Oat cookies

Great for an energy fix, a school snacks, for picnics or a bite on the go. Super easy and quick to make, kids will love to join in!

I have fond memories of those as I used to make them as a child. The recipe dates back to my Swedish Cooking book from 1963 when there was less focus on all the healthy eating. So they may not be super healthy with all the butter and sugar, but the oats – and optional dried fruits – make up for it, won’t you agree?

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Oat Cookies 
(Havrekakor)

8 dl plain oats
2 1/2 dl flour
3/4 dl sugar (or less, I changed to brown sugar for a slightly different taste)
200gr butter (soft)

around 0,5dl dried fruits (optional; raisins and cranberries work well)

Mix all ingredients but the dried fruits. Best way to mix it is by hand, it takes a little while until the butter and the rest is completely mixed and sticky but keep on going and it all comes together. Once the butter, oats, flour and sugar are all mixed together add the dried fruits.

Then make small balls. You may want to use a larger teaspoon to portion the balls so you have similar sizes for a more equal baking.
Place them on a baking tray with baking paper and press the down with a fork til around 0.5cm.

Bake on 175-200C for about 8-10min, until the sides turn slightly brownish.

Makes about 60 small cookies.
I tend to make them a big bigger, so I end up with around 40 pieces.

Have fun
and a nice day

AK

 

 

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Salmon Stir-Fry! Quick, easy, tasty!

Planning a relaxed evening or lunch and need a quick meal?! Here you go, give it a try!

When the kids were out of the house it was time to do some relaxed and uninterrupted cooking. Oh what I enjoyed it! I didn’t go for something crazy but something tasty and easy; the cutting took in fact longer than the cooking. Just what I was in for. Nice music, a glass of wine and chopping away!

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This easy, tasty Salmon Stir-Fry is so worth it. And super quick, too!
I found it in Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food book.

Super-Quick Salmon Stir-Fry
(Jamie Oliver)

Ingredients 

sea salt and ground black pepper
200gr basmati rice (or noodles or whatever you may fancy)
350gr salmon fillet, skin off, bones removed
a handful of shelled peanuts
1 clove of garlic
a thumb sized piece of fresh root ginger
1 fresh chilli
a bunch of coriander
groundnut oil
1 heaped tablespoon of Patak’s tandoori curry paste (or other)
a handful of mangetouts
1/2 of a 400ml tin of coconut milk
a handful of beansprouts
1 lime

Directions

The stir fry is super quick, so make sure you have your rice or pasta cooked before, respectively do all the cutting and preparation while they cook!

  • crush the peanuts in a pastel
  • peel and finely chop garlic and ginger
  • halve, deseed and finely chop the chilli
  • pick the coriander leaves from the stalk, put the leaves aside and chop the stalks
  • chop the salmon into even abt 2.5cm chunks
  • put the work onto high heat and add 2 lugs of oil
  • add garlic, ginger, coriander stalks and most of the chilli
  • stir for 30 seconds, then add the curry paste an stir another 30 seconds
  • add the salmon, cook for about a minute, then add the mangetouts and coconut milk
  • let it all cook for another minute
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if needed
  • spoon the salon over your rice / pasta
  • sprinkle with beansprouts and crushed peanuts
  • halve the lime and squeeze over the juice
  • sprinkle with remaining chilli and coriander leaves 

    Sit down and enjoy!

    Have  a nice day
    AK

Dare to be bold

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During an evening event us, the audience, were asked to write something that makes us “be bold”.

Now that one had me thinking. I am rather introvert and overthink my steps, worrying about upsetting others. Yet, at the same time I need moments where I make myself uncomfortable, where I try something new – moments when I want to step away from the “ordinary” around me. Is that being bold?

What does to “be bold” actually mean?
In short and as per Wikipedia it means “Go for it”, but I only partly agree to it. Yes, being bold may mean go for it but it does not mean to be careless! Much more the opposite. A good self awareness is a key here. Being bold means that you can judge if you can take the action or if you are too far out of your element. And if you find yourself out of your element yet still want to go for it be bold and reach out to others who can compensate your weakness. Because being bold means as well to approach and ask others for advise and support when you feel stuck. And with this boldness you may actually be able to to help others, too!

But it is as well important to be really honest when you want to be bold. Do not fake something or say something that you later won’t do as this will simply let people mistrust you.

Be bold by going for a change, for some different that you believe in, be adventurous, even if that means going against what others may expect you to do!

And at times to out there and be bold by allowing yourself to be vulnerable! Yes it may be very uncomfortable at times but you may be surprised by the deep connection and support you get!

It is often said that being bold means as well do be confident. I may disagree to that one as to me being bold means at time to fully step out of my comfort zone and this lets me feel anything but confident. Yet, now and then it is important to make this step and to embrace this new feeling of a kind of ‘calculated anxiousness’ or can we say ‘uncomfortable confidence’? At times this even leads to feel inspired! But remember, when you are bold you are as well cautious, calculated, responsible and mindful, you are not being bold if you act careless and reckless!

And to be me being bold is as well something you do for yourself, and not just for others to impress. So, embrace those moments you chose to be bold for yourself, no matter how small the step may seem, be proud when you did something out of the ordinary for you!

Don’ hold back and be bold
to push yourself to be uncomfortable at times!

Writing this had me thinking if there is anything that I would consider as being bold and yes coming to think of it now, I am stepping out there to say that I see myself as being bold for attending events on my own, not knowing anybody. I also signed up for a crazy running event that is fully out of my comfort zone or anything I ever did. Yet, that is something I feel I have to do to step away from the ordinary for a little while. And at times I started to tell ‘my story’, being aware of making myself vulnerable. And last but not least, I am approaching others asking if they can support me to get a step further to creating my business.

Some may say these are small ‘un-bold’ steps but to me, all this is not easy, it makes me uncomfortable and at times I do this with an increased heartbeat, but I feel proud of myself at the same time! And yes, to me this is what being  bold is about! Wow, I am feeling pretty bold right now writing all this…!

Despite being nerve-wracking at times being bold will pay off,

Being bold seems
to give more courage,
to strengthen the believe and trust in what you want to achieve,
helps to connect meaningful with others and
it broadens the horizon and at times
helps to overcome some fears. 

What does to “be bold” mean to you? What step do you want to take today or in the near future to be bold for yourself? Don’t hesitate but “go for it” and feel free to share!

And to all expatriates and repatriates, and all people moving around – you are amazingly bold by taking that step! Keep you head high and be proud for being that bold!

Have a lovely day

AK

Flow of Life – Sun Salutation

Can you relate to the “flow of life” when thinking of the Sun Salutation?!

I recently went through some rounds of Sun Salutation, just going with the flow and experiencing the sensations. And while the Sun Salutation is always a nice flow, a great way to move the whole body it is as well a good indicator of how I feel, how balanced, grounded, strong or weak I am that day. And while going through the flow this time with eyes closed it kind of struck me how this flow can as well represent life and its ups and downs.

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Life is hardly always stable; we are faced with different situations and challenges and we often feel different even on a daily base! And that is ok. We do not always have to be strong, we are allowed to bent, to break, to feel small yet it is important to reflect, to reach out for help if needed, and to look forward, to find something that makes us strong and let us stand up again, too.  And it is important to find a place in our heart that makes us feel grounded and at home.

Nobody ever said it will be easy, this thing called life, but sometimes the best thing we can do is to not imagine, not to wonder, not to think but to allow us to just breathe and let it flow!

What do you think, can you relate?

Have a lovely day

AK