…birthday week has turned into birthday month and it’s nearly December! At this point I will just try to choose a few moments to highlight and summarize the month of November.
Erin and Melissa took me out for birthday lunch at Marvin, featuring “classic English suet pies” and wonderful crispy Mac and Cheese bites. We tried 3 versions of the pie: traditional beef, curried chicken, and goat cheese w/ beets. We all thought they were fantastic! That’s where to go for comfort food.
Carole hosted Lussekatter saffron buns fika at her house especially for Spanish speakers, so I met a couple of newcomers to the International Club and brushed up on my Spanish a bit. Carole is perfecting this recipe, and I’m happy to help. This batch turned out great! And we made chokladbollar as well, a no-bake recipe that will be really easy with the Thermomix.
One weekend I joined Carole and another American, Andrea, for a tour of Malmö offered by one of her colleagues who works for the City of Malmö. She told us many interesting stories about her neighborhood, Rörsjöstaden. Unfortunately I forgot most of the details and cannot find the notes I made, so I’ve linked to another blog post which describes a similar tour. But you can see in one photo I marked the apartment where we once had dinner with MN friends who live there! Apparently it is a notorious building due to the rust finish which made it the “ugliest building in Sweden”. I quite like it and don’t think it sticks out in a bad way. I can say that the space inside is really nice. It’s a small world, considering that 350,000 people live in Malmö and we’ve been in that building! It was great having an actual Swedish person show us around. She had even booked brunch for us afterward so we could chat and warm up.
Last weekend we visited Malmö’s transportation/ shipping museum (with Bry and Noicelings!) which was better than I expected and had a bit of everything. I enjoyed the stuff about Lund and the natural history exhibits in particular. Also the bit about ferries, which included Bornholm!
The Lighting of the Tree Ceremony in Lund was on Friday afternoon, with a couple of different choirs providing music. Then, after a super long speech, the lights went on with no countdown! It’s such a crowded event that we didn’t stay long and instead made our way to our first Jul market of the season at Kulturen. We were lucky to have a relatively warm evening.
November was so busy this post doesn’t cover it, but now we’re on to the next month. Bryant will soon be posting about his work trip to India and I’ll share about hosting fika with our new kitchen island complete!