In the kitchen - hot cross buns

posted on: Saturday, 19 April 2014

Nothing like a long weekend amirite? After the past month of moving chaos it has been unbelievably nice to have five days to relax, and actually enjoy living in our new space. I've spent the past couple days visiting the flea market, buying plants, drinking wine spritzers in our courtyard, going for nice long walks, and baking these guys. All in all pretty decent! Hot cross buns are another one of those things filed under the can't get in Denmark category, but I've never actually bothered to make them myself. I used this Jamie Oliver's recipe, and found it relatively straightforward. They were time consuming, but otherwise simple, and I'm not generally a master bread-maker. I've been enjoying them toasted and slathered with butter and a cup of coffee in the mornings, and I even snuck a few in the freezer for the next couple weeks.


posted on: Thursday, 10 April 2014

Life around here lately has been crazy. Between studying for exams, writing research projects and job applications I have been unbelievably swamped. Beyond that we also moved apartments last weekend. We bought a place in the south of the city, near the beach in February, and although we are ecstatically happy to have finally moved in, nothing is quite so exhausting as putting your entire life in boxes and carting it across town. The first couple photos are from near our old place. I will definitely miss the views, but am happy to be back in the city centre again, and won't miss the fourteen kilometre bike ride that had become my everyday. The third photo is from a station in the west of the city, I've always loved those big windows. The last picture is from our new bedroom. The cats are settling in just fine, they are a bit sceptical of the heights, and are spending plenty of time under the sofa, but I know they'll adjust soon enough. I look forward to sharing more pictures of our little place, just as soon as we get set-up, for now I'm taking the rest of the week off to relax, unpack and unwind. 

In the Kitchen - Cold noodle salad & pork patties.

posted on: Friday, 4 April 2014

I made this the other night as a simple, light dinner. Paired with a glass of rosé, it definitely felt like a spring-time meal. I made cold noodle salad a ton last summer, but it was this recipe in particular that inspired this version. I followed the meatball recipe exactly, but for the salad I made a couple of changes. Instead of keeping the veggies separate, I tossed three grated carrots, shredded savoy cabbage, half a chilli, some quartered radishes and a handful of mint with rice noodles. I then poured over the dressing and mixed well. I served with avocado and the meatballs on the side. In terms of dressing, I went a bit off on my own so I've posted my version below. 

1/4 c. rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 red finger chilli, chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fish sauce

Lately - Paris on film.

posted on: Friday, 28 March 2014

I was lucky enough to travel to Paris over the Christmas holidays to hang out with a friend that was visiting from Canada. I brought my Olympus OM-1, which I've shot with here, here and here. As per usual I wasn't disappointed with the results. Film really is the nicest medium, and I'm always happy when I expend the extra effort and cost of working with it. You can see the rest of the roll of film via Flickr here

On my Person - warmer days.

posted on: Monday, 24 March 2014

Simple spring.

Rebecca Taylor long sleeve crop top / Jil Sander ribbed turtleneck / Topshop long sleeve tunic / MOTHER distressed skinny jeans / 3 1 Phillip Lim genuine leather purse / Ray-Ban green glasses

The past couple weeks have really started to feel like spring. It seems to change overnight here, one day it's winter, the next the sun is out, and every single Copenhagener is outside soaking it up. I've been trying to do the same, having coffees and chats with friends outside whenever possible. I can also feel myself ready to shed winter bulk, and wear some lighter clothes again. My style stays pretty consistent, season to season, for the most part I try to rework the same items in different ways. I do tend to pack some things, like my lighter denim, during the winter months and am looking forward to getting those things out again. I also picked up a new pair of nearly brand new sneakers from the flea market on Saturday (similar to the above), and look forward to adding those into my everyday. Anybody else ready for spring? 

At the ballet - Manon

posted on: Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to sneak in a trip to The Royal Theatre, for the ballet Manon. I'm lucky enough to live in a city with an incredible, historic ballet company, and have vowed to the make the most of it, and see them preform as much as possible. Tickets are not super expensive, especially if you're willing to sit at the very top of the theatre, which gives you a good, albeit far, birds eye view. 

Adapted from an Opera, Manon is: "A tale of passionate love, involving a young couple in a free fall; a couple whom only death can separate. Manon is the dramatic story of the beautiful, frivolous Manon, who falls head over heals in love with Des Grieux, a student. But her desire for the wealth and security offered by wealthy men persuades her to lead the student into ruin with her lies, resulting in deceit and even murder."

It was wonderful! For me the star of the show was J'aime Crandall, who played Manon. There was such an incredible lightness to her dancing, the other dancers look almost heavy in comparison. Her bourrees were unreal, even from our nosebleed seats. The final few scenes, in which Manon is completely broken down were breathtaking. She managed to dance with a balance of heartbreaking weakness, backed by total strength. I'm so glad I got a chance to see it this particular ballet, my ballet teacher has been raving about it, and I can see why. I'm also hoping to go to La Bayadère sometime in April or May. It's such an inspiration to see dancing outside the studio on such a different level. 

In the kitchen - Rosemary grapefruit fizz

posted on: Thursday, 13 March 2014

I made these as a pre-dinner drink for Elaina and I over the weekend. The weather had done pretty much a 180 from the foggy previous weekend, the sun was out and spring was definitely in the air. I've been into citrus in a big way these days, trekking to a specific supermarket to buy these certain giant orange that I'm obsessed with (it has a super thick peel, and this dryness I love) and although I haven't had grapefruits in ages I'm going to definitely start eating more of them. I especially like them in mineral water, as a nice substitute to lemon. Its funny how tastes change with the season, and I can definitely feel a pull towards lighter recipes. 

2 cl. Gin (I used sloe gin, which gives these cocktails the pretty pink colour)
Half a grapefruit
Mineral water

Squeeze a quarter of a grapefruit in each glass. Add gin, bitters and mineral water and ice. Garnish with remaining grapefruit. Serve. 


posted on: Saturday, 8 March 2014

A few pictures from life around here lately. Last weekend we headed out to the new Aquarium, The Blue Planet. We stopped by the Kastrup Sea Baths on the way back, and there was even some crazy Danes 'winter bathing'. My husband tried to convince me that jumping in the freezing cold ocean is somehow healthy, but I'm not sure that I totally buy that. In any case I can say with it is not something I plan on trying anytime soon, brrrr. It's been foggy a lot lately and although I'm definitely ready for spring, the fog does have its own mystic. Last weekend was both foggy and chilly, and I love how it blurs the border between ocean and sky. 

In the kitchen - Lazy Sunday cinnamon rolls

posted on: Friday, 28 February 2014

Food wise it has been a bit quiet around here.  Not because of a lack of cooking, I've made this, this and this over the past couple weeks, but because it's winter in Scandinavia, and that means no light, and no ability to photograph food. That being said, Sunday around was one of those perfectly lazy, pyjama wearing kind of days, and cinnamon rolls seemed like a good excuse to treat ourselves, and have something to share here. I have only ever made cinnamon rolls using the leftovers of my grandmother's bread recipe, but didn't have yeast on hand and opted for a simplified version. Recipe is adapted from here and I topped them with my favourite cream cheese frosting from here

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup milk
1 egg

4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup mixed brown and white sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon


1. For the filling, in a small bowl combine softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to form a crumbly mixture.

2. In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

3. Cut in softened butter (sometimes your hands are the best tools) and stir in milk to form a soft dough.

4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick and spread the filling out on the dough. 

5. Roll up the and with a sharp knife slice into 18 small rolls (12 if you want them a little bigger).

6. Bake for 20-25 min at 400°F. (190°C)

7. Once rolls are finished, spread on the frosting and serve warm.

Note: I baked the majority of mine in a 9x9 pan, but baked two on a baking sheet. I found the ones in the pan to be crumbly and difficult to deal with and would recommend baking laid out on a sheet. 

In the studio - on taking critique

posted on: Sunday, 23 February 2014

Wednesday's technique class was brutal. There was a small turnout (6 people) giving our teacher plenty of time to concentrate on each and every little problem. My technique teacher is fantastic, but she is also a former professional, and has worked at professional schools for the majority of her post-dancing career. Her expectations are high, and it's very obvious when they are not being met. She narrowed in on my head placement in minute one, and didn't let up throughout the entire class, including the pointe work, where it is next to impossible for me to focus on anything but my feet. By the end of class I was exhausted, both mentally and physically, sore and frustrated with myself.  I often feel like the progress I'm making, may not be visible to my teachers but is there, if only in a mental/conceptual sort of way. 

I lingered after class, to work through some of the critique of my pointe work, and my teacher ended up staying with me and gave me a thirty minute private lesson. During it she talked about how she appreciates my dedication, and she knows how hard I'm working. She also said that she can see the improvement from when she took over the class in September. She expressed how frustrating adult classes can be, when dancers don't want to take critique, or make improvement beyond their own comfort zone. Not only was it nice to hear that the internal learning I'm doing is somehow visible on the outside, but her words have helped me gain a new appreciation for feedback. I tend to get a lot of critique, even in my beginner class where there are people at a far lower level, and sometimes I get frustrated and just want to dance without thinking about every little nit-picky detail. But from here on out I'm taking critique as a compliment of my willingness to learn, and my ability to get better. I'm thankful to have teachers that watch me make the same mistake 100 times, but are somehow patient enough to correct it for the 101st time, hoping that will be the time it sticks. 

Lately - Botanical Gardens

posted on: Saturday, 15 February 2014

For our usual TGIF meet-up Elaina and I decided to head to the Botanical Gardens, before grabbing our usual tea and chat. Funny enough we had actually planned this two weeks ago, but did things in reverse order, drink and a chat first, and by the time we arrived at the gardens they were closed. Lesson learned we headed there first this week. It was a beautiful sunny day, warm enough to unbutton coats and go without gloves. Sadly there are some renovations going on inside the greenhouses, and certain sections are closed, but it was still nice to get outside and enjoy the weather.  Sun has been a premium here, we only had 17 hours of it in all of January, so I think most of us are breathing a sigh of relief at the sight of blue skies. 

In the Studio - my dance bag

posted on: Wednesday, 5 February 2014

I always like seeing what others have in their ballet bags, so thought I'd share mine. While in Paris over the holidays I bought a lovely Repetto ballet bag, big enough for all of my everyday stuff, as well as my ballet gear. I have a Capezio net bag that I use to keep it all organised, as a bag within a bag kind of deal. I don't carry a ton of stuff with me. Besides the usual, a leo, tights and some sort of warm up and covering for my bottom (pants, skirt, shorts), I always have some form of leg warmers, which I mostly wear over my creaky knees. I also carry my exercise band, for foot and ankle strengthening before class. I carry my new pair of flatties, these one are Repetto, and I really like the way they conform to my feet. Also always have my pointe shoes, which are Bloch Jetstream. Because of the additional padding in the box, and my crazy tough feet,  I've never really needed padding, but I do throw new lambswool in the toe area once every couple months. I have been wearing toe spacers since the start of the new year, at the suggestion of my teacher. I can't see a huge different so far, but I can feel the weight distribution has changed a little. Lastly, I always carry a recycled mints tin with booby pins and elastics, so I'm never without at class.

I was featured on Adult Ballerina Project last Friday, as a part of a beginner ballerina series. I've been trying to connect with a few more adult dancers, as it's nice to share stories and inspiration, and I was honoured to be asked to participate. 

Lately - Arktis

posted on: Friday, 31 January 2014

Last week I snuck in a trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, to see the Arctic ExhibitionThis exhibition has been on my to-do list for awhile, but with the closing date looming I knew I had to get out there. Louisiana is located about a twenty minute train ride from Copenhagen, with beautiful gardens leading right out to the coast. The last picture is nothing to do with the Arctic, but actually taken out the window, with the snowy Swedish coast faintly on the horizon. 

The exhibition was divided into different sections, centring on different relationships we have with the far north. From pre-conceptions, misconceptions, explorations and mythologies, the vast exhibition blended art, artefact and prose in completely synchronous way. Some highlights were, Snow Noise by Nicolai Carsten, where you could create your own snowflake in a beaker. The words introducing each section, each so carefully written. Evgenia Arbugaeva's photographs showcasing her return to her small hometown of Tiski, Russia. And finally, a sound installation by Jacob Kirkegaard, a completely black space with such realistic noise of ice cracking that you were instantly taken into the Arctic. 

In the Kitchen - Cheddar cheese scones

posted on: Saturday, 25 January 2014

January in Copenhagen can be a major bummer. The dark, the cold, and the post-Christmas blues all crave some counter-combat to fight off serious slumps. Sometimes there is only one fix, comfort food. Perfectly, buttery, cheesy comfort food. These scones fit the bill, paired with a cup of tea, topped with butter, and with a good book on the side, they are a nice little pick-me-up. The recipe I use is completely basic, and sugar can easily be added for some sweeter varieties (about a 1/2 cup), while I leave it out for the savoury. Scones are so versatile, some of my favourites are blue cheese with rosemary and honey, cranberry and orange peel and blueberry lemon zest. 

3 cups flour
5 teasp. baking powder
1/2 teas. salt
3/4 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup milk
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated. 

1. Preheat oven to 400 (200 Celsius) 
2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. 
3. Cut in butter
4. In a measuring cup, beat the egg, add the milk until total amount reaches 1 cup. 
5. Slowly add the milk mixture until the dough forms. 
6. Add the cheese and turn out onto a floured surface. Either roll out until 1/2 inch thick and cut into 8 wedges, or form 8 scones by hand. 
7. Bake for 15 minutes. 

Today I'm also over at Liesl's lovely blog, being featured as part of her series interviewing different bloggers. 

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