Roskilde Cathedral – the Nave

Today we are concentrating on the Nave in this series from Roskilde Cathedral, and right above where you enter (through a side entrance, as only Royals gets to enter through The King’s Door) there is a clock high up on the wall.



The clock is from the 1400s and is unique in Denmark. Each hour Saint George kills the dragon and it lets out a frightful wail. Quite dramatic, actually!Kirsten Kimer chimes the quarters on her little bell and Peter Døver strikes the hours on the large bell while Kirsten shakes her head. The face of the clock shows all the 24 hours of the day. The clock mechanism is located in the southern tower. It was made by the clockmaker Peter Matthiesen, Copenhagen, in 1741. The dragon’s wail is produced by bellows pumping air into three out-of-tune organ pipes. This mechanism is also located in the south tower.



The Pulpit is from the beginning of the 1600s and, like the pews, had become necessary in connection with the Reformation when the sermon became an important part of the church service. The pulpit is made rather unusually of brick and sandstone and only the entrance is of wood. The main panels show the evangelists which, like other figures, have distorted and violent faces.


King Christian IV had a private box installed in the northern gallery around 1600. It comprises two rooms which can be seen from the ornamentation on the front. The box is divided vertically by herms depicting the Christian virtues: Faith, Hope, Charity, Justice, Prudence, Fortitude and Temperance. The King’s Chair is no longer in use.


The organ in the southern gallery is one of the finest historical organs in Denmark. The oldest part is from around 1425 and significant parts stem from the organ built by Herman Raphaëlis in 1554. The baroque facade is from 1654. The most recent major renovation was carried out in 1988-1991 when the many additions made over the years were removed and the baroque organ from 1654 restored as far as possible. The organ is still used at all church services.

Please enjoy some more photos from the Nave, and check back later for more Cathedral posts.





Once in a lifetime

Good morning and welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare!

FB_IMG_1468858471973I think I missed last week – oops! Don’t you just hate it when real life interferes with your online time? Truth is, I have been busy doing a whole lotta nothin’! With temperatures close to 30 degrees, the last thing I have wanted to do is blog and write on my ‘puter. Now that the temp has sunk just enough to get back into things, let us not waste another minute:

If we were having coffee, I’d start by talking about how we all, at least once in a lifetime, encounter a person so wonderful, so beautiful inside and out, so smart and so witty that he/she makes our heart sing in pure admiration. This person makes us feel important, loved and cared for. This person makes us laugh with his/her fabulous storytelling and jokes, and has this way of letting us feel truly alive. Talking to this person is like sticking a straw straight into the fountain of wisdom, and we learn so much from them. We cling to every word this person utters, and we are perplexed that such a wonderful being will grace us with their precence, and we realize that this is The Greatest Person in the World! Just being near this person is like sitting on a pink cloud where everything is beautiful, true and good.hest

And to those of you that still haven’t met me;

– there is still hope!

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:

Sausage much?

Brexit explained

The Nerve!

Brexit Tea


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!


Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

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Roskilde Cathedral – The King’s Door

As you see in Roskilde Cathedral – Royal Graves and UNESCO World Heritage, part 1, Roskilde Cathedral is both where the Danish Kings and Queens have their final resting place and on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There is so much to tell about this cathedral, that I have chosen to split it up into several posts.



It doesn’t look so bad from afar…

As you walk up to this very tall, big cathedral the King’s Door catches your eye. It’s big, it’s black, it’s morbid. The King’s Door is located in the west front of the cathedral, and the only way you will ever walk through this door is by exiting after a wedding, funeral or confirmation. To enter though these doors – you have to marry up! Way up! You have to be Royal.

I was quite surprised to learn that this door is brand, spanking new! It was executed by Peter Brandes and installed in 2010. The decorations represent the 12 disciples. I guess Old Mamasan does not know her disciples well enough, as that thought didn’t occur to me. To me it looks like something out of a dungeon.


Which figure is which diciple?

It replaced an oaken double door with carvings from 1872. The old oak doors are deposited at Roskilde Museum. The oak doors replaced King Christian IV’s sandstone and granite entrance, and were the winning entry in a competition.

The new King’s Door is much prettier from the inside – as the golden appearance has been achieved by using bronze that has been polished and patinated. The golden reflection of the door interacts with the golden altarpiece. Golden or not, I also find the inside of the doors to be a lil’ morbid. In the background you see many ears of wheat that refer to the bread broken by Jesus. The bowed heads of the disciples express the reverence which the gift of God’s grace has given them during the meal. “And their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and he vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:31)


Am I the only one who thinks this is horribly morbid?

Because of the architectural structure of the doorway, the inside of the door is 1,5 meters higher than the outside and a tympanum (triangular section) has therefore been inserted above the door. The decoration on the tympanum represents a wheat field.

We shall all be glad that Old Mamasan is not an art critic; as I would have given this (very costly, no doubt) door a big Fat Fail! (I might not be Open-Minded enough)

More posts from the Roskilde Cathedral coming up, so check back later!


Roskilde Cathedral – Royal Graves and UNESCO World Heritage


On this exact spot in Roskilde, Zeeland, Denmark, there have been churches for more than 1000 years.

Harold Bluetooth built the first church on the site, and is said to be buried in that same church when he died around 985.

This was a wooden church, and it was replaced sometime in the 1000s by a stone church built by King Canute’s (Cnut the Great) sister Estrid from a penance she received after the King had her husband Ulf Jarl murdered. The King was pissed off at Ulf Jarl because he put the Prince in as King of Denmark in King Canute’s absence. These were troubled times and many were conspiring to take over power of Denmark, and with the King being away in England*, Ulf Jarl felt the Danish people needed a King that was actually present in the country.

*Why was Canute in England? Because he is the Canute that conquered England and was King there for 19 years.


Norway and Sweden attacked Denmark, and when King Canute heard of what was going on in Denmark, he immediately returned with a huge fleet, and the attackers were chased out of Denmark. Ulf Jarl, quite conveniently, appeared at the battle of Helgeå and aided the King in the battle.

King Canute was very cross with Ulf Jarl with the way he had taken control of Denmark and named his Prince as King. On Dec 30th, 1026, the King and Ulf were engaged in a game of chess in Roskilde, and they got into an argument. This argument made the King even angrier, so he ordered the murder of Ulf Jarl. Ulf Jarl was killed by the Norwegian Iver Hvid inside the wooden church in Roskilde.

King Canute then had to pay penance, in part to his sister Estrid, and in part to the church – and around 1080 the new stone church was consecrated.


The present brick church was started in the 1170s under bishop Absalon. Absalon was of the unstoppable White Clan and brother of Esbern Snare, whom founded a nearby town of Kalundborg and had a magnificent and unique church built there. I have already written about that in this post: Kalundborg and a church inspired by the Crusades


The art of brick making had just been introduced into Denmark at that time, the construction of the cathedral lasted for more than 100 years, and considerable changes were made underway.  Some major changes to the original plan were made in the beginning of 1200s – when the Gothic style dominated. Both Absalon and his successor, Bishop Peter Sunesøn, had studied in Paris and had become acquainted with the trends of French architecture.

The body of the building was completed in 1280 and since then the cathedral has been extended with a number of chapels and porches throughout the years, right up to the construction of King Frederik IX’s burial place to the northwest of the cathedral in 1985.

This cathedral is the first brick-built cathedral in the Gothic style in Scandinavia.

The cathedral is the burial place for 39 Danish Kings and Queens.

Roskilde Cathedral was admitted in 1995 to UNESCO’s World Heritage list of properties having outstanding universal value.

Join me tomorrow for a peek inside this magnificent cathedral – until then, here are some pics from the exterior and surrounding areas:


The best homemade hamburgers

(Norsk versjon: Kjempegode og enkle hjemmelagde burgere  )

The best, tastiest and juiciest burger patties are best made in your own kitchen! It’s not hard! Try these, and I guarantee you will never serve store bought patties ever again!

Recipe, 6 hamburger patties:

  • 600 grams minced meat
  • 100 gram bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


Put it all in a bowl and mix well with an electric mixer. Divide into six and form patties with your hands – and then grill them.

How about homemade hamburger buns?

Makes 12 hamburger buns (or 15 hotdog buns)

  • 3 deciliter milk, luke warm
  • 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, optional (or any other seed that tickles your fancy)

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.



Top it all up with your own homemade BBQ sauce:

To die for BBQ sauce:

  • 3 deciliter brown sugar
  • 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.







Check out some of my other summer favorites as well:

Jam Grottos

A super good fish dish

Relish much?(and Toad in the Hole)

The world’s best potato salad!

Tzatziki and Greek bread

Buffalo Chicken Burger

Rhubarb Meringue Pie (and a Margarita)

Gazpacho – perfect summerfood

Arroz/Paella (no)

Salmon, mango and noodle salad



Jam Grottos

(Norsk versjon: Syltetøygrotter )

Yummy cookies that melts in your mouth. And you will not believe how fast and easy they are! You’ll impress any surprise visitor by making these on the spot.

They are also perfect to bring as a sweet ending to your picnic, or put them in a fancy glass with a pretty ribbon to give as a gift.

This is a Swedish recipe; I have just added cinnamon, because even good stuff gets better with cinnamon! And I changed the raspberry jam for strawberry jam. Use whatever jam that tickles your fancy! You can’t go wrong! (And no, you do not need jam that is especially made for baking; the regular stuff you spread on your toast will do just fine.

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  • 200 grams of butter, room temperature
  • 75 ml sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanillasugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 450 ml flour
  • 75 ml jam
  • 24 muffin cases

Set the oven at 200 ° C.

Whisk butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Add the vanilla sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon and flour. Continue whisking until it becomes a grainy mass. Gather the dough with your hands. Adjust if necessary with more flour if dough is too wet and with butter or water if the dough is too dry.

Roll into 24 balls and place in muffin cases, make a dimple in each ball with your thumb. Fill the dimples with jam.

Bake at 200 ° C for about 12 minutes, middle rack.

Leave to cool, and then serve!

Store in a sealed plastic bag or in a box with a lid.



Check out some of my other summer favorites as well:

A super good fish dish

Relish much?(and Toad in the Hole)

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




(English version: Jam Grottos)

Kjempegode småkaker som blir sprøe og smelter i munnen. Og så enkle og raske, da gitt! Gjort på under en halvtime, og ingrediensene har man som regel i hus allerede.

Dette er en svensk oppskrift, hvor jeg har lagt til kanel (fordi alt godt som får kanel i seg blir bare enda bedre), og for anledningen har jeg byttet ut bringebærsyltetøyet med jordbærsyltetøy.

Disse er også kjempefine å ta med på stranden, det kan være godt med noe søtt innimellom bygging av strandslott, krabbefiske og bading.

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  • 200 gram smør, romtemperert
  • 75 ml sukker
  • 1,5 ts vaniljesukker
  • 1 ts bakepulver
  • 3/4 ts malt kanel
  • 450 ml hvetemel
  • 75 ml syltetøy
  • 24 muffinsformer

Sett ut muffinsformene og sett ovnen på 200 °C.

Visp smør og sukker hvitt

Ha i vaniljesukker, bakepulver, malt kanel og hvetemelet. Fortsett å vispe til det blir en grynete masse. Samle deigen med hendene. Juster evt. med mer mel om deigen er for våt og med smør eller vann om deigen er for tørr.

Rulle til 24 boller og legg i muffinsformene, trykk en fordypning i bollene med tommelen. Legg syltetøy i fordypningen.

Stek på 200 °C i ca. 12 minutter, midt i ovnen.

Avkjøl på rist. Oppbevares i lukket plastpose eller i en boks med lokk.



Se gjerne også mine andre sommer-favoritter:

En knallgod fiskerett

Grillrelish, og toad in the hole

Buffalo Kylling Burger

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




Baroque Garden Much?

I have visited the magnificent Fredriksborg Castle (Hillerød, Denmark) a couple times already – but have yet to visit the fabulous Castle Garden – until today!

 I have presented the Castle already in this post: Help! I’m locked in a beautiful castle! Here you can read a lil about the history of he Castle, and see lots of photos from the interior.

 To the east of the Castle, you find the Baroque Park with waterfalls. It was originally created by the court gardener Johan Cornelius Krieger for King Frederick IV in the early 1720s. The garden was maintained until the beginning of the 19th century, and then abandoned. The shrubs grew wild but the paths and terraces could still be seen.

 In 1993 it was decided to recreate the park in its original style. Now known as Kaskaderne (The Cascades), it was reopened in 1996 with a multitude of new shrubs and trees, making it Denmark’s most notable Baroque garden. I have tried to capture both the Castle, details from the park and the frail flowers.

As a Cherry On Top, you can take a little ferry across the lake from downtown Hillerød, in the summer.


Ordrup Strand, Denmark

Ordrup Strand MapOn our last day in the summer home at Havnsø, we jumped in the car and drovedrove just half an hour north to Ordrup Strand (Beach) where we had a good walk with the dog and enjoyed the scenery, followed by a nice lunch in the small village of Ordrup. Looks like I have finally found one place in Denmark where the crazy Royals have not caused a war or any other scandal.


It is a nice sandy beach, great for kids, and also handicap friendly with ramps and access for wheelchairs.

Not much more to say, so enjoy the pics:


In case you missed them, here are my previous posts from this area of Denmark:

Havnsø, Denmark

Kalundborg and a church inspired by the Crusades

Beautiful Sejerø, Denmark

The Cursed Forest


Retro summerhome

I absolutely loved the summerhome we rented this past week at Havnsø, Denmark! Not just because of the beautiful location, but also because the interior of the house is very retro! The was this house is set up, I am convinced it gets repurposed as a rental only for the touristseason.

Take a look at some of the details:

It is clear to see that a hunter owns ths house:

The sunroom is very Eighties, don’t you think?

Comfortable garden:

The weirdo pooltable:

The view of the small island of Nekselø:

And of course, the views, the area, the landscape, the drives, the restaurants and the small villages are reason enough to fall in love with the place – It’s like it was Designed for me!