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sept 05 2008

My dog Duxie

Published by under Meg og mitt liv

 I had a flashback to my childhood today at university; a friend brought a dog she’s watching with her to «my» office; a black giant schnauzer female called Wilma. I never had a dog growing up (even though it was all I asked for every Christmas many years in a row), but we used to babysit the dog of a friend of my dad – also a giant schnauzer, a female called Duxie. I think we had her almost every other weekend and most of the school breaks and holidays, and during those three years she became a very loved family member. She had no dicipline since her owner really didn’t have any time to train and take proper care of her (he’s a taxi driver), but we were happy since she got to come to us quite frequently. She would jump up and place her big paws on your chest in order to lick your face; I’ve never been afraid of big excited dogs and I can thank Duxie for that. Somehow she thought she was a lap dog; you couldn’t sit in a couch for 5 minutes before she came over to you and tried to climb onto your lap. Her favourite trick was to sink her fluffy beard in her water bowl and then place her big head (and now dripping wet beard) on your knee. I still miss her, and some day I’ll get a big jumpy dog myself. I took some pictures of Wilma; Duxie didn’t look much like her; she was more athletic and had longer legs, but they’re the same breed. I don’t have any pictures of Duxie in digital, but here are some of Wilma. She’s such a sweetheart, it didn’t take her long time to accept my knee as a head-rest platform.

      Wilma

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sept 05 2008

Go Goat!

Published by under Meg og mitt liv

I’ve been feeling lonely all summer long, and now, 10 days until Tore comes home, I’ve finally gotten accustomed to and actually enjoying living by myself. I miss Tore, off course, and can’t wait for him to come home, but it’s a great thing to be alone sometimes. I spent all afternoon and evening first cleaning the apartment, then making one of the tastiest lasagnas I’ve ever tasted, with a big wonderful side-salad. The last months I’ve started to react to dairy-products (my doctor thinks it’s an allergy), so I’ve been experimenting with milk-subsitutes.

Today I tried goat milk and white goat cheese, since they contain lesser amounts of lactose than cow’s milk. The uncooked goat milk tasted…well, goat. I had some serious doubts whether to skip it, but then I used it anyway and it was fantastic! The goaty sharp taste melted into a mellow, still delicious and distinct flavour that went very well with the fresh vegetables and the tomatosauce. Very recommendable. I’ll plot down the recipe on the Oppskrifter-page. Talking to a foodie-friend just after consuming it (with great pleasure, all by myself), he told my about a similar dish, made by the swedish chef Tina Nordström. – She made a vegetarian lasagne with roasted aubergines and peppers, with a bechamel-sauce with chèvre (french goat cheese) – I have to try that variety the next time I make lasagna !

Tomorrow I’m going to a friends house-warming party, and I’ve made an agreement with my dear neighbour and oldest friend, F, that we both should bring some whisky in a jar(!). Alcohol is really expensive in Norway, and I can’t afford to bring and share an entire bottle of whisky with everyone, but bringing some in a jar with a lid is perfect. Besides, it gives you a perfect reason to sing «Whisky in a jar ‘o» !

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