Sweden, Travel

Gyllene Ollonet

July 1, 2019

This is a thing I saw my entire childhood and youth. From the airplane, from the streets far away. Never knew what it was, we just called it the Golden Knob. Apparently it’s a radiolocator from before I was born, located at the highest mountain in the Luleå area, in a village called Måttsund. This is also where I learned to go downhill skiing. Learned is a very optimistic word though.

This evening was the first time I went back after my last time trying to go downhill skiing when I was 20. I suck at downhill skiing, because I have no balance, I’m afraid of heights and my knees are weak. But I’m stubborn, so I tried a few times for a few years. In the beginning, I didn’t know how to break, so I just sat down on my butt until I stopped. The guys passing by in the ski lift were screaming GAME OVER to me every time. Oh well.

Elvis started walking down immediately, looking like a little mountain cow.

Hey, old man, no walking down!

So beautiful to see this place in the Summer, only seen it close up covered in snow before.

Thomas wanted to show us the surroundings of Måttsund where his family comes from, so we ended up at this pond.

So clear.

I know I say it more and more often, but Sweden is becoming so exotic to me. I start to see my old country with the eyes of a foreigner.

Deep breath. I go back again tomorrow to enjoy the fresh air, hopefully shoot more pictures and spend time with Elvis and…! You know what?! NESTOR is going to be there as well. My in-laws haven’t been up north since 2008 and it will be so amazing to hang out there together. Gonna try and snap a picture of Elvis and Nestor together, fingers crossed they will like each other.

Ps. I’m much better now after the accident, no broken ribs it seems, just very bruised on my legs and still in pain. Been sleeping more than ever, crazy how much energy it takes for the body to heal.

Sweden, Travel

An evening by the Luleå River

June 29, 2019

On a sunny, chilly Sunday evening in Luleå, we took the car to go to Laxfiskemuseet (the Museum of Salmon Fishing) right outside of Luleå town.

This bridge, Gäddviksbron, was finished in 1941, super narrow and beautiful. I’m not driving a car very often, so I do get a bit nervous if I meet a truck while in the middle of the bridge.

This is a sad story about Sweden. People tend to destroy things as soon as they have some alcohol in their system, a lot of frustration going on. I’m not saying this goes for every Swede, but it’s unfortunately pretty common. Those chairs used to be placed in the red hut together with a large table, for people to throw dinners instead of throwing chairs into the river. The freedom to roam can be translated in different ways, I guess.

Look at Elvis and Johan having a conversation. I guess he wants…

…this. No, Elvis, it’s a sourcream and onion version, not for you. Your stomach would give us a bad review.

This is the room where the table and chairs used to be. Imagine a cozy dinner with candles and then a dip in the river. Maybe a picnic on the floor next time instead?

We started to get a bit cold, so we jumped into the Volvo for more adventures.

Food, Recipe, Sweden

Recipe: Sandwich Cake

June 29, 2019

The Sandwich Cake recipe is finally here! A sandwich cake can be made in a million ways, so it was pretty difficult to write a recipe, because I never follow recipes when I make my cakes and I always make them different ways. I made this cake together with Johan and my nieces when I was in Sweden in May/June and tried to remember what we put in it. Feel free to tweak the recipe as much as you want. There are no rules really, my only rule is that it should be too much of everything. It’s super simple to make it vegetarian or vegan or gluten free as well, just swap the ingredients with the ones that suit you better.

Before I tell you my whole sandwich cake life story and share more pictures, we’re going to go straight to why you’re here; the recipe:

SANDWICH CAKE

Serves 8-10 people
No need to follow the instructions super carefully, you can make changes depending on what you find in the stores.

Takes 1.5 – 3 hours to make depending on how many and how quick you are. We were in a hurry, I recommend taking more time – it’s quite meditative and you should make sure to eat a bit of this and that while making it.

3 layers of toast bread (trim the crust of the toast bread) with 2 fillings.
I used 4×2 pieces of toast bread on 3 layers = a total of 24 toast breads.

Spread 1:
200 grams Smoked ham
200 grams Creme fraiche
200 grams Cream cheese
A few Cornichons
2 Spring onions
Salt
Pepper
(Chop and mix everything together)

Spread 2:
200 grams Crayfish
100 grams Shrimps
200 grams Creme Fraiche
200 grams Cream Cheese
A bunch of Chives
A bunch of Dill
Salt
Pepper
Hot sauce to taste
Lemon to taste
(Chop and mix everything together)

Cover:
500 grams whipped cream
4-5 tablespoons Kalles Kaviar (a smoked roe you use as spread on sandwiches, which you can find in IKEA – if you can’t find it, don’t worry, just add some salt to the whipped cream).
(Mix them together)

Place 4×2 toast breads on a big plate or baking tin. Put spread 1 on the toast breads. Then put 4×2 toast breads on top of spread 1 and and add spread 2. Put 4×2 toast breads on top of spread 2 and then cover the cake (top and sides) with the cover.

Preferably let it soak for some hours (or over night) covered with plastic foil before decorating. It’s OK to make the whole thing at once, it will still taste amazing. It always tastes a bit better the next day, though.

Top with whatever you like, the more the merrier.

Toppings (suggestions):
Caviar
Salmon (preferably cured, smoked works as well)
Cheese
Ham
Dill
Shrimps
Edible flowers
Rocket salad
Chives
Cucumber
Tomatos
Lemon

Toppings are hard to estimate when it comes to how much, it all depends on if you want to make a minimalistic looking cake or an over-the-top looking cake. Image search for “smörgåstårta” or “sandwich cake” online for inspiration.

We prepared all the toppings before starting to decorate.

My nieces decorated the sides with rocket salad. Made it look like a tiny forest.

More toppings. You can also choose to go with a theme; for example a fish sandwich cake or a cheese sandwich cake. I love to make it with a bit of everything.

We didn’t have a plan, everyone just put whatever they wanted to wherever they wanted to. Need I say that sandwich cake is great party food? Even better the next day if you’re hungover.

Took some flowers from my mum’s garden to give the cake an even kitchier look. Many people use mayonnaise in their cakes, but that’s just too much for me. This is a bit more fresh. We once made a vegan version, which was nice cause you could eat twice as much without dairy products in it. Didn’t taste as good though and I’m a person who prefers to eat a little of something that tastes amazing instead of big amounts of stuff that don’t taste that good. I’m sure it’s possible to make amazing tasting vegan versions as well, not saying anything else. Will have to try in the future.

We made this sandwich cake for Thomas, my mum’s boyfriend, who turned 65. White wine or sparkling wine make the cake even better.

So curious if any of you make one, would be amazing to see! Please let me know.

Berlin, Kreuzberg

Sunday Funday Painday

June 25, 2019

Summer in Berlin, it’s hot. They are speaking about a record tomorrow, 40°C. These pictures are from Sunday, when it was a bit cooler and I started the day taking pictures for a job and then headed over to Kreuzberg to meet my best friends.

We ate some halloumi, walked and then sat down at a kiosk to people watch. It was me…

…Johan and Björn.

And Camilla + Björn & Johan. Here we’re on our way to Friedrichshain to hang out on our balcony. Nothing beats us 4 together.

Not even the accident I was in after I took this picture. We were about to cross the street, when all of a sudden I fell over a concrete cube thing that I didn’t see. I fell very hard, people were crowded around me when I came back to my senses after losing my breath due to the camera hitting my chest. I think some bones might be cracked, but there’s nothing else to do than wait for them to heal. Happy I didn’t break my face or arms or legs, I can sit at my computer and edit pictures and write so all is pretty good, right?

Berliner Zeitung said a good way to cool down during the heatwave is to drink wheat beer, the alcohol free version (obvs), so that’s what I will do.

Berlin, Home

Hirvenkulli balcony

June 18, 2019

The balcony. Haven’t done anything to it since 2011, except for buying the furniture which we now might have sold. Time to fix it up and build some new furniture on which you can relax a bit more. No idea what colours I want to use, love the off-white, gold, run-down thing going on here in a way. And the Hirvenkulli. Any ideas?

Berlin, Friedrichshain, Visiting friends

Visiting Friends: Tenia & Primitiv Bar

June 17, 2019

Primitiv Bar. Where do I start? How many times have I been here the past 8 years? 1000? At least. This is the bar where Johan started working 8 years ago and that’s when I met one of my closest friends – Tenia.

So this is not just a portrait of Tenia, it’s also a portrait of a bar as a friend and friends of the bar.

Tenia is the biggest reason why we all come to hang out there, she’s a pro at bringing good people together.

The same goes for Palina, the owner if this beautiful place. I remember the first time Johan and I passed by this place, we were of course drawn in by the Twin Peaks feeling.

Love.

Mathias, India and Achilleas showed up. This is what they look like when Johan stumbles into the bar.

The back room. I took these pictures on a late afternoon, later in the evenings this place is packed with people.

Johan working on the menus.

Tenia and Palina.

Smoking is allowed except for in front of the bar workers.

Time for André to start his shift. And time for me to stop working – on this night I met a new fabulous person to hang out with, I wonder when we will bump into each other again.

You find Primitiv Bar on Simon-Dach-Strasse 28, it’s open every day. Fridays and Saturdays are wild.

Sweden, Travel

Summer house

June 13, 2019

This is from my dad’s summer house, where we went a couple of times for dinner. Johan spent a night and enjoyed the sauna. Here we’re waiting to eat some grilled pig.

Elvis joined me as well and liked it a lot there.

Here’s from our second dinner date. Lo and Johan in the kitchen.

And Elvis of course.

My dad had made blood dumplings, served with melted butter and bacon.

Elvis scouting the area.

These are my last pictures from May, now time to through the ones from June. Can’t believe almost half of this month has already passed and beginning of July I will be back in Sweden and introduce Nestor and Elvis to each other. Time flies when you’re having fun, they say. I’d say Time flies when you’re getting old.

Sweden, Travel

Luleå

June 13, 2019

When in Luleå, one of my favourite artists Staffan Westerberg had an exhibition opening at Kulturens Hus. It was packed with people so we said Let’s go another day. Didn’t happen of course, but luckily I’ll be back in a few weeks. Can’t believe I was there for 12 days and didn’t meet almost anyone except for the closest ones.

This is us. Alice braiding Johan’s hair and me taking pictures of them. Alice was 1 year old when they met for the first time. Her comment now almost 15 years later was I don’t know anyone who has stayed together for such a long time as the two of you.

Winter coat, beanie and Wrist Worms on when going to the forest with Elvis.

I used to find this so ugly and depressing. Living in another country is good, makes me see Sweden with different eyes. Beautiful sceneries, people who are afraid of everything unfamiliar, how important it is to keep up a nice and tidy facade, delicious food. Etc.

My sister and our brother Elvis.

Hah!

We found some stuff in the forest that we brought back home. Elvis approved.

I guess this old man would love cuddles 24 hours a day.

Finally my blog works properly again (had forgotten to delete the cache in my Firefox…) and I have internet at home again (forgot to pay while in Sweden). Got tons of pictures to share, maybe someone would be interested in a sandwich cake recipe?

Also, the pairs of Wrist Worms which are still available are now €20 per pair. Will start working on the new Wrist Worms logo during the summer and find new colours and materials of yarn. Gonna show you the progress. Fun!

Sweden, Travel

Two weeks in Sweden

June 11, 2019

Hi there, how are you doing?

I have been in Sweden for almost two weeks, got back a week ago to a boiling Berlin. Was going to Sweden to contemplate, but instead I spent 12 days together with my family sharing love. Since I got home, I’ve been meeting friends and this is the first time I sit down properly at my desk since what feels like forever.

So, Sweden? Let’s start with Elvis. What a person, spent every day with him – actually went there to babysit him and the house he lives in. He slept on the floor next to my bed and woke me up in the morning with the loudest bark on the planet and then off to Johan’s side of the bed to give him the same song. When we were up, he went back to sleep. He showed me my new favourite place close to where he lives, a place I had never been when I grew up in Luleå. I remember I hated the woods up there, the most depressing place I could imagine – now I see the woods with completely different eyes. Took some pictures of our adventures that I will share, need to find out what’s wrong with the blog – the blog posting page doesn’t work properly.

Talk soon I hope.

Uncategorized

Something is wrong

May 22, 2019

Hi friends,

Something is wrong with my WordPress and I don’t know how to solve it (yet). Will look into it when I’m in Sweden, about to pop over to babysit my brother Elvis (and celebrate his 11th birthday), spend a lot of time with my family, work on my own projects and try to find out how I want to live my life, cause I’m too often deeply unsatisfied, stressed out and sad. Been talking about it with a bunch of friends who are in the same situation and my friend Ernie put it so well We’re not supposed to live at this age, so no wonder we’re confused. Take care, you all! My plan is to solve this blog so I can show you pictures from Sweden when I’m there and not later. Thank you for being around, it means a lot to still work on this space and know you still come for a visit. Sandra xo

Ps. You can still order Wrist Worms with 33% discount (code SPRING19), but I won’t be able to ship until June 5. You find the ones that are left here. I will start working on the new edition and look forward to showing you the process.