Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 Favorites

So thru the year I have posted a bunch of things, mostly recipes but also about life, some ''How to''s and other things. 
These are some of my favorite moments and recipes from this year. 

Toffee, Fudge and caramell




Desserts, cakes and baked goodies.





How  To... 




Tripps and Vacations 



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Friday, December 27, 2013

One Year!


Today Violet Details turns one year old! I can't believe that I've already been blogging for one year and that I still think it's so much fun! I thought that it was just something that i would do while i had a lot of free time on my hands in the beginning of this year but I think that it is so much fun to try recipes and create new recipes and then tell you about them! I am definitely going to keep doing it! 
Here is also a belated Marry Christmas to all of you! I hope that you enjoyed Christmas as much as I did! My sister came down to Luxembourg with her kids and I celebrated with them and my parents, first we had Christmas lunch at my dads house and then we opened all the presents at my mothers house so it was a good day! 
Now I have to run to the bus to meet my old classmates at a friends house! I'm so excited because I haven't seen them for so long!

Thank you for this first year and here is a (imaginary) toast to all those years ahead of us!!! Hugs and kisses to all of you!


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Messy braid bun

What you need: 
Two elastic bands
A bunch of bobby pins (somewhere between five and a infinite amount)
Hair spray

How you do it: 
Step1: Spray your hair with some volumizing hair spray.
Step2: Put your hair up in a pony tail. 
Step3: Start braiding it.
Step4: Tie a elastic band around the end of your braid. 
Step5: Wrap the braid around the center so that it creates a bun. 
Step6: Make sure that the end of the braid is under the bun so that it isn't visible. 
Step7: Start securing it with bobby pins so that it stays in place. Just stick them in everywhere!! 
Step8: To create a little ''messiness'' run your hands thru your hair and loosen it a bit. Finnish of with some  hair spray. 


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Saffron buns (Lussebullar)

On December 13th we celebrate something called Lucia here in Sweden. Lucia is when girls and boys gather and walk in long trains while wearing white full-length gowns, holding candles and singing songs, it sounds quite strange but it is really beautiful! 
The procession is headed by a girl dressed as the Lucia, she wears a crown with candles on it and she is defiantly the center of attention. This happens early in the morning while it is still dark outside and a long time ago they used to walk around outside and go from door to door now people just watch it on TV. 
In my dorm we have the tradition that one year the girls wake the boys up, we walk in to their rooms in the morning sing songs and then we all eat breakfast together. It's really cozy! This year it was the guys turn so I was woken up by five guys singing songs holding candles, so funny! But I take that over my alarm clock any day of the week! 
Anyway, the weeks surrounding this day we eat these buns called Lussebullar. I used to make these with my mom a lot when I was little! I know that I'm a little late with the recipe but i had my exam on the 16th so i didn't have time to make them last week.. but better late then never! 

What you need:
150g butter
5dl milk
50g yeast
1.5dl sugar
250g quark 
1 egg
0.5 teaspoon salt
1.5g saffron
17dl flour

2 eggs
rasinis 

How you make them:
Step1: Melt the butter and add the milk.
Step2: Crumble the yeast in a bowl and pour the milk and butter over it and let the yeast dissolve and then add the saffron.
Step3: Add the rest of the ingredients (except for two of the eggs and the raisins) but save the flour as the last one and add it one dl at a time. When you have added all the ingredients put a towel over the bowl and leave it for 30 minutes and let it rise.

Step4: Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Celcius.
Step5: You should be able to work with the dough without getting anything stuck on your hands, if that is not the case just sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough and work it in to the dough and keep doing so till it is the way it is supposed to be. 
Step6: Shape the dough into a loaf and then cut it into 6 pieces that are the same size, and then cut each of those into 5 separate pieces. Now you can start shaping them. 
You always start by rolling a small piece of dough out so that it looks like a sausage and then you shape it like the picture below. I also made a giant braid! 

Step7: Spread out some baking paper on baking sheets (about 3 or 4 of them) and then place the buns on the baking paper with about 5cm between each one because they will double in size! 
Step8: Place a kitchen towel over each sheet and leave them for 20 minutes and let them rise (again). 

Step9: Place the raisins where you want them and press them into the dough so that they dont fall off when you eat them.
Step10: Whisk the two eggs together and with a brush cover the buns with it. 
Step11: Bake one sheet at a time in the middle of the oven for 5 to 8 minutes until they're golden brown on top and then take them out and let them cool. Voila! You're done! 
Lucia.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Chocolate covered Butter cookies

 This is as easy as it gets! Five ingredients, 45 minutes and you've got yourself a batch of tasty cookies!

What you need:

150g butter
3dl flour 
1.5dl sugar
1 egg yolk 
75g dark chocolate

How you make them:
Step1: Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
Step2: Combine the ingredients to a dough.
Step3: Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface so that the dough doesn't stick to the surface. Then with a rolling pin or just with your hands roll the dough out so that it is about 3 or 5mm thick. 
Step4: Cut shapes out of the dough with molds or just with a knife.
Step5: Put some baking paper on a baking tray and place the cookies on top.
Step6: Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and then let them cool. 
Step7: Melt the chocolate and spread it out on top of the cookies, you can also dip them in the chocolate if you want them to be totally covered in chocolate. 
Step8: Let the chocolate harden and voila, you're done!



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Monday, December 9, 2013

Dear Santa


A cozy angora sweater // Sophie Bille Brahe - Lisa Grand ring // Etch candle holder 
Zara - Leather ankle boots // A pair of cozy Shepherd Slippers // Jonathan Adler - Candle holder 
Marc Jacobs - Daisy perfume // A cute umbrella 
I have fallen in love with this Louis Vuitton Alma BB handbag! // A pie dish with a removable bottom  money, money, money, must be funny in a rich mans world!  
Choklad - swedish cookbook with 100 chocolate recipes


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College Cooking


As a normal college student I always try to save money on the things that are actually necessary. Why do I try to save money on the necessary things? Well so that I can spend the money on something fun later of course!

I really love cooking but it's nice, we'll great, if I don't have to spend too much money on it.
That's why I have started a new Label called College Cooking where you can find simple recipes that don't cost a lot to make!
You will probably find loads of different kinds of potatoes, pastas, chicken and fish. 

Something I do to save money is that I work with a lot of frozen ingredients because frozen food doesn't go bad like fresh food does (well not as fast)
Some basic things that I always have in my freezer are two or three different types of fish, chicken and vegetables like pees and broccoli. I also have different berries for when I feel like I need a sweet little snack. 

I really hope you like it!
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lasagna

Lasagna is perfect if you feel like you're not going to have time to cook for a few days. You can just make one and have it in your fridge for a few days and take a piece when you're hungry. You can keep it in your fridge for five days without a problem and it stays delicious! 
When I have exams or just have to catch up with my studying I usually make one of these or a Taco pie so that I don't have to worry about spending loads of time cooking a new meal twice a day. 

What you need:

Lasagna sheets
500g ground beef
One large red onion
Two carrots
500g crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato purée
Cherry tomatoes
Grated cheese
Salt 
Pepper


For the béchamel sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
5dl milk
Salt 
pepper

How you make it: 

Step1: Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Celsius. 
Step2: Start by chopping the onion into fine pieces, grate the carrots and slice the cherry tomatoes and put them to the side. 
Step3: In a pan fry the ground beef, when it is half way done add the onions. 
Step4: when the beef is done add the carrots, crushed tomatoes and tomato pure. 
Step5: add salt and pepper and leave it on low heat. 

Béchamel sauce
Step6: In a pan on medium high heat, melt the butter then add the flour and combine it well so that there are no lumps. 
Step7: While stirring ad the milk one dl at a time and stir for about 30 seconds in between each dl then let it thicken. Season it with salt and pepper. 

Layer it: 
Step8: Start with a layer of tomato sauce, then a layer of béchamel, a layer of sliced cherry tomatoes and then the lasagna sheets (I put them in when they're ''raw'' but you can cook them before too). 
After that you do it all over again - tomato sauce, béchamel, tomatoes and sheets but then you top it off with a layer of béchamel and then a layer of grated cheese.
Step9: Cook it in the oven for about 45 minutes and then take it out and enjoy!



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Five Details

Sending a little love to my family and closest friends so all of my Christmas cards have been signed, sealed and are about to be delivered. 

My dad collects cameras, these are some of my favorites! To the left we have my Nikon D5100 (obviously i had to have my baby in the picture) which is the one I use when I take my photos for the blog, the one to the right is a Nikon EM M90 that I got from my dad a few years back and I just love it because I love using film. 
The reason for that is that instead of taking a bunch of pictures and seeing which one turns out the best you just take maybe one or two because you're only able take 36 pictures with one film so you try much harder to get the perfect picture and often it works out, but then sometimes it doesn't.. 
The other two are from my dads collection, It's an old Leica IIIF from 1957 and a Canon AE-1 that was made in 1976.


I am in love with my new rings from H&M! 


''Is that food?''

Christmas decorations in centeral Luxembourg. 
Whenever the art / deco / furniture store Bonn Frères put up their Christmas decorations it means that Christmas is on it's way! They have had the same decorations for years and years but they are just so simple and classic. Love Love Love!

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Frosted nails for Christmas

It is officially cold. Really cold. It is snowing and everything! But that what December is all about! It's is also a festive month, with Christmas and new years just around the corner. 
So why not combine the cold weather and the festive mood and paint your nails with a cold but sparkley color - silver!



I just used two really cheap ones from H&M that I bought some time during Christmas last year but these are some that i would love to buy sometime in the future. 

Illamasqua                     Tom Ford                     Butter London                   Lancôme

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas oranges

  
I have made these for Christmas for as long as I can remember! The smell of the oranges and the cloves instantly reminds me of Christmas and it's just a tradition to make these in my family!

What you need:
Oranges
Cloves
Needles
Red ribbon (or in any color that you prefer)

How you make them:

Step1: Tie the ribbon around your orange
Step2: Secure the ribbon with needles, two in the bottom and one on top right on the knot. 
Step3: Tie a bow and tie the bow to a knot so that it is secure. Leave about a meter of the ribbon on one side (so that you can hang it somewhere) and cut the other side so that you can't see it. 
Step4: Start making patterns with the cloves by pressing the longer and thinner part into the orange. 

When you are happy with your pattern you can just hang it up on a doorknob, on a curtain rod or anywhere you might like to have it. You can also just skip the ribbon and just place them in a bowl. 


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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lovely Links


~ Oh no.. Finals week is coming up!
~ Men's gift guide!
~ Creative Christmas tree ideas for tiny homes. 
~ A Bauble wreath for Christmas.
~ Well.. this is a new way on using mime to confuse people!
Pentatonix did it again! I got Goosebumps within the first 20 seconds!
~ How to make flower sushi!
~ The psychology of color.


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Giving Thanks

It's so nice to be home again, if only for a few days! 
I came home for two reasons: thanks giving and Gåsmiddag, which can be translated to goose dinner which is is a Swedish celebration that is mostly celebrated in the southern parts of the country.
Those of you who celebrate thanksgiving know that you eat till you aren't physically able to eat anymore, goose dinner is the same thing and of course both meals ended up being scheduled for the same day so I can easily say that I've never had as much food as I did yesterday! 

We celebrated thanksgiving with some American relatives and the goose dinner is something that my family and 5 other families have celebrated for the last 17 years, it's always the same people and it is always as much fun! You eat a special soup that is made from loads of different fruits and then blood.. Yes blood.. I have never been able to get used to it. I am one of the ones who just dip the spoon in the soup a few times and then gives up. I just can't. Then you eat Goose with potatoes, a delicious sauce and a bunch of other things and then Finnish it if with apple cake. yumm yumm yumm. 
If you don't know what Thanksgiving is.. You basically come together, eat turkey, mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows, pies and a whole lot of other deliciousness. Of course there is a story behind it about the Indians and the pilgrims but if you want to know it - Google it ;) It's too long to write here!

Peanut butter balls that are covered in chocolate, always an important part on the families thanksgiving table. 

 Found my graduation picture on the fridge together with about fifty other pictures of all the members of the family! Made me really happy to be honest! 

A piece of delicious pumpkin pie with cool whip, thanksgiving without pumpkin pie is like a house without a roof.. why have it? (you can find the recipe here). 

The soup.. i can't, i just can't.

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