Thursday, 16 June 2011

christmas in june part II

As I told you earlier today, in my home it is indeed Christmas in June and I'm so lovin' it! I had ordered books for my hubby and me: one about the Vikings for him and Jane Austen for me (I know, it's a male-female thing). I have never read Northanger Abbey and it was beginning to bother me. Hubby has been going back to our Nordic roots; suddenly he's very interested in the history of the Vikings and their settlements. He's been telling me all kinds of wonderful old stories over the morning coffee so I simply need some Austen to balance out all that testosterone!

But the postman brought something else, a surprise from my friend (Cafe)Sigrun. She gave me a cookbook, Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, and I've been drooling all over its pages all day. I'm so making quesadillas this weekend. The book contains 120 vegetarian recipes and they are so appealing and yummy. On the back cover it says: "Yotam's food inspiration comes from his strong Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients." Could one ask for more? Sigrun also gave me a novel called Toast by Nigel Slater, an "award-winning story of a childhood remembered through food." I'll read that one when I'm done with Austen.

Have a fabulous day everyone!

photo credit: Lisa Hjalt


  1. I need to order some books- I have some in my Amazon shopping cart- have a fun day.

  2. this is a marvelous book pile! i`ve written some of these books on my to buy list. i have allways loved Viking stories, by the way. since i was a kid and i had no idea i`ll grow up to move to Norway ; )

  3. I just LOVE cookbooks! Even if I am not going to make anything I love just flipping through them. Foodoholic me? Donno what you are talking about..?


  4. Lisa, I'm a little (more) envious here. I haven't read Northanger Abbey yet and I love Jane Austen. 120 vegetarian recipes? I need that cookbook. My next online stop: Amazon. Have a beautiful evening! xoxo

  5. Maybe you have the same weakness as me - I love cookbooks and always wish a new cook book for present ;o))
    That book looks very nice ;o) Looking forward to hear if the recipes turns out good ;o)

  6. Books through the post are one of my favourite things! Great choice of books too! Yotam Ottolenghi has a bistro/cafe type thing here in London that I practically live at, I have been dying to get his cookbook! Recipe review?

  7. All of these sound amazing! Ok, except maybe the Viking one - not my taste..but good for him!

    That cookbook looks wonderful - I love looking through new cookbooks and drooling over the photos :)

  8. Northanger Abbey is a lovely selection, but I'm intrigued by The Vikings. My family found some information of our surname being a Norse Viking clan name. I may have to add that book to my ever-growing wishlist.


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