Strawberry, Chili, Ginger & Mint Jam

This is my recipe for jam with strawberries, chili, ginger, mint, vanilla, lemon, lime, pepper, cloves and star anise.

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  • 2 kilograms of berries.
  • 300 grams of stevia, alternatively 500 grams of sugar (choose the amount of stevia/sugar after your own taste).
  • 1 red chili (with or without seeds)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 star anise
  • 70 grams of pectin (I use one bag, 70 grams, plus a bit more so that the jam turns a bit firm – easier for kids to handle. Also the pectin that you buy in Norway isn’t 100% pectin, but contains sugar, pectin, citric acids etc.)
  • a lump of ginger
  • some pepper corns
  • some cloves
  • a cup of water
  • a cup of sugar
  • a handful of freshly chopped mint
  • clean jars

Yule Preparations & Oxtail Soup


Oxtail Soup & Yule Decorations.

This Friday some family members came for a visit and a sleepover and on Saturday they were baby sitting, while we crossed the border over to Sweden to do some shopping for Yule/Christmas.

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Thai-style Oxtail Soup

Rub the tiger balls for good luck

Rub the tiger balls for good luck

I had a visitor from Australia this weekend, which not only meant that I had to be a good tour guide and show him the city where I live, but also (as any responsible host would have done) that I had to feed the bastard… (I’m just kidding of course: he was great guest, and he wasn’t born out-of-wedlock, which means that he couldn’t have been a bastard).
So, after being this hectic weekend, are you ready for the recipe?

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Libyan soup (Shorba Libya)

A painting by the Libyan artist Awad Abeida (

A painting by the Libyan artist Awad Abeida (

If everyone on Earth should have the same consumption as an average citizen of Libya, we would need 1.8 planets to live on (if you compare to Norway the figure is 2.3, USA 5 Source: – 01.01.2012)

I’ll present you this recipe for libyan soup, but first some background information.  Continue reading