Friday, 29 April 2011

Two sharps are better than one

I was at my weekly piano lesson this morning and had another breakthrough.  Not only am I playing moozical toons in C, F and G major (one 'sharp' note indicated by the little # at the beginning of the music)...we've now moved on to D major which has two #!  Woo hoo! ;D
 

Which means that I now have two black notes (F# and C#) for both left hand and right hand that I have to watch out for...  They're rather pesky and - at the moment - I'm still writing them in by hand.  Because otherwise I forget.  Until I play them, incorrectly, that is.  When the dischord is worse than nails on a blackboard.  (By the way, you write # and b before the note - not afterwards.  Another fun musical fact I learned this morning.)  But maybe a couple of weeks down the line I'll also have all that wrapped up?

Well, the only way forward is the usual...lots of daily practice - 15 minutes at a time.  And one of my new piano pieces is called "Bare for Sjov" (Just for fun).  Um, yes, the people who write these 'beginner piano books' have a very droll sense of humour...


I'm off to tinkle my little ivories.

Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend! :)

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Menu plan - Thursday 28 April 2011

I've just come in from mowing the lawn and need to run off to swimming with the kids, so here - without any frills - is this week's menu at Casa Copenhagen:

*  Toad in the Hole (special requested by DS11's friend), my recipe and instructions are here, we'll serve it with veggie sticks

Pasta med kødsovs/spaghetti with meatsauce/spaghetti bolognese, serving it with a green salad

*  dinner on the Pirate Ship at Tivoli Gardens! :)


...and if young 'uns don't finish their veggies, the Cap'n' will string 'em up 'ere! 

æggekage/frittata to use up all those eggs and leftover veggies from Easter

*  'warm' salad of roasted sliced beef, rucola leaves, black kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes and a honey/mustard dressing

krebinetter (Danish pork patties - recipe coming soon!), with potatoes, sugar snap peas and carrots


*  homemade pizza - it's been off the menu for a couple of weeks, so it's time to roll it back out again!

That's it - bon appétit - hope you have a thoroughly thrilling Thursday! :)

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

A taste of Danish Summer

I'm back after a fabulous two week long Easter break (both in New York in Copenhagen) and ready to get behind my blog desk! :D

As it's Wednesday today, I wrote another post about those crazy (but lovable) Danes.  Today it's about one of their favourite summertime foods.  You can see the post over at denmark.dk the official website of Denmark.  The direct link is here...

http://blogs.denmark.dk/diane/2011/04/27/taste-of-summer/


Have a wonderful Wednesday! :)

Friday, 8 April 2011

Music Police Jnr.

DD9 looks like me (see here), has similar character traits (um, did someone say stubborn?!) and - yes, yes -she's also extremely enthusiastic about the things that she loves and just can't 'get her arms down'...

I discovered yesterday that she has - hooray, hooray - inherited one of my amazing talents!  My ability to guess a song within the first second, or the first few bars.  Which may not sound like much to you, but has been my saving grace on many occasions.  At music quizzes.  When discussing music with friends and fiercely defending my position as the know-it-all Music Police.  Or down at the disco.  When you a) need to get on to the dancefloor as soon as humanly possible when the DJ starts mixing in your favourite track and b) need to get off the dancefloor as soon as humanly possible when the DJ starts mixing in an artiste that you 'Do Not Dance To'.

Here's the track DD guessed.  And she guessed it before the music started, just from the sound of the subway train... [Magtens Korridorer - "Pandora"]


I have to say, it brought chills to my spine.  Because it took me right back in time - to when I, too, was just a young whipper snapper - to the opening seconds of this song... [The Jam - "Down in the tube station at midnight"]


Have a fantastic Friday, a wonderful weekend and let's keep those ears open!  :)

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Menu plan Thursday - 7 April 2011

I'm having a blog holiday next week, so here are more than 7 day's worth of dishes to keep you fed while I'm away! :)

Pasta med kødsovs/spaghetti bolognese/pasta with meatsauce.  And salad.

*  Leftover pasta (see above) jazzed up with frozen veggies (sweetcorn/baby peas), put in a greased oven dish, covered with cheddar cheese and baked.  Serve with hot rolls.

DD9 putting the finishing touches to the rolls :)

*  Roast chicken with brown rice made in my (beloved) rice cooker, 'salad' (diced cucumber, sweetcorn and red pepper with crushed tortilla chips mixed in)

*  Boiled eggs and homemade bread made in my breadmachine.  DH isn't home that night and the kids and I love boiled eggs! ;D

*  Big, fat, proper, meaty Danish sausages with (instant) mashed potato, chili/honey sauce and green beans

*  Enchiladas - which have become a new family favourite...yep, kidney beans n' all!


Enchiladas are an easy peasy dinner...especially if I hand the job over to DS11! :D
Madder (Danish open sandwiches = rye bread with different toppings)

Suppe (Danish meatball, dumpling and carrot soup), toasted rye bread

*  Pepperoni pizza - straight from the freezer.  With plenty of veggie sticks, to give some balance to the food pyramid and soothe my conscience.  Though I wouldn't exactly recommend this food pyramid mentioned on my favourite news network The Onion... ;D

*  Herb-crusted salmon (our version of 'fish fingers') with bulgur made in my (beloved) ricecooker.  And yummy stir-fried savoy cabbage - my favourite cabbage of all. Bet my Mum never thought I would ever say that! ;D
Salmon with a 'crust' added: breadcrumbs mixed with herbs (dill), salt and lots of lemon pepper, drizzled with oil.
Ready for the oven.

That's your lot - bon appétit!

Have a thoroughly thrilling Thursday! :)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Æ, Ø, Å...oh, oh!

Did you know that I post every Wednesday about those crazy (but lovable) Danes? They're published over at denmark.dk - the official website of Denmark (I'm so proud to be one of their bloggers!)


Today's post is (yet another one...) about the Danish language.  The direct link to my post is here - Æ, Ø, Å...oh, oh!



Have a wonderful Wednesday! :)

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Drinks on the deck!

The sun shone beautifully on Saturday afternoon.  Perhaps as a reward for my recent gardening efforts? ;D   Though it was, sadly, a little colder than the weathermen had - shamelessly - led us to believe!  But we had planned to barbecue.  So barbecue we did.  The very first of the season.  (But we ate indoors...just don't tell anyone.)  This called for a celebratory drink, bien sûr, so we tried out a new summer apéritif - a Martini Rosato Royale...




































Want to try it for yourself?  Just use one measure of Martini Rosato (which, by the way, can also be drunk on its own, quite sweet, with lots of ice) and one measure of ice cold bubbly.  Doesn't really matter what you use for the bubbly part - we used a bottle of French crémant but Spanish cava or Italian spumante would work just as well. 


Cheers!

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday! :)

Monday, 4 April 2011

Join the Garden Party! (Week One)

If you saw last Monday's post Down the Garden Path, you'll know that I've started working on the garden the Flylady way - in babysteps!

This weekend I checked off one of the first tasks on my list: scrubbing the wooden deck with cleaning fluid.  First of all, I moved all the furniture to one side and - extra Brownie points for me - I threw away the old (dead) plants and (sad remains of) candles in the lanterns...


I had about 45 minutes to spare before lunch so I decided to just get cracking and do what I could.  I tend to hyperfocus on things, so I needed to limit the time!  So I filled up an old washing up bowl with cleaner, grabbed a brush and started scrubbing everything in sight, starting with the tables and chairs ;D



Then I scrubbed the deck and the railings.  And then came the fun part - hosing it all off!  Very glad that I had the forethough to put on my wellies...



Was the deck perfect when I was done?  No.  But it looked ten times better...  And I didn't care at all when it rained heavily the next day, because it just helped to give it an extra rinse!



Have you started work on your garden too?  Then why not join in the Garden Party!  See you back here next Monday for another update.

Have a marvelous Monday! :)

Friday, 1 April 2011

Going for Seven with Missus Smarty Pants!

If you're a regular reader, you'll know that I love Missus Smarty Pants - the sassy style guru of the Flylady family who helps us to not only look our best but feel our best.  While beauty comes from within, the right clothes can make us feel fabulous!  (You can see my previous posts about Missus MSP by clicking here.)

In the spirit of Flylady's motto "Let's go for seven in 2011!", here are seven things Missus Smarty Pants has taught me:

  • always think of the CPW or 'cost per wear' when buying clothes - a classic jacket may be pricey but it's better than any 'bargain' buy that you're never going to wear or have nothing to go with
  • belts - I've always been good at wearing scarves and lots of jewellry but belts are a new addition to my accessories family 
  • good basics, good basics, good basics - shall I say that again? ;D
  • eyeliner - I never go anywhere without mascara, lipgloss or lipstick but have started using liquid eyeliner for exra pizazz - every single day - 'cos who doesn't need daily pizazz?!
  • the right fit and the right colours: I've had a subscription to the Missus MSP Personal Profile for the past 3 years and also have the Seasonal Colour ID (Ha! I'm a spring, just like my favourite weather season!) and I've saved tons of money by avoiding impulse buys. Wearing colours that suit me has given me more energy and plenty of compliments! :D
  • check and replace underwear regularly - we go swimming once a week and my new rule is that, if my underwear isn't fit to be paraded in front of the other ladies in the communal dressing room, then it needs replacing! ;D
  • pamper myself - a cornerstone of the Flylady programme. This week I decided to go ahead and do something quite scary but very exciting - I had an appointment with a Personal Shopper at Denmark's oldest department store, Magasin. It's a free service: anyone can book a two hour 'wardrobe makeover' or a one hour consulation if you're looking for a wedding outfit, good basic trousers or a specific item.  I had the two hour treatment and it was fabulous - I'm still reeling!  Details to follow in a separate blog post, watch this space...
The final contenders after my appointment with a Personal Shopper! :)
Have a fabulous Friday - and hey, let's keep it stylish out there! :)