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This yellow little flower makes me happy. If I had a favourite color, yellow might be it.

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Being happy never goes out of style.

– Lilly Pulitzer


I am joining the #WeeklySmile bunch, as I wholeheartedly agree with the host, Trent, that we need some positive posts in between all the serious stuff in the news and on the web. Give someone a smile today, and see what happens!

Care to join us at the #WeeklySmile ? Then go to Trent’s World  and join the LINK UP!

Older entries in the #WeeklySmile:

I haven’t killed anyone!

Turkey smiles

Halloween-smiles

Spanish Smiles

Bliss

Against the Odds
Hideout

#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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Haunt much?

Most of the time

… So Tired!

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Hungarian Goulash soup


(Norsk oppskrift: Gulasjsuppe )

A lot of Danes start their winter vacation this weekend, and some of them go to Norway to ski and enjoy the snow, as do the Swedes and the Norwegians. Whether you are going to a cabin in the mountains or staying at home, you are going to love this recipe I am sharing today; a big pot of delicious beef and paprika-soup – the Hungarian Goulash soup! This soup is the perfect winter food: so warming, so tasty, so filling, so satisfying!

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Goulash Soup

(Mind you, the recipe sais beef, but if you have venison lying about, go ahead and use it! If you use very lean meat – then increase the amount of bacon in the soup.)

Goulash soup (6 servings):

  • About. 600 grams beef shin
  • 100 grams of bacon
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter or oil for frying
  • 3 onions
  • 10 smallish potatoes
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (or 2 tablespoons regular paprika if you don’t have the smoked)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3-4 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1.3 liters beef stock (or water and stock cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Cut the beef into cubes of 3×3 cm and cut bacon into small pieces.

Cook the meat in butter or oil over medium to high temperature in portions so that it gets a golden brownish color. (Don’t add all the meat to the pan at once, the temperature will drop and the meat will not brown.) Place the meat after every round into another pot or casserole dish. When you finish frying the meat, do not forget to “cook out the pan” with some water to gather up all the flavor at the bottom of the pan. Just pour this liquid over the meat.

Heat a large saucepan to medium temperature. Cut the peppers into strips and chop the onion. Sauté the onions in butter / oil. Add the paprika and sauté for five minutes.

Add the bell peppers, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt, caraway and the cayenne pepper if you choose to use it. Then add the browned meat and pour over beef stock until it is all covered by liquid. Bring to the boil and let it simmer with the lid on for about 1 hour.

Peel the potatoes, but keep them whole, and add to the pot, put the lid back on and let it simmer for another 45 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through and the meat is tender.

Serve the soup piping hot with good bread and just enjoy! If this soup doesn’t warm your wintery cold body, then nothing will.

This soup is so good that the only criticism will be of the positive kind 🙂

What it means…


Good morning and welcome to #WeekendCoffeeShare! Today I offer Irish Coffee, Kalypso Coffee, or whatever boozy coffee you prefer. I recon we need lots of booze in our beverages after the Donald has been rummaging around the White House for a week.

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I had written a lengthy text for last weekend’s coffee share, about the Donald. I decided not to publish it, as it was all making fun of him, and I decided it was just too easy. Yanno, sometimes when someone is serving you a clever repartee on a silver platter – that sometimes it is just so easy that it stops being funny? Yea, this was one of those times. Seriously, the fully automatic numpty does not need me turning him into a laughing stock – he’s got that covered all by himself!

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So instead, I thought I’d amuse you with a little story of what happened to me here earlier in the week:

I got home late after a particularly hard day at work. You know, one of those days where you stub your toe, spill the hot coffee all over your desk, get a run in your pantyhose and gets told off by 3 customers – all before lunch! Just a regular day that both starts out as a farce, and just continues as a farce, and finally ends as a farce. Of course, on my way home I had to stop by the grocery store and pick up a few items, just to find the place jam packed by other overworked, tired people with runs in their stockings. It took me an hour just to get through the check out.

Then I come home to a handsome and debonair gentleman who has walked the dog, fed the cats, checked the kid’s homework, cleaned the entire house, and has dinner on the table, lit candles included, can you comprehend what that means? I am serious! Do you know what it means when this man gives you a nice – and much needed – neck rub, draw you a bath and pour the champagne? Do you? Do you know what it means when this man makes sweet and passionate love to you for hours? Do you know what that means?

It means that you have gone into the wrong fucking house!


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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Haunt much?

Most of the time

… So Tired!

Handegg (and why Sir Nerdalot is in the dog house)

The Doc’s in!

Fall Folly

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An Irishman goes into a bar…

Once in a lifetime

Sausage much?

Brexit explained

The Nerve!

Brexit Tea

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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!

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

read my blog

Treasure


As I enjoyed my tea and scones today, it struck me again how much I like my china set. First off I think it is real pretty, but the fact that my dad picked it out and bought it all by himself in a country, Japan, on the other side of the world – is what makes it a treasure in my eyes. The Noritake China, pattern 5802 Arlene, can be replaced for 400 USD, so the monetary value isn’t great, even though it was only produced between 1957 and 1966. Which means that I can use it more than I do, as I have been afraid of breaking it. Now that I know that this is not a rare pattern, and it can be easily replaced, it will not be devastating to break it.

Exotic Corn Chowder


(Norsk oppskrift: Spennende Maissuppe)

I think it is quite rare that I present a vegetarian main dish like I do today. Normally I would fry up some bacon or chorizo to sprinkle on top of the soup, but I had no such thing to cook with. When I do meatless dinners, I do try to incorporate some shiitake mushroom, as that gives me the umami that I miss. So, there’s a tip for my fellow meat lovers, a lil’ shiitake makes the veggie-dishes oh so exquisite.

You can change the coconut milk for cream if you prefer, but I rather like the flavor the coconut milk adds to the dish. Also, no harm in topping the chowder with bacon, chorizo, friend chicken, crab meat, prawns or whatever your heart desires, devastation amongst your non-veggie guests are then easily avoided.

sdrCorn Chowder (4 servings)

  • 600g frozen corn (or 4 small boxes)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 chili
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon powdered paprika
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil (or 2 teaspoons dried basil)
  • Pepper
  • 0.5 to 2 dl vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)

Heat the oil in a pan. Add the thawed and drained corn and cook until they start to golden and «pop» a bit. Stir in salt. Take off a couple of tablespoons of corn and set aside (to be used as garnish).

Stir in minced garlic, finely chopped chili, grated shiitake mushroom and paprika and fry for a minute. Add the coconut milk and simmer for a few minutes. Add the basil and parsley and purée the chowder in a blender until you have a smooth, thick soup. Adjust to wanted consistency with vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with the corn you set aside, and enjoy.

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Training Update


OK, just an extra update from me here on the whole «getting into shape»-program I have started. I have survived another round of “Health Booster”, and I just want to say that when I am gasping for air into burning lungs, have an abnormally high body temperature and muscles and joints ache, and I generally feel like I am about to die – I usually go to the doctor and get diagnosed with double sided pneumonia, bronchitis, arthritis, gout and probably the plague. This is not the type of health you want to boost!

(If you, by oversight, missed the background for this update, then you can read it here: FUN RUN)

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I am so glad we got to visit Egypt before the trouble there started! Although they do not advise against travelling to the tourist-sites in Egypt, I would opt it out. Thus, I am happy I already crossed it out of my bucket list. Been there, got the pics to prove it!

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We went there in Des 2009, when the Karate Kid was 8 years old. I am considering writing a series of blogposts from Egypt, but right now I’ll only share pictures of some big friggin’ things:

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From this position we had good oversight of the Pyramides

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