The linguist in the family

Izabel: Moar, hvad skal vi i morgen?
Mig: Vi skal til farfar’s fødselsdag!
Izabel: Uh, jeg glæder mig til at komme til fa’fa’s sødselsdag!
Matthias: Izabel, det hedder ikke sødselsdag, det hedder fødselsdag!
Izabel: Det er også det jeg siger: sødselsdag!
Matthias: Izabel, det er fø, prøv lige sige det efter mig: fø fø fødselsdag. Ligesom i fest!
Izabel: Sødselsdag!
Matthias: Izabel, ligesom i fuck!
Izabel: Fødselsdag!
Vores søn er den fødte lingvist.

A season for plums

I stumbled upon this recipe – I must make it this weekend. But before I forget where I found it, here’s the link. A wonderful blog of Katie Davies, who is an equally wonderful knitter and photographer.

Brenda’s Plum Cake
(makes 22cm 8½ in square cake)

4 cardamom pods
500g / 17½ oz plums (about 16 medium sized fruits)
150g / 5¼ oz caster sugar
150g / 5¼ oz butter (softened)
3 large eggs (at room temperature)
75g / 2½ oz plain flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
100g / 3½ oz ground almonds
50g / 1¾ oz chopped roast hazelnuts

1)Lightly grease a 22x22cm / 8½ in square cake tin, then line with baking parchment.
2)Pre-heat the oven to 1800C/1600C fan.
3)Crack open the cardamom pods, discard the green shells and grind the black seeds to a fine powder using a mortar and pestle.
4)Remove the stones from plums and cut them into quarters (or halves for smaller plums).
5)Beat the soft butter and sugar together with an electric beater until pale and fluffy.
6)Break the eggs into a small bowl and beat lightly.
7)With the electric mixer set to medium, slowly add the lightly beaten eggs to the creamed butter and sugar, ensuring the eggs are fully incorporated before adding more egg. If you keep your eggs in the fridge, allow them to come to room temperature before combining with the butter/sugar.
8)Sift the flour, baking powder and ground cardamom together.
9)Remove the butter/sugar/egg mix from the electric mixer and fold in the flour mix, by hand, using a large spoon. Do this gently to keep the mixture light and airy.
10)Fold in the ground almonds and chopped hazelnuts, and then spoon the mix into the prepared tin.
11)Place the chopped plums evenly over the top of the cake mixture.
12)Bake for 40-45 mins. The cake is done when it is risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
13)Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack.


First homework


Matthias: “Mor, jeg skal skrive i lektier hvad jeg er bekymret over.”
Mig: “Hm.., at brække dine ben?”
Matthias tænker.
2sekunders pause.
Matthias: “Mor, skriver man børnelokker med 2g-er eller 2k-er?”
Livet i hovedstaden har sine fordele og ulemper…

Matthias: “Mother, I have to write about what worries me.”
Me: “Let me think. perhaps you’re worried about breaking a leg while you’re playing?”
Matthias (after 2 seconds of pondering): “Mother how do you write pedophile, with an a or an e?”
Life in the capital has its advantages and disadvantages.

Mátyás: – Anya, le kel írnom, hogy mi aggaszt.
Én: – Hát írd, hogy attól félsz, hogy játszás közben eltöröd a lábad.
Mátyás gondolkodik. 2 másodperc szünet után:
– Anya, azt, hogy cukrosbácsi, egybeírják, vagy külön?
A nagyvárosi életnek megvannak az előnyei és a hátrányai.