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So much you can do in a garden. I adore my kids, and I’m thankful for their creative abilities, but sometimes it takes s little effort to truly appreciate the ideas they come up with.

Snow days

December at the beach
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Birthdays and Bread

November has been a busy month. It seems that everyone I know were born in November. My two boys turned 3 and 5, with 4 days apart, so we have been drowning in birthday parties, and homemade birthdays cakes, buns, and other goodies. And on top of that this is the season for coughing, sneezing and staying home from School and kindergarten, so we have been watching a lot of cartoons. The boys have been on a Toy Story spree, and their biggest wish for their birthday was to get  Buzzlightyear and Woody  dolls. They did get them, and they have been playing with them ever since.

I did get to do some work this months, a lot of which I can’t show just yet, but one  illustration that I can show, is a Blog design I did for June for her new blog: VanFlittig. vanFlittigNovember was also a lot about getting my sourdough right, and I think I finally got it this time. 2 weeks ago, I succeeded getting the right crust, but unfortunately the dough collapsed when moved to the baking tray, so the crumb wasn’t perfect, but the taste was good. I ended up buying some Proving baskets, but haven’t had the time before yesterday to try them. So yesterday while making dinner, I also started a Sour Rye onion bread, and it turned out perfect when baked this morning. I’ve already made a new dough, for tomorrows bread, hoping it will turn out as nicely as todays bread.

And then winter hit us, we are covered in snow, everything is white and just magical. The boys stayed home yesterday, and after lunch we went outside to make a snowman.

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Sourdough & ​​​​​​​​​​Clam Chowder​​​​​​​​​​

Rye sourdough bread & Clam Chowder
Lately I’ve been on a quest for the perfect sourdough bread. It began in June, and I have been making a lot of breads since then, some turned out Ok, and some really yucky – either too sour or too heavy. But then I bought this book, “The River Cottage Bread book”, and all of a sudden it all made sense. Reading about all the chemistry that goes on, during the bread making process, made a huge difference. So after a few successes I thought I would venture out and find some inspiration for different types of sourdough breads.

And since it’s impossible not to stumble on San Francisco and Boudin, when googling for sourdough, I ended up on a page with the most mouth watering images of sourdough bread bowls with Clam Chowder. I did a search for recipes for Clam Chowder, and found a lot of different ones. However I didn’t find exactly what I wanted, so in the end I made up my own variant, inspired by the recipes I read, and based on what was available in my kitchen.

Next time I think I will substitute half of the cream with fish soup stock, just to make it a little more low-fat. I’m sure you could leave the heavy cream out all together, and just replace it with fish soup stock. You might also want to add some cumin, and maybe some chilli flakes to spice it up or you could use fresh fennel instread or fennel seeds ….plenty of room for experimenting …Happy cooking​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.
This is what I came up with, a delicious hearty comfort soup.

Clam Chowder

    250 g chopped clam, I actually ran it through the food processor and turned​​ it into a paste. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    ½ yellow onion​​​​​, chopped
    2 shallot, minced
    4 garlic, minced
    3 stalks celery, chopped
    6 bay leaves
    1 tbsp oregano
    2 tbsp of fresh thyme
    1 tbsp ​fennel seeds, crushed
    2 diced sweet potatoes
    1 diced parsnip​
    500 ml heavy cream
    1000 ​​​​​ml fish soup stock​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    slug of ​Olive oil​​​​​​​​
    1 tbs butter
    salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Add the butter and oil in a large ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​pot, add onion, garlic, shallot, and celery. Sauté for a bit, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
Then add the potatoes and parsnip, and stir for a couple of minutes.
Add stock, clam paste, bay leaves, oregano, thyme and fennel, and let it simmer until potatoes and parsnip are tender.
Stir in the cream, and season with salt and pepper. You could add flour diluted with water, in order to make a thicker soup, or you could just let the cream do it’s job…simmer til cream thickens, but don’t let it boil.
Remove bay leaves and serve. If you’re lucky enough to have a bowl of sourdough serve the hot soup in that, else just serve the soup with a good (sourdough) bread on the side.

Bon Appetit

Rumle

Halloween

Halloween is not normally celebrated in Denmark, but since most our kids watches a lot of US produced cartoons that holiday kind of sneaks up on us.  So in order to please our  kids (and moms, but don’t tell), a couple of moms in my neighborhood had arranged for the kids to go trick ‘r treating on Sunday. We had a blast making decorations, trick ‘r treat bags, and dressing up. The kids were so excited, and almost couldn’t wait for it to be time to grab those bags and go scare the neighborhood. After the bags had been filled with candy, we all got together at a friends house and had coffee, hot chocolate, buns and fruit. The kids played while the moms chatted – a huge success for all of us.

My trick 'r treat crew

A long week filled with kids and crafts

Week 42, the annual Autumn vacation in Denmark.
I had my 3 kids home all week, and we have been so busy, playing, crafting, making food, that I haven’t had time to draw at all. But it has been truly enjoyable to just relax and spend time with the kidlets.
Monday
My oldest son, Gabriel wanted to make chocolate chocolate chip cookies, and my daughter wanted to do “something with glue and paint” – so we ended up making cookies, and a Robot cookie jar from recycled cans and various found objects.

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Tuesday
The kids wanted more glue, the boys wanted monsters, and Sidsel wanted to make Noah’s Ark. Gabriel wanted in on the Ark deal, so he decided to make two of every monster he made. After Sidsel had worked very hard for a very long time on making the Ark look like it was made out of wood, she added a more modern take at the top, because “It’s more fun when it’s fast” so she turned in into a speed-boat. I love the way my kids think. My youngest wasn’t allowed to use the scissors, so he climbed down under the table with a couple of his brothers creations, and sat there quietly cutting them up.

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Wednesday
The morning was spend making robots out of used cans and found objects. After lunch we went outside for a couple of hours an enjoyed the lovely autumn weather. Back inside we made some apple lemon cinnamon muffins, and ate them while watching Nightmare before Christmas for the 3rd time this week.

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Thursday
Back to making cookies, this time we tried making gingerbread cookies from a recipe from my favorite food site 101 Cookbooks.

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Friday
Today was dedicated to all things spooky. We started out by making a haunted house, from some old boxes. The boys painted it black, including everything around, above and below them, while Sidsel made spooky looking shutters. Then various monsters, ghosts, spiders, snakes and bats saw the light of day, and finally everything got glued together.  The kids decided to watch Nightmare before Christmas …again… after lunch.  After that, we baked bread, and while waiting for them to be eatable, the kids played with the haunted house.

A great holiday, very exhausting, but we all had a great time.

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Veteran Fair in Græsted


lots of cars, canons, and clowns with a twist of rockabilly – oodles of fun really.

Sunday morning at the beach


Spend Sunday morning at the beach, running, jumping and rolling.

Junk-A-Doodles

Junk-A-Doodles, originally uploaded by MetteE♥.

Spend Saturday morning making art with the kids. Gabriel did a Captain Hook, Sidsel and her friend did a sun, and Rumle & I made a flying dog….I think that’s what it is anyway.
I am amazed who great it turned out, my kids really did surprise me…Gabriel took one look at the broken hanger and said “I am going to make Captain Hook”…and he did.

And the little artists:
Junk-A-Doodle Artists

Interesting ….



Interesting ….jan14, originally uploaded by MetteE♥.

My youngest examining his breakfast – he did get a round to eat it. But by then it wasn’t recognizable as food anymore .

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