Saturday, November 13, 2010

Getting ready for both Thanksgiving and Christmas

I have had a real nice Saturday today. Taking it slow and also enjoying a day in my kitchen. I like to cook and bake when I have time. The everyday cooking Monday to Friday is not always the most inspirational. Then it is mostly about getting something that tastes good, is nutritional and goes fairly quick to cook. But when I do have time I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. Today me and C stared the day with some yummy waffles. I always make them from scratch and I also like to add different flavors. Today I added some orange zest and cloves and also some grated carrot.

Today me and C also had the weekly grocery shopping on the agenda. So we were off for Ica Maxi (just like Publix). When I came home I decided on baking some corn bread or at least trying. There is no cornmeal mix here but I had found corn flour and polenta. So I used these in a traditional corn bead recipe and it worked out just great. I wanted to try it out so that I can make some corn bread for Thanksgivning that is approaching fast. For my corn bread I added some herbs and sun dried tomatoes.
Tomorrow there is a big food fair that I am really looking forward to going. I am meeting up with my parents there. I hope it will be both fun and interesting.

Today I was kind of in christmas mood so I decided to bake a traditional Swedish soft gingerbread cake (mjuk pepparkaka) with lingon berries. I used one of my baking pans I had bought just before we left Alabama. The funny thing was that I remembered this baking pan as small but when I took it out today it definatly would be classed as large here in Sweden. Another problem having to do with size came when we were going to prepare our dinner today. I had a chicken that I wanted to roast in the oven as well as a potato dish. Swedish ovens are too small to fit two dishes. In the end we managed somehow to arrange the pans so that I could fit both in.

6 comments:

Annika said...

Allt ser så gott ut, och jag inser att jag skrev min kommentar om mjuk pepparkaka i inlägget nedan istället.
Du är verkligen duktig på att fixa, Desiree!!
Har du sett ngra kalkoner i affäerna? Jag vet att det finns kalkisar hemma inför jul (vi brukar alltid göra amerikansk julmiddag då vi är hemma), men frågan är om de finns redan nu?
KRAMAR!!!

Monica said...

Åh vad gott det ser ut och vackert!

MrsD said...

Du får det att se så super gott ut...

Desiree said...

Annika, tack. Jag har inte kollat så noga efter kalkoner ännu men jag tror att det inte skulle vara några problem att få tag på. Om inte annat så kan man alltid beställa i matbutiken. Ska bli kul att fixa en liten alternativ T-givning.
Kram!

Monica, tack så mycket.
Kramis!

Mrs D, tackar tackar.
Kram!

Marie said...

Vad kul att göra våfflor med smak! Det har jag aldrig provat! Apelsin låter riktigt gott...

Mjuk pepparkaka är ju så gott! Men jag skippar nog lingonen jag...

Anna, Fair and True said...

Du bjuder på en massa mums-bilder som vanligt. Jag beundrar dig som orkar. Vår lyxfrukost på helgerna är snarare att Peter går ut och köper färskt bröd och croissanter och ev. färsk frukt för råsaftscentrifugen :)