Cold Sesame Noodles and Green Beans

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The very first meal Mike ever cooked me was an Asian-esque plate of cold sesame noodles and seared portobello mushrooms. I thought this was incredibly innovational and cool – I mean, cold noodles? I’d never heard of such a thing. It was delicious, too. Needless to say, he’d definitely passed the test.

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Simple Potato Salad with Lentils, Sugar Snaps and Basil

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Potato salads of different kinds replace soups and stews as our “clear out the fridge” meals in the summer. More or less anything can go in there, and it turns out a nutritious and delicious dish every time with some simple add-ins and flavorings. This version here is as simple as can be (although substitutions are of course encouraged) and comes together in just a little longer than the boiling time for the potatoes themselves.

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Our First Kayaking Endeavor

It all started this late winter, when we glanced at the boat outside of our window. A Flipper 575 (think typical medium-sized hard top motor boat), resting on a somewhat rickety boat trailer and covered by a generous amount of snow. Bettan. That had been her name for the 20+ years she’d been in the family, and she had indeed taken us to many glorious, wondrous, breathtakingly beautiful places around the archipelago and helped create many, many happy memories. When Mike and I took over the house 2 years, Bettan came as a part of the deal. Sweet, we thought, back in NYC. A house AND a boat. We’ll be living the life. But then… pieces shifted and the (preferred) look of our specific puzzle changed. Bettan’s past-its-glory-days engine caused us a massive headache, for one. We also realized that moving a giant boat is an incredibly stressful thing to do (we started calling the drives with trailer and boat “death rides”). And boats and all the equipment cost a ridiculous amount of money. So this winter, we started thinking. Is boating really our thing? Well, maybe, we thought. We love exploring uninhabited islands and get access to parts we couldn’t get to otherwise. We think the archipelago (and especially its outer parts) is out of this world gorgeous. But is it worth the stress and the money of keeping a boat? Definitely no. And how do we feel about puttering around this pristine place, using an old 2-stroke engine spewing out emissions and relying on fossil fuels to move forward? Not very good. So as hard as it can be to part ways with an old ”friend”, Bettan got to move to a new home this spring – and we were left with a freed up, big corner of the property that will soon be turned into another vegetable patch, some money in our pocket… and a desire to learn how to kayak.

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Yellow Pea Patties with Parsley

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The quest for the best veggie patty continues – but we’re nearing the end, it seems! We simply have to humble brag a little here, and throw it out there that these are our best ones so far. They’re almost ridiculously wallet and climate friendly – we buy dried yellow peas (Swedish grown) and cook them ourselves, and a whole 1 kg packet costs about SEK 15 (USD 1.50), yielding approx. 50 or so patties. That’s lots of food for little money, and a very eco-friendly option at that.

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Listen to us on the Husky Podcast! (If you’d want to, that is.)

To read more about the episode and listen, click Episode 28 – “Live Slow Run Far” with Michael and Sophia Miracolo.

You can also find the episode directly through Acast or search for Husky through your preferred podcast app.

When Magnus Ormestad, the downright awesome person behind Husky Podcast, contacted us earlier this spring about a potential interview, we got – in true Mike and Sophia spirit – very nervous. Like super nervous. Who are we to be on a podcast? And what on earth are we going to say? Well, it turns out we had no problem talking for 2 hrs straight, touching upon our respective upbringings, how we first met, life back in New York City, our beloved island Yxlan, running, racing and race struggles, life challenges and philosophies, gardening and vegetable growing – and maybe most of all, the importance of trying to choose a life that (actually) makes you happy. And leading a life sustainable for this planet.

The nervousness wore off pretty quickly after we sat down in the studio, and we ended up having a great time – but we’d lie if we didn’t say those nerves have returned now, when the episode is out. But challenges and fears are meant to be overcome, so here we are – going public with our voices and sharing personal stories and fun anecdotes alike. Some of the stories, we’ve touched upon here or on Instagram already. Some will be brand new. Altogether, they paint a very nice introduction to who we are and what led us to choosing this far-away-from-the-norm kind of life.

Oh, and if the part about competitive racing and race related nerves struck a chord with you, you might also enjoy this piece that I, Sophia, wrote for Trail Sisters: Confronting and Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Other blog posts telling bits of our past include: Thank you Life Part 1 and Part 2, Decompression and About saying no (but really, more about saying yes).

Strawberry and Mixed Green Salad

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It’s time for a confession. Until very recently (read: until we made this salad for the first time, about two weeks ago), we belonged to that group of people skeptical about using strawberries in savory dishes. We didn’t get it. We thought strawberries were ONLY meant for either eating as is or desserts and sweets of different kids. Boy, have we been missing out! The whole thing started when I stood with a giant bowl of greens and tomatoes in front of me, wanting something sweet to add to the mix. Normally, I would reach for e.g. dried currants or cranberries, but neither seemed appropriate for a summer salad. We had some leftover strawberries sitting in the fridge, and we simply decided to give it a try. It. Was. So. Good.

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Tomato Basil Bruschetta with White Beans

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How do you like your bruschetta? Or, should we say: how do you like the bread-part of bruschetta? We’re on team “a little on the softer side, please”. We just don’t like it when the bread is so crispy it risks tearing the roof of my mouth up, if you know what I mean? Mike toasts the bread to (our version of) perfection here, leaving the center nice and chewy but edges crispy golden. Of course, you choose whatever level of crispiness you like!

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Smashed Potatoes with Chimichurri Sauce

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Just like many households here in Sweden, we consume our fair share of potatoes. They’re cheap, they’re climate-friendly – and they’re delicious. On top of all of that, they’re also very versatile. This recipe is as simple as can be, and is the perfect go-to if you have leftover boiled potatoes. We find ourselves in that situation quite often, because why not boil a whole lot once you’re at it? Saves both time and energy, which is all the incentive we need! Anyway, with leftover boiled potatoes on hand, this dish comes together quickly, and celebrates simple yet elegant summer cooking. If you happen to not like or have access to the herbs listed below, substitute in whatever way tickles your fancy. Basil, thyme, cilantro – heck, maybe even dill – would all make lovely chimichurris. And don’t toss the stalks of e.g. parsley and cilantro – these are wonderfully tasty and not one bit tough, so chop them up and add them as well. Ah, the herb galore of summer – we’ve been longing for you.

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Strawberry Parfait

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The very first dessert I ever made Mike (ending the very first meal I ever cooked him) didn’t look all that different from this one right here. Only back then, we weren’t quite as into eco-friendly cooking and staying local as we are now, so the strawberries were in fact no strawberries at all, but kiwi and mango from someplace far away. But the concept was about the same – layers of fresh fruit and yogurt (mixed with mascarpone that first time – I must have sensed Mike’s love for heavy cream early on) and topped with chopped dark chocolate.

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Spinach Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

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One simply cannot have too many simple yet delicious summer-style salads up one’s sleeve, correct? This one here has become a go-to over the past few weeks, when our spinach supply has been ample and our desire to spend lots of time in the kitchen limited. Nutritious and colorful often go hand in hand – here thanks to freshly picked spinach, bright orange carrot ribbons, black beans and pumpkin seeds. A tasty dressing to top it all off and this summer side salad dish is ready to serve. 

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