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Princess Madeleine pregnant

The Swedish court announced today the happy news that Princess Madeleine and her husband are expecting their second child together. Princess Leonore will turn one in February.

The due date for the child is set to Summer 2015.

If she is 3 months pregnant now, (the typical time of announcement), the child may be born anytime in June.

This may result in a limited attendance from Madeleine at the wedding of her brother on June 13.


Quotation Monday #88: gifts

Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.

Lenore Hershey


Video: Make it so



The Princely Monaco channel announced earlier that their twins were born earlier today at the Maternity of the Princess Grace Hospital Monaco..

  • Gabriella Thérèse Marie born at 17h04
  • Jacques, Honoré, Rainier born at 17h06

Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier is the Crown Prince. In accordance with the historic custom established by the treaty of Péronne (1641), he receives the title of Marquis of Baux (in Provence).

Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie, second child in the line of succession, shall receive the title of Countess of Carladès (in Auvergne).



The book Royale Rejser: Bag kulisserne med de kongelige by John Lindskog depicts the story in 15 chapters of various photographers who have been following the Danish royal family through the years.

It tells the story of King Frederik who did not much care for the photographers, but had one he tolerated. Prince Henrik who was taught how to sail by a photographer. The photographer who got the scoop of Mary and Frederik together on holiday in Australia, based on something Mary had said in an interview a lot earlier. It also tells of how they might not publish something because the royal family asked them not to.

Of course, the stories in the book are subjective – as the last chapter’s interpretation that Queen Margarethe will abdicate any day now. (The book was written in 2009.)

The photographers share the stories of how it is to travel with the royal family. How they can joke with them one minute, and be very formal the next.

And the story of how one of them – Martin Jørgensen married into the family, sort of.

As more and more newspapers and magazines are starting to rely on pool photography and buy from a limited number of photographers, it seems like the type of photographers in this book, who photograph the royal family for so long that they get a relationship with them, may be a dying race.

I found the book fascinating, and if you read Danish, it is definitely worth a read.


Tuesdays with Dorie: Rugelach

These rather reminded me of Baklava in consistency. And my sister also commented that she has had something similar Middle Eastern desserts.

Some comments:

  • I am not a huge fan of coconut, but it needed it here for the consistency. I am not sure what I would substitute it with if I did not have it. More nuts maybe?
  • I switched the dried cherries for raisins and the milk chocolate for dark.
  • I did not chop any of the items for the filling at the start of making the recipe. When the recipe said to combine the ingredients for the filling in a bowl, I added them all to the food processor and zapped them together until they were finely chopped. Beats chopping everything by hand.

The end result worked rather well for me. However, I fell victim several times to skimming the recipe and going by what I thought the procedure was, from other similar recipes.

I think my dough ended up thicker because of it, but as it was still very flaky when baked, I can live with that.

I brought it to work the next day and served up the remainder, and all of my colleagues said they loved it – with a couple asking for the recipe.

I would have loved for there to have been a picture involved in the cookbook.

Tuesdays with Dorie

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Quotation Monday #87: Resolution

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

– Abraham Lincoln


In the midst of the sad royal news from Belgium – Queen Fabiola passed away yesterday, it is also time to remember that there will (knock on wood) be some happy princely news coming from Monaco soon.

Princess Charlene is due to give birth to a set of twins in December. The Monegasque succession details that male goes before female. So, if a girl is born first, and the second twin is a male, he will go before his sister in the succession.

If two girls are born, or two boys – the order in which they are born determines the succession, same as with siblings born years apart.

Naturally, there has to be a poll:

What do you think the twins born in Monaco will be?

  • A boy and a girl (88%, 7 Votes)
  • Two boys (13%, 1 Votes)
  • Two girls (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Dye yarn

I tried my hand at dyeing yarn with Wilton’s gel food coloring recently. I tried two methods, one on the stovetop and one in the microwave.

The (100% wool) yarn I started with was fluffy. After being in a water bath with vinegar, it was no longer fluffy. But it took color really well, and quickly.

The one in the microwave ended up purplish, which was logical since I used the violet food coloring. I found that (as I suspected) my microwave is less than optimal, and it took several more minutes in the microwave on high than in the original instructions.

The one on the stovetop, I actually used two pots with different colors to get a more fancy yarn. Burgundy and green. (Suitable for the Christmas period, no?) The two pots meant that yarn hung between the pots, so it ended up dripping quite a lot on the stove.

If I only had used one color on the stovetop, there would hardly have been any difference. Now, the stovetop was messier. But time-wise the microwave was preferable to the stovetop.

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BBC GoodFood Calendar November

The toffee apple and pecan cake was the recipe of November in the BBC GoodFood Calendar.

It was an interesting cake – taste wise not quite like anything I’ve had before. The filling was delicious, and I made double on the advice of the comments at the site, but if I make it again, I think I will omit the pecans.



Quotation Monday #86: Non-violence

Non-violence is the policy of the vegetable kingdom

H. G. Wells


Dulce de leche

The November recipe from BBC Good Food required Carnation caramel from a tin. In Norway it is near impossible to find caramel in a tin. I had to make it myself.

One tin of sweetened condensed milk (bought at the immigrant shop at the local mall), a slow cooker, and about 8 hours of submerging the tin in water in the slow cooker on low heat. (You can also do it on the stove in a pot, filled with water.

It gives this result:


Nanowrimo and slow-tv

I’m trying to finish my National Novel Writing Month project today (currently at 47388 words).

While I am writing, I am now listening in on the latest in Norwegian slow-television – the Norwegian church’s book of hymns and psalms, sung from cover to cover by Norwegian choirs minute by minute.

I started with the backlog today online (and am therefore skipping the psalms that I am not too keen on). They started singing yesterday and are planning to send for 60 hours from that point, if I recall correctly.

Minute by minute television has really caught on in Norway.


I have been knitting a lot lately.




I’m hanging out over on Ravelry, as norwegianne.


Quotation Monday #85: Self-respect

Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.
H. L. Mencken


On Duty with the Queen: My Time as a Buckingham Palace Press Officer
On Duty with the Queen: My Time as a Buckingham Palace Press Officer by Dickie Arbiter

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.



paletI 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.


Quotation Monday #84: Success

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.

Napoleon Hill


BBC GoodFood Calendar October


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.