Lentil Bolognese

So I found a very old draft I made for this post:

I’m Quite fascinated by this Meatless Monday idea. This is fourfold: The enviorment seems to like it, my wallet seems to like it, my scale could like it and it is a great excuse for me to test a whole new field of cooking.

I have some vegetarian recipes on my blog already. To be honest, the recipe that triggered this Meatless Fascination was the Indian wonder Aloo Mattar! This is truly a dinner that you can eat without feeling the lack of meat – and now I’m going to find more of those dinner opportunities.

A lot has happened since then and I like the story these old drafts tell about me. I just love the idea that every human being has a life story to tell that is just as detailed and filled with memories, experiences, opinions and beliefs as my own. This is probably why I love the internet so much – especially youtube. It’s a little glimpse into someones life. It’s fascinating. I feel like whenever I remind myself that everyone else is as complex a human being as myself I just develop greater tolerance for people who are different than me. Do any of you feel the same way?

About the bolognese: I actually never got to make it back then – but since going vegan I just had to try it. So this Tuesday, when I was actually supposed to study for my final exam, I decided trying a new recipe was a perfect way to procrastinate. And I must say it ended up being a very fruitful procrastination session. Cause this bolognese is GOOD.Lentil Bolognese Continue reading “Lentil Bolognese”

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL! Repost: Danish classics: Swedish sausage dish! A Family Recipe!

Okay, this is called “Pineapple in own juice” in Denmark – it means what I’m about to write is a teeny tiny bit self-centered, and I’m not supposed to be doing this.. But HOORAY!!! Yesterday, StarWars Day, was my 25th Birthday! Aren’t birthdays amazing?? I think they are the best! I know – I’m not supposed to really care anymore, I’m supposed to grow up and just have moderate fun. But I don’t care. For me this is a big deal. This is a quater of a freaking century. Wow! It’s magnificent, it’s wonderful, it’s… kinda old.. Oh, don’t even go there – stay in the happy place! It AWESOME!! Tell me, how do you feel about Birthdays? When did you stop caring that much? When did you start feeling old?? Or are you just as much of a child as me??

Well – since I love my birthday so much I decided to repost my birthday meal – Swedish Sausage Dish! I had this for my Birthday from age 3 through 14 – and it was awesome! This year I traded it for Pulled Pork and Coleslaw burgers – all of which was store bought and ready-made. Yeah, mamma ain’t cooking for me no more – but Husband made pancakes for dessert – with Nutella. Wow. I see why I love my birthday. Because I love the food 🙂 What food do you get on your Birthday?

So, here you have the old post – actually one of the very first posts on my blog – my present to you. And it’s totally fine that you didn’t get me anything 😉

This is all me - but it's okay . it's my Birthday :p
This is all me – but it’s okay. It’s my Birthday :p

Oct. 25, 2015: So, I’m Danish. That has not been shown too much on the blog so far. But that’s about to change. Once a week we have an “old classics” night where my husband gets to choose a classic meal for dinner. This is to prevent him from hating all my kitchen experiments. This is one of those classics, and we  always keep a box or 4 in our freezer, just in case.

This one is truly a original recipe. In danish it’s called “Swedish Sausage Dish”. I don’t even know if it’s Swedish or anything, but the recipe I’m using is from my mother, and it’s impossible to find this recipe anywhere on the internet – beside the one I have uploaded. All the other “original” recipes calls for heavy cream and tomato puree and potatoes. this family recipe calls for whole milk, canned tomatoes and spaghetti! And then I did some healthifying with some oven baked potatoes and skimmed milk.

This recipe was my favorite meal when I was a kid. It was my regular birthday meal and I loved it! And it is so very simple and child friendly – you won’t believe it!

Swedish sausage dish

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Meatball № 2: Ground Chicken!

Now it’s time again. It’s time for another recipe with ground meats. I just love it when any kind of meat has been cut up into bits. It’s like – everything tastes amazing when you don’t really know if its heads or tails!

Yeah – I know it sounds rather unsettling, but it’s true. And for that reason, and the fact that apparently we should cut down on red meats, I decided to experiment with chicken patties. I already uploaded a recipe for the very old fashioned pork-patties that is almost the national dish here in Denmark.

The ground principle of this recipe is completely the same as the pork-patties. But because I find chicken to be that much more bland in flavor I decided to add a good amount of dried basil. I guess one could leave that out or experiment with different kinds of seasonings. But I won’t – for now.

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Shakshuka

I have seen this dish all over the interwebs and I have been drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Poaching eggs in a sauce – oh there are so many ways I want to try that!

Now I must say that this curiosity arises from a very succesful attempt with a poached egg in a pot of chili. So my new kitchen adventure had to be the, getting closer to famous, SHAKSHUKA! Just the name is so awesome it convinced me to try!

Now I must say that I was sold at the first bite – but to be fair I was a little biased so I served it for my husband as well, you know, to put it to the real test. And it passed! He absolutely loved it too! Only one mistake – we didn’t poach the eggs – we baked them – like a hard boiled baked egg. Bummer! But better luck next time right?

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Old Classics: Rice taffel

Today I am going to share with you one of my childhood favorites! Rice Taffel. According to Google translate a Taffel is “Banquet” or “Royal Table”. Contrary to this translation, this is very easy and down to earth food, that is perfect for a dinner party in the 90’s. The “Taffel” is simply referring to the many many different toppings that can be eaten with this – but you will understand much better when you read the recipe.

So it is a little retro – but that doesn’t mean the taste is bad – does it? Well I like it! And for that reason I am going to share this with you – cause you will like it too!

Rice Taffel

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Roasted Chickpeas and Budget Friendly Salad!

It shall be no secret, that I am one big fan of vegetables. They just always taste so good! In a nice minestrone soup, with scrambled eggs, as a snack in a stick or like a salad!

But the salads. Oh, how I find it hard to keep up the creativity when making salads. My biggest problem is, that I always find amazing salad recipes online – but then – when it’s time to shop – all the ingredients are so expensive. In Denmark nuts are exceptionally expensive. Spinach and arugula cost twice as much as iceberg, and even cherry tomatoes can cost enough to wrinkle my nose.

I’m not poor or anything – don’t feel sorry for me! But I’m super cheap or stingy or whatever. Always have been. I hate spending money on stuff that isn’t necessary. And I don’t think arugula or almonds are gonna be missed in my everyday salad.

Since I believe, that I am not the only one that keeps my money in my pocket this is 3 recipes in 1 for a great and cheap salad that is fancy enough for guests. I originally served this with my Chicken Tikka Masala – but then I had leftovers and therefore I had to serve it with the Swedish Sausage Dish and Beef and Brown Onions too. All of which was great. And the final leftovers I ate for lunch – cause nothing should be wasted here!

Salad with roasted chickpeas and fetas

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