April 12, 2014

Nature on its best - half arc intense rainbow

Yesterday morning we admired an amazing rainbow.
I believe I had managed to get the half arc visible if I had had the wide angle objective in reach, but I was so in a hurry to capture this beauty so no time for anything else! :)
It's the first time I captured such an intense rainbow. Amazingly beautiful!  

Photos cropped, not manipulated.
More about rainbows here

March 23, 2014

Cranberry Oats Muffins

For the last week I have been craving for muffins, but I have been either too busy or too tired looking for recipes. 
I know, silly excuse! 
I have never seen fresh frozen cranberries in any supermarkets here, so I bought a mix of dried cranberries, aronia berries and dried prunes. Not the same of course, but it works! :) 

The recipe calls for creme fraiche, which I didn't have. Instead I used plain yogurt. It won't make a big difference I guess.. 
I also added some tablespoons very strong instant coffee mixed with hot water. I could have added more, because I love the taste of coffee together with the taste of brown sugar. 
I also added about 1/2 cup sunflower seeds. 

They turned out very yummy. What's missing is the vanilla ice cream! :) 

Click here for the recipe. 

March 9, 2014

Mexican Maize Tortillas with Avocado

I know! This blog has been neglected... My previous post was December last year. 
If there's something to blame, I blame the hot & humid weather - the rainy- and cyclone season. Honestly, I haven't felt for doing much; no hikes, no cooking, no baking.... just exist - not live. We are some days into March already and I can't wait for cooler days and the hiking season - to start living again! 

Some years ago I put the seed from an avocado in a pot and it started growing. When we moved into our new house, I planted the small avocado tree in the garden. About 4-5 years ago it went down in a cyclone so we had to cut it completely down. Last year it had some flowers but didn't bring any fruits. This year, for the first time in history - :) - the tree has lots of avocados! 
Avocado is native to Mexico and Central America

I love avocados and what is better than Mexican guacamole?! 
I often look for new recipes and this morning I found one in a Norwegian vegetarian cookbook. 

'Meksikanske maispannekaker med avocado', which can be translated to 'Mexican Maize tortillas with Avocado'. 

Many people consider avocados as too fat to eat... (is it better to eat a piece of cake or a chocolate?!) The fat in an avocado is healthy fat -  monounsaturated  - which is considered to lower high cholesterol etc. 
Avocados has many health benefits and if you want to learn more, click here

Maize Tortillas

50 grams yellow polenta (maize flour)
60 grams flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 1/2 deciliter milk
2 eggs
30 grams butter (melted)
oil for frying

Sift maize flour, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. Mix together eggs, milk and melted butter  and add it to the dry mixture. Mix well and set aside for about 20 minutes.
Fry until golden  and wrap them in a towel to keep them warm. 

Avocado Filling

1 big ripe avocado
8 spring onions (finely chopped)
2 ripe tomatoes (finely chopped) 
1 tsp chili sauce 
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Divide the avocado into two and remove the seed and the skin. Mash the avocado with a fork and add half of the spring onions. Add tomatoes, chili sauce and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Leave it in the fridge for about 20 minutes. 

Serve with creme fraiche. 

Recipe from 'Den Store Vegetariske Kokeboken' - Kõnemann