Today I took Lisen with me to Rödeby for a little movie making, hehe. I tried to make her show off what tricks she knows. All I can say is, yay for editing! Lol! Na, she wasn't that bad. Just her stubborn self. Which is why we have never enlisted her in any obedience competitions.
Anyway, I did manage to get her to do some tricks instantly on command. While others took a few takes to get right. So here we go, let me introduce to you the video:
Lisen is such a champion - sort of... Starring my lovely dog Lisen and myself
By the way, this is the first video I have ever edited. :p
Because I participate in many blog hops, meaning lists on different blogs where you can add your URL, I thought I'd dedicate a page to it. Below you see which blog hops I participate in and you can also leave a comment on this page if you have followed me in some form. It makes it easier for me to return the favor. :-)
These blog hops have few or no rules and open on Fridays. But keep in mind that they have different close dates so don't wait too long to check them out. And to get to each hop simply click on each button and link will open in new window. Have fun! :p
I love Persian food! And when I grew up I ate a lot of it, because my mum is Persian. But I have not yet learned how to cook all my favourite Persian dishes. So this past Sunday it was time for my dear mum to teach me how to cook "Persian rice balls". I know that's not the correct name for this dish, but that's what I call it. Hehe. Actually, it's more of a side than a main dish I would say.
Now, as a child I only had the opportunity to eat "Persian rice balls" at Persian dinner parties over at a family friends house. Our friend, a Persian lady, was the only one who ever cooked this dish. And I never knew why until this past Sunday. Mum explained that this dish is a local speciality from the Persian city where our friend grew up. She also told me that it was this lovely lady who taught her how to cook "Persian rice balls", not Grandma (as I had assumed). And even though this dish take more time than I normally spend on cooking, it is so worth it!
Step 1. Everyone - take places!
Me - stove. Diva and Lisen - as close to the stove as possible.
Step 2. Prepare
Cook Jasmine rice, season with turmeric and salt. Fry lamb mince and chopped onions, season with salt, pepper, turmeric and dried lime.
Step 3. Roll 'em
This is the tricky and time consuming part. Just make sure they don't fall apart. And I know, they don't exactly look like balls. Haha.
Step 4. Fry 'em
Last step is to fry them. Either in a fryer or in a frying pan. If you want to put them in the freezer, do not fry before freezing.
And finally my favourite part - EAT 'EM! I like to season my "Persian rice balls" with some herb salt, yuuuummy!!! :p
It's pretty cold here in Lyckeby again, but I like this type of calm cold. Without interference from wind, rain or snowfall. Just sun, blue skies and below 0°C. Ahhh! And yesterday I happened to time mine and Lisens afternoon walk with the sunset. What a wonderful sight! :-)
So how is the weather where you live? Warm, cold, wet, snowy? And are you enjoying it?
I have finished 8 pages about typical Swedish food we eat in Sweden, plus an intro page --> Swedish food, where you can see which Swedish food I have written about. I have added this section under "About Sweden" in the menu. On each Swedish food page I have included some history about why we eat this in Sweden and how I like to eat it. On a few pages I have also shared some Swedish food recipes.
Before I introduce these pages I want to thank all of you who helped me with suggestions on which Swedish food I should write about. Luke you mentioned that "the British love the root vegetable called the Swede". I had never heard that expression before, so I looked it up. When I realized what it was, I can't say that I have ever cooked it. I don't even remember if I have ever eaten it, hehe. This vegetable is also called "The rutabaga" or in Swedish kålrot - cabbage root (literal translation). You can read more about it here.
Crysta Wille asked me about Krumkake. It took me a while before I understood that it was waffles, in Swedish våfflor. I have written a bit about our Waffle Day, which is when we eat waffles all over Sweden, on my Swedish traditions page. And because I'm going to expand that page as well, I'll include recipe and more info there instead. But for now, my new Swedish food pages are:
I'm not sure how many countries that celebrate Valentines Day around the world? A day which in Swedish is called Alla hjärtans dag - All Hearts Day (literal translation). Actually, Valentines Day has not been celebrated in Sweden for too many years. I myself only have a few vague memories of celebrating it while growing up.
In fact the first attempt to adopt this Valentine Day celebration in Sweden was in 1956. A department store displayed Valentines Day for the first time, but no one cared much about it. Therefore Valentines Day remained a foreign tradition up until the 1990s. It was then it became a part of the Swedish festival calendar. Something which instantly boosted the interest for this celebration. And today most Swedes know about and celebrate Valentines Day in some form.
But who was Valentine then? Well there is no certain explanation, but the most famous story tells the tale of a Christian man named Valentine. He lived during the 200s and was imprisoned and martyred in Rome around 269. The crime he was convicted for - ordaining young couples. Something which was strictly against emperor Claudius II orders.
During Valentines time in prison he was in contact with the jailer's daughter, who brought him food and messages. And prior to Valentines execution, on February 14th, he wrote a farewell letter to her signed by "your Valentine". This is said to be the first Valentine card and the start of the tradition of sending each other cards on this date.
Even though I'm not a huge celebrant of this day. I do like the sentiment and story behind it. So I wish everyone a lovely Valentines Day. And I send you all lots of <3 from Sweden. :-)
Sources: Wikipedia, Nordiska museet
My lovely little doggy Lisen is in heat again. Which means she is on the look out for male dogs to have pups with. This also involves even more sniffing around outside than usual. Plus some other behavioural changes. But it's aaall good. I mean, I would be worried if she didn't go through this twice a year, hehe.
And even though it's a bit of a struggle outside sometimes, she is so cute when she finds a dog she really likes. Whines and simply refuses to walk! Perhaps not as fun for me in the actual moment, but do I smile when I think about it afterwards.
Lisen earlier today on our walk in Lyckeby, checking out two dogs from a distance.
I get a lot of these looks, lol! Perhaps because I have to act as "the evil one" who stands in their way. Oh well, no more puppies for this lady!
And home again after our walk today. Feeling a bit blue perhaps?
I've been scouting around the webb to try and find Cash Giveaways which are open worldwide. It was not easy, but I did find a few. And while I was looking around I stumbled across two really great (open only to US/Canada) Cash Giveaways. So I have included them as well.
Moving on to the links. Below you'll find a list of each Giveaway and some quick info. I have provided a mini recap of each blogs Giveaway Mandatory Entry Rule/s. But make sure to get the full scoop on what is required when you get to each Giveaway. Many of these Giveaways also have opportunities for extra entries, so keep an eye open for them as well.
I hope you'll find these links useful and I wish you all the best of luck! :p
Cash Giveaways open Worldwide - sorted by End Date
By the way, I won
I myself won a Custom Header Giveaway recently over at SoSweetDesigns. And this simply by being their GFC follower. So I want to give huge Thank You to Noor at SoSweetDesigns for creating this wonderful header for Lisens blog. You can see it HERE!
And I'm featured
I also want to Thank Sherri over at tigereyedesigns.blogspot.com for featuring me in her wonderful "Featured Blogger Friday!" today. Every week Sherri chooses one lucky blogger who gets featured, tweeted and Facebooked for one week. All she asks in return is that you follow her blog. So head on over and send her your info if you want some exposure. :-)
These are the only plants I own. And I'm so proud of myself that they are still alive! The big one I got about eight months ago and the little one was a gift for Halloween. I just think they look so cute together! Now I did show off the big plant in July in Misfit, grrr! So I thought it was about time I introduced his little friend. :p
Yet another storm is heading in over Sweden and once again warnings have been issued. This storm is predicted to be a class 2 storm (class 3 is the strongest). Which means possible danger to thepublic, especially surrounding the area where I live. Fortunately we won't get snow with this storm though, yay! Just strong winds and rain... However, I don't really think it will be as bad as the weather reports make it out to be. They always issue warnings over everything nowadays.
Anyway, I thought I show you some pics I took this afternoon. The calm before the storm...oooo, hehe.
I'm waiting at the traffic lights at Amiralen, heading towards town.
I'll keep this short and simple. Here are 8 blog hops, meaning 8 lists on different blogs where you can add your URL. It's not mandatory to do anything in order to add your link. However, I personally recommend following the blogs which host the blog hops, as a thank you to them. And usually if you leave a comment saying that you have followed them, you will get a follow back. I also find that the more active you are in blog hops - the more visitors/followers you'll get. :-)
I love experiencing the air in a country for the first time. Taking my first breath there, feeling its air touch my face. Usually these occasions take place when I get off an airplane or step out from an airport. And I always get surprised by how different air can be around the world.
In the air above Las Vegas, Nevada USA.
My strongest air memories of other countries are:
1.Tehran, Iran. The air there is so sharp, dry and dominated by exhausts. Something which completely shocked me on my first visit when I was 10. I had no idea it could actually be hard to breathe outside!
Me in Iran 2007.
2. Dubai. When I first got out of the airport in the evening it was about +40°C, INSANE! This was in August of 2007. And it felt like breathing and walking around in a sauna. It was pure torture to be outside during daytime and I could not even cool off in the ocean, because it was warm as well! In fact, what I learned on this trip is that it is actually possible to sweat while bathing in an ocean. Yikes!
This is Ski Dubai inside Emirates Mall in Dubai. The worlds third largest indoor ski slope. And I can tell you that I felt like running in there and rolling around in that snow on this day!
3. Tasmania, Australia. It has one of the worlds cleanest air. And I swear I could feel it! It felt like breathing in pure oxygen. Amazing, and how I think it should feel everywhere when you want to go outside for some fresh air. Ahhh!
Cradle Mountains, Tasmania. :-)
My favourite type of air to breathe in here in Sweden is the one which is produced during those really cold days/nights. And especially when that cold crisp air is mixed with smoke from fire in peoples fire places. It smells and feels lovely. Perhaps not the purest of air though. But it makes me feel warm and cosy somehow, even though it is freezing outside.
So for me, visiting places around the world is not all about what I can buy or see. But more about how it feels to be there. And air is something which exist everywhere, but is still different depending on where on the planet you are. Because to breathe in air somewhere, anywhere, is a truly a unique experience. One which can't be turned into a souvenir or sold. You simply have to be there in order to breathe there.