When I was a child I made up recipes. I lay on the kitchen floor reciting ingredients for my parents who wrote them down for me on a piece of paper. And then we tried them.
One of these recipes was for a fish gratin with shrimps and a nice thick cream sauce that turned out to be a hit. It's called "7 year old Lotta's fish". (there was also a "6 year old Lotta's fish" and a "7 year old Lotta's NEW fish"- It was always fish recipes for some reason).
Last weekend my parents made that for my birthday dinner and it was as good as I remembered it to be.
Today I made up another recipe but this time it's safely stored in my mind and I kind of made it up as I went along.
It's for a creamy mushroom soup and I thought I'd let you know the recipe for what I, of course, call "32 year old Lotta's Mushroom soup".
You'll need lots of mushrooms (I used about 25 regular mushrooms and 3 portabello mushrooms), two big cloves of garlic, two large shallots and half a leek. You will also need a couple of decilitres of cream, some white wine, chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you prefer that), some grated parmesan, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Chop up the shallots, garlic and leek and fry all of it in a large sauce pan until they are soft.
Chop the mushrooms but leave one portabello and maybe five or so mushrooms for later. Throw the mushrooms into the sauce pan and stir for a minute or so. Don't fry the mushrooms for long, just soften them a bit. Add a litre of water, the chicken broth (I used three squares) and white wine. Bring to a boil and leave it under a lid for about ten minutes. Then bring on the blender!
Now it's time to take care of those left behind mushrooms. Fry them in some butter with salt and pepper and then you can put them aside again.
Back to the soup! Add the cream, the grated parmesan and also: grate some nutmeg over it. Stir and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
Pour into bowls, sprinkle the fried mushrooms over and eat with maybe a cheese toast on the side if you're into that (and who isn't?).
I am a big fan of soup during this cold season. Luckily David is too, so we make a lot of them. In addition to being tasty, soup is also very easy to make and it's always enough to put in the freezer for work or a lazy day. I love to know that there's soup in the freezer.
It's like frozen treasures!
I took a peek in my phone today and realised that lately I've been taking photos of my home, my food and myself. I don't really now what that means. Maybe that I haven't really been doing anything except eating, getting dressed and looking around my apartment.
Not really true, but lets say it was and take a look at my iPhone photos from the last month with a focus on food, home and my clothes.
It's been some work in front of the computer. I still haven't shown you all the photos from South Africa (they were SO MANY) and I've been editing lots of them lately. Tea and physalis and some great music is great company. Here's the playlist I've been listening to nonstop lately: Möta våren med språng
One evening the sun sent it's rays through our livingroom and landed on the paintings made by my grandfather.
Bedroom detail: Hats, jewelry boxes, "Lady with grapes" (I inherited it from my grandmother when she died a long time ago. It used to hang over her bed and I loved it when I was a little girl. I thought the grape lady was so sweet and even though I know it's not worth anything money wise I still love it. And she is one pretty grape lady, can't really argue with that.)
Bedroom window in evening light. I love the light through the blinds at that time in the evening. The stuffed animals don't usually hang out in the window but I'm thinking it looks kind of sweet. Maybe a bit like a kids room but I don't care. I'm a kid. Yes, I am.
Afternoon snacks. Physalis and Halva
Lunch: Ruccola, avocado, beet roots, goat cheese, walnuts. (salt and pepper)
The. Best. Lunch. Ever.
Breakfast the day after: Home made bread made of a gazillion different kinds of flour and seeds, apricots and lingonberry. On top of it: Ruccola, cold left over beet roots and goat cheese.
Last sunday at work I made cauliflower and broccoli soup and baked Ett Fantastiskt Bröd (A Fantastic Bread). It is what it's called. Truly fantastic. Sorry for the sideways photo. It's called art. Or somehing (cough! LAZY! cough!).
Yes! Fantastic, I tell you!
It was appreciated by everybody at work. I love baking bread for people!
It was winter and I bought a winter coat in LA. Came home to a Sweden perfect for my new coat. Brrr!
Then the sun came! I celebrated with yellow legs and a hat.
Last week all these arrived! I have been waiting a couple of weeks for this load of socks and tights from We Love Colors
to reach my mailbox.
This spring is going to be my most vibrant ever, it's a promise!
With my new tights came spring.
Minty legs, vintage velvet jacket and a mini skirt that blew up Marilyn Monroe style when I walked to work.
My favourite vintage shoes!
One day I decided what to wear after I've chosen the socks. So I was all black with yellow pops of color in socks and accesories.
Actually I almost always decide tights or socks before I choose the rest of my outfit. It's the most important piece of clothing, you know!
Wearing my cheeky grin and scarf from the lovely etsy shop Shovava
Olive green legs, sun glasses and a jacket I bought in Prague a few years ago. I love this jacket but it's really poor quality, the lining ripped the first time I wore it.
I look a little bit like a leprechaun here. A very stylish leprechaun though.
I was on my way to meet up with some friends for food and wine. It was a really nice evening even though it was so windy that we had to sit inside. I want to sit outside, in the sun and watch the boats drift by! Sooooooooon!
Bonus picture (Proof that I've been doing things except eat, get dressed and look around my apartment.)
Pirates or Spring cleaning?