Friday, November 27, 2009

Right or Wrong?

Civil trials for the terrorist behind the 9/11 attacks. Right or wrong?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'll update this blog more soon. Now I'm busy with French grammar.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

"We live together but we are not poisson."

The above is to be read with a Swedish accent and was said by a woman I know who was practising good phrases to know in English. She meant to say that they aren't married, but somehow she mixed up the words completely.

Anyhow, the quote has nothing to do with the rest of the post. Have you seen this book, A Child Is Born? The photographer, Lennart Nilsson is Swedish and he has taken lots of amazing pictures of the human body.

I think it's quite famous, and when I was a child, I loved to look at these pictures. I recently rediscovered it on the library and I was totally hooked again. The photos are so fascinating and in a way so beautiful.

Speaking of food..

We went to see Julie & Julia yesterday. I really liked it. Meryl Streep is an amazing actress! A movie about food and cooking is nice, there aren't that many, I think. Afterwards we cheated with cooking and went to a Thai restaurant at 20.50 for a LATE dinner. My food was OK, nothing more, but Max' was really good. I ate Pad Thai (wooked noodles with shrimp and peanuts) and Max had some chicken with yellow curry and peanuts.

Salmon Burgers with Mango Salsa

When we cooked this, we didn't made any salsa, nor did we have the lime zest. I really think without this, it's not worth making. So, next time, definitely salsa, lime zest and I think fresh coriander would make it here too. Also, we skiped the bread and made potato wedges instead.

500 g/1 lb salmon fillet
2 chili fruits
1 teaspoon salt
zest and juice from 1 lime
1 tablespoon potato flour (we took the same amount of Maizena instead)
2 deciliter/1 cup thick youghurt
1 mango
1 spring onion

1. Chop the salmon very finley, or blend it a little in a blender.
2. Remove the seeds from the chili fruits and chop them.
3. Mix half of the chili with salmon, salt, zest, flour and ½ dl (1/4 cup) of youghurt together.
4. Make burgers of appropriate size.
5. Peel and remove the seed from the mango. Chop.
6. Shred the onion.
7. Mix mango, onion and lime juice with the rest of the youghurt and chili.
8. Fry the burgers in butter approximately 2 minutes on each side.
9. Serve on toast with salsa and a sallad.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Corn Soup

This is a soup that I like a lot. The recipies says to strain the soup after it's blended, but I really think that's unnecessary.

Serves 4

1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon corn oil (or any oil)
½ red chili (I take 1 whole)
500 g/about 1 lb g grain of sweet corn
7 deciliter milk/3 cups milk
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Peel and chop the garlic. Sizzle it soft in oil in a pan.
2. Half, remove the seeds and roughly chop the chili
3. Put chili and corn in the pan. Add the milk and simmer it for 5 min.
4. Blend the soup well and strain it.
5. Taste with salt and pepper. Serve with bread.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bad Day

Bad Day - Daniel Powter

I'm having such a bad day today, and I'm not really sure why. But it doesn't feel good. I just hope tomorrow will be be better!

Found Dogs with a Mission

For those of you who know me well, you're all familiar with the fact that I love dogs. I found this page via Facebook and Time Magazine. It's amazing that there are people who are so devoted to help abandoned dogs. I'm definitely (spelled correct, right?) gonna buy the book when I come to the States (I think I'm gonna start making a list of things to do next summer), I haven't found it here in Sweden.

This is another wonderful book about a Marine who finds a dog in Iraq. He writes about his struggle to get the dog back to the US. Very cute, and I cried (as usual) when I read it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Flowers from Dedee with family

Here are two pictures of the flowers Dedee send to Grandma Birgitta when Great grandma Rut passed away. They are a bit withered, but still very beautiful!

Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Sallad

I know, I have been terrible at updating this blog. But I will try to shape up. I recently bought a couple of new cook books with a Vietnam theme and I'm gonna try and make some more Asian food. It's often easy to cook, it's quite healthy and doesn't need an endless amount of ingredients.

Goi Ga Bap Cai
Serves 4

3 chicken breasts (or the same amount chicken meat from other parts)
1/2 head of white cabbage (or Chinese cabbage), sliced very fine
2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
2-3 chopped mint
1 tablespoon brown sugar (or honey)
2-3 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon roughly grinded black or white pepper

Optional add ins:
Roasted, chopped peanuts
Fresh coriander/cilantro
Rice noodles
Carrots, thinly sliced

Let the chicken simmer in chicken stock for about 15 minutes. Check to make sure they are done. Take them out to cool off. Shred them finely or tear them into thin threads.
Mix the chicken with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving to make sure the flavors mixes.