Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
When the SIL heard I was going to a Christmas market, she asked me to buy reindeer sausage. I didn't actually make it to the Christmas market in Gamla Stan (Old City), but there were some stalls at Centralstationen. I ended up buying one of each of the specialty sausages, namely bear, deer, moose, reindeer and wild boar.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Commuter cards with a photo of the crown princess and her prince were released around the time of the royal wedding last year. They supposedly sold out quickly, but I somehow got this when I purchased a new card at KS Solna a few weeks ago.
As The Big Niece and I waited at a dimly lit bus stop on Saturday evening, I showed her the card and figured we were going to talk princesses since she's at that age. Instead, she cut me off and declared "That's just Farmor!"
[Farmor means father's/paternal grandmother.]
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
We took the test in batches of 6, but to safeguard against cheating, we all had to come in at 0800 and then remain in the classroom until we were done. They supplied us with sandwiches and beverages in the meantime.
My start time was 1030, but got pushed back to 1045. I slept last night and didn't get much studying in, but I managed to skim through the examinations, interpretations and procedures sections of the OSCE book while waiting. At some point, I looked out the window and spotted a helicopter hovering for quite a while (yes, that's the speck encircled in the photo).
At the start of the OSCE, I was really terrified, but I got calmer with each station. May have been too calm by the 6th and last station actually.
Thought "Oh, crap!" the two times I entered a room/station to find that the examiner would be one of our regular teachers. Most lecturers pop into our lives for one or two lectures. The regulars, on the other hand, know your name and the course objectives. I really didn't want to make a fool of myself, but I need not have worried as they were quite supportive.
Anyway, I thought you would be done for the moment you gave a wrong answer, but that wasn't the case and it turned out to be a valuable learning experience. Had also expected it to be procedure-heavy and had been stressing out about that, but all the stations involved diagnosis and treatment recommendations instead.
After we were done, we received a cinnamon roll and a hot beverage.
A few hours later, I received an e-mail from the course secretary informing me that I'd passed. I'm so relieved to have that behind me and so grateful for the people that believe in me especially when I struggle with believing in myself.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tomorrow is OSCE day. I know now that OSCE stands for Objective Structured Clinical Examination. The thing is when I hear OSCE, it could just as well be "åske/åska". Åska is Swedish for thunder (or thunderstorm). That gets me thinking things should go fast, fast, fast --- lightning speed! And when you screw up, that's when the ominous thunderclap comes in. Do you get where I'm going with this?
I think I need to relax and breathe...and sleep, sleep would be good.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
A cake recipe inspired me to make these lemon cupcakes with blueberry frosting. When I tasted the frosting, which is cream cheese-based, I automatically thought blueberry cheesecake, so that's now on my to-make list.
The frosting turned out pretty dark since I'd decided to make a smaller batch and adjusted the ingredients accordingly, but somehow managed to forget that when it was time to add the blueberries.
Added the sprinkles for decoration, but I actually think it looks better without so you can see the swirl better.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Toast with caviar & sour cream and butter & fig marmelade for lunch.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Nope, it's not what's in the picture. Had baked chicken which was marinated in honey, lemon juice and mustard. I was already halfway through my meal before I realized that I'd forgotten to take a photo. Oopsy!
Made a snap decision to bake a brownie for dessert because...well, it's friday? :p
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Vegetarian chili...good stuff or maybe I was just really hungry because it was my first meal for the day. First class was at 1 PM, so I slept late and set my alarm for 11 AM and ended up having to rush to school and skip breakfast and lunch.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
While they did resemble meatballs, those were actually red velvet cake balls pre-candy-melt-dipping.
The red velvet cake wasn't very red at all though since I refused to heap on the food coloring.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Used to come across recipes that required buttermilk, but could never find any in The Philippines or in Sweden. Ergo, when I spotted it in the store a few days ago, I just had to buy a bottle.
First up, buttermilk pancakes. While there is a difference in taste and texture compared to the non-buttermilk variety, I can't really say that one is better than the other.
Next up, onion rings or buttermilk biscuits.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Have never really been a big Hello Kitty fan because I prefer smartmouthed characters and...well...Hello Kitty doesn't even have a mouth. :p
And yet, these Crocs were just too cute and well-executed to resist, so I finally ordered them when they went on sale.
As for the soda, I spotted it in a small store a few days ago and just had to give it a try. It's raspberry-flavored and tasted perfectly okay.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Encountered minor disasters while making the cake yesterday, but I persevered because I didn't have the heart to let myself down. :p
Thank you to everyone who greeted me! Muchos thankies to the Brother, the SIL, The Big Niece and The Little Niece for the prezzies!