26 June 2009

Cooking for Our Rights: Nyponsoppa

Long ago I posted about a package I receieved full of Scandinavian goodies, most remarkable being that fabulous Danish Sortie Sara cheese. Well, I've recently had an opportunity to try something else in that pacakage, a powdered soup mix called nyponsoppa (rosehip soup) and the accompanying Mandelbiskvier (almond cookies). The sender informed me that the key to this soup is to dunk the cookies in it, and a friend also suggested that I add vanilla ice cream. The verdict? Well, I like cold fruit soups, and I really like almond, so the cookies were fantastic (they're quite hard but the soup helps that). The taste of the soup itself is very strong. I followed instructions and mixed with a liter of water, but if I were to try it again I might dilute it more. I ended up letting the ice cream melt a bit, though, and when I swirled them together it cut the taste of the soup so it made quite a nice dinner. Yes, I had ice cream and cookies for dinner. This also means that I can cross Sweeden off the Cooking for Our Rights challenge list!

20 June 2009

Follow me on Twitter!

In a few weeks, I'll be leaving Iowa City and all my residual law school busy-ness behind. What this means for the blog is regular posting once again, hurrah! I started this blog when I started law school, and I admit that I've been really slack in the last semester, but I'm going to be assessing my blogging priorities, assigning a certain amount of time each week to work on posts for each blog, and get back on the posting train. Until then, if you're on Twitter I encourage you to follow me @shroomshortcut. I'm using Twitpic to update more regularly with little things, pictures of what I'm eating when the recipe isn't worth sharing or I've posted it here before, or sometimes food I had in restaurants and don't have time to review. I've noticed that my harddrive tends to fill up with these pictures, and I can't think of much to say about the food for a real post, but that makes a Twitter tie-in for the blog perfect! If you're following my personal Twitter, feel free to continue to do so; I'm just switching to follow all foodie Twitters from the new one to keep things organized. Happy summer eating, everyone!

06 June 2009

Happy Anniversary, Coconut & Lime!

So I know I've been away for almost two months, but I hope you won't take my blog off your read-list. I'm only a few weeks away from being DONE with law school, and back to regular posting. I did want to show you some of the massive supply of desserts I baked for a going-away party, and the first recipe is brought to us by Rachel, blogger over at Coconut & Lime, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary! I thought this was particularly appropriate for my going-away party, since where I'm going is back to Baltimore, where Rachel lives. This recipe is for Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, and it was very much up to the C&L standard. You may remember me mentioning this blog before on the site - Rachel's recipes are all original, and I'm constantly impressed. They're not all super fancy, but they're always delicious. This one is a great comfort dessert. The cookies are soft and crumbly, but still with a little bit of crisp. Though crumbly, they don't fall apart too badly, and I love the peanut butter flavor. They were one of the most popular desserts on the table.