Butternut squash soup

 

img_8117Hello all my little Buttercups!

Today’s recipe contains iPhone photos and a recipe written on the go, because of the intensive schedule I’m on these couple of days, so bare with me.

Butter squash soup is filling, healthy, rather fast and extremely tasty. I’m craving soup non-stop these days probably due to the very cold and frightful weather outside.

1 small butternut squash, diced

2 medium potatoes, diced

1 leek, sliced

2 tbsp. butter.Vegetable stock

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  1. Melt the butter in large pot, and cook the leek, potatoes and squash 5 minutes,img_8115 or until lightly browned. Pour in enough of vegetable stock to cover vegetables.
    Bring to a boil. Let cook for 10- 20 minutes
  2. Transfer into a blender and mix until soup is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Love

Charlie xx

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weekly food inspiration

Hello Monday,

Christmas is upon us and i’m starting to feel the stress. i have a million of things to conclude before Christmas and just about so much time. oh well what I am able to do I will manage but it will all figure itself out somehow, I  might have to reduce my sleep but it will all worth it in the end.

Monday’s are the days where inspiration for cooking seem to disappear so I thought I would share some good recipes here on my happy place and inspire you to get back into the kitchen.

MEATLOAF 

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Meatloaf  is a really great food, its filling and a good dinner. depending on how many one are, this might be dinner for more than one day in the week – i just love leftovers. they often taste even better. And lets face it – one can never go wrong with meatloaf.

Grav salmon 

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Grav Salmon  is a delicacy it has got an amazing taste to it. and its not hard to do  yourself, you just leave it in the fridge for a few days. one must plan ahead but other than that this recipe is easy peasy.

Swiss Rösti

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swiss rösti is one of those plates that get me faint, especially with beluga. its so scrumptious that i almost falls off my chair. its fairly easy to make.This is the perfect friday dinner, with some great wines.

 

Red lentil and sweet potato soup

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red lentil and sweet potato soup is a fast, filling and warm winter serving for those cold winter days that finally has hit.

chèvre chaud with strawberry salsa 

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This chèvre chaud is a bit different from the ones, we usually get when we order food from our local french café. it has a spicy and sweet strawberry salsa, which makes it so much more interesting. in the recipe link this is made from a baguette but i often change the baguette to a Pain de campagne, french country style bread, and make a couple of oven baked sandwiches, its perfect for those days when one are beat and just want some cheesy comfort food – this is comfort food alright but french style.

Love 

Charlie xx

 

 

 

Happy First Advent

IMG_4428The first of advent marks the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year, namely christmas.

I love Christmas its my favorite time of the year, i finally have an excuse for be me and to be Charlie and the person that i get teased and picked on constantly for being.

I get to sow stockings, create things with my own two hands , bake a lot and just turn into the house elf I am.

With 1st of December merely days away, I though  lets do something or more specifically i’ll do something for you my lovely readers. An advent Calendar to be precise. from 1st of December until the 24th of December something christmassy will occur here on Charlie’s world, it can be anything from a recipe, a text, a craft or just a simple rant about something.

hohoho 

Charlie

Happy Thanksgiving and Wednesday!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thursday the 24th of November and its thanksgiving!

We should all take the time out of our hectic lives and be thankful for all the beauty we withhold in our life.

I’m thankful for my family, my friends and my life in general. I live a pretty great life, I have been highly educated, I have the prospects of living a very rich life in front of me.

What are you all thankful for?

Wednesday was a very intense day, with work, writing articles in a coffee shop while drinking coffee, escaping from the heavy rain and went to a seminar.img_8194

I picked up my boyfriends cousin from his gymnastic class. He is highly gifted and is preparing for the national (!!)competitions for kids . His practice is held behind closed doors, but I managed to get a sneaky photo from the door, when a coach walked inside.img_8196

His father got stuck in another city due to bad weather, and needed someone to care for his son for the evening and night, until he managed to get back this morning.img_8195

I picked him up and we went back to his father’s apartment, made some dinner and he impressed me with his skill of card tricks, ahead of watching the green lantern and giving into a slumber on the couch.

 

Love

Charlie xx

Advent flower arrangement

 

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Hyacinths are a wonderful flower, a flower that represents the holiday season, or at least they do for me. My mother has always had them at home during the Christmas season, and I now associate the smell with Christmas.

This arrangement is very easy to make, but gives such a rich and welcoming scent in your home.

So what you do is, you buy three hyacinth plants in various colors (Ikea has really cheap ones). Fill a bowl or pot with soil, and make three holes for the plants. Place them in the holes and cover up to half the onion. Then cover the surface with moss and its done. Easy, quick and it creates a wonderful homey feeling, when they will blossom.

 

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Love 

Charlie xx

Smokey Scotch Whiskey Saffron buns

img_6351This is a great week, for all Americans its thanksgiving, and even though you aren’t American, one can always enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie and be thankful for all the beautiful things in life. Sunday its the first of advent which means the Christmas season has officially begun. so this week on Charlie’s world we are starting a bit with Christmas (I started with Christmas music in October but still, lets keep that between us shall we)

 

Smoked Scotch Whiskey Saffron buns 

This might sound rather alien to many out there, but this is actually really good.

Saffron buns are a traditional Swedish holiday treat, they are soft, moist and delicious.

The possibilities with them are endless and one can vary them in a million different ways from cranberries, to pistachios to white chocolate, these are made with a Smokey Bowmore scotch whiskey. I’m not a fan of scotch normally, I find it too strong and burning, but in food whiskey is not too bad, especially with saffron, because alcohol intensifies the richness in saffron.

50 grams fresh yeast / ¼ ounce dry yeast

150 g / 1 1/3 sticks of butter

3 tbsp. of Smokey scotch whiskey

50 grams / ½ stick of butter

4 dl /1. 7 cups milk

1 gram saffron about 1 teaspoon

½ tsp salt

1 egg

0.8 cups / 2 dl sugar

1 kg / 2.2 pounds flour

Raisins

1 egg + 1 tsp. water

 

1.soak the saffron in the whiskey

  1. Crumble the yeast in a bowl. (Or add the dry yeast into the lukewarm liquid)

Melt the butter in a pot, thereafter add the milk, saffron and whiskey, make sure its lukewarm, add some of the lukewarm liquid over and yeast and stir until it has melted. Add the rest of the liquid and stir.

  1. Add salt, egg and sugar and mix well.

Add some flour and then add the additional butter cut in cubes and mix well. Add the remaining flour, until it gets firm but not dry, here it’s all about feeling, because it’s a fine line about what’s too much and too little.

  1. Set a side for 1 hour.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 parts, work it with some flour.

7 divide the dough into small pieces and make small s –shaped buns.

  1. Place them on a baking sheet covered tin and set a side for an additional 30 minutes

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the oven to 250 °C

10. Whisk the egg + water and brush the buns and add a raisin into each spiral.

11. Bake for 6-8 minutes.

 

 

Love 

Charlie xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orata al forno (Baked Sea Bream with potatoes

This recipe is a great everyday recipe. its very easy to cook, its filling and tasty. however it takes about an hour from scratch to cook, which is not too bad, but 45 minutes of which it sits in the oven for 45 minutes and in that time one can do something entirely different.

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6 persons

ingredients 

3 whole  sea breams

8 medium sized potatoes

1 garlic clove, sliced

1 lemon sliced

salt and pepper

1 scallion, sliced

olive oil

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directions 

  1. preheat the oven to ( 430 F / 220 °C)
  2. wash and peel the potatoes. slice them (about 1/4 inch thick).
  3. mix the potatoes with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. arrange the slices on an ovenproof dish. img_6296
  4. place them in the middle of the oven and bake them for 15- 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile prepare and clean the fish, wash and pat dry.  remove pectoral and ventral fins.
  6. sprinkle some salt into the stomach cavity. put two slices of lemon, a few slices of garlic, and a few slices of scallions into the cavity brush on both sides with a little olive oil. Wrap the fishes in aluminum foil. img_6320
  7. retrieve the potatoes from the oven and place the fish on the potatoes. Pop it back into the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.
  8. when the fish is done take it out of the oven, fillet it,  drizzle some olive oil on top, serve with the potatoes, additional lemon wedges, eat and enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

Love 

Charlie xx