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Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« on: February 26, 2006, 08:41:48 AM »
In the short time that I have been here, you all have become like family to me.  I really enjoy my time that I spend here, chatting, teasing, joking, etc.

I thought it would be nice to have a thread, where we can just ramble on about whatever is on our mind.  Just as if we were sitting around a table having a cup of coffee or tea, having a nice chat.

So pull up a chair, sit a spel, and lets chat!

Hmm now what to start with!

Well as you know we have just moved to Sweden.  And recently got our own apartment, which is still not fully furnished.  Today I am going with a friend of mine to a home decor/jewelry/wedding/party exhibition show, today.

I am hoping to get more ideas of what I would like to get, and hopefully find an inexpensive microwave.

You know there are just so many things that are difficult to reheat on the stove without burning it. A microwave would be very beneficial!

Now if I get one today, the real trick will be getting it home!  lol  I am going to bring my wheeled bag, but I don't think it will fit!  hehehe  Maybe I could balance it on my head!

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2006, 11:29:15 AM »
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I thought it would be nice to have a thread, where we can just ramble on about whatever is on our mind.  Just as if we were sitting around a table having a cup of coffee or tea, having a nice chat.
There was I in thinking that s what you were doing  :tease:
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Today I am going with a friend of mine to a home decor/jewelry/wedding/party exhibition show, today.
Hmmmm when we go to IKEA we do not hide the fact we tell every one where we go  :hysterical:
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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2006, 12:56:44 PM »
IKEA? 


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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2006, 02:07:06 PM »
Corrine,
IKEA

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2006, 04:52:19 PM »
They put in an IKEA, which is huge, right across from another huge complex, the Mall of America, here in Minnesota.  Been to the "mega mall," as we call it, numerous times, but haven't ventured into IKEA yet.
But I hear they have supervised play area for kids and a Swedish Food Market in it as well.
Given the number of swedes in this state...I bet they do well in that part of their restaurant.

So, Skittle, did ya find a microwave and get it lugged home?  I can't imagine living w/o a microwave...gotta have something for a kettle corn fix from time to time.  :lol:

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2006, 05:13:58 PM »
Corrine?  What??? You don't know what IKEA is??? Oh my goodness!!!  You cannot say you have "lived" until you have step foot in an IKEA store!  And you MUST taste the swedish meatballs with potatoes and lingonberries!

They have very very nice stuff.  And very inexpensive!

Well we just got home and we had a great time.  My husband was wrong....he mistaken Food for Jewelry!  ROFL  He said it was Wedding, Home Decor and Jewelry exhibition show.  No jewelry....but lots of food and free samples!  woohoooooooo

Me and my best friend were eating something and she suddenly realized that she bit off the tip of her plastic fork and ate it!   :hysterical:  Oh we laughed sooo hard.  I am sure that everyone thought we spend our entire day at the Wine Testing area!  lol

We didn't find any microwaves tho.  They had just about every other small kitchen appliance including large appliances such as stoves and refrigerators, etc, but not one microwave!  lol  So we will have to wait another day for that!


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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2006, 05:19:53 PM »
Hey!  I forgot to mention....did you all see that Sweden won GOLD in the Olympics Hockey???

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2006, 08:10:49 PM »
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You cannot say you have "lived" until you have step foot in an IKEA store!
That means I have not lived yet as as I can say in all honestly in all the years we been shopping at IKEA i have never stepped foot in there  :hysterical:
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lots of food and free samples!  woohoooooooo
Me and my best friend were eating something and she suddenly realized that she bit off the tip of her plastic fork and ate it!     Oh we laughed sooo hard.
I glad I not have to eat at yours if the food tastes of plastic  :tease:

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2006, 07:30:45 AM »
Anyone care for a cup of tea or coffee?  Milk or sugar?

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2006, 09:17:59 AM »
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But I hear they have supervised play area for kids and a Swedish Food Market in it as well.
 

While my mother was alive, my parents used to spend the winters on Mallorca (Spanish island in the Mediterranian) and every time they became homesick, they went to the capital on the island and ate "meatballs" on IKEA´s restaurant.

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2006, 12:06:47 PM »
Thanks, GR@PH;<'S.  There's no IKEA anywhere close to my neck of the woods.  In fact, there aren't all that many in the U.S..

Watched the hockey game -- at least as it was rebroadcast in our timezone.  The next Winter Olympics will be back on this side of the pond, albeit the west coast, in Vancouver


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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2006, 12:57:44 PM »
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And you MUST taste the swedish meatballs with potatoes and lingonberries!

Do they also have lutefisk and gloog???    :shock:

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2006, 01:20:04 PM »
I don't recall.

I don't eat fisk (fish), so I wouldn't have noticed it...hehehe.  And I don't think I have seen gloog there.  Altho they do serve Pripps beer, on the fountain, where you can fill up your own glass with whatever you want to drink.

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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2006, 01:50:37 PM »
I think if people know how lutefisk is made, they probably wouldn't order it anyway..

Preparation
Lutefisk is made from air-dried whitefish (normally cod), prepared with lye, in a sequence of particular treatments. The first treatment is to soak the stockfish in cold water for five to six days (changed daily). The saturated stockfish is then soaked in an unchanged solution of cold water and lye for an additional two days. The fish will swell during this soaking, regaining a size even bigger than the original (undried) fish, but the protein content paradoxically decreases by more than 50 percent, causing its famous jelly-like consistency. When this treatment is finished, the fish is full of lye, has a pH value of 11-12 and is poisonous. To make the fish edible, a final treatment of yet another four to six days (and nights) of soaking in cold water (also changed daily) is needed. Eventually, the lutefisk is ready to be used for cooking.
Eating
In Scandinavia, the "season" for lutefisk starts early in November and is typically served throughout Christmas. Lutefisk is also very popular in Scandinavian-American areas of the United States, such as Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Lutefisk is usually served with a variety of side dishes, including, but not limited to, bacon, green pea stew, potatoes, meatballs, gravy, mashed rutabaga, white sauce, syrup, geitost (goat cheese) or "old" cheese (gammelost). Especially in the U.S., it is usually eaten with lefse. Even if the common denominator is lutefisk, side dishes vary greatly from family to family and region to region, and is a theme of recurring controversy when different "traditions" of lutefisk-eaters meet and eat together.

Nowadays, akvavit and beer often accompany the meal due to its use at festive and ceremonial occasions (and most eaters, regardless of side dish preferences, will argue that these beverages complement the meal perfectly). This is a recent invention however; due to its preservative qualities, lutefisk has traditionally been a common "every day" meal in wintertime.

The dish has sometimes subjected Scandinavian-Americans to jokes about the personality traits suggested by serving chemically-treated white fish with a white sauce. It is somewhat notorious for its intense odor, even within Scandinavia. But lutefisk has its fair share of devotees: during 2001 Norwegians alone ate a total of 2055 tonnes of lutefisk in their homes and approximately 560 tonnes in restaurants.   :shock:

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2006, 02:10:37 PM »
Here are some humorous quotes about lutefisk...  :breakkie:

Humorous quotes
Lutefisk eaters thrive on quotes from skeptics of lutefisk comparing it to everything from rat poison (which has a hint of truth to it, because of the traces of unnatural amino acid lysinoalanine found in lutefisk due to the reaction with lye) to weapons of mass destruction. Here are a few examples:

    * Quote from Garrison Keillor's book Lake Wobegon Days:

    "Every advent we entered the purgatory of lutefisk, a repulsive gelatinous fishlike dish that tasted of soap and gave off an odor that would gag a goat. We did this in honor of Norwegian ancestors, much as if survivors of a famine might celebrate their deliverance by feasting on elm bark. I always felt the cold creeps as advent approached, knowing that this dread delicacy would be put before me and I’d be told, "Just have a little." Eating a little was like vomiting a little, just as bad as a lot."

    * Interview with Jeffrey Steingarten, author of The Man Who Ate Everything (translated quote from a 1999 article in Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet:)

    - Lutefisk is not food, it is a weapon of mass destruction. It is currently the only exception for the man who ate everything. Otherwise, I am fairly liberal, I gladly eat worms and insects, but I draw the line on lutefisk.



    - What is special with lutefisk?



    - Lutefisk is the Norwegians' attempt at conquering the world. When they discovered that viking raids didn't give world supremacy, they invented a meal so terrifying, so cruel, that they could scare people to become one's subordinates. And if I'm not terribly wrong, you will be able to do it as well.



    - But some people say that they like lutefisk. Do you think they tell the truth?



    - I do not know. Of all food, lutefisk is the only one that I don't take any stand on. I simply cannot decide whether it is nice or disgusting, if the taste is interesting or commonplace. The only thing I know, is that I like bacon, mustard and lefse. Lutefisk is an example of food that doesn't taste anything, but is so full of emotions that the taste buds get knocked out.