Car Rental Abroad
March 28, 2012 6:25 PM



Car Rental Abroad

I have traveled to many destinations around the world and rented cars a few times on my trips. On my latest trip to Florida in the US we rented a car for example, the line was very long at the car hire place there and there were a lot of additional fees we did not know about. But when we rented a car in Australia we got great service and an excellent deal. So it is always interesting to see how the rental car procedure works in different countries.

For instance if I was to car hire in Italy, would the procedure be the same as in the US or Australia? Or would it be completely different? Now I have not rented a car in Italy but I would definitely be curious to find out how it works some day. Either way, one of the best ways to see a country is certainly by hiring a car in my opinion.

/A.L


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My Homemade Langos
March 27, 2012 7:40 PM



I LOVE langos! Langos? Langos is a Hungarian dish that consists of fried bread with different toppings, sort of like a mini pizza. Unfortunately the only time of the year langos are available to buy here in Karlskrona in Sweden is during summer time at markets and festivals. This of course means that I basically only get the opportunity to eat langos a few times per year... until now!

Because recently I noticed (on my Facebook wall) that people actually make langos at home - huh!? I thought langos were very complicated to make? Turns out that they are not though. So a few weekends ago I gave it a go for the first time. And below are some photos, recipe and my attempt to explain how I made my first ever homemade langos.


Recipe Langos
(About 16)

25 grams of yeast
3 deciliters of water
1 large boiled potato
1 teaspoon of salt
8 deciliters of flour
1 liter of oil for deep frying

1. First I mixed in the yeast in lukewarm water. Then I mixed in about 7 deciliters of flour, the grated boiled potato and salt. Once I had mixed this into a dough I let it rest for about 45 minutes in the bowl under a kitchen towel.

2. After 45 minutes I worked the dough with some more flour, cut it into small pieces, rolled out the pieces and let those rest again under a kitchen towel for about 10 minutes.

My Homemade Langos
This is how the langos looked after they had rested for 10 minutes.

My Homemade LangosMy Homemade Langos
3. Then it was time to start the frying, a few minutes on each side in hot oil.


Langos Toppings

My Homemade Langos
As soon as each lango came out of the fryer I spread homemade garlic butter on them.

Langos Toppings
Then it was time to add some yummy toppings, each person added their own toppings.

My Homemade Langos
Basic lango. Toppings here are: sour cream and cheese. Simple and super delicious!

My Homemade Langos
A Swedish twist. Toppings here are: sour cream, cheese, Swedish raw Falukorv and red onions.

My Homemade Langos
Salty and delicious. Toppings here are: sour cream, cheese, red onions and whitefish roe.

My Homemade Langos
Seafood lango. Toppings here are: sour cream, cheese, shrimps, red onions, I also added some whitefish roe after I took this photo. This is my personal favourite, although I had a bit too much red onions here.

All in all it was not complicated at all to make homemade langos, the part that took the longest was the frying. But it was so worth it! And I am so glad I now know how to make langos and I will most certainly make it many,many more times in the future. I actually made it again just a few days after my homemade langos premiere. Hehe. It is just sooo goood!!! :p

/A.L


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Double Day In Sweden
March 25, 2012 4:09 PM



Double Day In Sweden

In Sweden Summer Time, or Daylight Savings Time, begins today AND we also celebrate Waffle Day today. So it is a double day you could say. And although I love waffles, I am not a big fan of turning the clock forward one hour. Because somehow I always feel like I fall behind with everything during this period of the year. Plus, due to the fact that I am not a morning person - it makes waking up early in the mornings even more difficult than usual for me during Daylight Savings Time.

However, I must say that the celebration of Waffle Day today does make it a little bit easier to change the clocks - a tiny, tiny bit. And I have of course eaten waffles today, even though I did get a bit over excited and ate way too many! So actually I do not feel too good at the moment...

Double Day In Sweden
But, these waffles were definitely worth a bit of a Waffle Hangover afterwards. Hehe. :p

/A.L


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Swan Performance
March 21, 2012 7:54 PM



Recently when I was in Karlshamn I managed to capture these two funny swans trying to impress each other, at least that is what it looked like they were trying to do to in my eyes. So below are some photos of a Swan Performance in Karlshamn in Sweden.

Swan Performance
These are the two swans I saw.

Swan Performance
Tossing and turning.

Swan Performance
Cleaning and checking.

Swan Performance
Trying their very best to look nice.

Swan Performance
Even stretching.

Swan Performance
And kicking.

Swan Performance
Hoping to impress.

Swan Performance
Because it is not easy at all.

Swan Performance
To become a beautiful swan.

/A.L


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Eleven Years Ago...
March 18, 2012 5:12 PM



...a little pup named Lisen was born.

Eleven Years Ago
And although Lisen was only two months old when she came to us she immediately let us know what the most important thing to her was - FOOD!

Eleven Years Ago
So when Lisen turned 11 years old yesterday I knew that the best way to make her day extra special was to give her something edible, so I bought two of her favourite treats as her birthday presents. And when I asked Lisen if she wanted some birthday treats her eyes lit up and she answered me with a very decisive "Wouff!". Which of course meant "Yes!".

Eleven Years Ago
And the first birthday treat she got was one of her favourites, a pigs ear.

Eleven Years Ago
Yuuum!!

Eleven Years Ago
The second birthday treat she got was another one of her favourites, a BIG marrow bone.

Eleven Years Ago
Which kept her busy for hours.

So all in all I am pretty sure Lisen was happy with her eleventh birthday yesterday. And I know am very fortunate and grateful to have this stubborn, strong-minded, playful, food crazy, patient and loving doggy in my life. Dogs do truly make the best of friends, I only hope Lisen knows how precious she is to me. My beloved little eleven year old. :p

/A.L


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About Sweden Update
March 16, 2012 7:40 PM



I have done some spring cleaning and organizing in the About Sweden section in the menu. Which means that I have added new Swedish Pastry Pages and organized my blog posts about Sweden into different categories under there. Hopefully this will make it easier for everyone who is browsing around for information about Sweden here.

And speaking of spring, more and more flowers are starting to bloom here in Sweden. Yay!

About Sweden Update
I saw this lovely flower today in Karlshamn, not sure what it is named though? But it sure looked like it was enjoying the sun as much as I was.

Anyway, back to my updates about Sweden. The new additions to About Sweden above in the menu are:

- Swedish Pastry
- Swedish Days
- Swedish Markets
- Sweden Info

Happy Weekend Everyone! :-)

/A.L


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A Melting Lake On The Road To Karlshamn
March 13, 2012 8:26 PM



This Monday I started attending a class about Social Media that take place in the city of Karlshamn here in Sweden. This means that I now commute from where I live in Lyckeby to Karlshamn every day, a total daily distance of 110 kilometers. This also means that daily I stumble across some lovely sights on the road to, from and in Karlshamn. And one of those stunning sights today was the cute little lake Galtsjön. Now I have passed this lake many times before but I have never really stopped to take a closer look at it, until today that is. So below are some photos of A Melting Lake On The Road to Karlshamn.

A Melting Lake On The Road To Karlshamn - Galtsjon
Galtsjön.

A Melting Lake On The Road To Karlshamn - Galtsjon
Melting away.

A Melting Lake On The Road To Karlshamn - Galtsjon
Even a heart of ice can melt in the right conditions.

A Melting Lake On The Road To Karlshamn - Galtsjon
Gone.

A Melting Lake On The Road To Karlshamn - Galtsjon
Galtsjön - A Season In Change.

/A.L


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Old Crooked Family Of Trees
March 11, 2012 6:51 PM



It is a beautiful Sunday here in Lyckeby in Sweden and a wonderful day to photograph the Old Crooked Family Of Trees that live outside my apartment building in Ekebacken Nature Reserve. Now trees always fascinates me. They look so solid and calm where they stand, like they have no worries in the world. And many of the trees here in Ekebacken Nature Reserve have been there hundreds of years so they must have seen and experienced so many things in their life time. But still they just stand there, well some have fallen down. Hehe. Anyway, below are some photos of a few patient old trees up here.

Old Crooked Family Of Trees - Uncle Spooky
Uncle Spooky.

Old Crooked Family Of Trees - Dancing Grandma
Dancing Grandma.

Old Crooked Family Of Trees - Swirly Twins
Swirly Twins.

Old Crooked Family Of Trees - Wild West Grandpa
Wild West Grandpa.

Old Crooked Family Of Trees - Hilarious Aunt Cheerful
Hilarious Aunt Cheerful.

Old Crooked Family Of Trees - Cousin Crawling
Cousin Crawling.

Old Crooked Family Of Trees - Ancestral Shadows
Ancestral Shadows.

Now Ekebacken literally translates to Oak Hill and has for centuries been a gathering place for people in eastern Blekinge, Blekinge is the name of the county Lyckeby belongs to. Ekebacken has been a Nature Reserve since 1969 and is approximately 14 acres large.

And I love to walk up there all seasons of the year with my dog Lisen. It is such a calm and soothing place to be in and it is filled with lots of little wild animals. For example, I have seen hares, squirrels, foxes, deers, snakes and lots of different birds and insects in Ekebacken. Some more fun to encounter than others of course, lol. But I am very happy to live so close to this little Nature Reserve and I hope its inhabitants and these amazing trees live on for many more years to come. :-)

/A.L


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Me And My Teddy Bear
March 5, 2012 1:30 PM



Me And My Teddy Bear
My dog Lisen loves this Teddy Bear!

Now usually after a while when my dog Lisen is done playing with the soft toys I have given her she tears them up into a million pieces, but not this Teddy Bear. She has had it for a lot of years and she still loves to gnaw on it gently and carry it around from time to time. Now the funny thing about this Teddy Bear is that when you squeeze its nose it says "Atjoo" and when you squeeze its paws it says "Mama" or "Papa". And Lisen loves to gnaw on the Teddy Bear's nose or paws so it speaks. Lol! So sometimes I hear some sneezing and calls out for "Mama" and "Papa" and then I see Lisen cuddling with her Teddy Bear, just like in the photo above. Aww! Dogs do indeed do the cutest things sometimes. :-)

/A.L


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Shrimp and Shrimp Sandwich History In Sweden
March 1, 2012 10:55 AM



Among upper-class people it became popular to eat shrimp in Sweden in the 1500s. Common people however perceived shellfish as insects and unclean to eat back then. Therefore it was not until the 1800s Denmark and Norway began with a more systematic shrimp fishing and not until the 1900s Sweden followed in their footsteps. More specifically shrimp fishing in Sweden started in Kosterfjorden in 1902. Today there are around 200 shrimp boats in Sweden.

Now the origin of the Swedish Shrimp Sandwich can be traced back to Denmark in the 1800s and their special Danish Sandwich called Festsmörrebröd. A Danish Festsmörrebröd was usually made with bread, butter, at least one meat spread, sauce and garnish. It is assumed that the Shrimp Sandwich made its way to Sweden via the regular ferry traffic, which began in 1872, from Denmark to Skåne and Gothenburg. The Shrimp Sandwich then spread throughout Sweden and in the 1950s it started to show up at certain restaurants as a small lunch dish. It is however uncertain when Shrimp Sandwiches started to appear in coffee shops around the country.

Today the Shrimp Sandwich is most associated with air travel and other travel in Sweden. In fact a total of 7000 Shrimp Sandwiches are sold per week at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm and Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, that means 364 000 sold Shrimp Sandwiches per year. To make all these sandwiches it takes a total of 60 ton of shrimps, 42 ton at Arlanda and 18 ton at Landvetter. In fact, these two airports have on their initiative declared October 14th Shrimp Sandwich Day.

A traditional Shrimp Sandwich consist of bread, butter, shrimp, mayonnaise, egg, a vegetable, a slice of lemon and a sprig of dill. Some versions also include a few slices of red onion. To get the absolute best taste the shrimp should be fresh and newly peeled.

Now I LOVE Shrimp Sandwiches, and most seafood/shellfish, but peeling shrimp is so boring! Therefore when I make Shrimp Sandwiches (like the one in the photo below) I usually use refrigerated already peeled shrimp preserved in a sort of saltwater. I also use bread, mayonnaise, egg, red onion, dill, lumpfish roe and a few splashes of lemon juice.

Swedish Shrimp Sandwich
So the Shrimp Sandwich Version in the photo, that I ate a few days ago, only took a few minutes to make and tasted sooo good!!!

Now I am not sure how common or popular Shrimp Sandwiches are outside of Scandinavia? But I sure do hope everybody get a chance to taste one, because they are indeed yummylicious! :p


Source: Origin Swedish Shrimp Sandwich (Swedish)

/A.L


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March 2012
Car Rental Abroad
My Homemade Langos
Double Day In Sweden
Swan Performance
Eleven Years Ago...
About Sweden Update
A Melting Lake On The Road To Karlshamn
Old Crooked Family Of Trees
Me And My Teddy Bear
Shrimp and Shrimp Sandwich History In Sweden
 
 
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