Trench coats for spring – Under 100€

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Pictures: makeitlast.se/emmaelwin/ and google.com

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From upper left: Asos.com/Asos.com/Weekday.com/Zara.com/Lindex.com

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From upper left: Monki.com/Kappahl.com/Lindex.com/Weekday.com/Asos.com

 A classic trench coat is a wardrobe staple that every girl should own. It is so versatile yet clean, wear it with boyfriend jeans, a dress or slacks and sneakers! The most classic trench coat is of course Burberry’s or the more edgy variation from Burberry Porsum, but if you don’t feel like spending a couple months of rent on a jacket, here’s 10 trench coats for under 100€.

I fortunately found THE trenchcoat second hand last week, as I am super picky concerning the beige color. I’ve been looking for a beige trench coat for the last 5 years but I think that different brands offer really nice options this spring. They come in different shapes and lengths, and I really like the minimalistic trench coat with no buttons and a sleek look.

A trench coat doesn’t need to be beige, I also own a black one (I just love the Darth Vaderish feeling of swooping around with it). If you want a statement piece, go for the bright orange from Monki or the striped one from Asos, as they can brighten up any outfit. I would pair the orange one with a completely black or crisp white outfit. As seen above, Emma Elwin wears the black one from Kappahl that is made from sustainable materials, which I like very much, as you always should check what materials are used, because it tells a lot about the quality of the garment.

Happy shopping!

H&M SS15 in stores

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Yass, new arrivals to H&M! I love this specific part of the Trend collection, as it is more subtle, clean and minimalistic from the rest of the 70’s inspired collection. I did look at the jackets (the brown texture one, yum!) in the store on Monday, the shirt in the 6th picture is on everybody’s blogs atm. I do love the color scale and choices of fabrics for this collection, the ribbed dresses are really nice and versatile. The white dress channels the Céline SS15 feeling as well.  But there’s this one piece I must buy from this collection and that is this dress:

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Pictures HM.com and http://sannatranlov.freshnet.com/

Well, first of all I’m not the biggest fan of bright colors and patterns, but dang I fell for this dress when I saw Sanna Tranlöv wearing it in January, I thought it was Marni’s but fortunately it is a cheaper version. I have to try it on first ofcourse, might be that I don’t feel comfortable in the color.

Asian meatballs in coconut-lime sauce and noodles

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I have been extremely lazy with grocery shopping during the past week. I have been extracting every little corner from the fridge! So, I came up with this dish as I found; a carrot, a chili, garlic, half a red onion, two limes, some coriander, noodles and ginger. All I needed from the store was then coconut milk and minced meat.
Lamb and beef mince is quite a common sight in the meat counter in Estonia, and it costs 5-6€/kg, which is a bit more expensive than beef-pork mince, but I like the flavour of the lamb.

Asian spiced meatballs:
– 400g of lamb-beef or beef-pork mince
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
– 1/2 red onion ( you can also use spring onion, I just wanted to get rid off it)
– handfull of coriander
– cest from 1 lime
– 1 tbsp of sriracha sauce/ or 1 chili
– 2 tbsp of sesame seeds
– 1 egg
– salt

Coconut lime sauce
– 1 can of coconut milk
– 1 chili
– 2 tbsp of soy sauce
– thumb-sized piece of ginger
– juice of one lime

Start with chopping the red onion and coriander as small as you can, add to the bowl with the meat. Grate the lime cest (try not to grate any white parts), ginger and garlic. Add the sesame seeds, salt, sriracha and egg and stirr well. Let sit in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.

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Meanwhile you can do the noodle salad. For the salad you need: rice noodles, 1 carrot, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of fish sauce, juice from 1 lime, 1/2 chili and 1 tbsp of water, top off with coriander and spring onion.Put on some water and let boil, add noodles. Boil according to instructions on package and drain. To a bowl, add soy sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, chopped chili and water. Stirr, and add noodles. Peel the carrot, and slice thin strips of the carrot with the vegetable peeler. Add carrot to noodles and toss.

Form the meat into small balls, if it sticks to your hand, wet your hands a bit with water. Fry the meat balls quickly just to get some color on every side, because they will cook through in the sauce. When fried on every side, remove meatballs from the pan, and add the coconutmilk to the pan and the chili, lime juice, soy and ginger. Let simmer 2-3 minutes before adding the meatballs. Let simmer on a low heat for about 6-8 minutes (depending on how big your meatballs are) and serve with the rice noodles.

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Västerbotten pie

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Västerbotten cheese is as important to Swedes as parmesan cheese is to Italians. It’s a really flavourful cheese and very versatile, Västerbotten cheese pie is a classic on crayfish parties.

I made this broccoli and Västerbotten cheese pie for a girls get together two weeks ago, and well, it disappeared in a wink!

Pastry:
– 125g of butter (cold)
– 3dl of all purpose flour
– 2 tbsp of cold water
– pinch of salt

In a food processor (use regular blade) add butter, flour, salt and water. You can also do it by hand. Process until a smooth dough that doesn’t stick to the edges. Form into a disk, wrap in fresh foil and let sit in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Then roll out on a floured surface and press down in pie form. Make holes with a fork all around the pastry and bake until golden in 200 degree oven.

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Pie filling:
– 200g of broccoli
– 2 large eggs
– 3dl of milk or cooking cream
– 150g of Västerbotten cheese (or other e.g emmentaler)
– salt & pepper

Cut broccoli into bite size pieces, and boil for 2 minutes and drain well. If you use frozen broccoli, let thaw and drain well. In a bowl, mix eggs and milk/cream, season with salt and pepper. Grate the cheese and add half of the grated cheese to the milk and egg mixture. Place the broccoli evenly on the pie crust and pour over the milk and egg mixture, top off with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake in a 220 degree oven for approx. 30 minutes until golden.

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Hash brown with crayfish and avocado

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Crayfish and avocado topping:
– 150g of crayfish
– 1 big avocado or 2 smaller
– 1/2 red onion
– 1 chili
– juice of 1/2 lemon
– 1 tbsp of mayo
– 2 tbsp of sour cream

Slice avocado into cubes, chop chili and red onion. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.

For the hash browns, peel 4 mid sized potatoes, shred the potatoes with the smallest blade in the food processor, add a pinch of salt and pepper. Form the shredded potato into four patties, fry in butter on a hot pan and press them flat. Fry until crisp and golden! Serve with crayfish or avocado topping or fish roe and smetana.