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The Swedish Goddess – Leftover food

I got a bit over excited this week, this is supposed to be the dinner for later however I couldn’t figure out what to eat tonight so I went ahead and made it tonight now, which means one dinner and lunch for the week is already sorted. Again, we are back to my new fav cookbook, The Simple Good. For each section in the book they have tips on how to handle leftovers and this pasta gratin caught my eye. Simple, cheap and easy – perfect for a Swedish Goddess dinner.

Pretty much you take the pasta that you cooked too much of (am I the only one that always cook too much pasta?) and put it in an oven safe dish, preferably after you put loads of butter in the bottom and on the edges.

On top of that you are supposed to add a tomato sauce, and I was so sure that I had a can of crushed tomatoes in my cupboard, it turned out it was white beans (packaging looks the same) so I had to wing it a bit. I had a tomato in the fridge so I cut that up, threw in some garlic, some leak I had in the freezer and the all time magic of a carrot. Mixed it all together and added some water and it’s almost like a tomato sauce.wpid-img_20150322_231438.jpg

While doing all this I cooked up a pack of bacon to add to the mix.
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The final touch is grated cheese. Then chuck it in the oven.wpid-dsc_0503.jpg

Recommendation was to serve with a green salad and since iceberg lettuce and cucumber was pretty much what I had left in the fridge, green it was.wpid-img_20150322_231311.jpg

Oh dear how good it was, this is something that’s going to be made in my home even when there isn’t any leftover pasta! Thanks again Anna and Fanny Bergenström, this time you can’t really take cred for the recipe itself as I came up with the tomato sauce and bacon, loved the idea though!

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The Swedish Goddess – Chili Sin Carne

Once again, I do not take credit for this recipe as it is straight out of my new fav cook book, The Simple Good.wpid-wp-1426452149989.jpeg

This is a recipe that I hadn’t followed to the point if I was working full-time as it includes boiling your own beans firs, I would’ve just gone and bought the tin can ones. However, as I’m only working 50% I have the time to do things like letting the beans soak in cold water for twelve hours.wpid-dsc_0428.jpg

Once that’s done you have to boil them for everything between 40 minutes to two hours, crazy I know. I also have to work on my boiling beans skills, as I managed to break almost all of them. They still taste fine even if they got a bit mushy in the process.

Once you spent all that time on the beans, then you can actually start cooking the dish it self. And it’s an easy dish to cook. You chop up chili, garlic and onion while heating up some olive oil in a big pot. Then in with it and let it fry for a few minutes while adding cumin and cayenne pepper. Then add your beans, I used brown and black beans, bay leaves, crushed tomatoes and water. You let this boil for about 25-30 minutes, add some salt in the end and then you are done.wpid-img_20150322_140549.jpg

I ate the Chili wrapped in tortilla bread with a very dollop of sour cream, yum and addictive. It also falls within the limit of what my meals are allowed to cost, not sure that will be the case if you buy the canned beans instead.wpid-dsc_0471.jpg

On another note, my tummy isn’t that used to eat that much beans, so I give you a fair warning on what can happen – it’s called gas!

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The Swedish Goddess lazy dinner

One thing, well two things actually, that I forgot while making the weekly meal plan on Sunday, was the plans I made for the week. Tuesday night saw me celebrate Latte Mums new job (big congrats to her)and today I’ll be heading out for some stand-up comedy, thus no dinners.
Last night I had no plans, still managed to get home late and was in no mood to  cook a fancy dinner. That’s when you go through your stock to find something quick and easy, which I did! From time to time my store have specials on precooked corn on the cob, I try to make sure to always have some at home. I cut them up in smaller bits, boil them and serve with a healthy dollop of butter, salt and pepper. On the rare occasions that I have sour cream at home, I add that as well.

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Quick, easy, cheap and totally yum! What did you have for dinner last night?

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The Swedish goddess – being inspired

As I mentioned yesterday this week I’m finding inspiration for my dinners in this fantastic cookbook (translated ‘The simple good’) written by Anna and Fanny Bergenström (so please note, I do not take any credit for the recipe!).wpid-wp-1426452149989.jpeg

For Monday dinner I picked a fish dish called Totte’s fish for two, which seemed simple and yum, and hey guys – it was!
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You simply start with peeling the potatoes and then slice them real thin into a bowl. Sprinkle some olive oil over them, add some crushed garlic, salt and pepper and mix (gently) together. Layer them in greased oven safe container.
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You leave the potatoes in the oven (210 degrees celsius) for 25 minutes, during which time, if you are smart, clean up the mess that you made sorting the potatoes out. I also used the time for some Farmville II and making a small green side salad. I’m not much for dressings so I just add olive oil, salt and pepper.

When the potatoes are done, you take them out of the oven, add the fish on top and put some big dollops of garlic butter on top. Also this I make myself (you know, the budget thing) but you can buy it ready-made at the grocery store.
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According to the recipe you are also supposed to put slices of lemon on top of the fish (and butter), I however take the easy way out (in other words, I forgot to buy lemons) and use the lemon juice you can get at the shop and keep in the fridge for ages.
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Once this is done, you put the potatoe-fish dish back in the oven for about 12 minutes until the fish is done. And voila, you have your dinner, and a good one to boot.
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This is definitely a dish I will revisit even if it came out on the pricier side of my dinners, I guess it’s all about being on the look out for good prices on the fish as that is the biggest cost. Thanks Anna and Fanny for the amazing food!

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The Swedish Goddess – because I’m worth it!

Yesterday I tried out a new recipe for my dinner, and yes it was a tad bit over budget, it was so worth it. Who doesn’t deserve a quick and easy goat cheese quiche?

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I used a pre-rolled dough from the store, so of course there’s money to save there. All you have to do is put the dough in an oven-safe dish, and stab it with a fork a few times (get those aggressions out peeps!).

Then you need yo slice up a leek into preferred size pieces, and open a jar of about 200 grams grilled peppers, yum and sweet! Pour some if the oil from the peppers into a frying pan so you can fry the leeks in there for a few minutes, then add the peppers, sliced, and fry for a few more minutes before adding it to the dough (spread it out a bit will you please).

Bring out that gift from God goats cheese (I accidentally bought too much, rather than 200g I got 400, don’t ask me what I was thinking), break it into pieces and spread out over the leek and pepper mix.

Now mix a couple of eggs, 200no of milk and some salt and pepper together in a bowl. Pour Italy over the stuff already in your oven-safe dish. Shove it in to the oven, 25 minutes – 225 degrees C.

Yum, yum, yum!

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The Swedish goddess go cupboard diving

This week I worked a whooping 35 hours, the closest I have been to normal working for a very long time, it feels real good and I’m feeling a bit like myself. The only think is the scatter brain and the lack of energy to go grocery shopping. So tonight I went through the cupboards, fridge and freezer and actually came up with a real nice meal.

Starting with the vegetables I bought for the non-dinner the other day (you know when I went for coffee and came home without);

VeggiesThen there was half a chicken, cooked and ready to be defrosted that I found in the freezer;

ChickenFor some reason I also had real cheese cravings, and the only cheese I had at home was the sliced one that I bought for my toasties, but what the heck; cheese is cheese!

CheeseAdd it all together in a bowl;

In da bowlAdd some pasta, olive oil, salt and pepper and you have yourself and awesome chicken salad;

ReadyMy freezer is getting a bit empty now and the magical meals are getting less and less magical, everything gets a tad bit more magical when you partake some of this with it though;

Friday eveningNow it’s time to rest, I have a real busy weekend planned with loads of time with good friends and a little time with family. Hope you all have an awesome weekend as well.

Over and out from the Swedish Goddess!

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The Swedish goddess little meal of luxury

Even when you are on a budget, you deserve a little bit of luxury every now and then, when I arrived to the grocery store at the train station today and saw their discounted meats I decided that this was one of those days. They had real nice pork meat on sale, as well as bacon and then some other stuff accidentally fell into the shopping basket as well.The food

The meal itself became pork medallions with fresh pasta filled with cheese and spinach with a green salad on the side. Super quick and easy so if it wasn’t for the price (about 35sek per serving) this would the ultimate Swedish Goddess dish.

Starting with making a salad by pouring the bag of pre-washed lettuce mix into a bowl, cut some cucumber and tomato to add to it. Top of with some salt, pepper and lemon olive oil.

SaladBefore cutting the meat, I put a pot filled with salted water on the stove so it could start preparing for the boil. Then I pulled out the chunk of meat, time to see if I did the right estimation in the store, I was hoping for four servings;

Loads of meatI got five! Yay, me. Once the meat is cut, fry it quickly in a hot pan, to long and it gets dry, to short and some people freak out about the pinkness. Hopefully, the bubbles have now arrived in the pot and you can pour the pasta in, usually fresh pasta needs between three and five minutes. Then hep, ready to serve;

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