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A post about absolute nothing – for real!

It’s not only Sunday, it’s Easter Sunday. Here in New Zealand it mean that absolutely everything is closed even commercial breaks on the tv are cancelled. Relaxing days like this are perfect for a nice fry-up.

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My lovely hostess gave me a cute little chocolate bunny.

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We watched some tv and then I cooked a roast for dinner.

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Then I went back to the sofa, tv and my Japanese puzzles.

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I watched the time travellers wife, and now I wish I could travel in time, talk about a pointless movie!

Tomorrow things are open again, so there might be an activity or two. For now I say good night.

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The Swedish goddess

I had another slow morning, enjoying my breakfast and book while my hostess went to the gym.

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Once she returned we got ready and headed to town for a trip down memory lane. We started at a cafe called metro, a place that we visited quite frequently back in the days. Today we had breakfast for lunch.

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We then walked to Starbucks to see if I could get my hands on a Dunedin mug, unfortunately they didn’t have any. It seems I will leave NZ with only a NZ mug.

Since I left they built a new mall and how could we not check that out? I was a good girl, all I bought was some fun hair ties.

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One thing that students do, is visit bars so we walked past a couple of them. One was still there, the other one was just an empty building, sad!

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I also managed to purchase some presents for the people at home.

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We also did the grocery shopping at my old grocery store, back then it was open 24/7 now it closes at midnight. What has the world come to?

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After a long day out, we returned home to get ready for the evening. There was a family dinner planned and I was invited to join. The restaurant is called custom house and the salmon I chose was real yum with a little side of shrimps.

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I also got to know my friends future sister-in-law and her man (if one can call the dude in purple shirt, a man). He insisted to be on the blog, so here goes, I give to you the t-man.

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Sometime during this night I was also named a Swedish goddess, a name that I don’t really mind that much and have decided to keep.

Normally the night would end with the dinner, however now we are in Dunedin and things are different! After dinner we went back to countdown;

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And before it was time for some of these;

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No visit to Dunedin is complete without late night Speight at some random persons flat!

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A bad day for team Sweden

After yet another sleep in (D-man, that was for you) I got up for another brekkie, haven’t missed a day this far.

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As my host family was all home, thanks for that Jesus, it was decided that an activity was in order. Of to the ten pin bowling place we went.

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It was Sweden against New Zealand and unfortunately Sweden didn’t have a good day, I choose to blame it on jet lag and the balls, they should be blue!

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To soothe my cranky mood, I will admit to being a very sore looser, I gave myself a hot cross bun and some milk, always saves the day!

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Before it was time to head for the airport and my flight down south, we had lunch on leftover salmon from last night together with pasta, yum, yum, yum!

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The short flight to Dunedin gave me my first cookietime cookie on this trip. For you that have never tried them, trust me, you are missing out on pure magic.

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I remember Dunedin as a cold, dreary place so I assume that dearest have been playing with the remote control again, as I was met by sunshine and 25 degrees when I came out from the airport, and here I brought my fleece in order not to freeze.

To celebrate us coming together again after about six years, my hostess brought out the bubbly.

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We then spent the rest of the night just catching up on the years that past. As we came to the end of bottle no two, my hostess future husband brought out some dinner. I say that he’s approved!

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Recipe

Red curry salmon with cashew nuts

Tonight’s yum dinner is a simple yet filling dish.

Ingredients
~ 8x100g pieces of salmon, skin on
~ 1/4 cup red curry paste
~ 270g packet soba noodles
~ 1/2 cup dry roasted cashews
~ sesame seeds

For the salsa
~ 1 courtesy
~ 1/2 coriander bunch
~ 1/4 cup lime juice
~ 1 tablespoon fish sauce
~ curry paste or finely chopped red chili

One hour before you actually plan to start cooking you want to bring out the salmon and give it a good rub of your curry paste. Then leave it chilled until cooking time.

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Fifteen minutes before you actually want to start cooking it’s time to prepare the salsa. Begin with finely chopping the courget.

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Put it in a bowl and move on to the coriander, make sure you only chop up the leafy part.

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Add to the same bowl as above and pour over the fish sauce, lime and chuck in the curry paste (or the chili if you prefer). Then let it hang out in the fridge with the salmon.

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Now, finally, we are at the point where you want to start cooking. Start with the noodles, cook as per the instruction on the packaging. Once done toss in half of the salsa.

At some point here you want to chop up the nuts into small little pieces.

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Heat a pan for the salmon, start frying on the side with the skin on. Leave in the pan four about three minutes, turn over and leave for another two.

Serve on a bed of noodles, sprinkle salsa, nuts and sesame seeds on top.

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A kitchen borrowed

I had another sleep-in this morning so when I came out in the kitchen for my tea and toast brekkie, there was a fresh batch of hot-cross buns ready and waiting.

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I pretty much spent the little that was left of the morning, reading my book. We did attempt a game however a couple of children turned out to be a tad bit distracting. So after enjoying an egg on toast lunch we headed of to the grocery store.

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For me pak n save brings back memories from the old student days, when one of the flatmates with a car felt like driving the lot there for cheap groceries. The reason for it being cheaper is that you have to pack your goods yourself, piece of cake for someone from a country where you always have to pack yourself.

I also had to purchase yet another tube of toothpaste.

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This one containing 80 rather than 110ml toothpaste, as I did the rookie mistake of putting the previously purchased toothpaste in my carry-on when going to NZ. As the container was more than 100 they threw it out. Amazingly enough I appear to be unable to do any damage with this;

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Who would ever have thought that toothpaste was more dangerous than a razor!?!

I chose to walk back from the store and as a reward to myself when I got back, a hot-cross bun, glass of milk and a nice book.

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Reading playing with children ans just chillin was all I did until dinner time. Then I took over the kitchen and cooked a yum salmon and noodles dinner.

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Happily full I have moved to the tv room where I plan to spend the rest of the evening.

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The day of the bubbles

Today I slept real late, didn’t wake up until nine o’clock, pretty awesome. Breakfast was the standard pieces of toast with a side of berry smoothie.

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A while after me having my morning meal we went for a walk. Rather than walking down the street with shops as we did yesterday, today we walked ny the water and the weather was absolutely perfect for it.

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Lunch was a simple chicken and potato dish.

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Apparently in this household bubbles are oki, so finishing of the lunch we were all blowing milk bubbles. Can’t even remember when I did that last, super fun!

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My afternoon then moved into perfect vacation mood.

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Can’t really complain! My hostess came out from time to time with small offerings such as cold beer and ice-cream. I managed a few hours and completed yet another book.

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When I lived in New Zealand I was a poor student, for special occasions we would go to a restaurant called Lone Star. For old times sake my hostess with family dide the amazing favour of going there with me.

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I had an awesome Dixie chicken and a NZ beer called Speight. My tummy is now very full and very happy.

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Returning home, we are back on the couch with my latest addiction “My kitchen rules”.

Until tomorrow babes!

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Miss Lundin was left unattended again

Despite losing another two hours by flying over to New Zealand, I managed to wake up at 6:45 this morning. Joining the little family, very active little family, I made myself some breakfast.

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After consuming the above food I laid down on the couch to enjoy my book, and promptly fell asleep. According to my current hostess it was a good sleep as she had managed several noisy tasks and I had just continued to sleep. This included baking these absolutely yum hot cross buns.

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We then went for a walk past several quaint little shops, in one of them I found these mugs. I really loved them, can’t risk bringing them back home, so if anyone has seen them a little closer to home, please give me a shout out (or they would make an excellent Christmas gift).

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We also stopped at a really nice shop that not only gave out free coffee, the also had fun stuff from all over the world, like Swedish cookies and fun spice mixes with recipes.

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After a quick stop back home my hostess had an errand to run and I took the opportunity to get a ride to the closest Starbucks. Unfortunately they didn’t have a Wellington mug, I got the New Zealand one, and a yum frappucino.

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I then accidentally headed across the street to the mall sitting there waiting for me. I want to start out with mentioning that I tried out loads of clothes I’m different stores, and didn’t purchase a single one of them! I also found a present for the best big sister in the world. And then it was this;

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The afternoon was spent with some awesome spa pedicure and manicure, one of my favorite pastimes, now I have nice and pretty nails again. I will save you from a before picture you only get the after one.

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Since I got kicked of the bus on my way to the nail saloon, for not having the correct change, I didn’t feel like more bus experiences and decided to walk back home. A lovely 35 minute walk in the sun.

Then I helped out with dinner by cutting up this pretty head of cauliflower;

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And putting it to boil;

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My hostess the did the rest of the magic, a nice steak dinner with corn on the cob, pasta and cauliflower mash.

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It has now become time to retire to the couch, tv and yet another lovely book.