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feb 28 2010

Ooomschicka Ooomschicka WOW!

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGOO8ZhWFR4&feature=player_embedded

OMG! Why don’t they make workout videos like this anymore? I didn’t do anything but sit on my office chair and watch the video 34 times whilst laughing hysterically, but the laughing made me loose at least 3 pounds and now my tummy hurts.

YOU GOTTA MOVE THAT BOOGEY BODY!

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feb 28 2010

Sunday Morning Music

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My boyfriend always gets up before me and wakes me when he thinks it’s time for me to get out of bed (always earlier than my opinion). Anyway, I’ve uttered some complaints to his mode of waking me up – turning on the lights or playing loud obnocious metal – but this morning he’d made an effort to wake me in a nice way. He put on this song;

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and sung it to me whilst swaying side-to-side in a dance-like manner at the bed side. I couldn’t get grumpy if I’d wanted to, I was laughing so hard. Good job honey!

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feb 24 2010

Rats & müsli

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Don’t you just hate it when you want a quick and easy breakfast, grab for the müsli and find the bag empty ? Well, I’ve discovered how to prevent my müsli from mysteriously disappearing:  To just not leave it in a place where the highly opportunistic rodents I share my home with can get to it. Like my sofa table.
Luckily I bought two  bags of my cheap brand, super delicious müsli last time I went shopping, and the bag on the table only had a little bit left in it so…I let them have it. They were so dadgum cute, eating as fast as they could, desperately trying to stuff their soft bellies with as much müsli as possible before I would take them away from it. Benny’d even positioned himself inside the müsli bag for easy access.
Fredrik, munching away as quick as he could. I don’t think he got a belly ache, I removed the müsli before they’d the chance to eat too much. Besides, rats have huge stomachs, built for binge eating. I mean, their bodies are more or less head – stomach – tiny legs. I call them my furry sausages.

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feb 22 2010

Best.Wok.Ever!

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Recipe coming soon. It has almonds in it. And loads of ginger and garlic. My favourites. And two types of noodles! Naughty, I know, but they were goood together. Meanwhile, whilst waiting for the recipe, go watch Where The Wild Things Are; it has the cutest monsters in it. They’re not by far as scary as the ones in the book (I had night mares about them when I read the book as a kid).

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feb 20 2010

I’m cold

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..and have been all day. Wool stockings, slippers, fleece and wool sweaters in several layers. Huddling up in a huge green fuzzy fleece cover on the couch while sipping close-to-scorching hot Early Grey tea. Still cold!
I felt even colder than that time when I jumped into the Arctic ocean wearing nothing but a bikini.
As with  many other problems I decided to solve this one with food – French onion soup that is. I chopped and slized and chopped 7 (!) medium sized yellow onions and two cloves of Chinese garlic, sautéed all of it in a generous dab of butter for half an hour until the onions had caramellized beautifully and shrunk down to a minimum of their original size. Then I added a tablespoon of flour, a bay leaf, some dried thyme, a splash of white wine vinegar, water and chicken stock. After some more gentle simmering the soup was ready – almost. I couldn’t resist dunking a thick slice of bread and a thick slice of cheese into each bowl of soup and pop them under the grill for a couple of seconds. To my horror a part of the bread got a bit burned, but after I’d immersed it into the golden delicious liquid that is French onion soup, I didn’t even notice any burnt flavour.
The sweetness of the caramellized onions is amazing! I didn’t add a single sugar crystal into the mix, all the sweetness came from the onions themselves. Delicious. I won’t even tell how much of the sweet sweet onions I noshed on before they made it into the soup.
Onions are healthy too! Did you know that onions and garlic are two of the most benefitial vegetables against cancer? They’re stock full of anti-grazing agents that prevent them from getting grazed on by animals, except us humans that’ve figured out the trick of cooking onions before ingesting them. These anti-grazing agents are anti-cancerous, so keep the onion soups coming!

Sadly, still after a very satisfying bowl of soup I hadn’t completely warmed up. The thought of going outside, getting the laundry and then walking back home again was horrifying. This is where having a nice boyfriend comes in handy. I nagged and pleaded and promised to do all the house chores tomorrow if only he’d do the laundry today (we usually do the laundry together). Not only did he comply, when he got back, he piled a giant mound of  hot, fresh-from-the-drier bed sheets  (oh, how I love thee!) all over me, submerging me completely and finally heating me through and through. Joy!

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feb 18 2010

Series : Animals I’d Like To Meet

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This is Caplin Rous, a capybara that lives as a pet with his family in Texas. Caplin is a capybara (Norwegian : Flodsvin). Capybaras live in most of South America, whilst Caplin comes from a farm in the US that breeds capybaras. I’m not sure what I think about keeping capybaras as pets, I’m generally against keeping wild animals as pets, but from reading Caplin’s blog it seems like he’s quite happy! Capybaras are very social animals that communicate with peeps and chirps, similar to Guinea pigs, which they are related to.

I’ve actually met a capybara before, in a zoo. It was very friendly, it came over to the fence and when I scratched his head he closed his eyes and stood still for the whole time I petted him.

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feb 17 2010

It’s all about balance

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I believe in a diet where I do not forbid myself any kind of food. If I feel like a hamburger on a Tuesday, I’ll make a hamburger, but then maybe have soup or a salad on Wednesday. A voice in my head – or was it my stomach – convinced me to make spaghetti and meatballs last night, and the same voice made me melt some butter, soften half a clove of garlic in it, then pour the cooked pasta into the garlic-butter heaven and coat the pasta with it. As if that wasn’t enough, I added a small mountain of cheese on top. And I didn’t feel guilty one second whilst eating, only happy. Because today, I first took a 2 hour walk with my walking buddy Caesar, and then came home and invented a new kind of tomato-based fish casserole with pollock and black olives. I accidently dropped half a teaspoon of dried tarragon into it along with basil and thyme. I would never think of adding tarragon but it brought out the sweetness from the carrots and tomatoes wonderfully and gave a dish a special and nice flavour. It’s a stayer!

I added red lentils to the potatoes for some extra fiber, and the potato-lentil mash turned out nicely. It too got an extra clove of garlic, I must be on some garlic craving frenzy.

A quick list of ingredients and how-to’s for the pollock/saithe tomato casserole:

  • Fry two chopped medium onions,  along with two small, diced carrots in some rapeseed oi. Add 1-2 minced clove of garlic (I used one whole chinese garlic bulb) and fry gently until fragrant.
  • Add 2 cans of whole tomatoes.
  • Add  a pinch each of the following: dried basil, oregano, marjoram, tarragon and thyme. Then add a pinch of dried red chili flakes,  a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt or celery salt. You’ll add more salt later through olives, so don’t salt as much as you normally do.Let simmer without a lid for 20 minutes.
  • Add the fish, either fresh or frozen. I used frozen, and let it thaw in the tomato juices. I let the casserole simmer at a slight boil for an hour all together, until the sauce had thickened slightly and the fish was cooked through.
  • About 10 minutes before you’re done add a handful of olives, and check seasoning for taste.
  • Lentil – potato mash: Cook potatoes with red split lentils and a clove of garlic in unsalted water. When the potatoes are cooked through, the lentils are too. Pour off the water, add a tablespoon of butter or oil, and enough milk or cream to give the mash the wanted consistency. Season with freshly ground black pepper and grated nutmeg, and salt. Divine!

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feb 16 2010

A tee for Mr.T

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I just found the perfect gift for my dear boyfriend Mr. T  : A Mr.T t-shirt!

He loves t-shirts and he loves Mr.T, so I can’t wait to give it to him on May 4th! I may actually order it now and give it to him as a pre-birthday gift. I love giving away gifts, especially gifts like this, were I’m almost 100 % certain that the receiver will love the gift. I’ll just have to make sure he doesn’t read my blog !

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feb 15 2010

Happy Valentines day!

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I found these fluffbunnies snuggled up on my bed today. Even rats know how to celebrate the most romantic day of the year! The way Gunnars pink little toes curl up like that just melts my heart…so cute!

I didn’t get any flowers today, but I did get a 750 gram bag of Earl Grey tea and mint chocolates that were waaayy to sweet for me. Did I mention that Mr. T loves tea ? Hmm…what a coincidence that he got me more tea than I can ever drink in a lifetime.. oh well, I’m positive he’ll make it up to me as soon as we’re done with the student life and actually have paying jobs!

Students or not, we DID treat ourselves to a special dinner – HOMEMADE SUSHI! I adore sushi and I could eat it every day for the rest of my life. Okay, that would become boring, but once a week – no problem.

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feb 14 2010

Gunnar

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- in his current favorite hang out spot – my book shelf! My lovely emo rat, grumpy towards the other rats, and happy when left alone in my bedrom, has chosen the Munchkin card game box as his place to be. He’ll sleep on that box for hours, and socks that I offer him to make a softer bed get pushed away with an indignant air.

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