This weekend was quite hectic and somewhat lazy, if that’s possible. On Thursday we went to IKEA and Mio to buy some new furniture, some of which we made up when we got back and the rest we did on Saturday. We bought a matching bookshelf (they only had one last time), and a new side board to replace the desk in the living room.
On Friday, we had our friend Sanna over for dinner (dumplings and fried rice), followed by some glögg (Swedish mulled wine) and Lucia buns.
I (Jason) have been ill most of the weekend; I’ve had what I suspect to be a tummy bug since Thursday. I woke up early on Saturday hoping to be better, and to go for a long ride with some friends (with a 09:00 start about 11 km from home), but I felt much worse than I did Friday evening. 😦 So after telling my friends I wouldn’t ride, me and Sofi made the final piece of furniture before Sofi went to spin (in her new Bianchi socks that she got in her advent calendar), and then my day was spent playing PlayStation and feeling sorry for myself (especially as it was such nice weather)!
Once Sofi came home, we had a really fresh salad and then we prepared for my work’s Christmas party. The party is held not far from where we live (it is literally like Pocahontas said: just around the river bend), so we were able to get ready at a relaxed pace and then walk to the restaurant.
They served traditional Swedish julbord (which translates to “Christmas table”, but it is basically a buffet of mostly meat – they barely eat any vegetables at Christmas in Sweden!), with plenty of booze and entertainment. We stayed until about 1 a.m. as we were having a good time hanging out and dancing with my colleagues and friends 🙂
On Sunday we both felt very tired, and my tummy felt as bad as it did Saturday morning, so it was another day resigned to playing PlayStation on the sofa for me, and a day spent napping for Sofi.
For dinner on Sunday we made a delicious tomato and basil soup with garlic bread. We also made some really nice white chocolate and cranberry cookies, which taste quite festive!
The cookies we really simple to make: 75 g unsalted butter, 150 g caster or light muscovado sugar, 1 egg, 150 g plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 150 g white chocolate, 75 g cranberries.
- Set the oven to 180°C.
- Chop the white chocolate and cranberries into small pieces/chunks.
- Whisk the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Whisk in the egg.
- Whisk in the flour and baking powder.
- Fold the chocolate and cranberries in the mix.
- Roll into 16 balls and spread out on some baking paper on a baking tray.
- Place the cookies in the oven for about 10 mins, or until golden brown on top.
- Take out and leave the cookies to rest for a few minutes before placing them on a cooling rack.
This week will be quite hectic again, and we will be preparing a few things for our Lucia party at the weekend. So hopefully we’ll have some nice recipes for mulled wine, Lucia buns, and more cookies next week.
Have a nice week,
/Jason and Sofi