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)

12 more urban fantasy books that I recommend

urbanfantasySome of you might have noticed that I like urban fantasy, like a lot. My list 25 Urban Fantasy Books that I recommend is one of my most visited posts, so I thought I would expand on it with the books I read since 2013, that I really liked. I have also read some of the authors that I was revommened in the comments of the other list – thank you for those. And if anyone want to recommend me some more, please feel free to leave a comment.

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Pebernødder (peppernuts)

301108-julekagebagedag-015Pebernødder is the perfect Christmas cookie to make with children as they are very easy and the shaping works very well with small grabby hands. I know one of my friends had her two year old “help” when making a batch a few years ago.

The cookies are probably one of the most made Danish Christmas cookies, because they are so easy and because the ones you buy tend to be really borring. I have this recipe from my mother, but I don’t know where she has it from – it could be from her family or from a magazine.

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Crux

24968626I just finished reading the second book in Ramez Naam’s series Nexus, and it has been months since I have read anything that captivated me in the same way.

The first book was really excellent, but I got distracted by other books, so I didn’t read the second one right away. Somehow it has been two years since I read the first one but I don’t think it will take me two years to get to the last book.

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