Spring

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Unfortunately we don't experience spring in Iceland. We completely skip this season. We don't even have a proper summer either so what we have is a mild and very, very, very long autumn and then winter and often a harsh one at that. In April everyone has had enough of snow because we know that our European neighbours are already enjoying their shorts and T-shirts. We feel left out and we start to hate living in Iceland. Then suddenly the snow melts away, the sun comes out (and doesn't set for the next few months, not even during the night) and we become optimistic and cheerful again. You might not be warm sunbathing unless you are away from the ever blowing cold winds and the mountains might still be white but you will feel better. There are no 'in season for spring' ingredients that grow in Iceland and what we have during spring is something I would never post onto this website (pickled ram's testicles, dried fish, blood haggis, putrefied shark, singed sheaps' heads and feet and more disgusting traditional stuff). Instead I have selected light and bright recipes that remind us of spring even though we don't exactly know what it is (we've only heard about it).


A creamy and dreamy soup with almost no fat yet full of fibers and flavour

Asparagus Soup

I could not believe my taste buds when I first tried out this asparagus soup. It was so good and not at all what I had envisioned when I set out to create a more healthy version of the soup.

Lovely treats, perfect with a glass of cold milk (or soy milk)

Australian ANZAC Biscuits

I have read several stories about the origin of the ANZAC Biscuits (never to be called cookies) and some myths are prevalent.

A tasty and colourful salad packed with vitamins

Avocado and Cantaloupe Salad with Lemon Grass Dressing

I love this salad, especially in the summertime. Cantaloupes are packed with Beta Carotene (which are converted into vitamin A in our bodies) and vitamin C and are very good for our eyes.

A very good smoothie for the digestive system

Avocado and Pineapple Smoothie

This is an excellent smoothie for the whole family. The pineapple contains Bromelain which is an enzyme that helps the digestive system.

A nice combination of texture, flavour and colour

Avocado Pineapple and Red Onion Salad

This salad is interesting and a bit different. You wouldn't necessarily bet on pineapple and red onion as a duet but it works!

Not exactly like the French do it but still nice!

Baguette

This has to be one of the simplest recipes to make, ever.

A light and healthy meal

Chicken Summer Salad

A very summery salad, perfect as a light and healthy meal on a warm summer evening. Although I am vegetarian my husband loves this salad and will sometimes ask me to make it for him.

Lovely ice cream, suitable for every occasion

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I don't like ice creams that contain lots of cream, egg yolks or egg whites and are so fatty that when the ice cream melts in your mouth, it leaves a fatty layer inside it.

The perfect balance between noodles and soup

Coconut and Salmon Noodle Soup

This soup is the perfect one to make if you have a bit of leftover salmon in the freezer or fridge.

I absolutely love the cooling effect of this drink

Cooling Watermelon Drink from Mombasa

I will never forget the time we arrived in Diani Beach, Mombasa (Kenya), 2006. It was spring and the sun was absolutely baking.

One of my husband's favourite chicken salads

Curried Chicken and Grape Salad

This is a simple yet healthy meal, packed with protein and calcium and is also low in fat.

A simple yet wonderful dessert

Grilled Mango

Mangoes are a quite amazing fruit. They contain phenols, which is a phenolic compound that has powerful antioxidant and anticancer abilities.

This is a fantastic iced drink, perfect for the hot summer day!

Iced Latte

I first had a similar iced latte at a cafe called Englen in Aarhus, Denmark. We were visiting friends from home, SigrĂșn (my namesake) and her husband Freyr.

Nothing reminds me more of my travels through East Africa than this salad

Kachumbari (Tomato and Onion Salad) from Africa

This recipe was given to my by my sister in law, Lucy Mwangi who is from Kenya. Wherever I have travelled in East Africa, I have always been served a similar salad.

Tropical sunshine in a bowl

Mango and Coconut Ice Cream

This ice cream is a bit of tropical sunshine in a bowl. It doesn't contain any white sugar (only agave nectar) and is lactose (dairy) free, egg free and nut free.

A mild yet spicy soup, very refreshing!

Mango- and Ginger Soup from Masai Mara, Kenya

I got this recipe from a girl called Margaret Ngugi, a chef at Mara Simba Lodge in Masai Mara, Kenya during one of my trips there in February 2007.

This drink will keep your body in mint condition!

Mint, Kiwi and Pineapple Juice

This is a fairly thick juice (more like a smoothie) but you don't need a juicer as you can blend the ingredients in a blender (or even a food processor).

A lovely and colourful North African salad

Moroccan Orange and Olive Salad

This is a exceptionally lovely salad and a bit different than the salads we are used to since there is no lettuce or anything green in it.

This soup is one of my all time favourites. Simple, packed with flavour and chea

Mushroom Soup

I think I would have to vote this one of my all time favourite soup recipes. It is simple, cheap, easy and that is always a good combination in my view.

Not the easiest soup to make but very much worth the effort

Mussels and Coconut Noodle Soup

This is one of those recipes which has an endless ingredients list.

This is a cheap and flavourful soup. You can use tinned mussels instead of fresh

Mussels and Potato Soup

In Iceland lots of people pick fresh mussels from the coastline. There are several places you can do this and one very popular is in the South-western part of the island.

A lovely summer drink, sweet yet tangy

Passion Fruit and Mango Smoothie

This drink is like Africa (or at least Tanzania and Kenya) in a tumbler. There are very few things that have reminded me as much of those places as the first sip I took of this drink.

A refreshing and cleansing juice

Pear and Ginger Juice

This is a very cleansing and refreshing drink, perfect when pears are in season. Pears are rich in fibre and vitamin C and are very good for cleansing our systems.

Pink and delicious ice lollies

Rhubarb and Strawberry Ice Lollies

These lollies are delicious. They don't contain any dairy products and are therefore perfect for those who are intolerant or allergic to dairy.

A traditional Icelandic shrimp salad

Shrimp Salad

This is a classic, Icelandic salad, served with bread, on crackers, as sandwich fillings and often when there is a gathering of people such as for birthdays.