Second week of holiday!


My second week in Sweden I tried to take it a bit easier than the first. Try to wind down, not set an alarm and lower the pace. The first day that didn’t happen as I had invited eight adults and five children over for lunch, but I think I managed OK the rest of the week.

But back to the lunch. I skipped a starter so the children didn’t have to sit still for too long; instead everybody could mingle around with a glass of rosé in hand and snacking on these lovely crisps with browned butter, lemon juice and grated cheese.

For the main course I made chicken with lots of garlic and lemon, potato wedges, caramelised garlic sauce and a nice salad.


And for pudding I let everybody put together their own pudding of soft meringue (everybody loves this one!), ice cream, lightly whipped cream, chocolate sauce. berries and figs.


In the evening I had a simple supper consisting of Danish red pølse and all the trimmings. So yummy!!


The next day I went to the beach in Skanör with friends and their three children.


They brought a lovely picnic and there was a lot of swimming with the kids mixed with chatting to their parents. Such a lovely day that we finished off with a late lunch in the harbour nearby followed by ice cream.


Wednesday I slept late and spent my time in the sun in the garden before going for dinner at a friend’s new house! They’d made salmon with salad, potato wedges, two sauces and nice bread and for pudding we had rhubarb pie with ice cream. A perfect summer’s evening.


The next day was another quiet one, with some rain but also some time on the beach (yay!) before having dinner with my parents in the evening. I made lots of pizzas which I will blog about later.


Friday started off the same way (not bad eh?! three lazy days in a row!) and finished with dinner at Badhytten with all the seafood!


My last full day in Sweden I spent partly with my best friend, partly with my parents. Friends of the family came by for fika in the afternoon and in the evening my parents and I had something we never get tired off; fillet of beef with homemade bearnaise sauce. This was the first time we had dinner indoors as the weather turned, but I’m grateful for the sunny days I got!


Sunday was my last day and my best friend and her family came over for lunch with my parents. I got lots of cuddles from my god daughter but we also had some lovely food. Mamma cooked arctic char with potatoes, mange tout, carrots and two sauces; one with caviar and this one with apple. The pudding was a huge success too (although dad would have liked a sweeter version) and I will blog all about it later.

Then off I went to the airport with a quick pit stop at my parents’ house where I hadn’t been all summer. Thank you, near and dear ones, for a lovely two weeks! ❤

The best Pavlova!


I know that it is promising a lot saying that this is the best Pavlova, but it is. Just ask my colleagues who demolished this earlier in the week. And praised it. A lot.

The recipe is my mother’s and it always goes down a treat. It requires quite a lot of beating so use an electric whisk or a standing mixer. It only needs baking for 16 minutes and then to cool leaving a crispy outside and gooey middle that you then fill with whipped cream and berries just before serving.

It is a real showstopper and looks impressive because of its size. But don’t let this fool you, it disappears quickly. Even though the recipe says serves twelve, it doesn’t. More like six or seven.


Pavlova roll, serves 12 although count about 6-7

7 egg whites

500 ml caster sugar

plain flour for dusting


500 ml whipping cream (or double cream)

500 g fresh berries, I used strawberries, washed and hulled

Pre-heat oven to 175C. Beat the whites until stiff foam. Add the sugar (all at once) and beat for another 10 minutes until very firm peaks. Line the largest baking tray you can find (that fits your oven) with parchment paper. Dust with flour and spread out the meringue evenly onto it with a spatula. Bake in the middle of the oven for exactly 16 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool in a dry place.

To assemle, cover the meringue with a parmchment paper and flip it over. Beat the cream and spread it onto the meringue in an even layer. Add the fruit. Carefully roll the meringue from the longer side into a roll, using the parchment paper to steady it. Place on a serving tray and serve immediately.