Blood of the Earth

Blood of the Earth by Faith HunterI read Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series as it has been coming out – it tend to just be great action packed urban fantasy, so then she had a second urban fantasy series in the same universe coming out, I of course had to check it out. And I was not disappointed – in some ways this is a more meaty story than the Yellowrock books.

This is a spin of series and I am sure it makes most sense as such. However the books can be read without having read the Yellowrock series.

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Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

I don’t often read whole single author collections in one go. Actually I rarely finish them.  Minatures was an exception. I had a stressful job interview and had on a whim picked up Minatures by Scalzi as it was cheap and I had enjoyed his work in the past. I read most of the collection on the day of the interview, reading one story after another – keeping me laughing and smiling though the day up to the interview.

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To the Sky Kingdom

To the Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi Gong ZiI have not abandoned this blog, I have just been busy with other things for a while – and I have read mostly short fiction, which I find hard to review. If you are interested in food, history, fashion or any combination of those, please check out my new blog Postej & Stew.

To the Sky Kingdom is the first book in a long time, that I have felt compelled to review. It is a Chinese book that I read in translation and it is the first Chinese book I read. The story is very much set in the land of myth. It is one of the most confusing and romantic stories I have read for a long time.

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New blog: Food & History

I have moved my blogging on food, history and food history to a new blog, because it didn’t really belong here. For now I keep the recipes up but I think I will remove them from the menu. You can however find all of them over at my new site – which is much more suited for food and recipes. And those of you who are not interested in my random thoughts on medieval meat pies will get rid of that as well. Please check out

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What is a “Postej” or “pye”?

dsc_0643I use the Danish word postej to describe this dish but in the English medieval literature they are tend to be called “pye”. What we today would call a pie. Sometimes they are also called a Pâté.

A postej is meat, fish or fruit dish that is inside a container of dough, what in the English medieval kitchen would be called a “coffin” of dough. It was baked in the oven or in a postej-oven which is pretty much a Dutch oven. The dough can be edible or inedible as you please. The postejs I have baked so fare are baked with an edible dough – because anything else seems wasteful to me. Continue reading What is a “Postej” or “pye”?

Pork and chicken postej (meat pie)

dsc_0640My sister visited my parents’ summer house this week with her new baby and I of course had to come as well. On Tuesday a lot of the family came to visit so we were eight grownups for dinner and a three weeks old baby (who is adorable). I offered to cook for everyone because hey test subjects!

I had had my eyes on trying out more postej* recipes. After looking in my recipes books and my time frame I set my eyes on a pork and chicken postej from “Middelaldermad” by by Bi Skaarup & Henrik Jacobsen – which is a 1300’s recipe. I also decided to make my game pie as it uses the same crust doughs – and I had made it before and it was good. This time I made it with beef and more grapes which worked really well. Continue reading Pork and chicken postej (meat pie)