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K-Tipp in Switzerland recently presented a test of 20 still mineral water bottles from Switzerland, Italy, France and also from the Fiji Islands.

Volg and Contrex were the only two to reach the “very good” mark. Volvic and M-Budget were the loosers of this test.

Wish to read up on the criterias and view all scores?
Click this link

The 5 best foods for fall

Apples. Whether you pick your own, travel to your local farmer’s market to seek out traditional varieties or shop at your local grocery store, apples are a mainstay of fall.

Cranberries really do help prevent urinary tract infections, and they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins A and C. One-half cup of fresh cranberries has only 25 calories, so go ahead and enjoy an entire cup!

Winter squash. Acorn, Hubbard, spaghetti, butternut, delicata, even pumpkin ‑- there are almost more varieties of squash than I can count! Winter squash is a great source of vitamin A and fiber, and even though it’s a “starchy” vegetable, it’s lower in calories than you might think.

Cabbage family veggies. Cauliflower, broccoli and all types of cabbage are at their peak in the fall. Salads don’t need to stop with summer! Toss together a quick fall salad with these crispy veggies and dress with your favorite vinaigrette.

Grapes. Don’t limit your grape intake to wine! With only 60 calories per cup, grapes are absolutely packed with health-promoting phytochemicals that protect against some types of cancer and heart disease. Make a fruit salad that includes grapes, chopped apples and cranberries, to include three of my favorite fall foods. Add red grapes to the pan when you sauté chicken or pork, stir chopped grapes into your favorite salsa for a subtle sweet taste, or add chopped grapes to rice pilaf.

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Colorful fall foods – a video by WebMD

About that Coffee

16 April, 2014 — Leave a comment
(my no-make-up selfie too early in the morning)

Last night I got like maybe four hours of sleep because my child is sick. So on my third cup of strong coffee this morning I started googling “coffee” and found a few fun things I want to share with you.
(Maybe these links are fun or maybe I`m just too tired to notice they`re not – you judge.)

Do you know the truths and myths about coffee?
Test yourself here!

Check out this well made Coffee Comics on
15 Things Worth Knowing about Coffee

Now going to fetch my fourth cup of coffee, I smile over this article and reckon these cups will help me live just a little longer.

How Drinking Coffee Could Improve Your Health

With this, I wish you a wonderful Wednesday, and don`t forget that it`s Wine Wednesday and the Dinner Divas in Lucerne are meeting for a nice meal this evening. Looking forward!

When I host Cooking Parties I will usually have one or two guests with gluten or lactose intolerance, or maybe someone with seafood allergy or one who prefers a vegan diet. I dont have to look further than to myself for a no-food list seing as I have rheumatoid arthiritis and should stay away from pork, tomatoes, red wine, white bread etc.etc.

Cooking for people with special diet needs can be a challenge, but mostly because we are so set in our ways that thinking outside our own fridge seems difficult.

I have to admit that I like the challenge of creating special diet menus and the most challenging I have had to do so far was given to me only a few days ago. A person attending an upcoming event has Histamine Intolerance.
(HistaWhat? Yeah, that was my reaction as well.)

So what exactly is Histamine Intolerance?
I will share with you what I found on MindBodyGreen:

“You might be most familiar with histamine as it relates to the immune system. If you’ve suffered from seasonal allergies or food allergies, you may have noticed that antihistamine medications like Zytrec, Allegra or Benedryl provide quick relief of your symptoms. This is because histamine’s role in the body is to cause an immediate inflammatory response. It serves as a red flag in your immune system, notifying your body of any potential attackers.

Histamine causes your blood vessels to swell, or dilate, so that your white blood cells can quickly find and attack the infection or problem. The histamine buildup is what gives you a headache and leaves you feeling flushed, itchy and miserable. This is part of the body’s natural immune response, but if you don’t break down histamine properly, you could develop what we call histamine intolerance.”

Histamine-Rich Foods:

  • Fermented alcoholic beverages, especially wine, champagne and beer
  • Fermented foods: sauerkraut, vinegar, soy sauce, kefir, yogurt, kombucha, etc
  • Vinegar-containing foods: pickles, mayonnaise, olives
  • Cured meats: bacon, salami, pepperoni, luncheon meats and hot dogs
  • Soured foods: sour cream, sour milk, buttermilk, soured bread, etc
  • Dried fruit: apricots, prunes, dates, figs, raisins
  • Most citrus fruits
  • Aged cheese including goat cheese
  • Nuts: walnuts, cashews, and peanuts
  • Vegetables: avocados, eggplant, spinach, and tomatoes
  • Smoked fish and certain species of fish: mackerel, mahi-mahi, tuna, anchovies, sardines

There is also a long list of Histamine-Realeasing Foods and DOA Blocking Foods and if you are interested in this I urge you to check out

What to cook?

I googled, read and learned a lot about this diet before landing on two courses.
I actually pulled out two recipes I have made before Roasted Chicken and Mango-Pumpkin Soup. They just needed a little adjusting to fit the criteria. Like removing the lemons and adding apricots and apples for stuffing the bird.
Water instead of wine and cinnamon instead of curry.

I am so looking forward to the cooking party tomorrow and hope the ladies will enjoy the food.

If you have a recipe you would like to fit a certain diet, please ask me. I will help if I can.

Also for more info on low histamine recipes check out

Last Friday I had my Norwegian girls over for dinner.
We try to meet up once  a month. Taking turns hosting and this time it was my turn.

I spent the morning, at work, pondering over what to serve.
What was served last time, how to vary the menu, what would the girls enjoy, which wines would go with the courses, but I will admit that I was most focused on finding a three course menu which I would have time to shop for and to cook in time.

I ended up with these dishes:

Arugula salad with mango, fresh currants (because the pomegranate season is sadly over), orange juice, sunflower seeds, olive oil, black pepper, maldon salt.

Chicken Papillote with all sorts of fresh herbs, cherry tomatoes, garlic, red onions, and what have ya.

Vanilla cream with schnapps covered figs.

By the time I got home from work and the shops it was getting close to arrival time of my guests. I saw what a mess my kids had made of the apartment and quickly had to decide between tidying up to present a halfway decent home or start cooking.
My inner Hausfrau took over and I opted for cleaning house while deciding that the girls could help make the food. 

And that`s exactly how it went.
I managed to serve a little wine, make a the salad and give quick instructions on how to make the Chicken Papillote. The girls did great creating their own individual Papillote using the spices they liked the most. 

As usual we talked and talked till way past midnight and bedtime. So worth it!

BTW: We never got around to the dessert so I`ll save that recipe for next time.