Jamie’s crispy duck

Keeping up with the salad theme, today I’m sharing with you a recipe from Jamie’s book. When it comes to trying new food, I am quite open. So when I saw tofu in the ingredient list of this recipe, I was thrilled to try something new.

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Maybe I am the last person to try tofu (if not, my mom is) and I have to admit I didn’t like it. I liked the salad in general, because there is no salad I don’t like. This one has noodles and duck spiced with chinese 5 spices mix and drizzled with honey. The sauce consists of hoisin sauce, lime and garlic. When everything is ready you mix them up and serve.

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This is definitely a recipe where I had leftovers for a couple of days. A very filling noodle and duck salad. Would I try this again? Meh, well if that’s all I have left in the house, maybe..

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On Saturday

I went to the best spinning class ever with music from Karpe Diem.

I cooked the best omelette.

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I cleaned the house.

But I wore my glasses and no make up.

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And then I walked in the icy paths of Solsiden, trying to find a place and get me a coffee at Løkka.

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But that was impossible, as there was a live concert and there was absolutely no empty seat.

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I ended up at a new place nearby.

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Before I went back home, I bought four chocolates and a jar of jam because I’ve been craving a PBJ sandwich so much lately.

How was your weekend?

 

Couscous (or trachanas) salad

Hello there! It’s February! Today I’ll share with you my favorite type of salad, a couscous salad. If you’re Greek you can go ahead and make it with trachanas instead, a type of traditional Greek pasta.

Couscous (or trachanas) salad

Servings: 2. Preparation: 15 min. Cooking: 0. Total time: 15 min.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup couscous (or trachanas)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 15 grape tomatoes
  • 1 green paprica
  • 1 red paprica
  • 5 olives (pitted and sliced)
  • a bunch of fresh parsley
  • a bunch of fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions:

  • Place couscous (or trachanas) in a big bowl and top it with warm water. Cover and let it absorb all the water.
  • Slice tomatos and cut papricas in small cubes. Thinly slice parsley and basil.
  • Add the tomatos, papricas, parsley, basil and a pinch of salt in the couscous and mix well.
  • Dress with olive oil and lemon juice.

You can serve this immediately or the next day. It’s a very simple side dish to fish or meat. Do you have a favorite type of salad?

10 things that made me happy: 01│2016

Halfway through January, I hit my toe pretty badly on the foot of the bed. The foot of the bed survived the crash unharmed. On the contrary, my toe became red and later on black and hurt a lot. I had to say bye-bye to my half marathon training and the plan of running a half marathon in March, but that’s fine now. I was sad for a day and then I saw it as a sign that it’s not meant to be right now, but I can always pick it up when I’m feeling better, which should take about four to eight weeks. In other words, soon-ish. Due to the lack of intensive half-marathon training, I had some more free time to spend relaxing by doing my guilty trashy things that you’ll read below. Please don’t be too judgemental!

The other big news of January are happy and personal. I don’t usually share personal details on my blog, but I couldn’t be prouder and happier about my awesome boyfriend getting his PhD degree. I’ve seen him work hard towards his goals, through the ups and downs of research and science. He has been a great example and an amazing coach. Celebrating his PhD defence was the perfect ending to 4,5 years of research. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a doctor in the house. 🙂

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Without further ado, here’s what made me happy in January!

– The sound of walking on a thick layer of fresh snow

– Snarking forums about famous (or not so famous) bloggers and YouTubers

– Google Kim K photos

– Celebrate the end of an era (and the beginning of a new one)

– Three course dinners in fancy restaurants

– My current challenge: Find the perfect blueberry muffin recipe (which means I’m not running out of blueberry muffins anytime soon…)

Akis Petretzikis (I went from being not impressed to head-over-heels in love with him, his tattoos and his cooking!)

My beach-y waves haircut

– Cut down my clothes and makeup spending to what’s absolutely necessary (hello wool undergarments!)

– Give alpine skiing a second (actually it’s more like a tenth, but anyway) shot

Which were the highlights of your month?

A Friday list

What are you wearing?
I am wearing jeans, t-shirt and dark lips. I am also wearing my black running shoes as they are the only ones my broken toe tolerates.

How are you?
I am fine. I feel happy and optimistic and it’s Friday ;).

What is your wish right now?
I wish for some more snow!

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What have you eaten today?
I’ve eaten oatmeal with banana for breakfast, broccoli bread and homemade truffles for lunch and I am currently drinking some peppermint tea.

What are you up to tomorrow?
Tomorrow I’ll have a very slow morning, I’ll do some strength training. I have no big plans for the day, but I’m sure it’s going to be fun.

And on Sunday?
On Sunday, I’ve invited some friends for game night. I’ll be making homemade pizza and opening a bottle of wine for the most casual Sunday.

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Who do you miss?
I miss my parents. I also miss the sun.

Latest purchase?
This Nike training bra and Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. What a perfect product that is! I had very low expectations because of all the promotions and the paid reviews (I hated all the hype, do they think we’re stupid??!), but it actually works.

What made you laugh recently?

Old videos found in a forgotten SD card. Oh, how have we all changed!

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What made you cry recently?

Trying to put my broken toe in a shoe. Pain induced tears.

What are you reading at the moment?

A Greek detective novel that I got as a gift.

What movie did you last see?

The lobster and I loved it.

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Who was the last person to call you?

My mother.

Who wrote you in the facebook chat most recently?

My best friend. We chat about the most mundane things. “Hello, I just had a toast for breakfast. Have a nice day!”. Or, “You won’t guess who I met today! Maybe you will, but anyway!”. It’s just so nice.

Where do you want to go right now?

Nowhere. Trondheim is perfect right about now.

ps. Inspired by Hjartesmil. Images found on Pinterest.

Effortlessly Transition Your Winter Wardrobe Into Spring

Spring is just around the corner, but the fluctuating temperatures might be hindering clear outfit choices. Although now is not the time to don flouncy warm-weather fashion, you shouldn’t let the fickle climate get you down. Luckily, I have some excellent suggestions on how to effortlessly transition from winter to spring without looking like your ensemble is out of place. Below you’ll find my top picks for the perfect in between outfit styling.

Accessory

Gradually incorporate bright colors into your winter wardrobe as you transition into spring. Glamour touts accessorizing as one of the best ways to inject some happy, springtime hues into your look. Scarves, belts, shoes, hats, and handbags are just a few suggestions. The Michael Kors Rhea backpack purse pictured above is on-trend in more ways than one. Not only does it add a welcome pop of pretty color, but it also resembles the Pantone rose quartz hue of the year and the welcome elements that have made a comeback from the ’90s fashion era.

Cardigan

Continue to layer, but choose lighter elements so they can be shed if the temps start to rise. Lyst recommends cardigans as great transitional options, because they can be pulled over top a thinner tank or tee. They’re also lightweight enough to withstand another outer layer, like a medium-weight jacket. The beautiful light gray V-neck cardigan pictured above from J. Crew is a lovely example of a lightweight cardigan featuring subtle stripes to inject just enough style without detracting from your outfit as a whole.

Pants

Choose a really great pair of medium weight trousers that can be worn whether it’s warm or cold. Plan to pair them with a short sleeve sweater and platforms, but have your outer layers nearby, like a spring inspired jacket, in case it gets cold at the office or while out on the town. The black cotton blend flared trousers pictured above from Joseph are perfect for winter-to-spring transitioning and for wearing with a variety of tops and shoes.

Poncho

InStyle says ponchos are a must for easy winter-to-spring wardrobe transitioning. These laid-back layers offer instant style without a lot of fuss and can be layered over top of light long sleeve tops, tanks, or tees. They also look great with accessories, like long necklaces and an arm full of bangles. The beige Corinna poncho pictured above from Baukjen is a nice knit to add to your collection. The neutral color will go with nearly everything and the lightweight look and material blend is just right for layering.

Before spring has sprung, take some time to plan out your wardrobe to ensure that you stay looking stylish as you transition from frigid winter weather into warmer temps. Keep in mind that color, light layers, and medium weight items are key to looking hot and staying comfortable based on the elements. I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for winter-to-spring wardrobe transitioning. It should have you well on your way to maintaining great style even during those in-between moments.

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