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How to host a crayfish party – and why you should

How to host a crayfish party – and why you should

West Bothnia Cheese pie or Västerbottenost paj as we call it in Sweden. Is a must at every crayfish party. The characteristics of the West Bothnia Cheese makes it especially delicious for this pie. It’s silky smooth inside and crisp outside will make you want to eat […]

Bakery style apple muffins

Bakery style apple muffins

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to the smell of bakery style apple muffins? I have three apple trees in my garden. As you can imagine there is quite an overflow of apples. These apple muffins are so moist I was even surprised myself. Make a double […]

Chocolate toffee cuts

Chocolate toffee cuts

I know not everyone loves chocolate. However, after trying these chocolate toffee cookies you will be turned. They are crunchy, yet they are chewy because of the toffee. They also disappear very quickly I noticed. Last time I didn’t even have time to taste them. They were […]

Sweet potato jacket in the oven

Sweet potato jacket in the oven

I made a post on my Instagram this week about hell hour. Let’s continue down that road. Because let’s face it, school just started. We have a long way until Christmas break. Sweet potato jackets bake themselves in the oven. The topping takes about 5 […]

Shakshuka -Middle eastern quick food

Shakshuka -Middle eastern quick food

Shakshuka is my favourite Middle Eastern go-to meal. It’s quick, it’s very flavourful and all it takes is 20 minutes. And if you have eggs and tomato sauce you have your base. I would say that’s pretty damn perfect. Shakshuka – what? I always mispronounce […]

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 […]


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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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Bakery style apple muffins

Bakery style apple muffins

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to the smell of bakery style apple muffins? I have three apple trees in my garden. As you can imagine there is quite an overflow of apples. These apple muffins are so moist I was even surprised myself. Make a double […]

Chocolate toffee cuts

Chocolate toffee cuts

I know not everyone loves chocolate. However, after trying these chocolate toffee cookies you will be turned. They are crunchy, yet they are chewy because of the toffee. They also disappear very quickly I noticed. Last time I didn’t even have time to taste them. They were […]

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 […]