Sick Days




  • Reading my new book 
  • Radio (Hannah’s perfecta super sommar for all you sweds out there)
  • Laundry
  • Sleep
  • Turkish food

All things I’m enjoying today! Had to go outside to get my food, decided to skip my shower and use all the dry shampoo I could find and overdose on deodorant! Who needs showers.. Not sick people!! Just saying


West African Peanut Soup


So I’m in a peanut butter phase at the moment, we are talking about right out of the jar with a spoon phase… So when I found this recipe (here) at cookieandkate I fell in love. (I haven’t actually made it jet since it’s soo freaking warm in Berlin… but as soon as the temperature dropps...)

West African Peanut Soup

  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bunch collard greens (or kale), ribs removed and leaves chopped into 1-inch strips
  • ¾ cup unsalted peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
  • ½ cup tomato paste*
  • Hot sauce, like sriracha (AKA rooster sauce)
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish
  1. In a medium Dutch oven or stock pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and salt. Cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. In a medium-sized, heat-safe mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and tomato paste, then transfer 1 to 2 cups of the hot stock to the bowl. Whisk the mixture together until smooth, then pour the peanut mixture back into the soup and mix well. Stir in the collard greens and season the soup with hot sauce to taste. Simmer for about 15 more minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often. Serve over cooked brown rice if you’d like, and top with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts.

pics from Cookie+kate

Help Grandpa


“A few years ago Grandpa had to go into a home. It’s such a sad horrible thing that happens to many of us but he needed full-time care. We all pitched in to help clean up his family home after he left. I was lucky enough to find the box of slides in the cupboard and have been talking about them ever since. I got the slides scanned and took them down to show him in the hope of some of those special Grandpa stories. And to give him more to talk about than catheter bags and who gave him a shower that day. He was happy to see them but he couldn’t remember where any of the locations were. He appreciated that I liked them but never really believed that the photos are something special. He never saw himself as a great Photographer. With everyone’s help I’m hoping to prove that wrong.”

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“This site has 100 of the best slides that were found in that cupboard. I have included some of the family slides, mainly as many of those are great. The hope is simply that people will appreciate them and share them making him, if only in my book, great at one more thing. Please email if you recognise any of the locations in the photos. Everything will be mapped and with the help of Google Maps/streetview I’m sure we’ll find most of them. Also, It would be great to see what these places look like today. If you live near any of the locations please take a picture of the same spot and it will be featured on the site. Thanks for taking the time to look through the photos and please send them around.

Thank You.”

Go to Grandpas Photos to see if you can help out!

Little Traditions by A Beautiful Mess

We love the post “Little Traditions” that we found on one of our favorite blogs: A Beautiful Mess. This post is so beautiful, smart and clever. I want this to be my tradition. I want to collect memories physically in a jar like the one above.

“Jeremy and I have a little collection of wine and champagne corks that we keep in a glass pitcher in our dining room. On special and sometimes not-so-special occasions we save corks and write what we were doing or celebrating on that day.

Our friend Carter told us he had a similar collection the year we got married. We loved the idea so we stole it and have been saving them ever since! At first it felt like pointless hoarding, but now when we look at them they are actually really special to us. Now that we have a few years collected, they represent so many happy, sad and funny times. Friends, dinners, weddings, birthdays, holidays, moving, good news and travels… it’s all in there!

Here are a few new and old corks. I love that there is such a variety of big events and special occasions and also small things that we were celebrating at the time, like when I came home from my final business trip of the season this year. There are even a few mixed in there that just say something like “catching up on Homeland”. :) It’s the little things. 

Happy New Years!!! xx. Elsie “


How to make a no fail soup – a guide for every beginner

Soup is certainly the most flexible and easy thing you can cook at home. Homemade soups are very nutritious and satisfying, so follow these 5 steps and you’ll be able to improvise a good homemade soup from scratch in no time:

1. Start with a little fat and a lot of flavor: cook one or two aromatics (garlic, ginger, onions, or shallots) in a little olive oil or butter. It takes just a few minutes to give a solid background to your soup.

2. Add the seasoning. This can be as basic as salt and freshly ground pepper from the mill or a spice mix. A good citrus zest or a dried bay leaf will do it nicely too. Try to add fresh herbs at the last minute for a better effect. Slightly heat your aromatics until you can smell their fragrance.

3. Stir in the liquid. Add stock, water, juice, wine, beer, or whatever combination of liquids you like.

4. now it’s time to add your main ingredients. Put the longest cooking time ingredient first, then go for the shortest. If you want your vegetables to melt into the soup, add them early. As opposite: for a fresh a crisp bite, add them at the last minute. When you recycle cooked leftovers, add them at the very end.

5. Taste your soup continuously as you go along. Dip your spoon into the pot frequently. Readjust your ingredients and correct the seasonings. Don’t be afraid: it’s only soup!

6. Serve your soup directly or blend it with your hand blender for a rustic texture. You can add a dollop of cream to add some smoothness.

Read More at Eatwell101 and find a bunch of delicious soup recipes on the same site :)