August 31, 2013

Creamy Salmon Soup

One final winter recipe before we flip the calendar page over to September (and spring!) tomorrow. This past winter in Sydney has been exceptionally warm with temperatures reaching up to 25C and beyond. One can hardly call that winter anymore!

I couldn't help myself making one of my all time favourites soups despite the warm weather and I'm secretly hoping we will have at least one or two cooler spring days so I'll have an excuse to make this again before summer is here. 

I love this creamy salmon soup with lots of dill and a side of rye bread or rieska would have been absolutely perfect with this. I'm not sure if carrots are part of the original recipe, but to me they bring added sweetness and colour to this dish and I just must have them there.

With these thoughts I wish you all a happy spring (or autumn, depending where you are) !

Creamy Salmon Soup
(serves 4)

1 litre of water
whole peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) salt
1 onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
6-7 potatoes, peeled and cut to chunks
500g salmon, skinned and boned, cubed
300ml cream
whole bunch of dill, finely chopped

1. Add water, peppercorns, salt and onion to a large casserole. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. 

2. Add carrots and potatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are half-cooked.

3. Add salmon and cream and simmer on low heat for a further 10-15 minutes or until the fish has cooked through. Add dill and serve.

August 27, 2013

Featured in Oxfam Vegetarian Cookbook

I'm honoured to be part of the new Oxfam Australia Vegetarian Cookbook, where three of my recipes are featured. In the book, which will be available for purchase from Oxfam Australia shops on 30 August, you will find my recipes for Finnish Summer Soup, Preserved Pumpkins and Rhubarb-Vanilla Pudding with Macadamia Nut Brittle.

August 24, 2013

Normann Copenhagen Love

New book case arrived from Normann Copenhagen. For now it will house all the bits and pieces in our dining area. I love finally having shelf space to display some of my favourite items.

August 06, 2013

Bedroom Make-Over

We finally had a bedroom make-over this past weekend. Our bedroom was painted green by the previous owners and ever since we moved in I've been wanting to paint the room to match the rest of our apartment. I'm so happy we were able to match the paint exactly just by using some paint swatches I happened to have at home, and I am really pleased with the outcome. 

We don't have hanging curtains elsewhere in our apartment, but I wanted them in the bedroom for a softer look. I love the sheer voile that lets the light in and completes the overall feel of the room.

I moved the ladder from the kitchen in to the bedroom so I could hang extra blankets and throws on it. The cute deer fabric is a recent purchase, but I haven't yet decided what to use it for.