Friday, October 05, 2007

Playing Catch-up


This post is an attempt to tell you about many things all at once. Let's see how it goes, shall we?

First, a very cool gadget, the one you see in the picture up top. It's called a NusCup, and what it is is a.. sort of measuring cup. One that can measure cups (1/2 cup, 1/4 cup etc), tablespoons, milliliters AND ounces. It has a slide thingy that you push back and forth, and thus changing the capacity of the cup. It's extremely cool, and for all of those who like me, enjoy recipes from other countries and don't want to bother with conversions - it's a godsend. A particular nifty thing is that it has a magnet on back, so it can be stuck to the fridge or wherever you want - always within reach! It's made by Dalla Piazza and it'll be in stores all over Sweden soon.


Next, something that sadly probably won't be sold in Sweden. Remember the Food Loop? Well, Fusionbrands have created a bunch of new cool silicon gadgets, including this: the poach pod. This is pretty brilliant! It's the first egg poaching gadget I've tried and actually got to work - and I plan to use it to make things like panna cotta or chocolate fondant as well! Now, I just want to get some more - but there's always Ebay!


I met a lovely lady name Nina a while ago. She runs a company called Ninas Skorpor - skorpor is a Swedish cross between bread and biscuit, some are more traditional, others are, like these, more like cantuccini. So, essentially, they make cantuccini. In many, many delicious flavors! I really liked her saffron variety - brilliant for christmas! Available in gift shops and some gourmet food stores, you can e-mail them for the nearest retailer. Just in Sweden though!


Chocolate! Can't have a whole post without them, can I? This was a gift from some visitors from Waalre in Holland, and apparently it's locally produced. Great stuff!

jelly belly jelly beans

As much as I like chocolate, I was almost more excited to see a display of Jelly Belly pick & mix at English Shop a few weeks ago! Jelly Belly is not sold here, but sometimes available in tiny, expensive packets. Here, it was a fairly big display with.. oh, at least fifteen flavors. Yum! The sour ones are probably my favorite, but I also chose Strawberry Cheesecake, Juicy Pear, Vanilla, Watermelon and Very Cherry.


A sandwich from my new favorite café - Vurma! I absolutely love it - they have two locations, soon to be three, but I've only been to one of them. They have their own bakery, and bake wonderful sourdough bread and lots of cookies and buns. Their cardamom buns are to die for! The sandwiches have funny names - mine was a Ragata (meaning.. um.. a bitch, basically) and my friend Pia had a Rugguggla (which is pretty hard to translate - but it's not a very endearing term). Most of all, they're very yummy and I can't wait to go back. They make good coffee, too, and the only drawback is that it seems to be very popular with the pram-crowd, so it can be a bit crowded at times. Oh well, it's worth it!


Bokomaten.. said...

I definately whant the measurecup! How wonderful not having to run around looking the the exact cup that´s always missing when you need it..

Pille said...

I'm really, really fond of sour Jelly Belly thingies too. Too bad they're not available here:(

Henrik Lans said...

The Jelly Belly beans are available (sadly mixed bags only, but decently priced; I believe SEK 29.90 for 100g) at Daglivs, Fridhemsplan. Luckily, there are several stores in Oslo with pick-n-mix stands so I can get my Watermelon and Licquorice fills. :-)

Pia K said...

Oh I want to try the Jelly Belly Beans, thanks for the tip where to find them!

Greetings from the Moulting bird a k a Ruggugglan:)

Dagmar said...

The measuring cup looks great and it would be really useful, it was nice to finally see it.

Anonymous said...

I'm stunned. Waalre!? Do you know how small Waalre is? The probability of a stranger randomly reading your blog, yet having actually LIVED in Waalre is astronomically small. But I did. I lived in the Willibrorduslaan 81 for a year or two in the 80's.
Send your friends my way - I'd love to hear how it's changed in 20 years.

Jeanne said...

Yes please - I want that measuring cup thingy!! It would be so lovely not to have to worry abotu the fact that half my recipes are in metric and the rest aren't :)