Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Countdown to Christmas...

Today - if you haven't noticed - is the very last day of November. Tomorrow the Mad Christmas Rush starts. For everyone else, that is!  :D  Thanks to the Flylady, I'm basically done with Christmas prep and looking forward to enjoying the lights, food and parties. I wrote the very last Christmas card after dinner tonight (ably assisted by DD8 who just loves sticking on stamps) and tomorrow we shall post them on our walk over to school. I didn't really want to post them before the first of December and make anyone else feel behind!  ;D



I found out last night that DS10 needed to take a dish for a brunch at school tomorrow (somebody forgot to tell the parents...oopsie!) and I even managed to spend a - very relaxed - hour baking pancakes today. (Next year remind me to use three frying pans...)




Seventy should be plenty, right? [Postscript: thanks to Anjeannette for asking for the pancake recipe. It's on the blog, right here.]


 

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday and goodnight from me! :)

Monday, 29 November 2010

Menu plan - Monday 29 November 2010

Did I mention how snowy and cold it is here? It's been snowing since last week, which makes for a very pretty view from my kitchen door...


but makes it very c-c-cold for running (which I did this morning, go me!) when the temperature outside is minus 2 degrees celcius (28f?) and everything which doesn't move fast enough turns to ice!


Hot food required...here's what we're eating to keep us cosy :)

* Oksekød i fad ('Beef in a bowl') - here it is, just going in to a hot oven. Recipe here!



* Greek Pasta Satay from the Saving Dinner book. Super fast, uses store cupboard ingredients, doesn't look like much but is yummy!

* Chicken Parmesan, also from the Saving Dinner book - serving with ricecooker rice and savoy cabbage.

* Danish meatball and dumpling soup. Then DH is doing his once-a-year-stint-in-the-kitchen and making 'Dad's Danish Christmas donuts' for the freezer and some for dessert! :D  Recipe for those are here!




* Family favourite of breaded pork chops, will serve with green beans

* Biksemad (Danish 'hash')

* Pasta with 'clean out the fridge' veggies and leftover meat ;)

Bon appétit and cheers!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time there was a dog called Doggy. He was the most precious thing in the whole wide world. At least to a little Scottish/Danish girl, who - for our tale - we'll call 'E'.




Doggy and E went everywhere together. School, shopping trips, museum visits, summer holidays and - every evening - the Land of Nod.

One day Doggy disappeared from out of E's schoolbag while at school. E looked everywhere. E's brother looked everywhere. E's friends looked everywhere. The classrooms, the corridors, underneath the winter coats, amongst the shoeshelves, the playground and the football pitches. They drew 'Missing' posters and posted them around the school. Nothing. Doggy was gone :(

Doggy with his friend Pikachu

E was sad. Her friends were sad. Her family was sad. Her Mum offered a reward for Doggy's safe return on the school intra. Still nothing.

And then - three days later - a miracle happened. Doggy was found safe and well in the school library! Well, like the rest of the family, he does love a good book...

E was delighted and vowed not to take him to school. Ever again. Just to be on the safe side, you know. A few days later another miracle happened. Another dog turned up - this time by post! A little cutie by the name of Dogga. Who looks exceedingly like Doggy. In fact, she's a carbon copy of Doggy - or, at least, a carbon copy of the time when he was brand new. Yet uncuddled. And before he discovered the fun of flying around inside a washing machine.

Today - one week later - Doggy and Dogga proudly announced their engagement. Congratulations!



And the moral? Well, there is actually no moral to this tale. Maybe that two tails are better than one?

Sleep tight, hug those closest to you and have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Eve's Pudding

Mum and I often made Eve's Pudding (from the Be-Ro cookbook) when I was a child. (You can read about it and my other favourite cookbooks right here.) Anyway, Eve's Pudding is a great British winter pudding - nice and warming after you've been out shovelling (yet more) Danish snow! ;D


View from my front step at 5pm tonight.
 

You could halve this recipe, if you like - the original recipe calls for only half - but I feel you need this quantity. And the leftovers taste great!

You'll need:
  • about 6 apples
  • 100 g (or 4 oz) margarine or soft butter
  • 100 g (or 4 oz) sugar
  • 100 g (or 4 oz) flour
  • 2 eggs




Peel the apples. I used six cooking apples (from the trees in our garden).




Slice the apples - not too fine, otherwise they disintegrate after cooking - we don't want mush... Put in a baking dish and sprinkle (liberally) with sugar.




Cream the butter and sugar.




Add one egg at a time, plus a little flour, and beat well.




Fold the remaining flour in gently.




Spread over the sliced apples.




Ready for the oven and time for spoon licking! :)





Pop into the warm oven 350f or 180c for about 30 minutes.





It's ready when slightly puffed and golden brown.





Best enjoyed with icecream or - my personal favourite - a big dollop of whipped cream...mmmm!





Bon appétit and a very Happy Thanksgiving Thursday to my American chums! :D

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Christmas Planning - 24 November 2010

Ho ho ho! Yep, it's the 24th of November which means it's exactly one month to Christmas, yeehaw! And I'm not the only one who's looking forward to the Big Day - see these little chaps, who are looking after the freshly chopped Xmas trees being sold down the road from us...


I've moved into fifth gear with the Christmas prep this past week. Our photo upload cards came in the post - as did the stamps which I ordered online from the post office - and DD8 has been (very) happily sticking on charity stickers and adress labels.
I've spent the last few nights writing messages on the cards, a glass of festive cheer in hand. And - to complete the 'picture perfect' ambiance - snow fell heavily last night! (Not so much fun when you have to shovel snow from the paths...today I picked up 50 kilos of salt - which should see us through the next few weeks, me hopes.) But very pretty and bright it is! :)

All the presents for family, friends and teachers are basically bought and wrapped, barring a couple of gift vouchers I will order online. So today I got my reward ;D  Back in September I read that Origins were offering facials in my local department store, on specific dates in September, October, November and December. (I tried it in January of this year - you get a whole hour's worth of pampering for 'free' if you purchase a couple of skincare items.) So I booked a slot for November - with the aim to finish the Christmas shopping by that date. And I have - go me!

The facial was fantastic - very relaxing - and I got my hair cut yesterday, so I'm feeling ready for all the parties and school functions coming up in the next few weeks. I also did the family a favour - I chose a lovely giftbox of Origins products (their Ginger bath range) - as a present from them to me. (Just like the Flylady suggests.) So even Mum is assured of a nice present underneath the tree. All they have to do now is wrap it... ;D



How are you getting on with your Christmas prep? Need a hand - go check out the Flylady's wonderful Christmas planning section.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! :)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Menu plan - Tuesday 23 November 2010

My online grocery order was delivered this morning and, since we had a little snow last week - with lots more falling as I type tonight - it's 'comfort food' time at Casa Copenhagen! :D

* Cauliflower and carrot risotto made in my ricecooker (will add some leftover ham from the freezer)



* Forloren Hare (Danish meatloaf - my recipe is here on the blog) served with baby potatoes, lots of lovely sovs (sauce/gravy), beetroot and salad

* Whole roast chicken with bulgur (made in my ricecooker...) and roasted butternut squash

* Wholemeal pasta with leftover chicken and any veggies which are on their last legs

* Stegt flæsk med persillesovs (pork belly roasted until very crisp served with parsley sauce), baby potatoes and savoy cabbage (love that stuff!)

* something non-meaty - not quiche again - yet to be decided...feel free to chime in!

Bon appétit! :)



Monday, 22 November 2010

Don't quote me on that!

It's Monday night and I'm lying in my wonderful new bath - here's the view


and I'm thinking about the (numerous) times I've said those immortal words, "I'll never do (dot, dot, dot)".

I'm the world's worst at admitting I'm wrong - just ask my two former bosses or DH, tee hee! But apparently the Flylady has succeeded in brainwashing me. Indeed several times recently I've caught myself apologising(!) to my children for having shouted at them without a very good reason...

So I've decided to fess up publicly as a form of therapy.

Here's a chesnut from a year ago... "I'd never turn up at the schoolgates wearing running gear. I mean, really, who in their right minds would be seen in public in their running tights?"

And with that, folks, I must rise from my bath and look out my bright pink running togs for tomorrow's early-morning-just-after-the-schoolrun-run-with-the-girls.


Did I mention I don't care for horses either? :P

Hope you have a marvelous Monday! :)

Monday, 15 November 2010

Menu plan - 15 November 2010

I'm sitting at the garage while winter tyres are put on the car - so what better opportunity to get my meals planned for the week? ;D

* chicken nacho grills (DS10 and three classmates are cooking - postponed from last week), salad on the side. They're baking brownies for dessert. And, of course, doing the washing up afterwards...

* crumbed fish fillets with peas and mashed potatoes (one of DD8's favourites)



* some kind of pork chops with some kind of rice/bulgur or pearl barley made in my ricecooker - will decide on the day

* quiche made with real, chunky bacon. Raw veggies on the side.

* homemade frozen pizza - never had the time to make them last weekend

* 'confit' duck legs, pickled red cabbage and baby potatoes - basically what the Danes eat on Christmas Eve

* a picnic dinner of filled rolls and homemade muffins - we're going out to a family skating evening with DD8's class

Bon appétit! :)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

There's no business like shoe business...

I did another "those crazy Danes" post today - all about Danes and their 'on-off' relationship with shoes... If you'd like to see it, it's here  http://blogs.denmark.dk/diane/2010/11/10/shoes/  at the official website of Denmark.

Happy reading and have a wonderful Wednesday! :)

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Menu plan - Tuesday 9 November 2010

Good morning! Here's what we're eating at Casa Copenhagen this week:

* Toad in the Hole - if you don't yet know what that is, you can see how I make it here


* pasta med kødsovs - Danish spaghetti bolognese

* lamb cordon bleu (stuffed with very thin ham and cheese, then dipped in breadcrumbs), sugar snap peas and baby boiled potatoes
* we'll have the leftover spaghetti bolognese two days after we first eat it - I mix the pasta and sauce together, add some finely chopped vegetables, top it with cheese and bake it in the oven, serve with a salad

* crockpot beef goulash with wild rice (done in my ricecooker) and topped with lots of red pepper, sour cream and cheddar cheese [was supposed to make this a few weeks back, but the meat is still in the freezer]

* DS10 and his classmates are making dinner one night. The menu is: chicken nacho grills (a BBC recipe which you can find right here) with a spinach salad, then brownies for dessert (Krista's recipe is here)

* homemade frozen pizza - yes, folks, we're going to have a bash at making our own part-baked frozen pizzas. Thought it would be a great thing to have on standby for the hectic weeks up to Christmas. Read an interesting article about it in Politiken last weekend. If you want to read it for yourself, it's here. Will let you know how it goes! :)

* ??? <== this means that one night I don't know what the family is eating. And, frankly, I don't care. Because I will be out at a big girls' birthday party - yay! ;D

Right, off to make a cup of tea now because it's Baltic outside today...


Bon appétit and have a terrific Tuesday! :)