Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fridays Finds & A Novel Recommendation

I've been reading outside under a sunshade this week - a gripping novel by Linda Olsson, Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs.  

To prolong my time with this unique novel, I am reading only a few chapters a day. Linda Olsson gives you a peek into the lives of to women, Astrid and Veronika, who through their friendship dare process some of the difficulties, they have faced. 

I am intrigued by the descriptions of places, moments, thoughts, personalities ... tasting the words, and enjoying the way things are written. I look so much forward of returning to the worlds of Astrid and Veronika later this afternoon!

The season of blueberries has started in Finland - my mom had picked a great bunch of them yesterday. Here in Denmark we don't have wild blueberries, but my husband bought some of them the other day ... I cherish the blue shade and the look of them almost as much as eating them!

We had a traditional Danish lunch in a lovely restaurant in the middle of the pretty Hareskov forest.
"Smørrebrød" goes back to the 19th century, where the lunch was the heaviest meal of the day. One used to use any remaining food - potatoes, meat, fish, vegetables - as a topping on the bread. 

We had lunch plates (the photo above) with 

  • White herring with onions and capers
  • Eggs and shrimps with herbmayonnaise, lemon and dill
  • Chicken salad with curry, mushrooms and bacon
  • A special beef-sausage fried with malt and spices and red onion

Afterwards we took a walk in the forest - we saw a tiny frog in the swampy area pictured above, and a deer running just across the path before us.

I have been baking rolls for breakfast this week. I tried a new recipe yesterday - by my favourite food blogging friend Dawn from Words of Deliciousness. She surely knows how to inspire with her recipes - I always find new ideas from her, here's some of my favourite dishes I've learned from her:

Dawn has a 3 year blog anniversary this month - pay a visit to her tasty and inspiring blog Words of Deliciousness.

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The next two weeks, when I am away from the blog, you will find inspiring guest posts in my blog, written by special and unique blogging friends. I have also pre-posted For Your Sunday-posts and something else ... 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,


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  1. Enjoy your time away, Nina. You will be missed yet will give us much when you return!...:)JP

  2. Your photographs are beautiful. Thanks also for the book recommendation and the recipes. I saw this on The SITS Sharefest. Have a great week.

  3. I like to eat lunches like that as well and often make a dinner as such when the weather is too hot for much cooking. We eat out on the porch with a breeze from the ocean. Your blueberries look simple and pretty and delicious. I left some in a bowl on our soapstone table when my daughter was visiting the other day and she munched at them all day. Much better than candy.

  4. Oh my Nina, I love seeing a peak in your life. I do the same think with a book I like and want it to last longer. :) Your berries are so lovely and blue a summer time treat and beautiful. Your meal is a wonderful presentation, and oh my those rolls my weakness bread and sweets. I could get lost in those recipes you linked to. Have a happy weekend.

  5. Those rolls do look delicious and I will be paying a visit to that blog. Thanks for the link!

  6. You gave us so many wonderful recommendations today. I Pinned the recipes and found the book at the library. Thank you.

  7. Thank you Nina, I am happy that you enjoy my recipes. Your rolls look like they turned out beautiful. As always I love your pictures. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Wishing you an amazingly happy and blessed two weeks away, dear Nina!
    Josephine says you should roll around in the grass a lot!

  9. I loved reading your post and looking at all your photos. I'm going to check out the blog you recommended . Enjoy your time away :)

  10. Your photos have my mouth watering :) Thank you, sweet friend, for the book recommendation - I will have to look into it.

    Thinking of you and sending hugs your way!

  11. Lovely pictures, especially the first one - so pretty - and the last - so yummy! :-)

  12. I adore looking at blueberries almost as much as eating them! We were hoping to pick them in the wild up in the far north of Ontario last week, but it's still too early and they're running about 2 weeks behind due to our late spring & the cool weather.
    I spent today picking wild raspberries at home, though. There is no flavor to match that of a wild berry!
    I am making note of this novel. One of my favorite recent reads was A Thousand Splendid Suns. It was at times difficult content, but it broadened my knowledge of our world so much and was a beautiful story of love.
    Enjoy your time away, Nina!


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