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Mmmm… Mast Brothers Chocolate

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Last post was all about health. Well, this one is a bit more sweet. Because one thing I always will be addicted to is chocolate and it makes me smile. That’s healthy too. And, I have to add: I go for the one perfect dark and bitter bite and not bars of semi-not-so-good-chocolate.

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I always have, always will be a huge fan of the Brooklyn based Mast Brothers Chocolate – the (most cool) chocolate makers. They make the best chocolate bars (I think!) – perfect bitter/sweet plus some mmmm… the most delicate range of flavors and combinations from classic- to artistic ones. They have their own personal very cool style, tone and design. Their OWN chocolate factory! Details and stories all over that makes the chocolate even more tasteful and wanted. I like like like.

Above film = Mast Brothers Chocolate presenting their new Family Cookbook (launched in US Oct. 2014). You can buy it here. More delicious choco details + news from the chocolate makers: visit the Mast Brothers website here. ENJOY!

Foodie resolutions

 

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I cannot wait to get this year started. And this year is all about planning. To a certain healthy limit. I have just started on Anne Bech’s 5th Fit book and normally I drink and eat too many “no-no-goes” during my work on her book. It is like I become a 5-year-old everytime Anne writes “make-a-healthy-choice”, I go “no-no-no-way”. And I eat a ton of too-fatty-heavy-sugarcovered-carbs and forget all about healthy choices. This time it will be different. Walks. Training. Veggies. Proteins. But most importantly I have to plan. Quick solutions are always unhealthy ones to me and the result is a tired stressful me lying on the couch. I start with nr. 1: variety and green recipes. I use Sarah Britton’s site My New Roots or Green Kitchen Stories plus the danish Aarstiderne. Above will be added on my cookbook shelf in March 2015: Sarah Britton’s cookbook MY NEW ROOTS inspired plant-based recipes for every season – I can’t wait!

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Next step in 2015: make some new breakfast rituals! I always make the same for breakfast. Skyr. Eggs. Sometimes a slice of rye with cheese. Boring. I use to be very creative and full of fruity choices and hey, now it’s gone! Now I’ve found new recipes and inspiration on all kinds of foodie blogs for daily starters full of berries and crunchy alternatives to eggs. Above breakfast with blueberries and quinoa granola I found at Green Kitchen Stories – find recipe here. And I also found a nutty delicious recipe on a crunchy glutenfree granola with quinua by Gwyneth Palthrow find recipe here.

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And then some easy steps. Soup days. Comfort food. Vitamin bombe. Great for freezing for later busy days. Money saver. Most kids love soup (red colored ones are often more popular at our house!). Above is Sarah Britton’s creamy broccoli and cashew soup – find it here.

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And a last step is planning meatless mondays. And perhaps even one more day per week without meat?! Healthy choice. Learning the kids (plus adults!) more about vegetarian choices and perhaps new kinds of veggies. And those days will add even more crunch and variety to the day. And it might also be a money-saver?! I found the above salad with watermelon radish, oranges and goat cheese at Popsugar Food, get the recipe here. And for the kids I will seperate all veggies in small bowels and I actually think they will like watermelon radish. Sarah Britton has made so many yummi meatless mondays recipes – find them here.

I know, I have to really WANT this. Health + planning in a busy family is difficult. And I’m NOT a good planner when I’m busy. But without planning I cannot seem to get us tuned into a healthy lifestyle. And I made up my mind it is NOT hard. It is much more hard without! It is fun. Colorful. High energy. It is a challenge (which I like!). And it is very tasteful. I think we will enjoy it.

Gifts for a foodie …

 

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Mmmm… Johan Bülow gold liquorice, Breville waffle maker at Williams Sonoma, Cuisine R-Evolution molecular gastronomy kit, cable knit planter from Leif, Heston Blumenthal’s book about classics or visit his restaurant DINNER (what a gift!), a Swedish kitchen helper Ankarsrum – I WOULD ENJOY!

Savory book wishes

 

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My clients Niels & Grete who are organic egg producers have learned me a lot about organic poultry farming, chickens’ wellbeing and needs and funny moods. My fridge always contains lots of their eggs and I make all kinds of Eggs-dishes – but I would love to add the above inspiration: CHICKEN and EGG by Janice Cole to my cook book self. I don’t know if we ever get our own chickens in our garden (read: need more time!), but if you are planing on having chickens this book is also very helpful. In Denmark we have Signe Wenneberg – she is an fantastic inspiration + expert on gardening and how to get started with poultry farming at home. Find her books at her website (all in Danish).

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Yes, please, add more Feast and veggie colors into our kitchen… I especially find it hard to be inspired during the dark winter time. We do not have that many fresh, exotic vegetables here in Denmark during the wintertime (I like to eat and shop local + organic). I think FEAST – generous vegetarian meals for any eater and every appetite by Sarah Copeland will add some new + colorful energy to my vegetarian winter kitchen.

 

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The last book: Waffles – sweet, savory, simple – by Tara Duggan. Well, I might getting old. I’m not and has never been a great fan of aebleskiver and now is the time get it OUT. Aebleskiver is a small fried round sweet “dumpling” cake-thing we Danes eat from now until Christmas. Again and again during December. With sucker, jam… sweet with sweet on – I’m not a fan! (Sorry mom!). But I love crepes (with basic toppings: lemon juice + sucker) and I have a thing for waffles with fresh berries or a splash of simple dark, bitter, thick chocolate sauce. I think it is about time to add a new tool in my kitchen: a waffel maker (Santa: this one or this one please!). And the above book!

 

Heartmade

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HomeMade by Yvette van Boven: “Because I’m often headstrong, I’ve sometimes interpreted classic recipes completely in my own way, and I hope you won’t mind. Because I’m often impatient, I’ve sometimes drawn the recipes because it’s faster, and because at times, probably unnecessarily, I worry that you don’t think in the same realm as I do, I’ve also added memories and photos so you get a sense of what I mean. Just like a formally decorated table, or a beautifully arranged plate, I believe that a cookbook should exude a certain spirit that I think you should be in when you get in the mood to get going in the kitchen.”–from the Introduction!

Right now I’m sitting on the edge of a whole decade. Tomorrow I will start a new one. Scary… not really I’m okay. But I was thinking of posting a spectacular cake full of ganache, sprinkles and all that jazz. But honestly, I’m not into huge cream cakes. And why start now! The images from this extremely delicious and well-written cookbook by Yvette van Boven shows very well what my birthday can be full of. Simple cooking, homemade, heartmade with twists of creative ideas and plenty of time for informal doodles and funny drawings in the kitchen with my kids. Walk in park. Warm fresh baked rolls. Later, perhaps a cocktail from above?

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Yvette van Boven tells foodie stories from Ireland and France through HomeMade, her personal recipes + her fine illustrations all in great combination with Oof Verschuren’s photos of food and fantastic nature views. “Cook the winter away. It’s going be a good one”! That’s the spirit for my birthday this year.

Find the book here.

Jamie Oliver’s Yummi Recipease food and kitchen store

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Occasionally my clients ask me: do we really need all that fancy design we just want to produce good food and sell it. Does design sell quality food products, isn’t it okay to start out with a simpel information sticker and a logo on top, or just make it personal with a signature (which no one can read anyway!). I can come up with a loooong explanation about standing out, telling stories, detailed concepts, being noticed and remembered, giving and the few seconds we have (or rather: we might are lucky to have!) to get attention in a store among hundreds of products. Look at this above, Recipease food and kitchen store in London, we would love to go in there NOW, right. It just would not be the same without that pink facade. It stands out. And that is just the beginning. Then you step inside: a store full of a top celeb chef’s goodies and recipes. Everybody would love to have Jamie Oliver’s food universe, or just a bite, and at this place you get a little bit closer. You can not just buy food, you can also take cooking classes, meet famous chefs, buy healthy and nutritious takeaway, kitchen tools, cookbooks, or just relax at the café. The whole concept is very nicely presented in a oh so edible designs from A to Z. Look at the takeaway packaging! Maybe you feel even a little bit at home at Recipease, it’s cozy, detailed, and everything smells so nicely of Jamie Oliver’s homemade and freshly prepared dishes. I like! I want to come back and spend hours there. And it is not just for the food.

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