Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lovely Links


1. 10 easy, cheap and healthy recipes for students. (Affairs today)
2. The cutest thing I've seen in a while! (Distractify.com)
3. Very powerful ads about the environment that will make you stop and think! (boredpanda.com)
4. Visit my friend Gabriellas beauty blog that she started a few months ago! (willowjolie.com)
5. Do you have a cat? If you do you will probably recognise every single thing on this list. (9gag.com)
6. Nature is amazing. (Distradtify.com)
7. DIY Ice Cream Cone Balloon Weights. (studioDIY.com)
8. Entertaining tips from Emily from cupcakes and cashmere. (cupcakesandcashmere.com)

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Homemade Granola

What to do on a rainy day? Well I decided to make homemade granola!
I've been looking for this recipe for a few years now, the first time I made it was in cooking class when I was 12 and I fell in love with it! I had it for breakfast with Greek yogurt for every morning for like a year. I finally found it hidden away in an old folder when was at home a few weeks ago!

What you need: 
5dl rye flakes
5dl oatmeal
100g almonds (chopped) 
2dl sunflower seeds
1dl linseed
1dl sesame seeds
1dl unrefined sugar
1dl coconut flakes
2dl water
4 tablespoons food oil
3 tablespoons honey 
3dl raisins

How you make it:
Step1: Preheat your oven to 200 Celsius
Step2: In a large bowl mix the rye flakes, oatmeal, almonds, sunflower seeds, linseed, unrefined sugar and coconut flakes. 
Step3: Add the water food oil and honey . 
Step4: Spread everything out on a oven tray and put it in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Stir everything around every 5 minutes. 
Step5: When everything is golden brown take the tray out add the raisins and then let it cool. 

Keep it in a container with a lid so that it stays crunchy and delicious! 




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Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY Marble Macbook cover

How to make your own marble macbook (or any other type of computer that you might have) cover.

About a month ago I saw a picture of a girls macbook that had a gorgeous cover so that it looked like marble. Instantly I knew that I really wanted one too. I thought that it just look's so sophisticated and simple. 
I went online and looked for one and the ones that I found were really spendy so I figured that I would just make my own. 

What you need: 
marble adhesive paper (Obviously it doesn't have to be marble, it can be any pattern you want!) 
A realy sharp knife
Scissors
An eyewear cleaning cloth
Hairdryer 

How you make it: 
Step1: Cut a piece of marble adhesive paper that is about 2cm wider than your computer on each side.
Step2: Take of half of the the paper that is on the back and slowly start attaching the sticky side of the paper on top of your computer.
Don't just do it all at once, start on one side and work your way to the other side by swiping your finger back and forth on top of the paper with your eyewear cleaning cloth and in that way attaching the it to your computer. This way you avoid any air bubbles. Do the same thing on the sides of your computer, it doesn't matter if it goes over the screen-part, you'll cut the excess away later. 
Step3: On the corners you can blow on the paper with a hair dryer while at the same time pulling it downwards. The paper will expand and in that way cover your rounded corners without any bubble or wrinkles. Turn your computer up-side-down and do it again but pulling it upwards. 
Step4: Leave your computer up-side-down and put your knife parallel with the table so that you get a straight line and start cutting of the excess paper. 
Step5: If you want to cut out the apple logo that is up to you, just turn on the screen so that you can see the apple thru the paper and start running your knife along the edges of the logo. 

And now you have a pretty computer to use! 



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Elderflower panna cotta


This dessert isn't really that sweet, I mean, not compared to all the other things I make.
What it is is a elderflower panna cotta with a fruity jam/jelly in the bottom that has been combined with the panna cotta! 
If you want to be on the safe side let them set in the refrigerator over night. 
It takes a long time to make if you look at the time between start and serve but the actual time that you have to spend on making them is about an hour

What you need:
For the panna cotta:
4dl cream
10 elder flower branches
0,5dl sugar
The zest from half a lemon
4 teaspoons gelatin powder
1dl yoghurt

For the jam:
10 strawberries (smaller ones)
Half a pomegranate
Two passion fruits
Lemon juice from half a lemon
Two tablespoons gelatin powder

How you make them:
Start with the panna cotta,
Srep1: Pour 3dl of the cream into a bow and add the elder flowers and let it set in the fridge for about 3 hours so that the flavor of the elderflower really comes thru then take the elderflower branches out.
Step2: Pour the elderflower cream into a sauce pan with the rest of the cream, sugar and lemon zest. Bring it to a boil.
Step3: Add the gelatin powder and let it cook for another minute.
Step4: Take it of the heat and add the yoghurt.
Step5: pour it into separate glasses and put them in the fridge until you need them again.

Continue with the jam. 
Step6In a bowl pure the strawberries, pomegranate seeds and passion fruit together.
Step7Pour it all into a sauce pan and add the lemon juice and bring it to a boil. 
Step8Add the gelatin powder and let it cook for another minute.
Step9Take it of the heat and run it thru a sieve to get rid of all the bits and pieces that are in it.

Step10Take the glasses with the panna cotta out of the fridge and just pour the jam into the glasses. 
The jam will be heavier then the panna cotta so it will sink to the bottom.
Step11The last thing you have to do is to just stir it around with a fork and put it back in the fridge for a few hours. If you want to be on the safe side let them sit in the refrigerator over night. 

When I served it I just topped it with some fresh strawberries, pomegranate seeds and passion fruit. 



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Thursday, June 26, 2014

I'm back!!

So, absolute two weeks ago when I was in Luxembourg my computer almost died on me. It was chaos. Long story short I had to get it fixed in Luxembourg and then my dad had to send it to where I am at the moment which is on an island outside Sweden.. Since I've been stranded at my Summer house I haven't had another computer to work with (well at least not one that I could upload any of my photos to). So there was literally no way for me to get my photos from my camera to a computer.. and therefore no way to get them on to my blog. 

The posts that I have been posting since then have been posts that I prepared before summer and boy am I glad I did! But now my computer is back and therefore I'm back to the blogging world.

Wiihoo!! 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Midsummer 2014


This year is the first time in my life that I celebrate midsummer with my entire family, mother, sisters and their families and my grandparents. Normally I usually don't really celebrate it because Luxemoburgs national day usually is around the same time and I've always thought that it was more fun so midsummer has always come in second hand to me. But this year it got to selebrate it "Swedish-style"!

For now I only want to wish you a happy midsummer and hope that you're having a good day, even if you don't celebrate it where you're form!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

S'mores Tarts

I have always loved S'mores they are so delicious! 
Now I really wanted to try making something new so I decided to make s'mores tarts which is something I've thought about making for a long time! It is like a deconstructed S'more. You have the cracker in the crust, the chocolate in the chocolate filling and then the marshmallow on top. 
The chocolate filling make these tarts very filling in general (but obviously still delicious!). 
They take about two hours to make. 

What you need:  
For the crust:                                                            Extra kitchen supplies
120g butter that is room temperature                         Kitchen torch
1dl confectioners sugar                                                Thermometer

2 tablespoons cocoa
3dl flour 
1 egg yolk


For the topping: 
300 62% chocolate
1.5 dl powdered sugar
2dl heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons unsalted butter


For the marshmallow topping: 
2 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 
1.25 dl cold water 
2 dl granulated sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


How you make them: 
Start with the crust, 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Step2: Mix all the ingredients together, wrap it in saran wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. 
Step3: roll it out to a big circle that is about 4mm thick and then place it in small pans with loose bottoms and use a knife to remove the dough that is not deeded along the edges.
Step4: poke small holes in the bottom with a fork and then bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes till they're golden brown.
Step5: Take them out, let them cool and turn of the oven because you won't be needing it anymore. 

Continue with the filling: 
Step6Chop the chocolate into small pieces and combine the chocolate and the powdered sugar in a heatproof bowl. 
Step7: In a saucepan bring the cream to a gentle simmer and then add it to the chocolate and stir until the chocolate has melted
Step8: Place the bowl with the mixture on top of a sauce pan with simmering water in it until the mixture has become smooth.
Step9: Whisk the egg yolks. In a separate heatproof bowl take about half a cup (1dl) of the chocolate and mix it together with the eggs, then pour the mixture with the eggs into the other mixture and whisk to combine it well. 
Step10: Fill the crusts with ganashe and then put them in the refrigerator. 

The last step is making the marshmallow topping: 
Step11: Pour 1.1dl of the water into a small bowl and add the gelatin and let it dissolve.
Step12: In a small sauce pan combine the rest of the water (1.2dl), the sugar and half of the corn syrup (1.1dl). Bring it to a boil and let it cook until it reaches 115 degrees C.
Step13: In a separate bowl or a stand mixer combine the rest of the corn syrup (1.2dl) and the gelatin mixture (if the gelatin hasn't completely dissolved microwave it for about ten seconds). Mix for about two minutes on low speed and then on high speed for 5 minutes.
Step14: Slowly add the sugar syrup and when you have added all of it mix on high speed for about five minutes. 
(I wanted my marshmallow to not be fluffy so that it looked like it had melted on top of the chocolate but if you want yours to be fluffy continue mixing it until it has trippeled in size). 
Step15: Take the tarts out of the refrigerator and pour the marshmallow topping on top of them.
Step16: Torch the marshmallow with a kitchen torch to get the brown color.




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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sesame broccoli

Might sound a little weird but I can not get enough of this at the moment, it is just so delicious and it tastes so much more then just normal broccoli.The sesame seeds just add a little extra touch even though they don't taste that much. My favorite way to eat it is with salmon. So simple. 
Another great thing about this is that it is really healthy!

What you need:
Brocoli
olive oil
garlic
sesame seeds (about a tablespoon or two)

How you make them:
Step1: Boil your broccoli in hot water for five minutes.
Step2: In a frying pan fry the broccoli with the olive oil, garlic, sesame seeds, salt and pepper.

Yes, it is this simple. 


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Macaron Tart

They might look hard to make but they're not as hard as I thought they would be. It's ''just'' a big macaron filled with pastry cream and raspberries. This is a perfect dessert for summer, it's sweet and not to heavy and obviously fresh berries and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. 
This recipe gives you ten macarons and takes two hours to make. 

What you need:
For the shell: 
180g almond flour 
200g confectioners sugar 
4 egg whites 
red foodcoloring
2dl sugar
0.5dl water

For the pastry cream: 
4.5dl milk
1 teaspoon vanilla powder 
7 egg yolks
1.5 dl sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch (maizena)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)


about 100 raspberrys (count ten per macaron) 

How you make them: 
Start with the pastry cream, that way you have that step out of the way and it's ready to use when you need it:
Step1: Pour the milk into a medium sized sauce pan and add the vanilla powder, heat the milk until it starts to boil and then put it aside and let it cool. 
Step2: In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch until smooth. 
Step3: Add the milk one dl at a time while whisking constantly. 
Step4: Pour it all back into the sauce pan and cook on medium heat until the mixture thickens while whisking constantly. 
Step5: When the mixture has thickened pour the pastry cream into a bowl and put it in the refrigerator until you need to use it again. 


Continue with the shells: 
Step6: Preheat your oven to 180° Celsius. 
Step7: Sift together the almond flour and confectioners sugar into a bowl. 
Step8: Add two of the egg whites and the food coloring and mix it all together into a paste.
Step9: In a small saucepan, bring granulated sugar and water to a rolling boil.
Step10: In another large mixing bowl, beat remaining two egg whites until frothy. 
Step11: When sugar mixture comes to a boil slowly add it to the eggs while mixing it on medium speed. Mix for about two minutes till it becomes a thick meringue. 
Step12: First add a 3rd of the meringue to the paste. Fold in remaining meringue in two or three additions.
Step13: Put baking paper on 3 baking sheets and then put the batter in a piping bag with a round tip and pipe 6 rounds that are about 7cm in diameter on each baking sheet.
Bake them for about 15 minutes then take them out and let them cool. 

It's time to assemble them: 
Step14: Take one shell and put it up-side-down (with the plat side up), pipe some pastry cream on it but not too much, just enough so that it covers the top.
Step15: Place some raspberries along the sides and a few in the middle.
Step16: Put some extra pastry cream around the raspberries that are in the middle and then take another shell and put it on top. 



All the sudden my cat wanted to see what was going on. 

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Instafavorites from May

Selfie time..  //  Journal writing and berry eating, two things I do every week.  //  I must say that I am quite proud of how this cake turned out! 

Raspberry macarons  //  Waking up with a terrible hangover probably is never great, but it usually means that last night was!  //  Baking, baking ... baking. 

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Blueberry Tarts

Small, fresh and tasty treats for this beautiful summer weather we're having. 
Thay take about an hour and a half to make! 

What you need: 
For the crust: 
120g butter that is room temperature
1dl confectioners sugar
3dl flour 
1 egg yolk

For the filling: 

4.5dl milk
1 teaspoon vanilla powder 
7 egg yolks
1.5 dl sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch (maizena)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)

For the topping: 

Blueberries 
(or any other fruit or berry that you might want to use)

How you make them: 


Start with the crust, 

Step1: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Step2: Mix all the ingredients together, wrap it in saran wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. (If you want to you can start making the filling now to save some time) 
Step3: Roll out the dough to a big circle that is about 4mm thick and then cut out small circles and place place them in small tart crust pans and use a knife to remove the dough that is not deeded along the edges.
Step4: Poke small holes in the bottom with a fork and then bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes till they're golden brown.
Step5: Take them out, let it cool and turn of the oven because you won't be needing it anymore. 

Continue with the filling: 

Step6: Pour the milk into a medium sized sauce pan and add the vanilla powder, heat the milk until it starts to boil and then put it aside and let it cool. 
Step7: In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch until smooth. 
Step8: Add the milk one dl at a time while whisking constantly. 
Step9: Pour it all back into the sauce pan and cook on medium heat until the mixture thickens while whisking constantly. 
Step10: When the mixture has thickened pour the pastry cream into a bowl and put it in the refrigerator until it has cooled. 

Assemble them:  
Step11: When the pastry cream has cooled put some of it in a piping bag and fill the crusts.
Step12: Put the blueberries on top and then they're done! 

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two days the flavors will stay there but the crust might go from hard to soft as time goes on! 



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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Five Favorite - Restaurants

Most of these restaurants don't only have the most amazing food but also have a sentimental value to me. These places are places I always go to whenever I'm there. 

1. Greenblatt's Deli (Los Angeles)

Greenblatt's deli is a small deli that is located on sunset dlvd. It's one of those places that if you don't know that it's there you won't even notice it when you walk past it. 
A lot of the things that they have on their menu are Sandwiches and salads but I have never been to another deli that has had the same amount of flavor in their food! I absolutely adore this place and can't wait till I get back to Los Angeles just to go back to Greenblatt's. 
Whenever I go to Los Angeles this is always the first stop. Right after we have gotten to our hotel and just want to get something to eat this is the place we go to. My parents used to always go there when I was little and just wanted to stay home and watch TV but as I got older I fell in love with the place!
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2. Chi-Chi's (Luxembourg) 
Chi'Chi's Is my favorite restaurant at home. It is a Mexican restaurant where they have the most amazing fajitas and quesadillas! 
Whenever My sister Lina is in Luxembourg this is a place that we have to go to, she loves it just as much as I do! 
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3. Paradise Cove beach cafe (Los Angeles) 
The paradise cove is located right on the beach in Malibu. This is a fish restaurant and also another place we don't miss out on whenever we're in Los Angeles. 
They have a gigantic selection of different types of seafood! Obviously there are other things to eat there as well but if you go there you should really try the seafood! 
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4. Tao uptown (New York)
Tao is a Asian restaurant that i've only been to once but it instantly became one of my favorite restaurants! We can start with the fact that the venue is just amazing! 
I went there with three friends and what we did was that we all ordered different things so that we could then taste from the otheres and there was not a single thing on that table that i didn't like! They have everything from different types of sushi, noodles and fish.. the list goes on and on!  
.5. Viggos (Lund, Sweden) 
Best hamburgers I've ever had in Sweden with homemade, juicy patties! They also have a great selection of different beers and ciders! There isn't really a lot of other things that I need to say about this place. 

Now I'm going to go in to the kitchen and eat something because this post made me extremely hungry for thinking bout all the delicious food! 

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Excel Clothing Wish List

Excel Clothing are hosting a little competition for a £500 gift card to their online store.
The only thing you have to do: Make a wish list of you 3 favorite pieces from their store, 3 things that you would wear during the summer. These are my three pieces that I adore!

This adorable floral jumper by Ted Baker, a pretty little gold jacket that I would wear with a pair of skinnies and a plain top and this watch from Michael Kors that I have been eying for ages now!

If you want to enter klick here!


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

DIY Heart shaped card holders

First time I made one of these was when I made my lemon meringue pie a few weeks ago. I really wanted to put a ''Eat me'' sign on the cake so that the people in my dorm would know that they were allowed to eat the cake. 
This is the solution I came up with! 

What you need:
Metal wire
Pliers

How you make them: 
Step1: Take a piece of wire that is about 25cm long and bend it a little in the middle. 
It is only the top half that you are going to be shaping into a heart, the lower half is the part that you will stick in your food. 
Step2: Make a small loop with the wire that looks like a up-side-down rain drop. This is the first half of the heart. 
Step3: Wrap the wire around and pull it backwards and up. 
Step4: Make another loop so that you now have a whole heart. 
Step5: Wrap the wire around the part of the wire that you're holding. 
Step6: Pull the wire upwards.
Step7: Make a third small loop behind the heart that is a bit smaller then the other two. 
Step8: Wrap the wire around the part of the wire that you're holding twice and cut of whatever is left of the wire that you're not holding. 
Step9: With the pliers, press everything together that is right underneath the heart.
Step10: Do the same thing again but turn the wire in your hand 90°.
Step11: Now everything should look clean and there shouldn't be any wires sticking out anywhere. 
Step12: Put your place card between the heart and the loop on the back and place it in something, food, a flower, fruit.. anything! 


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