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Amalienborg by Jørgen Larsen, Thomas Larsen, and Bjarke Ørsted

The book is heavy, and filled with pictures and history. There are interviews with Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik and Crown Prince Frederik and on their relationship with the palace.

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Autumn colours

We had a brief and glorious week of autumn colours and sunshine before the real autumn, aka. wind and rain, started.

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Quotation Monday #82: The future

The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.

John Sladek

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Quotation Monday #81: Strategy

The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.

Benjamin Disraeli

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God only knows from BBC Music

If you haven’t seen this already.

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IMG_2235.JPGPrincess Marie was interviewed in the Danish magazine Costume for the November issue. I bought the issue when I was in Denmark last week, and below are some translated out-takes of what she said.

In general, it is a nice enough interview, but as it is in a fashion magazine, it does not get too deep, or ask too many critical questions.

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Nobel prize week

I’m oddly emotional about the fact that two Norwegians have a share each in the prize for medicine.

Never heard of them, but I had to choke back a tear nevertheless.

Norwegians winning stuff will do that to me.

Apparently in most areas where something can be won.

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Quotation Monday #80: Change

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Still Reigning: Thoughts of a Queen
Still Reigning: Thoughts of a Queen by The Queen [of Twitter]

I loved and chuckled often at The Queen_UK on Twitter in the beginning. I have the first book, and laughed several times while reading it. In most of her tweets and analysis, I thought she was spot on. Witty.

However, with this one… I don’t find it nearly as funny. Maybe because there is so much repetition between each chapter, and sometimes “she” contradicts herself from chapter to chapter.

Plus, I get that it is a gimmick, but after hearing in chapter after chapter (not to mention in several tweets over the past couple of years) how much the Queen of Spain loves Phillip Schofield, I got a bit tired of the whole concept. There is a decided lack of imagination, beyond some jokes that gets repeated ad nauseam.

It is a fun idea when you evolve as you go along, but to me the fun of it has outlived itself.

If you haven’t read the first book, or followed the persona on Twitter, then it is worth the read. If you have… probably not. (And I feel supremely grumpy for saying that, because I really wanted to be entertained.)

 

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Coffee Pancakes

PancakesIt’s International Coffee Day today. That means it is the perfect day to make these Coffee Pancakes from A Cozy Kitchen.

Really! Do it. I made them a few weeks ago, and immediately sent a text to those of my friends who absorb coffee like they absorb air and told them to make these.

It is probably the easiest to make, and best results, I have experienced with any American pancake recipe. (I used the conversion that 1 cup=roughly 237 ml.)

I switched the sugar in the recipe for 1 tsp powdered stevia. And then doused the thing in Canadian blueberry maple syrup – so I’m not sure it made a huge difference in the long run…

The recipe without the coffee added is also quite tasty. I’ve experimented with switching types of flour for it to make it rougher”, successfully.

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Just before I left Oslo, I took the guided tour of the Palace. It was the first day it was open this season – which kind of showed in some aspects. (A television set in the Council of State room hadn’t been turned on, and our guide didn’t quite know how to do it, for example.)

I booked the ticket early, as soon as I noticed that it went on sale in March. (It seems to typically go on sale in the end of March/Beginning of April) The tour was in the end of June.

You enter the palace from the back, where they had put up a tent for checking tickets.

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BBC GoodFood Calendar September

IMG_2076.JPGI have officially eaten waaay too much of this tray bake. I first had one slice. Then another couple of slices as I was catching up on the dessert episode of The Great British Bake Off – and then I needed another slice as Iain’s ice cream disappeared into the trash bin.

I feel too full.

It is the oaty plum gingerbread slice that is the recipe for September. You kind of have to love ginger to make it – or possibly cut down a bit on it.

One advantage though is that it is really not a huge tray bake.

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Caramelized Apple Tarte Fine

Tarte Fine

 

 

 

When this recipe came across my RSS reader, I bookmarked it. And forgot it.

And suddenly it was September, and the crazy old apple tree in the garden that magically produced edible apples this year was booming with apples. I searched through the recipes and found this again.

Caramelized Apple Tarte Fine Recipe – Chocolate & Zucchini.

I made the rough puff pastry the night before. Basically because I was procrastinating so much during the day (hello Civilization V) that I didn’t have time to make it all in one night. The rough puff is super easy.  It also had to rest for an hour, so I gave it all night.

And the next day, I cut up the apples and did the rest of the preparation, baked it and served it to huge acclaim.

If I were to make it again, I would probably cut down on the sugar. I went with white sugar as that was what I had, and one tablespoon on the bottom and one on the top would have been more than enough given that the apples were also sweet.

 

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Scotland

It is crazy to think that when I wake up tomorrow, Scotland might be independent.

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According to a press release from Clarence House:

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

Babies are fun. Throwing up for the length of the pregnancy is probably not.

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September 16 the publishing house Cobolt releases the first in a series of new comic/illustrated books. The topic of the series is Queen Margrethe and her life. The first in the series follow her from birth to when she becomes the Queen of Denmark.

Like a lot of the Queen’s life – this is a dual collaboration between Denmark and France. Erik Svane, a Danish author living in France, and Thierry Capezzone, a French artist living in Denmark, have worked together to produce this. DAISY – EN PRINSESSE I DANMARK

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On my list of things to try…

if I crave a piece of cake. Instead of making a whole “normal-sized” cake, and eating the whole thing… well, gradually.

I might consider making a mug cake instead. I mean, I’m already making mug oatmeal at work, so why not make a mug cake at home?

13 Easy Microwave Mug Cakes That Are All Grown Up | The Kitchn.

 

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Quotation Monday #79: Knowledge

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It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.

Enrico Fermi

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I’m currently catching up on the Danish version of the Great British Bake Off – Den Store Bagedyst.

And I was intrigued by the look of the work-benches. When the Norwegian version aired, I seem to recall that they went for something similar and pastel like the British version. But this is almost art – Piet Mondrian inspired benches. Den store bagedyst

I love the British version – with Mel, Sue, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

I watched the first series of the Norwegian version about halfway through the second episode – and gave up after disliking the host and the judges and the challenges. I see that it has had at least one series since then and a new series is starting this week. Still with the same judges so… not planning on watching.

It will be interesting to see how this Danish one stacks up to the original.

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Skaugum in Asker is in bat county. In 2011, nest boxes were put up in trees for the bats – to give them a place to roost. Some species of bats are in danger of extinction.

Ingrid Alexandra and Sverre Magnus participated when the boxes were put up. Today, it was time to check progress of the boxes for this year, and they participated again.

15 bats were found.

The 18th international bat night is the night between the 30 and 31 of August.

Photo: Tonje Norum Svendsen, Det kongelige hoff

Photo: Tonje Norum Svendsen, Det kongelige hoff

Photo: Tonje Norum Svendsen, Det kongelige hoff

Photo: Tonje Norum Svendsen, Det kongelige hoff

Photo: Tonje Norum Svendsen, Det kongelige hoff

Photo: Tonje Norum Svendsen, Det kongelige hoff

Photo: Tonje Norum Svendsen, Det kongelige hoff

Photo: Tonje Norum Svendsen, Det kongelige hoff

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