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


Entries in cooking (10)


meat free monday 


We are having awsome spring weather and a long weekend to boot here in Oslo. So on this extra day off what could be better then a really good lunch sandwich? I found the recipe for this one here.  For dinner today I am recycling one of my favorite MFM recipes.  Hope you have a good one! 

Oh and if you do have a favorite vegetarien recipe; please share! 



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



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! 


the last of the plums


We have not been able to plant a fruit tree or start a vegatable garden at our summer cabin yet, but we have some neighbors who have a little garden parcel with a wonderful plum tree.   They're great neighbors, who generously share!

This year, in addition to plum jam, I made plum chutney which was really great and really easy. I just boiled a liter of plums with sugar, ginger, cloves and chilli.  It came out smelling and tasting wonderful! 


home economics


Last week my B-Boy took it upon himself to cook shabbes/his daddy´s birthday dinner.  This is a boy who has shown a growing interest in cooking for quite a while, and then, this autumn, his school started teaching home economics clases. He came home from the first class with a new cookbook and a whole lot of gumption. Home economics do not get a lot of the budget in schools anymore, so I am really glad that our schooldistrict has decided to teach it to our 6th grader, albeit only every other week, and only cooking. I truly believe that teaching our kids the rudimentary tasks of life will not only make them more capable in general, but I also think it will prevent stress and anxiety. You are a lot less likely to become anxious if your world seems understandable and managable.  Incidently, a few weeks back Ecokaren wrote about homeeconomics  in her blog  She makes a good point - or rather she askes the question - won´t kids be more likely to live greener lives if they knew more about homec - like cooking their own food and mending clothes? I think so! The next thing I will do is have him patch up his jeans!


two sweet cookies


On my ever-faithful quest for healthy, plastic free, easy to make snacks for my kids,I recently invented these delicious pecan and date cookies! The inspiration came to me after making  these gems  which I found over at my new roots. I highly recommend them. In fact I highly recommend  visiting the blog as well.  It is run by holistic nutritionist and vegetarian chef, Sarah Britton. Here you will find great vegetarian recipes, beautiful photography and her writing style is really entertaining, educational as well as inspirational.  

Here is my recipe - which makes 9 cookies.


 - set them out on a baking sheet with a spoon and flatten into cookie shape....