One of the most exciting parts about moving to a new city is discovering the shops and restaurants! I was so happy to find Stockholms Aeter & Essencefabrik, a family owned and run spice shop specializing in everything that has to do with seasoning: spices, spice mixes, essential oils, essences for baking – you name it! Opened in 1889, you can’t help but feel like you’ve walked into history!
From their website:
Much has changed in Stockholm since then, but the environment and the interior of the “Spice Shop” have been fully preserved. The assortment of spices has been constantly evolving. We now have about 300 different spices, of which about 60 are mixtures. The Essence factory is Sweden’s oldest company in the industry and has remained a family business that is today run by the fourth generation.
You can buy the spices by weight and now my kitchen is full of tiny spice bags!
Ingredients out and ready for our handcut steak tartare!
On Sundays we love preparing brunch at home. One of our favorites is steak tartare! It may seem a bit daunting, but it’s not too hard to prepare. You need to flash freeze your steak, then chop it up finely. I recommend doing half very fine and the other half a bit more roughly chopped to have an interesting texture. Once you’re finished, add plenty of salt and put back in the refrigerator – the salt kills any bacteria. Then play around with whatever flavors you prefer! I like my tartare a bit sour and spicy, so lot of mustard, capers, red onion, and tabasco!
After a long vacation I am always excited to get back in the kitchen! After so much meat and seafood I was ready for a few days of vegetarian dishes and headed to My New Roots in search of a delicious fall dish. The Pumpkin Miso Broth with Soba caught my eye and didn’t disappoint. So delicious! In her recipe she recommends dried seaweed, but in Belgium it’s so easy to find different types of fresh seaweed – including my favorite, samphire – so nice and juicy!