Home Made

I need more practice – Fish n’ Chips

It is always said that you shouldn’t judge someone before you walked a mile in their shoes, I guess I have been doing exactly that as I have been visiting places around Copenhagen judging their Fish n’ Chips. That ended this evening as I made my first attempt on my very own Fish n’ Chips.

I will have to start with admitting that it was a lazy attempt, since the rain was pouring down outside accompanied by some thunder, there was no way that I would go out to the grocery store. So starting with the potatoes, I found two small little things in my kitchen, so these chips are dubbed “baby chips”. Basically I peeled them and tried to make them into as square of chips as possible (note to one self, for next attempt buy BIG potatoes). Once that was done, I did what every child of my generation would do, I googled for batter recipes until I found one that contained items that I had at home.

Batter

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

I have to say that the batter tasted really well, not sure the lack of thickness was due to the frying (will talk about that more later) or the batter it self. If any of you out there have any good batter recipes please let me know and I will try them out.

For the fish, I used some Cod that I accidentally had in my freezer, yes I used defrosted Cod, again, I refused to leave the apartment due to the weather conditions. I realized after I chucked the fish in the pan that I should probably have cut it in half as it was way to thick and thus there was no way that I would be able to cook it all the way through.

And then for the frying, I have a proper pan for it, my mother was kind enough to let me have the one she used when I was younger and fried food was last in fashion, she never used it anymore anyhow. I just miscalculated how much oil you really needed to fill it up properly. The other thing was, that the only oil I had at home was olive oil (not the best for frying I heard), thus I think you all understand my dilemma.

For the next attempt there will be proper oil in a very large bottle, available (I also need to buy more olive oil as I am now all out), that is for sure. The fish, or the batter rather, got stuck to the bottom and there are more batter there than was actually left on the fish.

Now, for the grading:

7 Things

You know it’s Monday when…updated – update

A day that can only be a Monday is coming to its end, first it started, then it progressed, and now it is finally pretty much over!

  1. For some reason the water pressure in the shower has gone on vacation. I’m sure it’s only temporary. Totally over this now!
  2. The moment you shampooed your hair the hot water decides to go visit the water pressure. I’m not feeling cold anymore. That I even cared!
  3. There is still no service on your phone (that you happen to be addicted to). Service came back, woho! Well, service came back, can still not text my friends in Denmark, kind of sucks!
  4. The moment you leave the house the sky opens up and the rain pours down. Sun is now shining and weather is lovely. It has been pouring down on and off since I got home, with a tad of thunder now and then, totally flagging that run I wanted to take.
  5. Your bike is not parked where you left it and after a few minutes of looking you have to give up and walk to workI’m sure someone has just moved it, and I will find it after work. Bike was not found after work either, now on a mission to find the papers on it and receipt so I can tell Mr Police of my loss, and the insurance company of course.
  6. The moment you enter the office building, the clouds magically disperse and the sun comes out. Well, have to leave early to make it to the bank (see no 7) on time, so I might even get to enjoy it a bit :) See point 4!
  7. The code generator for your bank has decided to go bust, so you can’t go in and pay your bills that are all due on that exact day. As I hopefully will make it to the bank before they close today, everything should be sorted before 16:00! Miraculously there was no issues with the train today and I made it in time for the bank, waited in line for 20 minutes and my problem was solved in two 🙂
7 Things

You know it’s Monday when…updated

So this morning wasn’t the best, as you might have read previously, the day has progressed so I though I would give you a little update…

  1. For some reason the water pressure in the shower has gone on vacation. I’m sure it’s only temporary.
  2. The moment you shampooed your hair the hot water decides to go visit the water pressure. I’m not feeling cold anymore.
  3. There is still no service on your phone (that you happen to be addicted to). Service came back, woho!
  4. The moment you leave the house the sky opens up and the rain pours down. Sun is now shining and weather is lovely.
  5. Your bike is not parked where you left it and after a few minutes of looking you have to give up and walk to work. I’m sure someone has just moved it, and I will find it after work.
  6. The moment you enter the office building, the clouds magically disperse and the sun comes out. Well, have to leave early to make it to the bank (see no 7) on time, so I might even get to enjoy it a bit 🙂
  7. The code generator for your bank has decided to go bust, so you can’t go in and pay your bills that are all due on that exact day. As I hopefully will make it to the bank before they close today, everything should be sorted before 16:00!
7 Things

You know it’s Monday when…

  1. For some reason the water pressure in the shower has gone on vacation.
  2. The moment you shampooed your hair the hot water decides to go visit the water pressure.
  3. There is still no service on your phone (that you happen to be addicted to).
  4. The moment you leave the house the sky opens up and the rain pours down.
  5. Your bike is not parked where you left it and after a few minutes of looking you have to give up and walk to work.
  6. The moment you enter the office building, the clouds magically disperse and the sun comes out.
  7. The code generator for your bank has decided to go bust, so you can’t go in and pay your bills that are all due on that exact day.
Grown-up Stuff

Dear Sweden, what on earth are you thinking?

I came across this article this morning and has gotten me into a little bit of a fit, I’m seriously starting to question my own country and what kind of people that we are aiming to create.

For those who don’t understand Swedish or how it works in this magical country of the north, here is a short recap;

In Sweden we have nine years of compulsory school, that is what the law says, after that follow three years of Gymnasium that is either to prepare you for University or an actual job, then University if you so wish. If you choose to attend Gymnasium the swedish government is nice enough to give you a monthly student allowance, just to go to school. That is right, every persons dream, you get paid to go to school.

However, if you choose to skip classes for no apparent reason (being sick is allowed) the student allowance is withdrawn and in some cases  you are required to pay back some of the money that you have already received. Fair enough, if you have a job and don’t go you don’t get paid, I think we can all agree on that, right? In some cases you would probably even get fired.

The suggestion in this article, written by what must be two of the brightest politicians in Sweden, is that this should not happen. It is not fair on young people that they do not get any money, and hey we can absolutely not ask them to pay back money they shouldn’t have received in the first place.

The reasoning behind it, is that these kids doesn’t have any money, so their re-payment will fall due and be sent to a place called Kronofogden (this is the place that collects money on outstanding debts, if you do not pay they have a registrar that you will be listed in, for five years you have no credit rating what so ever). Apparently this will ruin the poor children’s lives for ever.

I admit, the above recap might be slightly tainted by my opinions, I hope that you get the gist of it at least.

As my colleague so kindly stated; Socialism creates lazy people, and I have to agree with her. If the deal is that you get paid to go to school, why on earth should you get paid if you don’t? How will that teach you to take responsibility for your own actions and finances?

Gymnasium is optional, if it is not for you then you do not attend, you get yourself a job to ensure that you can support yourself instead. There are several people who drop out of gymnasium and then go back a year later to finish it, they just needed some time to mature for it. Some people don’t go back and complete it until much later in their life. However, until then you need to support yourself, and in our dear country, if you can’t get a job we have something that is called social welfare, the state will give you money and it will be more than the student allowance, so go for that one instead!

It does get worse, firstly I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the article, as I moved down to the comments made by normal Swedish people, I thought my eyes were going to leave my eye sockets. Do you know the difference between cutting class and sick leave? I would think that most people do, that is just me though! I can agree that some poor kid that are being beaten so bad by his dad that he can not get out of bed for longer periods of time should not loose his allowance, I also believe that his has nothing to do with cutting class.

If you are being harassed in school and stay home because you are unhappy, then yes, loosing your student allowance is unfair. It just make me wonder, don’t you tell someone that you are being harassed? Do you change school? Or do you just sit at home thinking that someone else should fix the situation for you? Again, you do have some responsibility for your own life.

My personal view on this is, that if we make life too easy on the young ones (younger than me, as I still am young) then how are they supposed to grow up and learn how to take responsibility? How are they going to raise their children to do the same? And how will our country work in the future when everyone think that they are entitled to do nothing and still get paid, for me that is what we teach someone when we say “fine you do not attend your classes, we will just give you the money anyhow”. I might be wrong though.

Quality of Life

Best moment of the day

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On the train, not that many people, my book, my coffee.

Just wanted to mention that – now, have a great day people!

Food

A little something that I whipped togheter

The weather is absolutely amazing here in Scandinavia at the moment, and today it has been seriously hot on the border of too hot for me. When evening comes though, the air cools down and becomes quite pleasant, still I prefer something light to eat. As I was rummaging through the freezer I found a lonely little pork-chop that I decided to make something out of.

I started with finely cutting up two potatoes and throwing them in the hot frying pan with some olive oil, salt and rosemary. Once the potatoes started to become crispy I added the pork-chop to the pan keeping the spices simple with salt and white pepper.

As the pan was frying away I made a small tomato and feta salad, topping it of with olive oil and pepper.

It was a nice simple meal to end the long hot day, unfortunately the pictures didn’t turn out too well, not sure I can blame it on my new phone or not, time will tell.