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Behind my old house…


My old house in Norway had a beautiful location. Close to Stavanger and Sandnes, close to the beaches of Jæren, and close to so many good hiking spots and scenic locations. Old Mamasan is no City Slicker, and chose to visit cities rather than to live in them.

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Only 15 meters from my old house, this is the view!

The hilltop right behind my house was a perfect place to walk the dog and take in some great scenery.

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Sir Hoof Hearted loves to rund around with sticks.

Ålgård has a population of 8938 people (2015), and was up until 1870 farmland. In 1870 Ole Nielsen started a wool mill, and the village started to grow. Not the most exciting of places, but peaceful and close to the amenities of the bigger towns Sandnes and Stavanger.

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Who would’nt want to live like this?

Will I ever move back there? Highly doubtful – as Sir Nerdalot thinks there is too much snow in the winter *giggles* Plus we have no connection to the village – we only bought there because we got a lot of house for our money.

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Evening at Borebreen


Longyearbyen is the northernmost town in the world. It is seated at Svalbard which is treaty country, governed by Norway. Just a quick boat ride away you have the spectacular Bore Glacier. The Bore Glacier is 22 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide. The name is derived from the Greek “Boreas” which means Wind from the North.

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These pictures are from a boat trip I made with Polarcharter and what better way of spending Friday night can you ever think of? The whole trip takes about 5 hours, and after ample time to take in the view and take your pictures, you will be treated to a nice BBQ on the back deck with this magnificent glacier as the focal point while you enjoy your food.

I took this trip early in the season, so there is ice on the fjord still, and if you look closely you will see the seals on the ice. No Polar Bears in sight during our visit, so the seals could rest peacefully. And yes, this is evening time. In summer, the sun runs around and around on the sky in its own little marathon and does not set for 4 months

I love a good quote, and if it is funny to boot – then we have a winner:

«If there really is a pole at the North Pole, I bet there’s some dead explorer-guy with his tongue stuck to it.»    — Bob Van Voris.

Would you like to see more of this breathtaking scenery? Click on the links below:

Arctic Tundra – a sparce landscape

Arctic Camping

Showing some super S’es

Blue much?

It was home

Welcoming the sunset back

 

 

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Brexit Tea


Welcome to yet another #WeekendCoffeeShare! Today I am welcoming you to Brexit Tea (Formally known as High Tea) – and I stray from the purely joke-part of my weekly Saturday feature. I might be able to sneak in a joke though.

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If we were having Brexit Tea, you might have noticed that some of you only got hot water. Those of you who got only hot water have one thing in common: you are Britons. I would like to welcome all you Britons to a tasting of next month’s flavor (or prophecy, if you prefer) – Hot Water! By voting for the Brexit, you cancelled out each and every commercial agreement you have! No more imports for you!
I know you Britons enjoy your coffee, and you also enjoy your tea. Your High Tea will now be reduced to High Hot Water, as both coffee and tea are imports. And no. You cannot sweeten the deal with a spoonful of sugar. Nor lemon. Nope. All imports. You can have milk in your hot water though. You are welcome!
Sure, you can sit there and suck on your red currants and rhubarb, that’s absolutely fine. But don’t you think they leave a sour taste in your mouth now that you have no sugar to sweeten them with?
FB_IMG_1439578712151If we were having Brexit Tea, I would remind you of the post I wrote yesterday: Britain, what did you just do?  where I admit to have been taken completely by surprise by the Brexit vote. I also question whether the EU will meet you in your attempt to being elegant in your Brexit-endeavor. Turns out – I was correct to question just that. The EU has basically put the UK in the waiting room until you make a speedy decision. You are not welcome in the decisionmaking process within the EU until you make up your mind. You are actually already out! You are too chaotic, and too unstable to be trusted with a EU vote at the moment. None of this waiting til October-bullshit. You have to decide whether or not to invoke article 50 damn fast! And by doing so – you have two years to figure out some way to deal with the EU – all from the waiting room, and when those two years are up, whether you have come to an agreement you can live with or not – you are OUT for real! Not just out in the hallway – or in the waitingroom. Out! Out in the cold. Alone. And this is what you wanted? Really?
Am I exaggerating? Possibly. Of course UK can negotiate new commercial agreements. Sure. But this takes time – and one very important little detail you have forgotten: YOU HAVE JUST MADE YOURSELF A LESS DESIRABLE BUSINESSPARTNER! Because you have just proven yourself to be selfish, not a team player, chaotic, irrational and not trustworthy. Why would I risk my investments to such an unstable country? Sure I’ll sell you my tea and sugar – but it’s fucking gonna cost you! And your pounds aren’t worth much these days, so the prices will be astronomical for the regular consumer purcasing tea and lemon in the supermarket. This is what you voted for! On the up side: you don’t have to worry about Lithuanians, Latvians and Hungarians coming to take the jobs you don’t want in the first place. Good on ‘ya!
FB_IMG_1436123568334If we were having Brexit Tea, we would note that Europhobes, Islamaphobes and Racists are asking for referendums in France and Belgium. Well, they seem to be as short-sighted as the Britons. Hopefully they have Government leaders with just a tad higher IQ scores then the Europhobes, Islamaphobes and Racists. Europhobia, Islamaphobia and Racism are populist topics. It is the favor of the month. That’s it. To cast your vote out of populist propaganda and fear – is not smart. It’s actually really, really stupid.

 

The rest of EU getting in on the flavor of the month, with absolutely no consideration of the next month’s somewhat bland flavor – hot water – is not a pretty sight. I am very confident when I say that there will be no:

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  • Departugal
  • Italeave
  • Ditchland
  • Donemark
  • Rungary
  • Czechout
  • Byegaria
  • Outstria
  • Finnish
  • Byegium
  • Sweyoulater
  • Etc

But then again: I was wrong about the Brexit!

 

12049160_10153519238741622_363953617073661685_nIf the free movement of people is the problem, then it is better to work INSIDE the system to change the EU, rather than throwing all the toys out of the sandbox and throw a tantrum. Cuz that is what the UK is doing – it is throwing a temper tantrum. And they are shooting themselves in the foot!
If we were having Brexit Tea, I would ask the Britons if you have any idea of the work you have ahead? You have 43 years of laws that you have to look into, make adjustments to, change as a whole or leave as is. Do you comprehend the man-hours and costs this will tally up to? I dare say, Old Chap – you have no idea what you just did by casting your vote the way that you did. By throwing a temper tantrum.

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Actually, it is the old geezers in England and Wales who are throwing this tantrum. They were the ones who voted to leave. They are throwing their own kids and grandkids under the bus. Not a very likeable trait – and a polarizing one. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay. What choice do they have?

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Northern Ireland could leave the UK, and possibly cozy up with Ireland. The problem there is that they cannot live together. Because in Northern Ireland they believe in God. This does not sit well with the Irish – because the Irish believe in God. Both are too friggin stupid to realize that they believe in the SAME GOD! Seriously, people! Grow. The. Fuck. Up!
Scotland just voted to stay in the UK, and then 63% of the votes on the Brexit were in favor of staying in the EU. Scotland now has good reason to reevaluate their decision to stay in the UK. Scotland is a country in a union in a union. Sure, Scotland can choose to leave one union and seek to keep UK’s place in the EU. I don’t know if that is going to work, but I would hope my plaid clad friends would succeed in that endeavor. Of course then there would have to be put in place some sort of border control between England and Scotland – as Scotland would be in the Union while England would be out. A fence! Of course this is doable, but costly. What would cause a bigger headache is the oil and gas. Scotland has the resources, but the offices are mainly in England. I think this was one of the reasons the Scots voted to stay in the UK – just the hassle of moving the headquarters back to Scotland. Of course, with the Brexit, it might now be worthwhile.
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England and Whales would then sit there – with their Brexit tea – and no oil. Now, that’s gonna suck big time! Now they are even less desirable as a commercial partner. And Gibraltar (whom voted to stay in the EU with a whopping 95.9%)? Absorbed by Spain I guess.

 

Britain – I will ask you again; what did you just do? Is this really what you want? ARE YOU FUCKING SURE? All this just to keep the southern and eastern Europeans out? You better fucking make up your mind pretty damn fast – because EU won’t wait!

 

Britain – you have made a fucking mess! You clean this shit up, and fast! You broke it – you fix it!

And Prime Minister David Cameron: Start doing what you are being paid the big bucks to do: LEAD THE FUCKING UK! Do not run and hide with the tail between your legs because your win on a populist vote backfired on you!

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If we were having Brexit Tea, I would mention Donald Trump. Just the mere mention of his name should have you in stitches! Because we all know that The Donald is a fucking JOKE!
Just when you think this asswipe (The Donald) can’t possibly get any stupider, he goes and does it again – setting an all-time low of stupid:

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As Lili Allen pointed out to him; Scotland voted IN. They voted STAY in the EU. They voted NO to Brexit. This joker does not understand that Scotland is a country in a union in a union. For the Scots to «take back their country», they have to leave both the UK and the EU. Now that they are pretty fucking clear about not wanting the Brexit (63% of the vote), they might want to look into if the Union with England and Wales are in their best interest – as briefly discussed earlier on in this post.

 

FB_IMG_1435131202247Also Trumpty-Dumpty (and I am fighting the urge to call him a clown – as that would be a great insult – to the clowns!) is actually saying something very unexpected here: He is talking about UK taking their country back – and that the Americans will take their country back. He is saying that a state leaving a union is a good thing! Did any of you catch that? That means breaking up the USA into individual, sovereign states! This is what he is actually saying! Who will be the first state to break free? California? Or Texas? Or how about the southern states breaking free and forming their own union? And then you have it going all over again, don’t you? History repeating! Good on ‘ya! Dumbass! The Donald is no longer running for Presidency of USA – he’s running for Presidency of the State of New York*! 

*New York because that is where he is from. If the USA no longer excists, and he wants to be President, then his home state would be the only state he could run for presidency in. (He already is President of the Great State of Confusion)

Seriously, Trump; Go read a fucking book! Start with children’s books and work your way up. You have a great deal of learning to do before you can run a country.

To my American friends who are considering wasting your votes on this amoeba: Do you really want this person to represent your country? To represent YOU? The rest of the world LAUGHS at the Donald. He’s a fucking JOKE! Do YOU want to be represented by a JOKE?


Care to join us at the #WeekendCoffeeShare ? Then go to  Parttime Monster Blog and join the link up!

Want to see my previous contributions to the #WeekendCoffeeShare? They are funny, I promise:

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Trouble is my middle name

We should not sleep away the summer night

Diet much?

Wolf Whistle much?

An eggy conundrum

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

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Britain, what did you just do?


I have to say that the result of the Brexit-vote came as a surprise on Old Mamasan. I really did not see that one coming. I was certain that the “stay” side would win. I was wrong. The question is “What now?”

(What is Brexit? It is a term for UK leaving the EU, a blend of “British” and “Exit”)

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and various MP’s have talked calmly about negotiations and finding good and elegant solutions all morning. And there is no doubt in my heart that that is what they will attempt to do.

 

 

But – there are 27 other countries on EU’s member list, so an elegant negotiation is certainly not guaranteed, and that both EU and UK will be happy with the terms and conditions in the end is highly doubtful. The other EU members are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

It should be clear to everyone that this list of countries represent a multitude of cultures, politics, ethics, history and economy, and to find a one cure to benefit them all must be near impossible. Some of these countries will be disgruntled. Toes will be stepped on. Perhaps that is why the vote resulted as it did in the first place?

Does the UK know what they just did? Nope. No one does. What effect will this vote have for the UK, for the EU, for the EEC and for the rest of the world? We don’t know. Will be an interesting voyage to follow.

Got to hand it to David Cameron though: this is Democracy. The people were given a choice. And the people are heard. The Brexit is on.

 

 

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Saints and Witches


3-10347227_10153277122226622_3209566026725744526_nToday is Saint John’s Eve, the eve of celebration before Saint John the Baptist’s birthday. It’s quite peculiar that what is commemorated here is the birthday and not the death of said Saint; usually it is their death day that is being honored. The Bible says that St. John was born 6 months before Jesus, so they fixed his b-day on June 24th. In Scandinavia – the feast is held the evening before – i.e. the 23rd of June, which is today. Yeeeeeey!

Now why am I so excited about this? I am an atheist and have no reason to celebrate religious feasts like St. Johns Eve and X-mas. Well, I have one reason: Bonfires! Big bonfires! The bonfires the kids look at with Awe!

The Feast of Saint John closely coincides with the June solstice, and that is actually what is celebrated. In fact – the way we celebrate was deemed immoral by the church all the way back from the Reformation in the 16th century.

In Norway the evening is called Sankt Hans or Jonsok, and the tradition is to gather around a large bonfire on the beach and have a nice time with family, friends and neighbors. It’s a celebration of summer, of the light summer nights. We roast hotdogs on a stick over the fire, chat, sing, dance, and laugh.

4-11216791_10153277122316622_1324512748192974970_nThe Swedes have the best celebration of St. Johns Eve; Midsommar Afton! (Midsummers eve) – originally a fertility festival. They eat a type of herring (really yummy) and raise a May Pole and dance around it. The old traditions have survived better in Sweden then in Denmark and Norway. Sweden is the place to experience this feast!

Here in Denmark the kids will make Witch dolls that they dress up in old clothes. The creator of the most evil looking Witch will be rewarded. Then they burn the Witches on the bonfire. (I am not particularly fond of that tradition, but hey – this time around it’s not real people being burned on grounds of false accusations of Witchcraft.) Other than that, it is as in Norway and Sweden – with family fun and partying and good fun.

Wherever you are – I wish you a fab Saint John’s Eve/Jonsok/Midsommar Afton/Thursday – with or whithout Saints and Witches!

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Buffalo Chicken Burger


(Norsk versjon: Buffalo Kylling Burger )

1-11026260_10153046443041622_232280148777379083_nBuffalo Chicken Burger with BBQ sauce, Blue Cheese Sauce and homemade hamburger buns is a favorite in my household, and is also praised by guests.

Grilling is fun – and yummy! Mind you, should the weather not be BBQ-friendly then you can easily make this dish in your kitchen.

The buns can (of course) be used with any type of burger, or hot dog, and the BBQ sauce keeps for weeks in the refrigerator – all ready to be used as marinade, glaze or just as sauce on almost everything that is being kissed by my grill.

I will typically serve these burgers as a Build-your-own-Burgers, so that everyone gets them precisely how they like them. (Some are very picky in what order to stack the ingredients of a burger)

 

Hamburger buns

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  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 450 gram plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, for brushing
  • Sesame seeds

Put the luke warm milk, honey, olive oil, yeast, flour and salt in a baking bowl and combine thoroughly. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

Divide dough into 12 pieces (15 if you are doing hotdog buns), shape into balls and push them flat. Cover and let rest and rise for 15-20 minutes.

Brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven at 225 degrees C for 10-15 minutes, until golden and beautiful.

 

Yummy BBQ sauce:

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  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 2 dl apple cider vinegar 5%
  • 1 1/2 deciliter honey
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 liter ketchup
  • Apple juice to taste (I use a lot of apple juice, 2-3 deciliter.)

Mix brown sugar and all the dry ingredients in a deep pan. Stir in the vinegar, honey, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Mix well over low heat.

Add the ketchup and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir frequently. Add apple juice to taste.

This is a large recipe, and the sauce keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Or you can freeze it.

Blue Cheese Sauce

  • 200 gram crème fraiche
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 60 gram blue cheese

Mix the crème fraiche, blue cheese and garlic in a bowl. Stir and squish the lumps of blue cheese until combined. Refrigerate until time to serve.

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

  • 1 deciliter BBQ sauce
  • 25 gram butter
  • 4 large chicken thigh fillets (use breast if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • hamburger buns, halved and toasted
  • Blue Cheese Sauce
  • Lettuce, onions, whatever you like in your burgers.

Put BBQ sauce and butter in a small saucepan and bring to a boil and reduce slightly.

Rub the chicken with olive oil and cook it on the grill or in a hot griddle pan until cooked through. Toss the cooked chicken in the BBQ butter, and then build your burgers with extra BBQ-sauce, Blue Cheese Sauce and your preference in lettuce and veggies.

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Not to your fancy? No need to leave with an empty stomach; check out some other summer favorites as well:

The world’s best potato salad!

Tzatziki and Greek bread

Rhubarb Meringue Pie (and a Margarita)

Gazpacho – perfect summerfood

Arroz/Paella (no)

Salmon, mango and noodle salad

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Buffalo Kylling Burger


(English version: Buffalo Chicken Burger)

1-11026260_10153046443041622_232280148777379083_nBuffalo Kyllingburger med BBQ-saus, blåmuggostsaus og hjemmelaget hamburgerbrød er en slager her i heimen, og den verdsettes høyt av gjester.

 Grilling er kjekt – og godt! Dersom været skulle finne på å slå seg vrang og man ikke gidder selve grill-delen, kan denne retten fint lages innomhus på kjøkkenet.

Hamburgerbrødene kan selvsagt brukes til all slags hamburgere – eller pølser, og BBQ-sausen lager jeg opp og har stående, den bruker jeg til neste alt som havner på grillen, som glaze, marinade og/eller saus.

Jeg serverer disse burgerne som selvbyggesett, slik at alle får dem akkurat som de selv vil. Jeg serverer også her oppskriftene som byggesett, da de ulike bestanddelene kan brukes til andre deilige retter som du tryller frem på grillen din.

 

Hamburger- eller pølsebrød

Prøv å lage dine egne hamburger- eller pølsebrød. Det er kjempeenkelt, og etter å ha prøvd er jeg overbevist om at du vil unngå butikk-kjøpte brød. Oppskriften kan selvsagt ganges opp om du vil legge noen i frysa til senere bruk.1-1093796_10151865192911622_1348921394_o

  • 3 dl melk
  • 1 ts honning
  • 2-3 ss olivenolje
  • 1/2 pakke tørrgjær
  • 450 gram hvetemel
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • 1 egg, til pensling
  • sesamfrø

Bland alt med fingervarm melk og elt. Sett til heving. Bak ut (jeg får 12 hamburgerbrød eller 15 pølsebrød). Etterhev. Pensle med egg, strø med sesamfrø.

Stekes midt i ovnen ved 225 grader i 10-15 minutter, til de er gylne og fine.

 

Kjempegod BBQ saus:

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  • 3 dl tettpakket brunt sukker
  • 1 ss chilipulver
  • 1 ss finmalt svart pepper
  • 2 ts hvitløkpulver
  • 2 ts malt paprika
  • 1 ts salt
  • 1 ts løkpulver
  • 1 ts kajennepepper
  • 1/2 ts malt koriander
  • 1/4 ts malt ingefær
  • 2 dl eplesidereddik 5%
  • 1 1/2 dl honning
  • 3 ss Worcestersaus
  • 2 ss dijonsennep
  • 1 l ketsjup

Eplejuice til smak (jeg bruker mye eplejuice i, 2-3 desiliter. Prøv deg frem.)

Bland brunt sukker og alle de tørre ingrediensene i en kjele. Rør i eddik, honning, Worcestersaus og sennep. Bland godt over svak varme.

Tilsett ketsjup og kok opp. Reduser varmen og småkok i 10 min. Rør ofte. Smak til med eplejuice.

Kan fryses. Eller oppbevares et par uker i kjøleskapet.

 

Blåmuggostsaus

Dette er en kraftig saus, og ikke alle er like begeistret for blåmuggost som meg. Jeg har imidlertid klart å omvende noen ihuga blåmuggost-motstandere med denne sausen. Prøv den! Den er super sammen med BBQ-sausen over på en burger!

  • 200 ml crème fraiche
  • 2 fedd hvitløk
  • 60 g blåmuggost

Bland i hop. Prøv å knuse blåmuggosten i minst mulige stykker.

 

 

Buffalo kylling burgere

  • 100 ml BBQ saus (jeg bruker den hjemmelagde over, men kjøpesaus funker også)
  • 25 g smør
  • 4 store kyllinglårfileter
  • 1 ts olivenolje
  • Hamburgerbrød (gjerne de hjemmelagde over)
  • Blåmuggostsaus (oppskrift over)
  • Salat etc.

Ha BBQ-sausen og smør i en liten kjele og la det koke og redusere noe.

Gni kyllingen med oljen og grill eller stek. Vend den ferdigstekte kyllingen i BBQ-smøret og bygg burgerne med ekstra BBQ-saus, blåmuggostsausen og det du liker av salat, løk etc.

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Se gjerne mine andre sommer-favoritter:

Verdens beste potetsalat

Tzatziki og Greske brød

Rabarbra Marengs Pai (og en liten Margarita)

Gazpacho – perfekt sommermat

Arroz/Paella (no)

Lun laks-, mango- og nudelsalat

 

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Recline much?


Ok, folks. We have to have the talk about reclining your aircraft seat. Yes, this is happening!

Now that summer vaccy is starting for many, there seem to be a lot of pissy comments around the Inter-Web about inconsiderate, stupid, rude people invading all the friggin’ space of the passenger behind them by fully reclining their seats.

Guess what? *drumroll* I am an inconsiderate, stupid, rude person who invade all the friggin’ space of the passenger behind me! My name is Old Mamasan, and I am inclined to recline. And I will stay reclined for the duration of the flight. Of course – not during take-off and landing, and also not during mealtime. I will also not slam the seat back with full force; I am actually considerate enough to recline slowly – giving you ample time to remove your knees from the back of my seat. I will even alert you that my seat is a-coming your way by turning around and have a wee look at you – as this is the international sign of commencement of seat reclining. I might even tell you in words, that my seat will now be reclined. And no, that is not a question. It is simply a warning so you can hold on to your wine while said seat is being reclined.

Do you have a problem with that? Then you should do your homework before getting on the flight. There are seats in every plane where you don’t have to get anyone reclining into your lap. Look it up, and take the necessary action to secure such a seat. It often involves some kind of payment. Don’t want to take the needed action? Well, I guess that makes you S.O.L. – ‘cuz my seat is coming back!

There is a multitude of reasons why we inconsiderates are reclining our seats, both medical and simply out of comfort. Or how about this one: the airline put reclinable seats in the cabin – what other reasons would one need? And here’s the thing; unless you are seated on the back row or the row immediately in front of emergency exits (and variations does exist, so you better do your homework) – you can also recline your seat, and thus restore your personal space. Up to you, Dingbat!

Don’t wanna make that choice? OK, travel with Ryanair, or one of the other shitty cheapo airlines that has put in fixed seats throughout the cabin. Problem solved. You are welcome!

(Of course, travelling with cheapo airlines opens up a whole other set of problems, but at least you won’t have me reclining in your lap, as I will never be your companion on Cheapo Air!)

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Karate Kid!


Today it is the Karate Kid’s birthday and my heart floweth over! He is turning into a fine young man. Slightly taller than his mother, handsome, intelligent, funny and sweet. I am very proud!

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He will be treated to a shopping spree after school, and then dinner at Hard Rock Café in Copenhagen, which is one of his fav restaurants. And cake, of course! There has to be cake! Birthday cake is mandatory in this household, and when asked what cake he wanted me to bake, he said “Suksessterte” (Success Tart, directly translated), and so Suksessterte was made and served for breakfast. (Yes, breakfast. Hey, it’s his birthday!)

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After a fair bit of googling, I am starting to think this cake is Norwegian/Swedish, and that weirds me out as almonds are imported. Anyhow, this cake is very common in Norway and you will find it at many occasions. Super easy to make. So here is my recipe for Success Tart (or, as I call it: “The super yummy, flat, yellow one”):

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Success Tart (Suksessterte)

Almonds Meringue base

  • 4 egg whites
  • 150 grams icing sugar
  • 150 grams almonds

Line with parchment paper, and butter a 24 centimeter round cake tin.

Set the oven to 170 degrees Celsius

Grind the almonds using a food processor. Mix the almonds with icing sugar.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, about 2 minutes. Fold in the almond flour and icing sugar. (Do not overwork the mixture as that will take out the air that you just whisked into the egg whites)

With a spatula, spoon the meringue evenly into the baking tin and bake it (bottom rack) for 35-40 minutes.

Let the tart cool in the baking tin.

Yellow cream

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 100 ml cream
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence, vanilla sugar or the seeds from 1 pod
  • 150 grams butter

Place all ingredients (except the butter) in a heavy-bottomed pan on low heat while you constantly stir with a whisk until it thickens. This takes 5-10 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a boil as the eggs will then curdle. You don’t want that!

Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter, a tablespoon at a time while you stir with the whisk. Put in refrigerator to cool

Take the almond meringue base out of the baking tin and place it on a serving plate. Spread the yellow crème on top. Decorate with shaved chocolate or chopped almonds, or whatever suits your fancy.

The tart sits nicely in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Want a bigger cake? Double the recipe and make two bases that you stack with yellow crème in between and on top.

Oh I can hardly wait for my 15 year old to come home from school, so I can feed him more cake before whisking him away to his favorite stores for a shopping spree and then to Hard Rock Café.

Happy Birthday!

 

 

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Geiranger, Norway


Old Mamasan is not just a little proud of her home country, and for good reason! Just look at these pictures! Seriously, is there anyone that questions why this is the third biggest cruise ship port in Norway? Since 2005, the Geirangerfjord area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This very, very small village has only 250 inhabitants, and in wintertime there is only one way out of here, the very narrow, steep and curvy “Ørnevegen” on the north side of the fjord. We came in from the other road, which is less steep and curvy, but still scary enough – especially with a camper caravan where you have to drive on the edge of the road when you meet other vehicles. This is not a place you just stumble upon while aimlessly driving around. There are some really good hikes in this area, some og them quite tough.

There are several camping sites and hotels in this small village, so a place to stay shouldn’t be hard to find. In peak season it might still be smart to book ahead.

Guided boat trips on the fjord are highly recommended, and you get to see several famous sites, like the waterfalls “Seven sisters” and the “Suitor” on the opposite side of the fjord.

So, who does not want to go there and see The Greatest Scenery in the World? If you want to go there by car, but want to avoid the two roads going into the village, than you can go by ferry.  Or you can find a cruise. Geiranger is located in the bottom of a long fjord framed by mountains on the west coast of Norway.

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The Karate Kid (only 2 years old at the time) can vouch for the quality ice cream in Geiranger (sorry, I just had to include these pictures. He’s gonna kill me now.)

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