SWEDISH (NO)MEATBALLS (a vegan version of the Swedish favourite)

Famously, Sweden has a long tradition of meat, seafood and dairy-rich cuisine. Its inhabitants, however, seem to be increasingly more interested in plant-based eating. My newly-vegan husband- who was raised on köttbullar (Swedish meatballs), sill (pickled herring) & kilos of cheese- is a testament to this trend. On our first study “date” during our university days in Australia, […]

A VEGAN, SUGAR-FREE TAKE ON SWEDISH CARAMEL COOKIES

A while back I wrote a very short, sharp update about my adventures in pastry school. Unfortunately, time ran away from me and I have yet to go into further detail about my classes and what I learned during my diploma course. One thing that was covered quickly was the traditional Swedish kolasnitt (or caramel cookie), […]

SIMPLE LAVENDER SALT SCRUB (a quick, thrifty and beautiful homemade spa-in-a-jar gift)

Allow me to jump right in and begin this post by stating that this scrub works. It really works. Not only will it leave your skin cleansed and moisturised, but you will smell gorgeous too (if lavender is your thing, as it is mine). Moreover, it is inexpensive to make, simple to prepare (my toddlers helped me […]

SUGAR-FREE EASTER TREATS & BEETROOT RED VELVET CUPCAKES (for an IQS-inspired celebration)

It seems as though I am always in the midst of some kind of health-kick around the approach of Easter! Maybe it’s the masochist in me, but I’d prefer to think it’s simply a matter of loving the challenge of creative problem solving. Baking is a joy to me, especially on festive occasions. So, not to be deterred […]

SIMPLE HOLIDAY-THEMED CHEVRON BUFFET LABELS (another little printable gift to you)

And hot on the heels of the thank you tags and hot chocolate jar labels, come the quasi-retro chevron buffet labels! Designed for an Advent-themed crafting night supper I held for the girls three weeks ago (on the other side of the planet from where I now sit and type!), my original buffet labels had all […]

SIMPLE HOLIDAY-THEMED CHEVRON THANK YOU TAGS (a FREE downloadable printable for you)

Having whipped these up quickly to compliment the labels I’d already created for my Christmas hot chocolate mix jars, I thought I’d share them here (a little pre-Christmas gift) in case anyone is searching for a simple holiday-themed printable thank you tag. My previous thank you tag post with free downloadable template continues to get […]

CHRISTMAS HOT CHOCOLATE MIX IN A JAR (instructions for easy, pretty homemade gifts + FREE printable labels)

Browse around Pinterest DIY boards and you’ll quickly discover that gifts in jars are a popular concept… and with good cause! They make for thrifty, sweet, homemade treats that are fun to embellish and easy to assemble/transport. I made these little lovelies using spice jars from IKEA (which can of course be reused as spice jars or […]

FESTIVE BANANA BREAD WITH CRANBERRIES, ORANGE & PECANS (gluten/dairy/refined sugar/guilt-free!)

Craving a guilt-free, festive sweet treat? Overripe bananas begging to be used? This could be just the ticket! Still a tad nervy about gluten-free baking, but having a packet of Doves Farm white self-raising flour blend that I needed to get through and an event coming up with a gluten intolerant guest to cater for, I came up […]

“NICE” REFINED SUGAR-FREE APPLE PARSNIP GHOST & MUMMY CUPCAKES WITH “SLIGHTLY NAUGHTY” VEGAN BUTTERCREAM (plus Halloween/All Souls’ round-up with links to recipes & FREE templates!)

Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, All Hallows’ Eve, Alla helgons dag/All Saints’ Day… yes, it was a big weekend for many people around the world. Here in Sweden, the “American version” of Halloween is a relatively new celebration, and not one as yet embraced or understood by all Swedes. Case in point, my husband’s grandmother called from the […]

DIY FRANKENMALLOW POPS (chocolatey, marshmallowy, easy-to-make treats… perfect for little monsters)

You don’t need an oven (or a 19th century Gothic laboratory!) to create these little guys. Just a few ingredients, a little assembling and you’re minutes away from having homemade treats on hand for when the ghosts and ghouls coming knocking at your door tonight!   WHAT YOU NEED Lollipop sticks Green candy melts Dark chocolate […]