Friday, February 5, 2016

Overnight Cardamom Buns

At the bakeries here, you can find these little soft buns called "teboller". They usually come plain, with raisins or chocolate chips. Obviously I love the raisin and chocolate chip ones! When I do make raisin teboller, I usually use Claus Meyer's recipe from his giant baking recipe book, but my one complaint is that they take forever to make. You literally need to set aside half a day to make them. We had a friend over for breakfast last Sunday and I wanted to make some soft buns, but buns that would not be as time consuming. So! I found another Meyer recipe! This one comes from his magazine and is actually for a "fødselsdagsboller" but it's pretty much identical to the teboller in look and taste. I stuck to his recipe and only spiced it with cardamom, but I am sure you could throw raisins or chocolate chips in there too (and omit the cardamom if that's not your thing). The beauty of this recipe is that you can do the first rise in the fridge over night. Major time saver! So just in time for the weekend, here is the recipe for Claus Meyer's Fødselsdagsboller or what I now call Overnight Cardamom Buns. 

Overnight Cardamom Buns / Fødselsdagsboller (recipe from Meyer's Magazine)
Makes 18 - 20 small to medium sized buns

4 dl / 400 ml lukewarm milk
15 g fresh yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
100 g unsalted butter, softened
2 egg yolks
1 egg
1 tsp ground cardamom (I ground my own - fresh cardamom is always better!)
650 - 700 g all-purpose flour
1 egg for the egg wash

In the bowl of your stand mixer, crumble the fresh yeast and mix it with the lukewarm milk, salt, sugar, cardamom, egg yolks, and egg. Stir until everything is combined and the yeast has dissolved.

Add the flour to the wet mixture a third at a time (starting with 650 g of flour). Using the dough hook and your mixer on the lowest setting, mix in the flour gradually. Depending on how wet the dough looks, you may need to add more flour.

Add the softened butter and mix until combined. This took about 8 minutes on my stand mixer on the lowest setting. The dough should be very smooth and glossy looking. 

Place a piece of cling film over your bowl and place the dough in the fridge to rise overnight (8 hours or so). 

In the morning, take your dough out and divide it into 18 - 20 pieces. My dough was a bit sticky so I floured my work surface and hands to form the 20 pieces into round balls of dough. Place the dough on baking sheets covered with parchment paper and let it rise at room temperature for another 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 220 C. Whip the last egg for the egg wash and add a splash of water. Using a brush, brush the egg wash over each bun and sprinkle with oatmeal or chia seeds on top if you'd like. Bake the buns for 10 minutes. When they're ready, let them cool off a bit and then enjoy! If you don't finish all of the buns the same day, make sure to freeze them. They defrost and reheat well.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

20 Weeks

I am really tempted to call this a "bumpdate" but I won't because it is sorta cheesy (even though I am secretly loving the word). But this IS a baby bump update!

As of Friday, I am officially halfway/20 weeks into this pregnancy. I read quite a few blogs, a handful of which are baby/mom blogs, and I've seen quite a few people do these weekly updates and I think they're fun to read. I haven't recorded so much of this pregnancy so I thought it would be fun to do updates every once in awhile. Some people do really long extensive bump updates, but I've just picked and chosen what I like/feel like sharing so here we go!

How far along are you? 20 weeks +1 day

Sleep: At the beginning of the pregnancy I was sleeping really early (like 8:30pm) but things are back to normal now. I have noticed that I haven't been sleeping as well or as deeply as before though. A bit more tossing and turning these days.

Movement: The baby has been kicking the last two weeks. There aren't any set patterns or anything, but I do notice them more in the evening and sometimes after having something to eat.

Favorite moment: I told the husband to put his hand on the little bump earlier this week and I told him the baby had kicked and he said he felt it so that's pretty special!

Cravings: I haven't had any outrageous cravings this whole pregnancy. Mostly craving things that I already liked before getting pregnant. This means chips and fries! Although I try to control my chip eating a bit and sometimes shake things up and have popcorn instead.

Looking forward to: We have a scan on Monday night where a midwife will examine the baby from top to bottom and we'll get to find out whether we're having a girl or a boy, so we are really looking forward to that!

Changes to the home: Nothing so far. We might go look at some sofa couches tomorrow for my parents to stay on when they come visit in June but otherwise, all of the major changes will happen after I finish working (and after more visa applications - story of my life here).

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Be Back in Five

So the blog has totally been abandoned the last few months. It's not that I intended on taking a break, but sometimes life just happens and the blog gets put on the back burner. But don't you worry, I am coming back!

Lots has happened this fall/winter. First, the husband and I found out we were having a baby in October! We had "planned" it (as much as you can plan something like getting pregnant), so we are really excited to meet this little person in June. Going to work and then going to sleep super early the first few months meant that not a whole lot of exciting things were happening in the fall. And secondly, we went to Japan! We were in Japan for two weeks late November. We traveled with my parents and went to Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Kyoto. It was a whirlwind trip and we got a nice taste and sample of Japan. Although, and I never thought I would say this, I got really sick of ramen. And I LOVE ramen! So anyways, go to Japan, but try to space out your ramen eating days. Besides that there was Christmas and the holidays and now it's January and I am finishing up at my current job. So, besides looking for a new job, getting back to the gym, and preparing for the baby the next few months, I will also be back here! 

I can't wait to share my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, write about some new restaurant finds in Copenhagen, write about Aziz Ansari some more (check out his clip from my last post), and an advance warning, there may be many baby posts coming up! 

I hope your 2016 has been off to a great start! This will be one exciting year!

(P.S. We got a fiddle leaf fig. And we love it! It's only like the trendiest and most blogged about plant ever! It was a real hunt finding one here in Copenhagen!)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pick Me Ups

Things that cheer me up/things I feel gets me these days:

1. Truthbombs from Danielle Laporte. I purchased her #Truthbomb app for my phone and I get a little reminder every morning that a new truthbomb is out. Encouraging statements and declarations for everyday.

2. The book (and the blog) Hey Natalie Jean. I've been reading Natalie Holbrook's blog for a number of years now and her book is like a continuation of her blog. I feel like I can relate to her time in Idaho and loved her advice on how to make a new city feel like yours. (Photo above is from her blog.)

3. Aesop Reverance Aromatique Hand Wash. I bought this in London earlier this year and intended it to be a special hand wash that I'd only put it when we had guests. But nope, this has now turned into our everyday, little piece of luxury, hand wash. Seriously, I love this hand wash, washing my hand is like the best thing ever these days!

4. Reese's Pieces. Loved them as a kid, still love them now. Big peanut butter fan over here.

5. Aziz Ansari Buried Alive and Live at Madison Square Garden. We finally got Netflix this summer, and Aziz is just hilarious. His takes on modern romance and dating is so funny (and partly true). I was a big Parks and Rec fan and it's so great getting to watch him do his own stuff.

6. Our living room. We bought a new/old vintage moroccan rug last week at Hay's vintage pop-up shop and it has really completed our living room. We're pretty much in the living room all the time now! (Also, with the new carpet, I have to change out our pillows. This creating your home thing is a never ending process!)

What's cheering you up these days?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Like a Dream

After five years in Scandinavia and living abroad, I am officially homesick. Not necessarily for Vancouver, although I do miss being around my family and friends over there, but just being homesick for North America and aspects of living on that side of the world. Being back at work, colleagues have been like "Oh I get you, I wish I was still on vacation" and I'm like "No, you don't get it. It's not that I miss being on vacation, I miss being in that culture".

So, being in New York (and a little stop to D.C.) this August was seriously, everything. I've always said that I would love to live in New York at some point and well, I'm ready to pack my bags. I'm ready to go! The city is crowded and busy, all the time. I know that making a good living and having a nice place to live isn't easy to come by over there, but at the same time, there's this air of opportunity and hope. There is this feeling that you can make things happen.

Then there is the familiarity. I have relatives in New York, so in a way, the city is quite familiar to me already as I have been there many times. But it's not just the actual city. It's things the tiny things that you think don't mean a lot to you when you first move abroad, but then you crave while you're gone. The husband and I spent like hours wandering through Whole Foods, we bought kombucha whenever we could, we had the best classic chocolate cupcake topped with vanilla frosting, and after not having it for years, the taste of a passion iced tea lemonade from Starbucks was amazing. Shopping was easier because they actually have petite lines for shorter people like me and there was so much choice. Choices are things I miss. That and diversity. Different people, different ethnicities and cultures, different foods, differences that somehow mesh in a big city.

I have a lot of thoughts on life in Copenhagen and Denmark. Let's just say, I can't live here forever. New York was like a dream. I mean, this whole year with traveling to Vancouver, London and New York has been super dangerous for the husband and I. It's harder to leave family, it's harder to leave cities that aren't even home for me behind, and now all I want to do is look for apartments/jobs and book holidays to these places.