Vacation days. Not a second wasted.

I’m back, in nice, sweet, lovable, cozy, pine smelling Sweden. Only for a week though, but still. It doesn’t matter how long i’ve been away from home, it will always feel like home, it will always be familiar. I’ve only been here for 24 hours and I’m starting to realise how much you take home for granted while living here. Not just home, but your family, this feeling of being safe and secure. My little brother gave me his room to sleep in and he took the spare bed, how sweet isn’t that? Families are amazing, take care of them and always make sure that they know that you love them.

Moving on!

Before I went on vacation I started making a pancetta and  lardo, just waiting for me in London. Then they need to hang for about 2 months, so if they turn out good i will give you the recipe! And also we’ve tried a few dishes for the new menu, it’s turning out to be a really good one! Ahh i cannot wait to try it and show and share it with you guys! We also made cured egg yolks! May sound disgusting, but i promise you, it tastes very good and can be used for a lot of things! It can be grated on pasta dishes, or be used to make a really creamy mayonnaise.

The bread and butter on our a la carte menu is amazing. Our head pastry chef Curtis (@tattooedpastrychef on instagram) makes the most amazing bread which he bakes every single day, and with that I make different kind of butters to accompany the bread. It’s important to let your creative side work its’ magic, even if it’s just something as simple as butter. Don’t hold yourself back, always push yourself to the next level!

Here is this week’s butter at work! Sweet and sour lemon with leek ash.

Today I met an old friend, and we talked about all the shit we’ve been through, from where we started till where we are today. The journey has been an hard and awful one, but it has still been worth it.  Of course we all have baggage that we bring with us forever, it’s nothing we can do about it except accept all the shit we’ve done!

One of my favourite worst experience, work related, was one day when my head chefs asked me if I wanted to come in sunday evening and clean down the kitchen instead of cooking, and stupid as i was, I said yes. So i started cleaning the back room where we had all the fridges, around 6 p.m. Empty all the walk in fridges, hose them down, scrub, polish, and put everything back in a good order. The same with the bakery, prep room, smoke and charkuteri room, dry storage and last but not least, the service kitchen. I was done 4.30 in the morning, there was no taxis, no buses, windy and cold and i had to walk home. It took me about 1,5 hours, and I was so f*cking angry and when I got home I had 1 hour to sleep before I had to get back to work for the next day! I’m writing this because now I know that you are reading this Sven..

Today I got new tattoos from my good friend! l’ll show them all in next post! I do not know why, but i really like the pain while being tattooed.. haha weird.. What do you guys feel about tattoos? If you don’t have one, would you ever do it?  I love the art on my skin and I’m proud of it! It shows a piece of my history, like a book and my body is the illustrations, showing my story.

I would like to write an actual book, about me, my path, from start till now, and for every chapter, have a recipe or a dish that represent of what I did back then. That would be cool.  And people could follow you in a completely new way. And as you read the book, the dishes becomes more and more complicated and you who is reading could evolve as well at home, trying these new dishes as we go along the story. What do you think? Wouldn’t that be a cool idea? If you have any other ideas or tips about book writing, please make sure to share them!

Thank you for reading! I’ll see you in next post!

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