Sofia Mirjamsdotter aka Mymlan has in her blog Mymlan. the real. a weekly blog topic for her readers to blog about. Actually I have never participated in the weekly blogging on Mymlan’s subject. I have blamed it on lack of time or other silly reasons. This week her topic enticed me to write something down though. The topic is actually food. The food we eat on weekdays. My fantasy in the kitchen is terrible which results in lack of variation. So if I will find one or two recipes – in Mymlan’s summation by the end of the week – that I like, I will be happy. But if I expect to get something, I need to share something as well. So from my own recipe book (the book inside my head) comes a favorite which I have given the name Maria’s tortilla box.
I’ll write the recipe both in English and Swedish since Mymlan’s weekly blog topic tradition is a Swedish thing.
Maria’s tortilla box (4 port.)
Boil the rice. Mix it together with the rest of the ingredients except the cheese in a bowl. Pour everything into a baking pan and sprinkle with cheese. Gratinate it in your oven until the cheese has got a nice color.
Done within 30 minutes!
Oh and btw, I do not know how it tastes if you do it with dip mixes with other flavors. I haven’t dared to try. But if you do, tell me!
Marias tortillalåda (4 port.)
Koka riset. Blanda det med resten av ingredieserna utom osten i en skål. Häll allt i en ugnssäker form och strö över osten. Gratinera i ugnen tills osten har fått en fin färg.
Färdigt på 30 minuter!
Och förresten, Jag vet inte hur det blir om man gör den här rätten med andra dip mixer. Jag har inte vågat testa. Men om du vågar, berätta gärna hur det blev!
A few days ago I read this blog post (Swedish) by Kristoffer Björkman and thought that I should blog about it. But I haven’t got time really and now it’s been some days so I’ll just write that I liked it and that I recommend you to read it.
Inspired by Nollnolltalet.se a lot of bloggers have started to list their 100 best tunes from this decade during the past weeks. When I first saw this I thought I would never manage to list 100 tunes I like and on top of that rank them. But I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind so last night I thought that I might as well should give it a try. And as soon as I got started I couldn’t leave it behind. And to be honest it was far from as hard as I thought it would be.
What I realised though is that I listen mostly to the same artists and over and over again instead of trying to find musicians I never heard of before. In my younger years I was more influenced by my friends and what they listened to. And it’s not that I’m not sensitive to what my friends want to tell me, but nowadays I rarely get any music tips from friends to be honest. It just Stefan who once in a while tells me he’s found some good music he likes, and looking at my list below there are some bands there that from the beginning were tips from him. I don’t listen to the radio either more than when I drive a car, which isn’t that often. The conclusion of this is that there are probably lots of good music out there who would qualify for a position on my list if I had heard it, but I haven’t. So if you miss something that you think I might like, please tell me, I could use some more variation in my Spotify lists.
Talking about Spotify, there are five tracks on my list who aren’t found on Spotify but here are the 95 other tunes. To compensate the five lost tunes I have made them bold in the list below.
- Coldplay – Fix you
- 12 stones – Photograph
- U2 – Beautiful Day
- Earshot – Fall apart
- Sigur Rós – Glósóli
- Coldplay – Viva la vida
- Gavin Degraw – Just friends
- Coldplay – Green eyes
- Melody Club – Electric
- Jason Mraz – Love for a child
- Eskju Divine – Struck by the halo
- Coldplay – In my place
- The Hives – Hate to say I told you so
- Marit Bergman – This is the year
- Pillar – Bring me down
- Coldplay – Don’t panic
- Jack’s Mannequin – Miss Delaney
- Coldplay – What if
- Eskju Divine – Darkness all around
- Gavin Degraw – In love with a girl
- Raymond & Maria – Ingen vill veta var du har köpt din tröja
- Kleerup & Titiyo – Longing for lullabies
- Coldplay – The scientist
- 12 stones – The way I feel
- Laleh – Live tomorrow
- Coldplay – Lost
- Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla
- Coldplay – Talk
- Marit Bergman – I will always be your soldier
- Hoobastank – The reason
- Takida – Curly Sue
- Gavin Degraw – Chariot
- Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
- Gustaf Spetz – You and me
- Coldplay – Yellow
- Håkan Hellström – En vän med en bil
- Bad Cash Quartet – Big day coming
- Green Day – Boulevard of broken dreams
- Marit Bergman – Julia
- Gavin DeGraw – More than anyone
- Coldplay – Trouble
- Melody Club – Destiny calling
- Blink 182 – Anthem, Part 2
- Laleh – Call on me
- Ceasars Palace – Jerk it out
- Kent – Dom andra
- Lars Winnerbäck – Jag vill gå hem med dig
- Håkan Hellström – Det är så jag säger det
- Melody Club – Cats in the dark
- Snow Patrol – Shut your eyes
- Salem Al Fakir – Good song
- Bon Jovi – It’s my life
- Paolo Nutini – New shoes
- Melody Club – Play me in stereo
- Hoobastank – Same direction
- Amanda Jenssen – Our last goodbye
- Raymond & Maria – Min pappa
- The Hives – A little more for little you
- Avril Lavigne – Complicated
- Hello Saferide – If I don’t write this song someone I love will die
- Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
- Green Day – Warning
- Blink 182 – First date
- Gustaf Spetz – Every word I know
- MxPx – Prove it to the world
- Laakso – Norrköping
- Miss Li, Lars Winnerbäck – Om du lämnade mig nu
- The Ark – Calleth you, Cometh I
- Håkan Hellström – Den fulaste flickan i världen
- Múm – Green grass of the tunnel
- Staind – It’s been a while
- Jack’s Mannequin – Mixed Tape
- Kent – Kärleken väntar
- Carola – Genom allt
- Salem Al Fakir – This is who I am
- Christian Walz – Wonderchild
- Sugarplum Fairy – Love’s turning to boredom
- Lars Winnerbäck – Dunkla rum
- Erik Hassle – Hurtful
- Lene Marlin – Sorry
- Jack’s Mannequin – I’m ready
- The Ark – It takes a fool to remain sane
- Christian Walz – Never be afraid again
- Lars Winnerbäck – En tätort på en slätt
- Avril Lavigne – Sk8er boi
- Evanescence – Going under
- Titiyo – Come Along
- Timbuktu – Alla vill till himmelen men ingen vill dö
- Dido – Don’t leave home
- NoFX – What’s the matter with parents today?
- Jason Mraz – I’m yours
- Kleerup & Robyn – With every Heartbeat
- Martin Stenmarck – Nästa dans
- Lisa Miskovsky – Driving one of your cars
- Sophie Zelmani – To know you
- Lilleman – Vart tog pappa vägen?
- Anna Ternheim – Such a lonely soul
- Markus Fagerwall – Close but no cigar
- Oh Laura – Release me
- Bob Hund – Ska du hänga med? Nä!!
Others who have listed the last decade in music:
Another weekend has been spent in Östergötland. I was working in Norrköping mostly but I was also in Linköping for some boardgame playing and social company.
During the weekend my web browsing has been limited to my cellphone most of the time and it was there I found this blog post by Brit Stakston (swedish) about the analogue business value of social media. I wasn’t able to read it in its entirety in the cellphone but I made a note about it and read it yesterday. I like the post and for me who partly worked with this during the summer and also has a special interest in the fashion retail industry and social media it is a must read. I am thinking about sending the link to my boss as well :)
It’s been a week since I posted last weeks, worth to read articles or blog posts. During the last week there are three bloggers who have distinguished themselves a little extra in my eyes. So I would like to share some of their posts. I post them chronologically.
Now gogo read the bloggers who are more creative than me.
I have read some good blog posts and articles during the last week that I want to share with you. Most of them are in Swedish so bare with me Danes, Dutchmen and Aussies, (I don’t know but maybe I have readers from other countries as well?)
Last weekend was also the weekend when sswc took place. Since I’m not old and experienced when it comes to social media I didn’t even think of going there the first time I read about it. But the week before the camp I felt like I wanted to go there as well (but since my brother turned 30 I probably would’ve had problems to go anyway). Here are some selected posts about the camp that gives a hint about what seemed to be a very successful weekend.
I should blog about the last week, for example about the wednesday together with Susanna and my weekend in Linköping. But I am lazy. So instead I’ll recommend to read this post by a more active blogger than me. It’s funny and in swedish :)
Edit: I also recommend you to check out this one afterwards. Perdey!
Edit 2: The blogpost has generated a debate without reasonable proportions. I still think it’s fun and won’t stop laughing until I see that one of the three girls has taken offense because of this.
Our hotel in Barcelona was called Bcn Montjuïc and is located close to the park Montjuïc which is the biggest park in Barcelona. The closest metro station is Espanya where the famous fountain Fira Montjuïc also is located. It’s like five minutes to go there with the metro from city. We stayed for three nights and had a really nice apartment at 42 square meters. It had a big room with kitchen, table, chairs, TV and sofa, a bedroom, an office with an extra bed, a bathroom with shower and a big balcony. We paid 157 Euro in total with a big discount included that I don’t know the reason for. I think the ordinary price was close to 400 Euro. Our only supplement was the safety box for 2 Euro per day. The only bad thing about this hotel was that everyone on the staff didn’t know English but they were nice and did their best to help us anyway. I can really recommend this hotel, I can’t promise you to get it just as cheap as we did though :)
Elisabeth is doing the dishes. The kitchen had refridgerator and freezer, washing machine, dish washer, microwave owen and the ordinary utensils you need.
The bedroom, sorry for not having made our beds :P
The bedroom from the view towards the bathroom.
So, as you might have understood from my last post I am back from Spain. Elisabeth and I had a wonderful time in the city of Barcelona.
When we arrived there at the Saturday, we took the metro to our hotel which we found pretty fast without too much wandering around. The hotel was very nice. Nicer than I expected for that price (pictures will come). Our apartment was actually twice the size of my own apartment. After we had checked in we were in big need of food, so we went to the first restaurant we could find and had pizza. The rest of the day was spent on the roof of the hotel on sunbeds. In the evening we took the metro to Sagrada Familia to take some touristic photos and then we went to the magic fountain at Montjuïc where we saw the fountain show and just enjoyed the good atmosphere in the area. Good thing our hotel was located at Montjuïc as well so we could go directly from there to bed.
On the Sunday we went to the beach in the morning to get our skin tanned. When we came there it was a bit cloudy and we had a lot of space on the beach which we shared together with the Thai girls trying to sell massage to people. I lost count on how many times I said ‘no’ to massage but I am sure it was at least 30. When we left at around 2pm it was 30 degrees, the beach was overcrowded and the Thai girls had company. There were now tattoo sellers, Indians who repeatedly shouted “cervesa, cola, fanta, aqua, beeeer”, other Indians who yelled “dodadodadodadodadoda coconut” (yes, they sold coconut pieces), people who sold sun glasses, skirts and all kinds of things. We got enough of all these salesmen and promised each other that we weren’t going back to the beach again. Instead we went to Parc de la Ciutadella, a cozy park with some attractions worth photographing. After we had gone through the park we went to the hotel to take a shower. The sweat was actually dropping from our bodies by then. We took the metro back to the city in the evening for dinner and a walk at La Rambla and finished the day with fruit and a drink on the balcony at our hotel.
The Monday was our big shopping day! Barcelona is the prefect city for shopping so in the morning we took the metro to Passeig de Gràcia which is the biggest fashion street in Barcelona. We found more nice clothes than we had euro to pay for, so next time we go there we will probably bring more money :) When we went back to the hotel after 6 hours I had three tops, one tunic, one skirt and one blouse in my bags so I was quite satisfied anyway. Desigual is my new favourite brand ;) I also bought new sunglasses since I left mine in a fitting room somewhere by mistake.
Our plan for the evening was to take a shower, eat dinner, watch the fountain show again and then go to bed since we had to leave early in the morning today. But when we came to the fountain we realised that there were no shows on mondays so we just went back to the hotel to sleep. Here is where we failed big time. When the time was 1am, we were still awake laughing like crazy about nothing. I can’t really explain why, but I guess we were over tired or something. Although it wasn’t that hard to wake up at 6am to eat breakfast, check out from the hotel and go to the airport this morning. But at 4pm there were two tired and hungry girls who arrived back in Stockholm. To sum everything up we can just say that it was a nice trip, we could go back to Barcelona any time. If you ever have thought about going there, you should just do it, you won’t regret it.
I went to school today just to check in online and print boarding cards to the Barcelona trip since I have no printer at home. All of a sudden I was at a lecture with Teo Härén from interesting.org that I hadn’t planned to attend. It was a really great lecture about creativity and it actually gave me a whole new picture of what the word creativity means. I got really inspired to be honest. I have never seen myself as a very creative person but after this lecture I have understood that creativity isn’t only about being artistic. Most of all it is about having ideas and solutions that no one else have come up with. If that is what creativity is about, then creativity is definitely something for me. So, if you ever get the chance to listen to Teo Härén, do it!