The health list

Which form of exercise do you enjoy most?

I enjoy both yoga and running for very different reasons. I live a very fast paced life and I don’t seem to be able to relax for a moment, especially when I am in Norway. There’s always something that needs to be done. Yoga makes me focus on now and let go of everything else. Even if that’s for an hour or so, it really helps me find balance. Running, on the other hand, is something I do when I want to reflect. It’s the opposite of yoga.

How do you find time to exercise?

I wake up at 6 in the morning to go for a run. I don’t have the time to exercise, I make it. It’s all about priorities and exercise is a big one for me.



Your favorite meal?

Breakfast. For the past few months, I’ve been obsessing over cocoa and banana oatmeal.

How do you relax?

When I want to relax I: cook, drink hot cocoa, browse Pinterest, go for shopping or snuggle on the couch.

Your best health tip?

Don’t obsess with health. That, on its own, is very unhealthy.


What makes you feel happy?

Many small things. Here’s what made me feel happy last month and the month before that.

What makes you feel pretty?

Red lipstick, black eyeliner and a nice dress. Also, the way my boyfriends looks at me.

What do you love about traveling?

Wanderlust. The fact that when I leave my home and before I arrive to my destination, I feel that all possibilities are open.

What do you never compromise?



My favorite take away place in Trondheim

What do you love to eat?

Chocolate, hummus, cheese and fruits. Maybe in the same dish.

If the day had 25 hours, what would you use that extra hour for?

Sleeping. I could definitely use it for that.


Your biggest sport achievement?

I’ve run a 10K under an hour and got a medal for my 7K. None of them is very big, but they’re both big personal achievements.

Do you have a favorite cookbook?

I am teaching myself the basics of the French cuisine and to do that I am using a cookbook written by an old French chef (which my mother got as gift from a friend of hers who is a chef in France). That would be my favorite timeless book.

A sport gadget you can’t do without?

My Garmin.



Right now, I’m listening to…


In my fridge there’s always…

Yogurt, a good french mustard and some chocolate.

In my kitchen you’ll never find…

Store-bought mayonnaise and ready-made dinners.

ps. Photos from last weekend in Trondheim.

Jamie’s grilled steak

I love a good medium steak. It’s something I don’t treat myself to very often, but when I do, it makes me very happy.


I bought a sirloin steak for this dish (I had to read a bit about the different parts and learn a few new Norwegian words!). I cooked a medium and a well-done steak. I sheared both steaks in a pan and finished the well-done one in the oven. Cooking the perfect steak makes me nervous and very happy at the same time. When the steaks were ready I added some parsley and mustard. Yum!


Jamie serves the steak with a ratatouille and saffron rice. He suggests using a squash, an eggplant, two bell peppers and a red onion for the ratatouille. I took my time cooking the ratatouille in low heat, which is my secret for the perfect sauce. Some things need time and you can’t rush them. This is one of these things.


All in all I liked this dish. For some reason I prefer my steak served with oven-baked potatoes. So, will I make this again? Probably not! But I will make this steak when I feel like I want to treat myself.


What’s your all time favourite dish? A medium biff steak might be mine.

ps. I used the leftover ratatouille the next day to make chicken with homemade pasta in the oven. A Sunday classic in my house!


What’s in my 2015 Christmas gift wish list

It’s this time of the year! Time to send away my Christmas wishlist. If you’re unfamiliar with this, let me explain! Finding gifts can be difficult, so few friends and I decided to make it easier to each other and send wishlists whenever it’s time to receive a gift. This is not binding, think about it more like a suggestion, and we can still give whatever we think fits best or even nothing at all. Here’s my Christmas one for 2015! Feel free to get inspired!


Books: How to be Parisian wherever you areLove x Style x Life.

The perfect nude lipstick: Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory

Prints: Stockholm, Red flowers, Lips

Brunch: Personally, I would like to try eggs Benedict from Underdog in Athens.

Red pumps (These are a close second!)

Is there something you want to get this Christmas?

Scandinavian style in the home

There’s a very typical home style in Scandinavia with loads of white elements. From walls to drapes to furniture to frames to floors, white seems to be the way to go. I keep coming back to this style for quite some time now (maybe it has to do with the fact that I actually live in Scandinavia) and now I’m seriously thinking about painting the walls white and changing the decor. To be honest, this is quite scary for me. You’d think that this is an easy straight-forward style, but it’s one of the most tricky styles to do right. An all-white house can look too sterile if you don’t add some other elements that will make it cozy. To make it easier for me, I made a collage of my favorite Scandinavian rooms. Here’s what I figured would help me pull off this style.


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  1. Neutral-toned, but textured objects, like a carpet or a wooden box, add interest and warmth.
  2. Black and greys are great when used in patterns.
  3. Flowers and plants add life to a sterile white room.
  4. Last but not least, consider showcasing your book collection. It’s both practical and pretty.

What do you think? Should I go for it?

My favorite online game that you should try


I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but I’m a huge fan of escape the room games. This is of the very few games I’ve been playing on my computer since the first days of my university life. There have been many sleepless nights of riddle solving with my best friend. My student life is now long gone and my best friend lives in a different continent, but somehow this week we’ve managed to squeeze few hours to solve really nice riddles and escape a very well designed room. Here‘s where you can play it, if you’d like to try it yourself. Remember to push the SAVE button, every once in a while. You won’t like to start from the beginning once you’ve already spent a good few hours on your escape. If you’d like to start with something a bit easier, there are other rooms as well and all of them are the best of this kind. Things like that make me extremely happy.

There are also real life versions of this sort of games in many cities in Europe. I’d really like to try that one day. Have you ever tried it online or in real life?

Jamie’s prawn cocktail

Let me preface this post by saying that when it comes to fish dishes, I am a very difficult eater. I don’t like to taste the sea, I want something delicate, not overcooked or undercooked and it has to be really appetising for me to eat it. Few weeks ago I made another fish recipe from Jamie’s book that ended up in the trash, which I really hate to do. This time it was much better.


Jamie’s prawn cocktail is a healthy fresh salad with a hint of fish. The salad itself was full of green leaves and tomatoes, a nice healthy version of a thousand islands sauce and many shrimps. I loved every single drop of this sauce and now it’s my go to healthy thousand islands sauce. So good!


The bread that accompanied the dish ended up in the trash unfortunately. It just wasn’t good.I never thought that bread could be that bad, but it was. The dried tomatoes didn’t really work for me.


All in all, this was a very average dish. It could have been good in a much smaller portion, as a bite-sized appetizer. The shrimps were overpowering everything else and after a few bites I was ready to move on to the next dish, which apparently I hadn’t planned for. Will I make this again? No!


Will I make this again? No!


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