Archive for september, 2008

sept 05 2008

Go Goat!

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I’ve been feeling lonely all summer long, and now, 10 days until Tore comes home, I’ve finally gotten accustomed to and actually enjoying living by myself. I miss Tore, off course, and can’t wait for him to come home, but it’s a great thing to be alone sometimes. I spent all afternoon and evening first cleaning the apartment, then making one of the tastiest lasagnas I’ve ever tasted, with a big wonderful side-salad. The last months I’ve started to react to dairy-products (my doctor thinks it’s an allergy), so I’ve been experimenting with milk-subsitutes.

Today I tried goat milk and white goat cheese, since they contain lesser amounts of lactose than cow’s milk. The uncooked goat milk tasted…well, goat. I had some serious doubts whether to skip it, but then I used it anyway and it was fantastic! The goaty sharp taste melted into a mellow, still delicious and distinct flavour that went very well with the fresh vegetables and the tomatosauce. Very recommendable. I’ll plot down the recipe on the Oppskrifter-page. Talking to a foodie-friend just after consuming it (with great pleasure, all by myself), he told my about a similar dish, made by the swedish chef Tina Nordström. – She made a vegetarian lasagne with roasted aubergines and peppers, with a bechamel-sauce with chèvre (french goat cheese) – I have to try that variety the next time I make lasagna !

Tomorrow I’m going to a friends house-warming party, and I’ve made an agreement with my dear neighbour and oldest friend, F, that we both should bring some whisky in a jar(!). Alcohol is really expensive in Norway, and I can’t afford to bring and share an entire bottle of whisky with everyone, but bringing some in a jar with a lid is perfect. Besides, it gives you a perfect reason to sing «Whisky in a jar ‘o» !

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sept 04 2008

Neighbourhood tour

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In one of my classes, General toxicology, I met a girl with the same name as I have, which is really cool since I’ve never met anyone in Norway that shares my name with me. I love the new experience of being able to say «Hi Christiane!» whithout talking to myself. Amazing. Anyway, me and Christiane nr.2 were biking home from Uni a few days ago, and she showed me a new route to get home (she lives just down the block from me). Although I’ve taken the bus along the route we took, I’ve never really SEEN this part of my neighbourhood. That’s what so great with biking, you get there almost just as fast as when taking public transport, but you see everything from a complete different, much closer, view. But that is not the point of this post. It’s what I found on my way home: A grocery store, filled with all kinds of exotic food, spices, sauces, vegetables, pastry and much more. I think regardless of what kind of dish you plan to cook – asian, chinese, indian – you’ll find your main ingredients in that shop. I was super-thrilled, such a well-equipped store, in my neighbourhood! And the vegetables – somewhat cheaper than my closest supermarket, and so much more diverse! They even had plantains/cook bananas. – I don’t have a clue of what to do with them, but I’ll find out and do so very soon. And they had pumpkins! Come Halloween, I’ll make myself some nice pumpkin pie (I love the sound of that word).

Trying to restrain myself from spending my entire studentloan on groceries, I ended up with buying this :

I can’t wait to try out the chinese 5 spice mix! The rest is actually stuff I’ve had in my «pantry» before, and which I’ve used up…I love it when I buy fancy food and actually manage to cook fancy often enough to use it up, and not having to throw it out because it has gotten bad.

I also bought heaps of vegetables :

Yum! I got home quite late today, so I wanted to cook something light, but satisfying. I’ve been craving garlic bread for a long time now, but I also wanted to cook up some of that beautiful greens. So I made up a new dish-  garlic bread vegetable bruschetta! 

I just sautéd the vegetables plus some leek with a splash of water in a non-stick pan until it wilted down a bit,  added some flavour – some fish sauce, oyster sauce, garlic and ginger, a dash of limejuice, and let it rest with a lid on while I made the garlic bread – mixed butter and some grated garlic cloves, parsley, salt and pepper, slabbing it on a piece of bread, roasting it in the oven, you know how. – Oh and I added a drizzle of parmesan cheese on top - you’re allowed to use nice cheese when you’re eating vegetarian, right ?  Finally, bread toasted and veggies cooked, I scooped a pile of vegetables on to the garlic bread, and  finished it off with a few drops of plum sauce on top…It turned out perfect and was just what I had craved for.

I was also impressed with myself for making just enough food – I’ve been so used to cook for two people, that I’ve been making too much food all summer long.  – Not a bad thing, since it’s always nice to bring leftovers to uni for lunch, but still, cool that I’ve learnt how to cook the right amount of food.

Now, enough with the boasting and bragging. Tore is coming home in 11 days! I have to figure out something really yummy to cook for him..something chinese maybe? But it has be something I can prepare in advance since I don’t want to be spending my time in the kitchen when he’s here…we’ll see. I can’t tell you what I’ll cook until after I’ve done it, since Tore reads this blog and I want it to be a surprise!

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sept 01 2008

Burning love

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Looking for a «quick fix» after a long day at Uni, I came to think of a dish that I seldomly make, since my boyfriend’s not too keen on one of the main ingredients; smoky sausage (røkt kjøttpølse). It’s called «Brennende kjærlighet» = Burning love, which is a pretty darn fabulous name of such a simple dish. It’s just pieces of this sausage fried with some onions and spices (mostly store-bought spice mix, like tex mex), mashed potatoes and ketchup. Easy and wonderful – I just love the taste of smoked meat so this dish is always fulfilling and satifying, but tonight I wanted to «healthy» it up. In other words: Add a bunch of vegetables to it, and make the spice mix myself. I don’t like pre-fabricated food  with lots of preservatives, flavour enhancer (evil MSG), too much salt and colourings in them, so I try to avoid them.

Everbody knows how to fry sausage and how to make mashed potatoes so I will not bother to mention it here, but I can share my special Burning Love spice mix that I added to the pan whilst frying the sausage and onions:

  • a tad of Chili powder
  • some Garam Masala powder
  • a bit dried Coriander powder
  • a bit of Cumin powder
  • some dried, red pepper powder/capsicum
  • a splash of red Tabasco
  • a dash of ketchup
  • a squirt of tomato puré
  • a squeeze of a lemon
  • a couple of tablespoons of water
  • ground black pepper
  • some salt

I also added some chopped, fresh red pepper to the frying pan after a while, and at the end, some grated carrot. This mostly because I recently bought 1,5 kg of it on impulse (and since they were cheap). I’ll try to use some every day since I hate to throw away food, but I’m afraid I’ll have to make a carrot cake soon.

It turned out to be delicious!

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sept 01 2008

Pan-fried rice paper rolls with crab

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 I’ll  add my changes to the original recipe, as it differs quite a lot from the original recipe I found at this site

 Pan-fried crab & vegetable rice paper rolls

 My beautiful rice paper rolls with dipping sauce


  • 1 carrot – grated (or you could cut it with a julienne iron/in a julienne style manually, I think I will try that the next time, the carrot got too mushy for my taste)
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage - I used chinese cabbage, worked out well but I prefer the regular cabbage
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger - I just used the same fine grating iron for the carrot, ginger and garlic
  • 6 rice paper sheets - I used the small ones, so to use up all the stuffing I guess I used 12 sheets.
  • 6 crab sticks - I used the frozen ones, as I know that I’ll never eat a whole bucket of crabsticks before they go bad anyway
  • 2 tablespoons of oil - I used rape seed oil, but any oil suitable for high temperatures will do, like peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce - I was all out and didn’t find any in the local supermarket, so I made my  own dipping sauce (turned out ok, but not a favourite):
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon runny forest honey (mmh, tangy and not too sweet)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • a couple of tablespoons of water, for thinning it out, after taste
  • a whole lotta sesame seeds, by accident


I mixed all the vegetables, let the rice paper soak in hot water for 15 seconds and drip off excess water, and placed about 1 tablespoon of filling in one corner of the rice paper sheet. Placed one crabstick on top of the veggie-mix, folded in the sides of the rice paper, and rolled it up carefully. CAREFULLY! I think I ripped three of the sheets; letting them soak too long makes them too fragile to handle, while too short soaking time also makes them un-managable. Heated the soy oil in a normal frying pan at medium-low heat, and fried the rolls until they had a nice light-brown colour on all four sides, about 8 minutes in total frying time. Let them drip off as much excess oil as possible on a kitchen towel (reduce the calories!). I mixed the dipping sauce in between the frying, but I think the next time I will add a clove of garlic and some ginger to the dip (and off course some hoisin-sauce, when I’ve gotten around to buy some at a chinese store). 

If you need a step-by-step instruction on how to handle rice paper rolls you can find a good one here:

How to handle rice paper wrappers

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