Archive for May, 2005


Friday, May 13th, 2005
Yoshi and Tanuki sleeping in the kitchen

Tomorrow we’re moving to our new flat just minutes away from Saluhallen (the big indoor food market) and other central shops and places. I’m really excited even though there are boxes all over the place and I still have some packing to do. The cats love all the boxes, they love to climb and sleep on them. Above is a photo taken in the kitchen a few minutes ago…..

Rhubarb Cornmeal Cake

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Rhubarb Cornmeal Cake

After being stalked by rhubarbs lately when surfing food blogs I finally surrendered….It was my turn to go to my brother for our weekly dinner, and I wanted to bring an extra nice dessert as Fredrik was home from Stockholm all week and also would join us for the dinner. As I’ve never tried any of Nigella’s recipes (shame on me…) I decided to go for her Rhubarb Cornmeal Cake from her book How to Be a Domestic Goddess. I started baking the cake very late and when it was done I quickly covered it with a checked kitchen towel and then me and Fredrik took our bicycles to get to my brother. Having the warm lovely cake in the bicycle basket was almost like having a carrot on a stick in front of me, I guess that I cycled pretty fast :-) After the great dinner that my brother had prepared (baked fish, potato and root vegetable gratin and tomato sauce) we finally had the rhubarb cake. Not too sweet, not too sour; it was perfect! And even Fredrik that isn’t especially fond of rhubarb liked it a lot. The cake is very juicy and moist and goes very well with whipped cream. For those of you that don’t have Nigellas book, the recipe can be found at A Spoonful of Sugar .

Lovely fresh rhubarb for the cake filling

Happy Birthday, Mummy!

Monday, May 9th, 2005
Raspberry Mousse Cake

Today is my beloved mother’s birthday and I wish her happiness, love, health and all the best. She is truly the best mother you could wish for, she is always there for me no matter what and her cooking is amazing. We visited her yesterday for dinner and some birthday cake, actually two ones. The cakes were delicious as always, all her cakes are wonderful!! She made a raspberry mousse cake containing whipped cream, sugar, egg yolks and raspberries and she also made a chocolate gâteau containing chocolate cream and vanilla cream decorated with whipped cream. The raspberry mousse cake was soft and fluffy with a wonderful taste of raspberries, it was amazing. I’m so sorry that you can’t taste the delicious cakes, but I will take an extra bite especially for you this evening when I’ll eat the left overs :-)

Chocolate Gâteau

BIG Margarita at the Big Bar

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Me and a huge Margarita

Last autumn I went to a technical integration conference in Chicago. It was my first visit in the U.S. and I only stayed for less than 4 days. Even though I was busy with the conference I still managed to see some of the city and the country and I even found some time to visit the Shedd Aquarium. But most important was that I was able to meet my my dear Godfather and his family. It’s a special feeling to visit the U.S, I see all sorts of American programs on TV every day but it still isn’t the same as being there. There were so many small things that I reacted to; that every store has a “greeting person” at the entrance, the big Columbus Day parade that I ran into, all friendly people, the lack of McDonalds (!) (In Sweden we have one i every corner), etc etc. Chicago is a beautiful city and I really hope to visit again some day, just to feel the atmosphere and see more of the city.

The last night all the conference participants were invited to House of Blues for a special concert, and afterwards some of the Swedish participants went to the Big Bar at the Hyatt Regency where we all stayed. The bar is apparently the longest free-standing bar in North America and they are known for their BIG coctails and BIG desserts (that I didn’t know when I was there, but you could imagine how disapointed I am that I didn’t try any of their desserts…). But I still tried their huge Margarita, which was really nice but impossible to drink all by myself….
If anyone wants to visit the Big Bar in Chicago, the address is 151 E Wacker (in the Hyatt Regency). But don’t order any of the BIG drinks unless you have someone to share it with!

Here’s a Margarita recipe from Drinksmixer if you prefer a normal sized one.

1 1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice
Rum the rim of a cocktail glass with lime juice, and dip in salt. Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into the glass, and serve.

Horse Polo

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

As usual time flies and the list of all of my planned posts with photos is just getting longer and longer; my business trip to Milano and all the wonderful food that I ate there, all delicious dishes that Fredrik has made, my birthday buffet, the weekly dinners with my brother, etc. I’ll really try to post at least some of them this week, but I’ll start with this Saturday.

This Saturday Fredrik’s friend Andreas woke us up really early with a phone call. We knew that he was taking Fredrik for a horse polo lesson but we didn’t know which time. And it turned out to be early, really early… We didn’t even have time to eat our usual Saturday breakfast with freshly baked Cinnamon buns (from the store of course, who wants to bake before breakfast on Saturday morning…), other nice things to eat and a fresh newspaper. As I always look forward to the weekend breakfast I wasn’t too happy leaving home, and especially not with an empty stomach. But there was nothing to do about it as Andreas already was waiting for us in his car. On our way to the stable we stopped at a petrol station and bought sandwiches and yoghurt which just made me more sulky as I hardly managed to chew the dry bread.

Not so delicious breakfast…

Somehow I managed to cheer up, especially when we finally came to the stable and saw all beautiful horses. After the long preparation of the horses it was finally time to start the lesson. I don’t know much about horse polo, only that it’s not as posh here as in England and that you also use bigger horses in Sweden.

Fredrik’s lesson went very well, even though he hadn’t ridden on a horse for the last ten years he was very good and he even hit the ball occasionally :-) It was rather cold to stand and watch but we had some hot tea and butterkaka (which is a kind of ring cake with vanilla cream) while the horses ate some grass… :-) When we finally got home we were really frozen and smelled horse (of course!). For dinner we made some lovely Penne Fattorini with a lot of parmesan that I bought when I was in Milan, Italian wine and some warm garlic bread.

I took more and better photos with my camera (these ones were taken with the cell phone), I’ll try to upload them this evening.