This is the season of celebrations, full of happy occasions like weddings and graduations. And even if you don’t have a specific festivity in mind, the most everyday moments with friends and family can turn into a great celebration.
Early spring mornings can be very beautiful. On the weekends it is great to get friends together for breakfast or brunch. For an easy going tasty breakfast you don’t need to see too much trouble; a little pre-hand planning goes a long way. Here are a few ideas for a breakfast menu:
Eggs: boiled, sunny side up or scrambled, you name it. Rye bread with cold smoked salmon and butter. A few different kinds of cheeses with jams. Natural yoghurt with fresh berries and granola. Coffee, tea and freshly made juices.
500 g rolled oats
honey to the taste
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
1 dl coconut oil
2 dl sesame seeds
2 dl sunflower seeds
2 dl cashew nuts
2 dl raisins
1 dl dried dates
1 dl dried figs
100 g shredded coconut
Heat the oven to 150 C and arrange a rack in the middle. Place the oats in a large bowl and set aside. Combine cinnamon, vanilla, salt, honey, coconut and coconut oil in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour the mixture over the oats and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated.
Spread the mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more. It’s important to not let the granola get too dark coloured.
Let the baked granola cool off before adding the seeds, nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
When the nights get lighter the Nordics come out of their shells. Springtime is perfect for relaxed get-togethers among friends. Somebody brings wine, and somebody else dessert. The food itself doesn’t need to be complicated as the main thing is to enjoy the company of each other. Just set the mood and the table and enjoy that moment of anticipation right before your first guests arrive. For the perfect evening get the playlist we put together here.
Grape salad & smoked whitefish
Wash and dry the salad. Using your hands, tear of pieces of lettuce, and place in the serving bowl. Slice the apples, cucumber and spring onions and put on top of the lettuce. Add the feta cheese and grapes. Serve the salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar next to the smoked white fish.
Set the mood with colourful candles.
Something sweet adds a nice ending to a delicious meal. For dessert you can spend hours in the kitchen or just put a few things together – both might be just as mouthwatering. For an easy way out, get merengue from the bakery and add fresh strawberries and kiwis. To top off the dessert add little leaves of mint. Just five minutes, and you’re ready.
Cut flowers at home create an immediate sense of celebration. Arrange carefully into a one-flower vase or create a blooming bucket.