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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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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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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Rhubarb Buns

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Buns are awesome. All buns. If we have to choose though, cardamom might be the winner – but only during fall, winter and spring. Early summer and summer, on the other hand, these will be our go-to from now on (no doubt). The sweet yet slightly tart and very flavorful rhubarb filling is something out of a dream. Despite the idiom sounding somewhat tacky, it really is finger-licking good.

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Asparagus and Radish Salad

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A humble little side dish, celebrating quintessential early summer favorites, easy preparation and some creative add-ins alike. This is warm season cooking at its best! Provided you make sure you lay your hands on locally grown, high quality produce (i.e. don’t go for asparagus spears from Peru unless you live in – that’s right – Peru), you’re definitely in for a treat. And why not make a bigger batch and serve this at one of those summer get togethers? Here in Sweden, we’re very likely to make this as part of our midsummer spread. These precious early summer vegetables (called primörer in Swedish) really do shine the most when prepared simply and without much fuss. But especially when you invite people over, it can be fun to serve something that looks a little more thought-through. This recipe balances that line quite nicely – the vegetables are in fact allowed to shine, but the add-ins make it a touch more interesting. All together, it makes for a pretty dish we could easily munch on every day right now. Hope you’ll like it too!

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