Pork and Udon Noodle Soup

It has been weeks since I hit the gym and I have absolutely no excuse other than I just have lost all motivation and umph.  It’s silly really – as I know how intrinsically my mood is dependent on my exercise levels, in fact my mood follows this very simple equation:

Alex + Food + Exercise = Happy and energetic

Alex + Food – Exercise = Moody, listless, feeling fat and horrible to be around (sorry ‘C’!)

It’s funny, when I was working full time in Singapore and had full busy days, I felt so motivated and organised and was always able to fit in a workout every evenings of the week. Now, when I am unemployed and have all the time in the world…I struggle to find time. Keep Reading

Spicey Lentil Stew

After the Pavlova I made yesterday, and the rather glutinous lifestyle that ‘C’ and I have been leading the last month. We decided (or rather I decided, and am forcing ‘C’ along on the ride) that today we are going to get back on track of our health kick again. This includes daily trips to the gym and of course healthy meals.

The basic recipe for this lentil stew is one that I found on a blog a couple of months ago, I copied and pasted it into my word documents and filed it under ‘recipe’. The only problem is, I didn’t record who’s blog it belongs to. So, if for some reason you stumble upon my blog and recognise this recipe as your own…please let me know and I will gladly give credit where credit is due! Keep Reading

Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato, Spinach and Garlic Sauce

Happy Easter Monday!

Yesterday, ‘C’ and I came back from a lovely weekend at our friend’s country house about a 2 hours drive from Mexico City, situated in a little quaint Mexican village called Malinalco. Although it was meant to be a relaxed weekend by the pool – there was far more drinking and eating than I had anticipated! This combined with an incredibly hectic 2 weeks in Peru (which I promise to write about soon) has left me broken.

I woke up this morning flu ridden and absolutely drained – and in desperate need of both vegetables and some comfort food. So for lunch I rustled up this tomato and spinach spaghetti, and it was exactly what the Dr. ordered.  Keep Reading

Thai Green Chicken Curry- in a Claypot!

One thing that you HAVE to love about flying within Latin America and with Latin American Airlines is their baggage allowance. If you are flying economy you are allowed to check in TWO bags of up to 23kg – that is 46kg per person and not including your hand luggage!! Why can this not be a universal airline law? I can’t begin to explain how many times I have flirted, fought and cried with the check-in clerks in Europe because I was 2kg overweight. Keep Reading

Baked Salmon Fish Cakes

What do you do with left over fish? Make fish cakes of course!

As I discovered a couple of weeks ago when I made the Thai inspired fish cakes, this is not only one of the most easiest and delicious ways of using up left over fish – but its incredibly healthy too! In most of the recipes I have read, they all call for mashed potatoes but I think that is an unnecessary carb, and for them to be fried – which is unnecessary fat! The fish cakes come together quite nicely with breadcrumbs, eggs and baked in the oven – serve them with a salad or what ever you heart desires, and voila another healthy dinner sorted without too much hassle! Keep Reading

Roasted Salmon Fillets with a Crusted Pecorino and Pesto Topping

 

I actually wrote a really good long post about this dish last night – but for some reason just as I was about to publish it, I lost the whole thing!! I was furious – that has to be the most frustrating felling in the world, and the worst of it all is…this is not the first time it has happened to me on WordPress. From now on, I’m going to write everything on Word and then transfer it!

Anyway…back to the Salmon. In all honesty salmon is not my favourite fish – I think it is highly over rated! Maybe that is because I have just had far too much bad salmon in my life. For me it has become synonymous with banquet food – how many business lunches or weddings have you been to where you have been served a poached salmon, a few overcooked sprigs of asparagus a miserable looking potato with some non-descript viscous white sauce?! Far too many!

However, being part Swedish and spending a lot of time in Sweden you can’t avoid salmon – salmon is a staple in most Swedish households, there is the gravlax and smoked salmon, we even have salmon paste that is in a tube which you can squeeze onto your toast (may not sound appetising but I can assuar you it is!). This, coupled with the fact that ‘C’ and are making  determined effort to have one veggie day and one fish day in our diet – it couldn’t have been long until Salmon popped up on to the menu. Keep Reading

Cornish Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

‘C’ and I found a pair of frozen Cornish hens the other day in Superama (our local supermarket). I got quite excited for two reasons…firstly, finding anything slightly exotic in Superama is rare, and secondly I actually got Cornish hens confused with guinea fowl and imagined cooking a nice gamey meal over the weekend. Keep Reading

Chili Garlic and White Wine Prawns

On Saturday I got it into my mind that I wanted to make seafood. In fact I really wanted to make moules mariniere – There is something really satisfying about having a large bowl of steaming mussels which you can eat using your fingers and mopping up that lovely garlicy white wine sauce with some crusty bread! However, upon arriving at the supermarket and realising that they did not actually sell mussels my fantasy was quickly thwarted.

Not really knowing what to do – but still determined to make something similar I grabbed the next best things – fresh prawns! If I’m going to be completely honest, I very rarely cook with fresh prawns – as I’m always slightly scared of over cooking them and I just generally had the impression that they were quite fiddely – how wrong I was!  Keep Reading

World’s Easist Lasanga

World's easiest lasagnaThis recipe is one that I adapted from Jamie Oliver’s lasagna recipe – which I love and would highly recommend anyone to try it. Jamie O’s Lasagna.

 However, he does claim that it is a very simple recipe, but I beg to differ! There is quite a lot of faffing about –  such as buying fresh pasta sheets and pre-cooking them, roasting butternut squash and adding it into the meatsauce (which does taste fantastic!) and although that is all very good…sometimes you just don’t have time or the energy, and you just want to make something – well…simple! Keep Reading

Coq au vin

So, I’m on a bit of a roll today in regards to blogging – I’m feeling really inspired, plus there has been a lot of cooking going on in my kitchen recently, which has produced some really great outcomes, and I really just want to share these successful recipes.

For Christmas Eve ‘C’ and I decided to just be on our own and celebrate our first real Christmas together. We wanted to make something special for dinner, but neither of us felt too inclined on any of the usual Christmas fare – really, making a turkey is just too ambitious (and too gluttonous) for the both of us!

I was flipping through my recipe notebook and came across my mother’s recipe for Coq au vin – sold! This is one of the most simplest dishes to make, yet it sounds quite complex (possibly due to its French name!) but most importantly it’s incredibly delicious! If you think about it, there is no way it can’t be delicious…its a dish based on bacon, chicken, mushrooms and wine!! Keep Reading