Archive for March, 2013

Kjapp og enkel makrellpâté

Makrell er en god og næringsrik fisk, proppfull av omega 3 fettsyre – og makrellpâté (eller røre) er en ny favoritt i huset. Du kan bruke kald- eller varmrøkt makrell.

Til fire personer trenger du:

3 makrellfileter
150g kremost
100g crème fraîche eller rømme
3 teskjeer revet pepperrot
En neve finhakket dill

1. Rens fisken for skinn og bein, og kjør en tredjedel av fisken i en foodprocessor med ost, rømme og revet pepperrot til du får en glatt røre.

2. Tilsett en god porsjon nykvernet svart pepper og smak til med sitronsaft. Rør så forsiktig inn dill og resten av fisken.

Serveres med en god salat og rugbrød.

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Mackerel is a delicious nutritious fish, with intense creamy meat packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and mackerel pâté is a new house favourite. The recipe is from The Guardian, and I can’t wait to try it!

Serves 4

3 hot smoked mackerel fillets
150g cream cheese
100g crème fraîche or sour cream
3 tsp freshly grated horseradish
Lemon, to squeeze
Small handful of dill, finely chopped

1. Skin the mackerel fillets and check for any bones. Flake three quarters into a food processor with the cheese, sour cream and horseradish and whizz until smooth.

2. Add a good grinding of black pepper, and lemon juice to taste, then fold through the dill and the remaining fish. Serve with rye bread or crisp toast.

** Verdict: A very smooth and creamy pâté, but you will need lots of  freshly ground pepper to lift it. Also fresh dill is a must, which we didn’t manage to find due to late shopping and Easter panic…. I will experiment a bit next time as it lacked depth. Would be nice with a side salad too, not just salad leaves.

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Enkel banankake

Enda en enkel kake fra Westbourne House, og det er ikke tilfeldig. Jeg er en utålmodig og lite nøyaktig kakebaker. Denne er deilig, og bør nytes med earl gray te og hyggelig selskap.


125g smør

150g sukker

1 ts vaniljesukker

1 egg

2 modne bananer, most

1/2 ts sitronskall

190g hvetemel

2 ts bakepulver

60ml melk


1. Smelt smør, sukker og vaniljesukker i en kjele på middels varme.

2. Hell over i en bakebolle og tilsett most banan og sitronskall, og bland godt sammen. La stå en halvtimes tid.

3. Tilsett egg, sikt inn mel og melk.

4. Hell deigen i en lang brødform kledd med bakepapir.

5. Dryss over en spiseskje demarara sukker for å få en sprø skorpe.

5. Stek på 150 grader i omtrent 35 minutter.

6. Avkjøl på rist, og server!


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Notice how all my cakes are ‘easy’…? No coincidence.

It feels as if it’s been raining for days, days upon days of wind and rain… And I feel like treating myself and the other occupants of the flat, so what better than some banana cake and a nice cup of lady gray?


125g butter

150g caster sugar

1tsb vanilla extract or vanilla sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 very ripe bananas

1/2 ts lemon rind

190g self raising flour

60ml milk


1. Grease and line a 2lbg loaf tin. Melt butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Remove from heat and add the mashed bananas and lemon grind, mix well and allow to stand for the flavours to develop.

3. Add in the egg, mix well.

4. Stir in the flour and the milk.

5. Pour into the prepared tin, sprinkle with a tablespoon of demarara sugar to give a crunchy topping (optional).

6. Bake at 150C fan oven (170 C regular oven) for 35 mins, until a skewer comes out clean.

Leave to cool and enjoy!

Banana cake

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I have now lost nearly 10kg and managed to keep it off too, and I am pretty darn proud of myself (not a common occurrence, let me tell you…..)

Thought I would let you in on my ‘secrets’ to a slimmer me 😀

My top tips are:-

  • No sugar or artificial sweetener
  • No butter or oil – use a good cooking spray instead
  • Avoid bread, potatoes and fresh pasta, or just have a little
  • Eat plenty of vegetables, pulses and beans & some fruit
  • If you eat meat, ensure most of the visible fat is removed
  • If you eat chicken, ensure all of the skin is removed
  • Drink at least 1 litres of water per day, and ensure you take extra calcium
  • Have the occasional day off; enjoy a bar of chocolate, some fries or a meal in a restaurant
  • Get active & don’t starve yourself
  • Plan your meals for the week ahead

And yes, it takes a bit getting used to not having your every day comforts like sugar in your tea/coffee, olive oil on your garden salad and butter on your toast, and you can still have some of this, just not every day.

Just for today, do not be angry, do not be worried, be grateful, do your duties and be kind to others.

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So I’ve got a bit of an Indian theme going currently. Could be because winter drags on and on. Next weekend I will attempt to make a red lentil dhal, a great vegetarian dish, which works well on its own or as part of a meal. Stay tuned, folks!

Whoops – still not made this. Life keeps getting in the way!


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