October 18, 2014

Iceland part II


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As I mentioned in my last Iceland post, we were in Reykjavik the first day and for a few hours the last day. I was so tired the first day that I had to go to bed early so I didn't get to see much. I was able to snap some photos the last day though.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian options in the restaurants we went to! The first day I had vegan toast, not something you would find in my hometown exactly. Then in the evening I can't even remember what I ate because I was so tired. The second day I had a "bygotto" (risotto but with barley instead of rice). Even in the lobster restaurant they had a vegetarian option. I was pretty impressed. It's not often that I eat this good food whilst traveling. And in Sweden I'm used to having goat cheese and mushrooms in most dishes (ok, that might be an exaggeration but I hate goat cheese with a passion).



I also mentioned that we saw Northern lights. Twice. The photo below was taken the second time. The first time, we were outside for two minutes and I was thinking that we were probably NEVER going to see one. But suddenly, to my surprise, we saw the unmistakable green formation up in the sky (we literally had been outside two minutes). So lucky. I had of course forgotten my battery in our room so I ran in to get it. I was struggling with my tripod so those images came out a bit shaky. But it was so cool to see it for real. I was better prepared the second time but my tripod still didn't want to cooperate.

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October 12, 2014

Iceland part I


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I've seen mountains. I've seen northern lights, waterfalls, beaches with black sand and pink sunsets. I've seen long empty roads. I've seen more sheep than I could ever count. I've bathed in hot springs (and a jacuzzi!).
We drove in the highlands through water and gravel without seeing a single soul for hours. In the dark and through the thickest fog I've ever seen. For a few minutes I was quite worried, but we kept our spirits up in the car. I've seen some unreal things that I never thought I would see. And in very good company. It has been a remarkable journey in so many ways and I will never forget it.
The beauty of Iceland has blown me away. It's a place of magic.

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The pictures of the turquoise ice blocks are from the ice lake Jökulsárlón. When we drove up to it my eyes started tearing up (and I was not alone) from the sight. It was unreal. I had never seen such beauty before. The ice blocks are constantly changing and when we were there they were relatively small. If you're ever going to Iceland, I highly suggest you visit this place. We also went to Landmannalaugar, Blue Lagoon, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Vík, Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. And some places inbetween of course.

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I went on this trip with Fotoresor, with a group of wonderful photographers. I've never done anything like this before in my life (and I never thought I would) but I'm just so incredibly happy that I did.
We didn't spend much time in Reykjavik because there were so many other things to see. Next time I go there I need to spend more time exploring the city.

Did I see Björk you ask? Why yes. Yes I did (for real). For the complete Icelandic experience.

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October 2, 2014

Exhibition opening



Just nu förbereder jag för min allra första utställning. Otroligt spännande, och extra roligt att kunna ha den i min hemstad! Galleriet ligger i en anslutning till en tyg- och inredningsbutik så det kommer bli intimt och mysigt, precis som jag vill ha det. Om någon är sugen på att titta förbi på vernissagen finns all information i Facebookeventet. Utställningen kommer hänga kvar till 31 januari. Hoppas att vi ses där!



In English:
Right now I'm preparing for my very first exhibition. It's super exciting, and the fact that it's in my hometown makes it even better. Feel free to come by if you're in the area! For more info, check out the Facebook event.

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September 24, 2014

Sweet food & photography



Nu är min nya bok här!
Den innehåller cookies, tårtor, pajer, cheesecakes, cupcakes och andra sötsaker. Vad sägs till exempel om pavlovarulltårta med mascarpone och hallon, banoffee pie, briochebullar med choklad, stout pretzel cupcakes, macadamiakolapaj, chokladtårta med kolapopcorn, bärgalette, cheesecakebrownie med hallon, citronmarängtårta och apple fritters? Dessutom innehåller den tre informativa kapitel kring hur du bakar, dekorerar, stylar och fotograferar! Jag hoppas att du ska tycka om den, oavsett om du bakar recepten eller om du bara vill ha den att titta i. Framförallt hoppas jag att den ska vara inspirerande. För att få en liten förhandstitt kan du kika på videon nedan, eller på bilderna. Allt finns med i boken!
Passa på att köpa boken just nu för endast 179:- (ord. pris 199:-) hos Bokus (följ länken för att ta del av erbjudandet).




In English:
My new book has finally been released in Sweden! And I can already tell you that it will be out in English (US, Roost books) and German (AT Verlag). Wohoo! How great is that? The German version will be out in September 2015 and the US version sometime during spring 2016. Maybe you're wondering why it takes such a long time to translate into English. Well, Swedish and American ingredients differ quite a lot so all the recipes will need to be tested first. We want all the recipes to work, of course!

To celebrate, I made this video for my book. Hope you like it!






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September 16, 2014

Home



Leaving Iceland was bittersweet.
It has been an amazing journey, the best one of my life I'd say.
I've filled up many memory cards with Iceland's beauty so it will take a few days for me to go through them all. Stay tuned.


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September 5, 2014

Blueberry lemon muffins with cardamom crumble topping




Okay, can we just talk about these muffins for a while? They are so delicious. You need to make them, now. I almost can't believe how fluffy and perfect they are. I'm pretty sure I need to make this recipe as a cake too. Soon.

I'm leaving for Iceland next week (sounds like I'm moving there but I'm not) and I know myself all too well. I need to write lists everyday because I have a fear of forgetting something. Soon, I'll start dreaming nightmares about missing my flight or forgetting my bag at the airport.
I wish I could be a little more relaxed. Laid back. Especially when it comes to traveling. Besides from the fact that I have travel anxiety, I know it will be an amazing trip and I'm looking forward to it so much. I've packed my camera gear and I'll bring my computer as well so hopefully I'll be able to update with some photos while I'm there!


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August 28, 2014

Vanilla bean cake




Autumn is definitely upon us. The days are getting shorter and the air is getting crisper. It's sunny. And it rains. Then 5 minutes later, it's sunny again.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore autumn, it's probably my favorite time of the year (ok, I think I say that about all seasons).
I feel more inspired and full of energy than ever, and I can finally wear my favorite clothes again. Yes, I wear clothes during summer too, but way to little for my taste. I always feel like I lose my sense of style (the little that I have..) when it's too hot outside.
In fact, I feel so inspired and have so many ideas that in the end, nothing gets done. Almost. Or maybe it's in my head because people around me tell me "But, you get SO much done" and I just shrug my shoulders.. I run around, doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I'm wondering, are there any freelancers reading this? How are you coping with time management?  I'm completely clueless so hit me up with your best tips please!

I actually surprised myself when I took these photos because they are so very summery, and my mood is set to autumn. I guess it's still summer though, after all, it's only August.

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August 19, 2014

Black Forest gâteau



I'm a huge fan of boozy desserts and this cake is no exception. I must say it's one of my all time favorites.
When I made some research for my first book, I realized that the Swedish Schwarzwald cake I had been eating all my life was something completely different than the German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (also known as the Black Forest cake/gâteau). The Swedish Schwarzwald cake consists of hazelnut meringue layers, whipped cream and chocolate and is of course also one of my favorites. Definitely something for a future blogpost.

Anyway, this is my version of the Black forest cake. Wait, let's call it gâteau instead. Black forest gâteau. Sounds so much fancier. It consists of three fluffy layers of chocolate cake drenched in kirsch syrup, mascarpone frosting, cherries in kirsch, shaved chocolate, chocolate ganache and fresh cherries. I think that's all. Phew.

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August 14, 2014

Strawberry peach popsicles with coconut milk




These popsicles have been lingering in my freezer for weeks now.
I've been waiting for the perfect timing to take pictures and the perfect idea on how to style them, but apparently that time and that idea never came (and I was sick of waiting and wanted to eat them too of course).
Oh well. That happens sometimes, and when that happens I think it's best to keep things simple. Crooked popsicle sticks and all.

The best thing about photographing popsicles is that you get to eat all of them. So now I've eaten three to make up for all the waiting. Yes, that's right. I'll probably eat the fourth one very soon.

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August 8, 2014

Blackberry galette



I decided to go to my friend Lina's parents place yesterday to pick some blackberries and hang out with her and her family. I've known them for 13 years now. Still going strong. It feels like there is always a celebration going on when I'm there (not because of me, of course..). I like that.
I brought pie dough so we could make a galette, because I knew there would be berries to pick. Lots and lots of ripe blackberries. It's always a challenge to bake at someone else's place because you never know what ingredients they have on hand. I always have sugar, flour, butter, eggs, milk.. yeah, you get the idea. But not all people do. You don't "know" the oven like your own and you have no idea what kitchen tools they have. And I didn't bring any props, because I really didn't plan to make a blogpost. This galette is pretty great on its own and there is really no need for fancy props here.

This galette has just the right amount of sweetness, so you can easily sneak in a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want to. Or two, or even three..

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