Friday, December 31, 2010
This was my 2010. I wish you all the best in the New Year!
In January, we had our traditional 13-course dinner (soon to be repeated), and I made awesome chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. I baked great cookies. On a sad note, our darling cat Hamlet passed away, and we were all very sad. (This is obviously not really qualifying for "best of", but it was so significant I wanted to include it.)
In February, Starbucks finally came to Sweden! (Only to the airport, but still.) I bought my first Le Creuset pot, and had lunch cooked by René Redzepi. The recipe of the month was broccoli slaw, something which I've made over and over.
March: Not very memorable food-wise, since I had stomach flu for several days. However, I posted about a great beef stew, Momofuku Compost cookies and Vanilla Bean Cupcakes that I was more or less ordered to give to the baby.
April finally brought some sunshine to Sweden, and spring began. I had salad with a creamy lemon dressing, potato gnocchi with ramps, a wonderfully simple tomato sauce, tons of avocados with garlic, and a great Lemon Mango Mousse cake for Easter.
In May, Titus turned one, and we had a big party. (Or three.) We went to both Gothenburg and Berlin for long weekend trips. I made pickled salmon for the first time, which was excellent. I figured out that I could use phyllo dough instead of regular pie crust - yum! And there was another cool press lunch, with Norwegian superstar chef Geir Skeie. Last, but certainly not least, I got a new recipe for scones that were much less crumbly and thus much better.
June passed by quickly. I don't think we cooked much, but I made a Lemon Strawberry cake for yet another birthday party, and a special princess cake for the royal wedding. (Although I didn't post about it until August.) And I used my turning slicer to make shoestring potatoes. And a new stand mixer moved in, which allowed for these cranberry hazelnut bagels.
July was hot. I posted a guide to Stockholm. We had our annual Fourth of July party, and ate the tasting menu at Lux Stockholm. I got hooked on crochet. I took a class in Indian cooking. Bought a new cookbook shelf. We ate coconut chicken nuggets, rhubarb chicken and baguette French Toast.
August brought red berry jam, baked adobo chicken, shrimp pad thai and crispy orange veal. Titus started pre-school, and I went back to work.
September was hectic at work, since it was election time. We ate creamy mushrooms on toast, cauliflower cheese and a great feta-cashew dip. And I made wedding cakes for my P:s sister who got married.
In October, I started my Wednesday bookmark feature, which I'll try to keep up in 2011 to help share the link-love and hopefully introduce you to other great blogs. My blog turned 6 years old. I had a chocolate truffle cake recipe in a Swedish newspaper. The best cookies were Lemon Cinnamon Snickerdoodles, and the best food; Ginger Chicken meatballs.
November was all about New York! I went with my two girlfriends Lena and Dagmar, and we had a blast. We also went to eat Christmas food when we came home. And I cooked a nice chanterelle caesar salad, for a girl's night dinner that was actually featured in a Swedish newspaper.
And finally December. It's gone by so quickly, and it's been all about christmas preparations. I had my annual cookie swap. I let you provide the questions for a Q-and-A which was a lot of fun. We went to the Christmas market at Skansen. I did a christmas candy round-up, and baked Lingonberry Gingerbread as well as Saffron White Chocolate buns. And don't miss the Lemon Parmesan Sweet Potato gratin.
Happy New Year, everyone!