Breakfast & Brunch

Living without a fully stocked and functioning kitchen has left me with a cooking deficit. Sometimes there is nothing better than turning ingredients into edible magic while catching up on my favorite show or listening to energizing music. It is a form of therapy. But unlike therapy, if done on a regular basis it loses its purpose, its charm. I have perhaps been going a little crazy in the kitchen these last few days. I made oatmeal cookies, granola, a whole lot of juice, avocado toast, salad(s), and a cake in just two days.  Maybe I’ve saturated my patience for cooking… In any case, here are the wonderful results of my post-exam therapy session:Oslo-07334 Coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, cranberry, goji berry granola. AKA everything granola. The key to this is a pinch of sea salt. I’m a sucker for blending salt with sweet flavors, but make sure not to over-do it. I accidently cooked the granola for a bit too long in the oven, 60 instead of 50 minutes, and there is a slight burned taste to it when its eaten raw. Its wonderful with cold milk or yogurt! Add strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries to that you have the perfect breakfast.Oslo-07336My mom and I ate brunch at Marschmanns the other day. It is a gourmet food store located in Skøyen, right outside downtown Oslo, which also has a bakery and restaurant attached. They have an amazing selection of meat and seafood, and import all types of speciality goods. My wallet can’t afford it, but if you’re going for a memorable meal then it is perfect.Oslo-07345 Oslo-07344 Oslo-07343 Oslo-07342Brunch is a pastime in New York, but after visiting the city three times this year and having brunch every day while I’ve been there, I can swear that the poached egg I ate at Marschmanns was better than any egg I ate in NYC. And I was eating brunch at some of the most popular places in New York, so I think that says a lot. I tend to gravitate towards meatier and more “exciting” dishes on the menu, but I’m trying this new “health” thing. I don’t regret it at all because this was divine, and I didn’t roll out of the restaurant later. Double score.Oslo-07340Some more health stuff: (but seriously this juice is better than a) cinnamon toast crunch b) waffles and c) any other delicious breakfast food, so try it!) Its also super easy. You can add more or less of any fruit, and usually I just add as much as we have to make enough juice to last through the day.

Ingredients: 4 Kale leaves, 2 green (organic) apples, 1 lemon, 3-7 cm ginger, 1/2 celery stick, 1/4 pineapple.Bekkestua-07310A    Bekkestua-07304 Bekkestua-07303


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