Happy 2018

Happy New Year to all of you out there! I hope that 2018 will be a great year for all of you.

I have been ending the year on a very good note by going on a very good date night with my better half yesterday. We first een t for a lovely meal. I had traditional lye fish and the man had a steak.  

“Lutefisk” lye fish, Norwegian dish with cod stored in lye


After that we went to our favourite cocktail place for a nice drink before we headed to the cinema to catch the latest Star Wars film.


Today we visited family to thank them for the year that passed and give them the best wishes for 2018. This evening we have decided to do a very low key celebrations with tapas bought at a lovely tapas place and good wine. At 24:00 We plan to go up on the terrace on the roof to treet the New Year by looking at the fireworks.  

All the best wishes to all of you for the New Year! Happy New Year. 

 

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Galway in winter

Two people kayaking in Galway bay

Earlier this month we took a trip to Ireland with my mother to show her the country and introduce her to my man’s family. The country decided to show itself from a very good side for some of the time, but as it was the start of November it was a bit of wind, rain and hail along the sunshine.

River Corrib

We spent a few days in the west of the country and enjoyed the lovely town of Galway and surrounding areas. We did a bit of looking around, ate good food and went to quite a few good pubs.

One of the nice pubs we visited in Galway.

We had a very good time and enjoyed ourself a lot. 

Beef and Guinness stew

Sushi and summer nights

Sushi

The other day we took advantage of the fact that the Norwegian summer seems to pay us a visit for more than one day at the time. My brother and I brought my mother out for a nice sushi dinner and some wine. There had been some rain showers earlier in the day, but in the evening was lovely and bright. The food at the resturant we are at was amazing we will most certainly be back at some stage.

There was a concert with a local band in the centre of town so we sat down and had a pint or two outside and enjoyed the summer evening. The music was not something I would ever put on myself, but being a local band with quite a few songs that everyone can sing along to the mood was good. We stayed out a little later than I normally do on a school night, but that is what those bright summer evenings and nights are for.

This weekend will be spent at the summer-house relaxing. Hope all of you are enjoying your summer in the way you want.

The edible town party

At the same time as the Glad Mat festival that I wrote about, there is another festival called the edible town party going on around 1,5 kilometer away. This is a good festival with a few food trucks and a few resturant seeing food outside. The focus here is to eat nice food and relax.

I visited the festival with a blanket to sit on and a book. There is more room here as there is a large area to sit and enjoy. This is a bit more family friendly and you can even bring your own food should you want. I didn’t join in the free yoga lessons and I was too old to get my face painted, but lying down in the grass, by the sea with a good book and good beer is quite a good way to spend an afternoon.

This festival is in an up and comming part og town where they have built a lot of new small parks in between old renovated industry buildings and luckily for me it’s not to far from where I live.

The weather has continued to impress this weekend and today I took the opportunity to go to the beach and have a swim.

Glad Mat festival 

Sabi sushi’s glad mat dish

This week there is a few food festivals going on in Stavanger. One og them is called Glad Mat, that litteraly translate to Happy Food. This has been going on for more than 10 years and it’s allways well attended. This year the first two days the weather was really on our side and the stedets of Stavanger was buzzing with life.

Glad mat in the colour street

There are a lot of restrants and caterers that has a stand at this festival and they sell their food and drinks. All of them has to have a small dish for a set price of 30 kr (3€) so that you can taste food from different places. 

Lervig one of the local breweries at the festival


One of the largest stands is a beer tent where many small and larger breweries brings a lot of interesting beers. You buy a glass and tokens when you enter and take your glass around and try the beers you want. We tried many good and interesting ones last night and will try a few more today.

A me day

Sun was shining as I waited for the bus this morning.

Today I took a day off from work. I had no big plans I was just feeling like I wanted to use some of the extra hours I have saved up lately just for me. I kind of started yesterday by going to the hairdresser. This is not something I’m a fan of, but it’s always nice when It’s done.

Today I woke up around the time I usually get up, had breakfast and got on the bus to get a massage from a friend who has her own business. It was very relaxing and wonderful.

Lunch!

After the massage I took the bus home to do some laundry before I headed out for lunch at a nice little place nearby. I treated myself to a lovely tapas platter and a beer. Now I am going to go for a good walk before I meet up with the man. 

Wish you all a very good weekend!

Norwegian dish: Komla (potao balls)

This Sunday I spent time at my mother’s house preparing a traditional Norwegian dish kalled komla.This is a kind of potato ball. I like making traditional food like this because it makes sure the traditions are kept alive.

Me grinding up the potatoes

We made quite a lot as we were having quite a few relatives over for dinner.

Dough ready

After the dough is made you shape it in to balls and put them in boiling water with stock from the lamb meat and let them cook untill they are done.

You serve them with salted meat of lamb, sausages, mashed swede and melted butter. As for me I like to enjoy a beer with the dish.

Ready to eat