Ebbe reminds me a lot of my son when he was a boy. Besides taking his flying lessons, he is experimenting with recipes for healing potions for plants and animals. Yesterday I had been into town to do the last shopping for the Winter Solstice celebration, and when I returned home the smell in my kitchen was horrifying. To be honest I was very tired, and I wasn’t prepared to get home to a kitchen table field with all sorts of nasty things like; mugs with worms, chopped up bird feathers mix with butter, dead spiders in mint gel, and I will never forget the bottles of rotten apple juice mixed with eggs in my refrigerator. Ebbe had been experimenting in my kitchen, and it was like having a flashback of what my kitchen was like, at the time my son was eight years old. He also went through a time where he was very curious about mixing things in my kitchen. I remember him trying to make poison that would kill ants, or how he created a smelly bomb. I was horrified to find a rotten apple under his bed, that he had been studying to see the colors of the mold that was growing on the disgusting brown apple. I know I sound a bit grumpy, but sometimes the kids are a handful!
Selene’s activities might not smell as bad as Ebbe’s does, but the noise is unbearable. She is turning into a little Dragonian, working all day long on creating things from kaputs. She is always looking forward to the weekends when my daughter comes home. Selene will stay by her side from the moment she arrives, and most of the weekend they are in another world creating jewelries. When Danagonia isn’t here Selene will join my husband in the garage where he has his workshop. She is leaning how to use all his tools, she knows how to switch power sockets, and how to change the oil on my car. She even managed to repair our coffee machine. From time to time my husband complains that his tools have gone missing. Then we start a search in the house, and usually we find the tools in dark corners of the house where Selene has been crafting.
Selene is very fascinated with my old cooking journal, where I save all my best recipes. I have promised her, that I will help her to start her own cooking journal. I have found a nice journal in a local book shop. I bought the journal and had it wrapped up for her, as a gift for the Winter Solstice celebration. The Winter Solstice has always been very special to me, because I was born on this day. I have also found a gift for Ebbe! Last time I went to Silkeborg I went into a small bookshop which sells antiquarian and rare books. I know the owner of this bookshop very well, and I always look forward to visit him! I asked him if he could find a book about herbs. He had several books on the subject. I decided on a book titled: My Favorite Herb Mixes. The book is a first edition from 1980, so it’s not an old book, but I think it will be perfect for Ebbe to start with! Later I will go to the Whispering Library to find recipes from Nidlongdir, but I think we better start with some human recipes, so that I can help him to get started.
I have written my grandmother’s recipe for pepper cookies on the first page in Selene’s journal to get her started gathering cooking recipes. I hope we will spend many hours trying out all kind of recipes in my kitchen, even if some of them won’t smell as delicious as paper cookies!
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 ½ cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp. Ginger
¾ tsp. Cardamom
½ tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. White pepper