interview with Ella in the newest issue of FOTO and an apple curd

Is your garden full of apple trees? Do you feel bad about all these apples laying on the ground, going to waste?
Well, then hello. You are just like me.
Without spending to much of your time, telling you it´s the same "apples-going-to-waste-story" every single year, I´ll just spit out the solution immediately.
Give those apples to your friends! No, not your neighbours - they are much likely to have the same apple problem as you. I mean all of your friends living in flats, without big apple trees on their balcony. They appreciate the apples much more than you and me, I promise!
Make sure not to give away all of your apples, though. You wanna have some left for this curd, because you will have to make it. It is freakin´ awesome! Smooth, juicy and with a little hint of lime, its one of the yummiest curds I´ve made so far. For sure.
Whether you fill a pie shell with the curd, eat it with your sunday morning scone or eat it just like it is from the jar, you will be amazed. Recipe down below.
I´d also like to give a little hint about the short interview with me in the latest issue of the swedish photomagazine FOTO. I have scanned the text for you to read right away, but consider buying the whole magazine. Enjoy!

apple curd
juice of five apples
5 egg yolks
4 tbs lime juice
½ dl sugar
25 grams butter
Bring the juice to a boil, together with the sugar. When the sugar has disolved, turn off the heat and add the lime juice and the egg yolks. Stir.
On low heat, let the mixture thicken while stiring for about 15 minutes.
Add the butter and let cool. Fill a clean jar, and store in the refrigerator.

saften av fem äpplen
5 äggulor
4 msk limejuice
½ dl socker
25 gram smör

Koka upp saften, tillsammans med sockret. När sockret har löst upp sig, stäng av värmen och tillsätt limejuice och äggulor. Rör om.

På låg värme, låt blandningen tjockna under omröring i ca 15 minuter.

Tillsätt smöret och låt svalna. Fyll en ren burk, och förvara i kylskåp.

Homemade IKEA food: swedish meatballs with potatoes, brown sauce and lingonberry jam

Time flies. No shit sherlock, I know. But really, I had my first day at school today. I can´t believe it!
Having to realize I won´t be home until six pm on workdays for the next half year, was a little worser than expected. Since schoolwork doesn´t end there, [ homeworks and studying for tests ... ] I´m at the moment trying to figure out, when the h*ck I will have time to meet my friends, have a long shower, exercise, cook and create recipes for SÖTT & SALT and simply watch a single youtube video... When?
So please understand and don´t be mad at me, if I don´t post regularly. I do my best to keep up with you guys, but it won´t be as easy as it has been before.
In any case, let´s have a closer look at the homemade IKEA food I made for dinner some days ago.
I had actually craved for meatballs for a month by then and I felt there was no other way out then making some. Especially after we had driven by an IKEA the day before.
[ Nope, this is no hidden advertising. I promise. ]
"Köttbullar med brunsås, potatis och lingonsylt"  is Swedish food at its best and very yummy. Definitely make the sauce and don´t forget the lingonberry for christ sake! The sides are all part of the dish and help differentiate Swedish meatballs from e.g. Greek ones. Just the thought of that creamy sauce makes me go crazy.
Happy cooking!
swedish meatballs, makes about 30 depending on the size
500 g ground (minced) beef/pork mixture
1 egg
3/4 dl bread crumbs
1 dl milk
1 onion
1 small apple
salt, peppar, allspice
Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk and stir in one egg. Set aside.
Finely grate the onion and the apple. Squeeze out the water and add to the breadcrumbmixture. Also add spices.
Blend the breadcrumb mixture with the ground beef/pork to a proper consistency. Make sure to not overblend the mixture.
Form balls in your preferred size and place them in an greased ovenproof pan. Put them in the oven at 175 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Check them often to make sure they don´t burn!
brown sauce
1 tablespoon butter
2 tbsp plain flour
3 1/2 cups beef stock
1/2 cup cream
Chinese soy
salt and ground white pepper
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flour. Put the pan on the heat and add the beef stock, a little at a time. Boil the sauce for 4-5 minutes.

Pour in a few drops of soy. Add cream and season with salt and pepper.
Serve the meatballs with cooked potatoes, the brown sauce and lingonberry jam. Bon appetit!
svenska köttbullar, ca 30 beroende på storlek
500 g blandfärs
ett ägg
3/4 dl ströbröd
1 dl mjölk
1 lök
1 litet äpple
salt, peppar, kryddpeppar

Blötlägg ströbrödet i mjölken och rör i ett ägg. Ställ åt sidan.
Finriv löken och äpplet. Krama ur vattnet ur dem och blanda med ströbrödsbladningen. Krydda!

Blanda ströbrödsblandningen med bladfärsen till en lämplig konsistens. Se till att inte överknåda blandningen ör att köttbullarna inte ska bli trådiga.

Forma köttbullar i önskad storlek och lägg dem i en smord ugnsfast form. Sätt dem i ugnen på 175 grader i ca 15-20 minuter. Kontrollera dem ofta för att se till att de inte bränns.

1,5 msk smör
3 msk vetemjöl
5 dl köttbuljong
3/4 dl grädde
salt, peepar och kryddpeppar

Låt smöret smälta i en kastrull. Ta bort från värmen. Rör i mjölet.
Sätt tillbaka pannan på värmen och tillsätt köttbuljongen, lite eftersom. Låt koka i drygt 5 minuter.
Häll i några droppar soja. Tillsätt grädde och smaka av med salt och peppar.
Servera köttbullarna med kokt potatis, brun sås och lingonsylt. Bon appétit!

ultimate fruit cake

Mmmmm.. melon. It must be the best summer fruit. Sweet, refreshing and perfect with parma ham, in a salad or even as a salsa.
When we celebrated L´s birthday in advance some days ago I made him a plain fruit cake in addition to his "official" raspberry mousse cake. With a base of watermelon.
Watermelon - of course!
Finding someone who loves watermelon more than him is seriously a lifetime task. He is truly a watermelon freak and carries these heavy balls for hours if he has to, to get some. Hours! Told ya.
All our apples trees are full of almost ripe apples by now. I will be able to make soooo much apple cake.
Here are some fruits that you might like to use for your plain fruit cake.
galia melon
star fruit
and then go crazy, carving, slicing and cutting all the fruit. But be prepared, it will be messy.
Good luck!

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