Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras are probably well-known terms, but what you might not know is that we have the equivalent day in Norway. We call it “Fastelaven” and it was last weekend. But that was also the day of Mother`s Day in Norway, so I asked my mom if we could postpone both until I came to visit this weekend. So today we celebrated both Mother`s Day and Fastelaven. And here is where the cream puffs come into the picture. You see, the traditional food on Fastelaven is cream puffs filled with whipped cream and berries or jam, with a confectionary sugar dust.
Here is my super-easy and quick recipe for Cream Puffs “Norwegian Style”;
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of water
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 cup of flour
Preheat the oven at 390°F.
Melt butter in water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil. Turn the temperature down, and add flour. Mix it until the doug lets go of the saucepan. Add one egg at a time. Stir good between each egg, until the last one, now you stir gently until the egg is incorporated into the dough.
Take one tablespoon filled with dough and place on a baking sheet. This makes 8-10.
Bake in the oven for approx. 25 min, or until the puffs has a golden crust. Do NOT open to oven door until they`re done. If you do they might collapse!
Let cool off before serving. Split them in half, and add berries or some good jam on the bottom, then splurge with whipped cream. Put the top on and carefully dust the cream puffs with confectionary sugar. Bon apetit! Or as they say in Norwegian; Velbekomme!
During cold winter days I love to get home from Uni and snuggle under a blanket while enjoying a hot cup of tea. One of my favourites is Peach Passion by London Fruit and Herb Company. It`s the only brand I`ve ever come across that actually manages to produce excellent fruit tea, with both good taste and smell. And I wouldn`t refuse something nice to nibble on as well, such as homemade sweet buns split in half with swiss cheese. Yums!
Monday: Pasta Penne with Bolognese
Tuesday: Pasta Tagliatelle with Bolognese
Wednesday: European Whole Wheat Pancakes with Oatmeal served with blueberries
Thursday: Fish au Gratin with grated Carrots
Friday: Chicken Wings with oven-fried potatoes, béarnaise sauce and salad
Saturday: Burritos with homemade tortillas and guacamole
Sunday: Shepherd`s Pie
Keep it Healthy, keep it Good
One of the biggest things that I save money on is buying groceries once a week. In order to do this thoroughly, without having to go back the next day, is to make a meal plan. There isn’t much space in our fridge, but we do have a big freezer, so we generally keep to one-week meal plans; which often include making big batches of food that can be frozen down.
When I make meal plans, we first discuss what we would like to have for dinner the following week, with a focus on balancing between chicken, fish and red meat. I also like to have a meat-free meal every week. I usually look into the cupboard, fridge and freezer first, making sure to use whatever we already have. Then I write down the things we would need to buy to cover 7 dinners, breakfasts and lunch for two. If my BF is working evening shift(s) that week, I usually don’t make any dinner that day, as it`s only me, and I don’t mind having some scrambled eggs and homemade bread for dinner. This way we save even more.
An example of a regular dinner meal-plan for us would be:
Monday: Tomato soup with Macaroni, boiled eggs and Fresh bread.
Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie
Wednesday: Chicken & Pasta Salad
Thursday: Fish au Gratin (a Norwegian casserole made with white fish, macaroni, and white sauce with a breadcrumb crust) with grated Carrot.
Friday: Pasta Bolognese & Salad
Saturday: Burritos with homemade Tortillas and Guacamole.
Sunday: pork Tenderloin with Creamy Potatoes au Gratin, Gravy and Broccoli
All of these dinners are homemade, so there are no scary additives or unneccessary sugar or salt.
I had dinner by myself tonight, as my BF is out of town on a seminar/christmas dinner with work. Though I always make a good, healthy dinner for both of us, when I`m alone I tend to get very lazy. Luckily, I had some leftover chickenbreast, so I threw together an easy chicken-sandwich with homemade whole wheat sandwich bread, lettuce, red peppers and aioli (spanish garlic-mayonnaise), together with a glass of orange juice. Quick, easy, healthy, supercheap and very good!