March 05, 2015

BLADBEDEBOOST - SPINACH BEET BOOST


This juice both looks and taste healthy !!! The colour is very grass green, while is taste of cabbage to the the bitter side. I do not think, this juice will become of favourite of mine with it´s "healthy" taste. It is a good idea, not the juice the lemon incl the peel, as this will increase the bitterness to an unpleasant level.

BLADBEDEBOOST - SPINACH BEET BOOST: - 3 servings

  • 2 spinach beets
  • 2 squashes
  • 1 spring cabbage
  • 2 lemons - without peel
  • 4 apples
  1. Clean and rinse all the ingredients.
  2. Juice everything together.
  3. Juice the lemon between the apples.
  4. Pour into a glass and enjoy :-)

    March 03, 2015

    Converting the guest room into a library


    After being busy in my kitchen, I decided to continue my "decoration work", while I still are waiting for the kitchen wall tiles to arrive as finishing touch in my kitchen.

    So fare a spare bedroom in the house has been used as guest bedroom, which very easily is turned into a storage room, when there is no guests !!! So more a room, where you close the door firmly !!!

    In connection with usual sale around New Year, I saw that the price on Mistral shelving system was reduced with 35%. So quickly I got the guest room measured up, calculated that I could fit in 15 bookcases !!!!

    Painting the room
    After the shopping at the furniture store I went shopping for some white paint, so I could paint the entire room - walls, ceiling and panels. All the details, where you put up the painting tape and cover the floor with cardboard paper always feel like taking for ever, before you can get on with the actually paint work. When you are using a paint roller, painting the big surface basically takes no time to turn into a refreshing new look.


    All the book boxes ready for unpacking
    A week after the shopping all the many book shelves arrived, so yet again the floor in my living room was full with cardboard boxes. So I spend a Friday evening releasing the many book boxes and caring them upstairs.

    After placing the 15 book boxes around the wall of the former guest room, the room was for sure turned into a library - yet empty- but a library full of opportunities :-)
    Empty room ready to receive book boxes




    The day after I could continue by filling up the entire floor with all my many books, grouping them in theme or by author in alphabetical order. I ended up with the themes like crimes, cooking books, travelling guides, children book from my childhood, biography, specific themes of Jane Austen and Harry Potter (in original language !).
    I still have a bed in my library, so guests staying over still has a bed to sleep in :-) Both Hannibal the Car and I are now enjoying to spend time in the fantastic room, I am reading on one end of the bed, while the garden lion is taking a nap in the other end.

    The next plan for the room is to change the colour from purple/red into mainly green, so I am looking for some new sofa cushion and a new bed blanket in various shops. This part of the process can easy ends up costing a fortune, so lets see, if I can find a less expensive solutions such as knitting a sofa cushion myself or ???


    March 01, 2015

    Welcome to March - Welcome to the first month of Spring


    Welcome to March -
    Welcome to the first month of Spring

    March is the month of Spring. All the Spring bulbs are starting to put their heads above ground level out in the garden: Even the tulips are showing off with small green tops. So to have blooming tulips indoor I have to go the flower shop.

    Hannibal the Cat has a strange attraction to tulips, he really like to bite their heads off, which can bring some conflicts, when he snaps off all the tulips heads in my little garden !!! He can also look with very keen interest and an open mouth at the blooming tulips indoor !!! After some talking with BIG LETTERs, he decided to sleep next to the tulips :-)

    Here in March I have to big things on my agenda. The first is, that I will be picking up the finished ceramic tiles for my kitchen. It will be very exiting to see, how the mosaik will work in reality on the kitchen walls !!!!

    The second thins is, that I will host the annual returning event of gold ore lunch for fellow rowers, where I gather all the fellow rower from the local rowing club, which has assist me in rowing 1607 km during the rowing season of 2014. This year I have decided to make a brunch, and the menu is almost decided upon.

    A typical dish in season right here and now is lumpfish roe served together with blinis.


    February 28, 2015

    Saturated with liquorice - Lakridsfestival 2015


    I am satured with liquorice after a visit to Lakridsfestival 2015 in Fredericia !!! For my good friends in Horsens this must sound almost impossible, that I can be saturated in liquorice. After 2 hours of tasting, tasting, tasting and yet some more tasting of various liquorice products I am actually satured in my taste buds of liquorice, I am have not even raided my goodie bag for any of the liquorice samples !!!! Lets see, how long this saturated state in my taste buds will last ?

    After you had paid the entrance fees, where was plenty and yet some more liquorice goods, which you taste as much as you wanted. And you did not have the feeling, that the stand people were looking at you, when you decided to eat some more of their goods. This is excellent.

    Besides from liquorice you could taste various normal food containing liquorice as seasoning, wine fitted to this food and finally a liquorice cocktail. I will been sharing this cocktail later on with you.

    I will for sure be back again next year, if Lakridsfestivalen atter kommer til Jylland :-)

    Anyway I did make various purchaces of liquroice products, so when the liquorice need gets over me, I should be able to do something about it.

    At Møn Bolcher Møn Bolcher I found two version of white chocolate, one "plain" version only with liquorice and the second version with a trusted combination of liquorice and lemon. I also brought three glasses of liquorice. One glass of liquorice in white chocolate, raspberry and chilli, a second glass of liquorice in white chocolate and mint and finally the classic combination of liquorice in milk chocolate and liquorice powder !!!


     At a work station in the kitchen we could make our own taste version of liquorice with various ingredients. I decided to go for a combination of cherry, ginger and raw liquorice powder, which I finally dusted with "gold" as my very own glamour liquorice :-)

    This was a very funny thing.
    At the stand of Østerlandsk Thehus you could by five different liquorice teas in some wonderful metallic tins, a "plain" liquorice tea and the second version being Cool Mint. None of these teas contains any tea leafs.

    COOL SUMMER BREEZE


    Another vegetable rich juice, where the apple provides the sweetness, while the lemon including the peel provides a refreshing bitterness.



    COOL SUMMER BREEZE: - 4 servings

    • 1 broccoli
    • 6 apples
    • 4 stem of celery sticks
    • 1 cucumber
    • 1 lemon - with peel
    1. Clean and rinse all the ingredients.
    2. Juice everything together.
    3. Juice the lemon between the apples.
    4. Pour into a glass and enjoy :-)


    February 27, 2015

    Oat cookies a la Louisa Lorang


    I have got this recipe on oat cookies on a Louisa Lorang recipe post card. And I have made no modification to this recipe. The combination of oat flakes and raisins is as usual excellent.

    Oat cookies a la Louisa Lorang: - 16-20 cookies

    • 100 g soft butter
    • 100 g sugar
    • 75 g dark muscovado sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 150 g (cake) wheat flour
    • 50 g oat flakes - finely rolled
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 100 g raisins
    1. Heat up the fan oven to 180'C.
    2. Whip butter, sugar and muscovado sugar together using a hand mixer into.
    3. Add the egg and whip again.
    4. Mix flour, oat flakes, salt and raisins together. And whip it into the cookie dough.
    5. Cover two baking trays with baking paper.
    6. Divide the cookie dough into 16-20 pieces.
    7. Place the cookies in the baking tray and flatten them a bite.
    8. Bake the cookies at 180'C for approx 15 minutes. The baking time depends on your preference on cookie texture, chewy or firm.
    9. Cool down the cookies on a wire rack.
    10. Store them in airtight container.

    February 26, 2015

    Progress on sofa cushion


    My sofa cushion project is moving ahead for full speed, as you can see. For the knitting I have used 100% wool yarn in superwash quality (9 x 50 g), with a size fitting for knitting needle in size 3½-4.


    Both the front and back are finished. The front side concists of 9 patches, each patch is 20 x 20 cm. I have used 4 colours for the front, while the back side mainly in knitted only in sage green colour with smaller strips in dark green, spring green and aqua blue.

    Below you can see my initial drawing for the 9 patches. I ended up with knitting:
    • 2 patches in garter style (ret strik)
    • 1 patch in stocking stitch (glat strik)
    • 1 patch in pattern of small squares in either garter style or stocking stitch, each square is 5 knit stitches and 5 rows
    • 1 patch in rib knit (rib strik)
    • 1 patch in moss stitch (perlestrik)
    • 1 patch in double moss stitch (dobbelt perlestrik)
    • 1 patch in sailot bubble (sømandsbobler)
    • 1 patch in double moss stitch, where the pattern is rowing 1 knit stitch after 2 rows and so on.

    The back side is "only" knitted in garter style, and it is basic one big patch of 60 cm x 60 cm.

    The 9 patches is sewn togther is the front side having a size of 60 cm x 60 cm, Afterwards I will sew the front and back side together in a pillow inside. The size of the pillow is a standard Danish size in form of 60 cm x 63 cm.

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