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My youngest daughters birthday is coming up end of October and this year she want to throw a Halloween party for her friends.
Halloween isn`t really a Norwegian nor a Swiss tradition, but yet we`ve all come to learn about going trick or treating, carving out pumpkins and stacking up on sweets the 31st.

But for planning a children’s party I needed to do some research and here are some of the neat ideas I found online. Maybe they can help you get ready for your party as well.

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And here is a suggestion for mom+dad and one for the family:


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Here is a previous post I wrote on this topic: Halloween…again

(In random order and with links to recipe below)

Link to recipes:
Icy Witch, Banana Ghosts and Clementine Pumpkins, Witches Brooms and Grape Catepillar, Skeletons, Teeth, Marshmallow Witches

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Apart from the birthday cake Bløtkake, I think Veiled Farmers Girls (tilslørte bondepiker in Norwegian) must be the most appreciated traditional dessert in Norway. Especially in the fall when apples are in season.

I have served it several times to guests here in Switzerland and they seem to like it just as much.

Easy to make and great when entertaining because you can prepare the apple sauce and bread crumbles in advance.

This recipe serves 4.


* 4 apples
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 0.5 dl sugar
* 2 teaspoons cinnamon
* 3 dl oat buiscuits
* 1 dl walnuts
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 2 dl cream
* Seeds from 1 vanilla bean.


Peel the apples, cut away the core and cut the apples into cubes. Warm apples ,while stiring, in a saucepan with the lemon juice. Add the sugar. Stir so that part of the apples turn to mash. Let some of the apples stay tender cuts.

Melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the oat biscuits, chopped nuts and cinnamon. Allow the mixture to get golden on medium heat. Turn on all the time so it does not get burned.
Remove from heat to cool of before serving.

Whip the cream with the vanilla seeds. Add biscuit mix, applesauce and cream in layers in serving glasses. Sprinkle a bit of biscuit mixture on top. The dessert can be made ahead and rest in the refrigerator a few hours.


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Let it be Easter

16 April, 2014 — Leave a comment

Easter is the Holiday of the year that comes faster than expected – much like Christmas, but faster.
And guess what? It`s already here and I`m searching for decoration inspiration.
This is what I`ve found and loved so far.










What inspirational Easter deco photos have you found online? Please share. 


I love this pie!
It has this sweet and sour taste to it that I just cannot resist.
Usually I make it at Easter – all things yellow and all that – but it tastes wonderful all year around.

What you need for the pie dough:

* 125 g unsalted butter
* 80 g powdered sugar
* 250 g flour
* 30 g ground almonds
* 1 egg

What you need for the pie filling:

* 4 eggs
* 250 g sugar
* 2 big lemons (zest and grated peel)
* 50 g unsalted butter
Knead together powdered sugar, flour, ground almonds, crumbled butted and the egg.
Press the kneaded dough down in a 30 cm pie pan, prick bottom with a fork before baking in a preheated oven (225c) for 10 minutes. Let pastry cool before adding filling.

Beat egg and sugar for 4 minutes, mix in lemon peel and zest and add melted butter.
Pour the filling in the cooled off pie pan and stick in the oven again at 180c for about 20 minutes.

Let the pie settle before cutting into it.
Serve with peppermint tea or sweet white wine.


Norwegian Waffles

2 April, 2014 — 1 Comment

What is more Norwegian than waffles? Hm..maybe our brown cheese, which by the way would go perfect with waffles.

The Norwegian waffles are not like the Belgian ones which are thick and usually square. No, we like to make them thinner and heart shaped. Eat them topped with a teaspoon of sour cream and another teaspoon of home made blueberry jam and you have yourself quite a treat.

Norwegians call Wednesday “Little Saturday” so I find no problem with serving this treat mid-week.

for 10-12 waffles

* 150g butter
* 400g all purpose flour
* 120g sugar
* 1,5 tsp baking-powder
* 1,5 tsp vanilla sugar
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 6 dl milk
* 2 eggs


Melt the butter and let it cool of a bit.
Have all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the milk and mix together with a hand-mixer till you get a smooth consistency.
Then add the eggs, mix again and at last the butter comes in the bowl and everything is mixed together once more.

Let the batter rest for about half an hour before pouring it, one spoonful at a time, onto a warm waffle iron.
Once golden, have the waffles on a cooking grate to keep them crispy.

Enjoy with butter and sugar, sour cream and jam or of course with the Norwegian brown cheese.

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