Friday, November 27, 2015

fazer liquorice soft caramel

I'm not a liquorice person, but this, this fine finnish liquorice with soft caramel flavour was a lovely multilayered liquorice experience. From classic Finnish bread and candy brand Fazer. Not sure I've seen it in any Swedish shops, so perhaps it was a rare treat and memory from Helsinki.

If you find it you should really get a bag or two.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

the impawtance of a breadcutter machine

When I grew up we had a nifty breadcutter machine. It may seem like a superfluous gadget to have really, surely a good knife is as good as any clumpsy machine? 

No, in my not so humble opinion it is not. The breads and loafs I carve with a knife most always get to be to thick. And the further down the loaf I go the more uneven the slices. The sandwich experience just isn't as satisfying.

Sure, it's a luxuary problem, still I've thought a lot about that ol' bread machine... Seen similar ones at fleemarkets and thrift stores but yet never gotten around to buying one.

But last week M declared he had a surprise thing he found on Blocket (Swedish buy and sale site). It turned out to be an electric breadcutter machine. And it is brilliant. No more too thick and skewed slices of bread. Re-use at its best. 

The bread slices and therefore the cutter has (obviously) been paw approved.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

carrot cake smoothie

Could there actually be such a thing as a carrot cake smoothie? And if so, why haven't I known it until now?

Because it is really, really, REALLY good. Just like a liquid and all healthy carrot cake. And oh so simple to make. Recipe came from the same vegetarian magazine Vego, as the fantastic vegan, glutenfree banana pancake recipe, but from their Instagram feed.

I was a bit sceptical at first, but as soon as I had a first sip I knew the world would be a much better place if everyone drank carrot cake smoothies at least once a week - preferably while wearing Moomin sneakers - it was delicious. And I even forgot to add the walnuts, but it was still amazing.

For one big or two smaller glasses you need this:

1 carrot
1 banana
2,5-3 dl oat, soy or almond milk
a handful of walnuts - can be omitted
1/4 tsp grounded cinnamon
1/4 tsp grounded cardamom

Peel the carrot and banana. Put everything in the blender and whizz.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

a blingy christmas cat sweater

As a LOHAS (Lifestyles of health and sustainability) I rarely shop at H&M (for a gazillion reasons obviously). And I do hate bling.

But this. THIS. I spotted it at an H&M store in Helsinki and was actually pretty darn smitten right away - since clearly the template for the bling cat adorning the front of the simple sweater is chubby Zigne. Not as Finnish as a Marimekko Unikko must, but still...

luddkolt's british shorthair, november 2015

I was very hesistant if I should get it or not in the changing room *seriously, I can't stand bling!* and *really, I do not shop at H&M!*, but M just 'well you know you'll never ever find a similar sweater again...'.

Inaugurated it today. It was lovely. Despite the bling.

And it's very obvious how the Christmas photo of 2015 will look - Zigne just doesn't know it yet.

Monday, November 23, 2015

manatee tea-strainer

food and drink at home, november 2015 -

Because you can't have too many cute tea-strainers, right? Right.

I got this adorable manatee who loooves a hot bath from the same place as the advent tea calendar, Kränku

food and drink at home, november 2015 -

Sunday, November 22, 2015

moomin sneakers

I'm convinced that the world would be a much better place if everyone wore Moomin shoes. From now on - or at least  from spring - I'll do my bit on that front.

By getting my pair in the webshop instead of buying them in Helsinki I saved about 50% of the price (crazy). 

They are adorable! I wish they came in half sizes too, because they would indeed fit better as a 40,5 instead of 40. But on the other hand my experience with trainers and sneakers are that they stretch A LOT compared to any other shoes I've had. So in this case better slightly snug fit than  a bit to big.

From classic Finnish brand Karhu, they come in orange/red too. Plus two other Moomin styles, higher priced.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

first saffron bun of 2015

I may not be a Christmassy person at all, but a few things I do enjoy about this season are: 

the pretty lights, 
Christmas cards - anyone wants to swap this year? - and
lussekatter (saffron buns).

Thoroughly enjoyed the first one for the season this morning, breakfast/brunch at Älskade Tider, it was freshly baked, still warm from the oven - turned my back and the bobs had bought one and already tucked in. 

Delicious and lovely. But also very filling after breakfast, so it kept be feeling bloated for some hours. In fact I swore I wouldn't eat anything more the rest of the day - but funny how things are, 6 hours later I was really hungry again.

I'm totally having that wonderful saffron bun again - although on its own, never again a whole bun for myself as a part of a breakfast.

Have you had your first lussekatt of the season?

Friday, November 20, 2015

the kränku tea advent calendar 2015

Last year I bought a bunch of lovely Christmassy teas from Swedish tea and coffee merchant Kränku and I would have loved to have their annual tea advent calendar, but like other years before I missed it because it's pretty much immediately snapped up by tea lovers.

This year I signed up on a reminder-list and was emailed before release date (November 1st) so I didn't miss out. Contains 24 different teas of theirs for 48 cups. Smells wonderful, but I won't open it until December 1st - it'll be such a lovely daily procedure until Christmas Eve!

And I'm thinking it's such a great DIY idea - if you buy 24 different teas of choice you can make quite a few tea advent calenders to give away to tea-loving friends and family for December.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

the raw chocolate smoothie adventure continues

Yes. Again. A raw chocolate smoothie inspired by the fantastic ones I had at 42Raw in Copenhagen last summers, but I'm still not getting the consistency quite quite right. 

This time it was a bit runny - which of course had to do with that it at first was too firm so I added a splash of coconut milk. Too much of a splosh.

Other than that 2 organic (of course! one of the most important things to buy organic only) bananas, 6 organic dates, 1 tbsp raw cacao, 12 ice cubes.

As I mentioned before, the Wilfa blender is excellent at ice crushing. But the dates are actually impossible to blend completely even with a powerful blender. What weird little fruits they are.

All and all a very good smoothie, just not the right consistency. Yet.

Snooperviser approved though.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

a colour palette photo series

On the plane home from Helsinki I browsed through the plane magazine and this picture was pretty much the only thing that caught my eye. What a lovely idea, to see beauty where noone else does - old garage doors - and create this collage. Gorgeous, wouldn't you agree?

I think it was a Lithuanian photographer and she called her work Beauty Remains. This is just heavenly inspiration for a colour nerd like me. If not old garage doors, there are so many other things out there which offer colourful beauty in decay.

I will keep my eyes open.
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