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Kitchen Osteology

I once wrote about a miniature køkkenmødding shell midden that accreted in our kitchen sink when we had oysters (image below). Another type of archaeological assemblage that occurs far more commonly in our house is the chicken or pork bone dump. The chicken bones usually don’t look very archaeological when we throw them out since…

Bread

Dismember a chicken and boil it in pan #1 until tender. Boil it with onion + carrot + garlic clove, all split, and bay leaf + salt. In pan #2, melt a few tablespoons of butter and whisk 0.4 dl of wheat flour into it. Add 5 dl of the chicken broth from pan #1,…

Sunday Mushrooms

Yesterday’s walk in the woods near Drevinge garnered us the following: Shaggy ink cap, Fjällig bläcksvamp, Coprinus comatus Terracotta hedgehog, Rödgul taggsvamp, Hydnum rufescens Shingled hedgehog, Fjällig taggsvamp, Sarcodon imbricatus Common puffball, Vårtig röksvamp, Lycoperdon perlatum Velvet bolete, Sandsopp, Suillus variegatus Copper brittlegill, Tegelkremla, Russula decolorans Birch bolete, Björksopp, Leccinum scabrum I’ve never picked the…

Shrooms

At my wife’s suggestion, I quit work 1½ hour early today and cycled with her and the kids into the woods to pick mushrooms. Lovely sunny afternoon, and I can report that the hills between Lakes Lundsjön and Trehörningen are rich in boletes right now. Here are the species we got: King bolete, Stensopp/Karl Johan,…

And here’s star philologist and religion scholar Ola Wikander with a guest lesson in Akkadian. The word of the day is nuḫatimmu. It means “a cook” in Akkadian (or sometimes “a baker”). Maybe something to interest Gordon Ramsay? And wouldn’t it be great if there was an Akkadian version of the TV show MasterChef, named…

Christian fundamentalists like to believe that homosexuality is an illness that can — and should — be cured. The factual belief is contradicted by a solid scientific consensus, and the value judgement is widely considered to be a repressive holdover from the Bronze Age. The makers of the French orange-based soft drink Orangina seem to…

Two Puns

The Web helps you check if your ideas are original. Recently I’ve come up with two puns that proved to be unoriginal but still surprisingly uncommon. Ronald McDonald is the Lord of the Fries. The famous fantasy role-playing game should always be referred to as Dung & Drag. It amazes me that I haven’t thought…

Sourdough and Sunflower Seeds

We rarely buy bread. Instead I bake. Tonight’s production involved a 5-day sour dough and a bag of roasted sunflower seeds. Pretty good, though I overestimated the amount of salt on the seeds and overcompensated. The sour dough was just for flavour: I can’t wait for a proper lactobacillum leavening, so I put yeast in.…

Swedes Do, Normal People Don’t

Writes Dear Reader Bruce Paulson of Gillett, Wisconsin: Your article the other day about rutabagas whet my appetite so on Friday I went to the local grocery store with a friend who was staying for supper. I unloaded three of them at the checkout counter where a teenage clerk started to examine them for an…