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This will be the last post in English - at least for a while. It is rather time consuming to write the posts in both English and Danish, and as the Danish have the most viewings I will continue there.
It has been great practice writing in English. I read a lot of English books, but my active vocabulary needed to improve.
Should you be interested in my Danish blog, and if Google translate doesn't make sense you are welcome to comment on the Danish blog and I will try to be of help.

Dish Cloth 71

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Cast on 60 stitches and knit 6 rows and then pattern. Remember to start and end all rows with 3 k. When the cloth has the desired length you knit 6 rows and bind off.

Pattern:

1.row: 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k 2.row: 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p 3.row: 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k 4.row: 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p 5.row: 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 6.row: 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 7.row: 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k 8.row: 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p 9.row: 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k 10.row: 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p
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A Kind of Butter Chicken

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2 chicken breasts (diced)
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
100 g Buko Chili cream cheese
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garam masala
1 dl yoghurt naturel
1 can  chopped  tomatoes
 4 tbsp butter

Chop the onion and press the garlic and put it in the slow cooker together with the spices, cream cheese and yoghurt. Mix well and put the diced chicken breast in the cooker too. Stir and then pour the tomatos in the cooker too. Mix well and distribute the butter on top.  Cook at MEDIUM for 7 hours.

Serve with rice and a baked apple.


Death at the Seaside - Frances Brody

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Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody

The book is the eight in the series: A Kate Shackleton Mystery

I have previously blogged about the seventh in the series: A Death in the Dales

In this novel  Kate has traveled to a little coastal village for a vacation and also to visit an old school mate (Alma) and her daughter (Felicity) who is  Kate's god-daughter. Kate wants to buy a present for her goddaughter and visits the local jeweler ( Jack Philips) and finds him dead in the back room. At the same time Felicity disappears, so there is a lot for Kate Shackleton to solve with the help of her two assistants - Mrs. Sugden and Jim Sykes.
A cosy murder mystery set in England in the 1920s.

Quince -and Paradise Apple Jelly

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Now the last quinces have been picked and together with paradise apples made into jelly.
Wash the quinces and cut in smaller bits. Remove stem and blossom ends and discard. Do the same with the paradise apples and cut them in halves.
Put it in a pot and add water. Don't cover the fruit in water - only about ¾ of the fruit.
Cook until tender (½-1 hour) - put it in a jelly straining bag and let strain till the next day.  Measure the juice and add sugar in the ratio  1 liter juice: 800 gram sugar.
Cook for 10-20 minutes. Make the jelly test a couple of times, and when it is fine, remove from heat and add Atamon and put it in clean glass jars.

Jelly test:

Place a tsp hot jelly on a plate and cool (freezer 1 minute). If the surface wrinkles when you drag your finger through the middle of the  jelly, and if it the two edges you make when you drag your finger through the jelly doesn't run together - it is fine. If not continue cooking and repeat the test every few minutes. If you co…

Raspberries?

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Due to the drought i don't think there will be any raspberries this year.  They started but the flowers withered, so this is their second try, but I don't think they will get ripe before it gets too cold.
I still had two portions in the freezer, so this will have to be this years production of raspberry jam.

Recipe::
raspberries
sugar
atamon
Add sugar to the raspberries – 400 gram pr. kilo raspberries. Cook for about. 10 minutes. Drain some of the juice ( see blackberry jam), cook and add atamon and bottle it. Add atamon to the jam as well and pour the jam in cleaned glass jars.

This Years Harvest of Heartnuts

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This years harvest of heartnuts and the last bunches of grapes.

The heartnuts are a bit cumbersome to harvest, because you have to scrub them thoroughly with eg.  a nailbrush before spreading them out to dry. First of course you have to remove the green peel. It is absolutely necessary to wear rubber gloves because else the peel and the black fibers on the nuts  will color your hands very much. When they are clean and dry they should be able to last very long. This is due to a thick nutshell (which makes them hard to crack) and a high content of antioxidants. I doubt we will be able to test that - my guess is that we will have eaten them long before - they taste well!

The grapes have enjoyed the warm summer and produced bunches. Now it s the last ones. The little green grapes are self-sown and allowed to remain in the greenhouse. We have only ever had one vine with blue grapes, but seed propagation obviously doesn't always make identical species.

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A Frightfully English Execution - Shamini Flint

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A Frightfully English Execution by Shamini Flint

Unfortunately I have now reached the preliminary last novel in the Inspector Singh series.
This time Inspector Singh is sent to  England to participate in a Commonwealth conference about policing in London. They have to look into a 5 year old murder case. Not to solve it but to see if policing in a multicultural society could have been conducted in a better way. Singh thinks it a waste of time and worse - his wife is joining him.
Singh finds it hard to keep to the concept and is soon involved in solving several murders and unraveling a terrorist cell.
As always a pleasant reunion with the plump Sikh and his wife. Hopefully there will be more books in the series. This one is from 2016.

In the series provisionally issued:

A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder - Inspector Singh Investigates 1
A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul - Inspector Singh Investigates 2
The Singapore School of Villainy - Inspector Singh Investigates 3
A Deadly Cambodian Crime S…

Blackthorn Schnapps

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There are many "plums" on the blackthorn or sloe tree (Prunus spinosa) this year.
The sloe berries are very tart, but that changes when the first autumn frost sets in.That hasn't happened yet, but a trip in the freezer works as well.
When frozen they are put in a glass jar and doused in vodka. Steep for a couple of months before filtering, and then the schnapps has to be stored a couple of years before drinking it.

The sloe and the paradise apple schnapps soaking in vodka on my windowsill: 😏🍸


Ecluses d'Amfreville

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When we stayed at  Camping St Paul in Lyons-la-Foret we drove to see the locks: Ecluses d'Amfreville.
There are two locks, a dam and a power station.


The locks were built in 1887 on the right side of the Seine.
One lock is  220 meters long and 17 meters wide. The other is 141 meters long and 12 meters wide, so they are rather big.


The locks are the last ones before the sea. They are situated 163 km from the sea and 202 km from Paris.
The locks takes about. 40 ships a day  - 15000 a year. They are  open 24 /24 with the exception of 6 Holidays.



There is also a 235 meter long dam with 6 openings  and a power station. The power station was built in 1991  - 8000 kW.

There is a pedestrian / cycle bridge crossing the Seine with the finest view to the locks, dam and power station and up and down the Seine.