27 April 2015

Blueberry and lemon crumble with an oat and almond topping


1 punnet of blueberries
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 dessert spoons sugar

100g oats
4tbsp spelt flour
3 heaped tablespoons ground almonds
70g whole almonds
5 tbsp pure cane sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
100g soft butter
2tbsp honey


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (fan.)

Add the blueberries to a mixing bowl. Grate over the lemon zest and add in the sugar and lemon juice. Mix well with a large metal spoon.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour and ground almonds. Add in the vanilla extract and honey and then roughly chop the ground almonds, adding them to the bowl. Cut the butter into cubes and add this to the mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the butter and honey into the dry ingredients until you have a crumble-type consistency. (You want it to look more like granola clusters than breadcrumbs.)
Stir in the cane sugar.

Grease a baking dish and tip in the blueberry mixture. Top with the crumble topping and roughly even it out.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Serve with natural yoghurt, creme fraiche or ice cream.

This could also be great for breakfast, topped with chopped banana and a spoonful of crunchy almond butter!!

11 April 2015

stockholm PART 2

We woke up the next morning in search of a good coffee and somewhere cosy to hide from the rain.
I had marked Drop Coffee on our map the moment we arrived in Stockholm. After a little research, it had appeared as the place everyone was talking about for the best cup of coffee in the district. It’s an independent roastery that takes pride in sourcing the best coffee beans from all over the world.
You can pick which type of coffee beans you would like depending on the noted flavours of each one- a bit like wine, they have specified the distinct flavours of each type of coffee, some with a more fruity note, others with hints of caramel and cocoa and other with more citrusy bitter aspects. The different types of coffee are divided into little test tubes behind the counter and each is ground individually and brewed according to your tastes.

They also serve fresh juices, seriously good-looking sandwiches and breakfast options. I plumped for a cappuccino using coffee beans from Rwanda. Now I’m a big fan of coffee but unfortunately can’t drink it that often as it tends not to sit very well with me and gives me headaches, however I absolutely love its smell and taste. This was probably the best coffee I have had- not at all too bitter and with a real depth of flavour. You can also buy boxes of the coffee to take away with you and if like me you don’t have a coffee bean grinder at home, they will grind the beans for you there and package it up for you to take away.

In most cafes in Stockholm you will find a pretty good coffee but Drop Coffee is definitely worth a special visit.

Caffeine cravings fulfilled we headed to the metro to take a little trip out of the centre of Stockholm. With only a ten minute metro journey you can make your way to Skogskyrkogarden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It’s a woodland cemetery set in the most beautifully atmospheric woods in the south of Stockholm. (If you take the green metro line in the direction of Farsta Strand to Skogskyrkogarden which is the name of the woodland cemetery- you can walk from the metro station to the cemetery in about 5 minutes). As soon as I arrived I was overcome by its peacefulness and stillness. The woods are made up of incredibly tall trees that cast shadows of the gravestones – an incredibly beautiful sight especially when the sunlight shines through- (it was very hard to capture the stillness and beauty of the place in a single photo.)

You can’t help but feel incredibly at peace wandering through the lines of gravestones. It’s a fairly recent cemetery and with fairly limited opening hours to the public during the summer so make sure to check before you visit it.

I could have wandered for ages through the woods but unfortunately the bitter cold got the best of us and we headed back into the centre in search of cinnamon buns and tea and found ourselves once again in Fabrique!

Our daily cinnamon bun fix!!

From here we decided to take the ferry across from Gamla Stam to another island with a big park called Djurgarden. The ferry system is pretty easy to navigate and fairly cheap if you use one of the public transport passes and also a great way to see the city whilst you are there.   This island is home to some of Stockholm’s most famous museums including the ABBA museum – something we thought we couldn’t let pass us by until we saw the price!

But its also home to Djurgarden- a big park that feels like you have completely left busy city life. Luckily the sun was shining and made for a beautiful afternoon to stroll along the paths to Rosendals. 

I had heard about Rosendals through Green kitchen Stories. It’s a garden centre in the middle of Djurgarden that also has a shop and café. It’s the kind of place that makes for the perfect Saturday afternoon lunch or Sunday teatime, a beautiful retreat away from the city centre and perfect for the end to a long walk with the family. 

Outside it has various allotments and big terraced seating areas and inside a bustling café serving homemade hot soups, sandwiches and a whole table of different sweets and biscuits. We chose to share their homemade apple soup with crust bread and a selection of biscuits including a vegan date and coconut truffle which was super yummy. We sat outside in the sunshine, hands warmed by the open fire and a good cup of early grey. Absolute bliss.

Sufficiently sunned and relaxed, we carried on walking along to the main harbour. When the sun is shining, the harbour is so pretty- there are lots of boat restaurants and bars lined up along the promenade which would make for the perfect lunch spot in the summer.

The rest of the afternoon was spent strolling in the sunshine and sipping on mint tea before a quick afternoon snooze in the hotel!

For supper, we fancied heading to a real Swedish candlelit bistro in the old streets in Gamla Stam. After a bit of searching online we ended up in Kryp In – a traditional Swedish restaurant hidden up a small steep lane. It’s a small, intimate restaurant with only about 15 tables and a very cosy atmosphere- perfect to spend the evening sipping on red wine and forgetting about everything else!!
The menu is short and focuses on the classic Swedish dishes. Mum chose the fish stew and when I saw that there was reindeer on offer, I knew I had to try it!

I was really curious as to what it was going to taste like – and the answer is very reindeery! – exactly how you would imagine- very game-like and a slightly sweeter, very tender version of beef.  It was served with creamy mashed potatoes and apricot chutney. It was very rich and quite a distinct taste but I’d definitely eat it again if I get the chance and thought I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by!

You’ll find Kryp In hidden up Prastgatan 17 
- I’d definitely ring to book as we rang that afternoon and luckily someone had just cancelled.  If you can’t find space here,  I’ve also heard that Wedholms Fisk restaurant is one of the best fish restaurants in Stockholm or you could try your luck at Bistro Barbro- a Japanese restaurant in the West of Stockholm –we tried but failed to get a table here all weekend but I’ve heard great things!