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Hungarian plum dumplings

Hungarian plum dumplings

Hungarian plum dumplings or Szilvás gomboc as they are called in Hungarian is the epitome of my childhood. This is how my grandmother showed me her deepest love for me. And after making Hungarian plum dumplings myself I now know how deep that love went. There […]

The best ice lolly recipe for kids

The best ice lolly recipe for kids

My kids have been living out of our freezer this summer. We have an ice lolly factory in our kitchen. It has been a tropical summer in Sweden. And we are loving every minute of it. Ice lollies for breakfast anyone? These ice lollies are […]

Hungarian chilled cherry soup

Hungarian chilled cherry soup

Today I’m giving you a Hungarian summer classic, the chilled cherry soup. Nothing brings me back to my roots as much as this soup. In our family, no one really likes it, except for me and my dad. Which means more to us. It’s a really […]

Setting the table for any summer party

Setting the table for any summer party

With midsummer literally around the corner, I’m giving my best tips for setting any table for success. Summer is one of those seasons that will allow us to host a lot of summer parties. It allows us to sit outside and enjoy each others company […]

Fresh cherry cake recipe

Fresh cherry cake recipe

The cherry season has definitely begun. It seems like cherries are a bit like coriander. Either you like it or you don’t. Cherry cake seems to be what unites the camp though. Hungarian heritage Cherries are one of the best things I know. I recently discovered […]

Rhubarb cream with strawberries

Rhubarb cream with strawberries

Rhubarb cream is one of those old Swedish desserts that were always homemade. I have added strawberries to my cream. Thick rhubarb and strawberry cream as dessert is hugely underestimated. The rhubarb marries really well with the strawberries. It’s like a summer day in a bowl. Flavour […]

Piña colada cake – summer in a cake

Piña colada cake – summer in a cake

Piña colada cake, it sounds exotic, doesn’t it? While not typically Scandinavian somehow it is. I think Piña colada is one of the first flavours I came in contact with. It was the first tropical drink I drank and I think it was the first bottle […]

Awesome Mother’s day cake – a cake for mama

Awesome Mother’s day cake – a cake for mama

Need to make a mother’s day cake tomorrow. In Sweden, it’s mother’s day tomorrow and if you haven’t already planned your mother’s day cake it’s time now. I’m going to give you the easiest recipe ever. You can’t fail with this, I promise. It’s even […]

Greek yoghurt breakfast

Greek yoghurt breakfast

Greek yoghurt for breakfast is good for you for many different reasons. It’s filling, creamy and you can top it with pretty much anything you want. It’s really versatile. And keeps you full the entire morning. Greek yoghurt and gut health Greek yoghurt is full […]

Leftover foods to love

Leftover foods to love

Leftover foods are a constant pickle in our house. It really kills me to see perfectly good food go to waste. Yet I really don’t like to eat the same meal two days in a row. A bit of a pickle huh? And it’s not […]


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De-stress like the Scandinavians

De-stress like the Scandinavians

Want to know the secret to de-stress like a Swede? Have you ever heard the word fika? With all the Nordic countries being top ten happiest people, the chances are that you have. We are the masters of fika.

(Funnily enough, fika, in Hungarian means that you have a bat in the cave. I always thought that was funny since I’m of Hungarian descent.)

A healthy snack

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Fika is typically a coffee break with something sweet to eat. However, since we are fika friendly crowd I recommend a healthier version of sweet.

It’s a Nordic lifestyle

Taking regular breaks is also scientifically proven to help you to de-stress. It’s a lifestyle. If coffee and a treat weren’t enough for you to start your fika tradition at work, here are five other reasons.

  1. Movement breaks are essential for you. Many of us have desk jobs and moving about just as little as five minutes every hour is beneficial for our health. It can also help us with restoring motivation and become more creative and productive. Take that walk to the coffee machine and back. Yes even if it’s on a different floor. Even better.  If you have the chance a walk and talk fika is even better. You take your coffee or tea and go for a little walk with your colleague or friend.
  2. It’s social – Ever feel stuck at solving a problem? Just changing your environment and get talking about something else can help you see things differently. We are also social beings and connecting with other people, especially people we like increases our endorphins, our happy chemicals.
  3. Re-charge with something healthy – as I mentioned before, fika is typically a sweet treat, like a cinnamon bun. While I’m a huge fan of sweet treats, I also realise that for many reasons they are not healthy to eat every day. For one it will make your blood sugar crash. Eat something that will stabilise your blood sugar and keep you alert.
  4. A little caffeine helps you focus – There are many studies out there about coffee. One research has linked drinking coffee reduces the risk of Ahlzeimers. I have found that coffee or tea after lunch helps me to focus. Making coffee or tea also takes a little time to prepare. This gives you a short period to slow down, to de-stress.
  5. Laugh – when you take time out of your day to de-stress chances are you will also have a lot of fun. Again, those endorphins are working. You feel good and when you feel good you can’t feel stressed.

 


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Hungarian plum dumplings

Hungarian plum dumplings

Hungarian plum dumplings or Szilvás gomboc as they are called in Hungarian is the epitome of my childhood. This is how my grandmother showed me her deepest love for me. And after making Hungarian plum dumplings myself I now know how deep that love went. There […]

The best ice lolly recipe for kids

The best ice lolly recipe for kids

My kids have been living out of our freezer this summer. We have an ice lolly factory in our kitchen. It has been a tropical summer in Sweden. And we are loving every minute of it. Ice lollies for breakfast anyone? These ice lollies are […]

Fresh cherry cake recipe

Fresh cherry cake recipe

The cherry season has definitely begun. It seems like cherries are a bit like coriander. Either you like it or you don’t. Cherry cake seems to be what unites the camp though. Hungarian heritage Cherries are one of the best things I know. I recently discovered […]

Rhubarb cream with strawberries

Rhubarb cream with strawberries

Rhubarb cream is one of those old Swedish desserts that were always homemade. I have added strawberries to my cream. Thick rhubarb and strawberry cream as dessert is hugely underestimated. The rhubarb marries really well with the strawberries. It’s like a summer day in a bowl. Flavour […]

Piña colada cake – summer in a cake

Piña colada cake – summer in a cake

Piña colada cake, it sounds exotic, doesn’t it? While not typically Scandinavian somehow it is. I think Piña colada is one of the first flavours I came in contact with. It was the first tropical drink I drank and I think it was the first bottle […]