a healthy smoothie. I used to drink a huge smoothie each morning, but that stopped when I didn't feel like I had time to make it. I finally got fed up with feeling uncomfortable in my body and decided that it was worth the time to make that smoothie. 


If you have followed my blog for a while you will know my original breakfast smoothie was a lot different, but I thought new smoothie equals more excitement to drink it. I have now incorporated spinach in my smoothie as it's rich in calcium and iron, which is great for your bones and great for girls who menstruate (you really didn't need to know that, did you?). I use coconut water instead of milk, but you can use milk; it will be equally as delicious. 


Ingredients

  • Two apples
  • Two handfuls of spinach
  • A small organic banana
  • A cup of oats 
  • A cup of frozen strawberries
  • A huge glass of water
  • A tablespoon of oil of life (optional)


It's really easy to make as I just cut the fruit and put it all in a blender and blend it. Sometimes it's a good idea to start with putting the spinach in as it won't clog your blender. This will approximately make two smoothies, which will be two breakfasts for me. 


It looks really scary, but the apples and the strawberries makes it taste really sweet. The Oil of Life is optional. I use it as it's great for the skin and it's great for your joints. It makes me full and you will be hydrated and filled with vitamins from the first thing in the morning. 

So this was a small step towards the right direction of getting better eating habits. The key thing for me is to figure out what I think taste great and what I have time to make. I'm not fanatical with eating healthy and my key goal is to find meals, which I will continue to make even when I'm satisfied with my body. 

This was a bit of a personal post today, but I thought I might as well share my thoughts and let you know where I'm in my journey. I hope you guys are doing well!