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.
November has been a busy month. It seems thatÂ everyoneÂ I know were born in November. My two boys turned 3 and 5, with 4 days apart, so we have beenÂ drowningÂ 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 andÂ 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 Â Buzzlightyear and Woody Â 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 Â illustration that I can show, is a Blog design I did for June for her new blog: VanFlittig. November was also a lot about getting my sourdough right, and I think I finally got it this time. 2 weeks ago, IÂ succeeded getting the right crust, butÂ unfortunatelyÂ 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.
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 cookingâ€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹.
Â½ yellow onionâ€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹, chopped
2 shallot, minced
4 garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, chopped
6 bay leaves
1 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp of fresh thyme
1 tbsp â€‹fennel seeds, crushed
2 diced sweet potatoes
1 diced parsnipâ€‹
500 ml heavy cream
1000 â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹ml fish soup stockâ€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹
slug of â€‹Olive oilâ€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹
1 tbs butter
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Add the butter and oil in a large â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹pot, add onion, garlic, shallot, and celery. SautÃ© for a bit, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
Halloween is not normally celebrated in Denmark, but since most our kids watches a lot of US produced cartoons thatÂ holiday kind of sneaks up on us.Â Â So in order to please our Â kids (and moms, but don’t tell), a couple of moms in myÂ neighborhoodÂ 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 theÂ neighborhood. After the bags had been filled with candy, we all got together at a friends house and had coffee, hotÂ chocolate, buns and fruit. The kids played while the moms chatted – a hugeÂ successÂ for all of us.
Week 42, the annual Autumn vacation in Denmark.
A greatÂ holiday, veryÂ exhausting, but we all had a great time.
lots of cars, canons, and clowns with a twist of rockabilly – oodles of fun really.
Spend Sunday morning at the beach, running, jumping and rolling.
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.