May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
May 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
And so finally it is here. Summer. Finally I can wear those light dresses and feel the air on my skin. Have breakfast on the terrace. Lunch in the shade of the big cherry tree. Cook turbot on the grill as the last sunrays find their way through the trees and settle on my smiling face. I do appreciate all the seasons. I do. Autumn, when everything colours orange and red and the wind catches my hair making it twirl around my head. Winter, wrapping up in heavy coats listening to the snow fallling and drinking steaming cups of tea with my loved ones. And when Spring brings the first rays of sun after a too long and dark Winter, helping tulips and hyacinths out of the cold ground, it seems nothing could make me happier. But Summer is truly lovely. Spending all that time outside. Walking barefoot feeling grass and sand between my toes. Laughing out loud as a passing shower drenches me all the way through making me feel alive and giddy. Singing at the top of my lungs hearing my voice ecchoing all over the neighbourhood. But the best thing. The thing that I love most about Summer is swimming in the ocean. And three days ago I went swimming for the first time this year. The water still a little cold it was a quick in and out experience but lovely none the less. But today after a week of warm weather the water temperature rose to 16,5 °C (= 61 °F). Balancing on the slippery rocks to get to the sandy part I felt how I actually felt warmer inside than outside the water. I dove in splashed around shouting and laughing wishing I could feel this way forever. And I lay back floating on the surface feeling my body moving gently like seaweed. I looked back towards the shore but wanting to make it last a little longer, I dove back in creeping along the bottom letting grains of sand inside my swimsuit thinking to myself: Yes … I´m a dolphin.
I like all the seasons and when autumn gets here I will probably enjoy it, but right now Summer is here and I intend to inhale every second deep into my soul.
May 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
Life can be beautiful and happy. I can bake and eat the loveliest cakes. A deer can make a surprise visit in my garden. The sun can lift my spirit and bring out hundreds of freckles on my face. I can sow marigold seeds and watch them grow. I can go for a walk on the beach and bend down to pick up stones with all-the-way-through holes. I can watch the Japanese cherry tree explode in an abundance of pink flowers. I can cook a tasty dish of pasta for my mum. And share a plate of garfish with my brother. Have a meaningful conversation. And feel the grass beneath my feet. There are many happy moments. But sometimes I have difficult moments too. Moments of sadness. Moments of hardship. So I thought that I needed something to remind me of the happy moments whenever I feel sad or challenged. I got some prayerflags and hung them in the garden. Just looking at them makes me smile. The way they flutter in the breeze sending out my prayers, hoping they will be answered. Maybe if you listen you can hear them.
May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
Today is “store bededag”, a Danish holiday that translates to something like Great Day of Prayers. Back in 1686 they decided to celebrate all the saints in one day, so the people would have to work more and have less holidays. Not very nice and I´m actually not that keen on history. But I do love food and it´s tradition to eat “varme hveder” (=warm wheat buns) the night before the holiday. So today I baked the loveliest “varme hveder” ever and my bet is that they´re probably equally delicious any other day of the year, so here´s the recipe:
2 1/2 dl. tepid milk (1 cup)
2 1/2 dl. tepid water (1 cup)
20 g. fresh yeast
15 g. sea salt
50 g. honey
5 cardamom pods
1 kg. wheat flour
40 g. salted butter
Mix milk and water with yeast and add eggs. Roast the cardamom pods on a hot pan. Open the pods, take out the seeds and grind with a pestle and mortar. Mix in the ground cardamom, salt and honey with the other ingredients and add the flour. Finally you add the soft butter and mix till the dough is nice and smooth.
Leave to rise for 2 hours. Make 20 buns and put them close together but without actually touching in a baking tray. Leave to rise for another 2 hours and then bake 12-15 minutes at 220 C (428 Fahrenheit). You can eat them as they are steaming hot but in Denmark it´s traditon to cut them in half and bake in the oven for another 6-8 minutes. I eat them with strawberry jam or honey but the list of what is good with hot buns is endless.
As you can see, if you´re counting, I made only half the recipe today but thought I´d leave you with the original full recipe and thereby a fuller stomach:-)
Here you go, lovely “varme hveder”…ENJOY!!