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I'm Krisha - a Scandinavian mama and physician, a crafter, and an avid coffee drinker - trying to nudge my family towards a greener lifestyle!

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Friday
May102013

this moment


- A Friday ritual.

A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by soule mama

I would love it if you shared your moment with me in the comments section aswell!

  Happy weekend!

Monday
May062013

meat free monday

Once you get into it MFM, it's really quite easy. Today: storebought fresh pasta filled with pesto and ricotta and a fresh salad with figs and pecans! Let me tell you, after starting with MFM, my family has become all about the salad. I used to make the really good salads - with special ingrediants like avocado, mangos, etc. for special meals.  Since we started MFM, we´ve needed more side dishes which are familiar, so I´ve been  using the more special ingrediants more regularly, which has created a virtuous cycle, expanding my salad reportoire.  Now that Spring is here, the produce is becoming more varied and interesting.  I like cooking with the seasons, and MFM has made us so much more consious of what we eat.  We now have at least two vegetarian meals a week and at least two meals with fish.  Lunches are almost exclusively dairy or fish.  MFM has been good for us so far! 

Here´s my fig salad:

Baby spinach leaves + green salad

 3-4 figs cut i quarters

1/4 cup, pecans

a quarter of a  red onion finely chopped

1/4 cup cranberries 

two tablespoons of cottage cheese pr. serving.

Wash and put the salad in a wide shallow bowl

Spread the remaining ingredients except the cottage cheese over the salad.

Serve with cottage cheese and a drizzle of simple dressing of honey, mustard, olive oil and balsamico

 

Wednesday
May012013

Spring thoughts

Like most Norwegians, I naturally talk a lot about the weather since we have so much of it here. The really long, dark winters makes us very eager for spring to come with its bright and early mornings, birds, warmer weather and budding trees. Over the past decade spring has literally sprung earlier and earlier. There is now firm evidence that the growing season in Norway is 3 weeks longer than it used to be.

I can see the evidence myself - on our little island property, there is a cluster of 3 huge walnut trees. According to my neighbor, they were planted under much fuzz and care when she was a child, more than 60 years ago. She grew up with them. Apparently the excitement was big when the first nuts were formed, but, for as long as she can remember, they never ripened enough to eat or to produce new plants. About four years ago she pulled me over one morning, excitedly pointing to some greenery on her property. At first I did not see it but then, I noticed a tiny little walnut tree. Now they are all over our lot and hers. This is tactile proof that something is happening. Walnuts do not grow wild in Norway or at least they never did before.

This spring, on the other hand, feels like the springs of my childhood. The kids are still wearing hats. The trees seem to wait with budding and may even make it into May before they do. This makes it so tempting to think that everything is on its way back to normal. I so want to believe the climate skeptics with their "it’s only natural fluctuations" arguments. Meanwhile there are climate scientists quitting their jobs because they can’t bear thinking about the implications to the planet that their data is showing. I understand them. Global warming is an unbearably difficult topic.

Even though I think that it is not covered nearly enough in the popular media, there was an article recently in the local newspaper about how the polar melting accelerates. The record melting last year resulted in large expanses of open dark water up at the North Pole.  The dark ocean retains heat and attracts the sun where the white ice used to reflect the rays and heat back upward.  As the sun's heat returns to the North, more melting occurs and so a viscous cycle is started. This, paradoxically, is causing our spring to be a lot colder. 

A few days later there was a report in the same paper about how the Arctic nations are splitting up rights to the pole to go after the natural resources – mostly oil and gas – which exist up there.  Obviously, the oil companies don’t believe the skeptics and are making expensive moves on the basis that the climate is changing.  There is way too much short-term benefit from exploiting melting poles for us to expect industry to control themselves.  We need government action and we need it now – politicians need our vote and it’s time we made them take long-term and sustainable decisions before it is too late. 

 

Monday
Apr292013

meat free monday

I used to think that vegetarian cooking was so elaborate and labour intensive. Maybe that is often the case, but what I 'm learing by doing MFM on a weekly basis is that it does not have to be that tough. 

 

Today's lighter take on the bean burrito is a good example of that. I just got a few items from the vegetable stand that looked good, a can of slightly spiced black beans, some flour tortillas and whiped up a yoghurt sauce.

What you see here is porobello mushrooms sliced and grilled with just salt and pepper. They come out suprisingly flavourful and just the right kinda chewy. Then there is avocado, mango,cantaloupe, spinach leaves, pecan nuts and the yoghurt sauce, the latter of which I made by just stirring in some fresh cilantro (coriander), chopped red pepper, garlic and some black pepper into plain yoghurt.  Oh and offcourse the black beans - although I am trying to stay away from canned food I do buy the occassional can of good beans and these were awesome. 

I really love this way of eating. And the kids seem to like it too. 

Why meat free monday? Its good for you and our planet! You know we eat way to much protein in the western world. It is one of the reasons behind the obesity epidemic.  Industrial meat production causes huge CO2 and methane emissions, as well as polluting local envronmenst. It  makes animals suffer unnesssary and poses public health risks such as possible antibiotc resistant strains of bacteria because the feed is laced with antibiotics to keep animals held under extreme conditions short of dying. There are several moral angles to these issus and many more valid reasons to join MFM. The ones above are simply the ones that finally made me commit. 

I would really love ut if you shared your meat free favorites in the comments section - I am always looking for inspiration. Have a great week! 

Friday
Apr262013

this moment

- A Friday ritual.

A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by soule mama

I would love it if you shared your moment with me in the comments section aswell!

  Happy weekend!

Thursday
Apr252013

day trip

Yesterday I spent the day in Fredrikstad a little town about an hour or so south of Oslo. I went down to visit with one of my very best friends and colleague The town was originally a garrison town and the fortified old town is still intact. It is incredibly charming with galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants.

The morning was gray and cold and the light very "flat" so these pictures does not do the old town justice. That may be more due to me being under dressed and more focused on catching up with my friend rather than focusing on my camera settings though. My friend took me to this nice, warm and charming cafe, Mormors cafe. The literal translation is mom's mom cafe - which is the same as grandma. Indecently my cousin Arve over at starve had recommended the cafe profusely. 

It was the perfect place for girlfrinends to have lunch and catch up. We had  salad and the most amazing carrot cake. The rest of the menu looked interesting, but again my focus was else where..

You can get to Fredrikstad by a direct train from Oslo. The ride is 1,hr and 15 minutes. Its comfortable and nice. The old town is a bit of a hike from the train station, but there is a bus line. If you are spending a longer period time in Oslo and are looking for a day trip destination, I would really recommend the trip. However, my friend tells me that Moromors cafe is very popular so you need to get there early if you want to secure a table for lunch on the weekends.