Frost smokey morning.

Early morning walk and quick trip to the store, when I walked out the sliding doors I happened upon this view. Frost smoke covered water in the morning sun. I just had to share it on instagram, snapchat and here on the blog.

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The few seconds I took to whip my phone out and take pictures, I almost froze my fingers off, it surely felt like it. I am max 200 meters from home and had to stop 3 times, drop everything I carried and try to get my fingers warm. It was Fu….g cold, it was so cold that my car wouldn’t start and yes I had forgotten to bring gloves, but it was just a few meters.

I must have looked silly for the ones who passed me this morning, sticking my hands under my jacket and under my sweater. I do not know what was worst, icy cold fingers or trying to reheat them against my skin, but it did the trick.

What do you think, was it worth making an as out of myself for this picture?

Well, when you are on social media, you got to do what you got to do 🙂

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A fog of minute ice-needles, resembling smoke, observed over bodies of water in a time of severe cold. At times the fog is observed lying close on the water in eddying wreaths.

Next time I guess I’ll keep my hands in my pocket.

 

 

 

Trendy handmade bags by Andre Wallenborg

2015-12-14 11.05.53«Put a couple of stamps on my sewing machine and send it to me». Newly graduated designer Andre Wallenborg was a bit bored during his spare time while serving his mandatory military duty up north in the Norwegian arctic wilderness, so he called his mum to fix the problem. He has design bags for Poyalties, celebreties and me:)

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This is how Andre Wallenborgs handbag production and business started, during his military service in the Norwegian army. Previously he had been chairman of a youth chapter of one of Norway’s conservative political party and attended one of Norway’s leading business school, he quit after a year and enrolled at Esmond School of Design. I guess may was surprised by his change of career.

In the military he had access to their surplus supplies like woolen blankets and shoe laces that he turned into handbags and purses. The sewing machine his mum sent north was the tool he needed to be able to use his creativity and in return he sent trendy and unique bags made simple materials. He actually sent his designs to a store located at Aker Brygge in Oslo and they sold like hot cakes.

SAMSUNG CSCYou can easily recognize a Wallenborg design, the typical characteristics are the quilting pattern he sews on the bags, the seams are part of the design. Andres bags are made of high quality materials and often mixes silk, wool and in his designs. To protect the most delicate fabrics he covers them with plastic, this makes his bags durable. The Andre told me that once he lent a purse to a young lady, and the girl returned a little crestfallen with the purse. She told him that she had lost the purse on a dirt road by her family’s cabin and had been run over by a car. Everything in her purse was destroyed, but the clutch was as brand new as when she got it.

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Do you want a Wallenborg handbag, you can call the designer himself and make an appointment at his studio in Moss to get a hands on experience designing your handbag or check out his instagram account @andrewallenborg and his Facebook account Wallenborg vesker.

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Wallenborgs handbags are used by both celebrities and royalty. Yes, they are exclusive, but still available for everyone since they come in several price ranges. This year, the designer expanded with a small clutch and purse collection. These are less expensive, simpler in design, but still very Wallenborg.
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Beside designing and sewing bags, He holds lectures and courses. Do you want a Wallenborg-ish bag? Then sign up for one of his courses where you get an introduction to sewing bags or gather a group of friends that are interested and give him a call and he will come to you.

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I have two Andre Wallenborg hand bags, one from when he started out and before I even knew him and the one you see on the top picture. Casually over the fence I told my neighbour that I needed a smaller bag for travelling but big enough for a camera.  A few weeks later tossed me a bag over the fence and asked me what do you think of this bag. Tes the designer is my neighbour and I am fortunate enough that I do not have to buy a bag every time I need a new one I can only go and ask his wife if I can borrow one, yay:)

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Gladmat Food festival

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Food food food, as far as the eye can see or at least around Vågen the bay in the middle of Stavanger. Delicate seafood, savory tender meats, flavorful vegetarian dishes, spicy eastern dishes, New Nordic, traditional dishes,pastries, chocolates, drinks are represented at Gladmat Food Fesstival.

One of the big events in Stavanger during the summer is the Gladmat festival, a food festival where professionals and amateurs alike pride themselves to serve the festival goers the best culinary treats of the season. For the ones who are interrested there are also cooking classes and other demonstrations going on during the festival.

This year I was lucky enough to be invited back to be one of the Gladmat jury members. The Festival jury as it was last year consisted of only foodbloggers, a dedicated and a little nerdy group of foodies that enjoy making and tasting food.

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Photo: Anders Husa

From top left: Elin (aka Kjøkkenmagi), Olav Birkeland (aka Hobbykokken) as jury leader, Mari Hult (aka Vegetarbloggen), Me, Anne Cathrine (aka Enestående Mat) and Anders Husa, not in the picture since I made him my designated photographer during these days. Click HERE to read his post from the day.

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Mari Hult in action with Anders Husa as her assistant.

One of the jury members the vegan Mari Hult held a few cooking demonstrations about vegan food while being on juryduty and that ment more tasting for the rest of us, not that I was against it but at the end of the festival there was a big dinner we were going to attend and I could not fit in either of the two dresses I brought with me. Click HERE to see what she made.

During the four days this festival lasted we had the lucky task to taste our way through all 88 stands at the festival and the difficult task to decide whom to nominate. We divided ourselves into two groups and each group was responsible for half of the Gladmat stands and then make a short list of 5 nominees in 4 different categories.

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Photos: Anders Husa
  1.  Best Gladmat dish
  2.  Best Gladmat stand
  3.  Best experience
  4.  Most innovative and creative dish

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In order to be nominated for the Gladmat dish award each stand had to have a Gladmat dish, a dish that should not cost more than NOK 30,- so every festival goer could savor and enjoy dishes from professionals chef and amateur home cooks that are participating at the festival.

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Photos: Anders husa

As mentioned we only had four days to taste, nominate and present the winners. Once the list of nominees were ready we handed out diplomas and some even got more than one. This is done so people would know where to find some of the best food experiences at the festival and gives the nominees a little extra attention. Hopefully this will give the others an extra drive for next years festival. As soon as the nominations are handed out we then had to go around again and test the food once more, but this time as a whole group.

Photo: Anders Husa
Photo: Anders Husa

The winners were:

Best Gladmat dish-Tango Bar & Kjøkken, for their crab croquet amuse bouche.

Best Gladmat stand- IKEA, for their idea to bring people together arround the table.

Best Gladmat experience Fisketorget, for their enthusiasm and knowledge of the food they served.

Best innovative and creative dish-Sjøhuset skagen, for the new way they combined the different ingredients.

IKEA was to everybody a big surprise at this food festival, what could they bring to the food festival except low-priced food a lot of people thought.

Photos: Anders Husa
Photos: Anders Husa

IKEAs concept was to bring people to the table and eat together. They had set up tables that would seat ten and if you came in smaller groups they would fill the table up so that you would sit with friends and strangers, enjoy a meal, talk and get to know eachother. I liked this idea, it reminded me of something I learnt when I lived in South Korea a few years ago. I learnt that the word for family in these prosperous times was people that lived together, but not so long ago the when the country struggled economically the word for family was people who ate together. The reasons IKEA got my vote was because of this, bringing people together, plus they did also have a nice stand. Since I was so enthusiastic about this category I got the honor of presenting this award on stage the final day of the festival.

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If you are in the vicinity of Stavanger next time this festival is on, you should drop by and enjoy the food and atmosphere. As you can see from the pictures above, the dishes served had quite a high level of quality and most of them were theNOK  30,- dishes.

Photos: Mr. Husa Sr.
Photos: Mr. Husa Sr.

Summer vacation in Nordland, Norway

We had a late summer vacation this year, but we had a nice trip anyway. My husband loves to fish, so this year he decided that we were going to do the long vacation in Norway. We rented a disused old farmstead called Granbostad in Terråk, Nordland  from Plathes Eiendommer. Large old house with indoor plumbing and an outhouse, the latter I have to confess that someone in the family had a little problem with;)

I have taken a lot of pictures from this trip, so I am posting more later. I am just showing some of the activities we did around the old farm-house.

We cooked a lot outside and since there where an abundance of berries close by I made pancakes often over open fire.

These berries were picked around the house

The fishermen even caught some fish, so we had som fish dinners.

The house was fitted with a conventional oven, but it also had this wood fired one too, I of course had to try it out.

It even came with a waffle iron, and yes, I had to try this one also.

And the waffles was enjoyed with fresh strawberry jam and sour cream.

I made Foccacia

and pull a part bread.