Growing things

It’s been a rather busy weekend, full of hard work. When we haven’t been moving stuff, we have been cleaning. Or unpacking. Or looking for lost stuff in the countless boxes and bags. But the worst part of this entire move is over, and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. A few more days (or a weekend) and our new flat might actually look like a proper home.

So I’ve already started thinking about making it feel like home, and at the top of my list is getting more plants, and definitely trying to grow stuff – I’ll definitely give chillies a go (I hear they are easy!) and peppers, but I’m also thinking it would be quite fun to give an avocado plant a try. The internet is telling me that this is a very lengthy process (about 10-12 months before you actually have a three) but I might give it a go nonetheless. It’ll probably be a tree by the time we have to move again! (I really hope that won’t be the case.)

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A healthy weekend

Blending vegetables is rather popular right now, and this weekend I’ve blended loads. With fruits and seeds. I have baked some leafs too, and pretended they were crisps.

But to be fair, it was actually pretty delicious (I’m still making up my mind about the baed kale crisps, but they weren’t bad), so I thought I’d share.

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The first one I made contained one green apple, a handful of blueberries, a handful of raspberries, a handful of frozen spinach, a handful of left kale, the juice of half a lemon, a slice of fresh pineapple, and chia seeds. It didn’t come out quite a smooth as I was hoping, but the taste was still delicious.

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The second one I made Saturday morning. I used one banana, a handful of blueberries and a handful of raspberries, mixed with a splash of soy milk and loads of ice. A nice smooth way to start a day. But definitely make sure it’s ice-cold, so it’s not too heavy.

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The baked leafs. Also known as kale crisps. In my first attempt they became completely black, but the second attempt turned out alright. I used around a handful of leafy kale, washed them and put them in a bowl with about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of turmeric, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. I think you can pretty much use any spices that you wish. I baked them for around 10-15 minutes, until crispy but still green (There’s a fine line between ‘perfect’ and ‘black’). In hindsight, I would have used less cayenne pepper, as they were a tad spicy – On the other hand they did seem to clear my head of the cold I’ve been struggling to get rid of for ages.

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TV series favourites

I love TV series. I could easily take a whole weekend out, stay in bed, and go through an entire season (or more). To be honest, I would consider that a pretty good weekend. Below are a few of my all time favourites as an inspiration. If you haven’t watched them, I can definitely recommend you too – In my opinion they are all brilliant in their own way.

Borgen: Borgen is a Danish political drama series about a female prime minister, Birgitte Nyborg. It’s about her political struggles, personal struggles, about spin doctors and journalists. I think the reason why I love it so much, is because of the mix of political games, personal drama, and the link between the two. Furthermore it’s full of great actors which never hurts, right? Thankfully all seasons have been shown on BBC4 (thanks, BBC) just a short time after they aired in Denmark.

The Killing: The original Danish version that is. I haven’t seen the american remake, but I can’t imagine it will be as good as the original version. The Killing is a crime series revolving around a rather alternative female investigator, Sarah Lund, who has got a deep love for woolly sweaters. Each season she investigate one murder case. Again, this series achieves a brilliant mix between the cases, and the characters personal struggles. It is set in Copenhagen, and is a rather dark series. I love the down to earth-ness it conveys, while being very difficult to let go.

Dexter: Dexter is probably my all time favourite show. I have watched it since it came out, some seasons several times, and I am still hooked now as the final season 8 is currently out. It is brilliantly dark, humorous,  and very well filmed. The show is about Dexter Morgan, officially a blood spatter expert with Miami Metro, unofficially a serial killer. But due to his late foster father Harry, Dexter has a code. He can only kill bad people. The fact that his bad mouthed sister Debra is also a police officer/lieutenant at his station does not make it easier. Dexter’s constant battle with his inner ‘Dark Passenger’, having a normal life with friends, family and girlfriends, avoiding being caught, and hunting down his victims while solving cases in his day job (usually related in some way) makes this series, for me anyway, perfect.

Twin Peaks: A classic. Really does not need much introduction. Dale Cooper, Special agent for the FBI investigates the murder of Laura Palmer in the small town of Twin Peaks. At points Twin Peaks resembles a horror film, always quirky, sometimes supernatural, weird humor, and great characters. Twin Peaks is a must-see.

Big Love: Big Love is a series about a fictional mormon family in Utah that practices polygamy. It’s a very different story from what is normally seen in big TV series, but it works extremely well. The series is about their problems with mormon relatives from the compound, being a polygamy family in a ‘normal’ society, and trying to hide the fact that they live the way they do from neighbours and the people in the town. It is about the relationships they have with each other within the family, their children, intrigue, jealousy, being a mormon family in a modern society, and, of course, love. It’s a great series starring well-known film stars such as Bill Paxton, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Chloë Sevigny.

Next up for me must be Breaking Bad (I know, hopelessly late) and the Sopranos, which I have always wanted to see, but never got around to it.

What are your favourite series?

Birthday Wishes

I’m turning 27 tomorrow. No choice. Ready or not. Where exactly are you supposed to be in life when you turn 27? I’m pretty happy with where I am to be honest. And who decides where we ought to be at certain ages anyway?

These are a few of my material wishes this year:

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From top left: 1. Pots and plants for out terrace 2. Chinese lanterns for same terrace 3. A Sheepskin for the living room 4. A pair of white converse low tops 5. Nike Freerun 5.0 in black 6. An original Fjallraven backpack (Not because I’m a hipster, but because I’m scandinavian, mind you) 7. Knot ring (loads of them on Etsy.com) 8. Chanel nail polish in summery shades

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Something about creating things

Ever since I could hold a pencil I have drawn on all the blank papers I came near. In the beginning strange looking people with big heads and small bodies, later on mostly horses and other animals. the childish innocent imagination has developed into adult thoughts and feelings, and my recent creations have been rather dark. (you can see some of them here)

I find that painting is a very personal thing, and more than the finished product I enjoy the process. Shutting everything out for a while and only concentrate on shapes and colours and shadows. I have always found it rather nerve-wrecking sharing my things with others, as taste is very different and some of my things, granted, probably only appeal to a rather small audience at the moment.

I have never the less set up a little shop online, on one of my own personal favourite websites, Etsy. Can surf around in there for ages and be amazed over how many creative people there are in this world.

Stop by and have a look right here

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Current cravings

ImageA big dog to take for long walks. A pair of Birkenstock Amazonas (although they do remind me a bit of nurses… hmm. I’m telling myself that in the black version they’re cool). An exercise ball and a yoga mat (oh yes) and obviously the best fruit in the world, mango.

hope you’re all enjoying the summer out there!

Salty Almonds

I have discovered something great. And easy. And much better than crisps. Salty Almonds. They’re really easy and lovely either as a snack or in summer salads.

You need:

200 grams of almonds

Salt

Water

Bring 2 dl of water to boil. When boiling, stir 4-5 tablespoons of salt in until it’s completely dissolved. Pour the salty water into a bowl with the almonds and let it stand for 20-25 minutes. When done, spread the almonds out in one layer on a baking tray and bake them in the oven at 150 degrees for 20 minutes until the almonds are crisp. (might vary depending on your oven).

Leave to cool, and thats it! You can adjust the amount of salt and soaking time after how salty you want them to be.

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June according to Instagram

June has been an eventful month. Just to mention a few happenings it’s involved a flat move, a holiday, and final bachelor exams. It has been hectic, stressful, wonderful, and fun.

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From left to right: 1. Got our the keys to pur new flat. Such a happy day. 2. And moved in! 3. ate amazing pizzas to celebrate (also, had no food in the house after a day of moving). Can more than recommend The Nag’s Head in Walthamstow Village for lovely pizzas. 4. More celebration, this time in The village Pub, also in Walthamstow Village. Authentic English pub with a nice beer garden. 5. I’ve made an effort with by breakfasts and 6. Been struck by creativity. Really need to start painting for real again.

 

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1. I have made the most of our new terrace. Perfect timing to move to a flat with a nice outside area (And not just a car park). 2. Wise words. And very relevant when you feel slightly lost and unsure of what you’re actually doing and what you’re supposed to do. 3. More advantage-taking of our new terrace. Lovely, although slightly chilly evening with two brothers. 4. Best. sweets. ever.

for more everyday snaps as it’s happening you can follow me on Instagram @AskeIda

Postcard from Denmark

Delayed, as postcards normally are. Got back to a cold, grey London yesterday with mixed feelings, after a week in Denmark with better weather than we could have ever hoped for and lots of quality time with family and friends.

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Taking pictures of food = mental illness?

I admit it. I am one of those annoying people who will occasionally take pictures of my food and share it on various social networks. It is quite a strange thing to share really, if you think about it. Why would anyone else be interested in what I had for breakfast on a regular Tuesday morning? But I’m not the only one. Far from actually. My own Instagram, twitter, and Facebook feeds are filled up with pictures of food, healthy, indulgent, or spectacular. This is obviously a trend of the time we live in.

I came across this article from the Huffington Post a few days back, where a Canadian health expert raises the question of how healthy we really are when we feel the need to share images of food on a daily basis, and document every meal. She links it to the possibility of existing or brewing mental health problems and says that obsessively documenting ones meals could be a signal of larger dieting problems.

As she says, we take picture of the things in our life that is important to us, and for some people the food overshadows everything else, such as company of location.  So why do we do it? I can only really speak for myself, and having given this some thought I believe there are various reasons; show of (yes, don’t pretend you don’t do it too) or simply sharing. In some cases the food act as the tool to remember a special moment. But I would never consider myself to be obsessive with documenting what I eat. I do however think that the discussion is very valid, as we do live in a society where image is everything, especially in terms of online presence and communicating with people that you might not know in real life. Or perhaps showing your friends what a fabulous time you’re having, or how healthy you eat.

I am sure that I will continue to document the food I eat, and I don’t see a problem with it. But anything to do with eating will always be linked with mental health discussions, and a case like this rightly should be. Whether or not it is a serious issue is still to be discovered, and it might not be. But in many cases it does seem that food is the key element in social interaction.

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