Last weekend we celebrated our CONSTITUTION DAY, the 17th of MAY, here in NORWAY. Ever since I was a child I have LOVED this holiday and the way it is celebrated, but these last years I've been abroad and therefore haven't celebrated it in a traditional way. It turned out that I would not this year either, even though I have moved back to BERGEN ..BUT I still feel that it was celebrated in a very traditional spirit. My sister and FRODE invited ERLEND and me to join them at FRODE's family's cabin in LUSTER in SOGN. I have not been there before, and it turned out that it is the most beautiful ..and NATIONAL ROMANTIC place with steep mountains with snow on them, beautiful fjords and fruit trees in BLOOM. Even though the weather was really gloomy with low clouds the day we arrived (something that apparently is quit common in this area) I thought it was perfect. And the next day when the SUN came out it was perfect in a new way, I will show you how tomorrow:)
This Friday I had three CHEFS all to myself. Each of them made their own dishes and contributed with different foods and drinks. I contributed with ATMOSPHERE and ENTHUSIASM. What was thought to be a 5 course meal turned into something more like an ALL NIGHTER filled with several meals spread out. Everything tasted so so good. We started off with a CEVICHE inspired by a dish E and I had at HERBSAINT in NEW ORLEANS. Following it was ALISA's delicious potato and salmon salad, You can find the recipe on Alisa's
, both the blog and the dish are highly recommended. Later we had E's kidney dish with mushrooms and espelette pepper. As a small break we had a GROG cocktail and then, about six hours after the ceviche, ARNE's homemade BUNS with PULLED PORK and coleslaw. And finally for dessert; MADELEINES. We had a friend buy the pan for New Years and after that E has been making them quite a lot. I am normally not a big fan of cookies,but these are so delicious, especially when served WARM. For the observant ones; yes, the table was originally set for five, but we got a last minute cancellation. After watching the pictures I'm guessing she must be sorry, at least I would have been. It was a feast.
When my sister and I were KIDS our parents used to bring us here for Sunday walks ..to
at MILDE. Maybe it's because it's really beautiful there, or maybe because even though you go there to walk ..it's kind of casual walking, I never stopped liking this place ..not even when I was a stubborn teenager. The area is situated outside the city center close to the OCEAN.. and has beaches and forests as well as botanical gardens ..and there are many nice walking paths. My mom, sister and I went there this Saturday to fully enjoy the beautiful day. After a very dark and wet winter I felt that this weekend kind of brought me back to LIFE with its light and sunshine ..that my sister visited from Trondheim probably didn't hurt either.
I met INGVILD ØSTGÅRD about 12 years ago. We were both students at KIB, an art school in BERGEN. We didn't really hang out that much, but as in all art schools ..or at least the way I imagine it to be, you get to know your fellow students pretty well. We were also both friends with TONE, another classmate of ours, and it was kind of through her we all ended up moving into an apartment at GRUNERLØKKA in OSLO years later. My years in that apartment turned out to be some of the BEST years of my life, much due to the fact that I could not have asked for better ROOMMATES. Through the years I have known INGVILD she has not only grown into a beautiful woman, but also a talented graphic designer and musician. These pictures were taken at Ingvild's old studio in OSLO (she now lives in Trondheim) a beautiful Oslo summer day. You should visit I MADE IT if you want to see more of her graphic work .. or THIS LINK to check out her music.