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“April is the cruelest month, breeding

lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

memory and desire, stirring

dull roots with spring rain.”

― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
Posted: 7 Apr 14 04:00 • Comments
From A CUP OF JO: Pit stop ballet.




That’s some insanely quick work there.
Posted: 6 Apr 14 06:09 • Comments
Last autumn, the Norwegian Library Association celebrated its 100th anniversary. Around the same time Crown Princess Mette-Marit got the idea to put together a literature train, literally.


I want to inspire people to read more! And I want to put the focus on how important libraries are in our society.


Crown Princess Mette-Marit.




Together with the Norwegian railroad company and the librarians at Deichman municipal library in Oslo she pulled together a project of a literary train ride through parts of northern/mid-Norway.


The thought behind the Literature train is that people shall be able to join in and share reading experiences that have meant something for them in life. At every station children, young adults or adults can come and tell about important experiences they have had while they have been reading. I look forward to that.


- Crown Princess Mette-Marit 


A special wagon for the train was designed by NSB to be the library and there would be a book café.


The librarians at Deichman had packed together all the books; they were ready to be picked up by the Court. Then came the information: Crown Princess Mette-Marit had been put on sick leave and the train ride was cancelled.


After the sick leave was over, and 2014 had started, the plans picked up again.


The Crown Princess attended a literary event in the beginning of February at the Literature House in Oslo, and was asked to show which books she had on her bedside table.


På ...
Posted: 5 Apr 14 02:00 • More • Comments
pasta


Sometimes I want pasta. Really want pasta. And creaminess, and chicken. This recipe from the Pioneer woman hit the spot. 


Since I am trying (well, sometimes) to be healthier – it is whole wheat pasta instead of regular.


It’s the illusion that counts.
Posted: 4 Apr 14 08:14 • Comments
pizzaI had some pizza dough in the freezer from when I made the Thai Chicken pizza.


I put it in the sink to defrost before I went to work in the morning, and by the time I returned – it was ready to bake.


I rolled it out, and made the toppings ready.


I took inspiration from the Pink Parsley: Bacon, Potato, and Caramelized Onion Pizza.


My version was a bit more touch and go. I added some sweet chill sauce on the base. Then I sliced a couple of potatoes and baked them in the oven for 10 minutes. I sliced an onion into thin strips and put it in a frying pan with a bit of oil and a tbsp of sugar. Caramelizing it soft and brown.


Once all the parts were complete, I assembled the pizza, adding the cheese on top.


I baked it for 30 minutes.
Posted: 31 Mar 14 19:30 • Comments
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

― Mark Twain
Posted: 31 Mar 14 04:00 • Comments
What happens when you replace the music in a festival video with some Benny Hill music?
Posted: 30 Mar 14 04:00 • Comments
A few weeks ago I joined in a Twitter conversation. Most of the times, those kind of conversations lead very few places…  However, this one continued on.


After some time planning, back and forth, along with the group of enthusiastic royal watchers, a discussion forum was created.


We came together to create a new forum to discuss royal matters.


Most of us have being following the royal world for years and gathered lots of knowledge about our favourite royals, both current and historical.


While some of us prefer to talk current matters, others like to discuss the history of the royal families of this world. Whatever your favourite, you are very welcome to join in the discussions, ask questions and give answers – We won’t judge, we are all royal nerds ourselves.


At the moment it is a bit bare – but come join us, and help fill in the gaps :)


Check it out: The Royal Resource.
Posted: 29 Mar 14 07:00 • Comments
stockholm21


The Nobel Museum in Stockholm actually ended up being one of my favourite museums when I was there. Maybe because I expected it to be a boring and staid museum, like some of the other museums I had been at the day before.


But it isn’t.


It’s fun. They have their own area for the kids, so they can learn about various things connected to why the Nobel recipients got their awards. They have a room dedicated to Alfred Nobel. They have so much more, and in a very little space.


I really recommend it. And afterwards, stop by the takeaway counter of the hot chocolate shop next to it and take one to go, as you’re heading down the streets of the old city.
Posted: 29 Mar 14 05:01 • Comments
curry


The March Recipe from the BBC GoodFood was this Lamb & Mango Curry. My local store did not have any lamb that wasn’t super expensive, so I replaced it with pork. Without any issues.


Minimal work, mostly it “makes itself” in the oven.


The curry actually really needs the mango to be interesting. A small dollop of natural yogurt, sour cream or something similar was a good addition.


It makes enough for six – you can freeze it, but it lasted pretty well in the fridge for three days. (At that point I was tired of eating the same thing for dinner anyway…)
Posted: 28 Mar 14 05:00 • Comments
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Posted: 27 Mar 14 11:49 • Comments
“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.”

― Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room
Posted: 24 Mar 14 05:01 • Comments
Posted: 23 Mar 14 05:03 • Comments
So I visited Stockholm two weeks ago. Naturally, I stopped by the Royal Palace.

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Unfortunately, they have restricted the use of cameras inside – but it is well worth the visit.


If you go, I would try to get a guided tour of the treasury. The other rooms can be nice enough to have a guided tour of, but the treasury is minimal in information, so the guided tour is almost essential in order for there to be a point of walking down all the stairs to get there. Well, beyond – glitter and gold, that is!


I actually think that the Three Crowns museum beneath the palace was my favorite bit. Maybe because my main interest in royalty is actually the history of it all.


Nitpick: I’m not sure if this is just because the ticket building (outside the main palace) was being renovated, but it seemed like there was a charge to use the bathrooms in that building. When I’m being charged £14 for visiting a tourist attraction, it does rather feel to me like that should include free access to the toilets in the ticket building.


I was surprised by how prominent the Palace really stands in the city. It seemed like whenever I turned a corner, there it was again. It is much bigger than what I’d thought in advance.
Posted: 20 Mar 14 05:01 • Comments
ThinkingThere are two distinctions to be made here:



Travelling alone to meet someone else at a set destination, or
Travelling by yourself to spend time in your own company.

Since I started studying in Denmark back in 2004, I have frequently been doing the first one. I would travel by myself home for the holidays, and by myself back to Copenhagen.


After I was finished with my studies, I also often traveled back there to meet with people. Again, the purpose of the trip – the solo travel by plane – was to meet them.


But there is also the travelling by myself to spend time in my own company. It is something that I find that I rather enjoy.


Of course, it is much nicer when you have someone to enjoy the trip with, and share the memories afterwards (lest you think I’m advocating total solitude all the time) but that is not always possible. Lack of vacation days, lack of funds, lack of free time can prohibit travel partners when it is convenient.


There have also been plenty of trips for work, where I’m traveling by myself. Either for a conference or to meet colleagues. In those cases I am traveling to meet someone, but my leisure time is, mostly, on my own.


Traveling solo can be scary at first. But in time, it is rather nice. It gives a certain peace, so to speak, to be on my own schedule and discover things at my own pace.


A couple of years back I traveled to Paris for two weeks. The trip was originally planned to spend time alone and discover the city. In the end, I had two different friends plus a sister come and share their time with me. I loved spending time with them, but I also found that the time between their stays was something to be treasured.


I could e...
Posted: 19 Mar 14 05:00 • More • Comments
Growing up, my mother had her share of stand-by recipes. We were (and to this day some of us still are) a family of picky eaters. Tomato soup, spaghetti and minced meat, home-made pizza, tacos, and cauliflower soup were all things that we’d all eat. Whenever I eat either of those things, I am transported back to my childhood.  This is not my mother’s recipe, but it is still pretty tasty.


Next time I would probably cut down a bit on the butter. I actually also switched the cup of half-half with whole milk.


Also, while it technically does freeze and reheat okay – since it is chock filled with dairy, it doesn’t look that nice. Make this to eat it once it is done – not as a freezer meal.  


Pioneer Woman’s Cauliflower Soup
Ingredients
113 g butter

1/2 onion, diced

1 carrot, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 cauliflower head, chopped

2 tbsp dried parsley

2 liters vegetable stock

6 tbsp all-purpose flour

700 ml whole milk

Salt to taste


To serve: 237 ml sour cream.


How to…

Melt 4 tbsp butter in a large pot.
Add the onion to cook for a few minutes.
Add the diced carrot pieces and the celery pieces and cook for a few more minutes.
Add the cauliflower and the parsley and combine.
Cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes on low heat.
Pour in the stock, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and let it simmer.
Melt 4 tbsp butter in another pan.
Whisk the flour and milk together in a bowl.
Add the flour and milk to the butter, while whisking.
Add this mixture to the vegetable soup.
Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Taste and season.
Place the sour cream in the bottom of the serving bowl and add the soup gradually to the bowl, while stirring to combine.
Serve.
Posted: 18 Mar 14 05:03 • Comments
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”

― Virgil Kraft
Posted: 17 Mar 14 05:02 • Comments
“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”

― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Posted: 10 Mar 14 05:04 • Comments
“You don’t look like the librarians I remember,” he told her.


“We’ve changed. There was a whole press release issued about it, but we didn’t get much media coverage.”

- Almost SummerIllustration by Susan Mallery


I really think it is fun to play with the whole librarian stereotype at times. Basically because, of all the librarians I know, very few actually conform to it. I can’t say I know any Irma Pince. I know more librarians who are like Batgirl, or like the punker in the illustration below.


Image from Image from “Should a Library Have a Dress Code?” (Anderson, 1992).


My boss did tell me, at one point, that when I’m doing presentations to the public, to either go for the bun, the glasses, the tea or the cardigan – not all four of them. I shouldn’t live up to the stereotype.


But I like tea, damn it.


Also, the power a “shush” has is kind of cool.


 
Posted: 6 Mar 14 10:34 • Comments
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Posted: 3 Mar 14 04:01 • Comments
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Which includes buns filled with whipped cream.
Posted: 2 Mar 14 08:41 • Comments
The Crown Prince and his family reside at Skaugum, which is a farm in Asker municipality, just south-west of Oslo. This have been a tradition since the 20s.


The Asker bunad is based on a patterned cloth that was woven at the vicarage in Asker in 1807. The bunad feature the replicated cloth either in the skirt on the females or on a waistcoat in the male version. The vest for the females can be either green or red.


Unlike a lot of fancier bunads, which may be very embroidered or feature a lot of silver jewelry, this bunad is simple and plain. Though very beautiful in its simplicity.


Queen Sonja (then Crown Princess) and Princess Märtha Louise in the bunad in 1980 - greeting the children’s parade. And in 1981.


Princess Märtha Louise wearing an adult version.


In 2008, almost the whole Crown Princely family, save Marius, wore the Asker bunad while greeting the children’s parade.


It is definitely a bunad which shows where the family live and it is connected to them, but it is rarely, if ever, worn outside the municipality.
Posted: 1 Mar 14 04:00 • Comments
Chocolate cakeThe February recipe in the BBC GoodFood calendar was the Squidgy chocolate & pomegranate torte. 


My pomegranate wasn’t tasting as it should, so what ended up on the table was just the torte itself with the ganache.


I also don’t have access to a food processor at the moment, so I used my blender to blitz the almonds. It may have resulted in slightly bigger pieces, but not by much.


I brought the resulting cake with me to work, where it was promptly devoured. I even spotted some of my colleagues scraping the tin. The latter may be a sign that it should go on the list of cakes to make again.
Posted: 28 Feb 14 07:00 • Comments
Dear authors,


Usually, when I finish the most recent book in a series, I want to read more. A lot of the time, you tell me the name of the coming book in the end of the book.


If you have the name of the book and when it will be published – please make either an entry of it on Amazon (or a similar site) or on GoodReads. Amazon (or similar site) so I can pre-order it, or GoodReads so I can add it to list of books I want to buy.


By the time the next book comes up on either site for ordering or adding, I might have moved on and forgot all about that interesting book I wanted to read. After all, there are so many books out there, and so little time.


If you have it listed for pre-order, I will order it once I’m finished with the last book. I might not remember it by the time it actually is published, but it is then a very nice surprise to get it in the mail or on automatic download to the reading device.


It’s all about marketing savvy, isn’t it?


Anne


PS. I have been informed that it is possible to subscribe to updates from Authors at their author profile at Amazon. A good first step.
Posted: 27 Feb 14 04:00 • Comments
Her names are Leonor Lilian Maria.  She will be called Princess Leonor. Her title will be HRH The Duchess of Gotland
Posted: 26 Feb 14 09:14 • Comments
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