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Zucchini spaghetti (zoodles) in a skinny creamy walnut sauce / Italian / vegan

Squash spaghetti i en cremet fedtfattig valnøddesauce / italiensk / vegansk

Zucchini spaghetti (zoodles) in a skinny creamy walnut sauce / Italian / vegan

So I am back home again after five amazing days in lovely Tuscany. I’ve been to Italy quite a lot of times before (my family and I holds an inexplicable love for Italy) and I simply love that country. The nature’s stunning, the people nice, the language beautiful and don’t even get me started on the food (pizza, gelato, ravioli… Mmm…). The nice thing is that the Italians value good food highly so almost no matter what restaurant you choose, you can be sure to get something of good quality.

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Så sidder jeg hjemme igen efter fem fantastiske dage i Toscana. Jeg har efterhånden været i Italien en del gange (min familie og jeg nærer en vis forkærlighed for Norditalien) og jeg elsker simpelthen det land. Naturen er så smuk, folket søde, sproget flot og maden i særklasse – gourmet pizzaer, italiensk is, ravioli… mums… Italienerne går nemlig meget op i mad, og ligegyldig hvor man går hen kan man være sikker på at få mad af god kvalitet. Jeg er fan!

Castiglione della Pescaia

Castiglione della Pescaia

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Zucchini spaghetti (zoodles) in a skinny creamy walnut sauce / Italian / vegan

Tuscany is dotted with old medieval towns. They are all build in stone and are perched on the top of the hills which makes them delightfully imperfect. So cute!

We stayed in one of these lovely cities, Castiglione della Pescaia. This city is mostly used by Italians for when they go on holiday or weekend. So the first three days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) it felt like we had the whole town for ourselves. Such a lovely and extraordinary feeling.

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Rundt omkring på bjergtoppene i hele Toscana ligger små, søde middelalder borgbyer. De er alle sammen så søde med deres skæve huse, stejle gader og gamle store mursten – fantastisk dejligt uperfekte. Så sødt!

Vi boede i en af disse byer, Castiglione della Pescaia. Byen er et feriested for italienerne selv, så onsdag, torsdag og fredag var der næsten ingen mennesker. Det var så hyggeligt at rende rundt i de skrå gader og føle, man havde verden for sig selv.

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My brother – Libaration day in Castiglione della Pescaia

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Zucchini spaghetti (zoodles) in a skinny creamy walnut sauce / Italian / vegan

The first two days we spend in Castiglione (where all the pictures are from ecxept the one of the Pisa Tower), but since we flew to Pisa we had to go see the Pisa Tower one more time. So we had lunch in Pisa where I got the most amazing gnocchi dish with a creamy walnut sauce. It was probably loaded with cream and gnocchi isn’t exactly healthy. But it was sooooo good. So I decided to try and make it myself. This recipe uses zucchini noodles instead (I got a spiralizer for my birthday for the record – yay!) and the sauce is made like you’d make a béchamel sauce, which is insanely creamy. I used skim milk, but this recipe can easily be made vegan by subbing unsweetened almond milk.

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De første to dage brugte vi på at udforske Castiglione (billederne i denne post er derfra, undtagen det af det skæve tårn) efter lige hurtigt at have udforsket Pisa og set det skæve tårn endnu en gang – det skal man næsten når man nu flyver til Pisa. Her spiste vi på en skøn lille restaurant, hvor jeg fik den lækreste gnocchi-ret med valnøddesauce. Det var så skønt og helt sikkert spækket med fløde, og gnocchi er ikke ligefrem det sundeste i verden. Men det var SÅ lækkert – helt sikkert det værd.

I den her opskrift har jeg skiftet gnocchi’erne ud med squash pasta (jeg fik en spiralizer i fødselsdagsgave – jubiii), og saucen er lavet, som man ville starte en bechamel sauce, hvilken er helt utrolig cremet. Jeg brugte minimælk, men du kan sagtens bruge en hvilken som helst usødet nøddemælk, hvis det skal være vegansk eller laktosefrit.

 

Click here for a tutorial on how to make zucchini noodles without a spiralizer

Klik er for at se, hvordan du laver squash spaghetti uden en spiralizer

Zucchini Spaghetti with Walnut Sauce // Italy vol. 1

Zucchini spaghetti (zoodles) in a skinny creamy walnut sauce / Italian / vegan

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 ½ cup milk of choice*
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • Salt and pepper
  • ...
  • 1 zucchini

Instructions

  1. Chop the walnuts finely in a food processor (not until it turns into flour, but fine).
  2. Heat up the olive oil in a small saucepan. Add in the flour and whish very well to make sure no lumps form. Cook for 3 minutes over low heat whisking constantly. The whisking is very important. Other-wise you’ll get big dough lumps.
  3. Pour in the milk a little at a time whisking constantly. When all the milk is added and the sauce is smooth add in the chopped walnuts. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes allowing the sauce to thicken, whisking from time to time again to make sure no lumps form.
  4. Make spaghetti from the zucchini using a spiralizer (if you don’t have a spiralizer, see link above recipe).
  5. Pour the sauce over the zucchini and serve right away.

Notes

* I used skim milk, but you can easily sub with unsweetened almond milk (or other nut milk) to make it vegan

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Zucchini spaghetti (zoodles) in a skinny creamy walnut sauce / Italian / vegan

July 16, 2014

Hi everyone. I just want to let you know that I’ll be on vacation for the next weeks. I’m looking forward to coming back and blog, cook and read all of your lovely blogs again. I’ll try to read whilst I’m away :)
Have a wonderful summer everyone! I already miss you.
Lots of love
Josefine

July 14, 2014

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London was A M A Z I N G ! I’m in love with that city. And I couldn’t have had better company than those two wonderful girls in the picture above – Marie and Signe.

Before we start I want to excuse the terrible photos. I didn’t want to carry my DSLR around so I had to use a small camera, which I’m not used to use and can’t control. 

London is a lovely city in so many ways – the buildings, the language (can I pleaseeee get a British accent?), the transport system (yes, that’s important!), the people, the River Thames, the parks, the shops, the markets and certainly also the food.

We spend the first night in Covent Garden and here we found (with a little help from our “travel bible” – the guide book) a wonderful half raw, organic and vegetarian restaurant – The Wild Food Cafe. It’s located in the funny and wonderful little lane Neils Yard pretty close to Covent Garden Station. If you ever come by, this cafe is a must. I got some raw falafels in a sour dough pita bread with hummus and salad  – so good!

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We actually often bought dinner or lunch at Marks & Spencer. They have so many different things to choose from and it’s pretty cheap. And the food is very delicious and relatively freshly made. Just look at some of my meals from that place:

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So if you are looking for cheap, fast and nutritious meals in London, M&S is the place to go. And as a bonus you can bring your meal to one of London’s wonderful parks! – So cozy!

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What I also love about London is that there are so many fresh fruit stalls – at least compared to Copenhagen. Especialy Notting Hill was packed with them. We didn’t get fruit for breakfast at the hotel (the breakfast was extremely bad – I just had muesli with milk every day…) so I bought a lot of fruit from these stands. So delicious! And a great snack on the go.

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I finally got to try Kombucha! I haven’t been able to find it anywhere here in Denmark so I was so happy when I found it in a whole foods store. I really liked it! I think it pretty much tastes like beer with lemonade – minus the alcohol of course. I like beer (actually that’s the only kind of alcohol I really like), so that’s just wonderful. Healthy beer anyone? (;

And I seriously have to try and make a scone like the one above. One of the nights we really wanted scones so we went to a little bakery, bought some snacks and sat on a corner and enjoyed it. It was so nice – the weather was great and there were so many people on the streets and in the pubs because of the World Cup. Wonderful night.

Anyway, I af course had to try the organic wholegrain scone with quinoa and raisins. My friends looked at me a little weirdly but all the same totally accepted that that was what I wanted. Haha, yeah I know I oftentimes have to taste the weirdest stuff. But it was so good! I have to make something similar soon.

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Two ballet dancers find the opera house – what else could we do than strike a ballet pose in front of it?

Back home I wanted to make something similar to those salad bites from Marks & Spencer. But I failed terribly – well they tasted good, but were very ugly. Having promised to cook dinner for the family I suddenly had to get creative. So I decided to go for a noodle stir fry with Chinese cabbage and broccoli. The outcome was great.

The dish per se is pretty simple, but the delicious dressing/ sauce takes it to a whole other level.

Have a great week everyone!

Chinese Cabbage and Sesame Noodle Bowl with an amazing dressing

Chinese Cabbage and Broccoli Noodle Bowl

Ingredients

  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp. soy souce
  • 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. oil - olive or sesame
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried chili flakes
  • Pepper
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 glove garlics
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 head of Chinese cabbage (or bok choy)
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 100 g. dried egg noodles
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili flakes for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by mixing together the lemon juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, oil and honey. Grate the ginger and chop the lemon grass and ginger very finely. Mix into the sauce. Season with chili flakes and pepper. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile cut the spring onions into smaller pieces and mince the garlic cloves. Shred the Chinese cabbage and cube the broccoli.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok. Fry onions and garlic for approx. 5 minutes.
  4. Bring water to a boil. Add salt and cook the egg noodles until tender. Drain and set aside.
  5. Add the cabbage and broccoli unto the wok and fry on high heat for another 5 minutes - or until the Chinese cabbage collapses. Add on the noodles and pour the sauce over.
  6. On maximum heat fry for another 2-3 minutes stirring constantly.
  7. Top with sesame seeds and chili flakes and serve right away.
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January 12, 2014

It has been a long time since I last made a post like this, so I thought that now must be a good time for making one. I really enjoy writing these. It is good way of capturing some of the thoughts, with flies around in my head. Even though a lot of them are not-so-important. It is just nice to have them somewhere. Written down. Preserved.

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1. Let’s start out with some pictures. The other day I went for a lovely long walk with my little dog. I really want to be better at photographing things on my way. Everyday stuff. These pictures might also give you an idea of where I live. Don’t worry – I do not live far out in the country site, though it might look as if I do in these pictures. Denmark is so tiny that you can live in places like this and still live 20 minutes (by car) from the centre of the capital.

2. I am seriously obsessed with knitted sweaters. I always have been but it seems like the obsession has grown over the last month. I found the most wonderful sweater on Pinterest the other day. You know, one of those I really wish I had in my wardrobe. You have no idea how happy I was when I found out the picture linked to a web shop. My happiness was quickly destroyed though – turns out the price is 130€ (180$). Why does such things always happen to me?! ;) Anyways – my mom says she thinks she can make one. Yay!

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3. My food obsession at the moment is Brazil nuts. I love the taste of them and the fact that they almost melt on your tongue. Yummy! Check out my recipe on healthy truffles with Brazil nuts.

4. I’ve been cooking quite a lot of yummy vegetarian dishes lately. I can’t wait to share the lovely chili I made today. But I’ll wait till the 16th of January – National Hot & Spicy Food Day. I’m aware that national probably means american, but HEY I’m kind of american aren’t I (meh, probably not, but I like to think I am ;) ). My blogging friend Kristi over at Inspiration Kitchen wrote about this lovely day a while ago, and I’m SO ready for joining her.

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5. I love the little moroccan table, which I got for christmas. I’ve placed some of my favourite things on it. I know it might look a little messy, but I like non-perfect things.

6. Finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth a week ago. God, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I can’t wait for the Divergent movie.

7. Spotify is seriously brilliant! I’ve found so much new amazing music there. Do you know Nils Frahm? One word: amazing. If you like instrumental music check him out. I cried when I heard For (do not youtube that song. Find it on Spotify. I’m serious. Youtube only has awful remixes).

And now it is time for reading (The Book Thief by Markus Zusak) and shrovetide buns (what is that? – please excuse the terrible photos and language…). I know I have one in the  breadbasket – just what I need after a 10 mile run.

I wish you all a great week!

November 4, 2013

The second and last post about our amazing trip to Morocco.

The first pictures are from our time in Oazazate – a city in the North Sahara Dessert. Here a lot of famous movies are shot (e.g. Babel, Asterix and Jewel of the Nile). We were in Ouqzazate on the big Eid. The biggest of all holidays in Islam. The holiday has a lot of traditions – among other things slaughtering your own sheep. Pretty macabre with the blood in the streets, but never the less very interesting. As I told in my previous post about Morocco the people are incredibly hospitable. We were invited into 3 homes for cookies and tea. My dad and I spend like 1 hour sitting in the nice living room in one of the homes talking with the father. Very exiting!

Marrakech is one of the most amazing cities in the world. Being there is like walking around in a fairy tale like 1001 Nights. There are snake tamers, camels, hanna artists, donkeys, street traders, colors, music and the smell of spices everywhere. Only thing missing is the flying carpets (;
Oh, and then there’s the enormous Medina, where you can buy anything; carpets, Moroccan pillows, spices, chicken (which are still alive), bags, jewelry, lamps (unfortunately none with a magic spirit inside), clothes, candles, leather… you name it. And it is very cheep. Wonderful.

Oazazate:

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The film studios

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“Jerusalem” buileded for the movie Kingdom of Heaven

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Experiencing the Eid Fest

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Dining in a total stranger’s house. Very hostile indeed!

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We visited another amazing town, which has also been used for a couple of movies. Very pretty and authentic:

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A few photos from Marrakech:

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My cousin picked an orange (;

The houses are all decorated with a ton of mosaics. Gorgeous!

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The Yves Saint Laurant Garden. Marrakech is known for it’s many “secret” gardens. So beautiful!

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And we are going home again ):

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October 25, 2013

I’ve finally managed to look through the 1700 pictures, which I took in Morocco. And I’m down to having only 600 left.

Photos are the some of the best things in the world. As I once heard someone say: “Photography is the best remedy for bad memory”. True, true.

As I sad and looked through all of the pictures I really began missing Morocco. It is such a wonderful country with such hospitable people. Everywhere we went the local people asked us where we were from, wanted to talk to us and even let us into their houses for tea sometimes.

Not only the Moroccan people are amazing – so is the nature. Morocco has everything – costs with beaches and harbors, the high Atlas Mountains and the dry Sahara Dessert in the south. We went to Casablanca, Imlil Valley in The Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate in the North Sahara Dessert and lastly the incredibly city Marrakech.

Only one thing about Morocco; the food isn’t amazing. Well, you can buy some good bread and they have the most amazing dried fruits and nuts, but in all of the restaurants (and I’m not exaggerating) had the same two things on the menu: the Moroccan national dish “tajine” and kabobs. That’s it. I’ve been living on grilled chicken. But it tastes okay though.

I’ve picked out a few of the photos from the trip. Here are those from Cassablanca and Imlil. Enjoy!

Morocco – what a wonderful country…

Cassablanca:

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Cassablanca –  You can buy anything at the market; hens, spices, bread, coal, hay, fruits, vegetables… – At the harbour is all kinds of fish being sold.

Moskée Hassan II, Cassablanca:

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An enormous, incredibly beautiful Mosque.

Imlil Valley, where we lived:

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We stayed at a local family, who were so kind. And the house was very Moroccan.

Imlil Valley, hiking:

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Goats and sheep walk around alone and return all by themselves in the evening.

Buying Moroccan cookies in the berber village:

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There are  a lot of co-operatives founded by women in the village. In Imlil there was the cutest little bakery situated under the mosque in one of villages in the valley. Yum!

September 28, 2013

So I thought a nice first post on my new blog would be a post about my trip to Melrose, USA.

Every second year my high school does an exchange with Melrose High School in Melrose, Massachusetts. I was lucky enough to get picked as one of the 23 Danish students to attend this year. I’m so grateful that I got picked! It has been the most amazing trip one could ever imagine. I had the best exchange partner I could ever get; Laura. She is so nice and funny. And so is her family – the kindest family in the world. What also made the trip amazing was all the new things I learned about American culture. I thought Denmark and USA were quite similar, but it turns out they aren’t. Though we do have a lot of similarities. The biggest difference? The school system. Haha – oh, we’ve had a lot of funny conversations about that.

Very well – I’m not gonna bore you all with every single detail, so I’ll just go straight to the pictures from the trip. (I’ve just picked out a couple – I have 400 on my computer, and if I hadn’t deleted any, I would have had like 2000). I hope you enjoy!

DSC_0537On our way. Ice Land.

DSC_057511th: First thing to do: The Swan Boats

IMG_334312th: A day at the high school. This is the canteen.

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12th: Football at the high school.

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13th: A trip to New York

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You girls are the best!

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14th: Making breakfast. Plow Lines (a family recipe)

DSC_006714th: After a great piano concert at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum

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15th: Beautiful Boston…

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… and a missing unicorn.

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15th: Making s’mores – YUM!
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DSC_023016th: Duck Tours – Pretty Boston

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17th: Harvard University – what a place!

DSC_009317th: The Harry Potter Dining Hall at Harvard – WOW!!!!

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I touthed the foot!

DSC_024017th: A lesson at the Boston Ballet. Great experience!

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18th: JFK Library Museum

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19th: Having fun at the science museum

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Pretty, pretty, pretty Melrose. Cutest town ever!

IMG_347620th: Fooling around at Marshalls and Target. Such a fun night!
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21st: Good bye in the air port. I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much. Thank you everybody for the most amazing 10 days ever!

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These pictures show a lot of my experices – but definitely not them all. Here’s a couple more:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 8, 2013

Bam – and it is Sunday again. Wow this week passed so fast. And I’ve only managed to make one blogpost since the last {What’s Going On?}. That’s a pity. I love writing my blog :( Anyway – let’s get to the post

1. I signed up for the Seasonal Challenge {September} over at Honey & Figs. So exited! I’ve always wanted to participate in such challenges, but for some reasons I’ve never joined one. I’m very glad I did this time. It is gonna be so much fun! One thing though: You should share your recipes between the 17th and 28th of September, and since I’m not returning home from Boston until the 22nd I wont be able to post before that date. Just wanted you to know the reason.

2. Talking about Boston… I can’t believe it! We’re gonna fly in two days. Yaaaaaay! Just the thought makes me incredibly happy. I really hope I can blog from over there. Just some pictures and stuff. Otherwise I’m quite sure I’ll be able to post on Instagram – so jump over to that page if you want to.

3. I’ve been so bad at taking pictures this week. But that is certainly gonna change the two weeks. I go crazy shooting pictures when I’m out traveling.

4. Berries! They are everywhere. Look at those big raspberries from the garden.

5. Yesteday one of my friends from school throw a party for the class. I’m not gonna blabbing about it. I just had to write it down, because I don’t want to forget how much fun I had with my friends. I have the best classmates you can ever have :)

6. This savory tomato crisp looks so good. I love crisps and I love tomatoes. A combination? I’m in!

7. I’ve gotten my old obsession for muesli back. Recently I’ve been very keen on granola but now I’m back to the good old oatmeal-nuts-berry ones

8. My pulled muscle is already getting better. I actually went for a run today (unfortunately I did not make it as far as I usually do, but it means I can soon run as I want to again)

Have a great new week everybody!

September 1, 2013

I’ve begun to really like these posts. I really enjoy sitting Sunday evening or night and look back on the week. It’s kinda scary how much you forget. All the small things. Those are important as well. I think it’s all the small things that makes a week special.

1. This week I finished a very very good book. No that’s a understatement. It was incredible – downright amazing! I love reading. I love it when you get totally lost in a book and the outside world disappears and you become one with the characters in a story. That’s just the best feeling ever. And it is even better when you live in the story even after you’ve read the last page and closed the book. If you love reading as much as I do, you’ve probably already guessed what book I finished this week from the picture above. Yes – The Fault in our Stars by John Green. What a story! The first 24 hours after finishing the book I walked around in a trance. I’ve (almost) never cried when reading a book before – but this time… This time the tears streamed down my cheeks. I mean – when you combine the subjects love, friendship and cancer the story is meant to be sad. And so it was. But also incredibly beautiful. I only have one thing to say: read it!
2. I’ve said it before, and I’ll do it again: I love it when you find new blogs to follow. I recently stumbled upon the blog Honey and Figs. A little blog hosted by a mom and her daughter. I love how they have both feet on the ground and their recipes are simple and healthy. Just check out this salad. It’s amazing. I’ve made it two days in a row this week. The picture above is from one of the evenings. Isn’t os pretty?
3. Fall is here. And I love it! (Yeah – fall is great!) Today I baked my family’s favourite treat: Cinnamon Roll Wreath. I made up my own recipe almost a year ago and still, every time I suggest baking something for the family they say: “Oh, make you big cinnamon wreath!”. Haha – I’m very glad they like it that much (though I sometimes wish I could go make a new thing – I love making up new recipes). I too really like this one. Check out the recipe.
4. One of my all-time-favourite stories is the one about Harry Potter. I would even say it IS my favourite book. I’ve grown up with the story about the wizard and his friends and enemies. I remember how I walked around waiting desperately for the last two books to be released. Unfortunately I wasn’t old enough to read the others myself when they first were released. My dad read them to Alexander and I (but I’ve also read them myself later). J. K. Rowling is kind of my idol. How can anybody have such an imagination and make up such a complex plot and such a big new world. Wow!
Anyway – let me get to the point: At the ATU camp some awesome guys and I made a Harry Potter quiz – in the middle of the night. Sounds crazy I know but it was SO much fun. But also it reminded me how much of the story I had forgotten. All the small things, which really are what makes the story amazing. So I decided that I had to read all of the books again. It’s just a shame that I have to many other books to read.
But well, Friday night I had time for reading, but I didn’t have a book, since I had just finished The Fault in our Stars. But then i remembered something: My brother and I used to listen to Harry Potter audio books when we were younger. So I started looking for those audio books – and I found them!
Best. Found. Ever.
First I was quite doubtful. I love real books. But it turns out audio books are the most brilliant invention ever (ok not quite, but almost). Why? Because you can do stuff whilst “reading” an amazing book. I’ve been listening to Harry Potter the entire weekend. While I cleaned my room, while I was in the kitchen, on the train to Copenhagen and the best thing:
While I was running
 
I’ve never been a fan of listening to music whilst running, but audio books? Fantastic. I love running. I really do. But sometimes it is quite hard to keep pushing yourself to get going. But when you are listening to a good book you barely notice you are working out. I mean it! I’ve never been running 10 kilometers faster than I did today. Perfect!
From now on I’m a big fan of audio books! I’ve heard the entire “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone” and 2 chapters of “The Chamber of Secrets” in a weekend.
Sorry sorry sorry for the loooooong post. That is not the intention with these posts Josefine!!!
5. Fro-Yo!!! Saturday I went to Copenhagen with some of my best friends: Marie, Karen, Signe and Amanda. Such a cosy evening. I love those girls (and I love fro.yo!)
6. Only one and a half week till I go to Boston with the school. I can’t wait!
August 4, 2013

Third post in the {France’13} series
From our house in Beaucaire we took the car to Pond du Gard; an old aqueduct builded by the Romans two thousand years ago. This big and impressing monument is builded totally without any clay or concrete to make the stones stick together. It is one big puzzle where every stone hold another stone. It is amazing that such a big aqueduct doesn’t collapse. Nothing can destroy it. Not even the big tidal-wave-like waves coming from the mountains due to the heavy, heavy rain some years ago knocked it down. Those Romans were fantastic.
Read more about the stunning monument here.
We went swimming in the flood under the bridge. The water was nice and cold – perfect for a hot summer day in France. I love to swim in floods and lakes. I think pools are boring and the ocean can be frightening. Also you can open your eyes under water in lakes and floods.
To make the trip even better there was cliffs to jump from. That’s so much fun. My brother and I jumped from a cliff 6-7 meters (19-23 feet) above the water.
After visiting Pond du Gard we had dinner in the town Nimes, an old roman town with a big amphitheatre in the centre of the town. It was such a cute little town with narrow streets and beige buildings. We had dinner at a little restaurant called “Vintage”. Perfect name since all of the furniture was old and patina. Great food btw.
A thing I love about Provence is all the markets. They are everywhere. Here you can buy French specialities; cheese, sausages, French nougat, chocolate, olive oil & colourful clothes & vegetables never seen before & wine etc. etc. I could easily spend a week just looking at markets. The picture above is from Carpentras. If you ever come by there you have to visit that little town and the market there.
What I also love about the markets is that you can buy a lot of food which you can’t buy elsewhere. Such as rainbow carrots (well, you can’t get those in Danish supermarkets). So I bought a ton of carrots and roasted them in the oven for a pretty warm side dish for dinner.
 

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Preheat oven to 200° C / 390°F.
Rinse and peel the carrots. Cut them into halves or quarters. Place in an ovenproof dish.
In a small bowl combine olive oil, herbs and garlic. Pour over the carrots and stir very well making sure every carrot is coated.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for approx. 15 minutes (until the carrots are tender but still a bit crunchy).
Serve right away.
Enjoy!