Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Apparently you can't have too many Christmas teas. Thus this lovely package with teas from Swedish tea company Kränku, based on the island of Gotland, arrived the other day. Just to make sure we really really hopefully are all tea set over Christmas. The package smelled fantastic when opened and it's filled with four teas - organic Rainbow tea (a blend from the Pride festival) with currant, corn flower, apple, sunflower, orange and strawberry ; rooibos Christmas tea with spices, green Christmas tea with spices and rooibos Hot chocolate tea. They all sound amazing, I do hope they taste as wonderful as they smell!
The big bag with pink text is Kränku's own coffee blend with chocolate and cardamom flavour, it's a gift and it sounds lovely. Hope it'll be appreciated by reciever.
Also, if you are interested in getting or swapping Christmas cards, please let me know. I plan to send the last ones this weekend. They most likely won't arrive before Christmas if you're outside Sweden/Europe, but New Year's cards are special too!
Monday, December 15, 2014
This is a book I'd never heard of. By a writer I'd never heard of. John Opsahl, a Norwegian lifestyle coach, is supposedly the leading expert on superfood in Scandinavia. Call yourself an expert and I'm immediately very sceptical. That said, the book (which I got from mum) "Supermat - läkande mat från naturens hjärta" (Superfood - healing food from the heart of nature) is quite interesting.
I see it more as an encyclopedia of fascinating natural ingredients jampacked with nutrition and healing qualities rather than a book I will read from beginning to end. And the tone of the book is *quite* preaching, which is *rather* off-putting imho. But it also deals with the sad fact that so many people abuse both their own bodies as well as the nature around us with the food they eat - hey, meat eaters, fast food- and sugar lovers I'm looking at you!
And it's about high time we talk about how important it is for parents to be responsible with the food they let their children eat. Especially in the Western world. The above passage is from the book, it's a very matter of fact put fact that is *rather* taboo to talk about -
"I find it very provoking that we, despite all the information about food and health today, continue to put our children in danger of lifestyle diseases, allergies, behavioral imbalances and food addiction by feeding them nutrient-poor and unhealthy food. We must stop projecting our own food addictions on our children in order to justify ourselves."
The book also contains a generous recipe section with mouthwatering food, rawfood. Unfortunately I think the recipes hold too many ingredients that are not available in well-stocked supermarkets, you have to look for them in speciality shops. And I always find that a bit tricky. I'm all for not buying super cheap stuff, but quality and organic, but I'm not keen on running around town to get the stuff only to find I really didn't enjoy it. Waste of time, money and food. Plus I'm allergic to when
I understand that superfood en masse may not be something easy available in your local grocery store, but still I would appreciate more basic ingredients for such recipes. After all, all vegetables are good ones and good oils, nuts, herbs, seasoning and such are always within easy buy for most of us. You don't always have to complicate things you know. And sometimes common sense is a very good thing.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Six months later I decided it was time to order that roller pin engraved with cats. As a Christmas gift for myself and a reward for really hard work these past few months one might say. Ginger snaps baking will of course be so much rewarding with embossed cats in rolled dough, right? Right. And I'm sure there won't be any such unfortunate seasonal cookies as there once was when no cat baking roller was in sight.
As you can see the roller looks fantastic. And obviously it has been inspected (sniffed and licked on) thoroughly.
The complimentary cookie that came with the pin was needless to say in crumbles upon arrival, but the paw inspector decided it was a somewhat decent fee for inspection.
But not even the cutest of rolling pins or nicest of cat cookies can compete with the grumpy weather cat 2.0 status of course.
I will update this post once I've had the time to bake with the rolling pin. There's ginger snaps dough in the fridge just waiting, so that can happen any day.
The fantastic handmade baking roller comes from Valek Rolling Pins on Etsy
Saturday, December 13, 2014
What a lovely way to spend a Lucia evening -Christmas concert in Skokloster castle church
with the fabulous brothers Rongedal and choir.
Admittedly I did miss singing and outstanding moves like this, that would have set the audience on metaphorical fire!
Happy Lucia one and all ~
Friday, December 12, 2014
My private tradition of baking lussebullar aka lussekatter aka Lucia buns ala Swedish saffron buns on December 12 (the day before Lucia celebrations) has taken place - you can find the recipe in last year's post
I began with a vegan bake, which was a complete failure, the dough didn't rise and created inedible buns. I have never failed with my lussekatter. And I hate wasting good ingredients like that. But now there'll be animals in the forrest who can feast on my saffron buns.
Then I made my usual buns (oats milk but liquid butter/oil instead of rapeseed oil only but omitting the quark) and they were lovely as usual.
Also the bobbaloo named Lucia Bun wanted me to publish this picture to make sure you never ever eat someone like him instead of a lussebulle. If you look properly it is quite obvious which one is edible and which one is certainly not. Please pay attention, it's a dangerous time of the year for lussebulle-bobbaloos!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Remember the fantastic speckled egg nailpolish from Models Own I got for Easter? With one broken bottle. I've been meaning to replace that bottle ever since, but the expensive postage has been off-putting. But now I went for it and made sure they packed it extra well. In fact they packed it so well it was quite a job to unpack it. Many thumbs up for that! And of course no bottle was broken upon arrival.
The delivery was also, just like last time, super-quick. Picked up late evening in the UK, delivered by FedEx 2 pm the next day at my door. Haven't used any of them yet - because I've just painted my nails a bit glittery christmassy, so I might as well enjoy that for the rest of the week
Opi Do You Think I'm Tex-y? + Gettin' Miss Piggy With It and China Glaze Running in circles
Seems like I have to deny the "to be honest (really) I pretty much use the ones I already have rather than oogling and buying new ones" thing from only a few week backs - oh dear, seems like there's a little politician living inside me trying to show her face... - but apart from that slightly embarassing bit I enjoy the purchase very much. Hopefully they'll look nice worn too, it was a 6 bottles deal so I'm not at sure about all the colours.
Two things you can always rely on though -
1) There is always a bobbaloo that colour match,
2) there is always a feline inspector aka snooperviser nearby.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I may not care much about the Nobel Prize ceremony - even if the Peace Prize laureate this year is wonderful - I obviously care much more of the importance of animal rights. So the fact that we had a Yelp Social vegetarian/vegan lunch at an Indian restaurant was of course pretty perfect today of all days, on International Animal Rights Day.
We all opted for the vegan Thali and it was rather lovely and flavourful (though the plating could have been nicer...). As was the company. The only thing that was horrific was the miserable weather (yes, I will probably grow grumpy weather horns myself soon). But three of us had the most awesome of pink umbrella meetup - such a rare treat it had to be captured.
I wish Animal Rights Day wasn't necessary still. But sadly, even if it's a steady growing movement of veganism, vegetarianism and awareness, the world is still full of too many animal flesh eaters, zoo visitors and animal abusers of various kinds.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated"~ Mahatma Gandhi.
Just keep in mind that the path to moral progress begins with each and everyone of us as individuals, from what we eat and wear to how we entertain ourselves home and abroad. That peace is only achieved once we begin to fully respect all earthlings and their right to a full and natural life for their own sake not humans'.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
From one grumpy but sweet-faced weather cat to her slightly older lens louse half-sister who is even less impressed by my lack of weather powers.
Their father totally agree on the lack of impressiveness.
In fact the grumpiness over the sad state of the current seasonal weather has now evolved into a whole other level. The 2.0 version of the grumpy weather cat. The version who has developed clearly visible horns of scorn. This does not bode well for the months to come.
Monday, December 08, 2014
As constant snoopervision or lens louse behaviour is obligatory in this residence you can never ever really get away from it. Like even if you hang things on a string to be photographed you can always rely on the feline inspector to appear where you least expect it. Please find one fault in this picture.
No, not even three perky wristwarmers get to bask in the glory of a blogpost of their own. Pesky paw inspection is a must.
One pair of wristwarmers I've made to order the other two is actually for sale, because I couldn't stop knitting, more magic was needed. I might have to list them in my hibernating Etsy-shop. Feel free to give me a holler if you're interested!
Sunday, December 07, 2014
My second Advent Sunday was spent on the annual Christmas fair in Sigtuna. Nice breakfast at Tant Brun, pretty town as always. Awful weather, too much people and generally uninteresting things for sale. Still, it has become a personal December tradition to attend this. And a lovely thing just for that reason.
I resisted to buy one of the pretty Christmas wreaths (above in the third picture) because I wanted to support one of my previous clients, a gardener, who attended a fair at one local suburbian water hole. I happily settled for one of her cute wreaths which now adorns my front door instead.
Bought a saffron bun for an appropriate Advent Sunday fika. And enjoyed the third season of the prettiest-advent-candlestick-ever in my office - the Lucia parade all throughout December for me, not just on the 13th.
All and all, lucky me.