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Some days, sometimes a lot of days, there is just energy to look for inspiration. Food inspiration in my case.

If you are in the mood to browse some mouthwatering pictures – here’s a small collection:

http://www.pinterest.com/annikaerbe/food/

Happy Browsing!

Annika

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Oatmeal Waffles

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I love breakfast! Most mornings I just stick to my toast and coffee (French Press of course, super strong and DARK with lots of warm milk), but some mornings I feel like something a bit more luxurious. Waffles springs to mind. However, a healthier and heartier version – like Oatmeal Waffles. Yum! For added health, and texture, you could stir in some ground flax seeds (or whatever seeds you may have on hand – hemp, chia etc.).  And don’t be intimidated by making waffles (it’s no more complicated than making pancakes… ), it’s just a matter of making the batter and pouring some batter onto your waffle iron (which will tell you when your waffle is ready). My waffle iron, as probably most “modern ones”, is non-stick – so no need to grease it, and no clean up. So, let’s get started!

Oatmeal Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

What you need:

  • 1 cup of Oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon Salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons Cinnamon (if you like cinnamon…)
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cups of Milk (possible a little bit more), preferably Whole Milk
  • 1 stick/8 tablespoons of melted Butter (I stick in the microwave for 30-60 seconds)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
Oatmeal Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

What to do:

  1. Plug in your waffle iron to preheat. Choose your desired setting – depending on how dark you want your waffles.
  2. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients – oats, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon.
  3. In a small bowl whisk and combine wet ingredients – melted butter, milk, beaten eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Add liquid ingredients to dry mixture. Stir to combine. If the batter is too thick (it shouldn’t be runny, but it also shouldn’t be a dough) – add a tad more milk.
  5. Now you are ready to cook the waffles! Add about a cup of the waffle batter. Close the lid – and wait for the green light to indicate when waffle is ready (at least that is how my iron works).Waffle BatterWaffle
  6. Cool on wire rack to keep waffles from getting too soggy.Waffle Cooling
  7. Enjoy with your favorite toppings – like some fresh fruit : )
Oatmeal Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

So, there you have it! You have made waffles. And a healthier version, thanks to the oats. These waffles are great when heated up in the toaster the following days. You could even freeze some, if you are a small household. Beats store bought preservative filled waffles any day!

You could “jazz” these waffles up easily by stirring in some frozen raspberries, or blueberries, or both.

Happy Breakfast!

Annika

 

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Easy Burritos

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I love burritos, tacos, tostados, and Mexican food generally, but SOMETIMES I don’t feel like doing all that assembly work that is required. This burrito recipe/method happens to have shrimp, but you could use any ingredients you like (chicken for example, or go all vegetarian).  Basically, in stead of making pretty layers on each burrito you are assembling you are dumping ingredients into one pot/pan. Easy peasy burritos.

Easy Burritos

Easy Burritos

Easy Burritos

What you need (this is not an exact recipe, more suggestions..) for 4-6 burritos:

  • 2 cans of Beans drained (I used kidney and black beans)
  • Taco seasoning, or spices such as cumin, paprika, chipotle chili powder, garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup of Salsa (or more if you like)
  • 4-6 Burrito size Tortillas
  • 1 cup of cooked Shrimp (or Chicken)

What to do:

  1. Add beans, sour cream, spices, and salsa to pan/pot. Heat over medium heat – season to your liking. Turn down heat – add cheese.burrito
  2. Add shrimp (or chicken) – stir until heated through.burrito
  3. In separate skillet – heat/char tortillas over medium heat, a couple of minutes per side (keep warm in clean kitchen towel). Please don’t skip this step – the tortillas will taste so much better and fresher.
  4. Add bean/salsa/cheese mixture to tortillas and fold into a burrito. Serve with some chips and guacamole and salsa : ) Easy, right?!
Easy Burrito

Easy Burrito

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Annika

 

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Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

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I know everyone loves their Chocolate Chip cookies, but sometimes you might crave a more plain and simple cookie. Still chewy and sweet. Like Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies : ) Those of you that pay attention will notice that these are similar to the Maple Oatmeal Cookies, previously featured on my little blog. Well they are basically the same recipe – just take out the chocolate and exchange the Maple Syrup for Vanilla Extract. Once I find a good recipe or method, I try to reuse it again – mixing it up a bit.

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

What you need:

  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick or 1/2 cup) of Butter – at room temperature (microwave for about 15-20 secs)
  • 1 cup of Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. of Salt
  • 3/4 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Egg

Unbaked Cookies

What to do:

  1. Heat oven to 350 F
  2. In a small bowl mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar together until airy. (Go ahead and use the hand mixer – if you have one)
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar – mix well
  5. Add flour mixture – mix until all ingredients are combined
  6. Add the oats
  7. Drop tablespoon size balls of cookie dough – about 2 inches apart – on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets (about 10-12 cookies per sheet).
  8. Bake for about 12-15 minutes
  9. Once out the oven, transfer to wire rack to cool (wait a few minutes so the cookie doesn’t fall apart)
Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

So there you go – now you have added another kind of cookie to your repertoire.

Enjoy!

Annika

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Wonderful Pinterest

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Country Road - KyrkhultThis is my first blog post – EVER!

In the future I will be posting pictures and recipes of my everyday food, but today I will just refer you to my Pinterest page – for you to get an idea of the kinds of food I love. Some of those recipes I will probably never try – if they are too complicated, require too many ingredients etc., but that doesn’t stop me from admiring the pictures and dreaming of eating those delicious dishes.

Hope to see you soon again!

http://www.pinterest.com/annikaerbe/food/

Annika

 

 

 

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