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My time in Stockholm is almost over!

Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

Warning: This post is LONG and image heavy – you have been warned.

I can’t believe it went by so quickly. I wish my friends could’ve been here to partake in shopping, walking and food! However, since none of my BFFs were here, I thought I’d spam you all with things from Sweden that I loved and things that made me giggle.

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Pancakes! With Bacon!!!

Sunday, 18 September, 2011


This was our breakfast today at Cafe Sirap. We split 2 different orders, ok, who are we kidding? It was 3 orders we split. I didn’t take a picture of the third order because it was a breakfast wrap – scrambled eggs, bacon, lettuce (*gags*) and American cheese.

I decided the first picture you should all see is…BACON…on top of pancakes!!! How can you go wrong with that? Well, if you’re expecting American style pancakes, you may be disappointed. These were three pancakes that were a bit bigger than your standard silver dollar pancakes. Also, these were a bit more dense. For some reason, it reminded me of potato pancakes or maybe they were made with potato flour. At any rate, the bacon, the syrup…Mmmmm.

The name of the place we went to is on the pic – it’s called Café Sirap. Sirap in Swedish (I had to look it up) is syrup…this was very close to sarap in Tagalog, which means tastes good. Everything tasted good, but in a very Swedish way. It’s not bad and I love the food here in Sweden – they’re not afraid to use seasoning. The place is close to our house, about .3 miles away according to Four Square. 😉

This is the sandwich Colin and I split – it was a Club. Well, as Club as it can get for the Swedes! I’m used to a sandwich piled high. This had the right elements – chicken and bacon. When I saw the yellow sauce on it my mind went, “Oh, FFS – not béarnaise sauce, please!!!” It wasn’t. It was a curry mayo thing. Tasty! See the bacon? Mmm…bacon. As I took a bite of the breakfast wrap Colin got for us to split, I realized – everything we had contained bacon.

It was a great way to start the day and week. Hope you all have a wonderful day and week.

I do have nail polish to show you. I, uh, went a little nuts at Face Stockholm and Make Up Store. I did buy some extras to have a giveaway for when I return to the US. YAY! Swedish nail polish giveaway. Stay tuned!

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La Pluie

Monday, 8 August, 2011
Beef Bolognese

Before I run off to bed, here is what I did today on my Sunday…day of rest and all that.

I had some small plans to go out, but that was quickly negated by the big fatty clouds in the sky. I knew what it was. Then I heard some noise and looked out the window.

Rainy Day

Onos. La pluie. There went my idea of spending the morning out and about picking up stuff. However, the rain gave me an excuse to make an impromptu French Toast with the baguettes we picked up while shopping yesterday. No pictures of the baguettes or French Toast, but I’ll be making the baguettes into bread pudding and I shall provide pics of that!

I had put aside five hours of my day for making some bolognese. It was worth it. Doesn’t it look pretty?

Beef Bolognese

I even included the recipe in the post, too. It’s at the very bottom. I decided to do step by step pics. Yea, rainy days get me going like that…

Word to the wise: this post is picture heavy behind the jump.

As always, click on the thumbnails to show the pictures in their original sizes.

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I miss home

Sunday, 8 March, 2009

Ok, livejournal told me a few moments ago my post was too big – wtf?

Anyway, I had presence of mind to actually copy and paste into word – go go me for having some minute foresight.

That said…on with the old post (and if LJ says it’s too big, FU – I’ll move over to wordpress/blogspot somewhere where you don’t limit me~

Actually, I miss baking – haha. Oven is still on the fritz, even though our landlord (when she came to visit) said she would be sending someone over. So in a spirit/them of I miss home, this is what I miss baking…and I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

I miss my mom’s Leche Flan. I know a lot of people don’t like custard, but I do. I have dreams about what I’d do if I could bake here…maybe it’s a good thing. I have been eating well and have been bemoaning the fact that I have gained weight stating I’ll be the first and only person to come back from India having gained weight from a vegetarian diet! Haha.

Leche Flan – mommy style~



12 egg yolks

1 can condensed milk

1 pint Vit D milk

1 tablespoon vanilla


Blend all ingredients in a blender. Pour mixture into a loaf tin lined with caramelized sugar (see below). Cover with aluminum foil. Place tin in a larger baking pan half-filled with water. Place pan in pre-heated oven (375 F) and bake flan for about 1 hour or until it is firm.


Caramel Sauce




1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Directions (to make caramel sauce):

Put sugar and water in a saucepan. Caramelize in high heat. Line loaf tin with caramelized sugar. Be sure to line the sides of the pan.

I’ve been wanting some lumpia for a while and have pondered making my own, but finding the wrappers here have been difficult. I don’t want eggroll wrappers because that stuff is mega thick and lumpia wrappers are delicate.

I went on the hunt and found something I can work with and thought I’d share it with you. It’s trial and error and don’t expect to get it right the first time.

Lumpia wrapper


1 cup flour
1 egg
1 cup water


1 Mix all ingredients until very smooth.
2 Lightly grease a non-stick pan and heat. Brush mixture onto pan. When dough starts to come away from the pan, lift wrapper out carefully. It will not lift out if mixture is not done.