Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.
H. L. Mencken
The book details the time of Dickie Arbiter’s work in the press office at Buckingham Palace. First working for the Prince and Princess of Wales, then later for the royal collections (and also seemingly chipping in whenever needed, as with the funeral of the Princess of Wales).
He also interjects his personal history into the book, and at times that felt more interesting than the royal “scandal” of the week that he had to defuse.
There are personal observations about the royals in the book. However, he is also very careful about not saying much that would (probably) violate a non-disclosure contract. It can therefore get a bit bland at times.
I found the chapter on the planning and arranging of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales fascinating. Especially the bit about extending the route of the funeral cortege to spread the crowds out.
All in all, a decent read.
I made these Palets de dames from the Baking Chez Moi cookbook on Sunday, and brought with me to my grandmother’s nursing home and served them around her hallway. My grandmother had three of them, and enjoyed them very much.
I first iced some of them with white icing, then I added some pink food colouring to the icing mixture. After icing some more, I added blue colouring to the pink icing to get the purple effect.
They kind of tasted like Norwegian krumkaker, they were very easy to make and the colourful icing added a fun element.
Tastewise, for me, they were a bit boring and I kind of craved some strong black coffee to go with them.
Success in highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which comes only to the man who has found the work he likes best.
The picture here looks less than appetising – but the Butternut Dauphinoise that was the October recipe from the BBCGoodFood Calendar was really tasty. I did not have thyme, so I added rosemary instead.
It’s really a cheesy side dish (works well together with either salmon fillets or chicken), that is perfect for the autumn.
The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.
All across the spring semester, I was testing Oslo for the perfect cinnamon bun. Whenever I would spot one in a display case, that was what I would order. And almost inevitably be let down. Either the buns were too dry, too little filling… or just plain wrong.
What can I say, cinnamon buns are almost sacred to a girl from the western coast of Norway.
So, when the weather changed from summer to autumn, it was time to get baking.
Since I have a lot of apples on my hands, I found yet another recipe I had book-marked and went to work.
I opted for a modification, since I have a lot of apples, and made The Pioneer Woman’s Caramel apple sweet rolls.
I replaced a fourth of the flour with a slightly less refined option, and replaced the sugar in the dough with Steviosa (a sugar-like Stevia product.) Since the rest of the recipe is filled with brown sugar, I’m not sure there was much effect going on with the latter replacement, but every little bit helps? *shrug*
It will not be completely wrong to say that these were devoured. The caramel in the filling and the icing was delicious, albeit maybe a touch too sweet. If I make it again, I would use less powdered sugar in the icing. (I used the four cups listed, and could well have done with 2, to have the icing more runny.)
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.
We had a brief and glorious week of autumn colours and sunshine before the real autumn, aka. wind and rain, started.
The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.
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.
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.
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.)
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.
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.
I 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.