Fresh and crunchy salad

Whenever we have salad for dinner – or as a side- I try not to make the same old tomato, lettuce and cucumber mix. I want to make something different, fresh and a bit creative. And this salad is a new favorite to my salad repertoire. I found the recipe here the other week when I was surfing other blogs and it looked so delicious that I made it that  evening as a side to chicken. I love that is has a lot of crunch, freshness and still a bit of creaminess from the avocado.  Ingredients

Homemade Salsa

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a great salsa. We had Mexican food for dinner the other day – healthy burritos with chicken, lettuce, three bean salad, guacamole and salsa. Yum, I love Mexican food. Ingredients:

Southern style pulled pork – a Jamie Oliver recipe

Ok, so I said from the beginning of my Jamie Oliver project, that I didn’t have a deadline for when I would have cooked and tried all of the recipes in Jamie Oliver’s America cookbook. But at this rate I will be a very very old lady before I’m done. So I am hereby trying to kick-start the project once again. I love a good pulled pork sandwich, and this recipe is one of the reasons that I wanted to do this project in the first place. So when I found some shoulder of pork at the supermarket, I decided that it was time to continue the project. It’s not a very difficult recipe, it’s just very time consuming, so...

Thai Green Curry Soup

Yesterday I traveled back to my teenage years when I once again had braces put on. At my own free will too. I have wanted to straighten my front teeth for quite a few years now and yesterday was the first step in doing so. But my goodness, I had forgotten how uncomfortable it is and how much your whole head hurts. Eating isn’t much fun anymore, unfortunately. It hurts and I can’t bite down properly, so soup will be on out menu quite a bit from now on. This soup is amazing; creamy, hot and spicy and packed with flavor. I love Thai green curry dishes, so this soup is perfect for me at the moment.

Herb and Potato Mash

I really like mash potatoes, but not the fact that it’s a quite rich dish with lots of butter and milk or cream added. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t say no if I’m offered a plateful, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a little healthier alternative. And that’s exactly what I cooked the other day. And really, it’s just as good, and packed with flavor and yummy herbs. I used sour cream instead of milk and butter and it gives it a nice and fresh taste.  You can use any herb you like, I just had a bunch of  flat leaf parsley in the fridge, so that’s what I used this time. It’s also a quite quick dish...

Potato and Leek Soup with Oven-Fried Bacon

Yes I know that its summer, but as we have found out here at home, that doesn’t mean that you can’t catch a cold. I’m hoping that it goes away very very fast. Being sick in the summer – especially on your vacation – just sucks. So I made a pot of hot and creamy potato and leek soup, hoping that the cold will be gone soon! Luckily its super easy to make. There are not too many ingredients but the soup is still full of flavor. I fried the bacon in the oven because its just easier and a lot less messy. 

Thai red meatball curry

This is one of my favorite dinner dishes to cook. It has lots of flavor and just enough heat for my taste. It has a lot of things I love in one dish; fresh basil, beef, bamboo shoots and chili. So good! And it’s quite quick to cook and doesn’t have too many ingredients. The red curry paste really adds a lot of flavor to the dish. I found the recipe on but have adapted it a bit.

Fresh February salad with apples, pomegranate and citrus dressing

This past Friday we had friends over for dinner. We kept it kind of light and made salmon with two salads; Sillas’ favorite quinoa salad and a new salad from a new cookbook I bought recently. It’s a Danish book called ‘amazing salads – all year round’ and it really is amazing. Full of great salad and side dish recipes. I especially love that there are recipes for fall and winter, because I usually can’t figure out what to put in a salad. The salad I chose for our dinner is a February salad called Gils Salad. Its inspired by a salad the author tried at a Israeli restaurant in Tel-Aviv. Its quite simple, but very fresh and tasty. And...

Chili con Jamie – Jamie Oliver’s chili con carne

Another recipe is now done in me Jamie Oliver domestic project. I really love this project. Its quite a long process but its great its also great motivation. And the book, Jamie’s America, has so many great recipes, so it’s just a joy to work through. Last night I cooked Chili con Jamie as its called. The recipe says to use beef brisket instead of minced beef. The meat just melts and falls a apart when you let the dish simmer for a few hours. The dish did turn out quite bitter, which we didn’t really like. It must have been the coffee, so next time I’ll use a bit less, or not as strong coffee. And perhaps use more...