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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Tacos and Ice Cream

This morning was another wet and non summery morning hence I made some seed bread and some ice cream. Our neighbours have hens which we are looking after hence I had 4 VERY fresh eggs to use.  I am ridiculously proud of the fact that for nearly 2 years I have had home made seed bread (or frökex) in the house.  Makes me feel like a domestic godess which is quite a nice feeling.  To make the ice cream (which is not dairy free i´this tie sorry!) I did the following in the morning and the kids had it in cones after dinner.

Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 5 dl of whipping cream (40% fat) – whipped firmly
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of birch sugar
  • 2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla

Whip the eggs, sugar and vanilla and add it ot the whipped cream (you can use the same utensils!).  I was rather fancy in my domestic bliss that I then churned it for 25 min in the ice cream maker.  If not just mix it after 15 in in the freezer.

Of course you can skip the vanilla and ad fresh raspberries or something else…. I served this is cones (bought in the shop with gluten sugar the whole lot… easy and very happy girls) if I hadn’t been so tired from doing very little for the rest of the day I would have made chocolate sauce to go with it – it is very easy to make ‘healthily’. I include a picture below – excited girls means very little focus – sorry!

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BEFORE the ice cream we had tacos – another thing that is very easy to make without any bad stuff in it. I fried the mince with my taco mix.  Then I made some guacamole with 2 avocados, some lemon juice, salt and pepper and dried chilli.  Salsa with dried chilli, olive oil, salt, pepper and lots of chopped coriander and then served it in an ice berg lettuce leaf with grated cheese, creme fraiche, chopped cucumber, jalapeno’s.  Really tasty and so easy and easy to make dairy free or vegetarian. Face it guacamole is good with anything!

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Quick Sausage Summer dinner

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Get someone friendly to grill some GOOD quality sausages.

Make some tabbouleh – as I was away I made it with bulgur but Quinoa is a good gluten free choice.  I make it simple and add to cooled quinoa or bulgur (I made 4 portions according to the packet – i lied my friend made it):

  • A lot of parsley chopped
  • A lot of min chopped
  • juice of a lemon
  • 2-3 tbs of good olive oil
  • lots of salt and pepper
  • a chopped tomato

I also made a buffalo mozzarella, tomato and avocado sallad with some lemon juice, basil infused olive oil and salt and pepper. And last but not least a ‘sauce’ with Turkish (or Greek or dairy free alternative) yogurt:

2 dl yogurt of some kind (plain!!)

Juice of half a lemon

2 tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp herb salt

black pepper

Serve it all in the not so sunny weather with a BIG jumper on!

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

Ground Elder (Kirskål) – Leftover lunch

I have a lot of Ground Elder or Kirskål as it is called in Swedish in my garden. A LOT!  I kthumb_IMG_0849_1024thumb_IMG_0846_1024now you can eat it but haven’t done so until today.  As it is now June I figured the ground elder is not at its most tender (I havenot idea if its true I just know it has now been there for many weeks!) so I cooked it before eating.

Leftovers with Ground Elder

I had in my fridge some leftovers:

Leftover taco mince

Leftover chopped up tomatoes

Left over Walnut Pesto

  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • One spring onion (or other little bit of thumb_IMG_0851_1024normal/red/garlic onion like thing you have in the back of the fridge)
  • Handful of ground elder/kirskål
  • 2 cm chunk of courgette/zucchini
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 2 eggs

Fry the chopped spring onion, tomatoes, ground elder in the olive oil. After a few minutes add the mince, salt and pepper to taste as well as the chilli flakes.  When the mince is warmed through add two beaten eggs.  When the egg is cooked serve with a dollop of Walnut Pesto.

Serve with a dollop of leftover pesto!

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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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  • 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!

Hot smoked Salmon lunch

Hot smoked salmon – can I praise it enough? Tasty, good for you and lasts in the fridge for many weeks if vacuum packed.  I think the key to changing your eating habits is to ensure that you have good tasty and easily cooked food at home.  I am nor sure this counts as cooking, but I am feeling pleasantly full and rather virtuous from having had a good and tasty lunch!

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Hot smoked Salmon sallad lunch for 1

  • I piece of hot smoked salmon
  • 1/4 of a cucumber
  • one avocado
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 spring onions (little piece of red onion or chives is also good)

Put all the vegetables in a bowl and add the following as a dressing:

  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp of maldon sea salt or similar
  • good dose of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp grated (or ready grated) horseradish

Mix it all up and serve next to the salmon. Enjoy!

A friend of mine asked me what I will do when I stop eating like this? I was not quite sure what she meant, but I realised she felt it was too difficult to keep eating well over time.  I actually think now that my cupboards are stocked in a different way it is easy.  AND don’t forget sometimes you eat something you maybe feel you shouldn’t… but that is life!  Tonight my daughters school has some fun in the evening and we will grill hotdogs, I will aim not to eat the bread – but I will undoubtedly have one of the chocolate balls. Life will go on!  I will also admit that I feel disgustingly proud of myself sometimes – I am sure some people want to smack me in the face (no one has followed through yet at least!!) but I think being better at controlling what I eat is REALLY hard, so when it works I feel I have the right to be proud.  (I also feel proud for the most standard of things like emptying the dishwasher… but why not celebrate the small successes at least in your own mind!)

Salmon and avocado – starter or light lunch – dinner party worthy

This is definately dinner party worthy and when I can get a chunk of cold smoked salmon I tend to do this. My love of Lidl will show through here as they often sell it!

300 grams cold smoked salmon

2 ripe avocados

3 tbsp greek yougurt or dairy free equivalent

2 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tbsp grated horse radish (pepparrot)

The juice of half a lemon

Mix all the ingredients except the salmon into a thick dressing. Chop the salmon and avocado into small cubes and mix into the dressing and serve on top of slice of gluten free bread or just with some rocket on top.

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Fredagsmys – Avocado and prawns

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I love avocado and think I eat at least one a day… This was one of those fancy things they ate int he 80’s I can remember my parents having them – their shoulder pads touching in typical 80*s fashion!

Avocado and Prawns for 2

50 grams of stilton (or other blue cheese not sure if there is a dairy free alternative)

2 dl greek yogurt

1 tbsp olive oil

Pepper

Blitz this in a mixer and spoon into avocados and add ready peeled prawns!

I am now debating if there are any pictures of me in the Mullet (Hockeyfrilla) I used to have…. Otherwise it is Friday!!  Happy Friday all!

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!!