Winter

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During winter time I love making comforting food that warms me up, such as soups, stews and casseroles. Often, when enjoying my meal I can hear the very strong winter wind screaming at the windows and if you peek outside you might see a blizzard covering up everything in snow. And you wonder where you parked your car because you might not find it in the morning. Icelandic winters can be harsh and when Mother Nature is determined to keep you inside, the best thing to do is cook something nice. When I was a little girl we often had to leave our house through the balcony on the first floor because there was so much snow in front of the main door on the ground floor we couldn't get out. We rode snowmobiles to school and in the evenings we laid out in the snow watching the Northern Lights dance around in the sky. I am not fond of the cold winters which is why I am like a bear that goes into hibernation. I just want to be inside in my warm house (all houses in Iceland have geothermal heating which means that the houses are some of the comfiest and warmest you can find).

The recipes that I have collected in this category really reflect the long winter days when the only thing you want to do is crawl under a warm blanket with a mug of lovely, chunky soup.


A lovely African recipe, packed with vitamin C, fibre, antioxidants and protein

Swahili Style Halibut with Peanut Sauce

There is a strong Swahili influence in this recipe because by the Indian Ocean (especially in Kenya) you will find ingredients such as ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes, peppers and fish.

This is one way you can give children the hated broccoli

Sweet Dinosaur Juice

Well the juice is not exactly made from dinosaurs or for dinosaurs (I guess you figured that out) but they name is actually designed to make the juice more appealing for kids...and it works (at lea

I often make this bread when I have leftover sweet potatoes

Sweet Potato, Cornmeal and Millet Bread

I made this bread once when I had leftover sweet potatoes. Since then I always try to have some leftover sweet potatoes when cooking them. I love their slightly sweet taste in the bread.

A lovely Indian vegetable dish

Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

If your haemoglobin levels are low, this recipe is perfect because you have iron in the spinach and vitamin C in the sweet potatoes.

My husband's favourite Thai dish

Thai Chicken and Noodles in Satay Sauce

My husband loves, loves, loves this recipe. It is one of his favourite meals.

A lovely and fragrant soup with lots of flavours

Thai Laksa

I know that the recipe seems very, very complicated.

A delightful soup, perfect for mid week

Thai Noodle Soup with Shrimp

This soup is so good and it is fairly quick if you can get your hands on some decent Thai green curry paste. The ones that are sold in health food stores are usually quite nice.

A good remedy for iron deficiency

The Bloody Good Drink

This drink is bloody good (excuse my language)....but what I mean though is that it is especially beneficial if you are anaemic or feeling tired because prunes contain lots of iron and the orange j

The cheapest and simplest soup around there is! Perfect for the fridge clear out

The Cheapest Soup

I don't know if in your part of the world you have a soup called "Nail Soup" as we do in Iceland...you probably do though....most households must have the kind of soup which is so cheap it almost costs nothing and to which you might add every vegetable left over in your fridge or freezer and it still tastes ok.

Mild and nice little nut loafs

Tomato Mini Nut Loafs

These are lovely little loafs/patties which are perfect on your Christmas table if you are a vegetarian. They also look quite festive if you team them with a nice, green salad.

The one meal that warms my body to the core

Traditional Icelandic Rice Pudding

Hands down, there is nothing that puts warmth in my body as fast as rice pudding. I absolutely adore it and could eat it every day during the winter.

A very popular and healthy salad, packed with protein and low in fat

Tuna Salad

When preparing my husband's lunch I am always trying to maintain a balance of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.

Not exactly like the Italian do it but I still love this lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna with Minced Soy Meat

Please do not make this recipe if you have Italian in-laws...Although I absolutely love this lasagna and so does my husband, I am not sure it would be appreciated by those who are used to authentic

One of my favourite pies, packed with protein and calcium

Vegetable Pie with Nut and Seeds Crust

This one is perfect if you are gluten intolerant but still want some pie. I love that you can make pies without using pastry (wheat, butter and all that).

An easy and satisfying curry dish

Vegetables in Thai Green Curry and Coconut Sauce

Tasty, cheap and filling, that's a combination I always like. This is a curry dish that falls into the "in between" category of being a soup or vegetables with curry sauce.

Such a lovely soup and reminds me so much of Zanzibar

Zanzibar Carrot and Coconut Soup

This soup reminds me a lot of a soup I had at the Archipelago restaurant, Zanzibar in September 2007.

A very refreshing and cleansing drink which always reminds me of Zanzibar

Zanzibar Lemon Grass Tea

I first tasted this tea in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The bowl seen in the photo I bought in a small market in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Pumpkin and Coconut Soup

This recipe is from a book called Zanzibar Kitchen and is a favourite of mine.

A lovely tomato soup which always reminds me of Africa

Zanzibar Tomato Soup

I have lost the count of how many tomato soups I have eaten during my travels in Africa (Eastern-Africa).