An Eggcellent evening!

Last night was dinner and egg painting at Kix’s. Who knew we would let out our inner artists. Started by making us a green pea soup with parma bread sticks.

Actually turned out quite well…

Then Kix made us strawberry and youghurt dessert while we started planning our artistic master pieces

First I had to play some with the Ziglet, Kix said I sounded like a monster, Tompa like a super hero. I prefer Tompa’s version.

I also got a travel gift from Kix – a set of juggling balls. I know what i’ll be doing on the beach.

Then the painting could begin. Kix made a ‘classical’ one to get herself warmed up.  Good start.

Tompa was feeling the inner calm and looking for inspiration.

I missed Laxen and made an easter egg with Laxen as a salmon drinking vodka at Raffles. It turned out pretty accurate.

Ol was jealous and asked if i could paint him. It became a binnikemask (tape worm) in a green sweater and with a tiny bit of chest hair. He also had a weird lump on his head. Pretty spot on.

I then had to do a self portrait – owning at Raffles (i havent been hanged as Kix thought)

Eggsellent couple right (hahaha, best egg joke, so good that I will re use it in the title)

The end production of our creativeness. See Tompa’s awesome dragon, Kix’s version of Sven behind Laxen and her picture of her future kids. 

Dinner and blood

Had Tompen for dinner yesterday. Made the delicious lamb mince recipe from the post below and this time we almost nailed the eggs (they can look a bit unmade, they cook when you start mixing the meat and stuff for eating, like a bim bim bap)

We also drank chai (important that) and ate the new Marabou Black – milk chocolate with salty liquorice. Delicious weirdly enough. 

The boys. What men huh!
This morning Ol and me went and had our vaccinations. Oliver almost passed out after his warm blood made a squirt and sprayed all over the room. From a tiny needle. I didnt even bleed a tiny drip. Hope nothing happens when we are away if that’s how his warm (??) blood reacts. 

Cooking Middle Eastern style

Cooking for Tompa tonight. Making the lamb tahini me and Oliver love. It’s easy and yummy if you want to have a delicious every day meal or impress people coming over. We’ve cooked this a couple of times now and the trickiest part is getting the eggs just runny enough, I’m sure we’ll nail it tonight.

Here are the recipe

Braised eggs with lamb, tahini and sumac
Recipe from Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi, published by Ten Speed Press

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
10 oz/300g ground lamb
2 teaspoon sumac plus extra to finish
1 teaspoon ground cumin
scant 1/2 cup/50g toasted unsalted pistachios
7 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
2 teaspoons harissa (Yotam used a store-bought tube but Jerusalem contains recipe)
1 tablespoon finely chopped preserved lemon peel (recipe in Jerusalem – essential ingredient that everyone should make up)
1 1/3 cups/200g cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup/120 ml chicken stock
4 large free-range eggs
1/4 cup/5 g picked cilantro leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Yogurt Sauce
scant 1/2 cup / 100 g Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons/ 25g tahini paste
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon water (as needed)
Serves 4
Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium, heavy-bottomed frying pan for which you have a tight fitting lid. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 6 minutes to soften and color a bit. Raise the heat to high, add the lamb, and brown well, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with sumac, cumin, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and some black pepper and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat, stir in the nuts, harissa, and preserved lemon and set aside.

While the onion is cooking, heat a separate small caste-iron pan over high heat. Once piping hot, add the cherry tomatoes and char for about 4-6 minutes, tossing them in the pan occasionally, until slightly blackened on the outside. Set aside.

Prepare the yogurt sauce by whisking together all the ingredients with a pinch of salt. In needs to be thick and rich but you may need to add a slash of water if it is stiff.

Add the chicken stock to the meat and bring to a boil. Make 4 small wells in the mix and break an egg into each well. Cover the pan and cook the eggs over low heat for 3 minutes.

Place the tomatoes on top, avoiding the yolks, cover again, and cook for 5 minutes, until the egg whites are cooked but the yolks are still runny.

Remove from the heat and dot with dollops of the yogurt sauce, sprinkle with sumac, and finish with cilantro.

Partying Mad Men style

Back in the office after an amazing weekend Mad Men style in Sthlm. Stayed with Julia and other than dressing like a man and following a beard around in Spy Bar (it was so luxurious), took long, sunny walks, laughed like you do with your friends, made new friends and ate expensive (phew) but very good food.

On Friday me and Jules sat up and talked for hours and Saturday I was up early-ish for a coffee with Bella in the sun, pizza with Julia at Ciao Ciao and then finally the party.

I actually found a dress in a lovely little vintage store that we passed (see the surprised look on my face)

But decided to go for the tux anyway

 Jules were Betty to my Don

I loved it. I cold smack all the bottoms I wanted and dance with high kicks without ripping my clothes apart

Sanna did however, her dress split right at the middle…

Peter looked well groomed in true Mad Men style. Sanna even got to trim his hair, he is a trusting man that one.

We tried to copy the famous Newton image. Went so so with the light but close enough

We sniffed flowers, hanged with each other, posed for photos and generally thought we were the best

We also missed Filippa and whatapped her images of us.

And, of course, took the classical toilet picture

All in all a very great night.

On sunday I woke up non hung over (win) after only drinking beer the night before and went to Orangeriet with Jules, Sanna and Mags. Easy flight home and got picked up at Victoria for ice cream with the Holms.  Perfect end to my weekend

Just to make me feel good

Today wearing black and my NY scarf from D&Y. Love it and it makes me feel a bit of the NYC magic (and I think of Sanna every time I wear it).

Talking to the girls about the weekend and getting very excited. Cant wait to go home and meet them.  And dress as a man. I’m worried I might miss out on the hair dresser action though so might go girl again just to be able to join in on that.

Yesterday Ol and me watched Paris, Texas. Or well, Ol watched it and I feel asleep after 20 min. I heard it was good.

Sweden booked!

First of all I’m going to Jonas 30th bday party in Sthlm on the weekend 15 – 17th of March with almost all the girls (yes, we will be dressed in Mad Men outfits) and then I’m going to my sister and her family for Nisses birthday on the 19th of march.

2 trips booked!!! Woohooo. Also Mum and Dad, Sanna and Maggie will be visiting before May. That is pretty amazing. At the moment im dancing weather dances to make sure its warm enough for the Magnolias to start blooming when my parents are here.

Rocking Monday!