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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.



Herr+ONeill+och+HKH+Prinsessan+Leonore+foto+kungahuset.seBefore the christening on Sunday, the Swedish court has released a trio of pictures of Princess Leonore with her parents. I am really loving the black-white quality of them.

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May recipe: BBC GoodFood calendar


20140602-134900-49740215.jpgI originally thought that the BBC GoodFood May Calendar recipe would be perfect for when I had a friend to stay for the month – she is a pescetarian. And the recipe is called Simple Salmon with spring pasta.

Unfortunately for her, the fact was  that this is wrapped in prosciutto. So I ended up making it after she’d left. But, for someone who eats meat, the salmon wrapped in the prosciutto… delicious.

It was slightly more liquid than what I would have liked. If I make it again, I would probably cut down on that.

But delicious.


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DR has made a documentary in three parts with Prince Henrik cooking in the kitchen. The three episodes are reputed to take place in three different palaces. The first one is Fredensborg.

“What does the regent couple eat for dinner? Get the answer and all the recipes when HRH the Prince Consort exclusively invite into the palace kitchen where he and the chef Jesper Vollmer plan and make the regent couple’s dinner.”.
Part one: http://www.dr.dk/tv/se/hofretter/hofretter-fredensborg-slot#!/

Available online until June 26.

Favorite part: When Prince Henrik gives the chef mushrooms he has picked, tells him how to prepare them, and then tells him: “If I die, it is my own fault.”

The chef refers to him in third person as “The Frenchman”.

Henrik’s poor Danish accent is kind of cringe-worthy compared to the chef’s Danish, but he is sounding really into what he is talking about, and he has a great vocabulary.


Quotation Monday #66: Exams

Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.

― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures


Pictures from May 18, when Queen Margrethe, King Harald and Queen Sonja came down to the parliament to unveil the statue of Christian Frederik.

Since I had not got good pictures of the royals the day before, I got a decent enough spot at this unveiling. At least enough to photograph the arrival.



I’m so incredibly late with this – but here are some pictures from my May 17 celebration in Oslo:

I didn’t discover until way too late that you had to have tickets (free tickets, but still you had to apply to get them) to stand in the area just in front of the palace.

That’s why the royals are just tiny stick figures on my pictures. I could see them quite well, and spotted Princess Astrid sitting in the window next to the balcony. Queen Margrethe also made an appearance in that window at some point.

But I figure that the rest of the day was pretty good despite that. We were fortunate enough to have amazing weather. I got sunburned. I ate ice cream. A pretty good day.

The day before I was kind of bummed that I hadn’t brought my national costume with me to Oslo when I returned from Easter Break, but the heat of the day and given the fact that my national costume is wool and linen and heavy and black…  I was super happy to be rocking a light summer dress instead.

It was a good national day, and it was a nice celebration of the bicentenary of the Norwegian constitution.


Quotation Monday #65: Summer


Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Robert Louis Stevenson


Sweet potato cubes

Sweet potato cubesI’m seriously into sweet potatoes at the moment.

This Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito is super-tasty.

For the leftovers, I didn’t use the burrito. It was actually better.

Just cubed sweet potatoes and tomatoes/beans.



Cucumber Bites with Garlic Herb Filling

Cucumber bites

Cucumber bitesNeed a quick and easy snack, or something cool to serve as appetizers, or part of a tapas meal? These Cucumber Bites with Garlic Herb Filling from  Annie’s Eats could well be the thing. (Especially if you pair it with something salty on another tray – cured meat, salmon bites or…?)

Mine doesn’t look as pretty as hers – but they were probably just as tasty.

Since I can’t get the herb and garlic Boursin cheese in Norway, I went with Philadelphia’s cream cheese with herbs and garlic. One American cheese is as good as another, right?

Make sure that you don’t mix in too much cream, or it will get too liquid.

I think mine were slightly too runny, but they still stayed well on the cucumbers.


The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.

― Albert Einstein


Oslo in 1954


NRK should have the stream to follow for the day.

The parade with the royals on the balcony start at 10AM Central European Time.


Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream

salted butter caramel ice cream

salted butter caramel ice creamIt’s almost May 17 – the day when Norwegian kids get to eat as much ice cream as they’d like.

I made this ice cream from David Lebovitz’ site: Salted Butter Caramel Ice cream.

My changes:

  • I didn’t make the praline for mix-in.
  • For a while I thought I might have burnt the caramel too much. (I didn’t. I hit the perfect stage.)
  • And I might have forgot all about adding vanilla.
  • Plus, I was so impatient that I couldn’t be bothered to wait 8 hours with chilling before churning it. It was room temperature at that point. Which meant that churning took a while longer, and it still had to be in the freezer afterwards to get to the ice cream stage.

But it was delicious. My room mate and I had two bowls in a row. And we might have gone back for thirds if our stomachs hadn’t sadly been full.

Very full.

It is a rich, butterscotch flavored ice cream. Silky smooth, and it goes down very nicely.


The Norwegian Royal Family joined together with the parliament today to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution.

kongefamilien fra Stortinget

Screenshot from NRK

It was originally announced that the King, the Queen, the Crown Princely Couple and Princess Astrid Mrs. Ferner would participate. But Hereditary Princess Ingrid Alexandra was also brought along.

There will be a big celebration going on this weekend, with the celebrations of May 17 both in Oslo, and in a special edition from Eidsvoll in the evening where the royal family will be joined by the Danish and Swedish royal couples.



Quotation Monday #63: Love

True and false fears let us refrain,
Let us love nobly, and live, and add again
Years and years unto years, till we attain
To write threescore ; this is the second of our reign.

― John Donne, The Complete English Poems