#LastNightInSweden


Welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare. Yes, I have been absent from both the coffee share and the blogosphere due to this pesky lil thing called Real Life, but thought it would be best to reappear online to let my online friends know that I am alive and well.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that the decision to reappear online is due to an incident that happened in real life, I am sure the news about the terrible, terrible terrorist incident that happened #LastNightInSweden has reached you. I mean, it was huge, believe me. Sweden! Who would believe this! Sweden!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I live so close to Sweden. So close. I can spit over to Sweden. I’m the only one that lives this close to Sweden. I know Swedes, I know more Swedes than anyone in the world.

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Yes, it was terrible, it was a new Bowling Green Massacre. Only in Sweden. It was huge. It is a mess. Who would believe this! And the fake media is not reporting this!

What really happened was that the Swedish population all had healthcare and great education, paid vacation and maternity leave, democracy and freedom. There was no incident linked to terrorism in Sweden, just like there was no Bowling Green Massacre. And I am sorry to tell my American friends this, but your president is a liar, a narcissistic proto-fascist, and to top it all off: dumb as a brick.

#JeSuisSweden #NeverRemember #SwedenIncident #BowlingGreenMasscre #IdiotInChief

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Care to join us at the #WeekendCoffeeShare ? It has moved and is now hosted by the lovely Nerd in the brain, so come on over and join the link up !

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

What it means…

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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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Sandwich-cake (Smørgåstårta)


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This is a Swedish classic, absolutely yummy and eye-catching! The Swedes use this for special occasions. It may well be made a day in advance, and only your imagination limits what to fill it with and how to decorate it.  (Tuna / crab / salmon. Vegetarian. Sun-dried tomatoes, olives and serrano ham, just to make a few suggestions).

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On my first attempt I have chosen paté and ham in the filling, and oh my gawd was it good! This recipe is more than enough for 4 people, and you can easily add up the recipe if you need a bigger Sandwichcake. You can make it round, or any shape you want. For big parties, use a baking tray or a big tray or plate.

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Ingredients:

  • 9 slices of white bread

 

Filling 1:

  • 100 g bacon pâté (or any paté that suits your liking)
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraiche
  • 30 g cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pickles, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Filling 2:

  • 100 g cooked ham, finely chopped
  • ½ leek, finely chopped
  • 2 dl crème fraiche
  • 1 dl mayonnaise
  • 0.5 dl fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Suggestions for garnish:

  • Salad
  • Grapes
  • Cheese
  • Ham
  • Cucumber
  • Hardboiled egg
  • Tomatoes

 

  • Filling 1: Mix all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set in fridge for 30 min.
  • Filling 2: Mix all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set in fridge for 30 min.
  • Cut crusts of white bread and put them side by side on the serving dish. Cover with Filling 1, and add a new layer of bread.
  • Cover with half of the filling 2, and add a new layer of bread. Cover with the rest of filling 2 on top and down the sides. Set in fridge for 30 mins before you decorate.

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Update 04 May 2016:

With my birthday coming up next month, I hope someone will make this for me!

Sir Nerdalot – the above is a (not so) subtle hint! Get it? Got it? Good!

Cold much?


After a habitus of some months, what better way to warm up this dormant blog then by putting up some really cold and breathtaking pictures?

One thing I really, really love about living in Denmark is being only 4 hours away from my sister in Sweden. It’s just a small ferry-ride, and I do mean small; it is impossible to do both the tax-free shopping, visit the bathroom, have a hotdog AND smoke. You can do three out of four, but not all four…

My sister lives in a little, red cottage in the forest. You can only imagine the possibilities for walks with the dogs. Here is a small collection of the pretty, wintery sights at and around my sister’s property.

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Important when you go out in -16C is to dress well. Layers of wool is the best, and good, warm outer clothing. As you can see, the exposed areas quickly freeze, like my hair. 

 

To get warm, it is always a safe bet to cuddle on my sister’s horse, my little brother, Von Bråten – a retired trotter horse, and the best boy in the whole wide world. He’ll be 26 in May and is still fit as a fiddle.

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Winter Wonderland


In response to Sylvain Landrys Photo challenge, SL-WEEK 29/ Snow, here is my entry:

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I am not a photographer, the fancy cameras with all your little heart could ever want for in settings and features and buttons are lost on me. I will just set the cam on «auto», roughly aim, and push the button. My philosophy is that if I take hundreds of pictures, then ONE of them has to turn our half-decent. Not because of skill. Simply out of dumb luck.

 

This photo was shot this last weekend in Sweden. It was a lovely, cold day, and we were out walking the dogs. This is a clearing in the forest, and I was mesmerized by the ice and snow glistening like diamonds, so I pulled out my mobile and shot a few pictures. And then the battery on my phone died… 

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