And here I thought several of you would want to make me happy yesterday by leaving a comment and I only got one comment all day! (Thanks Fi!) Well, I forgive you guys…I’m sure you had your reasons…and admittedly there are many times I am in visiting blogs but don’t leave a message so I can’t exactly complain about something I do myself, now can I? But it’s so fun to get comments!!!!
So I’ve been teasing the Captain lately about being part of the “weaker” sex. I started by buying this sign….thought it was hillarious myself…but he didn’t see the funniness in it…hmmm?
He told me the other day he’s going to find his own sign to hang up on our unofficial sign wall in the kitchen…that ought to be a good sign….but will probably take him a long time to find one since I’d imagine most of these quote signs are made up by women and we won’t degrade ourselves…that’s not funny!!! HAHAHA!
We have kennel cough in the house also…we went to the vet on Thursday with Jackson who was hacking and coughing as we thought he had gotten something in his throat the day he and Nanna stuck off in the woods during the ski trip with the kids…but nope, nothing in his throat he has plain and simple, kennel cough, which is like a human cold for dogs. Very contagious and apparently the vet said, tons of it going around. Well, for being very contagious, only the MALE dogs in the house are affected…..so far! Hmmm….interesting….
They do look a little “weaker” wouldn’t ya say??
Not like my strong girls…
Look at those beauties…strong, graceful, and elegant! Not a sign of kennel cough!!!
Then yesterday the Captain took the two youngest to Brumunddal to drive go-carts. They called me on the way home and said, “Daddy crashed”…”WHAT??? REALLY??” “Yep…into a steel pole that wasn’t really protected very well by rubber tires” When the Captain walked in he was evidently in pain but wasn’t going to let on to exactly HOW much pain he was in. I kept insisting he let me take him to the emergency room but nooooooo….he’d see how he felt the next day. Through squinted eyes and painful grimaces he would move around the living room. White wine and Jegermeister were the only pain killers he’d allow himself and every time I’d ask if he was ok I’d get a half hearted, “yeah” in return. Say it with me people- STUBBORN!!!! This morning when I awoke he had already been up for a couple hours. He was watching JACKASS the movie, complaining what a stupid bunch of idiots these guys in the movie were and at the same time chuckling to himself over various scenes! He is still in pain but claims that the pain isn’t as bad as it was when he first got up this morning so it’s probably manageable and still not in need of seeing a doctor! Trust me, every arguement I can think of has been raised with this stubborn man, what kind of example he is being for his kids- not seeking medical help when he’s been injured, how he is leaving for Brazil tomorrow and if there is something seriously wrong he’ll only have Brazillian doctors from tomorrow and I’m sure they are all quality doctors….but nothing is working…he’s still not asking to go to the emergency room! In some ways I hope he’s right on this and it’s just something that needs time but in other ways I’d love for him to be proven wrong….to know he should have listened to me all along!! Stay tuned folks, I’ll let you know how this goes…
On a little more positive note, I wanted to share with you all my new curtains. Now, don’t go getting excited, again, this is no interior blog, I can’t even BEGIN to compare with you all who are the real interior geniuses out there but I’m SLOWLY trying to find a style…slowly…Now to give you some background, I have just left my Christmas curtains up, they were red and simple and the color was nice against the logs in my house and quite honestly I didn’t think very much more about it…but after surfing around at several wonderful interior blogs I began to think it was time for a change…Kid Interior, an interior chain store here in Norway, was having a sale on curtains and well, if there is one thing I love better then new curtains it’s curtains on sale!!! Ahhh, but what color to get? They had rusty pink, purple, cream, and dark grey, and a lime green to choose from. The pillows on my new sofa are light pink and rusty pinkish so I thought about pink curtains but the Captain put his foot down and said NO PINK CURTAINS….so we came home with the next best thing…
Purple!!! For the kitchen we (I should say the Captain…which amazed me) found the following…
They weren’t on sale, but since he picked them out and I liked them too, we went with these…now I really want to paint my green and red kitchen cabinets to a creamy color and I asked the Captain how I would go about painting the cabinet doors in the kitchen and all he did was let out a huge sigh and said, “Oh geez!” So I guess I won’t be painting kitchen cabinets right away but I’m not letting the idea go completely!!
For dinner last night I made a favourite of the whole family, Fløte gratinert klippfisk, or in English- yeah…hmmm..how would I translate this, well, let me start by saying, klippfisk is Cod fish that is salted and dried and looks like this when you get it:
Wikpedia writes this about klippfisk/Clipfish:
Clip fish are salted and dried fish , anything produced by cod , but haddock , long , tusk and saithe can also be used. Clipfish is a far more refined product than dried fish , and should not be confused with this one. Dried fish wiped out in the wind, and no added salt. Clipfish wiped now indoors, and is always added plenty of salt.
In Norwegian coastal culture is the clipfish an exotic touch. In contrast to the dried fish is bacalao a product that is introduced into Norway from abroad in recent times. Likely is it that Spanish fishermen "invented" the fish when they caught at Newfoundland and needed a conservation method , as early as around 1500.
I adore Cod fish so this is a favourite for me, I’ve tried clip fish in Bacalao which is a spanish dish and a friend I worked with once gave me this recipe I made for the family last night..you start by watering the fish down overnight…laying your salted dry fish in a bowl of water at night and then change it in the morning so you reduce the salt flavor. Then you cook up the fish, the best is to take the fish off the burner as soon as it begins to boil and just let it soak in the hot water for about 15 minutes. Then you de-bone and de-skin the fish so you just have the flakey fish meat. In the meantime you’ve cooked up about 8-10 big sized potatoes without skin just until they are tender enough to get a knife easily in and out of them- they won’t be completely cooked but almost. You slice the potatoes and lay them in a baking dish, add sliced onion pieces and some finely chopped garlic, then some fish, repeat with potatoes, onions, garlic and fish until you run out of ingredients.
Then you pour enough cream (or Fløte in Norwegian) and two eggs which you’ve beaten together, over the entire thing until you have covered everything or at least the potatoes then you sprinkle shredded cheese over the top and finish off with some crushed black pepper.
Bake at about 180-200C (350-375F) for about 30-40 minutes.
Should look something like this:
Serve with a crisp simple salad and some lovely white wine!! MMMMM……
For desert I made the Peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate chunk cookies I told you about in THIS post. The Captain’s eyes lit up and he looked at me and said he had a great idea! He’s been playing around with the idea of starting up with a fish truck here when he’s not out at sea. Going up to Møre, where we use to live, buying fresh fish and then selling it down here from the back of a truck (like the one we bought the clip fish from which was from Møre)…well his idea was that he would sell the fish AND my cookies!!! Fish and cookies eh??? Hmmmmm…….not sure that would fly- in the same truck?? Do you??
Oh and before I go..a little update. The Captain came out of the bathroom, sat down next to me and gave me a big kiss. He said if he hadn’t been in pain he would have come back and joined me in bed this morning…(oooo lala) and my response to that was, “well, let’s not go get any pain killers or anything!” and then he looked at me and said, “Would it make YOU happy if I go get an x-ray? Because I’d do it for you!” (you women out there know this is man talk for, I need an x-ray but don’t want to admit it myself but I’ll wrap it real nice by saying I’ll do it for you…) I of course answered that I’d be extremely happy if he would get an x-ray, even if I end up being wrong and there is nothing serious going on, it would make me so happy. So as I finish this post the Captain is on his way to Hamar to get an x-ray and find out how bad the damage is from yesterday. And that I will let you know next time we meet….
Until next time my friends…..