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Quotation Monday #73: Summer


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

― Edna St. Vincent Millay



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


“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


Cookies & Cream

cookies & cream

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.



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


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

― Plutarch


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?


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


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.


Prince Nikolai starting boarding school


As news came from Norway today that the children of Haakon and Mette-Marit are switching schools, so come the news from Denmark.

Prince Nikolai – the oldest son of Prince Joachim and Countess Alexandra – is finishing 9th grade this year at Krebs school. Krebs is the school his father and uncle attended, and his little brother also attends it. (Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary chose a public school for their children).

The news is that he is moving to the school Herlufsholm, where he will be a boarder. He will start 10th grade there.

He could have gone straight from 9th grade on to high school, but apparently there have been a consideration that he wants to take that extra 10th grade which is meant as a preparatory year for upper secondary education. Herlufsholm states that the intent of the year is to prepare students who feel that they might not be mature or ready academically for high school.

Prince Nikolai started school in Møgeltønder at five, and had to relocate to Copenhagen after a couple of weeks, when his parents separation became public. He then started at Krebs school.

He was one of the youngest in his class then, and that might be the reason for why he is choosing to take an extra year before continuing on. To let the others of his age group catch up, and be the same age as the ones he will be starting high school with.


Prinsesse Ingrid Alexandra

The court released information today that Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus will change schools – starting after the summer.

Ingrid Alexandra will start in 5th grade at Oslo International School, whereas her brother will start in 3rd grade at the Montessori school in Oslo.

The court states that the reasoning is that Ingrid Alexandra is going to the International school to be more fluent in conversational English, as would befit her future role. They don’t mention anything about why Sverre Magnus is going to a different school.

They say that they have been very happy with the schooling they have had at their current school at Jansløkka. But that they have tried to make the choices that are right for their children.

The news is causing debate in Norwegian media. Part of the reasoning is that if the future head of state is withdrawing his children from the public school system, it must mean that he thinks that the system is not good enough.

Since the children of Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha returned from the United States after WWII, the children of the Crown Princely family have gone to public schools.

Republicans are also out in full force – with comments such as the royal family are removing themselves from the people, and becoming part of the shameless elite.

Märtha Louise and Ari Behn’s children were attending their local Steiner school before they moved to London, and presumably they will also return to that when they move back to Norway.

The decided lack of information about why they have chosen to move now, and why Sverre Magnus is going to a different school than his sister makes me consider that the decision might be more about how Sverre Magnus is fitting in at his school than the extreme need for Ingrid Alexandra to learn conversational English at a young age.

After all, Crown Prince Haakon and his sister had an English nanny growing up so they could learn the language better at a young age.



The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

― C.S. Lewis


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Lemon-Buttermilk Sorbet


This Lemon-Buttermilk Sorbet Recipe from Yumsugar is super easy, and really refreshing on a hot day. We didn’t have as much lemon as was directed in the recipe, so we added in some lime instead. It worked fine.




“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .””

C. S. Lewis


The SVT live stream of the christening


The six godparents are

Crown Princess Victoria

Louise Gottlieb

Patrick Sommerlath

Tatjana d’Abo

Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun

Alice Bamford


Sweet Potato Fries

sweet potato fries

sweet potato friesI said I was into sweet potatoes at the moment. These baked fries just fed into that obsession.

Granted, my fries didn’t end up very crispy, but this was still utterly delicious. I probably didn’t have them in the oven long enough.

Very basic spices going on. Salt, pepper and a bit of chili. (Just a bit.)

I took advice from the comments at the original post, and used an oven baking rack on top of the baking sheet, to give the fries more warmth from all sides from the beginning of the bake. One advantage to this was also that the superfluous oil ended up dripping down to the sheet. (I later tried making them on the baking sheet, and those ended up super soggy.)



The documentary with Prince Henrik has now gone on to France and the Château de Cayx.

Two Danish food personalities, the Price brothers, join him in the kitchen.

Henrik is really in his element when discussing food, shopping for food… He is also talking about eating seasonally and how he grew up with a mother who did it that way.

He is also shown as participating in the winery there.

In this episode, the Queen also pops by the kitchen, and Prince Henrik comments that his wife enjoys gastronomy, but that she’s not much of a cook. “I assume. I have never asked her to cook anything.”

At Cayx, the prince says that they come to get away from the routines. They’re almost a normal regular family there.