There is something so wonderful about this time of year — even though everyone is busy with programs, parties, and dozens of other activities, there’s this driving desire to connect with friends we haven’t seen for a long time. “Stop by for tea!”
Some times the simplest things go unnoticed, fly under the radar. Just think how pleasant a chair beside a lake is, or the smell of autumn leaves, or the sight of winter’s first snowflake. Pulled pork is so easy that it’s hard to find a recipe in any cookbook.
Unanticipated. Surprising. Unexpected. Wow! And then there are the enthusiastic praises of my favourite son. And sadly, no leftovers.
This has been “one of those weeks”. Too much going on. Not enough getting done. Too little energy. Not nearly enough sleep. And no groceries in the refrigerator because I don’t have time to shop. Am I alone in this situation???
It seems like every child in Sweden is capable of making kladdkaka on their own by age 8. Kids grow up helping Mom and Grandma bake this wonderful and simple treat. In fact, most people I know have made kladdkaka so many times that they don’t even need to measure the ingredients.
I don’t like doughnuts or pastries. Even the smell can turn my stomach. Strange? Of course I am! But I can point to a cold and rainy day in the summer of 1970 as we were driving through the Danish countryside. We stopped at a bakery for cocoa and a treat, and the warm, sweet, suffocating smell of pasteries overwhelmed me. End of story.
This is the time of year when we entertain more often than usual. It is always a challenge to figure out what to serve for brunch that will please kids, adults, and seniors – and not wear out the cook. Try this pizza! It’s easy, special, pretty, satisfying, and oh so yummy!