Wednesday, February 29

Nerd Café

Today I wore my Sunnydale High School tee to Nördcafe Malmö (Nerd Café Malmö) and listened to a talk on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and the rest of the Whedonverse. Good times. And there was candy too.

Sugar in solid form, sugar in liquid form and Buffy.


My sister was reading too.

Wednesday, February 22

New Coffee

There's a new coffee place in town. Starbucks has arrived. The big kahuna of coffee in these parts is Espresso House, they're pretty much everywhere.
Then there's Wayne's and Barista, the latter is my favorite because they're all about fair trade and organic food. And they do a really good hot chocolate with chili.

But the best places to get a coffee in Malmö are still small, independent places like Lite Off, Lilla Kafferosteriet and Solde.
I have a friend who loooves Starbucks so I had to give them a try. The cinnamon roll was tasty but the Caffé Mocha was rather... meh.

Caffé Mocha and cinnamon roll

Tuesday, February 21

Now with Bourbon

A cold has been sneaking up on me these last few days, so instead of going to the gym I'm spending the evening on the sofa. I decided to cook some french onion soup since I bought a whole bunch of onions yesterday. I found a recipe online and gave it a try.

But it was lacking something... White wine was among the ingredients as an option, but I didn't have any white wine at home. Hmm... but I do have bourbon. So I added a splash and it was pretty darn tasty. Added another splash and that made it even better.

 Soup in progress.

French Onion Soup with bourbon.
Served with toasted croissant with cheddar and fresh thyme.

French Onion Soup with Bourbon
Serves 2

You need: 
3 yellow onions
1 tablespoon butter 
0,5 teaspoon sugar
5 dl water
1/2 cube of vegetable stock
handful of fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste
and last but not least - a splash of bourbon. Or go crazy and add two.

Peel and chop the onions. Put the butter in a saucepan and add the onions. Cook them on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. They should be soft and yummy but not get any color.
Add the sugar and stir. Add the boiling water, vegetable stock, thyme and bourbon. Cook on medium/high heat for about ten minutes and add salt and pepper to taste.

This soup is traditionally eaten with bread and cheese on top of the soup but a sandwich on the side works too. I had a leftover croissant hanging around in my fridge so I added some cheddar and fresh thyme before I grilled it. Yum!

Monday, February 20

Killing Us Softly 4

This is a great talk about how women are portrayed in advertising and mainstream media. Take the time to watch it!

Jean Kilbourne shows us how advertising sells us distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. I took several classes at university on feminism, media and reading images - this lecture was a great refresher course.

Jean Kilbourne's work is pioneering and crucial to the dialogue of one of the most underexplored, yet most powerful, realms of American culture advertising. We owe her a great debt.

Part 1

Part 2 - keep watching!

Tuesday, February 14

Not knowing how to cook...

I saw this clip years ago - I think it was a special feature on the Once Upon a Time in Mexico DVD. I've used that quote about not knowing how to cook since then.

If you've never heard of Robert Rodriguez, he's the man who directed Desperado, Sin City, Fom Dusk Till Dawn and... erm, Spy Kids 1-4. Anyway, he knows his way around food and he gives some good advice on how to get started in the kitchen.

"Not knowing how to cook is like not knowing how to f*ck"

Monday, February 13

We need to make books cool again

Hairspray is on TV tonight. I was only gonna watch a few minutes but now I'm hooked by Tracy Turnblad and retrotastic 1960's Baltimore. The movie reminds me of my favorite quote by John Waters.

"We need to make books cool again.
If you go home with somebody and they don't have books,
don't fuck 'em."

 Quoted. In a bookstore no less.

Reading is sexy.

If you wanna know what John Waters reads then check out this collection he curated for New York bookstore Strand.

Sunday, February 5

Banana Oat Date Cookies

Tried another recipe from Color Me Vegan today. I give you Banana Oat Date Cookies! Healthy vegan cookies with no sugar or flour. I'm gonna add a little more shredded coconut next time and maybe some dark chocolate but they aren't bad. They remind me of my classic flapjacks.
You can find the recipe here.

Banana Oat Date Cookies