Blogging from the summer house where my father is taking a break from his work, which means that I can use his computer and internet… My sister has bought a “mobile internet connection”* so we will be able to use our own computers next week, instead of fighting for my father’s 3G-card connection.
Everything is great in Sweden, except that O is not here – but he arrives on the 11th July. Before that I am going to Strasbourg for my friend P No 1’s wedding (civil ceremony on Friday, religious wedding on Saturday), visit my grandmother and aunt in the old summer house, and celebrate my father’s 60th birthday (shhh, he doesn’t want us to really mention it) and my own birthday…
The sun has been shining, it has been 25-30 degrees every day and I swam in the Baltic on Monday – it was 21 degrees! A Dutch friend and her boyfriend came on Monday and we had a very nice time catching up before they headed to Gotland – fortunately they had already booked their hotel because this is probably THE busiest week on that island (all the politicians and organisations in Sweden meet every year in Visby for debates and conferences).
And before I forget, the Wednesday recipe (the etiquette question will have to take a summer break): my father and I went to a small village nearby to check a flea market. It was quite a disappointment but we visited a farm with storks where they sold fresh vegetables. We decided to buy cauliflower even if we suspected that we would be the only ones to eat it… Fortunately my brother’s girlfriend also likes cauliflower!
Cauliflower in vinaigrette
– a small cauliflower head
– white wine vinegar
– olive oil
– French Dijon mustard
– salt & pepper
Put the trimmed (the green parts) cauliflower head upside down in a bowl with water and a few drops of vinegar. Check it after 15-30 minutes to see if there are any worms or insects… Boil the cauliflower (head up!) in water and some salt until the consistency you like – we forgot to check on it and it became a little too soft.
While the cauliflower is boiling, mix the olive oil, vinegar and French mustard together for a simple vinaigrette. When the cauliflower is ready, drain the water and pour the vinaigrette on top.
Serve with a side salad or as a side to grilled fish.
*) If anybody else is interested in how to get a cheap internet connection to the summer house without a landline, I will let you know as soon as I know more about the details 😉