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Wordless Wednesday – Fancy flan

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Digestion: Discovery and dilemma

I have been reading a lot lately. My latest read is a book by a Swedish doctor, Annika Dahlqvist, who was reported for malpractice a couple of years for advising diabetics to eat a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. She was found innocent of the charges as her advice was supported by studies. Lately, this […]

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Food politics as religion

I have never understood the food-as-hobby thing. Of course, I’ve never understood the car-as-hobby thing, either. Some things are just used by most of us, while others of us delve into the inner workings, the bits and pieces, and know the subject from the inside out. I have a friend who delves into food, and […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Easter Egg

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Cyanistes caeruleus

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The "food packet"

Norway has a unique feature in its culture, and with it, a unique word: Matpakke. The word literally means “food package” and is the traditional Norwegian work lunch. Norwegians have traditionally had four meals a day – breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper – of which three are made up of very plain, open-faced sandwiches. Only […]

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Slow food for the brain

I have noticed that with things like Twitter and Facebook, getting something off one’s chest can be done in a few short sentences, and the immediacy and convenience (and lack of expectation of more than a paragraph) mean that more people “tweet” or post to Facebook rather than blog now. I was hunting for some […]

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Neither here nor there

Earlier this week, in a comment on my Halloween post, Protege asked me a question: Do I ever feel the urge to return to California for good, or do I feel Norwegian at this point? My answer was neither. Although many people believe I am Norwegian, I’m not. Not even by blood. I am a […]

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Meat market and other memories

Wednesday’s photo was taken from a bus stop at one of Bergen’s main intersections, between our historic, Hanseatic wharf “Bryggen” and our open-air fish market. In the comments, Alice asked me what the building in the middle was, and this was my reply: The building in the middle with the stepped gable used to be […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Morsels

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Wordless Wednesday – Wild raspberries

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Wordless Wednesday – Skolebolle

Wordless Wednesday – a Norwegian Danish

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Wordless Wednesday – It Came from Inner Space

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110/70

Sometimes pleasant surprises come with a pinching squeeze. In fact, the company doctor was baffled enough to check my blood pressure a third time. Probably because we’d both just been laughing. I was remembering my blood pressure as 120/80 (still not bad for a woman my age), but it was 110/70 18 months ago, too. […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Happiness is…

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Trying new recipes

The symptoms of (peri)menopause are many. It’s almost bizarre what happens to the body in the name of reverse puberty. Like indigestion. I have had a cast iron stomach my whole life – until now. Now I find myself experiencing GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and heartburn. The really bad part is that it takes away […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Mid-winter favorite

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Planning to be green

Normally, I have a plan, a desire for what I want in the new year. Not this time. This past new year’s eve, I watched TV, surfed the ‘net, enjoyed the fireworks my neighbors set off. I did not light candles to meditate to, write myself a letter, sum up the last year and think […]

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Christmas plans

Sometimes shit happens with the best outcomes. I have yet to see how well, but it’s looking good so far. The friends I usually spend Christmas with I won’t be spending Christmas with this year. That means I’ll be alone for Christmas. That’s not a bad thing. I’ve done it before. So, after the initial […]

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Winter wonderland

The snow that started to fall Thursday, fell some more on Friday and Saturday, then it stopped, and left us with a frosted, white world bathed in muted, peachy sunlight. The best part? Some left-over Ghirardelli hot chocolate mix for when I got back indoors. Nom!