Tomato & lentil soup

by Sofia   -   in Cooking

I have not really been cooking that much lately as my kitchen is getting quite empty. We have been ordering in and buying our favourite ready made meals ( Herkku Food marketin omat valmisruokaosaston pinaatti- ja porkkanaletut ovat päässeet suosikkien listalle, me lämmitämme ne kuivalla paistinpannulla, paistamiseen ei tarvitse lainkaan voita koska ne ovat itsessään jo melko rasvaisia. Ja Kokkikartanon lohilaatikko on yksi meidän lasten suosikki valmisruoista.)  But today I decided it was a necessity to make myself a lunch that was nourishing and delicious as I need to be on top of my game and not just hungrily throwing stuff in boxes with not so delicate gusto. It was super easy, fast and delicious so here is my first recipe for 2019. The year I promised more recipes. It is as all my recipes, very versatile as you can add any kind of spices to it and different herbs too to make it with a bit of a Mexican twist or Italian perhaps.



Tomato & lentil soup 

1 can of tinned tomatoes ( you can use flavoured ones like onion & garlic)

1 can of lentils

1-2 onions chopped

1-2 cloves of garlic

1 dl oat cream

salt & pepper

( desired herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro  and spices like jeera, smoked paprika or cayenne pepper etc.)

1. Sautee the onion and garlic in some olive oil.

2. Add the tomato & lentils and some water as you rinse out the tomato from the tin.

3. Add desired herbs & spices.

4. Add the oat cream ( or regular cream).

5. Let it simmer for a few minutes and then blitz it in a food processor or with a Bamix.



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Bread rolls

by Sofia   -   in Cooking  Good things for kids


These super easy bread rolls were made by Cotton Candy and her friend on Sunday. We served them with my sweet potato and ginger soup ( the recipe is here on the blog). I have shared a porridge roll recipe before but these are perhaps even easier ( or just as easy).

Bread Rolls

5 dl lukewarm milk, water or sour milk

10 dl of bread roll flour ( whole wheat)

2 tsp salt

2 tbls maple syrup

11g ( one sachet) dry yeast

1. Mix the dry ingredients. Add lukewarm milk/water, maple syrup & oil. Knead it all in a stand in mixer or by hand.

2. Let the dough rise under a clean towel until about doubled in size.

3. Roll the dough in to whatever shapes you prefer ( as you can see the girls made some teddies etc.). Let it rise on the baking sheet under the towel for a while.

4. Use a maple syrup and water or an egg wash on the rolls and bake in an 225°c oven for about 10-15 minutes depending on your roll size.






Enjoy warm with butter! Or they make great sandwiches to go filled with salad, turkey or cheese and cucumber & tomato. 


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My sweet Cotton Candy was so lovely ( it happens sometimes that they surprise you with being extra sweet and thoughtful). She was browsing through Pinterest for crafting and baking ideas and saw a tutorial for teddy bear cookies. ” Mama I must make these for Bubble Gum for her first day of school, she would love them!”. As you may well know her little sister is a teddy bear lover. And a must is a must. Who am I to tell her no. So I helped her bake them the night before and they turned out so cute ( I even shot a video tutorial for her own use and we had so much fun). Her sister had them waiting for her after her first day of school. Although they were presented in the morning so she knew she had something cute and cozy waiting for her at home. I thought they were so adorable you may also want to make them. Ours did not turn out quite as firm and small as the ones in the original recipe so I thought it´s probably a good idea to cool the dough before baking and perhaps even again after the cookies are made in to teddies before they go to the oven. Also we flattened the ears and the nose a little. I would perhaps not flatten the nose at all. It looks funny when raw but while it´s baking it flattens enough naturally. Regardless of our little mistakes they turned out so cute and delicious. But these would definitely be yummy also made from a healthier oatmeal cookie recipe ( I think we will try this recipe next, it would be great for a breakfast cookie to grab on the go too). This one was very sweet ( and buttery) but delicious. We used chocolate chips as the eyes and the tip of the nose, not m&m´s as the recipe calls for but I think next time I´ll try this with a healthier recipe and with raisins as the eyes and nose. The how to and recipe is from here.




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