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I can’t believe it took me this long to have the urge to make only ONE cupcake, or some form of dessert. But today as winter struck again, I decided to bake. Bake what? I had no idea, until I googled recipes for single-serving desserts and stumbled upon these awesome recipes by Katie’s Healthy Dessert Blog. Everything from mocha chocolate cakes to baking a cupcake in a mug, this lady has figured out the pleasures of cleverly making small batches. Now go get creative, and happy baking!

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An extremely late post, but Happy belated Valentine’s to everyone! Whether you shared it with that special someone or not, it’s still a fun day to tell friends and family how much you care about them. My mother sent me the obligatory Valentine heart candies from the States. Feeling in the holiday mood, I made a little banner that hangs in our kitchen, and later in the evening, my sweetie brought white roses home. Marmalade has had fun eating them. The best surprise though, was going to Spiseloppen for dinner. We both had helstegt kronhjort tyksteg (roasted red deer sirloin). A bottle of red wine and a piece of chocolate cake ended our special day. Now, it’s back to reality!

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photo-20Yesterday Anders and I cycled out to the frozen ocean. It can be worth a venture into the cold even if the skies have been light grey all day. Out in this side of Amagerstrand there are small villages with even smaller houses that people in the city use to escape. It is the perfect place to be in the summer, right by the ocean with all your summer flowers and the freshest air… oh how I miss the sun!

Today we’re off to Ikea to pick up our new couch! Then we’ll be cooking dinner for Anders’ father since he’s driving us… we’re thinking confit de canard. And for dessert I’m making an adaptation of my friend Josh’s parsnip cake, who works at Noma’s Nordic Food Lab. It looks absolutely delicious!

 

Barcelona

Merry Christmas from Barcelona!

My family and I are only a few days into our trip and we’ve already seen so much. The apartment we’re staying at is in a great neighborhood and we can get to many places by foot — Barcelona is full of big boulevards and quaint little alleyways. I think my favorite part is simply getting lost :). Yesterday we visited La Sagrada Familia and ate at two fantastic restaurants: Euskal Etxea and Montiel Restaurante (espai gastronomic). Plenty of delicious fish tapas and at Montiel I had a spice sausage rice dish with the biggest portion of lobster I’ve ever seen! On Friday, my brother Christopher and I ventured out to a wine bar named El Bitxo, an old-fashioned cocktail bar called Ginger, and managed to stumble upon a Spanish club for some dancing. The photo above is of a refreshing young white wine I had at El Bitxo, and the name Menganito (Verdejo) translates to “John Doe”… All of their wine labels were so clever!

Since most of the city’s restaurants will be closed these next few days, we’ll be visiting the museums including Picasso, Dali, and perhaps rent a car and visit Monserrat! I’m looking forward to heading into the Spanish mountains, they are absolutely breath-taking.

I’m shooting our trip with film, so eventually I’ll get the rolls developed and scanned and share some.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

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The inevitable first-cold-of-the-winter has stricken me without warning, and I’ve been bed ridden all day, dreaming of the comfort food I wish to cook but can’t! Normally, Momma is at my rescue without hesitation. With an ocean separating us, I’m lucky to have someone else take care of me and deliver the thing I’ve been craving all day: a big delicious BURGER. In my achey state, I feel like any burger I attempt will be similar to this one Julia Child made on David Letterman… beef tartare au gratin:

 

Anders taught me about the “Danish version” of Julia, named Kirsten Hüttemeiers, and appropriately a good parody of her. Oh, I know what is on my Christmas list now… Mastering the Art of French Cooking!

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In just about three weeks time I’m moving with my lovely Anders into our own apartment! There’s nothing quite like starting over in a new place, purging the old clutter and making way for the new. I live for the opportunity to go through old boxes one last time and decide to keep or toss something. And of course, I love re-organizing.

We’ve been earnestly discussing how to get creative with storage, furniture, decorating/framing, and kitchen item things. Scouring the internet for inspiration, Anders and I came across some golden ideas and some copper pots, ha! Well as the time gets closer to the move, I’ll write about our progress and any little trinkets we acquire, so stay tuned!

What are some of your favorite DIY pieces in your little homes?

1 Storage Box Idea

This great storage idea from Apartment Therapy is comprised of IKEA boxes and simple binder clips. But why spend money on a bunch of IKEA boxes when there are boxes being tossed out every day? I have been salvaging vegetable crates that you can find at any grocery store, they’re everywhere! If you’re worried about cleanliness, just take a coat of clear sealant to them and add a bit of color to the inside like the IKEA idea. They’re sturdy enough to hold veggies, so they can hold your books as well! With hardly any money spent on the boxes, perhaps you can save up for fancier support instead of binder clips.

2 Tripod Light

Anders has a broken tripod somewhere, so this idea from My Second Hand Life is perfect. Combined with some white strings of holiday lights I have around the window, it will give a nice soft light during the evening.

3 Pallet Love Seat

Some more free wood! My good friends Maurice and Astrid made their own 2-person pallet couch and Astrid did a lovely job sewing some dark grey cushions. They threw a Greenlandic reindeer skin on to keep their bums warm. Smart.

4 Copper Cookware

Cooking is like breathing. You do it every day. You need it. You don’t generally breathe in crap, so why cook with crap? I’m SO looking forward to investing in some proper cookware, and I’m definitely a sucker for copper. I’m into the new technology of stainless steel inner with copper outer– it reduces the risk of copper getting into your food if damage occurs, still heats food ridiculously fast, and just looks beautiful. I’m fond of brands like All-Clad, but I drool for a cookware set from Mauviel.

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…These few items!

The snow is falling constantly here in Copenhagen, so I’ve naturally taken to a few items that help beat the harsh weather.

1 Claus Meyer’s Almanak – This monster of a recipe book is weekly-inspired by what is in season here in Denmark, with little snippets of facts about the produce and why it’s good for our health!
2 Acne Lambswool Scarf – A neck-saver for those windy days.
3 Cheap Monday Second-Skin pants – I’ll admit that all of my pants are Cheap Monday! I’m mostly made out of legs, so the high waist style gives me plenty of length and fits beautifully all around. Black is always a natural go-to during winter for me, so I’ve been enjoying this Hunter Green shade.
4 Second Female Ice Knit – Warm, versatile, you can throw a cotton tank-top under it or dress it up with a nice blouse. I love this knit for so many reasons!
5 Opinel wooden corkscrew – As an aspiring wine collector, I’ve learned about some quality corkscrews. This is a must have in the kitchen (especially during the dark days of winter!) or if you work at a wine bar. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s probably one of the best French corkscrew/knife combinations around.
6 Dope Chelsea boots – These little boots have seen it all… rain, snow, heat. And with the right protection, they’ve lasted for a very long time! I love the Chelsea boot look, I think it’s timeless.
7 Forever 21 Faux Fur vest – I’m not so crazy about buying real fur, so when I saw this vest it was love at first sight. I tuck it under my BB Dakota cape coat (which doesn’t necessarily close in the front) and suddenly I’m warm as toast.
8 Alba Rainforest Acai Antioxidant Body Lotion – I’ve been an Alba advocate for so many years now. Their product line has something for everyone! I love this antioxidant lotion as well as the Hawaiian cocoa butter for hands + body. It rehydrates super dry skin and smells delicious. Also, if you’re looking for the perfect oil-free face moisturizer, I recommend the aloe & green tea.