H.E.A.T at Rockbåten, photo by Pär Altan

söndag 31 juli 2016

Bad, bad Mia

On July 9 I promised I would write more frequent - now it's July 30 and I haven't written since.
So bad Mia. But on the other hand you may take it as I have had a lot of fun and haven't had time.
Isn't vacation all about relaxing, doing things you want to but don't have the time to do the rest of the year. Or rather you probably have the time but then there are so many "musts" that you don't take the time.
For me at least it is like that. When I work I go up at 4AM, starts working at 5.15AM and are home again around 3PM. By then I'm exhausted and I just crash in the sofa in front of TV and instantly falls asleep for around 20 minutes. Then on to cooking and other stuff. Go to bed by 9PM to be able to go up at 4AM and so it goes.

So when I'm on vacation I just want to take it as it comes but I also wants to do things, se things, experience things but without stress and pressure.

So what did I do then? Well, I went to Malmo July 10 and stayed at a marvellous rather new hotel with breathtaking views over the sea and Denmark. I will for sure stay there again - Hotel Malmo
I visited my Mom's cousin, 88 years young, and I took us to Ystad (rented a car) and along the coastline to Trelleborg before heading back to Malmo. This coastal way is just beautiful! You drive alongside the sea on the left and rolling hills on the right. Went back home Wednesday night.

The day after I had mother-son day with Danniel and he had no idea where we were going. We headed to Mariefred which is the most beautiful little town with a magnificent castle - Gripsholm's castle. We stayed at the Gripsholm's Inn which dates back to 1409 where there was a convent here founded by munks from Germany. But first we went to visit with old friends that we haven't seen for many years, but who we went to Austria with for many years. So nice to meet them and sit and chat about old memories :-) Danniel also really appreciated it. Then a lovely dinner at the Inn before a good night sleep in De luxe rooms (one each). Next day we went to the "Cake Castle" in Taxinge and had a selection of their famous cookies and cakes.

That weekend I stayed home(!) because Monday 18 we went to "our"hotel Elite Marina Tower for 3 days stay and this time with our friends A and J. I had booked a suite for me and Hasse a long time ago when I got a very favorable offer ( I hadn't booked the suite otherwise). Our friends later decided to join us and they had a DeLuxe seaview (that actually cost more than ours despite my 25% off).
After a wonderful dinner at the hotel, a good nights sleep and a delicious breakfast it was time to take the boat (yes you go by boat here in Stockholm if you can instead of bus or subway) to Nybrokajen where our next boat waited to take us on a cruise in the archipelago. It was just a lovely tour. On the way out to Gustavsberg we had a very good lunch with warm smoked salmon, fresh potatoes, remoulad sauce and vegetables. After a 2 hour journey with lots of things to see, we had a guide onboard who told us about the things we passes, we arrived in Gustavsberg where an old porcelin fabrique is situated. It's very famous, and here's a link to Gustavsberg's porcelin
We also had time to buy some "fikabrod" (sweets to the coffee) and then we once again entered the boat and found places on the aft deck where we had our coffee and sat for the whole journey home. We once again had dinner at the hotel just becuase it's so good and the view is great.

I don't have time to write more today. Need to shower, pack my things for work and yes my vacation is over so I work tomorrow and Tuesday - then I'm off on new adventures. I hope it doesn't take as long to write next time .

Have a good day and be nice to one another.

lördag 9 juli 2016

It's official - my vacation is here

What a wonderful start to my vacation. Yesterday me, Hasse and Emil were so excited about the nice weather that we decided to do a little excursion. I wanted to go by boat in lake Malaren to Drottningholm but H and E didn't want to go by boat but they did want to go to Drottningholm.
Emil couldn't remember if he had ever been there. Me and Hasse haven't been there for, I think, almost 30 years.

We had the most glorious day which started with some "fika" (coffe with a bun) in the castle café when we arrived. Strenghten by the coffee we started our tour. We didn't went inside but just watched the castle from the outside and walked in the beautiful garden.

Drottningholm's castle is actually the castle where our King and Queen lives and now also Prince Carl-Philip, Princess Sofia and little prince Alexander. What a wonderful enviroment for them.
Parts of the park is therefore not allowed for us to enter and there are guards watching the castle and also walking the grounds.

Beautiful plantings, trimmed hedges and several beautiful fountins can be seen in the big garden. This castle and garden was thought to be like a Swedish Versailles and you can see the influences.

 Then we walked all the way down to the China castle which is a beautiful summer castle built in 1753 and was a birthday gift to Queen Lovisa Ulrika from her husband King Adolf Fredrik.

The last photo here of Emil and Hasse on the bench I just love! They look so happy and relaxed and that was just what this excursion was.  After walking for a couple of hours we were exhausted and hungry so I suggested a lunch at restaurant Jungfrusund just by the Marina and we sat on the bridge and had a wonderful meal before heading home very happy and satisfied. Great way to start my vacation.

Today has been a quiet day. I have packed because I'm going to Malmo, Scania tomorrow and will be there until Tuesday. I will meet my Mom's cousin as I alwasy do in summer. I'm so looking forward to that.

I hope you all have a good Saturday and I will try to write more frequent now ;-)

måndag 4 juli 2016

July is here with high summer and vacation but not just yet....

I have to work this week and then it's holiday time :-)

I only have 3 days this week to do everything at work like invoicing, wages and more and on top on that I (silly me since I do the schedule) had the Monday lunch today. 

And as I put photos on Facebook there has been a demand to get the recipe so OK I will place it here as well because it's not many of you that will receive our cookbook. 
This is an example from 2014. It's called at 11 o'clock with us and that is because we always eat lunch at 11AM.

The recipe for Teriyaki chicken with potatoe roll and salat.

Serve 4 people
The dish presented on a plate

4 chicken fillets
1 dl teriyakisauce with ginger and sesam seed
black pepper 
oil or butter to fry

Split each chicken fillet leangthwise into 2 parts. Place the chicken in the marinade  and let it sit for at least a couple of hours.
Then fry the chicken fillets to nice color. Place in an ovenproof dish and place ni the oven until done (around 20 minutes)

This is 3 potatoe rolls which serves 12. I had chicken for 16 and most of everything was gone  We were 9 that ate.

Potatoe roll
1 roll of puff pastry (or do it yourself, easypeasy)
600 g potatoes (firm kind, not mashy)
2 garlic cloves, pressed
150 g feta cheese
chopped thyme
butter to fry in

Peal and grate the potatoes coarsely. Fry potatoes, garlic and thyme slightly. Let it cool.  Roll out the puff pastry, place the potatoes, salt, crumble the feta cheese over, cut a bit of thyme, roll together not tight. Place the roll on a plate with greaseproof paper and brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle sea salt and chopped thyme over. 
Bake in a pre heated oven 225C (which is 437F)

Slice the potatoe roll in 4 pieces and serve with the chicken, extra teriyaki sauce, creme fraiche and a nice salat.

I'm sorry I'm writing in English but it is so my American family also can understand. PM me on Facebook if there is something you don't understand :-)

Good luck!

And of course a big HAPPY 4TH OF JULY to my American family and friends.