torsdag den 27. juni 2013

4 light snacks

As you'll know if you're a follower on Instagram, where I often post photos of sweets like the ones shown above, I'm a MAJOR snacker (is that a word?). Especially during periods when I spend a lot of time working in front of the computer like now. I simply cannot go one evening without a little something for my sweet tooth. A form of comfort eating, I guess. It's a terrible habit. A habit which I have to intention of breaking, nonetheless, and I love trying to come up with lighter and healthier snack alternatives. Here are 4 of the ones I really enjoy and think you should try as well: 

Licorice balls:
Originally, these were coconut balls, but lately I've been replacing the shredded coconut with licorice powder, and I actually like this version better. All you need is skyr, finely-rolled oats, cocoa powder, and (sweet) licorice powder. Simply mix together skyr, oats, and cocoa until you have a solid consistency. I always make them by eye, so just taste your way and keep in mind that the texture should not be too soft. If you desire, you can add a bit of stevia or other form of sweetener too. Make little balls out of the mixture and role them in licorice powder. 

Coconut macaroons
I was inspired to make these macaroons by a blog post ages ago, and it's been a favorite ever since. Not only do they taste great, they also look very cute, and I like to make them when I have friends over. For approximately 15 macaroons you need 2 egg whites, 30 g cane sugar (can be replaced with sweetener), 1 teaspoon vanilla powder, 100 g blended or finely-chopped almonds, and 100 g shredded coconut. Stir together egg whites and sugar using a hand mixer, then add vanilla, almonds, and coconut, and combine the whole thing with a spoon. Mould little pointy macaroons and bake them in the oven for 15 minutes at 30 degrees C. If you want to make the a tad more yummy you can dip the bottoms in liquid chocolate.

Flourless coconut pancakes
When I make pancakes I also measure by eye, so with these you have to try your way as well. For 5 large pancakes you need approximately 4 dl. finely-rolled oats, 3 tablespoons skyr, 2 egg whites, 30 g cane sugar (or 1 teaspoon sweetener), 3 dl. shredded coconut, 3 dl. almond flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Start by blending the oats into a fine flour, and combine it with almond flour and  baking soda. In another bowl, stir together egg whites and sugar until well-combined, then add the rest of the ingredients. Remember that these measurements are only guiding; I like to make my pancakes pretty thick and American-ish, but you can adjust the ingredients as you desire. 

Chocolate bark:
This is a classic. And one of my favorite go-to snacks, I might add. Just to be clear, I'm not pretending to believe that chocolate is healthy; it is, however, one of my favorite things in the world, and making chocolate bark from chocolate with 80 % cocoa is a good alternative to binging on heavy milk chocolates. There aren't many rules: Simply melt the chocolate you desire, mix it with the ingredients you desire and pour the mixture into a flat dish or bowl making as thin a layer as possible. Then wait for it to cool down (completely, no cheating!), and you'll be able to take it out and break it into pieces. For the bark on the photo above I mixed half of the chocolate with licorice powder and the other half with coconut oil and shredded coconut, and then I added chopped almonds to the whole thing. 

Happy snacking!

Dansk: Som I måske har set på Instagram, hvor jeg ofte poster billeder af søde sager, er jeg en snacker med stort 'S'; særligt i perioder som denne, hvor jeg tilbringer det meste af min tid foran computeren med mit speciale, har jeg svært ved at undvære snacks om aftenen. Dog eksperimenterer jeg for det meste med lette alternativer, og ovenover kan I se fire af mine favoritter: Lakridskugler, kokosmakroner, kokospandekager uden mel og chokolade bark

mandag den 24. juni 2013

My favorite shops: ReUse

Tonight I am happy to invite you inside of one of my favorite shops here in Aalborg: ReUse. A cute and charming place oozing nostalgia and packed with special finds from the past - and some from the present too. It is a vintage wonderland, a Mecca for people like myself who are suckers for all things retro. Furniture, vases, tin signs, candle holders, posters, wooden letters, mirrors, lamps, pots, jewelry, baby clothes, you name it, the shop has it, and I could literally spend hours just walking around looking at all the little details. Sannie,  the owner of the shop (who makes you feel right at home, by the way) has done an amazing job finding little treasures and putting them together. She touches up old furniture by polishing, treating, painting, and re-upholstering it to make it look fresh whilst maintaining that special retro charm - and she was kind enough to show me the back of the shop where she was in full swing working on some very cool teak chairs, which you can see on the second to last photo (and which I was contemplating getting for our dining table). I ended up buying some wooden letters for our kitchen and a beautiful white pot with blue flowers on it - purely ornamental, of course. I'm in love - and I have a feeling ReUse and I will be seeing a lot of each other in the future. 

*ReUse is located at Danmarksgade 3, Aalborg.

Dansk: Velkommen indenfor hos en af mine absolut yndlingsbutikker her i Aalborg (Danmarksgade 3): ReUse. Et charmerende sted, som oser af nostalgi, og som er fyldt med fede fund fra fortiden - og fra nutiden også. Kort sagt: Et Mekka for folk, der som mig elsker alt, hvad der retro og vintage. Sannie, som ejer butikken, finder lækre møbler på loppemarkeder og i antikbutikker, som hun frisker op ved at slibe, male, behandle, og ombetrække dem, mens hun bevarer den særlige retro charme, naturligvis. Jeg er forelsket, og jeg har på fornemmelsen, ReUse og jeg kommer til at se meget mere til hinanden.

fredag den 21. juni 2013

Life through Instagram

1. The yummiest cheesecake. 2. Barbecue night with the girls. 

3. My new Michael Kors bag. 4. Wise words. Let's do it!

5. Flour-free coconut pancakes with berries and skyr. 6. My cute niece and I resting after a jump in a bouncy castle.

7. Flea-market madness. 8. More flea-market madness. I love this dish!

9. A date night outfit. Wearing a body from Asos. 10. Mixed fruit plate on a hot summer day.

11. The cutest elephant in the circus I went to last night. 12. Some buys from one of my favorite shops, ReUse. I took a bunch of pictures of the shop, which I will be showing next week.

13. Salmon burger. Recipe here. 14. Some very, very cool street art here in Aalborg.

And there you go; a bunch of fresh quadratic photos of my life. You can catch me on Instagram right here. Have a fabulous weekend.

onsdag den 19. juni 2013

Salmon steak (burgers)

My cooking and baking activities are at a low at the moment. I'm not fond of it, but even though cooking makes for an excellent displacement act, I simply have to prioritize my thesis. I have to eat, of course, so I do throw the occasional quick, easy, and corner-cutting dinner together. Like yesterday, when I made salmon steaks which we threw into burgers. Normally I like to bake my own burger buns, but this time I went for the quicker solution and bought some nice wholegrain ones instead. Personally I don't think fish burgers call for much stuffing or pimping up, so I simply added some cucumber slices, a bit of lettuce, and a dressing made of low-fat creme fraiche, fresh dill, a squeeze of lemon juice, a hint of salt, and some lemon grass. Super easy and time-friendly but very delicious nonetheless.

Salmon steaks (makes 4):

500 g salmon fillet without skin
6 tablespoons finely-rolled oats
2 tablespoons wholegrain flour
4 tablespoons fresh dill, finely-chopped
2 carots, grated
1 egg
1 small onion, chopped
1 spring onion, finely-chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
Salt and pepper
Olive oil for frying

Put the salmon in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. Add egg, oyster sauce, lemon juice, onion, salt and pepper, and blend until well-combined. Pour the mixture into a bowl, and stir in grated carrots, dill, spring onion, flour and rolled oats. The texture will be sticky, but be careful not to add too much flour - that will just make them dry. Make four steaks and fry them in olive oil on a non-stick pan on medium heat. Bon appetit!

Dansk: Jeg har ikke megen tid til de store køkken kunster pt; i stedet er der ofte nogle nemme og tidsvenlige springe-over-hvor-gærdet-er-lavest-retter på menuen, som fx. disse laksebøffer, jeg lavede i aftes, og som vi spise i burgere. De synes, de blev superlækre. Bon appetit!

mandag den 17. juni 2013

Giveaway: Creamy wedges and spiky sandals

The other when day I was cleaning out my shoe-closet I found several pairs which have been lying around for over a year and never ever been worn. One of them are the cool creamy wedges above, which I bought to wear at my brother's wedding last summer. Ultimately I went for another pair for the day, and for some reason I have never gotten around to sporting these. The cool spiky sandals have not been around for that long; as some of you may have seen on Facebook, I bought them on eBay a few weeks ago, but to my big disappointment they are a little too long for my hobbit-like feet. So, instead of having both pairs lying around feeling sad for another year I thought: Why not give them away to two readers? I think they would be very happy to be taken into use. And that's how this little Monday giveaway was born. 

In order to enter you have to be a follower via Bloglovin' or Facebook. Other than that all you have to do is leave a comment on this post saying which pair you would like, and I will find a winner a week from today. Both pairs are size 36. Good luck fellow shoe-lovers.

Dansk: Da jeg forleden ryddede op i mit skoskab faldt jeg over ovenviste to par, som jeg aldrig har fået brugt. Jeg synes, den er synd, at de blot står og blomstrer i mit skoskab, og jeg er sikker på, de ville blive meget gladere af at blive brugt - derfor forærer jeg dem væk til to af Jer. Jeg ønsker at forkæle mine trofaste læse, så for at være med skal du følge bloggen via Bloglovin' eller Facebook. Ellers er det blot at lægge en kommentar til dette indlæg, hvori der står, hvilket par, du helst vil have, og så finder jeg en vinder om en uge.  Begge par er størrelse 36. Held og lykke.

lørdag den 15. juni 2013

I'll be wearing espadrilles this summer


It's Saturday night, the boy is out partying, and I'm at home all by my lonesomeness working on my thesis and feeling a little sorry for myself. This post is actually a major displacement activity, as were the laundry, the cookie baking, and the tidying up of the kitchen. Some displacement acts are more interesting than others; blogging is definetely one of the fun ones, especially when there are shoes involved. I have developed a thing for espadrille flats and will absolutely be getting my hands on a pair or five to sport during the summer. If it weren't for the fact that I have just purchased a pair of Michael Kors sneakers (they are so cool, can't wait to show them to you!), I might very well be purchasing some of these espadrille cutesters right now. Best wait till next month, at least if I want to get my hands on one of the not so budget-friendly pairs (and I do). I like the flowery ones from Tory Burch and the platform ones from Zara the best. Valentino's lace version is pretty cute too.

Dansk: Dette indlæg er lidt af en overspringshandling; jeg sidder nemlig hjemme foran computeren helt alene, imens kæresten er ude og feste, arbejder på mit speciale og har en smule ondt af mig selv. Blogging er bestemt en af de sjovere overspringshandlinger, sammenlignet med f.eks vasketøj og oprydning, som jeg netop har færdiggjort, særligt når der er sko involveret. Jeg har en ting med flade espadrillos lige nu, og jeg kunne enormt godt tænke mig at bære et eller fem af ovenviste par denne sommer.

torsdag den 13. juni 2013

Throwback Thursday: When they were young(er)

Oh yes, even the celebs were young and nerdy once too (well, some at least, others apparently came to life looking like Hollywood stars or models - how cute is the guy in the top photo?!). Can you spot who's who?