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Cinnamon, nuts and fruit granola

Sunday, January 11th, 2009


For xmas I decided to give away homemade gifts. Not only because I was poor and couldn’t afford buying amazing gifts but also because I thought it’s something everyone will appreciate. All of my friends and family got the same gifts (to make my life easier); a jar of vanilla sugar, a box of three different truffles and this amazing granola.

I’m not going to lie and say this granola is healthy, bla bla bla.. It isn’t! But it does have a few redeeming factors, like the fact that it has sesame seeds and flax seeds. And that 1/3 of my rolled oats are the extra fibre kind with oat bran and wheat bran in it. And aren’t nuts supposed to be health food anyway? What about fruit? I could eat this every day for breakfast, with just some plain soygurt and possibly some berries.  Yum!

Cinnamon, nuts and fruit granola:

  • 2 cups extra fibre rolled oats (or 2 cups oats + 1 tbsp oat bran & 1 tbsp wheat bran)
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts (I like hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup golden syrup/maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, figs, papaya…)
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds

Preheat oven to 300F. In a big bowl, mix together oats, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, nuts, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, stir together oil and syrup until combined. Add vanilla extract.  Pout the oil mixture over the oats and stir it well so everything gets well coated. Lightly oil a big baking tray and spread the oat mixture in an even layer. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. After 20 minutes the granola needs to be stirred. Fold it over so it bakes evenly. Take the granola out and let it cool. Add in chopped dried fruit and flax seeds and store in airtight jars. Makes a ton! (Or about 8-9 cups).

This recipe in Swedish:  Müsli med nötter och frukt


Merry Xmas!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

glitter snowflakes
It’s xmas! Christmas Eve is THE day for celebration in Sweden. We spend all day preparing the food, eating clementines and home made sweets, listening to children asking ‘Can we open the presents yet?’, and then at 3pm everyone (except for most mums, they have to finish the food) sits down to watch some cartoons on TV (same show every year) and then we eat. We eat and we eat and we eat. It takes at least an hour, often more and it’s the same foods every year. After dinner, children whine over and over and over about their presents, but first there has to be dessert, often a rice pudding eaten with milk and cinnamon, but as with all traditions it differs between families. Some time in the evening the entire family sits down near the xmas tree and open their gifts. If you’ve been nice (and there are children!) Santa has knocked on the door and asked ‘Are there any nice kids here?’ to which all kids of course replied ‘YES!’ so Santa comes in with his sack of presents and gives them out. But if you haven’t been nice, or if there are no kids in the family we just open presents by the tree.

This Christmas Eve I am working until 4pm and after that my mum will pick me up, we’ll rush to my flat to get the food I’ve prepared and to get the presents I’ve made and then we go to mums for our dinner. There are three vegans in the family and two omnivores (+1 extra this year as we have a visitor) so the xmas smörgåsbord always looks a little different from most families.

Happy holidays!


Beetroot salad

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Most people have probably already decided what they’re having for xmas dinner. I made my final list just two days ago, and our xmas meal is going to be on Monday with friends and family invited. Xmas food in Sweden consist of a huge smörgåsbord of food, usually mostly meat and cream, and all the dishes are always the same. What you put on your table for xmas varies a little between the different parts of Sweden, but most dishes are eaten all over Sweden. I had never had cabbage at xmas before I moved down to the south for example. Now I love it, especially the purple cabbage, but cooked in glögg.

My little sister Sofie’s favourite on the smörgåsbord is a beetroot salad that I was never been particularly fond of. It’s often eaten with meatballs, and likely on bread as a sandwich. This beetroot salad is one of the things I cooked today to put in the fridge. I quite enjoy it now, as I’ve gotten older my likes and dislikes have changed a lot, and it looks beautiful with it’s colours.

Beetroot salad for xmas

Beetroot salad:

  • 1 jar of sliced pickled beetroot (400 grams/14 oz without juice)
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 dl (3/4 cup + 1 tbsp) vegan mayo
  • ½ dl (3 tbsp) soy yoghurt or soy creamer

In a bowl, whisk together the mustard, salt, mayo and soy yoghurt. Drain the beetroot and chop them finely. Peel and core the apples and chop finely. Add the beetroot and apples to the mayo and mix together. Let it sit in the fridge overnight and serve as a side or on bread with tofuballs as a Swedish open topped sandwich.


Handmade for xmas!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

xmas murloc

I mentioned that we’re moving soon in my previous post. Of course, this means we won’t have much money, or time. Because of this I decided that this year we’re making home made, cheap gifts for all my friends and family. I can’t tell you exactly what I’m going to make because my friends read this blog,  but seeing how I’m a foodie it’ll probably go that direction.

There are so many talented people out there, making gorgeous things. I thought I’d put together a short list of nice and simple things you can make as gifts and give away.

I love xmas and gift giving. I can’t wait to get started!

  • Anni and Heikki at Tofu for Two made a type of cookie mix last year
  • .. and the latest number of Elle Mat och Vin had a suggestion for a cookie mix that you just mix with melted margarine and golden syrup packaged in a lovely jar.
  • Make a box of truffles! Maybe these? My favourite is chocolate and orange, like these. (I use soycreamer or coconut milk/cream) Or raspberry (these are extra fancy).
  • Make some nice crisp bread and give away. These recipes with sunflower seeds or caraway that I found over at Anne’s Food might be nice. Use half a sachet of dry yeast instead of fresh if you can’t find it.
  • A jar of marmalade is never wrong. And seeing how Christmas season is also citrus season you should definitely use your favourite citrus marmalade recipe and make a bunch of jars.
  • .. or you could make cheezy crackers and give away. Make a triple batch because it’s very likely you’ll eat a lot of them. Celine at Have Cake Will Travel made these!
  • Not food related, but easy and awesome are these tissue holders. Make a bunch!
  • Or  make your own pretty hairsticks to give away to those long haired ladies (and guys!).
  • You could make these cute little accordion books and fill them with poetry, or recipes, or leave them blank.
  • Or if you’re a baker, make a loaf of nice sourdough bread, wrap it in a tea towel and tie a nice ribbon around it.

What are some of your suggestions? Give me links, or just a nice comment.


Saffron bean salad

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Before we get down to business with a great recipe I have some chit chattering to do. Hey, how are you all? I’ve had a great day. I went grocery shopping in the morning with my mother and my sister and got some great things. First we went to the arab store I visit weekly and bought a bunch of different veggies and some fruit. Then we visited one of my favourite stores, Astrid och aporna (astrid and the monkeys – cute!), and bought some real gems, cheap carob chips (I’ve never even seen those in Sweden before, yay baked carob goods here I come!), agave nectar (something I’ve never tried before), gluten powder, panda liquorice and delicious icecream. It was great! The real gem of the day was the visit to a huge grocery store where they sold out all their green plants for half price. I splurged and bought 9 different ones, small and big and paid very little. I haven’t had any plants in the house for well over a year because of the cats but now I finally have some (and the cats will have to learn to stay off them). We finished the day with lunch together. I made Joanna’s Pasta Alfredo from Yellow Rose Recipes, as well as the Cajun Tofu and we finished the meal with some Carob Split Bars (Damn Tasty Vegan) and blueberry icecream. Ah, what a brilliant day.

I was meaning to post this recipe around xmas time, but I am a master procrastinator so I’ve been able to hold it off until now. Not that it matters much, you can eat these ANY time of the year really. It’s a very simple recipe for saffron beans but it’s delicious and will impress guests nonetheless. It’s such a feast for the eyes.

xmas saffron beans

Saffron bean salad:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups big white beans (2 cans, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup finely shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/8 tsp saffron threads
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Finely shred the purple cabbage. peel onoin and cut in half. Slice thinly into half moons. Fry the onion and HALF of the cabbage in in olive oil and saffron. Add in the beans, minced garlic and lemon juice and stir. Keep on low heat for about 5 mins, stirring ever now and then. Add in the rest of the cabbage and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste and pour beans into a serving bowl. Add a few dashes of extra oilve oil to make the beans shine and a squeeze of lemon. Serve the beans lukewarm or at room temperature. (Garnish with some fresh shredded purple cabbage for looks!)


The fair was fun!

Friday, December 14th, 2007

It’s almost a week since the veggie fair (Vegomässan) now and I finally feel rested. Well… as much as I will get this winter. I had an awesome time. Every single one of my 110 bags of xmas sweets sold out and half an hour before we had to start packing our things up I was out of pretty much everything. I talked to lots of interesting people, got many compliments on the sweets and a few on our awesome tree. All in all, I’m happy about the day. It was very cramped in there, next time they need more space but other than that I have no complaints. Oh except for my ears! When they were sound testing on the stage I thought I was going to go mad.

Ok, have some pictures!

Phipps is sleeping, again!

Before the fair we were supposed to be working hard but Phipps decided to sleep. Again!

We used a massive amount of chocolate

We used so much chocolate, 4 kgs!

My table at the fair

And here’s me at my table at the fair.

Our tree at the fair

And our tree at the fair. We’d made xmas baubles out of perler beads.

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