My friend Ingvild is a very talented young lady I must say. She is a fellow blogger at Ting som gjør en glad, a teacher and a self taught designer. Just click here to take a look at all that she's done (the little black dress is mine!!!). -Some day I will learn to sew like you and make you a dress my friend :)-
For a while now I've been wanting to find a book that I could fall for. I've read many good books in the past couple of years, but none of them have made me want to read and read everything the author has to offer like this one, Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. Its a book about 9 different but interconnected stories, each taking place in a different part f the world. The stories are about fate, life, metaphysics, tradition, seduction and it goes on. I am still half way, but I truly recommend it.
And what a good morning it was when I found this video of my friend Dermot's old band, Ten Speed Racer. Dermot and I met at the mandatory Norwegian course you have to take when you want to become a resident in Norway. He is from Ireland and moved here at around the same time I did. He is now a solo artist working in Norway and I think when he finishes his record it's going to go BUM! But for now, I will leave you with his previous band and a very fun video! Very proud of you my friend!
Jonas got me peonies, my favourite flowers in the world for getting in to the Master, and Nina, my mother in law gave me the most beautiful-handpicked wild flowers. They are both lovely and I just smile when I see them.
We had a great weekend with the family at the cabin. Although it was a bit windy and chilly, the sun was shinning all the time. Saturday evening Jonas and I made some tapas to celebrate a very belated birthday for our aunt Mette (great excuse!), and here are some of the recipes and pictures of what we made!
Tomatoes, fresh mozarella and basil
all marinated in good olive oil, salt and pepper.
We used olive focaccia, sliced and lightly toasted.
Anders' Chevre & Vegetable Pintxo
I used green and yellow zucchini but you can use eggplant as well.
Toast some bread slices. On a pan, stir some finely chopped onion
and garlic. Add the zucchini. Let it reduce. Add some salt, pepper
and cumin to taste. You can also add some chicken stock if you wish.
Put on top of bread slices and add some chevre on the top. Gatinate
in the oven. AMAZING! (Anders you are a true kitchen genious!).
Dates rolled in Cured Ham
Never disappoints! Take the seeds out of the dried dates.
Roll in bacon, or cured ham. We used Serrano Ham and it
was great! Gives extra crispiness. Put in the oven for about
15 minutes in 200ºC or until golden.
Foie with apple-pear butter
Toast some bread slices.
Have the Foie-gras (or duck liver pate) in the freezer so it stays firm.
On a very hot pan, fry thin slices of the Foie-Gras (just a bit on both sides).
Put on top of the bread with some caramelized apples, or apple butter.
We made a nice apple and pears butter beforehand. It was very nice.
Pork loin with Brie
On top of toasted bread slices put some brie cheese
and thin slices of pork loin (you should cook the pork
on a pan before). Put in preheated oven (200ºC) for a
couple of minutes before serving.
Take the trunks of the mushrooms (We used Champignon type)
In a food processor put a handfull of: almonds, fresh rosmary,
fresh parsley, 1 garlic clove, about 30g Parmigian cheese, the
mushroom trunks, 2 spoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt & pepper.
And since this blog is about ALL the things that I want (which are many that I actually don't need since I already have it all: an amazing husband, a family that loves me, the cutest 2 dogs, 2 countries I can call home, a great apartment, growing tomatoes, a mountain right behind my house, a job that I love, a bachelor degree in Arts, good health, many stamps on my passport, etc etc etc...) I am showing you this watch that I came across with today at Food for Thought as well. I haven't had a watch for years, maybe since I was in high school and the last one I had stopped working, then I got a mobile phone and it stopped there. Anyways, my father asked me about what kind of watch I liked a while ago, and it was hard to explain: feminine, but not too feminine, classic, but not too classic, not yellow gold, maybe with a leather strap, or not, anyways, I am in a search of a nice watch and I thought this one might be a good candidate. I like the rose gold actually! A lot!
Hi! I am off to the cabin for a long weekend, I will be back on monday thought and I will show you all that I did there (can't say much right now because then I will spoil all the fun).
For now, I leave you with this image that I found on at Thought for Food blog and thought it was worth re-posting it. How I wish I could swim with elephants too! They are my all time favourite animal!!! (next to dogs and horses... and sloths of course... and others as well...)
It is always great fun to have a trip with just girls. Sometimes, I am a little bit skeptic on the idea, given that girls (including me very much) are complicated and sometimes difficult. Not this time! We had a great group of 5 I must say. A good combination: 1 doctor, 2 economists, 1 teacher and an artist. So, lots to talk and learn about each other.
I have to say, I would sign up to travel with this gang any time anywhere!
Then comes Berlin. Berlin was just the perfect place! It is a great city with lots to do, lots to see and lots to shop! It is relatively "cheap" (compared to other European cities, and more over, compared to Norway!!!). So our plan was to walk around, shop a little but, and relax mostly. We all had been there more than once, so the pressure of sightseeing was gone, and we were left with lots of free time, no plans and good company.
From left: Me, Sigrid, Marit, Cecilie and Katrine.
First day in X-Berg, having pizza and beer. Then we relaxed by the river.
Peeeeeerfect day indeed!
Then Sigrid's birthday celebration, first a light dinner at
Monsieur Wong, and then Strawberry daikiries at Erdbeer Bar.
So much fun! We rented bikes and cruised the city ALL day!!!
Then I managed to check out the Louise Bourgeois show :)
Treasure hunting at the Fleemarket and Vintage shops. Berlin
Hi there! It's been a few great weeks. Finishing school, going to Istanbul with Jonas and then to Berlin with the girls. Every place and thing we did was great, can't complaint! So, now I am back, happy to be at home, and looking back at all the fun things I've done lately.
What a magnificent city, the people, the food, the views! It is such an eclectic place full of mixes. Jonas and I had a great time. We visited some of the main tourist attractions but also walked a lot around the city and just had time to be together and that is always a good thing.
Hagia Sophia was just amazing.
Then the Grand Bazar, jeez, I got dizzy and hypnotized by
all the things there, gold, carpets, fabrics, leather, noise,
towels, etc! Everything you can think of. One thing: I suck
Mezze...mmmmmmmmmmm... the best, no question!
The best kebab I've ever tasted.
Then Jonas and I dressed up and went out on a date, to Mikla
restaurant at the rooftop of a hotel, and we had a romantic and
delicious meal, with Turkish wine which is not bad at all.
After walking in 30ºC all day, we needed a beer, and this is what we got: A "clandestine beer" in a big plastic glass!
We took a really nice trip on a boat on the Bosphorus. This is Europe!
And this is Asia.
And of course, can't leave Turkey without having some tea... which tastes like regular black tea actually, but in cute little glasses.
Finally, we were there while the attack from the Israel to the supply boat to Gaza coming from Turkey was attacked. There were some protests going on, of course. This one was at Taksim square.