New Year Menu 2015

Starter: Salmon Carpaccio with scampi and pine nuts

  • Sliced smoked salmon
  • Scampi
  • Lemon
  • Pine nuts
  • Rocket sallad
  • Roasted italian ham, e.g. Serrano

Roast the pine nuts golden in a dry frying pan, add little salt.
Place the salmon and scampi on the plate. Sprinkle with lemon peel, horseradish and chives (optional). Season with a little sea salt and black pepper. Top with rocket salad and ham flakes. Drizzle with olive oil and little lemon-/lime juice.

Main: Pepper steak with red wine sauce, roasted rose mary potatoes, selection of “grilled” veggies and cucumber salad.

Pepper steak
Fillet of beef
Coarsely ground black pepper
Butter

Cover and press black pepper on the beef. Let it rest for 1 hour. Fry the beef in butter for apprx. 3 min. on each side. Let it rest for 5-10 min.
Tip: At the end, lower the heat, add some more butter if needed, turn the meat every 15 sek. a few times. 

Roasted potatoes
Cut the potatoes in cloves. Put in a oven pan. Add cloves of garlic. Sprinkle with rose mary, lemon peel and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in oven 180o until golden.

Red wine sauce
4 pers.
1 carrot
3 dl red wine
3 dl water
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs honey
1/2 – 3/4 tsp salt
1 – 1 1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbs butter
1 1/2 tbs cornstarch mix (dark) (alternative, use cream)
Optional: beef stock, tomato puré, balsamic vinegar, garlic… 

Peel and cut the carrots into small pieces. Boil them in the wine and water about 10 minutes. Remove the carrots. Add soy sauce and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Add the butter and whisk in cornstarch mix or cream. Cook for about 1 minute or until thickened.

Cucumber sallad
4 pers.
2 shallots
½ dl lemon juice
2 tbs honey
1 cucumber
½ dl sesame seed
crispy salad
olive oil, salt and pepper

Peel and chop the shallots finely. Mix onion, lemon juice, honey and 1 dl oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Peel and half the cucumber. Remove the seed and cut into fine dices. Roast the sesame seeds in a hot and dry frying pan. Mix Cucumber and sesame seed into the dressing and let it stand for approx an hour. Mix in the salad at serving. 

 

Dessert: Chocolate mousse, whipped cream and raspberry topped with roasted white chocolate

Serves 6-8

  • 3 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2½ dl cream
  • 100 gr dark chokolate (70%)
  • pinch of vanilla powder
  • optional: 1 teasp liquorice or coffe powder. I added a dash of Cointreau 

Separate the yolks from the white. Whip the whites hard with salt. Whip the crea, not too hard. Melt the chocolate. Remove from heat. Add the yolks, one by one. Stir the chocolate mix gently into the egg whites. Stir in the whipped cream. Pour into serving dishes and place them in the fridge for min. 2 hours. 
Garnish with whipped cream and raspberries, top with roasted chocolate and serve.

Berlin Inline Marathon 2015

Thursday
The trip to Berlin Inline Marathon 2015 started from Malmö at 15.30, Thursday 24 September, with Patrik as driver and Lotta, Stefan, Gisle and myself as passengers. The time of departure involved rush hour on the southern motorway to Gedser. Patrik did a very good job and manage to get “in time” to the ferry. It was probably the tightest timing I’ve tried – 4 minutes before departure at the ticket office. Should mention that Patrik found a Super Duper deal on this specific departure, SEK 130!!, total price, one way for the car and passengers.

We arrived at the Acama hostel, Kreuzberg Berlin, at 22:00. Checked in and went out to an Ethiopian bar/restaurant in the neighbourhood where some tried Banana beer and palm beer served in a calebasse bowl. Finished the evening with a late night photo walk with Stefan to the Sience museum.

Friday
Some of us went “breakfast hunting”. After that Stefan found a green spot on the gps and it turned out to be a nice park called Victoria park. After a photo stroll it was time to head for Tempelhof Airport to pick up start number, chip and check out the different gear.

Lunch at a nice Italian restaurant on Bergman strasse.
Photo walkabout to the hostel with Robert where we passed a super cool shoemaker, totally retro, where it already was after work drinks 🙂

RollaboutThe afternoon was spent with a approx 20 km photo roll about with Stefan. Rollerskates is a great way to go around Berlin. Lot’s of really good bike pathways. Also some that’s not so good 😉 .

 

 

For Friday evening dinner, Ceci recommended a Singaporian restaurant, Mirchi, that was really good. Got a doggy bag with the fantastic lamb in coconut I couldn’t finish. Left in the reception at the hostel. Perfect for breakfast 😀

Saturday
The staff couldn’t find the doggy bag and I didn’t get that fantastic lamb dish for breakfast, øv 🙁

Preparing the gear for the Marathon. Lunch at the traditional Italian “around the corner”.
Some of us rolled to the Marathon start.

Marathon trackThe race this year was a total good feeling and fun trip all the way. No sore back or anything. Finished on 1.40. Impressed by Torkel who joined the pack all the way after just practice inlines 4 x 10 km before!! (bonus info: he’s been practice a lot of ice skating…)

Some of us rolled back to the hostel, with a beautiful “pre sunset”. Feeling “natural high”…

 

The after skate dinner was at the same place as last year, at the steak and burger restaurant The Bird, X-berg. Unfortunately the fuse for the ventilation went and we had to wait quite some time for the food in a very smokey restaurant. The staff was friendly and brought starters and shots as an excuse for keeping us waiting…

Finished the night with After Skate Disco at Kosmos. Returning back to the hostel we all decided to take the U-bahn. It was a “interesting” trip but probably not the best decision, time wise, compared to a taxi 😉

Sunday
Returning home…

Thanks Malmö City Skaters and everybody else for a great weekend 😀

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Fish dish II – with bacon

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Photo from www.lchfgourmet.se

Inspired by the recipe “The fisherman’s chive cod with bacon”…

600 gr cod sirloin (the back of the cod)
1 pack of bacon
3 shallots onion, finally chopped. Alternative: use leeks and/or red onion
1 pinch of black peppar
2 dl cream
2 dl creme fraiche. Alternative: use a cream cheese with or without seafoodtbs
1 dl grated cheese, e.g. “västerbottenost
1 tbs dijon mustard
1 dl finely chopped chives
2 pinch black pepper
1 tsp salt
Alternative: add some white wine and lobster stock if you like

How to:
Turn the oven  to 225°C. Place the fish in a greased oven proof dish. Add little salt and pepper.
Fry bacon and onion. Mix cream fraiche/cheese, cream, lobster stock, mustard, chives. Note! Be careful with the salt. Taste. Spread the mix over the fish. Cover with grated cheese. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 min. Serve with a salad, mushed cauliflower and lemon wedge.

 

New Year Menu 2014

Jerusalem artichoke mousse with sea food saladStarter: Jerusalem artichoke mousse with sea food sallad

Serves 6

  • 2 sheets of gelatin
  • 300 g of Jerusalem artichoke
  • 3 dl whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon of concentrated lobster stock
  • 1/2 pinch cayenne pepper (fresh chili)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper
  • 300 g prawns in shell (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 boiled lobster (450 g)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 50 g wakame seaweed or 1 cup coarsely chopped arugula
  • (I added sauteed scallops)

Mousse:
Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water.
Peel and boil Jerusalem artichoke soft in lightly salted water, about 10 minutes. Pour off the water.
Add 1 dl of the cream, lobster stock and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and blend with a hand blender until smooth.
Squeeze excess water from the gelatin leaves. Stir them into the puree. Let stand about 20 minutes.
Whip the remaining cream solid and mix it gently into the puree. Divide into 6 glasses, cover and let stand in refrigerator at least 3 hours.

Sea food salad:
Peel the prawns. Peel the lobster, cut the meat into pieces. Stir together sweet chili sauce, lime juice and ginger. Keep the dressing and seafood separately and covered in the fridge.
Prepare to here.

About 30 minutes before serving: Mix shrimp, lobster meat and seaweed/arugula with the dressing. Top the mousse with sea food salad.

Halibut in white wine and cream sauceMain: Marinated halibut in white wine and cream sauce

Serves 4

600 gr halibut filé
1 tsp salt
1 pinch of black pepper
150 gr crayfish tails
250 gr crayfish cream cheese
2,5 dl cream
2 tbs lobster stock
Finely chopped dill
Finely sliced leek
White wine
0,5 tsp salt
1 pinch cayennepeppar
1 dl grated “västerbottenost

Marinate the fish for a few hours in herbs and spice of your choice, e.g thyme and lemon olive oil.
Turn the oven  to 200° C. Place the fish in an oven proof dish. Add olive oil and white wine, season with little salt and pepper. Add leek. Spread the cray fish tails over the fish.
Mix cream cheese, cream, lobster stock, dill, salt and pepper. Note! Be careful with the salt. Spread the mix over the fish. Sprinkle over the cheese. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 min.

Oven baked tomatoesServed with cauliflower puree, baby spinach salad with crispy Italian ham and oven baked cocktail tomatoes.

Elder flower Panna CottaDessert: Elder flower Panna Cotta with whipped cream and strawberry

Serves 4-6

5 dl whipping cream
1 vanilla bean
3,5 sheets of gelatin
0,5 dl sugar (e.g. sukrin)
2 dl concentrated elder flower juice
Whipped cream and strawberries for garnish

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water.
Spilt the vanilla bean and scrape of the seeds. Bring cream, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds to boil. Let it rest for 10 min.
Squeeze excess water from the gelatin leaves and mix it with the cream. Pick up the vanilla bean and add the elderberry flower juice.
Pour it into 4-6 glasses and leave it cold a few hours.
Garnish with whipped cream and strawberries and serve.

Fish dish – “Sandkullens lax”

Sandkullens lax - Photo "Gourmet morsan"

Photo “Gourmet morsan”

At the traditional department Christmas lunch Wednesday 10 dec. I made a fish dish called “Sandkullens lax” from a recipe that I got from my sister. Don’t know the original source but Google took me to “Gourmetmorsan” (in Swedish). The dish was a great success among my colleagues and I promised to post it here in English. Good luck 😀

Serve 4

600 gr salmon with out skin and bone. Cod works really well too
1 tsp salt
1 pinch of black peppar
1 jar of crayfish tails (340 gr)’
275 gr. crayfish cream cheese. Other seafood cream cheese works fine
2,5 dl cream
2 tbs lobster stock
1 dl finely chopped dill
0,5 tsp salt
1 pinch cayennepeppar
1 dl grated “västerbottenost” ( a special Swedish cheese with a characteristic taste that goes very well with seafood)
Some white wine if you like

How to:
Turn the oven  to 200°C. Place the fish in an oven proof dish. I add a little olive oil in the dish first. Add little salt and pepper. Pour off the cray fish tails and spread them over the fish.
Mix cream cheese, cream, lobster stock, dill, salt and pepper. Note! Be careful with the salt. Taste. Spread the mix over the fish. Sprinkle the cheese over. Gratin in the oven for about 20-25 min. Serve with a salad, potatoes and lemon wedge.

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt 2014

Belly fat project October 2014

I started the Belly fat project 7 January 2013. Since I think it works very well with both weight loss and health I continue 🙂

When standing on the scale October 6 I thought it was showing the wrong number, 77,2 kg!!. I had to step of and try again.
The last time I was on the scale was about two month before it stopped at 81 kg and I was very happy, I reached my goal that was around 82 kg.

Comparing BMI:

7 January 2013
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6 October 2014
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(used this page to calculate BMI)

Berlin Inline Marathon 2014

Thursday morning 25 September four people, Johanna, Sofie, Peter and me, from Malmö City Skaters drove from Malmö to Berlin.  Arrived at the outskirts of Berlin at approx 16.00 and spent an hour or so in the  rush hour traffic before we reached Tempelhof Airport where we should pick up our start  number and check out some of the roller skate gear. Compared to last year when we visited the fair on Friday the number of people was very limited at this time. We had late dinner at Steakhouse Asador, Wilhelmstrasse 22, where we had our After Marathon Dinner last year.

Friday was foggy and misty. Met up with some of the other Malmö City Skaters and spent the day on sight seeing. Sea food lunch at KaDeWe . Dinner at an Italian restaurant.

Saturday, roll day, the weather was turning out much better then the previous days with blue sky and sun:-D. The morning was spent walking along the river to Berlin Science Museum.

13.30 we met in the reception area for a group photo with Rolling Vikings. Coach Gisle and I skated with Malmö City Skates flags from the hotel to the start. Unfortunately the flags was not allowed into the starting area due to security reasons. Gisle hid the poles in the bushes and I took the flags to the start area for the group photo that was taken in front of the Reichtag.

Together with 5.600 skaters we were waiting to get rollin’. We started out with a pack of 7 and an average speed around 26-28 km/h. We shrinked to 4. Gabriella and I switched to draw (got some help from Jesper). A few times we heard Gabriella’s husband shout from the back: “GABRIELLA!!, slower, please!!” 😀

The pack started out with a goal at 1.58. I passed finished at 1.49!! Totally happy!! Thanks for great company pack members!! Fantastic feeling rolling the last couple of hundred meters Unter den Linden to the finish line 😀

After skate dinner with 20 members of Malmö City Skaters at hamburger/steak restaurant The Bird in Kreutzburg. Very cool place with great food. Personally I was totally flying from the result, atmosphere and company.

Some of us finished of at the official after skate party at Columbiahalle

Checked out the Berlin Running Marathon from Gendarmenmarkt Square where  Sofie, Johanna, Peter, Gisle and I had some lunch before returning home…

That’s it for Berlin Inline Marathon 2014…

Benalmádena, Costa del Sol 2014

10 sunny days (26 June – 7 july) of the summer vacation was spent in southern Spain, in and around the town Benalmádena where we (Mickey and me) stayed in a very nice flat overlooking the sea and mountains.

The town is located 12 km west of Malaga, approx. ½ hour drive from the airport. It is divided into three separate parts:

  • Benalmadena Costa – the coastal strip that contains most of the resorts hotels and some apartment blocks.
  • Arroyo de la Miel (Honey stream)- originally a separate village and is where you will find shops, most of the resorts apartment blocks, and many Spanish bars and restaurants. The towns train station is here, it is home to Tivoli World and the cable car.
  • Benalmadena Pueblo – the original village located about 3 km inland and at 200 m. above sea level. The Pueblo is like the many Spanish “white villages” found in southern Spain. Narrow cobbled streets with white painted houses and many beautiful flowers on the walls. You find Copenhagen municipal hospital, Montebello, here and hear quite a lot of danish in the streets. There is a bar called Dansk bar and a restaurant Rottehullet (the rat hole)

What we did in Benalmádena:

benalamadena-mapThe accommodation,  located next to a golf course. Fantastic view of sea and mountain.
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A 12 min. and 2,6 km long cable car ride start from Arroyo de la Miel. It takes you to the summit of Monte Calamorro, 769 m. Fantastic views over the area. A bird show is included in the ticket. Two falconers showed some tricks with eagles and vultures. After the show we decided to walk down. According to the guide it should take approx. 2,5 hours and “the trail start 100 m. down the road to the right”. After followed this trail for some time it suddenly ended and we looked for something that looked like a trail. Ended up at a VERY steep cliff where we agreed to turn back and try descending somewhere else. Found a not so steep and high spot where we managed to climb down. Mickey tried some “pebble surfing” on the hill side :-). With lunch break and the “detour”, it took us 2 hours and 20 min. to return to the start.

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Road trip sightseeing:costa-del-sol-map

  • We learned that it’s a good idea to take the train from Arroyo de la Miel to visit Malaga. One objective was to visit the Museo Picasso, it turned out to be closed on Mondays. Instead we semi followed a recommended “trail-of-sights” from the tourist office (Malaga in 8 hours): Calle Larios – Plaza de la Constitucion – the Cathedral – the Roman Theatre – the Alcazaba – HC Andersen –  Plaza de la Marina – the Lighthouse
  • A nice drive south west along the coast way N-340 a few km. takes you to Fuengirola that is a major tourist resort. We visited the Bioparc, a quite small and different zoo. It’s divided into four exhibition areas built to simulate the animals’ natural surroundings.
    Near the Castillio Sohail one could rent a boat on the beach filled with sand for 5 euro. This is used for bbq and the very popular grilled sardines.

  • Inland, a bit up the mountain, 450 m.above sea level, is the small white village Mijas located. Parked the car at the entrance of the village in a big parking house for 1 euro for a day. You can take a donkey taxi or walk around the narrow, cobbled and some times steep streets. Looked at a flamenco show at the town square. Wednesdays at noon. Don’t know if it’s on every day. Other sights we checked out was the El Compas view point and the chapel with small electric “candels”, Plaza de Toros, Calle San Sebastian and the fun (and little strange) Carromato de Max – a miniature museum with a collection of paintings on pin-heads, rice corns and hair, wood carvings on tooth picks etc. E.g. a picture of Abraham Lincoln painted on a pin-head (no photography was allowed).

  • Further down the coast, after about 2 hour drive from Benalamádena, on the Mediterranean Motorway A-7, is Gibraltar. This 6 km2 piece of land is still Brittish tertitory with about 30.000 inhabitants.  The Rock, made of limestone, raises 426 above sea level.
    After driving around the very narrow streets of La Linea, looking for the border, we finally found a parking place near the frontier. “Quite a few” people preferred to drive across, loooong que. At the frontier we bought tickets to the cable car that included bus transport.
    The cable car is from 1966 and takes you to the top in about 6 min. After looking at the stunning views from the top and the many monkeys we walked down, this time on a proper road.
    Back in the center we walked along Main Street checking prices on electronics that we heard should be tax free and much cheaper. We didn’t think that was the case. At the coffee break, I was surprised that the staff  had limited knowledge of the English language.
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Maps
map-bioparc  map-eagle_rock  map-gibraltar

map-malaga  map-mijas

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