mandag 7. februar 2011

Fat free cornbread

 I have said it before and I will say it again, after spending so many vacations in the States I have never had cornbread, so finally this weekend I tried to make a fat free variation and it turned out great. It sounds so good to have fresh and warm cornbread with a nice turkey or fried chicken (no more fried stuff for me though).

Next time I will try it out with a couple of tbsp of fat free sour cream/yoghurt to make it more juicy.

Here is how the corn bread was made

1 cup/ 2 1/2 dl cornmeal
1 cup/ 2 1/2 dl  all- purpose flower (wheat flour)
3 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
4 egg whites
1 cup/ 2 1/2 dl skimmed milk
4 tbsp mct-oil

You can also add 2 tbsp of fat free sour cream/yoghurt a more juicy cornbread.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add all the liquids and stir lightly until it is mixed together.  Grease a baking pan and pour pour the batter in. Bake the corn bread at 390 degrees F/200 degrees C in the midle of the oven for about 20-25 minuts or until it is nice and golden.


A perfect description of my cornbread.

Chocolate in different disguise, A sweet tooth's sweetest dreams!

After work today I went strait home to make myself some dinner to get my energy up and prevent my muscles to act up on me. I have no time for high ck levels now, anyway who wants that! So here I am on the couch having eaten a healty dinner and letting my body relax a little and it is no better time than now to check out different bloggs I follow. On one of them Tea & Cookies, there was a post on a hot chocolate crawl. A group of friend in Seattle every year, once during the long and cold Winter goes on a Hot chocolate crawl to try out and find the best hot chocolate in Seattle. This post really appealed to me as I am a sweet tooth, espescially for home made hot chocolate, the kind that is thick, dark and luscious. As I can not treat myself to one of those sinfully cups of hot chocolate I savor all my good memories of them I have had pre diagnose. I have some great memories from a Chocolate Museum in Barcelona, the hot chocolate was so thick and sweet and for a couple of moments I was in Paradise.

Last Christmas I went to Rome with some good friends, as one of them are addicted to espresso we made small stops in almost every  little cozy cafè we came by. I, myself don't care to much for any kind of coffee, so I got to try out a large range of ciccolata calda, some of them were just a sweet chocolate powder mixed with water or milk, but a couple of times I got a cup of heaven, as thick and sweet as a old fashion hot chocolate should be.

Other chocolate favorits of mine are èclair au chocolat, I used to indulge myself in them when ever I went to France which was quite often as my Aunt has a house in Provance and I love Paris. These days I only have one on every trip to France and I am very picky on which Boulangerie I buy it from.

I would also recomend all chocolate lover out there to watch "Chocolat" with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. I don't know what I love the most about the movie, the charming french atmosphere, the sinfully chocolate shop or JOHNNY DEPP (my favorite actor since "21th Jump Street").

Below are a couple of photos of the dark, sinfully, luscious, and delicous Mr Johnny Depp!!!

onsdag 2. februar 2011

Birthdaycard for my beloved Aunt

I have not done much scrapping since before Christmas when I made a lot of Christmas cards and gift tags. I kind of had had enough of scrapping for a while. Last week I made a list of the cards I have to make in January and February and it turned out to be a quite a few, so now I have gotten the spirit back and have made a couple of cards. I like to try new ideas so I don't always make the standard 6 by 6 inch cards every time. So for my Aunt who turnes 65 this week I have made this 3D kind of card.
Since I can't be with her and celebrate as she lives in Boston and I in Norway, I have with this card sent her a birthday song (the notes), flowers, some good wine, cake and my best wishes.

Happy Birthday my dearest Aunt !

Appel and cinnamon oatmeal

To get variation in my diet I often eat oatmeal for breakfast, either at home or at work with the children. When I bring it to work I make it at home in the morning and just reheat it in the microwave at work. You might wonder how I get the time in the early morning hours, no I don't get up hours before I have to leave for work, I just mix the oatmeal and milk in a sauser pan and put it on a low heat before I take a shower and make myself ready in the bathroom and when I make my lunch I turn on the heat so the oatmeal can slowly simmer for 5 to 10 minutes while I also peel the apple and cut it into cubes and put them in a plastic container. When the oatmeal is ready I put some salt and cinnamon in it and I pour it over the apples. When I bring it to work I like to use some more milk and make it thinner as it thickens when it is not eaten straight away.

for one serving I use
1/2 cup/ 1 dl oatmeal
1 cup/ 2 1/2 dl skimmed milk
1/2 cup/ 1 dl water
salt and cinnamon

one peeled apple

You can also use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and other fruit or berries of your liking. I know some of my students also use raisins.

Serve it with freshly squeezed orange juice and you will get a great and healthy start of the day.


tirsdag 1. februar 2011

A genius little gadget to have in the kitchen

A coupe of years ago a got this genius little gadget from my Mum, at first I rolled my eyes and thought what have she bought for me this time. Of course I got a little curious how this knife on wheels worked. It turned out to be love at first use, it cuts the garlic in small pieces in just a few seconds and all my fingertips are saved for all further injuries. It's also easy to clean, just rinse it with hot water, lay it out to dry and its ready for use the next time you need to use garlic in your food.

You can check the Chef'n garlic zoom out on

Have fun!

Turkey breast with oven baked vegetables and mashed potatoes

 I have been experimenting with roasting meat in the oven using a meat thermometer. This weekend I tried to roast turkey breast with oven baked vegetables and mashed potatoes.  I used the vegetables I had in my fridge which this time was carrots, red onion, white mushroom and apples (I know it is a fruit, but I like the sweet taste the apples gives with the turkey).  I also baked a couple of gloves of garlic that  i mashed into the potato mash, tastes great!

turkey breast                    
1,6  lb/ 750 g Turkey breast
salt, pepper, tabasco saus and paprika powder

vegetables makes two servings
2 large carrots split in half
2 white mushrooms split in halfs
1 apple split in two
1 red onion sliced in boats
3 garlic cloves with the peel on

Cut all the vegetables and put them in a oven proof baker/dish. Then prepare the turkey.
Cut away all the fat and others stuff you dont want to eat on the turkey and season it with salt, pepper, paprika powder and have som tabasco saus in you hands and rub the turkey with it. Heat up the frying pan and just fry the turkey breast so it gets a nice brown color then put the turkey on top of the vegetables and place the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the turkey. Then place the baker/dish in the oven on   360 F/180 C for about 45 minut or until the meat thermometer shows 155 F/68 C. Take the baker/dish out of the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before you carve the meat.

potatomash makes two servings
4 potatos
skimmed milk
salt and pepper
3 baked garliv cloves, can be omitted.

While the turkey is in the oven, cut the potato into cubes and boil until tender and easy to mash, it takes about 15-20 minutes. After mashing the potatoes, stir in milk and add salt and peper and the baked and mashed garlic.


Meat thermometer

oven proof baker/dish