My name is Icicle, K. Icicle

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Yes, we should know how to dress after having lived in Scandinavia for 5 resp. 9 years. But well, one’s training never finishes…

But first to our trip to Germany. It was a short one with just two full days there and those days were packed with activities. Visiting friends and relatives, eating and well eating. 🙂 We were encumbered in love and coming back was tough. Ecky had a great vacation at I’s but was happy to be back too.

The night before we went to Germany I prepared a cranberry bread to take with us. Well, our neighbors and I got a couple of it too. They loved it cause it’s sweet but not too sweet and the cranberries add a nice tart flavor.

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This is the recipe for M’s mum’s cranberry bread which Europeans would call cake

Cranberry bread

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

–> mix in a medium size bowl and set a side

  • the rind of 2 oranges (organic) and the juice plus more orange juice to get 1,5 cups of liquid
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tbsp melted butter

–> mix and stir into the dry ingredients

  • 1 cup of roughly chopped walnuts
  • 4 cups rinsed cranberries

–> add the walnuts first, then fold in the cranberries

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Butter and flour your pans e.g. two smaller ones or one big loaf pan. Bake at 175C in the middle of the preheated oven for about 55min. If you use one big pan, the bread/cake might need up to 1.5 hours. If it should get too dark, cover it with a sheet of aluminum foil. Don’t forget the cake tester, when it comes out clean, the cake is done.

Take it out of the oven and let it sit for 10min in the pan before you remove it. Let is cool down on a cooling rack.

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The cake/bread is perfect for freezing. Just cut it into thick slices, have a piece of parchment paper between each slices and put it into the freezer.

We went with my mum and three other relatives out for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast, which means we had buns and bread, boiled eggs, cheese, jam and cold cuts and coffee of course. It’s not so common to eat a whole lunch or dinner for breakfast. Some like scrambled eggs too but that’s it usually.
When we are in the US I’m always overwhelmed when they bring the plate. I’m full with just looking at the plate cause the portions are so gigantic, there you eat what you like and start with an empty plate. M liked the breakfast too and Munchkin got some cucumber to suck on.

Later on my mum prepared one of our favorite veggies for lunch: broad beans. We call them sometimes Saubohnen (like pig beans) too. They are so god damn difficult to get here but we both love them. Then in the afternoon we had cake: I had a nut swirl and M a so called Mandelhörnchen. They are made with marzipan and M just loves them. Ever since he has discovered them, he usually picks them instead of a piece of cake. And in the evening we went with my aunt and uncle to a pancake restaurant. They serve savory ones too. We had pancakes with thuan and onions or arugula and Serrano ham or spinach and salmon or cheese SpĂ€tzle. I had a buckwheat on with red berry compote and ice cream and M had hash browns with apple sauce, dark bread and beet syrup as it’s traditionally eaten there. He loved them (I don’t like to prepare hash browns cause the whole apartment stinks afterwards from the frying) and I love my pancake. The others were happy with theirs too. 🙂

On Sunday then we went first for breakfast to one of my closest friends and ate and ate until we left at lunch time, picked up some cake for my mum, it was her birthday and drove to her. We skipped lunch (very wise!) and had cake instead a bit later and in the evening we made raclette at my aunts. *yummy* You see we were continuously eating.

Our munchkin got pampered and spoiled and when we came back half of our suitcase was full with new stuff for him. 8) He got a soft book and two bibs from my mum too, but they were in the laundry when I took the picture. Thank you all for the nice gifts. 🙂

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Back in Trondheim we had to go back to work next day and the new swimming class started. Which was a lot of fun. The activities are now faster and kind of rougher. W even swam through a kind of tunnel which was scary for a few kids. Theo had fun and got very tired. The moment he hit the mattress in the stroller he was asleep and not happy at all when we had to pack him into the car seat to go home.

Next day we met a friend at a cafĂ© and I became an icicle. We walked downtown which is usually ok, but I hadn’t changed my shoes after I’d come home. I had just put the same ones on again when I left for downtown: my leather Birkenstock with just thin socks on my feet. Outside were -8C and a brutally cold wind blowing. After walking for about 45min I couldn’t feel my feet anymore, my legs neither. But well, we were at the cafĂ© and I slowly thawed. Theo had been toasty warm in his down sleeping bag. Then on the way home we walked together with our friend, since it’s always nice to have some company and I don’t mind to walk extra ways…we walked and it took us about half an hour longer home. The only problem was: I got f****** cold aka I became an icicle with a red nose and red cheeks.

On Thursday then I’d thought we could meet I half way to downtown but we ended up downtown again. It was nice and fortunately not anymore as cold as the day earlier. I had a spicy cinnamon tea, I should really get a can with this tea, and I a coffee mocha and Theo some banana to suck on. When we came home I made Mandelhörchen for M. You should have seen his smile. It went all the way across his face from one ear to the other one.

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And here the recipe:

Mandelhörnchen

  • 400gr raw marzipan, with as high percentage of almonds as possible (the higher the better quality)
  • 2 egg whites and 1 egg
  • 200gr powder sugar
  • 3 drops of bitter almond essence
  • sliced almonds
  • dark chocolate

Cut the marzipan in chunks and mix it with the powder sugar until it’s nicely combined. Mix in the almond essence. Then whip the egg whites until firm and fold into the powder sugar-marzipan.

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Now you have to form those kind of half moons.* I used an icing bag with the biggest nozzle I could find and squeezed small strands of batter in moon shape on a tray with parchment paper. Leave enough space between each. I didn’t and had to cut some loose, they get pretty runny in the oven before they firm up again. Beat the remaining egg and brush each moon with it and sprinkle as much of the almond slices on to each moon as possible.

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Bake them at 175C in the preheated oven for about 12-15min or until they are light brown. Let them cool off on a cooling rack. Then melt your chocolate in a water bath and dip each half moon into it. Let them dry. You can keep them in an air-tight container for a few days.
Enjoy them with a cup of coffee.

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*Some use wet hands to form those half moons, but it the batter is really sticky. I’m going to use our cookie press the next time.

Yesterday evening I made Bacalao with mashed potatoes. That was really nice. We had looked forward to it the whole week. You have to start early with the preparations because the salted and dried cod needs about 3 days of watering before it can be used. I’ll post our recipe the next time.

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Today we already went to the gym and just had lunch: SpÀtzle, lentils and fried salmon. It was good. Later we are going to a party and tomorrow we are going to rest.

On the goo front our munchkin likes apple – and pear sauce and millet flakes with banana. Yesterday evening I prepared potatoes with cauliflower and salmon and he wasn’t too happy about it, but after a few times shaking his head and making weird noises, he accepted it and ate it. For breakfast today he had apple sauce with oatmeal porridge, breast milk and a tiny amount of oil. That went down pretty well.

potato cauliflower salmon goo

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Have ve a nice weekend!

Our sun rise today.

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