Jamie’s pasta pesto

Yum! Yum, yum! This dish was heavenly!

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So it’s pasta (Jamie said lasagna, but I used pappardelle) with haricot vert, spinach and pesto sauce (homemade, no less!) served with a crispy chicken breast coated with fennel seeds and rosemary, roasted tomatoes and a chilli pepper on the side. There’s not other way I’ll be cooking my chicken from now on. This was the best chicken I’ve ever had. It was that good.

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Will I make this again? YES (in case you didn’t hear me!). Instant love.

A palace in Sintra

A short drive from Lisbon, Sintra is a place one should visit if time allows. The trip will take half to one day, depending on how much of Sintra you want to see. I choose to pass by on my way to Porto and I only visited the Pena national palace, which was supposed to be the top of the attractions in Sintra. From the quick glimpse I got from the rest of the village, there are many more interesting things to see. That palace was a magical place. Follow me.

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ps. This time I was more in front of the camera than I was behind. What a nice change!

Lisbon diaries

Apart from Belem, here are all the photos I took in Lisbon. What a lively, colourful city! An Instagram paradise :). I had no specific plan other than walking around in Alfama and eating as many different things as possible. A visit to the castle of São Jorge was also in order, as well as a quick walk in the botanic garden, which you can skip. A park that’s more worth a visit is the Estrela garden. Most of the smaller gardens in the city have a cafeteria or a bar that is very appealing and you can get a sangria or a cocktail. Lisbon is definitely a destination, if you ever plan to visit Portugal. Here’s 40 photos that prove my point.

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Jamie’s Swedish meatballs

There’s nothing Norwegian in Jamie’s book, but the closest thing you can find is a Swedish meatball recipe.

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Before I came to Norway, I had never heard of rutabaga. During one of those group lunches at work, on my first year in Norway, a colleague of mine brought one to work and I asked what that thing was. It was one of the cheapest, local things you could buy and as I learned, a very nutritional healthy root. Jamie suggests a very nice way of serving it with rice and meatballs and I approve.

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Will I make this again? Yes, I live in the land of rutabaga, I have to.

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28 today

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And my 4-year anniversary of moving to Norway tomorrow.

May the force be with us.

Belem

Belem is one of the most touristic part of the cities. Every single guide recommends a tour in the neighborhood, but my opinion is that you can live without it. There is a famous pastry shop, Pasteis de Belem, with the famous Portuguese custard tarts and a long waiting line, which discouraged us from trying them. In any case, you can find the sweets in every other corner of the city and we had our fair share.

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