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New Apartment!

31 Jan

In school we continue studying greenhouses, this Friday we went on a study-visit to this lovely geranium-house – made me long for spring even more.

Hello litte English Lady – I love you!

And I got news! Yesterday I signed the contract for a new, bigger apartment. I’m moving on Saturday and I’m so excited to paint and decorate. And to have more space! The one happiest about the packing though (I hate to pack) is Solveig, every box is a new adventure.

//Elsa

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Vi fortsätter studera växthus i skolan, älskar de engelska pelargonerna. Och igår skrev jag under hyreskontraktet på en ny, större lägenhet så just nu bor jag i ett flyttkaos – på lördag går lasset. 

Japanese Night

26 Jan

This Tuesday I was on a Japanese Night. We are a group of friends that have an allotment plot together and we decided to have the first “what-to-plant-and-grow-this-year”-meeting of the year. One of us, Sofia, just visited Japan so we had a Japanese theme food-wise with amongst other courses okonomi yaki, daikon and wakame and Ida made ginger-cupcakes with wasabi-frosting (recipe here). Soo good!

/Elsa

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I tisdags var jag på japansk afton och årets första planeringsmöte för den kolonilott som jag delar med några vänner, mycket fint!

Greenhouses in the Snow

24 Jan

Today we’ve studied greenhouse-constructions at the University – freezing cold but interesting (just wished it was tropical ones on the schedule instead).

Bright blue sky and snow in the air. 

Even though I’m longing a lot, a lot, a lot for spring, it’s beautiful with sunny, crispy winter days. 

Research on different sorts of apple. (But we looked more on building construction).

If it’s cold you better stand close. Lisa has some kind of model-look going on and I wear all the green scarves I could find. 

/Elsa

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Idag har vi haft tema växthus-konstruktion i skolan, kallt att studera i verkligheten såhär i januari men intressant. 

Embroidery

23 Jan

I’m in a period of embroidery right now, soon I’ll show you more of this project:

/Elsa

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Jag är inne i en broderi-period, snart visar jag mer av det projektet. 

Indian Night

21 Jan

Yesterday I had dinner at an Indian restaurant here in Malmö. This time last year I was on a long journey in southwestern India and yesterday’s food set my mind right back.

Statue in the restaurant’s window. 

One big difference is that on a restaurant here in Malmö, a nice bottle of red wine is easy to accomplish – the situation is quite the opposite in India.  

We ordered vegetarian kofta, dal mahkani and garlic naan. The food was so good that we ended up in the discussion during the starters (samosa and fried cauliflower) wether it was safe to eat the salad or not – just the way one talks when in India.

 Yum!

Here’s a picture from Gokarna taken in January 2011 with me and one of the multiple puppies that I wanted to bring to Sweden.

In this valley the beach lies where the previous picture with the puppy was taken. Here we stayed for about four weeks last year before we continued our journey south. 

I’m taking back all the talk about spring being here by the way, it’s snow-raining outside my window right now and I’m dreaming of warmer places going through photos in my computer.

/Elsa

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Igår var vi på indisk restaurang och medan det är snöblandat regn utanför fönstret längtar jag mig bort till för ett år sedan då jag var långresa i just Indien. 

New Job

19 Jan

Sorry for bad bloging. I’ve started a new job in January as the new superintendent at Augustenborg’s Botanical Roof Gardens in Malmö. It’s really fun and interesting and somewhat of a challenge to combine with my studies but hopefully I’ll find a way.

This Monday I was up on the roofs of a new mall that’s under construction here in Malmö, on top of the mall there will be a huge rooftop garden. (Since it’s a construction-site you need to wear special shoes, helmet and the lovely neon vest). 

I’ll be back soon!

/Elsa

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Ursäkta för dåligt uppdaterande. Jag har börjat på ett nytt jobb nu i januari, som ny föreståndare för Augustenborgs botaniska takträdgårdar här i Malmö. Otroligt roligt och intressant och en utmaning att kombinera med universitets-studier men jag är säker på att det kommer gå bra. I måndags var jag uppe på taket till Emporia i Malmö, ett köpcentrum under uppbyggnad där det ska bli en 2 hektar stor park uppe på taket (på sådana byggplatser får man ha skor med stålhätta, hjälm och härliga neon-västar). 

Quick Lavender Cakes

12 Jan

This morning we were working on our project at my place (presentation tomorrow!) and I did some caramel-cakes with Lavender to keep the study motivation up. This is a recipe I often use when I need to bake something really tasty quick.

You need this:

100 g butter

1 dl sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 tablespoon syrup

2,5 dl flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons dried Lavender

 

First mix room-tempered butter and sugar (easy with an electricity whisk) and then add the rest of the ingredients. Divide the batter into 3 pieces and roll each piece into a roll in the same length as your tin. Place the rolls on the tin and use a fork to make patterns in them. Bake for about 10 minutes in a 175°C-hot oven. Cut them into pieces when they are still hot and soft.

Don’t worry they look small unbaked on the tin, they will expand in the oven. 

Today I used Lavender, but they are good natural too. And it’s also tasty to change the Lavender to Peppermint or Rosemary.

Yum!

/Elsa

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Idag jobbade vi på vårt projekt hemma hos mig på förmiddagen. För att hålla studiemotivationen uppe bakade jag kolakakor med lavendel, mycket gott!