Currently, here in Sweden, we’re moving from the fruity and colorful part of autumn into the dark, naked and gloomy one. I’m trying to be kind to myself, have fun and keep focusing on the good things in life, to be able to take the transition into winter without letting the gloom get to me.
Cooking: I seem to be obsessed with orange colored ingredients at the moment. Apart from munching the first few tangerines of the season, I got a handful of turmeric roots in one of the boxes of biodynamic fruit and veggies I subscribe to. Some of the turmeric I turned into these South Thai satays (both the traditional marinade and dipping sauce call for turmeric). The rest I juiced, as in the very Halloween-ish juice in the photo above, featuring purple kale, an apple, carrots and fresh turmeric, creating a black juice with vivid orange foam on top. The colors in that photo have not been altered in any way.
In Persiana, I found the optimal recipe for roasted carrots; the secret is to roast them in the oven with whole cumin seeds. At the end of the baking time, glaze them with a mixture of honey and lemon juice. When serving, put them in a bowl and cover in feta crumbs, top with fresh dill – extremely simple, extremely tasty. Also, I’ve been using pumpkin a lot, in ice cream, granola, soup and in this liquor spice syrup, which turned out to be a great way to spice up hot chocolate or spoon over vanilla ice cream.
Watching: If you’ve ever wondered whose minds are behind the technology used for delivering interesting blog posts into your reader or letting you search for images that are ok to borrow and paste into your blog posts you MUST watch Internets Own Boy about Aaron Schwarz. Actually, he has a lot to do with the fact that there exists interesting blogs today, at all. The film tells the story about how this brilliant person was broken down and destroyed by the greed and pettiness by others. The saddest thing I’ve seen in a long while and mandatory watching for anyone who’s wondering what direction we should head for, in the future.
Home Scent: I’m addicted to burning my PartyLite ”Pumpkin and Apple Cider” scented candle at home. It might not be the most sophisticated scent around, but I don’t care, it’s sweet, cozy and makes me forget those gloomy autumn months ahead. As this brand is only sold at home parties and I’m about to run out, I’m desperately trying to get hold of a
dealer hostess that will invite me in.
Projects: We’re having an extra room built in our house and I’ve also started teaching my son how to program computers, as his reading skills finally are good enough for code to make sense. I’ve decided his first language will be Ruby, and I’ve found a great resource, with easy lessons available in Swedish (as well as in other languages), at Kidsruby.com. As I haven’t used Ruby before myself this will be a great chance to put a new programming language under my belt, as well. And, hey, if YOU don’t know how to code in Ruby, feel welcome to tag along. I can personally vouch for that it’s possible for an 8 y.o. to do, so you can as well
Reading: As I was about to give up on regular novels as I never seem to be able to find the time to finish them, I realized that there actually are books around that do have the same depth, but are usually thinner and can be read in a fragmented manner without necessarily me missing out on the plot. I’m talking about lyrical poetry. A few poetic highlights of the last few weeks have been poems written by Krisitna Lugn, Agneta Pleijel and Tomas Tranströmer, pretty mainstream, I know, but hey, I’m just a novice here, starting out with works by authors I’ve heard of. I also discovered the Swedish site poeter.se where members can submit their own poetry. It’s highly recommended as I’ve been very positively surprised by the quality of some of the works there!
Listening: I’m in a period when I’m tired of all my normal music, so for variety I randomly roam the radio service on Spotify (you submit a song or a band and they make a playlist out of similar tracks) or the SR (Swedish public radio) app to satisfy whatever I might be craving. A month ago, I listened a lot to lofty, classical oboe, it went very well with the osmanthus scents I wore back then. Now I listen mostly to electronica and muted, mellow piano jazz, a slightly heavier soundtrack that works with leather and incense scents.
Nail crush: China Glaze ”Cowgirl Up” from the Rodeo Diva Collection from 2008. A rich, shimmery, lightly frosted plum that has one of the best lasting powers I’ve seen in a nail polish ever. Those photos are taken in- and outdoors after four days of wear, most polishes only last 2-3 days on my nails! When not wearing Cowgirl Up I’m alternating similar types of polishes (shimmery shades, on the dark side) in colors like deep blues, dark greens and all sorts of ”almost blacks”.
And now I’d love to hear about you, what are you reading, listening to, watching, cooking, smelling at the moment?