Irish Coffee

On a cold winter night, there is nothing like a hot irish coffee to warm you up from the inside out!

Supposedly the story goes, that some cold and tired passengers arrived at Joseph Sheridan’s restaurant one day in 1942 and to lift their spirits he added spirits to their coffee, and so the irish coffee was born! Thank you Joseph!! You are my hero!!!

I actually liked irish coffee – before I even liked regular coffee!  – must have been the cream…. hehe

According to Joseph the original recipe is:

“Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land.”

Simple – but to get a good quality irish coffee, you must use good quality ingridients and for an irish coffee, a nice quality dark roast is a great choice. We like to use Peter Larsen’s Ethiopian espresso blend and of course Tullamore Dew Whiskey.

We ALWAYS mix sugar and whiskey first – add coffee to how weak/strong you want the drink and top with whipped cream – YUMMY!!

 

The perfect hot drink for a winter night - irish coffee. The best recipe can be found at www.pennnylane.dk
I love these cups from “Tivoli” They cost 10 kr (aprox $1,5) and they are so darned cute!

TIP: Don’t whip the cream too hard – make it half-whipped; not too stiff, not too liquid. 

What is your favorite hot-drink for those cold winter nights?

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A beautiful and simple salad

When it comes to taste, there is nothing quite as good as the simple choice sometimes. Actually most of the time I prefer “simple”.

Over-seasoned food and especially salads are a no-go for me! That is why I love fruits in salads. They add freshness and a bit of sweetness, but never a really strong, piercing taste.

My work is really taking off at the moment, and last week was one of those weeks, where I wasn’t home for ONE SINGLE DINNER! Not really ideal, as I really want my baby to grow up with mommys homecooked food, but you win some, you lose some and I know it’s temporary (and if it’s not – promise you’ll remind me of what I just said!?!)

My husband came up with a great idea…

Here in Denmark we have a couple of different cateringservices that offer prepackaged mealplans and one of the companies Aarstiderne (= meaning “The Seasons”, because they cater to the seasons) offer some great organic mealplans. I had mentioned to try it a couple of times during my maternity leave, because I wanted some more us-time, but the timing never seemed to fit…

…and then he just did it! He ordered a mealbox saturday and yesterday it came.

The food looks delicous!!! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice I put up a picture when I opened the box of veggies. I have NEVER – and I mean never seen such mouthwatering greens – full of color and even scentful.

Veggies from "Aarstiderne", a danish catering company that makes organic mealplans amoungst other things.
YUM!

Today was fish day, some fantastic fried fresh (flat) fish, with small boiled potatoes and a heartsalad and sourcream dressing. Simple and delicous!

Pennie’s simple salad a la Aarstiderne

Serves 2 hungry people as a sidedish

heart salad

fennel

pear

handful of walnuts

How to:

It’s really simple: Cut the stem off the heart salad and place in wedges on a plate.

Slice the fennel and pear very thinly (I used a grater and set it on the lowest setting)

Toss in a handful of nuts

 

As a dressing I make a simple one with :

Lemon peel, lemon juice, honey, olive oil, cider vinegar and some salt and pepper.

The pears add a great sweetness!

 

I would never have thought to serve this salad with fish, but it fits very nicely I must say!

Delicious heart salad with pear, fennel and walnuts. Simple and delicious! Salad, homemade, healthy eating, lowcarbhighfat, clean eating, nuts, greens everyday. www.pennnylane.dk

 

What would you serve as a sidedish for a fish-dish??

Ginger Shots

So it’s Flu-season here in Denmark and because I work at a hospital,  I am around sick people every day, and in order not to get sick myself, I try and take my vitamins and generally stay healthy.

AND I also drink a shot of my moms delicious secret health elixir

(sounds exotic…. no??!)

It helps me boost my immunesystem. It’s quite delicious and also good mixed with Gin or vodka 😉

 

It's flu season! Stay healthy by making your own health elixir! Get the recipe for my delicious ginger shots and never worry about the flu again! www.pennnylane.dk

 

Pennie’s “Flu-be-gone” Ginger shot

3 Lemons (Or 2 lemons and 1 lime if that’s what you have…sorry mom!)
1 big hunk of gingerroot.
2 liters of water
It's flu season! Stay healthy by making your own health elixir! Get the recipe for my delicious ginger shots and never worry about the flu again! www.pennnylane.dk
Peel the ginger and slice. Peel lemons (and lime).
Pop everything (ginger, lemon/lime peel and lemon/lime juice  in pot with water and let boil for 20 min.

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Add honey/sugar substitute if you want it sweet. (I like it fine without!)
Sift into a bottle and refrigerate. Kan keep up to 1 month in the fridge.
It's flu season! Stay healthy by making your own health elixir! Get the recipe for my delicious ginger shots and never worry about the flu again! www.pennnylane.dk
Enjoy and say Goodbye to the flu!!
Do you have a secret tip to keeping the flu away??

All that left-over Oatmeal…

The first couple of months of Dianna starting to eat porridges and oatmeal – Oh my Goodness did alot go to waste – and I really mean ALOT!

And not only because she threw it everywhere (but her mouth)… but also because she was a bit of a fussy eater and sometimes just didn’t want to eat breakfast.

(Mommy would of course cave and giver her a bottle… hence it went on for quite a while!!)

After starting daycare and her daycare mother giving me some much needed advice on her diet, I have started to be more strict and not offer her a bottle and of course she has started eating her porridge! Although sometimes my portionsize is still a bit off, and quite a bit is left.

I mostly make oatmeal, because it’s easy to make and (in my opinon) tastes great!

But I have since found some great recipes to make use of all that left-over oatmeal!

 

Leftover Oatmeal Buns

Yields: 10-12

3-4 dl of lukewarm water

Yeast

Salt

Leftover oatmeal

Raisins (sometimes I have it in the oatmeal already)

Vegetable oil

Flour (wholewheat or plain – up to you!)

Leftover-oatmeal buns. Tired of having all that oatmeal go to waste, because your baby's not eating it? Here is a great way to make use of it - bake some oatmeal buns for lunch! www.pennnylane.dk

Pour the lukewarm water into your baking bowl. (NB! It’s important that it’s lukewarm, as the heat helps activate the yeast so your buns rise!)

Add the yeast and stir until it’s dissolved.

Add the left-over oatmeal (and raisins)

Leftover-oatmeal buns. Tired of having all that oatmeal go to waste, because your baby's not eating it? Here is a great way to make use of it - bake some oatmeal buns for lunch! www.pennnylane.dk

Add the salt, oil and finally the flour

Knead until it has the consistency you want.

Let the dough rise for about 1 hour. (If you’re in a hurry less can do as well)

Make into small buns and bake at 180 degrees celcius for aprox. 20 min.

Leftover-oatmeal buns. Tired of having all that oatmeal go to waste, because your baby's not eating it? Here is a great way to make use of it - bake some oatmeal buns for lunch! www.pennnylane.dk

Dianna simply LOVES these with butter and cheese or simply just as they are.

A great and healthy snack for you and your child, especially if you bake them with some wholewheat flour or even rye.

And the best thing is – nothing’s going to waste!!!

Leftover-oatmeal buns. Tired of having all that oatmeal go to waste, because your baby's not eating it? Here is a great way to make use of it - bake some oatmeal buns for lunch! www.pennnylane.dk
YUM!!

Hungarian Gullasch Stew(p)

The weather here in Denmark at the moment is just perfect for slow-cooked, simmerfood;

Soups and Stews…. or Stewps as I say!

And this is one of my favorites! It’s best when it can be cooked over a campfire by the way, which I highly recommend! The smokey flavour from the fire, just makes it more yummy!

Hungarian Gullasch Stewp!

4 servings (+ lunch the next day)

 

Ingridients:

800g Beef
Bacon (aprox. 1 package – but use what you feel like!)
Oil
Paprika
2 diced onions
250 g diced mushrooms
2-3 diced carrots
½ diced celeriac
2 diced red or yellow peppers
8 x garlic
1-3 finely chopped chilies or 2 teaspoons of smoked chili-paste like Chum chum (or both if you like it spicy!)
2 dl. redwine
0,5 liter beef stock
2 laurel leaves
½ teaspoon of cumin
Salt & pepper
1 can of tomatopuré
1 dl. sourcream
Chopped parsley to sprinkle over the dish before serving

 

How to:

Fry the bacon in pieces on the frying pan and let the fat drip off.

Fry the beef on the frying pan in the leftover baconjuices along with the paprika. If you have different kinds of paprika, use a mix of both sweet and spicy, and let the beef marinade in it.

Fry the onion and garlic until it’s see-through with a bit of color. Add the mushrooms and red peppers.

 

Lots of garlic, onions, yellow peppers and mushrooms are some of the ingredients in my wonderful Hungarian Gullasch Stew. To get the recipe, visit my blog: www.pennnylane.dk

 

Dice the carrots and celeriac and add to the mixture.

(You can also add some diced potatoes – although your Stewp won’t be quite so Lowcarb)

Add the redwine, broth, laurels, cumin, salt & pepper and the tomato puré.

Let it simmer for 2-3 hours and serve with bread, a dollop of sourcream and a sprinkle of parsley!

 

My Hungarian Gullasch Stew, a great winter dish to warm you up during these cold months. Get the recipe on my blog: www.pennnylane.dk

ENJOY!!

What is your favorite winter dish??

Dealing with Mommy-guilt

Alright, so it’s week 1 of me returning to work and already the mommyguilt is setting in. Well, maybe “mommyguilt” is the wrong word, I’m not sure.

I thought I could do it all! And boy was I wrong!

  • Back to work (Check √)
  • Great daycare (Check √)
  • New courses for work (Check √)
  • Steady Blog and Instagram posts (Check √)
  • Keeping the house in order (Check …..)
  • Taking care of Dianna as she’s sick (Ch….)
  • Not sleeping any….. oh SH!!!!!!T!

Everything went wrong in just 4 days…

Right… so my plan worked for about 4 days and then completely broke down. Dianna has been sick the last 2 nights (only) and I’ve slept for maybe 4 hours in total.

I’ve had to call in to work taking a “kid-sick day x 2”, so of course no daycare, thankfully I haven’t missed any courses (but did miss 2 days of intro at my work! ARGH!), trying to blog…. but no brainpower, house is a complete mess, Dianna is priority no. 1!…. and sleep what is that again???

And I have such guilt for being a mommy and putting my baby first. I know my coworkers depend on me as well and my boss too – but I just can’t satisfy everyone.

 

So I had a good cry on my husbands shoulders… a BIG cup of coffee, called work and made a new plan with my boss, took a deep breath…

and reminded myself that I am only human and that I am good enough!

I hate it when my baby's sick! ;(

What do you do, when the mommy guilt is overwhelming you??

 

Homemade Chai Latte

I LOVE Chai Lattes - how about you?? There is nothing better on a cold night or day or simply to relax and unwind. Get my recipe for a great cup of home made chai latte on my blog: www.pennnylane.dk

I LOVE a nice cup of Chai Latte and ordinarily I drink this one from Celestial Seasonings…

Oooooh it’s so good! Just add a little bit of milk (or cream, I dare you!!)

Mmmmm…. the best unwind, put your PJ’s on and relax kind of tea!

Today I wanted to do something extra special though. It’s been really tough starting back at work again after a great maternity leave and since we’re still trying to eat lowcarb, the usual treats for myself are no-go, so I decided to treat myself to a great homemade cup of Chai Latte.

 

PenNnyLane’s homemade Chai-Te-Latte:

Ingridients:

2,5 dl Milk (about 1 cup)
2,5 dl Water (same as above!)
2 Black Darjeeling teabags

Let the tea boil for 3-4 minutes and then rest for 5 minutes.

Then add:
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of crushed ginger
½ teaspoon of crushed cardamom
2 tablespoons of brown sugar or sweetner equivalent
1 teaspoon of vanilla-sugar (or extract)

Bring the tea to a boil again for about 4-5 minutes.

Strain the spices from the tea and pour into your favorite tea-mug and ENJOY!!!
If you feel like it – add whipped cream or milkfoam and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

YUMMY!

 

 Don’t waste a drop!
What is your favorite healthy treat?

Carrot, Apple & Zuccini Baby Puree

Carrot, apple and zuccini baby puree. A great first puree for your baby to try. To get the recipe and much more visit my blog: www.pennnylane.dk

When Dianna turned 4 months, I introduced her to this puree.

A smart woman from my maternity group told me, that the first foods I introduced to my baby first off, shouldn’t be too sweet, or my baby could get a “sweet-tooth”. She might only want to eat sweet puree’s and not the vegetable kind.

Make homemade babyfood for your baby. My delicious recipe for carrot, apple and zuccini puree is great as a first time puree for your baby. www.pennnylane.dk

The puree’s you can buy in the stores can keep for 24-36 hours after opening and per glas in Denmark you pay 7-8 kr (around $1). It can definetly be done cheaper, by DIY! Not to mention, you waste much less having only to make one portion at a time. (In case baby is a bit fussy…. it happens!)

I’ve pinned quite a lot of recipes from Pinterest. But mostly I go with whatever greens I have in my fridge, pretty much any combination is possible.

This is one of Dianna’s favorite puree’s though. And maybe your baby’s too!

Dianna’s first babypuree

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Carrot, Apple & Zuccini Baby Puree
Yummy in your Baby's tummy. A great start for introducing real food to your baby.
Carrot, apple and zuccini baby puree. A great first puree for your baby to try. To get the recipe and much more visit my blog: www.pennnylane.dk
Course Babyfood
Cuisine Babyfood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Course Babyfood
Cuisine Babyfood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Carrot, apple and zuccini baby puree. A great first puree for your baby to try. To get the recipe and much more visit my blog: www.pennnylane.dk
Instructions
  1. I prefer to use organic vegetables, as I leave the peel on. Some would maybe prefer to peel the veggies - but they contain a lot of nutrients that are good for baby, so I leave it on.
    Carrot, apple and zuccini baby puree, a great first puree for you baby. To see the recipe and other great recipes for your family and baby, visit my blog: www.pennnylane.dk
  2. Wash the veggies and cut into smaller pieces.
  3. Bring to boil for 15 min. and let stand for 10 min. (Can be done in the microwave oven as well).
  4. Whiz to a puree in whatever kitchenmachine you prefer. I use my OBH Nordic staff-blender.
Recipe Notes

Instead of investing in a lot of new "babyfood"containers I use my muffin forms. I love these silicone ones from Wondercakes.

Carrot, apple & zuccini baby puree. The absolute best baby puree to start with. Your baby will love it! To get the recipe, visit my blog: www.pennnylane.dk
See the plant? It's a celery stalk i put in a glass of water, it grew roots and I planted it!

I see a lot of pins on pinterest, where people have used icetrays for freezing the puree's. However icetrays aren't really made for containing "hot" food. Keep in mind to wait until the puree is cool, to pour it into the icetrays.

What I love about using the muffin forms, is that it's function is to contain food. So you don't have to worry about BPA's or any other harmful substance around your baby's food. And don't you just love the little heart shapes?!?

When they are frozen solid, I take them out of the muffin forms and store them in marked freezer bags.

What was the first puree you gave your baby??

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Declutter your home DAY 4

Day 4 of my "How to declutter your home in 4 days" - guide. Go to my blog www.pennnylane.dk and see the full guide for free.

Day 4 is finally here, we’re almost done! We’ve tackled the wardrobe, the bathroom, the kitchen and now your WORKSPACE!

I am a fanatic hoarder when it comes to my workspace. I’m actually a very orderly person, EXCEPT when it comes to this place. I somehow find energy in being surrounded by a “little” chaos. I know, sounds crazy! But there is such a thing as organized chaos, I swear! I know exactly where everything is!!

But because I am going back to work after a long maternity leave (1 whole year!!! – where did the time go?!?), it was crucial for me that my workspace was tidy and ready for me to go back to work.

Last year my husband remodelled our upstairs. We wanted more room, so he moved our staircase from the front of our house to the middel so we could utilize room in both ends of the house. And in doing so he freed up room to make a great work-from-home space for me (and a study area for himself!). It’s amazing and I’m very happy with it. The only downside is there isn’t much storage space, so I have 2 halfsized bookshelves and 2 drawers for ALL my stuff. And my books alone are in 8 moving boxes… sooooo…. as you can imagine it’s quite cluttered.

Not anymore! And here is how…

DAY 4

How to declutter your home in 4 days. This is day 4 - 12 things to get rid of in your workspace! Read my guide to a clutterfree workspace. www.pennnylane.dk

My workspace was full of bad conscience, half finished projects and they kept stopping me from starting new ones – because I felt so bad I wasn’t finished. Now my conscience is clear and I’m ready to go back to work!! Or well at least my workspace is…

It’s sad having to go back to work – but my little Dianna so LOVES her daycare, that I know it’s only me who has the problem, not her!

Still…. Wish me luck!!

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Declutter your home DAY 3

Day 4 of my Declutter challenge: How to declutter your kitchen! www.pennnylane.dk

Today I have enlisted some help. Our kitchen is quite big and holds alot of storage space, and I really wanted to get it all done, so my dear hubby was only too happy to help! He is very practical and usually doesn’t get to help me “design” the kitchen space, so this time he jumped at the oppertunity. And I must say he had some very good ideas – things I hadn’t thought of myself.

DAY 3

So my first tip for decluttering is definetly, do it with someone else! They may see things from an entirely different perspective then you and that can be incredibly helpful! Brian had some good ideas to make the flow in the kitchen more natural – for example all coffee-things by the coffee maker, my baking stuff in drawers close to each other and so on. It freed up alot of counter space and we even got a whole cupboard for Diannas things now! I can’t believe we didn’t do this earlier!

We got rid of 2 whole bags!!! TWO?!? (and yes there are still things left in our cupboards) 🙂

Are you tired of your cluttered house? Follow my guide to declutter your home in 4 days. www.pennnylane.dk

I LOVE my kitchen now. Actually it’s one of the places in the house I spend most time (next to my bed!), so of course it’s important that it’s well organized and feels spacious. I try not to have too many appliances at any given time, simply because I know that in the long run we won’t use them. My husband LOVES buying new fancy machines though.

The one appliances I absolutely couldn’t live without is my Kitchenaid!! Next to brian, it’s my true love!

What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

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