Month: October 2012

Holy Guacamole! A weekend of homemade delights from scratch!

I am not planning on turning this into a cooking blog, but this weekend I went kind of crazy and made so many good things, and all from scratch!;) My goal eventually is to make 90-100% of my food from scratch to avoid eating all those crazy perservatives and ingredients that I can’t even pronounce. This weekend I ended up making spaghetti and meatballs, soft tacos with homemade Guacamole and a batch of chocolate chip cookies!;) Hey, I said it was the weekend right?

My boyfriend loves meatballs to say the least! And since I am Norwegian he is under the impression that I learned how to make them even before I was born. I have made traditional Norwegian(swedish) meatballs before, but this time we wanted to try some juicy italian ones. I did some Google searches and found this amazing recipie from: Kitchenmeetsgirl Blog

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pounds Italian sausage  (I used italian turkey sausage)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning (If you have any, and if you dont just add more oregano, basil, some marjoram and thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Can be excluded)
  • 1/4 fresh minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Add all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until you have a paste. Use a spoon to make the size of meatball you like and fry them gently in a pan for a few minutes on each side. (They are not supposed to cook through in the pan) A great tips is to have a glass of cold water that you can dip the spoon in before you mold your meatball between the spoon and the palm of your hand. This makes it a lot easier. Simmer up some marinara sauce either homemade or a jar and put the meatballs in it. Make sure they are all the way covered in the sauce and let simmer for 30-40 minutes, depending on how big the meatballs are.

In the meantime cook up some spaghetti and bake som garlic toast in the oven.

On sunday we were in a Mexican mood, or at least I was. According to Kris I am taco crazy, which might be true, but anyways. It’s so easy and so good! Usually we buy Guacamole from Whole Foods as that is the best one I have ever tried, but this time I wanted to try to make it on my own. And it turned out so good, I might even say better than the original:)

Guacamole from scratch:

4 riped Avocados
1,5 oz sour cream
1/4 of a small red onion
1/2 hot pepper or jalepeño
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Juice from 1/2 a lemon or 1 lime
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1/4 cup of riped grape cherry tomatoes

Take out the avocados from their shell and dispose of the seed. Cut up the onion and pepper into small pieces. Add all the ingredients except the tomatoes and mash everything together with a fork. Cut up the tomatoes in small pieces and add them at the end. Add more salt and pepper if needed to taste.

Guacamole from scratch!

 

Enjoy!;)

I encourage you to try the recipes and tell me what you think?

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Oh my god it´s raining!

For about a week now I have been listening to the weather report warning me about the rain. “The rain is coming by the end of the week”, “There is a 20% chance of rain this week”, ” Latest report in, it will for sure rain” and so on. Today it rained for 1 hour and I could walk outside in the “rain” without an umbrella and still not get noticeably wet. It is clear to me that rain to a San Francisco, California resident is a whole other matter than rain to a girl from Bergen, Norway.

I am born and raised in Bergen, Norway and for people who dont know where that is, look here: Bergen map

Bryggen Bergen

Beautiful, I know! The only downside? It rains, A LOT! According to Wikipedia it rains on average 2,250 mm per year, or 88.58 inches! In San Francisco the average is 600.2 mm or 23.63 inches, and usually its always at night. So when its about to rain here in San Francisco, everybody goes crazy! OMG its gonna rain! “Did you hear it´s gonna rain?”

FIY, this is not rain guys: (Notice the people being able to stand outside in the “rain” and not really care)

Rain outside of school, GGU in San Francisco

THIS is rain:

Rain in Bergen driving

 

And THIS is rain! (Torgallmenningen aka Union Square in Bergen on a saturday! Not a single person can walk in this rain!)

Rain in Bergen walking, in my California shoes! #Ruined…

After I came back from my trip to Norway on the 26th of August, it has not rained a single day, not once! That is 46 days with no rain.  To be honest it was kind of nice to have a little drizzle today, but maybe thats just the Bergen in me talking:)

 

How many of those 46 days has it rained in Bergen? According to my mom, around 42… or what do you guys say my fellow “Bergensere” ?

Jersey Maxi dress made from a tank top pattern!

I have wanted a maxi dress for ages, but I never seem to find one that I like. The shape is usually off , the fabric is not quite right or the pattern is too boring or too crazy. On my trip to the fabric store a while ago I picked up this really cool knitted jersey in white and grey stripes and I decided to sew my own maxi dress with my own pattern!

The fabric I used for making the maxi dress

I didn’t have any pattern and even after looking around online, I couldn’t really find any that I completely loved. And to be honest, my printer was out of ink and I was to lazy to go walk 3 miles either to buy new ink or to the closest print shop on a sunday:)

So the solution came to me in a tank top! I have a few that I really like the shape of and I folded it in halv and marked around on some parchment paper. I added some seam allowance of about half an inch ( 1-1,5 cm) on each side and cropped the neckline to a high v-neck in the front. Normally I would not add seam allowance to the fold (the back or mid section front of the tank top) because you are not sewing anything here, but this tank top is a little tighter than I would like my dress to be so I added all the way around.

Back. Added seam allowance all the way around. Usually I would not do the back, but the tank top is a little tighter than I would like my dress to be.

I then laid out my fabric with the inside out and enough width for the “pattern” to cover and made sure the stripes were aligning front to back. At the end of the tank top pattern I continued the line with a slight curve going out all the way down to the end of the fabric. I had measured in advance how long I wanted it and added a few inches to that. It is always better to have a little to much on the length instead of having it be just a little too short, especially when sewing without a pattern.

One of the sides cut and ready

After cutting out both pieces, I pinned them up together on both sides with zig zag stitches since I was doing a jersey knit (very important detail!). I tried on the fit and had to do some smaller adjustments to the waist for a perfect fit. After stitching it up, I pressed the hem and overcasted the ends (See your sewing machine manual for overcasting stitches, basically zig zag along the end of the line so it wont fall apart). I closed up the arm holes and neckline by doing a fold and sew. I sewed an overcast stitch to all the edges for them not to flare and then folded in about 1/4 of an inch (0,75 cm) and pressed it down with an iron. I then folded again and sewed with a lightening stitch (it is probably not called that, but it looks like a lightening on the sewing machine so I am calling it that). I also had to adjust the neckline somewhat as I wanted it a little lover then my first cut (Again, I have learned along the way that it is always better to have a little more than less fabric to work with).

And thats it! Took me probably a few hours to make, but I am sure if you are more efficient you could pull it off in an hour.

The result! You cant see the top part as well here, but it had medium broad shoulders like a tank top:)

What do you think?

Redesigning and sewing my old clothes into new ones!

The last few weeks I have been inspired by my friend Lisa to start sewing again. I have been doing it on and off for as long as I can remember and it really boosts my creativity. The perfect activity is when I can make something with my own two hands! Before I throw away any garment I always try to see another purpose with it and that exactly what I did with this shirt.

Before and after! I sewed in the waist, shoulders, arms and added some studs

I started out with an oversized shirt that I bought a few years ago. First of all, it used to be a little oversized and second of all, I have probably lost 25 pounds since I wore it last so it was time to do something:)

I started by cutting off the arms at the seams and put the shirt on with the wrong side facing out to fit me perfectly with pinning needles. I needed to adjust the shoulders and waist and used a french curve to adjust the arm hole opening and waist line on both sides according to the pinned needles. After taking in both of those I realized I would need to adjust the arms and wrists as well to make it look  good all together. Because the shirt was bleached denim it was important to adjust all of the seams where I had made adjustments so it would look the same overall.

I decided right off the bat that I wanted to add studs to the shirt somewhere.  After almost completing the shirt and browsing Pinterest for some ideas I went to the Fabric Outlet in Mission to get some studs. They have a lot of great stuff at that store and the prices are good and if you live in San Francisco and love to sew, you should take a look. (Ps. I am in no way payed to say this, I just like the store:) To my surprise they had 40% off on the entire store so I ended up spending 2,5 hours in the store and bought more than studs to say the least!

My catch from the Fabric outlet in Mission San Francisco

What do you think?