Thursday, March 31, 2011

homemade is best

IKEA is coming out with a new cookbook. I can't find out when it will launch... I'll have to check in our very close by local IKEA when I am next there...

It's called Homemade is Best (Hembakat är Bäst), and while it does contain recipes and pictures of recipes, it also contain photos of the ingredients in the recipes, which are all the more cool.

It's fun to try and guess the recipe from the ingredients.

Take a crack at these:
(go to the bottom of the post for the answers)





As part of my mother's family is Swedish, some of the recipes are familiar. It will be fun to see the recipes I love to make, like pepparkakor!

Yum yum yum, Swedish gingerbread, yum yum yum

a) Prinsesstårta, or Princess Cake, sponge cake with a green marzipan covering.
Vaniljhorn, crescent-shaped shortbread cookies.
Lingonpeparkaka, gingersnap cookies with lingonberries.
Mandelmussla, almond shortbread topped with lingonberries.

Click here for IKEA's link with all the ingredient photos from the book.

Monday, March 28, 2011


The other night Ste decided that he wanted to be more pro-active in doing things, and as a result we had this lovely souffle!

Super light and fluffy and yummy, it didn't last very long ;)

Friday, March 25, 2011

paper or plastic?

As a new-home present my lovely grandmother gifted us with a Kindle, under the strict instruction that if she gave us a Kindle we must subscribe to the NYTimes on it. I was skeptical about the Kindle, but who can refuse a gift? And my grandmother was excited she could do this for us.

I was still unconvinced about reading from a thin bit of plastic, as I'm a big fan of real books. I love rifling the pages, taking one down from a shelf and turning to a favorite paragraph, even smelling the books (seriously, book smell is one of the best). But on the day that it arrived, I did get a feeling of excitement, it appealed to my techie side, a new gadget to understand and play with!

And I am ashamed to admit.... I kind of like it....

Don't get me wrong, I have not forsaken the book, not in the least, but I do like reading the newspaper on it. It frees you from the guilt of recycling all those unread pages, or having a stack in the corner. And it's very easy to use when reading newspapers. As for books, I have not purchased any on it, but I have stocked up on a plethora of old classics, which are free from copyrights. At the moment it is Sherlock Holmes.

Again, I'm not convinced of reading whole books on it, I cannot forsake paper pages, and it is not the same to electronically mark a sentence as it is to dog-ear a page.

And it does not have that smell.

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