Did you know?!

Over the years, I’ve learned some things ( somethings more useful than others). 

 Below, some of the things I have learned are listed. These are the meanings behind some phrases that most people never use. Enjoy!
Tongue in cheek:

In the olden days, if you wanted to signal that someone was being annoying/rude/stupid/a dick/not funny/funny without trying to be, then you could turn to a friend and poke your tongue against your cheek! Your friend would get what you were talking about.
All of a sudden:

Shakespeare invented this! In The Taming of the Shrew, one line reads, “Is it possible that love should all of a sodaine take such hold.”
Limeys:

British people are sometimes called “limeys” because they used to take limes and lemons along with them on sea voyages. The British figured out that the citrus prevented sailors from getting scurvy, so they sucked on these fruits all the time!
Cocktail:

People used to stir alcoholic drinks with rooster feathers, or a cock’s tail feather. That is why people call alcoholic drinks cocktails!

The Limelight:

Limelight is a really, really bright light that is produced when a piece of lime is heated amidst a flame that burns oxygen and hydrogen. It was used in theatre in the 1800s!
In a pickle:

A pickle is a spicy vinegar-based mixture used to preserve food. In the 15th century, it a “pickle” came to refer to a mixture of a bunch of stuff, or a strew. Then, Billiam T. Shakespeare coined the phrase in the Tempest, when Alonso said to Trinculo, “How camest thou in this pickle?”
Whippersnapper:

This word means a young person who acts presumptuously or is overconfident. Apparently, it is derived from the term “snippersnapper”
Wild goose chase:

Billiam T. Shakespeare invented this one too! But, it was different then, In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio says, Nay, if thy wits run the wild-goose chase.” Back in Will’s day, this referred to a style of horse-racing in which horses follow a leader a set distance and it looks like geese flying in a V formation!
You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours:

In the 17th century, if you were a sailor in the British navy, you would be punished by being hit really hard on your back with a wooden board by another crew member. The saying, therefore, refers to a deal made by two sailors not to hit each other too hard, but instead to just scratch each other!
A drop in the bucket:

This is from the Bible! In Isaiah 40:15, it says, “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket and are counted as the small dust of the balance.”
Posh:

Now, this word is an adjective meaning “cool.” But, it stands for Port Out, Starboard Home! When British ships travelled to India the best position to put a bed in was on the port (left) side when going to India, and on the starboard (right) side when coming home to England!
Love 

Charlie xx

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Ragnhilds apple cake

Our back yard is full of apples, and there are only so many apples you can eat before you grow sick of them.

And well I do not know how many apples I’ve eaten this last week, so I though I would turn them into something a bit more creative, than just a plain apple.

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I found this recipe online, and I instantly fell for it due to its name, Ragnhild is an old Scandinavian name and it was the name of my very loving and wonderful grandmother. The very same person who is my inspiration in the kitchen, the woman who could make everything taste like it came from a Michelin star restaurant.

This recipe is in coffee cups, you know old quaint coffee cups, with a saucer. there is something special standing there baking with old porcelain made coffee cup, decorated with pink flowers. but if you don’t have a cupboard filled with vintage porcelain cups i’m happy to inform you that one coffee cup is about 1,5 dl / 0,65 cups

This cape is so easy to make, it only requires a handful of ingredients and its caramelized surface is a pure delight to enjoy during rainy fall days

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1 egg

1 coffee cup sugar

1 coffee cup flour

 

50 grams/half stick/ 1/4 cup / melted butter

2 -3 apples

Sugar and cinnamon

 

Beat egg and sugar until it becomes white.Add the flour, melted butter and oil.

Mix until it becomes a smooth batter.

Butter a baking tin and add the batter in to the baking tin.

Peel and chop the apples, add them to the batter.

Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the surface of the cake.

Bake for 30-40 minutes in 180 c

What do you make of your apples? Cakes, muffin, marmalade or just eat them like they are?img_5887

Love

Charlie xx

 

 

 

Interview with Mr F ( my dog) 

I know that I am extremely partial to this statement, but it’s true, I have the worlds greatest dog. 

So I thought I might present him to you by interviewing him. 

He is an 11 year old puppy from New Foundland and his name is mr F. He is the sweetest, hungriest and craziest dog on this planet. 

Everything with him is an adventure. 
” hi there mr Figurd, how is life going?”

” I can’t complain. I love being at the country side in our house there, so I can go for long swims. Especially as I need to save my toys that for some pericular reason always find them self in the water in need of savor. At least I’m a Newfie so I swim fast. I leave my owners miles behind me ( then I go back and try to save them)” 

” I hear you like it when I’m at home” 

” I do! It’s the best part of summer. You have an countless amount of energy and can run and play with me for hours and hours. Then you cook a lot, which I don’t mind either. 

I only have two complaints, one I wonder why you disappear from time to time. Two, I must confess I like it when we share the bed but seriously can’t you sleep on the floor at times? I need the entire bed for myself! I need my beauty sleep”

” so mr F I heard a rumor that you are quite the thief, does it lie any truth in this statement”

” seriously. No not at all. You see my owners are stupid. They leave bread, cookies, and cinnamon buns on the kitchen counter, what do they expect. Of course I take it when I have the chance!”

” I heard another story about you and a little girl” 

” oh you mean that incident”

“Please do tell us” 

” well mom, dad and I were all on or way home from the countryside, and well they had me walking without a leash because I’m so well behaved, in the foyer of our building. We were standing there waiting for the elevator and the door opens and there was a little browned hair girl holding a sandwich in her hands right infront of my nose. And I couldn’t help myself. ” 

” what did she say” 

“She was terrified and started to cry” 

” I hope you apologized” 

” I did and I bought her a book, but she still is afraid of me. I’m very ashamed of myself. I would like to play with her, but she still is rather angry and scared of me

Thank you so much mr F, for you very expensive time. Now go ahead and eat some truffle salami

If you insist, and it was my pleasure

chevre chaud with strawberry salsa

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Chevre chaud is a chevre cheese that’s chaud – hot.

It’s a perfect side that’s also popular in salads. In this recipie, I’ve chosen to do mini chevre chaud that are served with a strawberry salsa. They are perfect as a stater, snack or on a buffet the salsa in the strawberries that are marinated in balsamico and chili. A combo that might not be something you think of on top of your head, but the result tasted amazing. try it out!

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Recipe 4-5 starters

½ baguette

About 200 g of chevre cheese

2 scallions

About 10 strawberries

1 tbsp. of balsamico

1 tsp. of honey

a pinch of chili flakes

1 tsp. olive oil

½ tsp. salt

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  1. Heat the oven to 340 F / 225 C
  2. Slice the baguette thinly
  3. Slice the scallions
  4. Put some chevre and some scallions on each piece of the baguette
  5. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes
  6. Meanwhile, cut the strawberries in small pieces.
  7. Mix the strawberries with the balsamico, honey, olive oil, chili flakes and salt.
  8. Put some salsa on each piece of chevre.
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Charlie’s blueberry pie

IMG_5283Every year as the summer comes to an end I get strangely happy, not due to the fact that summer is over –that saddens my heart. I get happy because the forest gets filled with small blue jewels, blueberries. My days begin with long walks in the forest with my dog (who is a avid blueberry picker), and as I get home I start to think about what can I transform these jewels to?

Blueberry oatmeal, blueberry pancakes, smoothies, muffins, pies etc. the opportunities are endless.IMG_5282

Dough

3,25 ounces/100grams butter

1.04 cups 2 ½ dl of flour

1 tbsp. sugar

 

sugar

blueberries

 

  • heat the oven to 390F/200C 
  • rinse the blueberries
  • put them in a pie pan
  • mix all the ingredients to the dough until it becomes one smooth big lump, then crumble it over the blueberries
  • sprinkle sugar over the crumble
  • let cook for approximately 20 minutes
  • serve with vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream

 

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Love

Charlie xx

Vichyssoise

IMG_5200It sounds so fancy and classy in French but it’s actually just a simple potato and leek soup. A cheap and easy soup that’s so delicious, that I adore in the winter months.

4 portions

About 5 rather large potatoes

1 large leek

1 garlic clove

3 tbsp. butter

8-dl/ 3.4 cups vegetable stock

3 dl/ 1.2 cups cream

Salt and ground pepper

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  1. Peel and dice the potatoes, cut the leek lengthways, wash it under running water and cut it into 1 cm slices. Peel and chop the garlic.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large pan together with the butter, mix with a wooden spoon and let cook for a couple of minutes before adding the vegetable stock, a little at a time while stirring and bring to boil. Lower the heat and let boil for 30 minutes, stir occasionally.
  3. Add the cream, stir and let boil for another 10 minutes. If the soup is not smooth, mix it with a hand blender. Taste with salt and pepper.

Love

Charlie xx

 

Sweet potato fries 

I love sweet potatoes. It’s gods gift to man ( along with the dogs and horses) hehe, 

I could eat them for lunch dinner and breakfast, along with oatmeal, actually not it doesn’t sound very tasty but let’s just say I love sweet potatoes. 

Sweet potato fries are so easy to do and so tasty and a great side dish to pretty much anything, veggie burgers, hamburgers, steak, to snack on while drinking some beer 


2 sweet potatoes 

rosemary 
salt 

olive oil 

  • Preheat the oven to 440 F / 225 Celsius 
  • Cut the sweet potatoes in slim wedges (fries style). 
  • Sprinkle over rosemary, salt, and some olive oil. Toss around so they’re all covered. 
  • Bake for about 30 min, or until light brown. Flip them after about 10-15 min.
  • Sprinkle over fresh herbs! 
  • Done! 

Love 

Charlie xx