It’s time for a proper presentation. I’m Hannes. I’v always longed back to the countryside. Originally I grew up outside the city with two hippie / green wave parents, so going back wasn’t that strange to me. But the insane part about this is me moving away from the city, to a part of Sweden that I’m unfamiliar with, and doing it completely alone. I did move for a job so it’s not like I’m completely away from everyone, out in the middle of nowhere, but the shift was very big. It kept me awake at night, just thinking of the future move and how crazy it would be to do it without anyone else.
Now I’m here, in Julita, living in a house from the 1700th century (possibly, no one knows exactly and it could be even older). It is said to be haunted, it has even been in one of those shows on the telly where they help restless souls to the other side. I haven’t noticed anything just yet. I can sleep through pretty much anything, and ghosts don’t frighten me, it would even be nice to have a pal there! Ghosts come one! Show yourself.
What I didn’t expect was how conservative it would be here. I’m mostly vegan, both for the health (please, read the china study, page turner while being a book about nutrition) and that I enjoy the clean taste of vegan foods much more. I haven’t heard any negative comments about my way of living for many years. Since I grew up vegetarian, thanks to my hippie parent =) I was always faced with questions about proteins and other stuff (bet you know) but they ceased once I grew older and people gradually seemed to be more open for other ideas. Now back to square one. People here in the countryside seems to think it’s their right to comment on anything that isn’t what they always used to be. I don’t know how to deal with it, sometimes a get angry, sometimes I just walk away from there. I didn’t anticipate this!
So this is why I’m here now, on the net. To tell about my recipes and my life, easy things and hard things about living here. And since I love cooking more than anything, I’m going to post my favourite recipes here. So please, try them and be creative, and share your thoughts with me. Let’s be dining pals!
I’ll try my best to be seasonal and local, but I will put in some occasional exotic fruit now and then. I’ll also do some forest harvesting so some of those ingredients might be hard to find, but you can always substitute them for something else. Let’s start this!