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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.

National Library of Scotland

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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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BBC GoodFood Calendar August

 

IMG_2056.JPGI never got around to making the recipes for June and July in the calendar. Basically, in June I was trying to get as much of Oslo in as I could, grading final exams and moving. In July, it was insanely hot. I spent as little time as possible in the kitchen.

August’s recipe is different. August’s recipe took about 5-10 minutes to put together and then a bit more to bake.

Herbed summer veg tarts

I know it does not look like much in my picture. But make it. It tastes delicious. Also, super easy dinner.

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Prince Nikolai 15 years

Prince Nikolai turned 15 years old, and true to tradition – the Danish court released birthday pictures of the prince.

The pictures depict him in his school uniform at his new boarding school.

(Is it just me, or does that tie look very much like he is attending Hogwarts as a Ravenclaw?)

15 year old – where does the time fly?

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Quotation Monday #78: Lies

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“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

― Winston Churchill

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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

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.
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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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