Today I’ve been baking delicious Havrebollar//Oatballs! (I’ll update with recipe in English tomorrow) They look like chocolate balls, but are different in the taste.


So fluffy and so good. And my nails are ready for Mexico!!


Hubby came home and found me right here -Ehh what are you doing?? Me -Having a fika :) (fika= Swedish word for when you eat something sweet) Well, I thought it was a good place to take photos.


A sick Oliver was joining me.


These oatballs were my pre workout snack today, haha! I love to eat and I love to work out. A good combo!

Tonight’s dinner



Dan Dan Noodles (4 port)  (scroll down for English)

  • 1 msk riven färsk ingefära
  • 2 vitlöksklyftor
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsk sambal oelek
  • 3 msk japansk soja
  • 1 dl jordnötssmör
  • 1 tsk strösocker
  • 1/2 purjolök
  • 4 port risnudlar
  • 250 g körsbärstomater
  • 250 g champinjoner
  • 250 g sojabönor/edamame
  • 1 msk olja
  • 65 g babyspenat
  1. Dressing: skala och riv ingefäran, pressa i vitlök och lime, blanda i sambal oelek, soja, jordnötssmör, socker och i med finstrimlad purjolök.
  2. Koka nudlarna.
  3. Dela tomaterna.
  4. Dela champinjonerna och fräs med tinade sojabönor i oljan.
  5. Blanda i dressingen och nudlarna, och sist i med tomaterna och spenaten. Servera varm el kall, med lite flingsalt på toppen!
    Receptet hittade jag på Ica.se, så himla gott!!


Dan Dan Noodles (4 portions)

  • 1 tbls fresh shredded ginger
  • 2 garlic coves
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek
  • 3 tbls Japanese soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 leek
  • 4 portions rice noodles
  • 1/2 lbs cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 lbs mushrooms
  • 1/2 lbs soy beans/edamame
  • 1 tbls oil
  • 2-3 oz baby spinach
  1. Dressing: peel and shred the ginger, crush the garlic (shred or use a garlic press) squeeze the lime, add sambal oelek, soy sauce, peanut butter, sugar, chop the leek and mix all this in a bowl.
  2. Cook the noodles.
  3. Chop the tomatoes.
  4. Chop the mushrooms and stir fry with the edamame in the oil. (defrost the edamame first)
  5. Turn off the heat and add the dressing and noodles in the fry pan, add the tomatoes and spinach. Serve warm or cold, and finish up with some flake salt. If you want more heat to it, just add some more sambal oelek. Yum, enjoy!

Kram// Xx Cissi




Saffron chocolate cake in the making! This cake is a favorite and is worth a repost from last year!

Saffron chocolate cake, recipe in English here, 350F and not 2 cups of sugar, correct amount is 85% of 1 cup sugar and 3/4 cup of flour, oh man I wish we could have the same system :)!

Recept från bästa Lindas bakskola, dreglar varje gång hon postar på instagram!!


100 g vit choklad (kan uteslutas, men ger en extra god smak)
150 g smör
1 påse saffran 0,5 g
3 ägg
2 dl strösocker
½ krm salt
1 ¾ dl vetemjöl

1 krm kardemummakärnor, mortlade


3 dl vispgrädde
ca 1 dl hallon, frysta eller färska


1. Sätt ugnen på 180 grader. Bryt chokladen i bitar och smält smöret i en kastrull. Ta bort kastrullen från värmen och låt chokladen smälta i smöret. Tillsätt resten av ingredienserna (förutom kardemumman) i kastrullen och blanda ihop allt till en slät smet.

2. Häll smeten i en smord och bröad (bröa formen med riven kokos eller ströbröd) eller bakplåtspappersklädd form, 23–24 cm i diameter, med löstagbar kant.

3. Strö kardemumman över smeten i formen.

4. Grädda kakan mitt i ugnen i 22–25 min beroende på hur kladdig du vill ha den. Låt den svalna i formen och ställ sen i kylen, godast att äta kall! Pudra ev. kakan med florsocker före servering. Servera med lättvispad grädde, ev blandad med hallon! Så gott!!

Kram//Xx Cissi

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!