Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
January 28, 2013 7:23 PM



Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam

One very popular fish to eat in Sweden is herring, various types of herring prepared in all kind of different ways. I have already written a bit about our love for pickled herring here in Sweden, as well as bit of why/how and when we eat pickled herring in Sweden. So in this post I thought I would share how I make another classic Swedish herring dish, namely Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam. Which is a very simple, cheap and tasty dish.

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
Cheap fish. Today I bought Baltic Herring at our local grocery store City Gross here in Karlskrona, price per kilo was 55 SEK or 8.50 USD.

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
The Baltic Herring was, and is usually, sold like this. The only thing I did before I started to cook them was to wash them and cut out the fin.

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
Then I seasoned with salt and pepper.

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
Rolled in a mixture of flour and breadcrumbs.

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
Melted plenty of butter.

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
Which I then fried the Baltic Herring in for a few minutes.

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
Other side.

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
Done! :-)

Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
And this is how I like to eat my fried Baltic Herring, with home made mashed potato, lingonberry jam, some dill and a slice of lime or lemon. Simple, cheap and most importantly - tasty!!! :p

Now herring is an oily fish and rich in beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 3). Which is good for you. But because of environmental toxins in the oceans around here the herring has elevated levels of dioxins that, among other things, can affect fertility in women. Therefore the National Food Administration recommend pregnant and women of childbearing age not to eat herring of any kind from the Baltic Sea and/or Gulf of Bothnia more than once a month. The rest of the population can consume herring once a week, but preferably not more often. Which is quite sad actually, both for the fish and that we have become restricted to eat herring because of this.

But, hopefully we can change this scary development so that we in the future can continue to enjoy our Swedish classic herring dishes - like the one I have written about today. And a good sign that this can happen is that the dioxin levels in people have declined since the 1970s, so we are at least headed in the right direction. Which I am happy about. Because herring is certainly a big part of the Swedish food heritage and I wish it will continue to be a part of our Swedish food future as well.

Source: DN

/A.L


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The Great Value Of Experiential Marketing
January 28, 2013 7:07 PM



I started this blog about two and a half years ago and along the way I have tried many different ways to market it, I guess you could call it experiential marketing. Because when I first started blogging I had no idea how it worked, both when it comes to the actual blogging part but also how to best get the word out about my blog in cyberspace. Now one way I could have done it was to pay for advertising or marketing, but I did not want to spend any money on those aspects of blogging - nor did I have any money to spend on them. So what I ended up spending a lot of instead was time.

Time to try different marketing methods and then time on those methods that worked best. My goal was to eventually not have to spend as much time on the marketing part of blogging and that visitors would find my blog naturally after a while, which is now the case. So devoting all that time on learning how to and then marketing my blog properly was a good decision, one I indeed benefit from today.

The Great Value Of Experiential Marketing
Instead of having to spend hours and hours on marketing my blog today, I spend more time on answering comments from my readers, creating blog posts and blog maintenance.

/A.L


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London, The Capital Of Events
January 23, 2013 5:20 PM



I love to travel and something that definitely has the possibility to enhance my experience on other locations is when there is some type of event going on there. For instance, I have not been to London in England yet but one of the many reasons I want to go there is because there are always many events in London going on. As well as a ton of historic places and sights to see. Therefore I know that when I do go to London, one thing I will never be there is bored.

London, The Capital Of Events
Always some departures to London.

I was actually on an intermediate landing at Heathrow airport, outside London, in the beginning of last year (2012). We were on our way back from Florida, USA. And it was very obvious around the airport back then which big event was about to take place there later that same year, the Olympics of course. There were lots of Olympic signs everywhere and items with the Olympic logo for sale in many stores. So London sure hosts all type of events, both big and small. Which makes me even more excited to visit one day! :-)

/A.L


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New York City - Meaningful Breaks
January 23, 2013 2:29 PM



Visiting the Big Apple is an experience you will likely never forget. It's big and it's busy! Various options on New York City breaks are readily available and once you know what type of trip you would like to experience you are ready to go. The key attractions of New York are accessible and not expensive if you do a bit of research about them and you can even enjoy a stroll around Times Square that will not break the bank. Combining culture with nature is very much what a trip to New York City can bring.

Central Park is vast and while the noise of the busy city is around you, here, is peace and tranquillity and wildlife will certainly join you. This wonderful piece of countryside in one of the most densely populated areas of the world is a haven of pleasure and delight. Visit the zoo or visit one of the free theatre performances which are on offer throughout the summer. Or listen to the calming music of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Central Park is a must-see, an integral part of New York City breaks.

New York Public library is free on 42nd Street and book-lovers will enjoy browsing this beautiful building and its contents. At the same time, Grand Central Station around the corner is a must on a New York City break. You can picture all the old movie which were filmed here and with plenty of places to eat, the library and Grand Central Station is a day out combined with a stroll around Times Square.

Visiting the Financial District and Ground Zero, the memorial site for 9/11 is humbling and here you can say a prayer for the people who were lost in the tragedy. In the 9/11 memorial shop, there is a whole wall of the people who lost their lives and a mark of respect can be left by your visit. You can then walk down to New York harbour where you can catch the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Don't go via the tourist routes to see the Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island Ferry is free and you can travel as many times as you like and get close up views of the statue. Travel with the Staten Islanders who use the ferry to travel to the city each day for work. That really puts you in the thick of the action and who better to tell you about the iconic statue than the people who see it each day and it is free.

A visit to New York City will bring you many opportunities to taste the wonderful cuisine. From diners which offer wonderful food at reasonable prices to fine-dining, the choice is immense. The trip of a lifetime awaits you.

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A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
January 21, 2013 6:15 PM



Yesterday I took my dog Lisen for a Sunday stroll in the lovely Wamo Park here in Karlskrona in Sweden. But before we got to the Wamo Park we walked up to the nearby Wamo Lookout Point, where I had actually never been before, to check out the view. So below are some photos from our visit to Wamo Lookout Point yesterday.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
Wamo Lookout Point and the stele: ”Göternes camp 1811”, this way.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
Almost there.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
Wamo Lookout Point.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
The first thing Lisen did was to check out the little house up there.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
Then she started to inspect the surrounding area.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
And it did not take long before she spotted something that captured her attention the whole time we were up there, another doggy of course! Lol!

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
So while Lisen was keeping a close eye on the dog, I stepped into the lookout house and snapped some shots of the surroundings.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
Farthest away there is the ocean. On the big field on the other side of the road a big ice arena was located for many years, but it was torn down a few years ago. The same field is also, and has always been as long as I can remember, a popular place for circuses to set up when they come to town. The apartment buildings to the left are located in a neighbourhood called Annebo.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
On the big field on this side of the road there used to be tennis courses, but they were also torn down a few years ago. Now it is just a big parking lot.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
Behind all the trees and up the hill straight ahead lies the big hospital here in Karlskrona.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
But Lisen did not care at all about any of those sights, all she had her eyes on was the dog down there...

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
The lookout house ceiling.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
After about ten minutes we headed back down again.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
But we made one more stop, at the stele: ”Göternes camp 1811”. This stele was erected in memory of the troops from Kalmar and Kronoberg regiments as well as the Gota artillery, which were stationed to Wamo back then.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
Lisen by the stele, looking very serious.

A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
Finally (well, it was not a long way to walk up there - maybe five minutes) back down from the lookout point, next stop - the Wamo Park.

/A.L


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A Wild View
January 17, 2013 8:36 PM



I just happen to look up and glance out my window earlier today here in Lyckeby in Sweden, and this is the wild view I saw.

A Wild View
View from my window, do you see them?

A Wild View
Two cute deer who seemed to be eating something...

A Wild View
...while keeping an eye out for possible danger of course.

A Wild View
Hello. :-)

Now I know we have wildlife up there, it is after all a nature reserve, but it is very unusual to see any wild animals out and about like that (except birds) - especially in the middle of the day. Either way, this "wild view" sure put a smile on my face. And I am so glad I happened to have my camera nearby so I could snap some shots of these adorable creatures to share here too. :-)

/A.L


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In Honor Of Tulip Day
January 15, 2013 2:48 PM



Today we celebrate Tulip Day here in Sweden, so in honor of this day I of course had to buy me some gorgeous tulips. :-) Below are some photos of the many colourful tulips I encountered today in the stores, as well as some snaps of the tulips I bought.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Pink bird's nest.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Sunbeams.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Rainbow.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Deep dark.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Fall.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Snow white. (One of the two bouquets of tulips I bought today.)

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Welcome, my tulips.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Hm...

In Honor Of Tulip DayIn Honor Of Tulip Day
Oh my.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Flower drop.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Shy.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Peekaboo.

To find out why we celebrate Tulip Day in Sweden and to read some fun facts about Swedes relationship with tulips, check out my page --> Swedish Tulip Day Traditions.

Happy Tulip Day! :p

/A.L


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A Moment By The Bridge
January 10, 2013 4:44 PM



Though the snow has pretty much melted away because of the mild weather we have had here in Lyckeby in Sweden lately, we have now once again gotten a bit of cold weather and sun - yay! So when my dog Lisen and I were on one of our walks along the lovely Lyckeby River recently we took the opportunity to step out on one of the many bridges there to simply enjoy this beautiful weather. Which was very relaxing and peaceful indeed. Ahhh. :-)

Below are some photos from our Moment By The Bridge.

A Moment By The Bridge
Lisen enjoying the moment and inspecting "the other side".

A Moment By The Bridge
Ice.

A Moment By The Bridge
Reflection.

A Moment By The Bridge
Thought.

A Moment By The Bridge
I was here.

Happy Weekend Everyone! :p

/A.L


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My Relationship With Eyeglasses
January 6, 2013 5:18 PM



My eye sight is rather interesting actually, because ever since I was born I have been short sighted on my left eye and long sighted on my right eye. This has meant that I have worn glasses off and on my whole life. I remember when I was a child I even had to wear a patch over the right side of my glasses from time to time, the purpose for that was to try and increase the strength of my short sighted left eye. Something I can appreciate now, but made very hard for my mother to follow through on back then - it was not very fun to look like a pirate with prescription glasses in school…

But because my eyes are so different in strength and because I am long sighted on my right eye I have always been able to see well without glasses. Therefore, as soon as I was old enough to decide on my own whether to wear glasses or not - I stopped to wear them. Even though my eye doctor warned me this could have a negative impact on my eye sight in the future.

And right he was, because a few years ago I noticed that I had to squint more and more so finally I went to see an optician to check up on my eye sight - which had decreased in both eyes. Therefore I now wear eyeglasses again. But not all the time, just when I am on the computer, watch TV and/or read. Though I guess that is most of the time. Lol!

My Relationship With Eyeglasses
Me wearing my glasses in front of my laptop. :-)

However, wearing glasses does not feel as awful nowadays as it did to me when I was a child. In fact, I think glasses can be a nice accessory. Which is why I also think many people who do not really need glasses buy different cheap glasses, to wear as an accessory with their clothes.

Now I usually buy my glasses at my local optician, but I have noticed that it is very easy to buy glasses online as well, like on GlassesUSA.com for instance. Where I found this very fun feature by the way:



GlassesUSA.com also has these great discounts right now:

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So, I have had a long and complicated relationship with glasses throughout my life. But I have now come to the realization that wearing glasses will most likely be a part of the rest of my life, no matter how I feel about it. Which is why I choose to look at my need to wear glasses as a good opportunity to buy a nice accessory with great features. And how can that ever be a bad thing? ;-)

/A.L

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Christmas Hangover
January 4, 2013 3:42 PM

   

Christmas, and the rest of the Swedish December Holidays, are now over. In other words - time to return to reality again. Now I love the Christmas season and everything that goes along with it, but every year once it is over I do feel like I have a huge Christmas Hangover. Because with the Christmas season (for me anyway) comes overeating, overdecorating, overspending and a very happy state of mind. So once it is over it feels kind of empty and like - what just happened?

Christmas Hangover
Lisen also has a Christmas Hangover...

BUT, the good thing about Christmas, Advent, Lucia and New Year is that they always return! Yay! And until they do we have many other fun Swedish traditions to celebrate throughout this new year. So, despite my current Christmas Hangover, I am very grateful for the amazing Christmas season of 2012 which I celebrated with family and friends here at home in Sweden. And I am now excited to see what new memories the traditions of 2013 will bring. Because - here we go again! ;-)

/A.L


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EMC Certification Exam for Symmetrix Solutions Specialists
January 4, 2013 3:26 PM



EMC’s E20-517 exam is a product specific qualification exam that validates your Symmetrix skill and knowledge as a standalone exam and which can also be a step in the Symmetrix Solutions Specialist certification track from EMC.

There are 60 questions that appear on the EMC E20-517 exam, covering a range of topics pertinent to the use of Symmetrix solutions in an open system environment. In addition to requiring you to demonstrate your knowledge of Symmetrix architecture and integration options, you must also be familiar with a number of other products, including the manner in which they work in conjunction with Symmetrix solutions. These can include, but are not limited to: SMC Open Replicator, TimeFinder, and PowerPath.

In addition to requiring mastery of Symmetrix solutions in open systems, the E20-517 exam also requires you understand Federated Live Migration and are able to efficiently and effectively utilize Solutions Enabler. Working within the Management Console to install, configure and troubleshoot servers is also a crucial component of the skills you must demonstrate on the E20-517 exam.

EMC offers numerous exam preparation tools and courses for testing candidates. Instructor led training and video and online training are available. Free practice tests are also offered by EMC to help you prepare for the E20-517 exam. Resources offered by other sites, like TestsLive.com, can also be beneficial in your preparation studies. Practice exams and tutorials are both excellent tools that can help you achieve a higher score on your EMC certification exam and will help you master the essential testing materials before scheduling your test.


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January 2013
Fried Baltic Herring With Mashed Potato And Lingonberry Jam
The Great Value Of Experiential Marketing
London, The Capital Of Events
New York City - Meaningful Breaks
A Visit To Wamo Lookout Point
A Wild View
In Honor Of Tulip Day
A Moment By The Bridge
My Relationship With Eyeglasses
Christmas Hangover
EMC Certification Exam for Symmetrix Solutions Specialists
 
 
 
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