Thursday, June 12, 2008

The usual suspects 2

You know them. You have met them before. And coincidently, they are always around where something is going on. They stay to one side, look pleasant and rather innocent, but you KNOW, you KNOW who to blame in the end. The CSI dept, once again lines up the usual suspects.

The usual suspects were seen recently at

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Thanks to Eeehmsen, we kept our blood sugar high at IMADA this afternoon. He treated the Semi-Academic Cake Club with home-made fastelavnsboller. The sort of traditional sweet cakes that Danes eat around start February when celebrating Fastelavn.

Image courtesy: Wiki commons

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Visiting Odense

After a weekend of eating lots of cake (yes, I mean lots, but I also went running 10km yesterday to make up for (some of) it), I am now in Odense, visiting Lene for a few days. Quite a homely feeling to greet everyone at the Department of Mathematics and Computer science again, but rather strange to sit in the office of Edmund. They only just removed the last books from the shelves last Friday, and the dust is still firmly settled on the shelves ... and Wednesday there will be cake in the semi-academic cake club as usual.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Skivlaai vs Sportskage

Today is Karins birthday (congratulations!) an as it is custom in our department, she brought cake to share with her colleagues at tea time. I must say the delicious skivlaai, though worlds apart in filling and shape, made me think of the fantastic Sportskage from Konditori La Glace in Copenhagen. The only resemblance is the name that makes you think of sport rather than of the very unsporty, heavy, non-diet, and extremely delicious filling in the cake.

Photo courtesy: La Glace

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007


I thought today should be a balansdag, eating healthy to make up for all the christmas goodies I have had recently, but this morning the coffeetable at work was filled up with kruidnoten, speculaasbrokken, gevulde speculaas and chocolate-covered marzipan. All because it is the 5th of December, the biggest December festivity in Holland: Sinterklaas.

Illustration courtesy: Sinterklaas at

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007


There is a traditional Dutch type of cake or cookie called Speculaas. It is usually served and eaten by old and young around the festivities of Sinterklaas (Dec 5th). However, the supermarkets start promoting and selling speculaas along with all of the traditional Sinterklaas and christmas candy already now - in September!
I understand that Sinterklaas is earlier than christmas, and the real enthusiasts would like to start preparations and celebrations early, but three months of eating Speculaas???

Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Mourning Dr. Oetker

Sarah sent me an online newspaper article about the sad news of today: Dr. Oetker has passed away. We know him and love him for his baking powder, sugar toppings, christmas recipes and more. Thank you Dr. Oetker for all the joy and lovely bakery you have given to this world. Your memory lives on.

Illustration courtesy: Die ganze Welt is aus Papier

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