Monday Motorway Music™, March 2 – Whatchamacallit?

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You made a promise, to be faithful
By all the stars up above
Now you call it madness
But I call it love
Diana Krall, “You Call It Madness”

It’s been a little like that with me and Spring, so far. Officially, yesterday marked the arrival of spring here – March 1st, now it’s spring. And Saturday was a quite nice day, with some blue skies and in the sun, you actually could believe that springtime was sneaking in.

And when I got out of bed yesterday morning? Wet snow falling, gray skies, quite windy. Meh!

Wasn’t much better this morning – there just is something not too pleasing with a Monday morning when you get the “pleasure” of driving to work in sleet-laced rain. Meh! Meh!

It often misses
…says it gives it all that it’s got.
And when it asks me if ev’rything is okay
I got my answer, the only thing I can say:
I say meh-meh;
that’s what I say: I say meh-meh.
With due apologies to Matt Bianco (“Yeh-Yeh”)

The photo is one more from the long hike last weekend – a boardwalk that strictly speaking wasn’t on our route. But we took it never the less as it looked too cool not to, even at the risk of a slightly longer walk…

Touching Me, Touching You – Alphabeat
When Tomorrow Comes (Live) – Eurythmics
Hotblooded – Roxette
Rockin’ All Over The World – Status Quo
Love Me Two Times – Joan Jett
Amerika – Rammstein
She Loves You – The Beatles
Son Of A Preacherman – Hanne Boel

Photos by me.
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Something Happened To Traffic Today…

Not that kind of traffic – the car or plane or for that matter, this past weekend’s walking one.

No, the blog site kind of traffic :

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Who ever had a look at all of that – I do hope you had fun or a worthwhile experience or both. Thanks for stopping by :)

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Monday Motorway Music™, February 23 – More (much more) Walking Than Driving

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After last week’s topic on wheels, this weekend was much more down to Earth – feet on the ground, if you will.

With the scouts – or, a select small group of them, anyway – I completed a 50 km hike. The weather was not truly with us with a soft but quite steady rain. Until, at least, it turned into snow the last two hours… And quite some distances in the forests were wet and muddy, making efficient walking speed somehow difficult.

But nevertheless, we prevailed :)

A note to nitpickers who spots that there is no 50 km marker on the map above: yes, the track stopped at 49.66 km. But the anomaly you see around 45-46 km where the markers and the track does not match up probably more than covers for that. And even if it shouldn’t, we had 450 m to walk from our home train station to the starting point where we completed the circle. So there!

Lake view en route - gray and wet, it was

Lake view en route – gray and wet, it was

We had a number of other troop scouts out hiking this weekend, too – three took a 30 km and three others, I believe, did the crazy invention “The Box”: 4 sides of a box, 5 km each – that is, 5 km normal, 5 km sideways, 5 km backwards and 5 km sideways the other way. Why, you could ask with some reason? Well … because someone had the idea and someone said “yes, we can!”

As we sometimes say: “Scouting. There are so many things ordinary people do not understand! :)

The Closest Thing To Crazy – Katie Melua
As Long As You Follow – Fleetwood Mac
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
I’ll Kill You If You Don’t Come Back – Meat Loaf
All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield
Babacar – France Gall
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Nubian Fräuleins
The Second You Sleep – Saybia

Photos by me.
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Monday Motorway Music™, February 16 – Down-shifting

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This set of wheels has served us very well for more or less on the dot four years now. When we were scouting it out, the sales guy at the dealership called this model “our best driving machine” – and I am not going to contradict him. Two liter diesel, the signature Citröen hydraulic suspension… Wrrrroooom :)

But we’ve been discussing for a while that it is a bit on the large side, given that we do not have a dog anymore, only have one kid still living at home and most of the driving is just me in the car to and back from work.

So this morning was really the farewell drive – ok, I’ll drive it down to the dealership this afternoon to hand it in and get the new one in return. But still…

We’re taking it one notch down, from C5 station wagon to a C4. Still diesel – but the new one with a 6-speed electronic automatic/manual gear shift. Should be ok good fun – even if it’s not as explosive as its dynamite namesake… And nominally should run 30% longer on the precious drops of fuel.

What I should have listened to on the way this morning, of course, was this:

The machine of a dream, such a clean machine,
With the pistons a pumpin’, and the hubcaps all gleam.
When I’m holding your wheel,
All I hear is your gear,
When my hand’s on your grease gun,
Oh it’s like a disease son,
I’m in love with my car, gotta feel for my automobile
Queen, I’m In Love With My Car

But what the list held was this – quite a good fanfare as goodbye, anyway:

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight – Cutting Crew
Hot! – Nik & Jay
Tush – Joan Jett
I’m On My Way – The Proclaimers
Don’t Get Me Wrong  – The Pretenders
Cherry Bomb – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Photo by me.
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A candle for the families of two meaningless deaths in Copenhagen yesterday and today

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Sometimes, words do not suffice.

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Cobblestone Cooking Music XIII – Experimental Pineapple Crumble

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On a day that is really a sad day and one that I may yet choose to write about in a separate, serious piece – due to yesterday’s and this morning’s meaningless and terrorist-like shootings in Copenhagen – I had half a pineapple that needed dealing with

  • Stan Getz, Melinda

Cut the peel (if that what it is on the outside of a pineapple) off pineapple and likewise the stem in the middle. Cut the remaining fruit in two or three lengthwise according to the size of the thing and then cut into suitable mouthfuls across.

  • The Eagles, Hotel California

Put the pineapple chunks in a bowl and pour a couple of spoonfuls of Grand Marnier (or Cointreau) over and mix. Mix brown sugar and Demerara sugar, pour into the bowl and mix until all pineapple chunks are well sugared.

  • Darts, Sh-Boom

Mix flour, oatmeal, hazelnuts, almonds and sugar in a food processor and give it a good whirl with the knife tool to make it a mix with the nuts ground somewhat fine. Put in some butter and give it a whirl more to make the crumble. Put the pineapple in a suitable ovenproof dish, put the crumble on top and bake for 20-ish minutes at 200°C.

  • Cæcilie Norby, I’ve Been To Town

Serve with whipped cream or creme fraiche.

  • Monique & Bobo Moreno, You’ve Got A Friend
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Wednesday Motorway Music™, February 11 – Travel-impacted

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Yeah, this “regular” feature should have gone out Monday. And I actually was on a motorway Monday morning – in a taxi, driving to the airport. But the driver didn’t have much music on… I had a thought, even if it was early (which is not my best having-a-thought time of day) that I could do a “Monday Airplane Music” – but then, the unthinkable happened: I somehow ended up not listening to music at all on the flight!!

At this point, friends and family may be worried and considering ambulances or at least therapy (for me, not for them). But it was actually more due to the colleague I was travelling with plopping down on the emergency exit row seat next to me (see my CFR posts as to why I was sitting there) which made closing myself out with headphones a bit impolite. And even more so as we actually had some preparation and discussions to do…

The destination was Munich – always a fine city to visit. It was cold – slight frost and a bitter wind. Nevertheless, we did an hour-ish of sightseeing before dinner, including looking puzzled at the renaissance composer monument turned Michael Jackson memorial that’s pictured above. The makeshift memorial – subject to a campaign for a permanent one – is right in front of  Hotel Bayerischer Hof that just recently hosted the Munich security conference. Global politics and a tribute to musical creativity all in one location.

Tush – Joan Jett
Tainted Love (12″) – Soft Cell
Relight My Fire – Take That
Kloden drejer stille rundt – Gasolin’
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Down To The Waterline – Dire Straits
AD1928/Rockin’ the Paradise – Styx

Photo by me.
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Connected.

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In the kitchen
Among pots and pans and with aromas flying
In the traffic
Driving or walking, with cars and lights left and right
In the sofa or the bed
Late at night, in the dark and quiet
When listening to a singer in a theatre
While watching the sun go down through trees
Alone or in a whirlpool of people
Busy or completely still
Whenever, wherever, in spite of and because
The thought of you
Always finds me.

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Cobblestone Cooking Music XII – Classic Danish Beef Soup & Postmodern Jukebox

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All the music today is by Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox. A true phenomenon – that I will sadly have to give a miss when they play in Copenhagen soon… Go look them up on their own site or Youtube – or indeed Spotify, from where they entertain while this bit of cooking is being done.

That said, let’s start off in the blog-administrative end of things. Soup like this is easy combined with writing – not much hands-on time but lots of quiet boily-bubbling time that allows sneaking in front of the computer. Many of the other CCM entries are written on the iPad in the kitchen and just may be edited and receive the finishing touches on a bigger screen.

  • Really Don’t Care

Tbeefcutshen, a question of vocabulary – or butchery. Or both. I have some difficulty figuring out what to call the cut of beef I am going to plop into a pot in a wee while in proper English. Have a look at the illustration here to decide – a Danish cow to the left and a USAian/UKian one on the right. It’s #12 we’re going for…

Actually, what you want is one of the fat-marbled, cheap cuts. And a bunch of bones.

  • Pompeii

Right. Take a big pot (we use one that holds 10 liters). Fill a couple of liters of water in it, bring it to a boil. Meanwhile fill the electric kettle and have that boiling, too. Put the meat and the bones in the pot when it’s at a boil, pour the water from the kettle over. You’ll want the meat and bones just covered. Let it get back to a boil then cut back on the heat. Spend some time skimming the protein gunk that comes form the meat and bones – and be happy that because you started in boiling water, there’ll be less and it’ll be done away with faster. You’ll end up with a clearer soup that way.

  • Careless Whisper (Wham!)
  • Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi)

Peel and cut an onion or two, cut in quarts. A leek or two in chunks – and, likewise, a few carrots, some parsley root and celeriac. Plop the vegetables into the pot and add 8-10-12 black pepper corns as well as some parsley and thyme.

  • Dark Horse

Now, let the whole thing boil – gently! – for about three hours time. If it boils too hard, the meat will get hard as well – but if it just simmers, by the end of it, it’ll be falling to tender juicy pieces all by iself. Mmmmmm…

  • Wiggle

Once the soup’s had enough, just fish out all the major pieces – the meat is the only thing to hold on to, so set that aside and the rest goes in the bin as it has all served its purpose and has no more to offer in this world.

Pass the soup through a colander or a kitchen sieve to clear it up from the pepper and whatever else. This will make several servings so at this point we put some in containers that go in the freezer.

  • All Of Me

For what’s to be eaten now, I’ll take a suitable portion in a smaller pot, add some cubed carrot and let it get back to a quiet boil for 5-10 minutes while seasoning, especially with salt. I usually do not salt the big pot – if some of the soup will be reduced to fond (or stock, if you’re not that francophile) it may easily get too salt.

  • Waterfalls (TLC)

The some of the meat gets cut or plucked into small, mouth-sized bits and pieces and get thrown in along with greem peas. Depending on mood, we may boil some soup pasta and add – today, there’s also fresh baked bread, so that’ll do fine.

Serve in nice bowls and enjoy – with a good, maybe semi-dark beer or a decent red wine.

  • All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor – only, in this version, the singer … actually plays upright bass!)
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Reflection on a Beautiful Winter Morning

 

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Sun on frostclad trees
Winter in silver and pearl
So much cold beauty

(cross-posted from elsewhere)

Photo by me.
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