Thursday, 31 July 2014

tuna dip with feta and celery

Looking for a new way to use that box of canned tuna? I have made this tuna dip with feta and celery several times lately. We use it both for dipping carrots and cucumber, as a sandwich spread or in (store bought) tartlets like in the photo above. I prefer good quality tuna - from Spain, Portugal or Italy - in olive oil.

a big box of tuna (190 g)
50 g feta
1 tbs mayonnaise 
2 stems of finely chopped celery
a pinch of cayenne
a little bit of lemon
1 clove of finely chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Mix it all well together. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Stavanger house sneak peek

This (basement) room will be our TV and guest room. We are planning to build daybeds like the one we have in our Bergen apartment. There is a fireplace down there too. I think it will be a very cozy room. 

Livingroom windows seen from the terrace. The roof just protects the blue bench beneath the windows - perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine even when it rains a little. I look forward to having direct access to the garden from the main floor. (In our Bergen apartment, the garden is accessed by a flight of stairs.)

The opposite view.

There are several red currant bushes in the garden. Plus raspberries, red gooseberries, rhubarb and a big old plum tree.

The garden will need a little TLC. We will start by mowing the lawn and then probably leave the rest till spring.

This basement room will be transformed to two bedrooms in a small apartment that we plan to rent out to students (our house is close to the university). In the future this will be the teen department of the house. You know, when Sara no longer wants her bedroom right next to her parents' bedroom. 

The laundry room will be transformed to a kitchen in the new rental apartment. We are building a new bathroom/laundry room that we will use. 

Master bedroom

Hallway. Three bedrooms plus bathroom and toilet to the left, livingroom to the right.

Hallway - main entrance straight ahead, basement to the left, bedrooms to the right, living room behind me. 

Kitchen - will be renovated and made bigger. I kind of like those (Sigdal) solid spruce cabinets though. 

Livingroom. Hallway to the right and kitchen in the far end. We might extend the kitchen all the way to the wood stove.

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The house will be ours on Friday August 29. (And we say a last goodbye to our Bergen apartment on August 27. Sob.) Because of the big renovations we have planned, we'll stay with Sølve's parents for a while - a few weeks or a few months; we don't know. It all depends on the process. I'm super excited yet terrified about all this, especially since its so soon after our last big renovation, plus I'm starting my new job on August 11 (and I will continue my part time PGCE/teacher training studies). It will be a pretty intense autumn, me thinks. So right now I'm just enjoying the calm before the storm. 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

life, week 30

Monday afternoon at playa de Kollevåg. It was nearly as sunny and warm as Mallorca; the water however, not so much. Sara hardly dipped her toe. 

Shrimp, corn, avocado, cucumber, salt, pepper and lemon juice. I'll make this salad again soon - yum!

She brought all her kitchen supplies into the kitchen and played on the floor whilst I prepared dinner. Seems like she enjoys being home with her toys again after two weeks away. 

Another fantastic summer day called for another afternoon bath.

Whole grain macaroni and ketchup - her idea of a perfect dinner these days. Also, yay for picnics!

Tuesday afternoon at playa de Kyrkjetangen.

...and the packing continues...

Second serving (Mövenpick Swiss chocolate - THE best), a green plant vacationing on the balcony and beachwear drying in the evening warmth - a moment of simple bliss. 

And then there was playa de Vangsvatnet, Voss.

Apparently it was the warmest day since 1889. It took her forever to fall asleep that night.

Oh Voss!

childhood bliss

Waffel fika with Ingvild and her family - complete with a dip in the kiddie pool for Sara and Iben. Thanks again for the moving boxes, Ingvild!

Sandnes bound | ferry picnic: rice, kale, carrot, red onion, garlic, salted/roasted pumpkin seeds and feta 

Damn! (This is the third time our car has broken down at this exact point. And it will be the last - we are done with you Saab!)

NAF + mamma and pappa to the rescue | a lucky happy ending to a damned old car incident

This is were all our moving boxes and furniture go; my parents' garage. So thankful they have room for it all. Depending on the process of the house renovation, the boxes might stay closed for a while.

A Saturday afternoon dip in Godalen with our friends before the rain.

Our first visit to our house since we bought it in May. Still a month left until its ours, but the owner kindly let us stop by to do some measurements needed for planning the big renovation. I'll share a few more photos tomorrow. 

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Week 30: July 21-27 (week 28 and 29 were our Mallorca vacation)

Monday, 28 July 2014

things I like lately - Mallorca version

Cala Deià, one of my favorites

- the beautiful old renovated farmhouse we rented - it had everything our crew of 11 (six grown ups and five kids) needed, including a pool, air condition and a big outdoor eating and playing area
- finally meeting my Flickr friend Lorena in person - she is such a sweet, lovely and generous person!
- all the delicious traditional Mallorcan dishes Lorena prepared for us when we visited
- sweet and juicy tomatoes and peaches
- spending hours in water (pool or sea) every day
- seeing how much Sara loves playing in water and how confident she got during those two weeks
- cava, every day
- ice cream, every day
- seeing how much Sara loved playing with the other kids
- big, lush bougainvilleas and other beautiful flowers I don't know the name of
- the cathedral in Palma
- walking the streets of Palma
- lemon trees, orange trees, almond trees, olive trees
- La Granja (thanks for the recommendation, Lorena)
- Cuevas del Drach - felt like a touristy school field trip at first, but it was surprisingly beautiful and fascinating
- lunch in by the sea in Cala Ratjada with a view of azure blue waters
- Cala Deia - such idyll! Deia too
- lunch and a bath in Port de Soller
- the coastal road (the Ma10) between Valldemossa and Soller - fantastic!
- driving through Serra de Tramutana (parts of it at least) - I had no idea Mallorca had such mountains! 
- an afternoon at Cala Torta
- dorade with parsley and lemon on the grill
- the temperature was mostly lovely; just a few days were really, really hot 
- people watching at the beach - love seeing all the different body types! 
- shooting four rolls of film
- Sara being a very good and patient traveller 
- falling in love with Mallorca in general - we'll be back! 

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things I don't like lately

- shopping at Carrefour - such a huge store that always took forever (also, shopping for 11 people takes forever)
- sand, everywhere

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Ricoh 35 EFL test roll, part III

Kodak Portra 400, Ricoh 35 EFL 

A while ago I bought a camera - a Ricoh 35 EFL - at a flea market. I'm not at all into the technical side of cameras, so I had no idea if the camera worked until I shot a test roll with it. Turns out, the camera does indeed work, but it seems I need to learn how to work it. These are not my best shots, but they still tell a story. I finished the whole roll in one go shooting around the house. I'll post all the photos in the same order (more or less) that I shot them. Just for fun. PS: more one roll in one go posts 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

life, week 27

Gossip Girl in the am | deeply and seriously hooked 

Day 21/27 of #astridsdailyworkout: ran my usual route - a liiitle bit faster than the last time. Also, heron! 

It was even more peach colored in real life.

And on the other side of the house, the sky was orange. 

Day 22/27 of #astridsdailyworkout: 2 hours of walking and doing errands + ice cream date with then husband = balance 

thrift store scores for Sara

homemade burger in the shape of a hot dog + coleslaw made of cabbage, carrot, apple, celery, radish, fresh coriander, lemon juice, creme fraiche, salt and pepper

I'm so glad she likes being in the kitchen with me, even though it didn't last very long.

Day 23/27 of #astridsdailyworkout: hiked up mount Ulriken and was rewarded with this view

Gorgeous photographs by my Artist Diner partner Trine Hisdal for sale at one of my favorite Bergen shops Røst.

Day 24/27 of #astridsdailyworkout: an hour of walking and doing errands with Sara. Our main mission: buy panties for Sara - to encourage more potty training... We found a few blue ones like she wanted, but non with ghosts like she wished for. We did however find socks with horses. 

berries from the garden for breakfast - summer bliss

Our tenants have moved out, so now the garden suite is empty until the new owners (and possibly new tenants) move in. 

Day 25/27 of #astridsdailyworkout: a day of running errands, including IKEA where I found these peonies. (Lots of "good" excuses today to not go for that long run I had planned.) 

8 am good morning to you on this dark and gloomy July morning | our garden loves the rain though

Day 26/27 of #astridsdailyworkout: just a little stroll around the city with my little family (lets rather call it a fake work out ;-)

waiting in traffic | love the collection of Moser lamps (the same as we have)

Grilled hot dogs for dinner - sometimes the very best choice

midnight conversations and summer rain

a city of lights always invites to bokeh shots

looks like autumn but feels and smells a lot like summer

Day 27/27 of #astridsdailyworkout: packing, packing, packing. Should have gone for a run, but... well... At least I'm bringing my running shoes to Mallorca. Anyway, I feel more fit after 27 days of work outs and I feel a liiitle bit more ready to face two weeks in a bikini than before I started this project. Yeah, I know. All days have not been proper work outs, but it has all been better than the sofa. 

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Week 27: June 30 - July 6


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