My Favourite Chocolate Cake

This image is from Klikk.no

This image is from Klikk.no

We have celebrated father’s day today. We started the day by letting Husband sleep in, Son and I woke him up at ten. He received his breakfast in bed. As he got up Son and I baked the best chocolate cake ever. Then we travelled across the fjord to my parents where we spent the rest of the day.

I dag har vi feiret farsdagen. Vi begynte med å vekke Mannen, etter at han hadde fått sovet helt til klokka ti, med frokost på senga. Mens han gjorde seg klar bakte vi verdens beste sjokoladekake før vi dro over fjorden til familien min hvor vi tilbrakte resten av dagen.


Son had a blast, playing with my brother, his girlfriend, my parents and my grandmother, my father’s mother. I think everybody’s happy about the day. But, back to the cake. I was considering keeping this one a secret, try to make it a “family secret”, but I found it online, it’s already out there. And; it’s too good not to share!

Sønn har hatt en fantastisk dag, han har lekt med min bror, hans kjæreste, mine foreldre og min farmor. Jeg tror alle er fornøyd med dagen. Men tilbake til kaka. Jeg lurte på om jeg burde prøve å holde denne oppskrifta en familiehemmelighet, men jeg fant den online så den er jo fremdeles publisert og lett å finne. Den er også for god til å holde for seg selv.

You need:

2 tablespoons coffee (cognac or rum will also do)

120 grams chocolate

100 grams butter

3 eggwhites

3 eggyolks

1 tablespoon sugar

A pinch of salt

50 grams ground almonds

50 grams flours

Icing:

100 grams chocolate

5 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoon of coffe (or rum or cognac)

Almond flakes for decorations

 

Du trenger:

2 ss kaffe (rom eller konjakk)

120 g sjokolade

100 g smør

100 g sukker

3 stk eggeplomme

3 stk eggehviter

1 ss sukker

1 klype salt

50 g malte mandler (du kan male dem med en stavmikser ellerkjøkkenmaskin)

50 g mel

Glasur:

100 g sjokolade

5 ss smør

2 ss kaffe (rom eller konjakk)

mandelflak (mandelskiver) til pynt

First whisk butter and sugar to a white creamy consistency, butter needs to be at room temperature. Melt the chocolate with the coffee (or alcohol if you prefer). Grind the almonds and stir the yolks. Add it all together.

Visp romtemperert smør og sukker sammen til en kremete konsistens. Smelt sjokoladen sammen med kaffien. Mal mandlene. Rør eggeplommene godt sammen. Bland det sammen.

Whip the egg whites, sugar and salt until it’s fluffy and white.

Visp eggehviter, sukker og salt sammen til hvit krem.

 

Cook for 22 mins at 175 degrees.

Stek på 175 grader I 22 minutt.

 

Simply melt the chocolate, butter and coffee, let both it and the cake cool and spread on the cake. Decorate the side of the cake with the almond flakes. Enjoy!

 

Smelt sjokolade, smør og kaffe, la glasuren og kaka avkjøle og smør det på. Pynt langs kanten med mandelflak. Nyt!

 

Booby Talk

You don't have to match your grandmother's underwear to find the correct size

You don't have to match your grandmother's underwear to find the correct size

Moving onto a personal subject here, but people need to be informed! Are you a size D or larger? If not, skip this blog post, if you are, read on.

My life changed when I found Bravissimo in Scotland. I have always been struggling to find the correct bra size, and the few times I have done so in Norway my wallet and VISA card have needed respiratory aid afterwards. Having larger than average boobs isn’t easy, and not having the right support for your girlies can lead to quite a nightmare. Not having the right support in your every day life leads to backaches, stooping postures and insecurity when it comes to clothes. Adding an active lifestyle to the mix, creates even more challenges. If you don’t have larger than average boobs (but decided to continue reading after all) let me try to explain what it feels like. Hang two bags of sugar, the regular type you find in the store of about 1 kg, over around your neck. This is the weight of someone with about an F-cup. Walk around with that for a day or two? How do you think it feels? Now try running. Or jumping. Now, imagine that you have nerves inside those bags as well, and than the bags of sugar also feel the pain of the bouncing. Wearing the wrong bra can feel just like that. And for all these reasons, and so many more, it is thus so important to find the correct bra size.

Next time you’re going to Britland (somewhere in Great Britain) look up a Bravissimo store and get fitted. Getting fitted doesn’t cost anything, and the bras cost a lot less than they do in Norway. You can also chose from a variety of different lingerie sets, and they now also have their own clothing line. For me, the Bravissimo stores are reason enough to go to Britland. You can find the different stores here

Dick&Daisy have a few Freya sets available now, and a few lingerie shops also have a few sets from brands such as Fantasie and Panache, but they are seriously expensive, and there is not much to chose from.

If you already know your bra size I recommend the Bravissimo online store, but if you are insecure about your size I would absolutely recommend a fitting.

 

Chicken Nuggets

I have recently developed an awareness to what is actually to be found in processed food. I’m trying not to become too hysterical about it and keep a healthy view on food. My general belief is that if you can’t recognise the contents of something as food, you should stay away from it.

I am ill today and haven’t wanted anything to eat all day, so I have no problems watching this video. If you have recently been to McDonalds or are planning on having a late night snack, or a meal, anytime in the near future, then I’d advice you not to see this film. 

If you want to make your own chicken nuggets (or any other type of nuggets) it is dead simple! (a bit more expensive though)

Cut chicken breast into small nugget-size pieces. Whisk an egg and pour into a soup plate, pour a few table spoons bread crumbs onto a second soup plate (You can also mix in sesame seeds with the crumbs). Season the chicken as you prefer, then dip the chicken pieces in the egg. Continue to cover them with crumbs and fry in a pan using a bit of canola oil. You need a bit more oil than normal here to get a crispy brown surface on the chicken. Fry until they are light brown and crispy on both sides.

These nuggets are delicious for dinner, in a salad or as a snack. Enjoy!

Writing

Being a student I am, of course, of those who need to write quite a lot. And in those cases where it is easier to use a pen than a computer, it’s important to have a good pen!

When I was in one of my first years of primary school, pupils who didn’t hold the pencil properly were given a small rubber thing to use on their pencils to develop an ergonomically correct grip. I held my pencil correctly, but desperately wanted one of these things, and so I changes my grip. My teacher saw this as what it was, and wouldn’t give me one, and result is, I changed the way I held the pen, and kept the incorrect grip for the following 15 years. Writing exams and such turned out to be a painful ordeal and while working at an office supply store, I decided to change back. I found the perfect pen to help me do this, and actually managed after a very short time. I was ecstatic. I fell in love with the pen, but soon after it went off the market in Norway, and I couldn’t find it anywhere. While driving through Germany as part of our honeymoon in 2008 I found the pen again in Germany. I stocked up, but a few pens and even more refills, but now I was getting low on refills, and I only had one pen left. I searched the internet, trying every trick in the book, and found it in some webstores. But I refuse to pay 200NKr, 20 pounds, or 35$ for a pen, which is what the price came to with shipping and all. So I contacted Schneider directly, poured my heart out in an e-mail, and was astonished when I received an answer; and then even more astonished over what it said. They would send me three pens and refill cartridges free of charge. I love this pen even more now!

I love this season

The house is quiet, I’m tired. I have a few candles burning and a huge cup of tea with my favourite blend sweetened with just a wee bit of honey. Tea cups can, in my opinion, not be big enough. My favourite at home is this green cup that holds 6dl (that’s a bit more than a pint). As you can imagine, I don’t like my tea too hot…

My favourite blend these days is green Marani tea, from the TeeGschwendner in Germany. The tea is a Japanese and Chinese blend with rose, cornflower and sunflower blossoms as well as pineapple. With a tea spoon of honey it’s perfect! I found it while in Berlin last Novembre, bought a small bag, which I regretted when it was empty after about a month. Husband was in Berlin again in May and bought home a large bag which I hope will last until the end of the winter season. Shipping charges from the online store are ridiculous and not even worth considering, so I hope friends and family will take advantage of the direct flights to Berlin and bring me home some tea every now and then.

I usually drink my tea with a bit of honey, and have just found out the hard way that honey isn’t just honey. I usually buy a local variety, but didn’t find it last time I was in the shops, so I bought a similar looking one at approximately the same price. The taste is very different, and when used in tea the taste of the honey is rather prominent. Well, we live and learn.