Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Life as I know it

When I first thought about moving abroad, I never thought that I would end up living in a small wooden cottage in the Norwegian countryside. But, as of last week (November 27th) I have been in Norway exactly two years. Running on adrenaline those first few days, not sleeping well and a week later: a new job. 

I have been in that 'new' job for two years tomorrow (December 3rd) and when I mentioned being in Norway for two years last week on Facebook, one of the first things mentioned to me by my colleagues was cake. Norwegians have a fondness for cakes which is quite astonishing. I think I have eaten more cake in the last two years than in all my other 41 years combined! 

Anyway, cake. But what type of cake. I didn't want to do the 'usual' chocolate cake, nor did I want to do something Norwegian really. Come in Google! Something Dutch inspired, yet possible to make here in Norway. In the end I found a 'speculaas cake'. I made two yesterday. A spicy cake (cinnamon, cardemom, cloves, nutmeg and a few more) filled with apple, raisin, apricot and almond paste. I am actually salivating as I type!

I hope my colleagues like it...


  1. Hari Om
    ...if they don't ship it over this way!!! I am actually drooling over the keyboard... (TMI YAM)... we share dates it turns out. 27th Nov last year I arrived back in UK and Dec 3rd was 'establishment' day - banks, etc... hmmm maybe that demands a cake! (It'll be a yoghurt cake this side...)

    Enjoy! YAM xx

    1. It tasted really nice and a lot of people said it tasted like Christmas! I will probably post the recipe soon for everybody else to try out.

  2. Time does fly, and you have adapted well, it seems.

  3. It looks and sounds delicious. Let us know what they thought about it!

  4. Can't believe it has already been two years! I love where you live and your sweet house.

  5. Congrats on the 2 years! Cake looks yummy.


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