Nom nom nom


Oh wow, delicious salmon with an Asian touch!! I don’t have an exact recipe but my friend Evelina inspired me the other day after her friend had made this for her :) However here are all ingredients. And if you don’t like cilantro (koriander), skip it. I really start to like that now, couldn’t stand it years ago!

Marinade –  fresh minced ginger, 1 garlic, chili flakes, juice from a lime, cilantro, salt, oil (i used sesame oil), soy sauce and a splash of water, let the salmon marinate over the night or at least for many hours. Cook it in the oven 325F/175C for about 30 min.

Salad–  mango, avocado, cucumber, spring leek (salladslök), jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, salt, oil.

Sauce– mix sour cream (creme fraiche) and Sriracha sauce and salt (the more Sriracha the more heat).

Happy weekend peeps!!



Cinnamon roll day




When it’s ‘The cinnamon roll day’ in Sweden you have to eat cinnamon rolls! I love to bake, but today I bought some at the Swedish cafe ‘Svenska’ on Maple Street here in Birmingham, super yummy! And the weather is still warm and nice, lovely!!


Homemade fast food


Tonight’s fast-food served on my favorite plate from West Elm- Scrambled eggs (only eggs coconut oil and salt) with burrata cheese and homegrown tomatoes (that I got from a neighbor the other day, best tomatoes evaaa! Goals for the future). On top of that a good olive oil, flake salt and fresh black peppar. We can also pretend there is some basil or arugula. Simple and delicious!

You’ll find some pictures from last night on my Instagram @cissifranzen. It’s amazing to see how Detroit has changed over the last years!

Raw chocolate balls


A healthy version of our Swedish chocolate balls, and they taste so good! A perfect healthy snack if you are a chocolate lover like me. The kids like them too. I found the recipe at this inspirational Swedish health blog AnjaForsnors. For recipe in Swedish click here.

Raw chocolate balls 

3/4 cup almonds
3/4 cup raw cashew nuts
12 fresh dates (press out the pit)
3 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cocoa (more if you want them richer)
1 teaspoon vanilla suger or honey
1 tablespoon cold coffee
a pinch of salt
2-4 tablespoon water
(I also added 1/2 cup of oats)

coconut flaskes

1. Mix the almonds and cashews in a food processor.
2. Add the rest except for the coconut flakes. Start with 2 tablespoons of water and add more if needed, it’s suppose to be a little bit sticky, make small balls and roll them in coconut. Let them rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes. You can also freeze them, and save for later!



Crayfish party



Two nights ago it was time for the yearly crayfish party with my amazing childhood friends. We’ve been friends since we were babies, how cool?!! Plus our significant others that have been with us for a long time now :) We are always having so much fun together and we share tons of awesome memories!





When aunt Nina comes by with home made cinnamon buns!! Yeah!! Thank you!

We’ve been back in our Småland house for a few days. Eddie-Bo has hockey camp in Nässjö, and it’s so much fun!
The weather is great today, we’ve been working in the garden, that I think is so relaxing. The kids just ran over to our neighbor so I think I’ll lay down in the sun for at least ten minutes :)


Spontaneous dinner with lovely friends


Lets talk about our delicious dinner last night! Our friend ‘Darling’ (another friend’s kid thought that was his real name, since his wife Pattis always calls him that, haha) is amazing in the kitchen. Yesterday he came over with home grown potatoes, rib eye, sausages and then he made his own béarnaise sauce. Of course. I love having Darling in my kitchen!!


Instead of a regular salad I decided to do grilled veggies.


And I made roasted red beets with goat cheese, caramelized walnuts and arugula salad. (I made the same earlier this week – a real favorite!!)



Next summer their will be a big sliding door instead of the window you see, and a big deck so we can sit outside!



Mia made chocolate mousse and Gustav mixed mojitos (with home grown mint leaves!). Both to die for!! I went to bed 3am :)

Today we all took a long boat ride since the weather was great. For lunch we made a fab ‘Pytt i Panna’ of all the yummy left overs. So so so good!

Thank you my friends for two fun spontaneous days!

About last night


Last night’s dinner with Challe and Glitzy, at Glitzy’s house, yummy, amazing and so much fun. She loves to cook but decided to go with fast food :) Best fast food ever if you ask me. Thank you!! Also. Since she now has adorable baby Stella, 7 months, she kicked us out at 11.30, haha!! My paaaarty girl is now a tired mama!!

(picture from Glitzybloggen)


What’s on the menu?


Breaded fresh cod, mashed potatoes and peas, yum!! Easy to make, just so boring to peel the potatoes… 

Panerad torsk, potatismos och ärtor, så himla gott!! Smidigt att göra, förutom att skala potatis då, måste ju va bland det tråkigaste finns. I Usa gör dom oftast potatismos med skal, inte lika gott tycker jag!
Funderar på att börja skiva på svenska oxå? Vad tycker ni om det??



About last night

May 5th – Cinco de Mayo!! What fits better than celebrate the Mexican holiday with Fajitas,  Quesadillas, Margaritas and Coronas?! (Sorry Jonathan, that I took a picture while you were eating, but you look amazing anyway like always!) A fun night with great people, and the kids had a blast as well!

Today is a busy day. I started the morning at the gym, then I’ve been packing up our bags, cleaning out one guest room (my mom is coming to visit us soon, yeah!) and organized the rest of the house. Busy day, but we are going to the airport in a few hours, and I’m so excited for our family vacation!

Stay tuned!