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8 cups strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup finely ground almonds


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, gently toss the strawberries with the granulated sugar, and flour.

Pour strawberry mixture into the prepared baking dish.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, ground almonds and butter until crumbs form.

Distribute crumb topping evenly over strawberries.

Bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown.

Original Strawberry Crumble Recipe Recipe found at Grandmothers Kitchen Recipes.

I will definitely try this with blackberry too ūüôā


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If you must know one thing about me, then know that I am not a great dessert or cake person. I do enjoy a slice of cake from time to time, but nothing too sweet or creamy. However, a tangy lemon drizzle cake is one of my favourite, and while reading Mary Berry’s autobiography I came across the below recipe. Mary suggests in her book to; always follow the recipe the first time you make something, then make your alterations. So I did, and the cake was lovely, albeit a bit too sweet for me and not quite lemony enough. I suggest replacing *6 tablespoons of milk with lemon juice, and also reduce the amount of *sugar in the icing. I might even try to add some lime rind too.

Cuts into about 24 pieces

175g soft butter
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons milk*
Grated rind of 2 lemons

For the icing
Juice of 2 lemons
175g granulated sugar*

Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas 4

Grease and line the base if a 30 x 23 x 4cm traybake or roasting tin with non-stick baking paper.

Measure all ingredients in a large bowl and beat well for 2 minute until well blended. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level on top. I normally smooth it out with a spatula.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until golden.

To make the icing, mix together the lemon juice and sugar to give a runny consistency. Spread out evenly over the warm cake and leave to set.

Yummy with a nice cup of tea!

Natasja x



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I spent the day in London today, and after meetings & lunch, I decided to cross the river and just wander around the south bank. But it was windy and touristy, so after a while I ended up at Foyles instead. And obviously headed straight to the cookery section…. Where I found the most beautiful book: Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour, with recipes from the Middle East and beyond. One dish in particular caught my eye; Persian Walnut, Pomegranate and Chicken Stew (Khoreshteh Fesenjan).¬†http://sabrinaghayour.com/category/fesenjan/

And Persian cooking fits nicely in with a beautiful and touching community group I have recently discovered on Facebook, #MyStealthyFreedom. “The photos have been sent by women from all over Iran and the site is dedicated to Iranian women inside the country who want to share their ‘stealthy’ photos without the veil.”¬†I recommend you check it out!

Now then, onto amazon to buy Persiana, I think.



Pictures below from Embankment Gardens, Strand


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About Madeira

About Madeira.

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This salsa is lovely with grilled fish or chicken. Fire up that BBQ!


Serves 4 ‚Äď takes about ¬†30 mins

1 red grapefruit, peeled, segmented and cubed

2 oranges, peeled, segmented and cubed

100g fresh mango

1 red chili, deseeded and finely chopped

2 spring onions, finely chopped

200g cucumber, peeled, deseeded and cubed

Handful of fresh coriander leaves, very finely chopped

Grated zest and juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp Thai fish sauce

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Fry Light or sesame seed oil

To make the salsa, mix together the grapefruit, oranges, mango, chili  spring onions, cucumber, coriander and lime zest and juice. Add the fish sauce, season and stir well. Leave the salsa to stand to let the flavours combine.


Love, Natasja


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Ok, so you’ve got a cold. Somehow you’ve picked up a stinky, nasty virus which knocks you out completely. The fever is raging through your body, you ache absolutely everywhere and all you can do is lie low, hold on to the tv remote for dear life and pray that you once more will be able enjoy the fine summer weather. No one understands your plight of course, or the hell of which you have entered. Naturally they do not understand what you need. You’d rather everyone just vanished…. Your self-pity knows no bounds, and you definitely need a flavoursome chicken broth. The recipe is simple – you’re ill for heaven sake! (I call it broth but it is actually clear chicken soup with noodles).

You need:

2 liters of water
500g boneless chicken, breast or leg (no skin)
1-2 shallot, roughly chopped
2 tablespoon instant chicken soup mix
1-2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1-2 teaspoon Thai fish sauce
1-2 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
As much garlic as you can stand

Handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
4-5 spring onions, roughly chopped
Button mushroom, sliced

Dry rice noodles. I bought the instant type, in handy portion packs of 85g.


In a large saucepan boil the water and add the instant chicken soup mix. Stir and turn heat down to medium.

Add the chicken pieces, onions and garlic. Add the sesame seed oil, fish sauce and grated ginger.

Lie down for about half hour, but don’t forget your soup!

The soup should now be ready for assembly – the very technical bit…..

Put the dry noodles in a deep bowl and ladle over the soup until it covers the noodles. Add coriander, spring onions and mushrooms. You can also adds a teaspoon turmeric said to have certain health benefits.

Now eat your soup and go back to the sofa. Have another nap. I recommend a bowl of soup every two to three hours, something to relive the pain and fever, rest and lots of fluid.

Get better soon!

Natasja x


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Ok, s√• du har f√•tt i deg et lite virus, et bitteliten fillevirus som sl√•r beina under deg, feberen rir deg som en mare og kroppen verken. Ingen forst√•r ditt smertehelvete, der du ligger og ynker deg p√• sofaen mens du tviholder p√• fjernkontrollen. Ingen skj√łnner hva du trenger, og aller helst kunne de bare dratt¬†sin vei. N√•r du er p√• ditt aller mest patetiske og selvmedlidende, er du nok egentlig p√• bedringens vei. Det du trenger er kyllingsuppe med masse smak. Og oppskriften er enkel, du er jo syk!

Du trenger:

2 liter vann
500 gram beinfri kylling (helst uten skinn)
1-2 sjalottl√łk
2 spiseskjer instant kyllingsuppemix
1 teskje sesamolje
1 teskje thai fiskesaus
1-2 teskjeer revet ingefær (fersk)
Hvitl√łk, s√• mye du orker

Koriander og v√•rl√łk, grovhakket
Fersk sjampignong, i skiver
Risnudler, t√łrre

Kok opp vann og tilsett kyllingsuppemixen. Gi det et oppkok og skru varmen ned til medium. Tilsett kylling i biter, oppsk√•ret l√łk og hele hvitl√łksfed. For ekstra smak tilsetter du s√• sesamolje, fiskesaus og revet ingef√¶r.

Legg deg nedpå en 30 minutters tid, men pass tiden!

Suppa skal nå være ferdig og kan straks inntas.

Legg de t√łrre risnudlene i bunnen av en stor og dyp suppebolle, √łs passende mengde suppe over nudlene. Tilsett koriander og v√•rl√łk samt sjampignon og eventuelt en teskje gurkemeie. http://www.vitaminer.co/2013/05/gurkemeie-urtenes-konge.html

Spis og legg deg nedp√• igjen. Jeg anbefaler en sk√•l suppe hver annen eller tredje time, febernedsettende og smertestillende tabletter og masse s√łvn.

God bedring!

Natasja x



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