fika at twenty-three.

the journal of an american au-pair in sweden.
These “muffins” are the perfect (and quick) LCHF breakfast and I’ve been meaning to make them for awhile now. Here’s my recipe:
8 eggs
1 dl heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste
whatever filling you like
Today, I tried a variety of fillings… but kept 6 of them just cheese for the kids. The others are a mixture of fresh spinach, tomatoes, yellow pepper, and feta cheese.
Whip together the eggs and cream, add the salt and pepper, to taste then you can either mix in the ingredients to that mixture or do like I did and top each cup individually, pushing down so they are covered by egg mixture.
Pop them in the 175-degree Celsius oven (roughly 345-degrees Fahrenheit) for 10-12 minutes. Mine seemed to need more time, so just keep an eye on them. I’m sure every batch is different.
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These “muffins” are the perfect (and quick) LCHF breakfast and I’ve been meaning to make them for awhile now. Here’s my recipe:

8 eggs

1 dl heavy cream

salt and pepper, to taste

whatever filling you like

Today, I tried a variety of fillings… but kept 6 of them just cheese for the kids. The others are a mixture of fresh spinach, tomatoes, yellow pepper, and feta cheese.

Whip together the eggs and cream, add the salt and pepper, to taste then you can either mix in the ingredients to that mixture or do like I did and top each cup individually, pushing down so they are covered by egg mixture.

Pop them in the 175-degree Celsius oven (roughly 345-degrees Fahrenheit) for 10-12 minutes. Mine seemed to need more time, so just keep an eye on them. I’m sure every batch is different.

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So we’re working on the whole listening thing. LOL!

I have to add that directly after this filming he fell down a few stairs. He wasn’t hurt at all, just startled. Learning is hard!

City Adventures With My Little Bestie

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day in town with the oldest of my littles. ‘M’ is almost 5 and was an absolute gem to be around as I carted her around to different places around town. While here [in Stockholm] I’m trying hard not to lose the joy of this beautiful city and taking her with me yesterday really helped me to see things in a new and beautiful light.

Because it’s such a seldom occurrence for her, riding the train was an adventure all on it’s own. She sat wide-eyed watching everything pass by… She made little comments and observations and had all the other passengers smiling along with her.

The one-on-one time allowed me to relax and really e n j o y her company. She is so full of life and I think we both let our guards down a little bit. We skipped through the subway station and I’m sure irritated people around us as we avoided stepping on “the cracks” as per her suggestion.

We didn’t care though. We were kids and it was fun.

Our first stop was one of the main shopping streets, Drottninggatan. There we found a BIG Halloween ghost and while she admitted he was “very, very scary,” she allowed me to take her picture with him. But just one. I’m so glad she did.

Next stop was Gallerian Mall. As it was Saturday and Saturdays in Sweden are known as the candy day for kids, we enjoyed a fika at a café. She chose a chocolate cupcake from a place called “American Cookies” and I think she liked it…

Our main mission was to get to Stadsbibliotek, or the city library for Songs and Storytime in English. After fika we stopped at BR, the toy store to briefly look for some ideas for birthday presents as her 5th is coming up next month!

Then we made our way to the library and met up with my friend Amanda. ‘M’ quickly warmed up to her, just as I did and we all enjoyed the veryyy enthusiastic leaders as they read and sang with us.

When we left the library, ‘M’ grabbed one of each of Amanda and my hands and had the biggest smile on her face. I think it made her feel extra special to have not just one, but TWO big girls there to hang out with her.

On the ride home, ‘M’ said, “Cate, Can we do that again tomorrow? I love you.” When little voices say those three words, it makes all the difficult days totally worth it. Cheers to more great days.

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This is our normal.

Starting My Day Off… Bulletproof

You may have heard of it, maybe not but bulletproof coffee is a popular term in the LCHF world. Typically it’s a breakfast drink for those not too keen on eating early in the morning.

If you’re at all like me you probably think putting butter and oil into coffee sounds not only disgusting, but horribly unhealthy. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Especially if you’re on the LCHF eating plan or consciously cutting down on carbs, the (good) fat addition to the coffee is a great way to feel and stay full until lunch time.

Here’s my recipe.

1 cup of strong, black coffee

1-3 tbsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. organic, unsalted butter (NOT MARGARINE! Get the real stuff!)

a few sprinkles of cinnamon

a splash of high fat milk (No more skim, people!)

Personally, I’ve always preferred unsweetened coffee, but if you absolutely must get a bit of sweet in the morning, add a very small bit of raw honey or stevia extract.

Do lots of stirring. I find that I keep a spoon in my cup to stir before every sip. I’ve heard of people using a blender if you’d like, but I don’t mess with that step.

Note that depending on how much oil you add, there will be a large layer of it sitting at the top.

Enjoy.

Doing some blatant marketing for my photography business in this post, but wanted to share a follow-up from the trolldeg recipe I shared last week.
I used blue, red, yellow and green food coloring to dye the dough different colors. The kids loved it, but inevitably it was all mixed together by the end.
It had been sitting in an air-tight container since Friday morning and was a bit sticky today, so we added more flour… quite a bit actually. I don’t know if using it sooner would make a difference, but it was EVERYWHERE.
Great recipe, but make sure you have lots of extra flour on hand.
www.catierixphotography.com

Doing some blatant marketing for my photography business in this post, but wanted to share a follow-up from the trolldeg recipe I shared last week.

I used blue, red, yellow and green food coloring to dye the dough different colors. The kids loved it, but inevitably it was all mixed together by the end.

It had been sitting in an air-tight container since Friday morning and was a bit sticky today, so we added more flour… quite a bit actually. I don’t know if using it sooner would make a difference, but it was EVERYWHERE.

Great recipe, but make sure you have lots of extra flour on hand.

www.catierixphotography.com

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Guys, I think I&#8217;m getting pretty good at this whole LCHF lunch thing. Today, I pan-fried some haloumi cheese and put it on top of a bed of lettuce and spinach with zucchini, 1/2 an avocado, cottage cheese, walnuts, chopped basil and a few squeezes of fresh lime juice.
I swear this whole thing took less than 5 minutes to prepare, so your excuse to eat clean can NO LONGER be &#8220;I simply don&#8217;t have time.&#8221; Yes, actually you do and here is the proof.
If I can do it, you can do it!

Guys, I think I’m getting pretty good at this whole LCHF lunch thing. Today, I pan-fried some haloumi cheese and put it on top of a bed of lettuce and spinach with zucchini, 1/2 an avocado, cottage cheese, walnuts, chopped basil and a few squeezes of fresh lime juice.

I swear this whole thing took less than 5 minutes to prepare, so your excuse to eat clean can NO LONGER be “I simply don’t have time.” Yes, actually you do and here is the proof.

If I can do it, you can do it!

Food For Thought

One of the many things I’m learning through my journey with LCHF is how to better connect my mind with my stomach. What I mean by this is that I’m starting to understand when my body is actually satisfied, when I need to eat more and when I need to NOT have that second serving.

By incorporating more fat into my diet, I am helping my body to feel fuller quicker. I’ve realized now when I eat less, I feel just as satisfied as my carb and sugar-filled past life. Since taking carbs out of my diet, I don’t experience the overly full feeling I used to… You know, the one that makes you just want to take a nap. I know you’ve been there.

You’ve heard the saying – “you are what you eat,” right? I don’t think that to be exactly true… I don’t think I look anything like a chicken… or a zucchini or even greek yogurt (as yummy as it is). I think I’ll change it to: You crave what you eat. If you fill up on candy, chips and processed sh*t, then that’s what you’ll crave. You know it’s true. Alternatively, if you choose healthier options and really commit to the LIFEchange, you’ll start to crave those awesome new recipes you’re making and loving. Am I right?

The LIFEchange I speak of is not about forcing yourself to eat food you don’t enjoy. This might seem revolutionary to you. I know it did to me when I started LCHF. With that said though, I AM a firm believer in stepping out on a limb. TRY new things, but if you really don’t like them, don’t incorporate them into your diet. Don’t eat things you’re not really enjoying, silly. THAT, my friend, is when diets fail. When it’s not something you love, you won’t want to stick to it and that’s a fact.  Soon… those cinnamon buns will scream your name every time you walk into a café… the candy will start calling from your cabinet and it will be very difficult to stick with your plan to “get healthy.”

 If you’re just starting … or maybe you’re struggling with your new, healthier lifestyle (or just maybe you’re experiencing a rough patch all of us do) my advice to you is to invest in several great cookbooks, talk to friends and read as much as you can. I started my journey, as I mentioned before, by reading the preface of a LCHF book my host mom had on the shelf. From there I was hooked and wanted to read all I could on the topic.

I also recommend getting your hands on a few foolproof recipes that you LOVE. From there, it will be infinitely easier to improvise and make substitutions. Once you learn about WHAT and WHY you’re doing what you are to your body, I believe the cooking and following through part will become much, much easier.

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T-G-I-F

What a week! Wednesday marked my 9 week mark here in Stockholm and I can’t hardly believe it. I feel as though the time has flown by! This week has had its challenges, but I’ve also felt as though I’m hitting a turning point with the kiddos. We have ups and downs, but hey, that’s human, right?

I’ve been talking with family and friends to find ideas of fun things to keep the kids busy and excited that doesn’t involve technology. Today, as you probably say, I made “trolldeg,” and I have a few other things up my sleeves for the coming week. I’ll be sure to post about the best ones ;)

This evening, my host family was having a dinner party, so I chose to slip away and spend some alone time reading + writing: downtown café style. With as many coffee shops as Stockholm has, it’s interesting that you seldom find one open past 9pm on any given day.

The place I had initially chose, Café 60, was introduced to me last week by a few friends over fika. It has a really cool vibe and fun, throwback music, but tonight it was AFTER I purchased my $5 mug of tea I learned their server was down and couldn’t access the internet. So, I (almost) finished my expensive, but super plain mug of green tea and moved on.

I went super mainstream… to a place called Espresso House, which is open until 9PM on Fridays *cue the ooh’s and the aah’s.’ Stockholm must have a million locations. Okay, not literally but you get what I mean.

On my graceful trip inside the shop, I did one of those pulls on the door when clearly I needed to push, but didn’t realize and thought there was another entrance… So I walked around the fully-windowed exterior only to be smiled and chuckled at by every. single. person. inside. Once I realized my mistake, I just had to laugh and laughed right along with them as I PUSHED on the door.

All in a day’s work, people. Not everyone can make life look as easy as I do.

Cheers to the weekend,

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While the kids were at daycare today, I made a batch of &#8220;trolldeg,&#8221; or salt dough. It&#8217;s very similar to play-dough, but made with just 3 simple ingredients you probably have in the house.
1 cup of salt
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of lukewarm water
Additions: I added about 1 tbsp. olive oil to mine for binding purposes. It was a bit too flaky otherwise. You can also add food coloring to make it more fun!
I have a few more hours until the kids come home and since I&#8217;m not sure how it reacts to being left out and I&#8217;m not using it right away, I put it in an air-tight container.
I&#8217;m really looking to see what they can create!

While the kids were at daycare today, I made a batch of “trolldeg,” or salt dough. It’s very similar to play-dough, but made with just 3 simple ingredients you probably have in the house.

1 cup of salt

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 cup of lukewarm water

Additions: I added about 1 tbsp. olive oil to mine for binding purposes. It was a bit too flaky otherwise. You can also add food coloring to make it more fun!

I have a few more hours until the kids come home and since I’m not sure how it reacts to being left out and I’m not using it right away, I put it in an air-tight container.

I’m really looking to see what they can create!

I think it’s safe to say spaghetti night for the kids was a BIG success.

If you would have told me even 6 months ago that I&#8217;d be eating (and loving) egg salad for lunch, I might have laughed in your face. Anything to do with hard-boiled eggs for me, is iffy. I have to be in the mood and one bad egg can really ruin it for me for a while. BUT this recipe really is amazing. I was very surprised.
Today&#8217;s lunch is a curried avocado egg salad. I found the recipe originally on Pinterest by typing in the keywords &#8216;lchf + lunch,&#8217; but found the site itself was not technically dedicated to low carb eating. I modified the recipe a little to fit my taste and I also cut the recipe in half. I knew I wasn&#8217;t going to eat the full portion and well&#8230; leftover egg salad doesn&#8217;t seem too appealing, no matter where it came from.
For my recipe I used:
2 hard boiled eggs
1/2 very ripe avocado
1 small tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. creme fraiche / sour cream
a sprinkle of curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
I tend to go heavy on the pepper when I cook because I absolutely love it. I think it adds to the flavor of the curry, in this case as well. I&#8217;m currently eating this with some peppered salami (for more protein) and a large glass of water.*
*One problem many people (including me) have is not drinking enough&#8230; water that is. We often confuse dehydration with lots of other things like: stress, exhaustion, hunger etc&#8230; but really, our symptoms can be cured with agua.

If you would have told me even 6 months ago that I’d be eating (and loving) egg salad for lunch, I might have laughed in your face. Anything to do with hard-boiled eggs for me, is iffy. I have to be in the mood and one bad egg can really ruin it for me for a while. BUT this recipe really is amazing. I was very surprised.

Today’s lunch is a curried avocado egg salad. I found the recipe originally on Pinterest by typing in the keywords ‘lchf + lunch,’ but found the site itself was not technically dedicated to low carb eating. I modified the recipe a little to fit my taste and I also cut the recipe in half. I knew I wasn’t going to eat the full portion and well… leftover egg salad doesn’t seem too appealing, no matter where it came from.

For my recipe I used:

2 hard boiled eggs

1/2 very ripe avocado

1 small tbsp. mayonnaise

1 tbsp. creme fraiche / sour cream

a sprinkle of curry powder

salt and pepper to taste

I tend to go heavy on the pepper when I cook because I absolutely love it. I think it adds to the flavor of the curry, in this case as well. I’m currently eating this with some peppered salami (for more protein) and a large glass of water.*

*One problem many people (including me) have is not drinking enough… water that is. We often confuse dehydration with lots of other things like: stress, exhaustion, hunger etc… but really, our symptoms can be cured with agua.