August 14, 2020

Gin with elder flower syrup


Summertime has really arrived here in Denmark with plenty of sun and high temperatures above 25'C, so it is time to enjoy a cocktail full of ice in the shadow. 

This evening I have enjoy this cocktail using this recipe by Big Farm Boys  including Big Farm Boys elder flower syrup. It is a very refreshing cocktail on a warm sunny Summer evening. Another option could be this Elder flower gin tonic.

Gin with elder flower syrup: - 1 cocktail
  • 6 cl plain gin
  • 6 cl Big Farm Boys elder flower syrup
  • ice cubes
  • 12 cl Galvanina limonata lemon soda
  1. Shake the gin, elder flower syrup and ice cubes together in shaker.
  2. Pour it into a high ball glass.
  3. Pour lemon soda on top.
  4. Cheers & enjoy :-)

August 09, 2020

Shopping during Summer vacation

In the last week of July I went travelling around Jutland with my suitcase and one-week travel pass for all public transport in Denmark. I visited several places in Jutland and along my trip I found various items, which made their way into my suitcase.

In Aalborg I located this small ceramic plate, on which you can place a cooking spoon, when you do not need for stirring the content inside the cooking pot.

In Aalborg I also visted the art museum Kunsten, where I located yet another new green ceramic vase for my vase collection. The vase is made by Birch Nielsen.

In both Aalborg & Aarhus I visited the various yarn shops to get inspiration and ideas for new knitting projects. IN Aalborg I visited two yarn shops, and in Skabagtig I found yarn for a new knit project in form of two different green yarns and a gold-like follow yarn for a cardigan called "chunky cardi"

In Aarhus I visited several yarn shops. The yarn shop, which I really became very fascinated by is the shop Tøndering Strik due to the many finished knitted models, and some of the knit models was knitted in two versions using different type of yarn combined with the excellent service. So here I went away with Bomulin (mixture of 65% cotton & 35% linen) in yellow from Isager. My plant is to knit Sunday Tee in this yarn.

Finally this small hair clip made from cow horn. It is small, that it could be in my handbag, so my suitcase after the final stay in Aarhus was filled up the all my shopping incl. new cloths.

August 02, 2020

Pirog in Summer style

After having made this pirog with rice & tomato I decided it could be fun to make this pirog in more of a Summer style. The Summer style was for me a combination of tomato, pepper fruit & pea together with ham, cheese & eggs.

Any leftovers of this pirog can be re-heated in the microwave oven or serve cold in your lunch pack.

Pirog in Summer style: - 4 servings
  • Dough:
  • 50 g butter
  • 125 ml water
  • 15 g fresh yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 250 g wheat flour
  • Rice filling:
  • 15-20 g butter
  • 4-6 spring onions - medium chopped
  • 1 green pepper fruit - medium shopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 dl rice
  • 4 dl vegetable stock
  • Extra addition into the rice filling after boiling:
  • 90-100 g cooked and smoked ham - medium chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 50-70 g grated cheese - I used Cheddar
  • 6 cocktail tomatoes - cut into 4 for each tomato
  • 1½ dl peas
  • 1 egg/egg wash for glazing of the dough
  1. Add all the ingredients to the dough into the mixing bowl of the stand-alone mixer. Keep the yeast and salt away from each other.
  2. Knead the dough ingredients together at speed 2 for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Afterwards increase the speed to 4, knead for 2 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough. If it is not OK, when knead it at speed 4 for another 2 minutes. Again check the consistency. If needed, knead again for 1 minute and when check consistency of the dough.
  4. Let the dough raise in the mixing bowl covered by a tea towel for approx 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the filling for the pirog.
  6. Fry the spring onion and pepper fruit in the melted butter in the medium size cooking pot for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add in paprika, turmeric and rice, and let it fry for 2 minutes.
  8. Add in the vegetable stock, bring the rice filling to the boil.
  9. Let the rice simmer gently boil for approx. 20 minutes.
  10. Remove the cooking pot from the heat.
  11. Heat up the oven (conventional) to 200'C.
  12. Roll out the dough on a piece of baking parchment in the size of 40x50 cm.
  13. Place the rolled out dough with baking parchment on a baking tray.
  14. Add in ham, cheese, eggs, tomatoes and peas into the boiled rice.
  15. Add the pirog filling on one part of the dough.
  16. Cover the pirog filling by the other part of the dough.
  17. Press the end of dough firmly together. I use a fork to do this.
  18. Glazing the surface of the dough with egg wash.
  19. Bake the pirog in the middle of the oven at 200'C for approx 30 minutes.
  20. Serve warm.

August 01, 2020

Yarn shopping during the Summer sale

Besides from sunny and warmer weather Summer time also bring Summer sale around. And here I have been to locate several good offerings on yarn, so I also have some knit projects to look forward for use in Autumn/Winter.

As knitting takes more time, before the final result is ready for use. On top of that I also have to take into account, that I can run into, that I have to do some re-knitting, is the size is too short/big etc, when it is good already now to consider, what to knit for the approaching Autumn/Winter season.

A new knitting project can be everything from small project like dish cloths. For dish cloths I located an offer at Krea deluxe on a selection on cotton with 20% discount. My plan is to use this cotton for knitting of dish cloth testing out recipes from "Vores ynglingsklude".

I have also located this big Summer knit box from Önling, which contains yarn for two knit project and three free Önling knit recipes. One yarn is the Önling yarn No 12 (cotton & linen ) in the colour of light blue and Önling yarn No 14 (cotton & wool)in the colour of blackcurrant sorbet.

At Yarn Living yarn living I have located an offering in the yarn Drops Melody, which I plan turn into a sweater called Moroccan Market Muse, which I think will fit great to a colder Autumn/Winter season.

For a new recipe developed called Novice cardigan - mohair edition by PetiteKnit in Mayflower Super Kid Silk in the colour called "Grønne Enge" (green meadows). Again located at  Yarn Living.

I have this recipe on Petra created by Filcolana, where I have located the entire yarn mixture of 5 different yarn at Lisbjerg Garn. Petra is a sweater in fantastic colour mixture of red and pink.

Another colourful design by Filcolana is the a cardigan called Pixi. And here I have brought the yarn at Garnværkstedet.I will knit the yarn in colour mixture of green, orange and yellow, so again a creating in my colours.

July 30, 2020

New Summer knitting projects from Önling

As part of my Summer vacation I have brought this big Summer knit box from Önling, which contains yarn for two knit project and three free Önling knit recipes. One yarn is the Önling yarn No 12 (cotton & linen ) in the colour of light blue and Önling yarn No 14 (cotton & wool)in the colour of blackcurrant sorbet.

For my first part of Summer vacation I have taken the cotton-wool yarn with me in the back-pack, as it does not fill so much. My plan is use this yarn to knit Sunday Tee.

July 28, 2020

Anker Tee - first progress

I have made some great progress on my new knitting project on Anker Summer Tee. I do regular fitting the knitting process in order to avoid too big portion of re-kntting due to too big/small size of the knitting project.

I have knitting the upper part of Anker Summer Tee, placing the arm part on rest, so now I have started to knit the medium-lower part of the blouse.

However, I have just putted this knitting project on hold, as I have just started the first part of my Summer vacation this week, so here I have brought yarn for two new knitting project again with focus on Summer items. And I will bring one of the these items with me on vacation.

July 26, 2020

Lunch at Hjerl Hede

Last week-end I visit Hjerl Hede, which is open air museum with old building from the Danish country side together with friend back from high school. 

Besides from visiting the various old farm building we also had a great lunch at Restaurant  Skyttegaard, where I enjoyed a lunch plate with four smaller serving of pickled herrings, fish cake, open sandwich with potato and scrimps and finally a tartelet with asparagus & chicken. 

The most important building for me to visit was the old dairy from the island of Mandø to see the old eqiupment.

Besides from the old dairy you could also visit old trade shop, such as the bakery or the grocery shop. Both these shops were selling freshly baked bread and various types of candy.


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