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Marsh Meringue

Visa större karta Here are two pieces of convoluted Scandy and English etymology that converge in my head. “Marshmallow” was originally the common name of a plant, Althaea officinalis (Sw. läkemalva), from which a thickening agent was made. This agent was added to meringue foam to produce the toastable sweet pillows we all know and…

Stockholm Blogmeet 2 September

The 6th Aardvarchaeology blogmeet was a friendly three-hour affair with good food, good drink and good company. ‘Twas me, Kai, Mårten, Per G, Sigmund, Thinker and Tor, and an excellent time was had at Akkurat. Here’s the historical record of blogmeets past. The archaeological record is, due to modern waste-disposal habits, sadly lost. Wirström’s, March…

Me And My Tea

I love black tea, and by that I mean brews from leaves of Camellia sinensis and C. s. assamica, nothing else, milk and sugar please. Earl Grey is basically Assam flavoured with oil of bergamot, a citrus fruit. It’s OK if there’s no plain tea. But many café employees believe that Earl Grey is plain…

Chanterelle Season

Yesterday saw the season’s first mushroom expedition. A bit early for real diversity, with only four edible species collected, but on the other hand we found quite a lot of chanterelles. Chanterelle, Kantarell, Cantharellus cibarius Birch bolete, Björksopp, Leccinum scabrum Orange Birch Bolete, Tegelsopp, Leccinum versepelle Red russula, Tegelkremla, Russula decolorans As a Swedish journalist…

Plastic Pork Phone Decoration

Courtesy of my niece-in-law in Hangzhou, here’s a piece of plastic hong shao rou, 紅燒肉, red braised pork, intended as a cell phone decoration. Yum!

An idle thought struck me. Let’s say you’re on the latitude of Northern Europe and you’ve become a locavore, someone who avoids foodstuffs that must be transported far from their production site. Let’s also say that you don’t like greenhouses. And finally, let’s say you’re hooked on coffee or tea. Is there a caffeine source…

Energy is Good, Calories are Bad

Everybody knows that energy is good for you and calories are bad for you. What newagers, health nuts and alties seem to be completely ignorant of is that both words originate in physics and that they refer to the same thing. Energy “is a scalar physical quantity that describes the amount of work that can…

May Entertainments

One of these men is an extremely zany comics artist and celebrated wit. The other is a stuffy scholar in an abstruse field. We’ve had a three-day holiday thanks to Friday being 1 May — a red-letter day in Sweden since 1939. Here’s the entertainments I’ve enjoyed. Went with wife & kids to the local…

Hellish Yoghurt Diversification

There is a genre of complaints that I usually find a little silly: the Starbucks breakdown, which occurs when somebody’s offered too many options. But now I’ve run into the problem myself. Yoghurt diversification. I buy most of our milk & yoghurt to save my wife some carrying. And the damn yoghurt, that was a…

Hard Core Finnish Easter Dessert

It looks like chocolate fudge cake. It tastes like compact sour-dough rye bread and molasses. It is basically compact sour-dough rye bread and molasses. You have it at Easter, cold, with cream and sugar. It is a Finnish thing. It is very strange. It is memma. You will grow to like it.