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I’m really bad when it comes to using up all of the leftovers I have, trying to not throw out any food that could still be eaten. I don’t know why, but I have pretty much never been creative when it comes to using it up. I mentioned in my February Goals post that I want to get better at using them up so here’s one of my attempts. At first it didn’t sound like a good idea to combine these, but it had just the right taste for me to enjoy it. Here’s what I did;

1) I used two vegetable stock cubes in a liter or two of water to make a yummy base to boil the noodles in. I love making broths because they always enhance the taste of pasta.

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2) I found everything I wanted to use. Wok noodles, a mixture of brown rice and veggies, and a half full pack of Quorn ground ‘beef’. I don’t use a lot at a time, maybe a quarter of the bag or less, depending on how many I’m cooking for. I still have more of it left after this.

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3) I combined the rice & veggies and the Quorn in a frying pan with a lot of vegetable based ‘butter’ to make sure it didn’t burn. By now it kinda smelled like a wok dish, that’s why I thought of adding in wok noodles to make it more like a dinner and not just a lunch dish.

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4) After it was done I strained the noodles, I mixed some of the broth with a bit of ketchup and some spices because I didn’t have any sweet chili sauce left and poured it over everything. It didn’t taste bad. It wasn’t a proper wok dish, but it was close enough for me to enjoy it. I could see myself make this again, but with a proper sauce this time.

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Are you doing well when it comes to using up leftovers? And do you have a classic dish you go for to ensure you do so? Let me know!

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What makes me excited for Christmas

Lise —  December 17, 2017 — 16 Comments

Christmas lights everywhere

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I love this time of the year mainly because of the lights. It’s so nice to drive around after dark and look at how everyone has decorated their houses or trees or bushes. I really wish having lights outside would be a tradition all year round because it is absolutely stunning to look at. I think maybe I would like it less if I did see it constantly though, I wouldn’t have time to really appreciate it for what it is.

Shopping for presents

I love buying presents for people. I may not be the best at finding the right present for everyone but I will try my darndest to do so. If I can’t find something super personal I will just go for something people generally like to be on the safe side. It could also be fun to buy something completely different so that they can get the chance to try something new without having to spend a lot of money on it too.

Listening to Christmas songs

It doesn’t necessarily have to be traditional Christmas songs either. Lately I have been absolutely loving Sia’s Christmas album and this one has been on repeat a lot.

 

 

Spending time with family

There’s not much of my family left but I do enjoy spending time with those who are still with us. Although the lack of presence from those who have passed away in the most recent years is very noticeable, we still make the most of it and try to keep Christmas a joyous holiday and try not to dwell on the past or think about how it could be.

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Christmas food and drinks is so good. Once a year you get to stuff yourself so full you’ll regret it the next morning and it’s wonderful. I always try to not overeat but it happens no matter what I do.

 

What makes you excited for the holidays? 

Super simple focaccia bread

Lise —  December 8, 2017 — 9 Comments

What you will need for the dough:

  • 1 kg all purpose flour (you can mix flour types if you want)
  • 6 dl lukewarm water
  • 2 dl olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bag of dry yeast (Or use active yeast if you have that)

For ‘toppings’:

  • Some olive oil to drizzle on top
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Rosemary if you’re into that, I’m not.

Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 30-45 minutes.

How to do it:

Combine the water and oil at first. It will likely not mix but try to do it anyways. Then combine the dry ingredients, make sure that the yeast gets distributed evenly into the flour. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the water and oil mixture, don’t mix it too hard because you want it to be a loose dough, not a tightly kneaded one. Once they’re mixed, I’d recommend rubbing some oil between your hands before gently kneading the dough. The recipe I used said to pull the dough out and tuck it into the middle until it becomes smooth-ish. After that, leave it to rise for an hour, or until it has doubled in size. I left mine for two and a half hours, partially because I forgot about it. The bowl I used was covered by plastic and a kitchen towel, it’s just bare for the picture.

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After it has finished rising, dump it onto a baking tray, either one that is oiled up or use a baking sheet beneath it to avoid it from sticking to the tray. Gently press it down to spread it out and shape it into however you want it to look and then leave it to rise again for another half hour. I’d recommend starting to pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius at this point. After that, gently press your finger into the dough here and there, drizzle some oil, salt and whatever else you want on it and put it in the oven.

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Let it bake for 30-45 minutes, depending on how thick it is then take it out and let it rest and cool down for a while. Cut it into pieces and serve. If you don’t eat or use it all at once, you can definitely freeze it and reheat it in the oven whenever you want. It has worked really well for me, at least, because I can’t possibly finish all of this on my own.

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Have you tried making focaccia before? How did it go? 

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A day of self reflection

Lise —  November 23, 2017 — 5 Comments

This was an interesting day. We woke up to a lot of snow here in little old Norway, as you can see in the picture below. It made me dread going out for the day because no matter how prepared the snowplow people seem to be, they can never stay on top of keeping the roads driveable. Today was no different.

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I really wanted to just stay at home and not deal with the snow but I had to go do some Self management coursework. The course is in ten parts, each focusing on different things you can improve in your work place. This includes things like time management, finding your strengths and weaknesses, figuring out what gives you the best “flow” at work (through challenging yourself and making sure you do things at your required level of difficulty) and other things that can be relevant for you. I think it’s really interesting to put things in perspective, figure out just what it is that I do and figuring how to do it better. The course is all about finding your strengths and making them better instead of focusing on what you’re not good at.

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Half way through I was treated to lunch by my work consultant and I opted for a vegan meal. I just put together an easy salad at the salad bar, and the chefs had made focaccia bread and it was so juicy and good. I definitely won’t mind having that next time I have to attend more coursework stuff.

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I feel like I learned a lot, although I’m only halfway through the course, but I’m also looking forward to doing the rest and learning more skills I can put to use in a future work situation. It is of course helpful during my work experience program too since I am in an actual workplace, I’m just paid by the state while I’m there instead of the actual employer. Either way, any chance of self reflection is a good one, don’t you think?

Have you learned anything new lately? 

A very (n)ice cream.

Lise —  November 8, 2017 — 12 Comments

Nice cream? What?

One of my favorite discoveries this year is Nice cream. Nice cream is basically the vegan version of ice cream and it can be made with as little as just one ingredient. All you need is some frozen banana and that’s pretty much it! You can add in any kind of extra ingredients that you want. Some popular varieties include peanut butter, pineapple or chocolate chips.

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I prefer to eat mine plain, simply because I love the taste of bananas, or now and then I add in some peanuts. Something to remember though is that you should use very ripe bananas to make the mashing process easier, and cutting it up in smaller pieces before freezing them. I use a hand mixer to make it but using a blender or a nutribullet kind of thing could work well too. Just blend it into your preferred consistency and transfer it to portion sized boxes or whatever kind of container you want to keep them in. You can put it in the freezer for about an hour after making it for a better consistency or just leave it in there and thaw it later on when you want to eat it.

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I love Nice cream because it has so many options for customization, its totally dairy free and pretty much anyone could eat it, unless you’re allergic to bananas of course. It’s also very easy to make, and it takes just a few minutes to use the hand mixer or blender. The most time consuming part is waiting for the bananas to become frozen. Have you tried Nice cream before? What did you think of it? 

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