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Quotation Monday #77: Nothing on?

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“It’s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.”

― Marilyn Monroe

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There are a couple of book blogs that I follow. Every now and then, they share special offers – when a book is off at Amazon, for example. I buy wayyyy too many of these recommendations. The majority of them just end up hanging around on my Kindle app, in the event that I will read them. (I have a very full Kindle app.)

But I do read them, eventually.

One of those offers ended up with me buying the first book in Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat, The Chocolate Thief

NB: The third in the series (which is the first in her new series) is free at the moment on Kindle. Since you don’t really have to read the books in order to understand/enjoy them – I highly recommend that you get it:

Every now and then I read a series that I think – more people should know about this. Amour et chocolat (don’t worry, the books are originally in English) is one of those series. I bought the first book in October last year, and by the time Christmas came around, I had read all the books in the series twice. Granted, I read fast, but that is still a very quick re-reading of a series, even for me.

(I have bought all these books myself. I don't get paid to promote the series, I just love it and want to share; the links are Amazon affiliate links, though, so I would get a minuscule amount if enough people click through and buy.)
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Quotation Monday #76: Belief

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“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”

― John Lennon

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Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
Mrs Queen Takes the Train
by William Kuhn

This book in the same genre as  The Uncommon Reader is, and enjoyable for many of the same reasons. It is fictional, but with enough facts mixed in to make it fun to read. (Not a book if you’re taking everything deadly serious.)

The Queen becomes a character with traits that you think you recognize from the newspapers, and some invented, and the rest of the cast of characters are fictional. The storyline is fictional – the Queen is suffering from depression, and wants to go to visit Britannia where she remembers being happy, and takes to the train to Edinburgh. The courtiers scramble to follow her and find her before the news that she has disappeared becomes public.

It’s not the perfect book, but it is a fun summer read.

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“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”

― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

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A couple of weeks before I left Oslo, I took a trip to Bygdøy to visit Oscarhall. It is a pleasure palace built for King Oscar I of Sweden-Norway and his wife, Josephine of Leuchtenberg.

It is still in use today by the royal family for special occasions, and Queen Sonja has set up an art gallery in one of the side buildings.

The palace is beautiful on the outside, and the renovations inside have been done very nicely. The big surprise was the woodwork in the entrance hall that isn’t wood, but concrete painted to look like wood.

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Gooseberry cordial

20140724-003258-1978716.jpgI made some cordial last summer with plums and apples – but then I saw this blog post early in July. It is a gooseberry cordial! I immediately went home to my parents and robbed their gooseberry bush.

(I asked first. Or maybe said – I will drop by to get your gooseberries. Either way, I informed.)

The difference from last summer, I had less berries so I didn’t bother bringing the steamer to make this. That means, it is a simpler and easier process. And less to clean up.

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“Come with me,’ Mom says.
To the library.
Books and summertime
go together.”

― Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me

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Garden flowers

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Quotation Monday #73: Summer

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“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.”

― Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Summer

A selection of photos from the åast couple of weeks.

I moved home from Oslo, and went straight to work. My holiday time is in the end of August…

But I still have managed to enjoy the summertime.
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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

― Henry James

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Cookies & Cream

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cookies & creamOne reaction to this was: It tastes much better than the cookies & cream ice cream you can buy in store. Which, honestly, is the chief point of making ice cream from scratch.

I used the recipe from Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery (Amazon affiliate link). Which is an amazing book for ice cream lovers.

Brown Eyed Baker has an adapted version of the recipe online.

 

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20140630-205420-75260633.jpgWhen you have a pescetarian living with you for three weeks, you adapt. And you adapt recipes. Such as this one, which originally had cured sausage as part of the filling. Swapping the meat with smoked salmon… easy peasy solution. And the flavours still go very well together.

It’s an European style pancake and not an American one.

This serves two as a starter.

(Excuse the extremely unfocused picture – my hand was still moving and it snapped way too soon. It tastes much better than it  looks in the picture…)

Adapted from MatPrat – Urtepannekaker med spekepølse og chèvre.

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Quotation Monday #70: The Mind

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“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”

― Plutarch

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Royal engagement in Sweden

Today Prince Carl Philip announced that he would marry his long time girlfriend, Sofia Hellqvist in a press conference. The Marshall of the Realm sent out the communique that the King has given his consent to the marriage, and the approval of the cabinet of state has also been given.

A generation of Bernadotte princes who had to renounce their right to the throne in order to marry perfectly respectable women who never took off their clothes down to a skimpy bikini in magazines, posed with snakes… or participated in a reality show where the purpose seems to share a bedroom with someone of the opposite sex and stay the longest in the hotel (an admirable purpose for a show?), must be rolling in their graves.

And especially Count Sigvard Bernadotte who went to the European Court of Human Rights to get his title back, but died before his case came up.

I’m sure Sofia is a nice, regular person. But personally I haven’t been getting good vibes from her constant posing for the camera on all the royal events she has been invited to so far. It makes me feel that she is out for the fame of it all, and not that remote from the days of her posing in Slitz magazine. That, combined with the rewriting of the history of Project Playground she allegedly founded with a friend, as in the early days of the charity, it was said that the friend was the sole founder… Yeah…

The wedding will take place in Summer 2015. It will be interesting to follow the Swedish media until then. So far, they have been overwhelmingly gushing about Sofia. I’m really just waiting for the real stories to come out from them – even a bit of journalistic neutrality maybe?

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Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.

― Jane Austen

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Star anise ice cream

20131104-121919.jpgThere is something utterly fascinating about the thought of anise or liquorice ice cream. The basic bitter, instead of very sweet, ice cream  leads to a disconcerting flavour profile in your mouth.

I saw this recipe first  at Klikk.no. I adapted it slightly, but if I ever make it again, I will up the amount of star anise I use. It was simply too subtle for my palate, and I ended up putting liquorice sprinkles through the ice cream after churning/before freezing.

I think that this type of almost savoury ice cream is a nice contrast to the sweeter ice creams out there.

Could just be I am partial to the flavour, though. The recipe should be easy enough to halve if you’re just wanting a small portion of it.

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Royal Food: Documentary 3/3

The third part of the documentary of the Danish royal food with Prince Henrik aired last week and is available online now. It is available until July 10.

It is taking place at Gråsten Palace.

Even if you don’t understand Danish, the pictures from the royal palaces and the food makes it well worth taking a look at the documentaries.

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