Coconut summer!

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Happy midsummer! We made some refreshing recipes for lovely summer treats. May the sun be with you!

Key Lime Juice

A fresh mix of coconut water, honey and lime.

4 glasses

  • 1¼ cups / 3 dl coconut water
  • 4 key limes or limes
  • 1-2 tbsp liquid honey
  • Ice

Pour coconut water in a jug. Squeeze the juice from two of the limes and add to the jug. Slice the rest of the limes and add to the drink. Flavor with honey and serve with ice. 

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Vegan Coconut Ice Cream

  • 1½ cups / 4 dl coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 tbsp neutral oil, like sunflower oil
  • ⅔ cup / 1 dl coconut cream
  • ½ cup / 1 dl honey

Mix coconut milk and corn flour in a saucepan. Cut the vanilla pod vertically and scoop out the seeds. Put both the seeds and the pod in the saucepan and boil while beating forcefully. Remove from the heat and pour in the oil in a thin beam while beating. Add the coconut cream and honey while beating and cool down the mixture in a water bathe. Put the mixture in an ice cream machine. It will take a little longer than with regular ice cream. Eat directly or put in the freezer. If it sits in the freezer for more than an hour you will have to take it out about five minutes before eating.

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Coconut and Chia Bars

About 12 pieces

Seed Bars

  • 1 cup / 2½ dl walnuts
  • ½ cup / 1 dl chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp flax seeds, grounded
  • 5 tbsp hemp seeds
  • ½ cup / 1 dl coconut, grated
  • ¾ cup / 2 dl pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup / 1 dl dried blueberries or raisins
  • 1 cup / 2½ dl / 250 g dates
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil

Chocolate Coating

  • 100 g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 50 g white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut

Mix all dry ingredients and put aside 3 dl of the mixture. Mix the remaining dry ingredients along with dates and coconut oil in a food processor. Mix in the dry ingredients you had put aside by hand. Spread the batter over a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and put in the fridge for at least an hour. Melt the chocolate. Spread the dark chocolate over the surface and drizzle the white chocolate on top. Sprinkle the grated coconut on the chocolate. Let cool. Cut into pieces and keep in an airtight jar in the fridge.

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Happy Midsummer!

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Tomorrow one of Sweden’s big yearly feasts will be celebrated: midsummer. Most people will leave the city for the archipelago or the countryside and gather with friends at summerhouses. In the afternoon on midsummer’s night Swedes build maypoles and dance around them, singing quite amusing songs. One of the most popular goes:

 

The small frogs, the small frogs are funny to see,

The small frogs, the small frogs are funny to see,

No ears, no ears, no tails have thee,

No ears, no ears, no tails have thee,

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,

kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,

kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

We knew you would love it! After the dancing we eat, sing and drink snaps. A beautiful tradition is that if you pick 7 different kinds of flowers and put it under your pillow on midsummer’s night, you will dream about the one you love. Elisabeth and I went out in the woods to pick Sweet Cicely (spansk körvel in Swedish, Myrrhis Odorata in Latin) and as we already know who we love we put it in our snaps instead of under our pillows.

Summer in Sweden is short, so when it’s finally arriving, we make a big fuzz about it. Here are recipes for our Sweet Cicely snaps, a yummy midsummer ice cream dessert and a Sweet Cicely granité.

Happy midsummer everyone!

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Seasoned Vodka with Sweet Cicely – A Snaps for Midsummer

  • 1,5 cups / 3,5 dl unseasoned vodka
  • 4 twigs of cicely
  • 2 teaspoons whole aniseed
  • ½ teaspoon fennel
  • ½ teaspoon cumin

Put the twigs of cicely in a bottle and fill up with the vodka. Roughly pestle the aniseed and fennel in a mortar and add. Add cumin. Let it be for 3 days. Filter the vodka through a coffee filter. Serve ice cold.

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Cicely and Melon Granité

Makes a great small chilly meal in between courses or put it in a champagne glass and pour champagne over it – yum!

6 servings

  • 1 green melon, Ogen
  • 1 green apple
  • 10 g Sweet Cicely
  • 3½ tablespoons vodka
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ½ lemon, the juice

Peel and seed the melon. Divide the melon and apple into pieces of about 3-4 cm/1½ inch. Put the melon, apple and cicely in layers and blend them with a raw juice centrifuge. Mix the juice with vodka, sugar and lemon juice. Freeze everything in a stainless bowl overnight. Take out the bowl in room temperature for 5 minutes and carefully whip up ice crystals with an electric mixer. Whip at the top first and then slowly lower the mixer. Put the bowl back into the freezer until it is time to serve.

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Strawberries with Coconut Ice Cream

6-8 servings

  • 1⅔ cups / 4 dl milk
  • 0,4 cup / 1 dl heavy cream
  • 0,8 cup / 2 dl coconut cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 0,8 cup / 2 dl caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted coconut chips
  • 1-2 litres pounds / 1-2 litres fresh strawberries

Boil milk, cream and coconut cream in a stainless steel saucepan. Whisk yolks and sugar. Pour the hot cream over the yolks in a smooth stream, whisk meanwhile. Pour it all back into the saucepan. Whisk and let the mixture simmer to 85˚C or until it starts thickening. Take off the heat, do not let it boil. Pour the mixture into a bowl and cool. For the best result, let the mixture mature in the refrigerator overnight, or let it cool first and then cool it further in the refrigerator before using it in the ice cream machine. Filter and use the ice cream machine. Put the ice cream in the freezer for 1-2 h. Serve with fresh strawberries and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

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Melon Popsicle in a Summer Drink

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What could be better than a melon popsicle in a ginger ale cocktail on a hot summer day? We made this recipe for fave magazine Lantliv Mat & Vin a while ago and we want to share it with all of you.

Melon Popsicle in Summer Drink

Summery popsicles that can be served in a cocktail or eaten as they are. The drink is non-alcoholic, but it goes well with vanilla vodka if you want to add some spirits.

8 popsicles

  • 500 g pulped melon flesh
  • 0.8 cup / 2 dl water
  • ⅓ cup / ¾ dl granulated sugar
  • 2 limes (juice from both and zest from one)

Put the pulped melon in a bowl. To make syrup, heat the water and sugar until it boils, then remove the pot from the heat and let cool. Mix the syrup and the lime with the pulped melon. Divide the mixture into popsicle molds. Put the molds in the freezer for about an hour, until a thin layer of ice starts to form on the top. Put the popsicle sticks into the molds. Let the molds freeze over night. Quickly pour lukewarm water over the molds and carefully pull the popsicles out of the molds. Rather than pouring to much water over the molds, warm them with your hands and then pull out the popsicles. You can eat the popsicles straight away or freeze them separately on a tray and then pack them in plastic bags. However, it is best to keep them in the molds until you want to eat them, so that no ice crystals are formed on the popsicles. 

Put the popsicles in glasses with ice and ginger ale and decorate with strawberries, cucumber and mint.

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Homemade Ginger Ale

You need a Soda Streamer to make this. If you don’t have one, buy bottled ginger ale instead.

  • ⅔ cup / 1½ dl caster sugar
  • 3½ cups / 8 dl water
  • 1½ inches / 3-4 cm ginger

Heat the water and sugar until it’s boiling and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Peel and grate the ginger. Remove the pot from the heat and let the ginger soak in the syrup until it has cooled. Sift the mixture and store in the fridge until it is completely cold. Use a Soda Streamer to make the drink fizzy.

For decoration

  • 8 strawberries
  • 1½ inches / 4 cm cucumber
  • A few leaves of mint
  • Ice

Pour ice in eight wide cocktail glasses. Slice the strawberries and cucumber and put in the glasses. Fill the glasses with ginger ale, put a popsicle in each glass and garnish with mint leaves.

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