lørdag 22. september 2012

A first and most likely a last!

In the begining of September I went to my friend Rossie's Wedding in the Berkshires and the ride to the Wedding was a school bus.
This is the first time I have been in an American Yellow school bus and it is most likely to be my last.
These yellow buses are kind of a ikon in American movies, so this was a cultural adventure in line with many other events this Wedding Weekend.

Fun !

Weird in NY

After staying in an apartment on the 16th floor on Fifth Avenue every Summer in my teens  I have always had a facination with roof tops and water tanks in NY. So while visiting NY this month I went around taking photo's of water tanks.
a little weird, but in NY everything goes.

Sweet Corn - my favorite

I think I might live in the wrong Country (climat),  the reason for this statement is that I just love fresh corn on the cob, sweet corn is just SO good. In the last three years I have only spottet fresh corn at the grocery store here in Norway two times and the quality is not good at all. I guess I have been spoiled on my trips to the States.
My home town should definitely be on the East coast, like Boston or more preferably New York City. Brooklyn might work too, my visit to my friend Rossie a couple of weeks ago gave me a whole new look at Brooklyn. I just love the place !!!

Over to the dish of the Summer. I prefere to boil the corn for a couple of minutes (4 - 10 minutes, it depends on how cooked you like you corn) and serve it with butter, salt and pepper. 
How ever it is nice with a little variation, so my Aunt made me this great Sweet corn and tomato salad with fresh basil, it tasted just divine.
What you need is:
sweet corn
red and yellow tomatoes
fresh basil
salt and pepper
Boil the corn to your liking, drain, cool, and cut kernels off the cob with a sharp knife. Cut the tomatoes in cubes. Toss the corn, tomatoes with shredded basil and serve it with nice fresh bread.
A nice glas of chilled white wine goes perfect with this salad on a nice hot Summer day (on any other nice day to).
If you don't have a fat issue, like most of us with a FOD does, you can also serve it with a nice olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.


fredag 7. september 2012

My day in Cambridge


After a long breakfast and some American tv, I made a sandwich for lunch and headed down to Harvard Square. After some shopping  a scarf and three books, I am such a nerd. I even got hit on in the book store!!!

I found a nice bench in this park outside of Peet's Coffee house where  I enjoyed my lunch, watched the people and listen to a street musician.

Peet's has a lovely Jamin tea.

On my way home I stopped in Cambridge Common and read for an houre in one of my new books and just enjoyed the nice weather and people watching before heading home for a snack and then heading out again for  my very first pedicure and my second manicure. So now my hands and feet are ready for the Wedding this weekend in the Berkshires.

Breakfast in Boston part 2 - Blueberry pancakes

My morning in photo's

Waking up to the sun and this view.

Making a pot of tea for my Aunt (who runs out of the door to work almost before I am up and about) and myself.

Making the pancake batter with blueberries (must admit that I only added water to some mix, which I never ever do. How ever this is not my kitchen, so I don't have all the ingrediens that I need to make them from scratch).

Look how pretty it is!!
I just love blueberries.....

Three deliciouse pancakes on the griddle.

Ready for devour (feast on,might be a more beautiful way to put it)!

torsdag 6. september 2012

Breakfast in Boston - St Thomas English Muffins.

Since I was 10 years old I have come to The States to visit my Aunt and one of the first of my American breakfast was St Thomas Englihs muffins. So as I like traditions , St Thomas English muffins are a must.
I used to have cream cheese and grape jam, but after I got diagnosed I have to settle for jam, this time apricot jam.
To make it a perfect breakfast I have to have OJ, tea and some fruit (this is more of an adult thing, not so much when I was 10.)

lørdag 1. september 2012

Pumpkin soup

The Fall is right around the corner and they have started selling pumpkins in the grocery store. The other day I found a pumpkin that was cut into four pieces which  made a perfect piece for me to bring home and make this deliciouse soup. Just look at the colour!!!

1,3 lb/ 600 g pumpkin
0,50 lb/ 250 g peeled potatoes
3-4 gloves of garlic
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp oil
2 tsp curry
1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 big tomato, chopped in dices
2 1/2 cup/ 1/2 l vegetable broth

lime juice
salt and pepper

  • Peel and chop the pumpkin and potatoes in small dices. Chop garlic and onion.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil (your choice) in a larger saucepan, gently cook onion and garlic with the curry for a couple of minuttes. Then add potatoes, pumpkin, ginger and tomato and gently cook them another five minuttes.
  • Poure the vegetable stock into the pan and lett it simmer for  about  30 minuttes.
  • Pureè stock and vegetables with a hand blender.
  • Taste the soup with lemon juice, salt and pepper and decorate with chives for a nice green touch.
Serve it with home made bread.