Kombu Tsukudani

This is what you could do with your leftover ยดkombu from when you have done delicious dashi. ๐Ÿ™‚ This dish is meant to be a side dish to steamed rice.

The rice vinegar used in the recipe helps the kombu to get tender.

Ingredients

  • One sheet of kombu, about 50 grams
  • 2 dl water
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp katsuobushi
  • A pinch of sesame seeds for topping

Directions

Cut the rehydrated kombu into thin slices. Put it in a saucepan. Add water, sake, mirin, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and katsuobushi. Bring the mix to a boil. Let simmer until the kombu is tender. It might take 30 minutes or it could take longer. If so, add a bit more water and continue to cook until tender and all liquid reduced. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kombu sliced.
Kombu simmering with all other ingredients.
Kombu tender and the other ingredients has been reduced.
Kombu done and put in a glass jar.

House Renovation #9

In January work continued after the holidays. A bit slow at first but then the speed picked up.

I enjoy having people from different countries around (with social distance and a mask on of course), listening to them talking in their various languages, and learning something from each of their cultures. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the summer we had people from Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Ecuador here at the same time. It was wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes me feel so at home for some reason. At times we get completely lost in translation and laugh at how confused one can be, but most of the time we understand each other regardless of the language barriers.

Floor laid to frame the fireplace.
Frame for fire place.
Vladimir and I carefully selecting stones for the fireplace platform.
In the evening the stone platform was done.
Painting station in the upstairs office space still.
Hallway wardrobe frame.
Hallway wardrobe frame painted.
Wardrobes in the bedroom downstairs.
Bookcase upstairs in the making.
Bookcase modules with space bars and upper and lower boards.
Painting station.
Kitchen modules without frames.
The mess.
And more mess.
Bedroom upstairs got a new desk and frames for wardrobe door.
Painting the desk and the inside of the wardrobe.
Fabian closing the wall in the hallway and building boxes around the important water pipes.
We redid the wall and door opening for underneath the stairs too. As with everything in this house, the wall was uneven.

We have a few things left to do in this first phase of the build that has taken almost a year now. Here we go:

First floor

  • fireplace
  • kitchen
  • bedroom wardrobes
  • skirting boards, wardrobe doors, door frames, etc

Second floor

  • office desk
  • bookcase
  • walk-in-closet
  • desks and wardrobes in all three bedrooms
  • skirting boards, wardrobe doors, door frames, etc

What is left, which will be the second phase of the build:

  • first-floor guest bathroom and laundry
  • second-floor master bathroom
  • entrance staircase
  • terrace facing the water
  • paint all window frames, space bars, and foundation red
  • outside lights
  • CCTV cameras

It is a bit overwhelming. “The last 20% of the work takes 80% of the time” they say and I think it can be true for builds as well.

Winter Weekends

Makeup is to take time for myself. It is to experiment and try out new products as well as new faces. It is to take an hour or so and just doodle, not check off anything on the long to-do-list. It is to see oneself in a new light for a few hours. It is to enjoy the simplicity of a pretty shimmer and shine. It does not have to be more than that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pasta with Parsley and Lemon

This is a version of Pasta Aglio e Olio where I add cherry tomatoes. I do not finish off the dish with Parmesan or any alternative cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is such a good summer lunch but as I have been longing for summer all winter I have made this dish a few times during the dark of November, December, January, and well, February too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients

  • 8 cloves of garlic, chopped into flakes
  • A dash of chili flakes
  • 1 lemon, some of its peel finely grated and half of its juice
  • 200 grams of small tomatoes, cut in half
  • A bundle of parsley, chopped finely
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil to fry in
  • 2 dl pasta water (in case)

Directions

Peel and chop the garlic cloves.

Put on the pasta water.

Fill the pan with a generous amount of olive oil. Heat it up at medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and let fry carefully. Stir to make sure the garlic cooks evenly. The garlic should not brown. When the garlic is no longer raw and closer to done, add in the chili flakes.

Separate the parsley leaves from the stems, and chop up the leaves finely. Cut all tomatoes in half. With a Microplane, grate the lemon’s peel, and save one half for its juice to add later on.

Add a large amount of salt and the pasta to the boiling water. When the pasta is almost done, take out about 2 dl of pasta water in case you need it to thicken the sauce.

To the saucepan, add in the tomatoes and let them warm up. Make sure they are not left in the pan for too long before serving because then they will turn to mush.

Then add the pasta and parsley, squeeze the lemon half over it all and toss together. If dry, add a little pasta water. Mix together gently.

Eat ๐Ÿ™‚

Gently cook the garlic. Add chili flakes when the garlic is almost done.
Parsley and cherry tomatoes.
The starch in the pasta water will make the sauce. Set aside for later.
Add the tomatoes to the olive oil, garlic and chili flakes and allow to warm up a bit. Then add the pasta and parsley. Squeeze lemon juice over it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

If the pasta is dry add some of that starchy pasta water you saved before.

Mix the ingredients together gently.

Because I adore olive oil I usually add some extra once I have plated my meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I Saw

I took my time. I took the time that is rightfully mine, and I did what I felt like doing. I was not supposed to be somewhere else. There was not something else I should be doing instead of this. I was here, I was present and curious. I peeked around corners, I went as far as I dared to, I stayed as long as I wanted to. I did not rush or pull myself away. I was in my own place. I took my space.

Plant Pot Coaster pt.1

Measuring and cutting out the cork in the shape of the saucer for the plat pots.
Cork cut out.
Gluing together two piece of cork since the cork sheets I had where so thin.
Two pieces of cork smashed together.
A bucket of plaster as weight.
Measuring and cutting out plastic to cover the coaster tops.
Cutting out the plastic.
Fitting the plastic onto the cork.
Gluing them together.
Paint buckets as weights.
And mold appeared.

After I had done these two I realized 1. I did not want to combine a bio-based material with a plastic (glue and cover). 2. There must be a way to make the cork completely water-resistant that is bio-based too.

Let’s make a second attempt. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oatmeal with Flax Seeds

Ingredients

  • 3 dl water
  • 1 dl rolled oats
  • 2 tsp flax seeds
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 banana for toppings
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins; goji berries; apricots; for toppings

Directions

Add the water, rolled oats, flax seeds and salt to a sauce pan and boil together at medium heat. Pour the porridge into a beautiful bowl or large mug (this makes it taste better ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and add your toppings.