Friday, November 25

Rae & Jerry's

There's a place in Winnipeg that time forgot: Rae & Jerry's. And thank goodness! It's perfectly marvelous. Rae and Jerry's is a steakhouse from the late 50's and nothing, not the menu, not the interior, not the cocktail list, has been changed since then. If you ever feel like dolling yourself up Betty Draper style (and who among us doesn't?) then hitting the town this is the place to go. It has a special authenticity to those of us who grew up hearing about their grandparents good times there. The deep red hues and candlelight have a wonderful effect on my confidence, I can't help but feel a little more elegant the moment I walk in the door. And the food is simply great too!


1405 Portage Avenue  Winnipeg, MB R3G 0W1, Canada(204) 783-6155

Wednesday, November 23

Smoked Fish

Smoked salmon is a staple of my family's holiday parties. It's there Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, a summer barbecue or just anytime we get together. Of course we had to have an evening that included smoked salmon when I was home recently.  It's never been my favourite but I'm starting to warm up to it, perhaps since I've been exposed to so much gravlax (which I like an awful lot) here in Sweden? 

We also eat smoked goldeye, a fish local to the area of Canada I'm from. It's called 'goldeye' because of the iridescent red/gold colour it turns after smoking. It's a very intense smoked fish, if you're not a fan of smoked salmon then I suspect you won't like it. We serve both smoked goldeye and salmon with rye bread, butter, capers and onions generally. Sour cream, dill and lemon sometimes too. 
On this particular evening we also had raw oysters, Swedish caviar and champagne! It was lovely.

Oh, and lastly a little Winnipeg trivia: our local baseball team is called the Winnipeg Goldeyes!


Lacy, silky, soft and wonderful. Beautiful underthings can give you so much confidence I think, sometimes they just make your day. Here are some of my current favourites!

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Tuesday, November 22

Cocktails at Peasant Cookery

Happy hour cocktails at my favourite restaurant back home.
100-283 Bannatyne, Winnipeg, MB

Sunday, November 20

Turkey: before and after

Our Thanksgiving turkey, a little belatedly. I'm not much of a carver, as you can see. It was delicious and juicy nonetheless! I credit the 24 hours of brining we did before roasting our bird. We've done this for time immemorial in  my family and we haven't yet had a bad Thanksgiving (or Christmas!) turkey.

Tuesday, November 15

Pretty Pink and Blue Thoughts

Roast Leg of Lamb

I love the cookbook Jamie's Dinners, it's sort of my go to anytime I'm blanking on dinner ideas. There's nothing about it that's really flashy or eye catching but the more I use it the more I realize how realistic and wonderful the recipes are; they always work, they're never beyond my skill level and (most importantly!) they're always, always delicious. I especially love the way he cooks large pieces of meet, the method and ingredients tend to be simple and fresh but the result is terribly impressive (have I spoken of his roast beef? It's sort of legendary in my family). I made this lamb recipe this past summer on the barbecue but it works equally well in a regular oven (I like the barbeque since there's a little less clean up that way).

Roast Leg of Lamb with Chickpeas from Jamie's Dinners

1 leg of lamb, butterflied and opened up like a book
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
4 large cloves of garlic, peeled
large bunch of fresh cilantro
large bunch of fresh mint, chopped
1 x 14 oz. can of chickpeas, drained
salt and freshly ground black pepper
juice of 1/2 a lemon (or more if you like lemons as much as me)
1 x 500ml tub of natural yogurt
12 baby turnips, scrubbed
2 yams peeled and cut into large chunks
a bunch of baby carrots, scrubbed, tops left on
1 butternut squash, unpeeled, cut into 8 wedges
2 red onions, peeled and quartered
1 whole bulb of garlic, broken into cloves
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
extra virgin olive oil
  • in a food processor or using a mortar and pestle blitz/grind together : coriander (fresh & seeds), mint, garlic, chickpeas until they form a thick paste. Then mix in yogurt, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sore the lamb on both sides. Add half the yogurt mixture to a large plastic bag and then add in the lamb. Seal the bag and massage the mixture into lam until the lamb is completely coated. Marinate in fridge like this for at least an hour or up to 24 hrs. Keep reserved yogurt mixture for later.
  • Set oven to 200C/400F. Place carrots, turnips, yams, squash, onions and garlic in a roasting dish. Drizzle on olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on cumin seeds and cinnamon and mix so vegetables are well coated in oil and spices. Place in the oven on a lower rack.
  • Remove lamb from marinade and place directly on oven rack above roasting vegetables (so they catch all the delicious lamb drippings!). Smear reserved yogurt mixture on top of lamb so it is thickly coated on top. I like to save a little more to serve with later too).
  • Roast for about 1 hour. Stir the vegetables on or twice throughout (if they're aren't crisp enough on top leave them in under the broiler for a moment before serving).
  • Slice lamb and serve along side roasted vegetables and a little yogurt sauce!

Sunday, November 13


Hot chocolate on a blustery afternoon at Chokladfabriken. With marshmallows of course.
Dark chocolate for me...

White chocolate for my boyfriend.

Renstiernas gata 12, 116 28 Stockholm
Tel: +46 (0)8 640 05 68

Opening hours
Monday-Friday 10.00-18.30
Saturday 10.00-17.00

Thursday, November 10


{Playing with Instagram is fun. Kir Royales are fun too.}


I see them all the time here in Stockholm and they're so cozy looking! We definitely need one for the cold Swedish winter coming. I purchased the white one for my mom and I'm a bit jealous. Now, grey or white?

Tuesday, November 8

Bacon Donut

A maple bacon donut from Jelly in Calgary. I really like the idea of bacon donuts, I'm not sure why but they're so fun! And delicious of course.

Jelly, modern donuts

100 1414 8th Street W
Calgary, AB, Canada


Monday, November 7

A Little Pick Me up

I'm finally back in Sweden now and gosh it's a little gloomy. My irregular hours mean I see only about an hour of daylight and while I'm rather pleased to be developing a lovely porcelain pallor I'm afraid it's a bit hard to be as cheery as I'd like. Solution? Eggnog bubble bath, rosé champagne, a jazzy playlist and some online Christmas shopping! Yes, I'm already feeling better. I wish I could show my purchases but (hopefully!) my nearest and dearest read this and that would ruin their surprise. Here are some lovely gift ideas and decorations for the coming holiday season though!

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