Tuesday, February 28, 2012

these pictures kill me!

I can't get over how funny my mom's dog looks in these pictures! I mean, look at that mouth!

bits of Sweden





I've been in Stockholm

In case you've missed me, that is. Johan and I went for an extended weekend at my mom's, which wound up lasting an additional day because our flight home Sunday night was cancelled. But who am I to complain;O)




Monday, February 20, 2012

perfectly clever

Ever since I read a profile of Lena Dunham in The New Yorker, I've been meaning to watch her debut Tiny Furniture - a perfectly clever and hilarious feature that she wrote, directed and starred in (and the kid is 25 for god's sakes!). It got out on DVD a week ago, and I can only urge you to see it! I'm usually not that much into tiny, quirky, artsy features - I have trouble standing Miranda July, for example - but believe me, this isn't quirky in that annoying I'm-really-trying-hard way, plus, she's so self-deprecating and funny it hurts.

If watching Tiny Furniture leaves you hungry for more, Dunham's new HBO series Girls will be premiering mid April:O)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

perhaps it's missing some palm leaves?

I finally finished my collage. Or so I thought. Because now that I've framed it, I'm beginning to think it would be nice with a little bit of palm tree in there too. These days, I'm a sucker for palm trees, you see. 

yum yum



Green mango and cashew salad.

house plants


eggs


paper




automats

When my granny was a youngster, she used to work at an automat café in Copenhagen. In the 1980s, when I was a kid, I remember seeing a few of those machines around, usually outside bakeries and open sandwich shops. By then, however, they were just relics of time past and no longer in use. And yet I remember finding them kind of fascinating and exciting.

Can we bring them back, please? Not necessarily in a sci-fi Japanese form and shape, but more in its traditional form? So that you can choose between different kinds of layered cakes and pies?

And speaking of automats, have you heard of the Swap-o-matic? Such a cool project:O)


Images via here and here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

unless, that is, pork and feeling bloated is considered kind of romantic too?

Johan cooked us a meal yesterday, which I've been wanting to try for ages: Pulled pork sandwiches. It's kind of ridiculous that I've managed to live in NY for five years without ever trying it, and so I managed to sneak a recipe into the cook book I gave Johan for Christmas so that he could, hint hint, you know, cook it for me. It turned out super delish, and all things considered, it was kind of romantic in its own way to sit there together on Valentine's Day, on the couch with the TV on, eating with our fingers and getting pork fat all over our clothes and faces.


My 2/14/12

Wow, so Valentine's Day seems to be a pretty big thing in the blogosphere, huh? All I've seen in my reader lately are an awful lot of heart cut outs and various things - cakes, furniture and high heels - in different shades of pink and red.


Apart from one year where I headed out to dinner at a Serbian restaurant along with two friends, I have never actually celebrated Valentine's Day.

And this year was no exception.

Last night, when Johan realized it was Valentine's Day, he quickly grabbed a tissue from my pack of Kleenex and folded it into a makeshift, paper flower - kind of like a poor version of the lily goblet fold.

Bless him. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

yesterday

I made a really yummy lemon curd swiss roll yesterday. I found a recipe on BBC Good Food, which comes close, but then again my version is so much easier and unfussy, I figured I'd share it with you. There's no waiting for the cake too cool off and such silly things, which I think we can all agree can be terribly tedious;O)  
Recipe

The mixing: Set the oven at 200 degrees C. Beat two eggs and 3 dl of caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add 3 dl of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, 1 1/2 dl of milk, the zest of one lemon and beat for another couple of minutes.

Getting it in the oven: Then you line a large baking tray with baking paper and pour in the batter, making sure to spread it out evenly into one big square. Bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Fillin' and rollin': Put another sheet of baking paper on your kitchen counter and dust it with caster sugar. Place the cake square "face down" on the paper with the sugar and soak "the back" with a wet napkin to loosen and remove the baking paper. Once removed, you drizzle the juice of a lemon mixed with 1 dl of caster sugar all over the cake, after which you spread a couple of good spoonfuls of lemon curd on top, making sure there's lemon goo all over the cake. Then you roll it up - while it's still hot - and eat it right away, preferably all of it.

Bon appetit!




Happy Sunday

Friday, February 10, 2012

oh, and bake too

I'm planning on baking loads this weekend (do you sense my weekend euphoria?). Perhaps another batch of these Swedish treats that go by the name of havreflarn - the Scandi equivalent of a chewy, oatmeal cookie.

Here's how you go about it: Melt 75 grams of butter in a saucepan. When it has melted, you add 100 mills of sugar, flour and oatmeal (so 300 mills in total), a pinch of salt, half a teaspoon of baking soda, and one and a half tablespoon of milk and syrup each. Mix it all up, put little spoonfuls of batter on a baking sheet with good space in between and whack 'em into a 200 degree oven (Celsius) for about 10 minutes or until they're golden brown and look like dollops of melted caramel.

They won't disappoint, promise.

Weekend Begin!

I started on a collage last weekend and have been longing all week to get down and dirty with glue, paper and scissors all week.



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

blogger's treasure cave

Considering the fact that some 50 % of the blogs I read post images from the LIFE archives on a daily basis, I suspect I might be the last person on earth to stumble upon Retronaut - that online image archive that seems to beat any other image archive, at least when it comes to pictorial documentation of anything remotely peculiar and vintage. These, as you can see, are from a 1970s Macdonaldland Specification Manual, but believe you me, you can find anything on that site, right from Victorian Surrealism to an overview of the evolution of US breakfast cereals.






Sunday, February 5, 2012

better than crack

Johan (of London) sent me this, and I can't look at it without imagining him impersonating the dog impersonating a human, which of course, cracks me up all the more:O)

coquillages

I got myself a madeleine pan in New York ($19.95 - made in France and all!) and tried making my first batch. They turned out good, except the shell pattern didn't turn out that obvious and they didn't get those signature protruding "bellies" either.

I blame it on the pan.