So basically, lately I have been experimenting a lot with Vegan food and to be honest, I have found some great things, recipies, dishes, cooking techniques and flavour combinations straight from the nature.

Basically it all started with me going out to dinner with my vegan friend. We went to 3 different restaurants in 3 days and all the vegan food was honestly just really bad, no flavours, not properly cooked and basically no effort was made what so ever. I guess that if you are vegan yourself, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Very few restaurants respect this choice, to become vegan or sometimes even vegetarians even though this lifestyle grows bigger by the second. To be honest, I used to not care, because I did not see the benefits of eating vegan food. I’m not saying that I turned vegan, but I eat vegan dinner atleast 2-3 times a week and i really enjoy it, and to be honest I have noticed a change in my energy, lately, maybe its like a placebo effect or maybe it actually is that I just feel better by eating those few plates of nature a week.

Anyways, back to the topic. So what I want is to share some of my vegan dishes here with you and hopefully some of you will try them and give some feedback! Sadly not everyone can make every dish like the original since I have a fully equipped restaurant kitchen to practice in but If you want to try them I can re-write them to fit a normal home kitchen.

So this dish is: Smoked aubergine, kale pesto, Dukkah, mango chutney, pickled onions and rosted hazelnuts.


And If you want the recipie for this dish, please just send me a mail and I will send it there instead. I’ll see you all in my next post! #VivalaVegan

Long time, no see.

Wow, writing here again feels weird, but still familiar, nice. I honestly didn’t think that I would be back here again. A lot has happened since the last time I was writing but now I’m here again.

Basically I think I’ve just avoided coming here because I don’t know what to write. I guess I lost my motivation there for a while, but here I am trying to find it again.

Moving to a country where everything is new can be lonelier than you think especially since there is over 14 million people in London. Even though you meet people, even though you hang out with people there is still a hole inside where your friends and family used to be. So the question is, what do you do when you miss your friends? You don’t go and visit because you’ll just end up missing them again. You bring them to you, so that’s what I did. Now I have 3 friends coming within a week and they are all going to start working with me and suddenly I don’t feel alone anymore!

I could choose the easy way out and just go back home, but I know that I’m not done with London yet, I still have so much to learn, see, try, feel and do, and if I went home I would just be disappointed with myself.

I also met someone, an amazing person. It’s basically thanks to her that I am back here again, she is slowly making my motivation come back, my happiness, my joy, my love for cooking. Basically I noticed that looking for someone special makes no one special, but when you expect nothing and just meet someone randomly and you can feel all the puzzle pieces just come together, that’s what’s special. So if you have someone like that you better take care of that person, do whatever you can to make that person feel as special as you feel.

On other notes, I created a dish I think I want to evolve to my signature dish. This dish was surprisingly good. It made me start thinking about how I can make it better and it’s hard haha. I think I just have to approach the dish from another angle, using other techniques, and add garnish to heighten the main ingredients. Hmm… I think I need some time to think about this, at let me show you the dish. It’s Bacalao (dried salted cod) with butter buttermilk infused with spices, soured chia seeds green gazpacho snow and green gazpacho oil. Take a look at the picture and tell me what you think.

That’s all for me for today, See you in next post!

Back in action

Vacation is over. Time to go back to reality. It’s not fun. But that is sadly a part of being an adult. So now I’m back to work, new energy, new inspiration, new ideas and most important, new motivation.
Being on holiday was nice, seeing all my old friends and my family, and when you only have a week, it turns out to be quite intense days. But totally worth it. I had so much fun. And I met people I haven’t seen in ages. And stuff like that just cuddling up on the couch with your siblings and watch a movie really affect you in a deep level where all the love live, it’s those moments that you remember forever.

It’s been really hard to let go of everyone, to have to say goodbye, and it’s not getting easier. But this journey I’m doing now, is for me, for my future, to help me reach my goals. Everyone has to do this journey sometimes in their life, but in different ways. The most important thing to remember is that you cannot do it alone. Use your friends, your family and your loved ones as support to keep your spirit up.

I visited my old job, Vendels Matrum which is located in Lund, a city in south of Sweden. My friend is both co-owner and the head chef, and the week I came they had a menu tasting which I invited myself into haha, and as usual the food was amazing and was accompanied by amazing wines and various drinks. The reason I like Vendels Matrum is because how they all work as a family, they are a small team with big visions of what a great restaurant should be, and it is! It really is a great place to eat either the tasting menu or just having one dish or even just having a drink. So do me a favor, if you’re ever in South of Sweden for some reason, visit Lund and even more, visit Vendels Matrum. Just look at these pictures. I promise you that it tastes as good as it looks! Look at these pictures, its 5/7 of the new dishes.

First out we have scallop with elderberries, oyster and horseradish

Then its raw beef tartar with pecorino, corn and radish

Local tomatoes, sweet/salty crayfish and crown dill

Chicken with cauliflower, truffle and hazelnuts
Turbot with, chanterelles, fennel and peas

The last 2 dishes will either have to be a surprise if you ever decide to visit the place, or you can check them out on my Instagram @eatgoodordietrying ! Thank you for reading, ill see you in next post!


What do you want from life?

One of my biggest dreams is to own a restaurant. But more so, to own a restaurant with my sibling. I have a little brother that is going to cooking school, starting this month, and next year I have a brother starting bakery school and I can’t wait until they are done so I can start training them, evolving their skills so that they are ready the day I buy my own restaurant. Imagine that, starting a family business. How amazing wouldn’t that be?

I very recently gained a new friend. Learning to know this guy is like looking myself in the mirror and see my own soul, hearing my own dream about having my own restaurant, reaching for the same goal to be the very best at what I do, and his first destination is to become the best pizza chef in the world. Now he is only 17 years old, but listening to him speak about his passions and how much he wants this more than ever, lights a fire inside of me, it makes me want to fight harder and reach further. He reminds me of me, knowing how much he is willing to work and sacrifice to do this. I promise you, becoming a chef requires a special mind, a special strength, and be willing to work under the worst circumstances sometimes. Long days, long nights, no weekends. I haven’t seen some of my friends in months hahaha.

One thing I dislike is how fast food restaurants has destroyed amazing dishes as burgers, pizzas, Asian cuisine. It’s terrible, centuries of generations that has worked to bring this food to us, and we dare to ruin it with pizza hut, McDonald’s, Burger king, Chop Chop. Seriously people, what are we doing. All this fast food places. That’s why I’ve decided that when my friend comes of age, I will do everything in my power for him to succeed with his restaurant, to bring back the love and handcraft in this amazing dish. You may think it sounds ridiculous “It’s just a burger” or “it’s just a pizza” but remember that these foods didn’t invent themselves and should be appreciated just as much as the finest Beef Wellington. Because someone took the time to invent the burger and the pizza, and now places like what I mentioned before, like McDonald’s and so on are just ruining their memories, and all for a quick buck. That’s not right.

Be careful with what you eat. We only have one life, why not enjoy it in the right way? Instead of going with your friends to a fast food restaurant, save some money, plan instead and go to a real restaurant and eat some real food. You will feel better and have so much more fun, and enjoy it so much more.

The recipe I posted got so much happy response so that’s something I’m going to continue with! And I really hope you will continue to appreciate it! And if there is something you wish to learn or want to see, please do not be afraid to ask! I would be thrilled to help or write some recipes for you!

I have to show you something, a really cool thing I did the other day! Check the picture underneath! IS THIS NOT THE COOLEST THING EVER!! First time I made it and it was a success!  I’m so happy! Do not forget to follow me on Instagram @eatgoodordietrying for more cool pictures! I have another recipe I want to share with you at the next blogpost! STAY TUNED!


See you in next post! Byeeeeeeeeee!

“Life is a game, and money is how we keep score.”

Money sucks! Period. End of story.

Today I saw this post: “Money is the root to all evil”, and lately I’ve felt that money is everything. You can’t really do anything without money, and your entire life is about working to survive. I don’t understand how some people have so much money. Money for generations. Money to buy small countries and islands. And of course, I know that they probably worked really hard for that money, some have worked for generations to build up companies and so and, but I still feel like there is a too big of a difference in the world moneywise.

And how some countries and cities are built for rich people, like London. When I lived in Sweden I had a beautiful 2-bedroom apartment with a huge living room, an amazing modern kitchen, and a balcony and I paid £790 a month, it’s about a thousand dollars. In London you get, a (if you are lucky) ok studio flat, or a small but kind of beautiful bedroom in a shared flat. How is that not too big of a difference in money value?

I feel so confused and lost because I want so much from life, but I don’t know how to start, where to start! I have an amazing job, which is a huge career booster for me, but it’s not enough. I want to have a good future, filled with traveling to exotic destinations. I want to be able to buy a house in south of Spain when I’m old and ready to settle down in one last place. I want to open an amazing restaurant where people can come and enjoy amazing food and drinks, but I don’t know how to get from here to there.

I know that for each year that has passed I’ve come a little bit further, but it also feels like I’m not escalating in life fast enough. I don’t know, maybe I’m just overthinking this.. it is pretty late… it’s 2 o’clock in the morning here. And I’m just laying here, letting the thoughts play tricks with my mind. The worst thing is when you start doubting yourself, even for a second, because it can ruin your entire spirit and It can take a while to get back to believing yourself again.

Maybe I want to much from life? Is that possible? It’s not like I’m asking to be handed stuff for free, I know that there Is a lot of ground to cover if you want a piece of the sweet life. And you have to push your mind and body to extreme lengths to get there.

Ahh… now it just feels like it’s too much negativity in this post. I’m sorry for that, I didn’t mean for happen, but we all know that life isn’t just sweet and happy! Let me give you a few tips to try to save some money. To have good money saving tips are very essential to a wealthy future. Of course not all of this will work for everyone, but find 2-3 you like and try them in real life! Good luck!

  • Always have a shopping list, and stick to it! It’s so easy to just walk in the store and go “Ah, I need this and this and this!” And at the register you just spent a lot more than you would’ve otherwise!
  • Move a specific amount of money to a savings account each month when you get your salary! Even if it’s just a few dollars or cents, it’s still more money saved than you had before. And look for a bank that doesn’t have a fee for new accounts.
  • Use coupons when shopping! That’s why you get them. You may not save thousands, but it’s still a little more money. Write a weekly food schedule for your meals and plan after your coupons.
  • Build a budget. It’s really useful to have a budget. Start with your income and then take away all the bills, and then the cost for food for a month. Have 3 envelopes with these 3 headlines: Emergencies, Fun, Extra. So the emergency envelope is for if something breaks, car, fridge, washing machine. Fun is for if you want to go and see a movie, go for a dinner, beer with your friends. Extra is for gifts, essential stuff to buy and so on!

Tomorrow I will release the first (1/6) recipe for you guys! It’s going to be released of my Pintrest account! So I will post a link tomorrow! Keep your eyes open! Until then, have an amazing time! I´ll see you in next post!

I’ve found my way!

Starting this blog has been a lot of fun! But also a lot of work! Now after a few weeks I finally understand how it works. Basically I’ve been writing for an audience that is on a global scale and that’s wrong. Because that’s not what I want. I want to write to those who are interested in evolving into a better person! I want to write for those who are trying to find their place in the world! For those who know what they want from life but are figuring out their way to get there! And most important, for those who are interested in food! Like me! I know what I want, and I know how hard I have to work to get there! I know that all the blood, sweat and tears hasn’t been for nothing, all the injuries, cuts, loss of fingertips hasn’t been in vain!  Finally I see the path clearer than ever. I hope you all want to follow my  way and that we will help each other to break out and show the world what we are made of!

Every one of you out there, find your uniqueness and embrace it, use it and evolve it!

I’ve known since I was 7 years old that I wanted to be a chef. My father was a chef, and during my time growing up, that was when you started seeing chefs more and more on tv. And I was stuck.

I used to invite friends over just to cook for them haha, 7-year old, making spaghetti and sausages haha! It was fun, I was proud of myself! And now I work as a professional chef constantly trying to evolve and be better at it. If you want to play in the big leagues, this is what you have to do! “Fight till your idols are your rivals!” One of the best quotes I’ve ever heard and something I feel is very true for me! And this is exactly what I’m fighting for! For me and my future! I don’t want to be 60 and have regrets that I should’ve done anything differently. That is what drives me, keeps me going even though I’m so tired, broken or whatever. I can’t give up, I won’t give up, ever.

So keep following me here, keep fighting with me and don’t let anything stand in your way!
Thank you for reading! I’ll see you in next post!

I have a dream!

I do have a dream. But for that to happen I need to be known. Or to be more exact, I need people to know my name and what I do. My food. My way of thinking. And I know it sounds very shallow “know, famous, etc.”.. I know it does, but it is what I need to fulfil my dreams. And there are different kinds of famous. It’s not that I expect to become the next Marco Pierre White…

Do you know who Jiro Ono is? Of course you don’t, and that’s okay! He has one of the best sushi restaurants in the world. He is booked over a year in advance. Jiro is a 91-year-old man, who has a restaurant with 10 seats. Jiro started in a kitchen when he was 7. And is now the proud owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro! A 3 Michelin star awarded restaurant. HE IS 91 and is still working almost every day. That’s amazing. That’s what I want, that’s the kind of famous I want to be. I want people to know me for what I can do. But the problem is that I don’t even know what I can do right now. I can cook, I can cook really good food, and I have an eye for plating.

But every chef has to find his way. Like right now I enjoy cooking everything, but when it’s time for me to start my own business I can’t have a menu with a billion dishes just because I enjoy cooking everything. I need to find a path of what I want to do, the thing I do best. Well… I have a few years left to figure that out I guess. But I am very impatient. Ever since I was 16 and and still till this day I want to be older, wiser, better. Just jump 10 years ahead, that would be enough. But maybe that’s a good thing that I can’t, imagine all the things I would miss haha.

Here we are again, stuck in my mind, a spinning swirl of thoughts about everything, and it isn’t even noon yet..

Well people, now it’s time for breakfast and then I have to get ready for work! Woop woop! Next week I’m trying out some new dishes for the next menu! So don’t forget to check out the blog now and then! Thank you for your time.

By the way!  Check out these photogenic lobsters! 

I’ll see you in next post! // Your friendly neighbourhood Spider Man!

Hard work, broken feet!

Sigh..! *Deep Breath* *Breath out*

Okay. Now I’m ready to write! Hey you! It’s me your friendly neighbourhood Spider man! No it isn’t, but it’s your friendly neighbourhood sous chef! Especially if you live in Finsbury park in London! Because there is the amazing Montcalm Royal London House which is a 5-star hotel And on top of the hotel is the Aviary which is their amazing restaurant. Aviary is basically my new home. I think I spend more time there than I’m actually home during the weeks haha!

It might be one of the busiest places I’ve ever worked at. So much to learn everyday, so many new things, faces, places, names, rooms, dishes, floors and so on and on and on and on! I can tell you that I run more here than what I’ve ever done on a treadmill! My feet hurt so much haha!

Did you know that having a blog is also some kind of fulltime job? I didn’t know that! Here I thought that I was just going to write my thoughts feelings and emotions here! But NO! It’s so much more! And it is really hard to find a healthy balance between this and my new job, but let’s give it a week or two, to find it. I still enjoy it though! Just so you know. Sometimes I feel like I just want to write a post just to post something, but that’s also wrong, because why would you read if it’s something that you can’t feel anything from, why should you read my empty post that doesn’t mean anything! So I stop myself, take a deep breath and say to myself: Tomorrow, you can write something real tomorrow!, and that’s what I do! I wait. Last post was written by my fiancée because I was working a bunch of fifteen-hour shifts, and I was soooo tired, to tired to think, to tired to try. But she did a good job, didn’t she? I think it was a good post! About all these amazing places in London! I liked it at least!

I want to give you an update of my stocks! They went up for a while! I actually made money, but then today it all fell haha! Everything is minus now, you can’t always go up. Life is just like the stock market, some days it goes waywayway up! And some days it crashes, and everything went to shit. I know I have those days. Everyone has them. No one is happy all the time! If you are happy always, like all the time, everyday, how would you know? It would just be another day of your life, so guys and girls, appreciate your down days because they make you appreciate your happy days!

One thing I both love and hate is being alone with my thoughts, like right now in this moment, I’m thinking about how big the world is, and how much there is on this planet we will never experience because life is too short. We spend years in school and then we spend the rest of our lives at a job, mastering it trying to be the best at what we do and that’s what we focus on! That’s what I focus on. But there is so much out there that I want to learn, eat, see, feel. But I will never get the chance because the world is just too big to be managed in one lifetime.  Well well.. we can’t have everything, can we? We just have to try to fill the rest of our lives with what we want to do, if it’s travel, master a new skill, become a monk in the Himalaya mountains, whatever it is, set a goal and do it! Go for it! The only thing that can stop you is you. Not money, not responsibilities, because if you really want something, you do whatever to get there. Remember that people!

Here is some pictures from our new menu! Enjoy!

Thank you for reading, I’ll see you in next post! // B1

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