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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Neighbourhood







I took a few mobile phone snapshots from my neighbourhood on a Saturday afternoon a couple of weeks ago. Since then, autumn has progressed even further and all I want to do is to buy tomato red nailvarnish and watch 'Mad Men' all day if I could.

Monday, October 18, 2010

People + Music

Just wanted to share this song which I almost forgot about until I heard it in a Danish movie tonight. The song goes on forever and ever and they only sing one line:

"Folket og kun folket er drivkraften i skabelsen af verdenshistorien."
(The people and nothing but the people are the driving forces in the creation of world history.)

It is a 'drop of wisdom' from Mao which he turned into an ugly truth by his Chinese Revolution around 1976.



Well, the song is from perhaps 1982 by Danish band, Kliché who were not communists, I should mention. They were more or less conceptual artists making popmusic, actually just a few blocks away from my place, turning the 'eternal truths' from the 1970's into 1980's synthetic but still warm sound and by that turning the truth upside down. I just really like the tune.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Pålægschokolade ud over metastepperne

Der kan komme noget rigtig sjovt ud af at hænge (lidt rigeligt) ud på nettet. Både i form af fine eBay-neglelakker og alskens 'udvekslingsmuligheder'. Jeg byttede min lejlighed i sommerferien via homeexchange.com, der også har en (nogenlunde) dansksproget lillesøster og var på den vis en uge i Berlin-Neukölln. Her mødte jeg Noema og fik lyst til at gå hjem og blogge igen om stort og småt (mest småt). Jeg mangler godt nok et godt kamera, men så man jo sno sig, sagde ålen. 

I og med at jeg skriver om små ting og er meget glad for pæne ting, måtte jeg jo skrive om pæne, små ting. Herindunder falder Galle og Jessens 'Kæmpe Pålægschokolade' på grund af indholdet, men sørme også indpakningen, som er retro, når det er bedst:


 Kilde
Noema har siden gjort mig opmærksom på eksistensen af en amerikansk (NY) morgenmadsblog og så fandt jeg på at sende pålægschokolade til Noema, så hun kunne smage og måske blogge om klassisk dansk morgenmad, måske mest markedsført til børn, men i realiteten også spises pålægschokolade jo også af mange voksne, i hvert fald os under 40-50 år, der er vokset op under og efter velfærdsboomet i 1960'rne. 

Idag er stafetten gået videre, således at Noema har skrevet om Kæmpe Pålægschokolade på sin mad- og fotoblog, hvorefter jeg så har blogget om hendes indlæg, og så må vi se hvem der ellers tager depechen :D 
Måske skulle jeg maile fabrikanten for at fortælle, at 'Kæmpe Pålægschokolade' nu har fået sit eget liv, hvis den da ikke altid har haft det. Hvorfor: Det kunne være sjovt (læs: Chokolade).


Info-boks:

Toms sælger hvert år så meget pålægschokolade, at det kan dække over 300 fodboldbaner. Bliver de 650 millioner stykker lagt i forlængelse af hinanden, kan de nå hele vejen rundt om jorden. Ca. 30 % er mørk chokolade, mens ca. 70 % er mælkechokolade.'

Kilde

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Mantelpiece

..as I do not have any fireplace in my fourth floor apartment. However, I do have a stone age TV-set bought just before the flat screen format obstructed taking advantage of the top of the TV as a mantelpiece. As a matter of fact, the top of my TV is my mantelpiece where I display little treasures both for my guests to see what I am about but perhaps more importantly to remind myself of creativity, playfulness and happy days whenever I feel a little stuck at my desk reading endless articles on developmental psychology and what have you...


 Talking developmental psychology we have to mention toddlers. The objects on my 'mantelpiece' attract toddlers as honey bees. I bought the apple house with the snail and the angry bee for myself a couple of years ago. They are staples in a toddler tv-series around the flower girl, Fifi. The cat is a classic souvenir from China or Far East which I bought in Hamburg last year. It is supposed to move the arm up and down with some kind of flag or paper symbolising luck, abundance and happyness but I just keep it quiet. Both objects make me feel good and internally smiling.

What do you have on your mantelpiece (take mantelpiece as a metaphor here) ?

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Somewhere over the rainbow...

 
Kitsch is the little extra to spice up my every day life. Quirky colours or music makes me smile - a lot. Kitsch is much more I guess but what is definitely kitsch is the cake above.
This Monday, I met with a friend of mine to make a rainbow cake that we saw here. We made more or less detailed plans for the making, went shopping and I brought red, green, blue and yellow food colours. From then on, we just needed good luck and an eye for detail.

All what is needed for a fabulous and over-the-top rainbow cake.

Dough for the cake layers 
We wanted to make six layers so we bought 6 circle-shaped baking tins and made a dough out of 400 g flour, 400 g sugar, 2 tsp. of vanilla sugar, 1 large tsp. baking powder, 400 g butter and 8 eggs. All was put in a bowl, the dry ingredients first, then eggs and butter and a lot of handhold wisping as we did not have any electrical equipments. One should take care not to stir too much in the dough, though.
Then we took 6 small bowls and distributed the dough evenly and mixing in the colours. The tins were put in a 175 degrees celsius oven for app. 15 minutes. We opted for classic rainbow colours, such as bright purple, blue, green, red, orange and yellow but the actual result was more like blueish violet, berry-red, rose-pink with a hint of grey, fair yellow, pistachio green and turquoise.

This was supposed to be bright purple
Turquoise dough (supposed to be blue)
Supposed to be red, but turned out slightly different
Baking tins in the oven





Baking tins just out from the oven 
We made a cake cream out of butter, icing sugar, water and vanilla sugar to put in between the layers of cake.
For topping I went out from Nigella Lawson's recipe on 'royal icing' but we did not exactly follow her measures and ended up grabbing a lot of icing sugar and whipping it with egg whites (by hand!) and adding a bit of lemon juice in the end to achieve something like this:

Royal icing
Now was the time to put the elements together. What fun it was!









At last, it was time to decorate the cake. We used both a spoon and a fork to create the spikes.









Just in case you are wondering: I deliberately wanted to make an over-the-top photo documentation of this over-the-top sweetie of a cake. Las Vegas does not exist in vain.