Chocolate Mousse/pudding

Today has bee a beautiful day and I was actually in Stockholm seeing how pretty it is.

Stockholm2I am rather pleased that my daughters friend ate my avocado based chocolate mousse/pudding.  I don’t want to call it a mousse as it is heavier than that, but they both loved it.  Her friend thinks we eat crazy things so I had bowed down and made pasta (spelt, wholemeal which my kids love) … she did not.  And of course the joy of kids they are VERY honest.  But then I redeemed myself!

  • 1 banana – ripe
  • 1 avocado – ripe
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp of agave

For adults I add a pinch of salt and reduce the agave.  This filled 2 espresso cups so enough for the three children.

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Green Smoothie and Yippee it is the Summer Holidays

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Finally it is summer here in Sweden and I am about to go on my holidays. I realised I hadn’t mentioned here on my blog that I currently have a course on Daily Bits Of called A Gluten free way of eating.  Here I was asked to share some of my key learnings and why I am so passionate about my new way of eating, hence I thought I would share it here too and give you my easy to have at home frozen ingredient smoothie recipe.


I started cutting out gluten and refined sugar nearly two years ago and albeit I still slip into eating rubbish something overall I have actually changed the way I eat. I freeze the oddest of things and therefore ensure I waste a lot less food – ripe bananas and avocados go into the freezer for a on the run (in my busy life not a run from the police I promise) smoothie; a great snack. My course is all about snacks – I realized that with various ways of eating such as LCHF and Paleo there tends to be a lot of food ideas available and in my mind eating home made meals that are healthy and tasty is fairly simple – vegetables and salads with fish, meat or more vegetables can often be easy and tasty – especially now that BBQ season is upon us. But it is on the go snacks and easy fixes when you are starved (or bored) that is difficult – I am hoping my course helps people prepare for those dips. Some key tips from my course are:

  • Be prepared! If you have good things in the fridge or freezer then it is at least possible to make a good choice.
  • Don’t buy rubbish and say it is just for the kids – I eat all my childrens leftover sweets if they are there – they don’t need them either, and if like us you give your children Saturday sweets let them buy a few and eat them straight away.
  • Be kind to yourself – changing the way you eat for the long term is a LONG process hence when you go to a friends house and eat a whole tube of Pringles, get over it and forget about it. There are worst things that could happen J.

Lastly have fun and experiment – if you want more tips about more snacks, food and general rambling about what goes on inside my head please go to www.lifeofmilne.com. Also if you want hands on advice about changing the way you eat book a one to one session (Johanna@lifeofmilne.com) and we can give the inside of your kitchen cupboards and new dusting of quinoa and buckwheat flour – unlike fairy dust this works if you want to feel better.

Albeit I am very much an 80:20 rules girl – I eat well 80% of the time and don’t worry about the other 20% I always look forward to holidays because then I can cook and eat well consistently and feel good too!

As an easy summer fix and a use of all the stuff you can freeze, here is the smoothie recipe which I had to hand writing this post.

Green Smoothie:

  • Half a frozen banana
  • Half a frozen avocado
  • 2-4 cubes of frozen spinach (depending on how green you are feeling)
  • 1-2 handfuls of frozen raspberries (again use less if you are feeling braver)
  • 2 tsp of spirulina
  • Water to get it to the right consistency

Blitz and drink – if you don’t have an industrial blender you may have to let the avocado half defrost for a few minutes… Enjoy and have a wonderful summer.

Love Johanna

Ideas and Asparagus

When I read other food blogs I realize that most of mine are food ideas more than recipes, this is one of those ideas posts. I had a girls night away with a group of brilliant women, where we laughed, talked about everything from kids to the worlds problems and ate and drank a little (read A LOT) too much. Sweden also won Eurovision so it was a great night on all accounts.

When I got back I actually went to bed for an hour which I rarely do – but then again I rarely go to bed at 3am either. I am a firm believer in sleep! I also felt the need for tasty food but simple stuff.  All that sugar and bread had made me more than a little farty!

Hence when I got back I had seedbread with avocado, smoked salmon, creme cheese, some horseradish, lemon juice and a little black pepper. It was delicious.

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For dinner I grilled some asparagus. Asparagus season is upon us – I love them.  I tend to just cut the hard end off then pour 2-4 tbsp of olive oil on top with plenty of sea salt and pepper.  I then put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 degrees celsius.

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  • IMG_0802soft boiled egg and just dip the spears in
  • with a poached egg on top
  • with parma ham
  • on their own of course
  • with Hollandaise sauce
  • with some of my vinaigrette (ps the key to good dressing is to get air into it so it emulsifies… pop in a jar and shake!)
  •  with shavings of parmesan and some crispy bacon

Basically it is so versatile and so tasty – also a good looking food that makes you feel like you are having a party!

Simple Muesli and Lab Coats

Psychologically I believe I eat better the rest of the day if I have a good breakfast.  If I am out and there is no good breakfast I have started eating the scrambled eggs at MacDonald’s. Actually in my mind quite a good option. I am sure many people now want to highlight the fact that everything in MacDonald’s is bad, but I eat like this to eat well – but I also want to have a life. Then sometimes you end up eating cake, crisps and things you maybe feel you shouldn’t! But to me that is life!  The day I say I shouldn’t eat something to forcefully is the day I eat a bucket of said ‘forbidden fruit’!

Anyway this muesli we always have at home and Mr. M has it in his drawer at work. We tend to eat it with greek or turkish yogurt (10% fat):

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5 dl pumpkin seeds

2.5 dl sunflowers seeds

1 dl linseeds

1/2 dl chia seeds

1 dl raisins

1 dl hazelnuts

1 dl walnuts

MIx!

It is as easy as that and I tend to add some cinnamon before I eat it – it is also very nice with some honey on top!


Now to lab coats!  I used to LOVE the series Green Wing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Wing) a British comedy series which was just pure brilliance. It was set in a hospital and had plenty of intrigue… But they also tried and tested how to look cool in a lab coat. Today I am at a rather brilliant friends of mines work and she has a lab coat. How cool is that. Here is a picture of me at my happiest in a lab coat!  Enjoy!!!!
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Cucumber and Salmon Canapes and Sunshine

It was sunny yesterday and I went for a run and messed about in the garden whilst the kids ran around with their friends. I also drank too much coffee, but in the early evening I wanted to sit in the sunshine and have a glass of white IMG_0581wine (and for once we had no white wine in the house… I believe that has never happened before!) But I also had some smoked salmon that needed eating as well as things I always have in the cupboard – cucumber, avocado, horseradish (in Sweden you can buy it ready grated in a tube, however I also tend to have some fresh stuff in the bottom of the fridge; it lasts a long time!).  With that I made these little beauties:

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Cucumber and Salmon Canapes

Make long slices of cucumber with a peeler.

Take your smoked salmon out and cut it into slices as wide as the cucumber

Take an avocado and cut into large bite size chunks

Grate horseradish – if you are grating your own you cam mix it with some cream cheese or some dairy free creme fraiche. I had none of the these hence I didn’t.  Depending on strength I would add between 1/4 to a 1/2 of a tsp of horseradish per roll.

Put cucumber slice, then salmon, lump of avocado at end with horseradish. Roll it up – add lots of black pepper and fresh lemon juice.  In they go!!

Worms, bugs and eggs and soup!

Today I have been tending to my garden – I am ridiculously excited about my tulips and daffodils!  But today we found lots of animals worms in bulk, bugs and duck eggs… I am a little worried I will have to become the mother of 9 ducklings too as mummy duck seems to have gone walkabout.  Sometimes I feel I would make such a good housewife, flowers to pick and look at, and then the fruit trees.  I get more than a little obsessed about picking all the apples in the garden and using each and every one (there are 4 apple trees). I believe (I have – just trying to smooth over my obsessiveness with sounding like I am not sure) I still have applesauce (äppelmos) in the freezer from 2013…IMG_0473

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For lunch I made the easiest 5 minute lunch – I had cooked the chicken carcass from the roast chicken we had earlier in the week and made some chicken stock.

1 liter stock

1 liter water

1tsp vegetable buillion powder

left over roast vegetables

left over roast chicken

Blitz after adding vegetables, add chicken and just heat through.

If you don’t have leftovers, just cook onion and and whatever veg you like and cook these in some oil to get some flavour (and salt and pepper) and then add two liters of water and a stock cube or buillion  Simmer until vegetables soft and blitz with hand blender.  Soup is so easy and so tasty and you feel very virtuous making it and eating it.

Now I am about ot have my 8th cup of coffee, my mother and aunt are visiting. I think they think I am cranky and jittery… but really it is just that I am not used to quite the coffee volumes that Swedes drink.  I am not entirely sure training to enable me to bring numerous pints of strong coffee every day is where I should spend my time or energy either…

Smoothie for Breakfast – Happier!

God Morning all!

Feeling much better today as decided last night to have a good day.  So got up and got dressed (not just jogging bottoms) even put some mascara on and had a good breakfast smoothie. I always have these ingredients at home:

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One small avocado (I buy the nets of avocado) IMG_0451

Small cup of frozen raspberries

One small to medium sized bananas

Squeeze of lemon

Spoon of ready chopped ginger

1 tsp of Spirulina if you wish

1 dl water and more to make it a good consistency

Blitz and drink!  Delicious and you feel very goos having had both an avocado and spinach for breakfast!

Even got my sunglasses out and my daughter said I looked very sweet… I think maybe more gangster in the picture she wanted to take. But thought I would add it and of course all photo rights go to little Miss M!

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Quick Omelette Lunch

I love eggs!  I actually ate a hard boiled egg on top of my seed bread with some Swedish Kalles Kaviar (Cod roe in a tube for those non Swedes) everyday for so long I now haven’t been able to look at the combination for about 6 months, I am starting to finally feel the craving come back to it though.  But in this time I have eaten many other form of egg.  For example a staple quick meal is two eggs scrambled – healthy, tasty and filling.

Today I made lunch for Mr. and myself (i.e. serves two for light lunch):

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2 large handfuls of spinach

1 small finely chopped onion

75 grams of feta (crumbled)

Salt and Pepper

Pinch of Chilli flakes

Mix it up and fry in one tablespoon of olive oil. Cook over medium to high heat and turn after 2-3 min.

Another Breakfast – Breakfast in a Cup

Today I am at home with my two kids. One is sick which is actually very rare, so a day on the sofa is called for.  As I had time to make breakfast in peace and quiet I had Breakfast in a mug.  There is no reason why this needs a leisurely morning, but as our microwave blew up 6 month ago – and yes there were flames – it does take a little longer to pop next door. Ridiculous I know!

Wheat and gluten free breakfast

Wheat and gluten free breakfast

Here is the recipe:

Oil a cup with a neutral oil

Blitz and mix:

1 egg

2 tbs almond flors

2 tbs desiccated coconut

small handful of hazelnuts

1/2 banana

2 large pinches of cinnamon

1 large pinch cardamon

After it is blitzed add a small handful of frozen berries or half a grated apple or pear. Mix this in and place mixture in the cup. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes.

Service with Greek Yogurt or dairy free equivalent, some honey if you want to indulge and maybe a dusting of cinnamon.

Enjoy!