Goodies from Japan

October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

My friend recently visited her family in Japan. She asked if I had any special requests for Japanese goodies before she left, but Ionly requested that she use her discretion. She chose well.

I always admired how she wrapped her school lunches in napkins, so she brought me  two beautiful napkins.

I look forward to wrapping my lunches in these eco-friendly napkins in Taiwan.

The husband and I each received one of these hand-stiched pouches:

In his pouch, a pack of Japanese bad-habits, a portable ashtray and a slab of white chocolate. I devoured his slab already. Of course mine will be saved for later.

My pouch held a small (Japan-like) clock, which also indicates what the temperature and level of humidity is. Now I will be able to tell you if Taipei really is as humid as they say.

Treats from abroad make me 🙂


More fruit? Yes please!

October 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

If there is one thing that really makes me really sad, it is an empty fruit bowl. I love fruit. Even when I eat lots of junk, I still need my fruit. Fruit makes me happy. I rarely allow fruit to go bad. They are just too precious. My fruit bowl looks like this at the moment:

my fruit bowl

Yes, I am smiling. My precious…

I love you, Slottskogen

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Since my great trek in February ’09, Slottskogen has been my favourite Gothenburg  place to visit. It is a massive park, with trees, animals, grass, pathways, a pond and some streams.

 It is beautiful in spring when the flowers and grass are brought back to life. It is beautiful in summer the when semi-nude bathers envelope the grass and mjukglass (soft-ice) is at hand to ease the heat. It is beautiful in the winter when the ground is a mass of white fluff that extends for kilometers… And it is beautiful in autumn when the leaves red and brown float in the air, settle on the ground and crunch under pressure.

I love to observe the animals. Especially those that I had not seen before moving to Scandinavia. My favourite is the reindeer. I struggle to comprehend how their not-so-large heads are capable of carrying such heavy-weight antlers. I could watch them for hours if Gothenburg was not so windy/cold/rainy.

Here are some of the pictures I took during different visits:

horses with long hair

Swedish people were impressed by the ostrich - this was no novelty for us South Africans


European elk - resembles a camel

I did not manage getting a single good shot of the reindeers, or maybe I was too busy staring at them to give my camera any notice. I liked this cartoon I found online of a reindeer so lets pretend it is mine. source

That is all for today. See, I didn’t wait too long to post again 🙂

Hmmmm.. Mummmmsiggg Lax

October 12, 2010 § 2 Comments

I have so much of French homework to catch up with. I missed the last two classes & I really must prepare for class on Thursday. However, we made delicious dinner tonight & I had to share… Especially considering that this blog has been up for close to 2 months and this is only my second post.

You want to know what I love about fish in Sweden? It is always served with a sauce. That actually goes for steak and meatballs as well. So you’re never eating dry fish or meat.

My husband and I prepared pan-fried salmon (lax in swedish) with asparagus and baby potatoes on the side.. and of course a splash of Hollandaise sauce to accompany the fish and veg. It was delicious, or as the Swedish say “MUMMMMS”

I will try not to wait 2 more months before my next post 🙂

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