Let the Greens Grow

Aside

It’s always great to have fresh herbs at home. Nothing livens up a dish quite like a sprig of rosemary or thyme. It’s not always that practical though, especially considering the cost of fresh herbs in the supermarket, and their tendency to die before you can get around to making good use of them. Having a steady and reliable supply makes a little more sense.

Plant some herbs of your own

Plant fresh herbs at home

Sprouting tomatoes and basil

We planted a couple of herbs of our own this spring, with the hope of having a small selection to cook with in the summer. If nothing else, they will at least  bring a splash of green and life to the kitchen.

Last weekend we planted tomatoes, chillies, coriander, and basil, to go along with the thyme, rosemary and dill which we planted a few weeks ago. Everything has started sprouting, now it’s just up to me to keep them all alive and healthy!

Why not plant some herbs of your own? Now is the right time to do it, March – April, and then you can expect to use your own fresh herbs in June. It’s a simple and reasonably effortless process. The tomatoes, chillies, coriander and basil, that we planted a week ago were bought from IKEA in a very simple ‘kit’. This made it very convenient, you could however do it for cheaper by sourcing the soil, seeds and pots yourself.

Grow your own herbs at home

Convenient herb growing kits from IKEA

I’m really looking forward to seeing all the herbs fully grown. I have a mint plant that comes to life in the spring, and always puts a smile on my face and an injection of freshness to my mojitos.

I’ll post a few updates on my green goodies and their progress in the weeks to come.

Neither breakfast, nor lunch

It’s starting to feel like Spring here in Sweden, and that means, taking advantage of the sun and the upbeat spirit while it’s available. Now, nothing goes together with Spring quite like brunch.

Brunch with Spots of Joy

Baked goods are a cornerstone of a great brunch!

The perfect brunch at home

Opinions will of course vary, according to what people consider to be the key elements that make up the perfect brunch. I think that brunch should be relaxed, lighthearted, and simple.

To chew on

  • Put out a spread of baked goods – breads, muffins, and pastries both savoury and sweet. Have a few jams and spreads, cold meats, cheeses, and whatever else you like, there’s no right and wrong.
  • For me it’s just not brunch without some eggs – in any form you like, scrambled, fried, boiled, poached (if you’re feeling brave)
  • As a rule of thumb, bacon = :-) add some sausages for variety.
  • Fresh fruit – as a salad or otherwise.
  • The possibilities are endless…you can have something for everyone’s taste.

To sip

  • A selection of juices, freshly squeezed orange juice is always a good start.
  • Bubbly – champagne if you wish, cava or any sparkling wine works just fine, drink on its own or as mimosas.
  • Coffee and tea – To get your fix, and enjoy with a pastry.

There is so much that you can do for brunch, the key is to keep it fun and simple. I have no doubt left a few things off this brief list. Leave a comment and let me know what you’d do differently or add.

First post…At last!

Yes, it’s true, I have finally taken the plunge, putting fingers to keys and hopefully creating something that somewhat resembles a blog. This has been in my head for quite some time, but me being me has meant methodical planning and analyzing.  I have finally given in to the notion that everything need not be planned to a T, so here goes. In this blog I will explore the various activities, products and indulgences that brighten up ones day; weekdays, weekends and holidays all hold something to look forward to. More posts on the way shortly…