Saturday, September 28, 2013

Lingonberry Gingerbread

I am in love with IKEA... I have been since my first trip to one in Germany to get supplies for my dorm.  Now that I live near the Twin Cities, I like to visit IKEA every few months to see what new things they have.  On my last trip, I picked up a cookbook (Hembakat är Bäst - Homemade is Best) which was very much in the IKEA-style.  Minimal instructions, geometric ingredient pictures, brightly colored finished products.  It's been sitting on my shelf for several months and I haven't had a chance to bake anything out of it until this weekend.

I decided to try the Lingonberry Gingerbread.  Lingonberries are a very tart small red berry which they Swedes adore.  I'd never heard of them until I came to the upper Midwest... apparently we don't have enough Swedish-Americans in Pennsylvania.  The gingerbread needed lingonberry jam and I knew just where to find some:  Norske Nook.  In fact, it was at the Nook that I had my first taste of lingonberries in one of their delicious pies.  I made a quick drive to the Osseo one, because they have a larger gift shop and picked up a jar.  The cake is moist, gingery, and (thanks to the lingonberry) a subtle tartness.

Lots of cloves and ginger

Lingonberries imported from Sweden

Ready for the oven

Mmmmm... ready for fall....

Friday, September 27, 2013


I've followed West Knits for a long while before I actually bought some of his patterns and made them. Brickstreet (last post) was the first one... and this one, Clockwork, is the second.  I LOVE this shawl/scarf --- p.s. can we come up with some kind of portmanteau for this like a scarwl or a sharf --- it's a lovely fall color, just in time for fall weather.  Though here in the midwest, we're having some fairly mild temps, so it's not been cold enough to actually wear it yet.  Knit on US 5, Cascade 220 fingering weight Ginger and Walnut Heather.