IKEA Hacking: Brimnes Headboard

posted on 19th August 2014 under Blog, Interior

I was looking for a headboard with storage possibilities to maximise and utilise the space we have in our bedroom. Scouring the local interior stores here in Bergen, I finally found it in IKEA. It was the Brimnes headboard and we bought it without further ruminations. Once we got home, assembled it and placed it in our bedroom, I realised it was jarringly plain even to a minimalist such as yours truly. I had to do something about it and my husband decided to leave me to my own devices. He trusts my design instincts to say the least.

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The Brimnes headboard.

So, I started by doing some research and found this lovely hack from Currystrumpet. It was beautifully done and I was totally inspired. Still, I wanted to do it differently and the idea of hanging a wallpaper was intimidating since I haven’t done it before. Call it coincidence, but one day while we were clearing our storage room, I managed to find those slatted bed base from our old bed and a lightbulb just flickered in my head.

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The wooden slats from the bed base.

The wooden slats were just on the right size especially the length. With just a few screws, a drill, a pair of scissors and pliers, I transformed this plain and cold Brimnes headboard into something warm and organic.

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Voila! The finish product!

Road Trip

posted on 10th August 2014 under Blog, Personal, Travel

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It’s quite funny, Odd and I have been together for almost nine years, but this is my first time taking a road trip with him. To be honest, I have this certain aversion to long trips. I don’t really care about the journey, but I’m all for reaching the destination in the least amount of time. It’s not that I have this motion sickness, which could be easily remedied with some pills, it’s the fact that patience is not one of my virtues.

We were invited to attend a family gathering held in a farm in Hønefoss where Odd’s grandmother(mother side) was from. I took a chance and said yes to my husband when he proposed to take a nine- to ten-hour drive to Fredrikstad first (my in-laws home city) in lieu to an hour plane ride, which we normally take when we visit them.

I’m glad I said yes.

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Descending from Hardangervidda, Europe’s biggest mountain plateau.

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Early morning view from my lovely in-laws’ home.

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An old stabbur or a granary where they used to keep food from pests. Now, it serves as a museum in the farm.

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Inside the stabbur. The interior was preserved well.

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Sheep!

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Guests doing the polonese or polonaise.

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My darling husband, Odd.

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Working it!

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Odd and I.

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Concentrate much.

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The scenery is serving me some Twilight Saga realness.

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I’m definitely not in Kansas.

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Mountains undulating like waves.

It was fun and the weird thing was for once I never had this motion sickness in the duration of our travel. As we drove to and fro Norway’s east coast the scenery was visually appealing with lush forests, rolling mountains, mystical fjords and vast fields tantalising every sense of my being.

Behind The Kitchen Curtain 01: Salmon Escabeche

posted on 30th July 2014 under Blog, Food

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I love to cook and my Instagram account is littered with photos of food I made. I usually get asked for recipes and was planning to compile everything in a digital booklet of sorts. Since I’m blogging again, I decided to collate the recipes I learned or created here in my blog. I will call the series as Behind The Kitchen Curtain.

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Salmon Escabeche

Escabeche according to Wikipedia is the name for a number of dishes in Mediterranean and Latin American cuisines which can refer to a dish of either poached or fried fish (escabeche of chicken, rabbit or pork is common in Spain) marinated in an acidic mixture before serving, the marinade, or a marinated salad of various vegetables.

I remember having escabeche, growing up in the tropical islands of the Philippines and also a former Spanish colony. I usually watch my grandmother or the maids preparing this dish out of curiosity and being one of my favourite dishes down there. The spicy and tangy marinade just titillate my tastebuds!

Note: When it comes to cooking I mostly rely on intuition, olfaction and my tastebuds, rarely on measurements (unless if it’s baking). I suggest you do the same, because food is always about the taste and taste is subjective. Make this recipe as your own. You’re welcome!

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets or any type of fish will do
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Apple cider vinegar or just plain vinegar
Soya sauce
1 large piece of ginger julienned
2 large carrots julienned
4 cloves of garlic crushed
1 large red paprika julienned
1 red onion julienned
1 bundle of scallion chopped
Brown sugar
1 cup of water
1 tbs. cornstarch

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

2. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper then drizzle it with olive oil before baking it in the oven for like 10 minutes. Make sure the fish is not overcooked. Set aside on a serving plate.

3. In a frying pan on relatively high heat, sauté garlic, onion, ginger, carrots and paprika with the olive oil.

4. Add water, vinegar and soy sauce followed with salt, pepper and brown sugar to taste. Just control the amount according to your taste. Bring it to boil.

5. Dissolve the cornstarch in a half-cup of cold water and add it in the pan. The cornstarch thickens the sauce or the marinade. Lower the heat and let it simmer for like 5 minutes.

6. Pour the marinade over the fish and serve!

I hope you guys like this recipe. That’s all!