Saturday, February 28, 2009
lizard shoes, Spanish El Naturalista (a company with some interesting eco projects going on), and I'm thrilled I was finally able to purch... get her for free. And as if the look, design and intricate outside details - just look at that gorgeously made lock in shape of a lizard - weren't enough to drool over, it turned out she had the most amazing apple green lining. With the perfect amount of compartments and such.
things necessary, and then some. Welcome to the family, Nora ~
Friday, February 27, 2009
A pastry filled with cookie crumbles, cacao, butter and the traditional Swedish liqueur punsch. Ingredients shaped into a roll, covered in green marzipan, the ends dipped in dark chocolate - hey presto, vacuum cleaner delight. Your typical Swedish resourcefulness covered in green.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Just thought I'd briefly no fuss mention my newish semi-secret - yeah right online - venture, as in my wee word and image smithy Prosit. Being somewhere between the planning stage and serious business one might say.
At least I've got me a snazzy looking site (happy, happy, even more grateful) and some lovely looking MOO cards (notice green backside on these recycled material cards.) So feel free to head over there and take a peek, you might find something you like. Any thoughts and questions, please get in touch
A while back being in the vicinity I thought I'd finally give the place a go. Something I very much wish I had done earlier when I tasted the food. Unpretentiously they serve different sandwiches, light foods like salads, pasta and pies, sweets, coffee and tea. Their menu has rather a few options for vegetarians. The portions of food seem to be very generous in general, hence food and possible dessert can be split in two. The tea is also served in nice large bowls. Everything at reasonable prices.
If it wasn't for the, with some exceptions (call dibs sofa seat in window), less than cosy interior all this makes for a long seating in good company. Well, I'm probably willing to overlook the less-than-cosy factor for the food and good company actually. Do I get non-grumpy points for that or what.
The pies are so pretty too look at in the fridge counter, they don't look nearly as good in the bowl drowned in custard. But they taste divine, in a homemade crunchy and chewy, sweet and sour way. Pretty close to pie heaven.
other places for food. More non-grumpy points to be had here.
During the warmer seasons the café has a small outdoor seating area on the pavement. Which could be nice if this wasn't at one of the busiest streets in Stockholm, I kind of fail to see the appeal of gulping down the food with an overdose of exhaust emissions. Non-grumpy just discerning and health conscious.
If you don't happen to walk in on a day when sullen face teenage girl serves the staff also gets thumbs up. Oh yes, extra plus for magenta coloured walls adorned with quirky art.
Café Bönor & Bakat (Beans & Baked)
S:t Eriksgatan 81, Stockholm
open Mon-Fri 8-22 (8 am-10 pm), Sat-Sun 9-22 (9 am-10 pm)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Like it being sweet and most pleasingly oomphy apple green with...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Yes today is Fat Tuesday - and I'll most probably, hopefully, get my lenten bun at my not so secret place of super semlas - so what better way to start a day that most certainly won't end very healthy (but for the soul that is) with something that's really good for you and your tummy. Granola. Or muesli as we Swedes say as in "müsli".
In general not a big fan of that am I, nor of corn flakes or any crunchy stuff you put in your milk, yogurt or sour milk (not as bad as it sounds, just plain Swedish "filmjölk".) I faintly recall kind of liking a bit of cornflakes in a bowl when I was a child, with sourmilk, ginger and sugar. Ages ago, statute-barred.
But this crunchy granola concoction - served with sour milk and some apple sauce - I quite like now and then. And I'm sure eating this will more than level any semlas eaten today. Or any day really. Recipe as follow, easy to change, omit and put together in accordance with your own nutty preferences. I'm sure that if you like fruity bits in your granola some dried berries and fruits might work really well in there too. Recipe as follows ~
3 dl spelt flakes
3 dl rye flakes
3 dl rolled oats
½ - 1 dl bran
3 tbsp flax or psyllium seeds
1 dl pecans, walnuts, macadamia
2 dl sunflower seeds or
1 dl sunflower seeds and 1 dl pumpkin seeds
1 dl chopped hazelnuts or almonds
3 tbsp brown sugar
Sprinkle it all out in a long roasting pan, roast in oven for about 30 minutes at 150-175 degrees C until everything is golden brown.
The ingredients I use are all organic, hence making this post another version of celebration of green this week.
Monday, February 23, 2009
As it happened I quite enjoyed the read. Rather a lot actually. It might have something to do with the fact that it was about a stressed out lawyer (check) who turned housekeeper after having made a fatal error at work. Or so she thought, since of course many things aren't always what they seem (although too predictable that bit was.)
I could so relate to a lot of the things and feelings she went through, the way she with time mellowed in her new life and got things in perspective. The way she had to keep a straight face when plebs (as in mostly her new employers) who clearly know very less than they think they know utter and act in the most ridiculous of ways. To show that you have a brain doesn't - sadly - always work in your advantage or is the diplomatic and longterm way to approach things.
Admittedly I don't play in the main character's domestically challenged league, I just celebrate the fact that a clean house is a sign of a wasted life and that any kind of idiot can live in order only a true genius master chaos (those notions are more than handy as far as I'm concerned.)
But I thoroughly enjoyed reading about a woman who didn't know how the washing machine worked thus ended up having to replace her employer's fancy clothes for thousands of £, who pretended to have trained with the award winning French chef Michel de la Roux de la Blanc but ended up ordering sandwiches for 20 instead of 2 from a catering service.
I can relate to the way she doesn't want to be useless and needing lessons for seemingly simple things but wanting to handle things on her own without asking the assistance from anyone. And working your a~~ off at work without getting any real appreciation, rather the opposite in fact from some people (although I'm pretty darn sure she at least got a more substantial appropriate salary for that a~~ off working.)
There was an intense love scene in the vegetable garden on a hot summer day and there were fresh raspberries involved and of course an interesting pleasing to the eye gardener with a sun tan. And as I've mentioned before, anything involving fresh raspberries will get my full and immediate attention of course.
The ending was a bit to easy slapdashy put together. But I suppose that comes with the genre. All and all, despite that, I thought it was a surprisingly good and entertaining book, that I recommend for some easy few hours of reading. Mustn't forget that from the book I also learnt the important lesson that you don't put dry chickpeas in the oven in order to make them melt.
With a very sudden return of winter with blizzards and relentless winds - though making a very pretty winter wonderland yet again - I'm glad I can at least enjoy feeling squeaky gree... ahem, clean with the scent of green green grass in soapy shower shape.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
But before first of all, do notice my world is now also sporting a rather snazzy footer - scroll down, can be found at the bottom of blog page - yes, it's *surprise* green. Me pleased. Very pleased.
Some beings have no choice but to endure the outdoors, come rain, come shine, come heat, come snow and freezing cold. Now they at least have a bespoke outfit of the unique, warming and mood lifting kind. That's quite comforting to know.
Friday, February 20, 2009
All dressed in green and ready to go. Pia's got a brand new dress. Thanks to one talented John - I'm so grateful and there'll be more than good thoughts coming your way - there'll be a lush, relaxed, summery feel in this realm of the blogosphere all year around.
Celebration time, under the sweet scent of a hyacinth there's cake for everyone - and as I'm in a generous mood, not only to those who find it in their heart to leave a comment for good green luck.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
My scent memory is a strong one - as I suppose it is in most beings - and some scents do linger on over many, many years (both on a concious as well as unconscious level.) And one of my long term favourite scent friends is the Nuxe multi purpose dry oil in the photo - multi purpose as in for body, face and hair - above. It has such a wonderful, tantalizing, swooning in a both uplifting and calming way scent to it.
The skincare product contains six precious plant oils which, I think, work wonders outside in and incapsulate oneself in a really lovely, yet subtle, scented longlasting manner. The oils are St John's wort, a plant due to its many powerful features is being used against various ailments, in calmatives, anti-depressants, herbal teas, antiseptics. If overdosed it can be poisonous. Borage, also a potent plant that contains many different oils and has anti-inflammatory properties. Camellia, is apparently more than a pretty flower.
Not the cheapest of products, but of very high quality and worth every drop of enchanting loveliness and velvety feel of skin. Not to mention swoon factor. Now and then one deserves a treat. I once tried the oil version that contains golden particles for extra shimmer. Big mistake. The shimmer particles rubbed off everywhere, on clothes and things I handled. Silly product.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
One (or more) of course being a créme de la créme British Shorthair. The typical lovable, jovial, purringly cuddly and always outstandingly clever looking type of feline. And oh yes, if I haven't mentioned that before, they're also rather adorable looking. Kind of. In a certain irresistable way.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
This is soy. No it isn't edible - despite liquorice nose interest, but on the other hand, that nose thinks most anything should be tried out as food - it's yarn. In a mix of wool and soy. The colour, perhaps not quite visible in the photos, is a lovely soft sweet shade blend of white, grey, purple, violet. The plan is, when I've finished some (too long) ongoing yarn projects I'll turn these hanks into a cosy long scarf. One perfect way to beat the winter blues.read more here and here
Today I will graciously let the hands do the talking. Since they're all spruced up and ready to show off. Or at least that was the general idea and what I had hoped for when I finally got my hands on - oh the pun of it - a much coveted trainee treatment at prestigious - home of the world renowned Swedish massage - Axelsons Gymnastical Institute.
I have been known to find more or less delight in their different supplies of trainee treatments, massages, zone therapy, shiatsu, facials, pedicures. For about 1/3 of the cost of a salon treatment you get a usually rather good, no frills, experience for sore muscles and worn minds. This was however my first go at the manicure. Nature cosmetics only, hence no varnish and such.
And I think I can safely say that this was my first and only go at it. Because as lovely as the hand massage was - mmm... - the rest of the treatment I can do, and do, at home. Myself. Oil, hand bath, scrub, a very passing cuticle treatment, nail filing, French manicure... And the uncomfortable position I had to sit in during that just over an hour treatment left me in aching need of a full body massage. Which of course just might have been the purpose.
I have been, and still am I suppose, contemplating taking some of their classes. I'd love to learn more about aromatherapy, massage at work - a whole lot of people in need of a regular work day moment of relaxation out there - and just for the pleasure and adorable fun of it, take a weekend course in dog and cat massage.
One unexpected effect of the manicure though, was that I am now able to actually lift a man in hand all by myself. That's quite impressive, don't you think?
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Remember the ethereal pottering last December? This is what became of my first attempt of making skincare products, natural ingredients only. Foot salt. Which has a heavenly scent of roses, but also - feeling slightly Simon & Garfunkel - rosemary and thyme. And obviously organic sea salt. All ingredients having their own purpose in the mix. M seriously suggests I should try the product myself before I give it away as a gift, the risk of feet falling off being rather imminent. Silly, I know.
I'm now moving on to making some interesting sugar body scrubs with herbs and essential oils that can make a weaker woman than me (of course) swoon by just a whiff of its deliciousness. And oh yes, I will then venture into the unknown by using chocolate for outer body purposes. I'm feeling daringly adventerous.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Enjoy and have a lovely February 14th, however you chose to spend it ~