The Norwegian Constitution Day 🇧🇻

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Today it’s The Norwegian Constitution Day 🇧🇻. A day people in Norway, and many norwegians all over the world in general are celebrating with parades and speaks, good food and different social activities and events 🥀. We dress up, eat hotdogs and ice cream, and spend time together with family and friends 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧

But not this year, but still a bit more then last year 😊.

I’m working today so I’m not going to celebrate very much, but I know some of my Norwegian friends in Spain are going to celebrate a bit today 🎉. And I know it will be a bit more celebration this year in Norway then last year too 🎉.

I’m not sure if our Norwegian Traditions when it comes to the Norwegian Constitution Day will change, or if it’s just a bit “put on hold” until the pandemi is a bit less like a pandemi. But I think some traditions are changing during an pandemi both in Norway, Spain and other countries around in the world.

It’s a bit sad, but at the same time traditions are changing with or without any pandemi too all over the world, just in a slower tempo, so we actually don’t recognize the changes in the same way as when they are changing a bit fast. Like for example during the last year.

For me this day was more like a incredibly busy day where we “runned” from one place to another. Three kids should be ready early in the morning in nice clothes for reaching the parade, and I needed to be ready to in my bunad- the Norwegian National dress. And I needed to remember “this and that” too, and a couple of cakes to bring with me as well. And it was on top of that always difficult to find a good parking place too, close to the celebration place.

And then it was to bring some cakes “here”, put some kids in the parade “there” and find a nice spot for my self so I could watch my kids in the parade 😊.

I know it’s a bit sad to say it, because The Norwegian Constitution Day is a very important day for us norwegians, but I didn’t like this day very much when I was living in Norway. All the stress this day brought, and all the people around me all the time.

I don’t mind the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution day, but it was not a kind of celebration that suited me as person. I like a bit less people around me, and a bit less stress too 😊.

I’m not a person who do like me very much in environment where it’s to much people around me. But this day it was in general people “every where”. Sometimes I felt someone had “shaked” all the house all over the landscape so all the people needed to run out and celebrate this day. It was people everywhere 😊.

It’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s nothing wrong with me. This is just my experience and the way I do remember the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution Day in Norway,- short summary. Hopefully I will get some new and different experiences and memories about this day one day 😊. But of course it was nice to meet people an chat up a bit, it was just so many people everywhere 😅. I don’t like that, and I didn’t like the stress either 😊. ( …yes, I know I have mention it before 🤭).

For some I have maybe been to honest today about my memories and experiences when it comes to the Norwegian Constitution Day, – but it is what it is. We all have different memories and experiences 😊🇧🇻. I have nothing against the Norwegian Constitution Day 😊,- it was just not a kind of celebration I really enjoyed, – that’s it 😊 .

I really hope all the Norwegian all over the world will enjoy this day, celebrate it the way that’s best and most correct for you, special during an pandemi, and hopefully together with some family and friends, hotdogs and ice cream too 🎉🇧🇻😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

I have packed my Norwegian Flag- so I needed to improvise a bit with the photo today 🇧🇻😊

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Will the Three Holy Kings come with carbon or gold this year? 🤴👳‍♂️👲

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

This evening is actually the parade for the Three Holy King in Spain 👑. But it would not be like the many years parade tradition this year. There will not be very much of a parade at all. And it will be very different from what the traditional parade was like. But still there will be some cultural traditions people can do this evening. The evening and night when the three Holy Kings are coming with gifts to the children 🎁.

This tradition with the parade started in 1885 in Spain, and have become more and more popular. In the beginning it was the three wise men,- Kaspar, Melchior and Baltasar, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, the Jesus Child, the animals, and the shepherd in the parade. It was to symbolize the long journey the three wise men had been riding on their camels to give gifts to Jesus Child in the hall there in Bethlehem.

During the years more and more different characters are joining in the parade. We meet both Mini Mouse, Swamp Bob and the Smurfs, and many others. And of course, – still the three Holy Kings. They became the Three Holy Kings after they had visited the child Jesus and brought him their gifts.

It’s a lots of people watching the parade and the different characters in the parade through sweets and candies to the people who watching the parade.

The sweets and candies are symbol for the gifts Kaspar, Batlhasar and Melchior had to the child Jesus.

And the Three Holy Kings comes with gifts to the children in Spain too 😊. And the children in Spain send or give their wishing- list to one of the Kings.

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It’s also baked a special cake for this evening,- and the cake is called “el Ricón de Reyes”. The cake is created as a ring, and its cover with sweet fruits for symbolism as diamonds, jewels and gems. The cake is a symbol for the kings crone. Inside the cake there will be a plastic figure of one of the three kings. The one who get this figure is going to be “the king” the whole day 👑.

There is also a bean hidden inside the cake, and the one who receives the bean is the one to buy the cake for next year’s celebration of the three Holy Kings’ petition 🥯.

The three Holy Kings are coming to the different home and houses with gifts to the childre (and probably the adults too 😊 ) during the evening and night to the 6. January.

But the children need to put their shoes outside the door so the kings can see where they are living. Then the kings put the gifts in the shoes- if the children had been a good kid the last year. If not,- the kid get carbon as a “gift” and as an reminder to be nice for this upcoming year 😳 💚.

The carbon today is actually candy 😊.

And since the kings have been on a long travel they put out water and hay to the camel and some food to the kings. 🐫 👑.

And,- now at days the children in Spain get a bit bigger presents and gifts than before,- so the parents and adults “recommend” the kings to put most of the gifts under the Christmas- tree 🎄, and just “the reminder” of being nice or not nice in the shoes outside the door,- like a small gift or the carbon 😊.

Most of this traditions can be done this year as well, even there’s some restrictions to follow. The parade will not be like it has been for over 100 years. But the family traditions is still possible to do, like the food, the cake, the presents and the shoes outside the door 🥿. And its just a maximum of people around the table at 10 people this year. Not more, but many Spanish families in general have a bit more people around the family table under their different Holydays celebration and traditions.

I like that, that there’s still some cultural traditions that is not to much touched by the different restrictions we have in our society during the days 💛.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊.

Carbon created by sugar = candy carbon 🍭🍬

The parade for The Three Holy Kings this evening will not be as it has been in the Spanish culture and traditions for over 100 year 🐫. But I hope The Three Holy Kings will visit all and everyone, special the children, during the evening and night to 6. January 🌟. And I hope the three Holy Kings brings hope, love and believes, joy, happiness and peace to all ❤🙏.

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How about a Norwegian homemade confectionery cake for the New Year celebration? 🎂🎆

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine and you 🧡

The New Years evening and celebration is just around the corner, and probably there’s some of us that really want to celebrate that 2020 is over?🎆 Why not celebrate it with a delicious, sweet, and tasty Norwegian homemade confectionery cake? Or maybe it is more like a dessert- and coffee cake? 😊

It hasn’t been a easy year for many people around in the world, but still we are allowed to celebrate. In general there’s something good to celebrate, even when the days can feel and be a bit dark and heavy.

This year I did made a Norwegian confectionery cake for Christmas. It’s actually 10 years since last time I did made this cake, even it’s one of my favourite cakes 😊. It’s not even a cake that’s difficult to make, or with expensive ingredients, but in general it was just me that eat this cake when my children was younger. I also remember my friends called my “DelfiaLaila” because I eat this cake “all the time” during the Christmas- time. I even had a piece or two with me at work in my lunch box 😅.

This year, this Christmas I felt for to “spoil” myself a bit, so I made me a Norwegian confectionery cake, Delfiakake 🥰. Maybe I’m going to eat it all up totally alone, but that’s fine for me 😊. I don’t need to share it with anyone 🙂. But I can at least share my Norwegian recipe with you 😊. And maybe you too want to spoil your self a bit, or just share the cake together with your New Year guests?

I haven’t found the butter we use in the cake here in Spain. Probably it is in one store I haven’t checked out yet, but I found out that I could try to use coconut oil instead. And to be honest,- it was perfect with coconut oil 😊. Coconut oil is liquid above 26 degrees and as a solid mass below 26 degrees.  So now during the wintertime here in Spain it’s not very much over 26 degrees at the moment and the coconut oil “behave” excellent for this cake 🌡.

The cake is called “Delfiakake” in Norwegian. But I’m actually not sure what translation I can use in English. So I just choose to call it a Norwegian homemade confectionery cake, or dessert- and coffee cake 🎂. It’s called this because the butter we use are called “delfiafett”.

The recipe for Norwegian homemade confectionery cake:

You need : 4 tablespoons strong coffee, 250 g Delfiafett (or coconut oil), 250 g cooking chocolate (I usually 50- 50 dark and light chocolate), 2 eggs, 0, 50 g sweet biscuits (eg Marie biscuits), 200 g marzipan,  200 gr geletopper, 200 gr licorice.

You do: Make strong coffee 2. Put Delfiafett (coconut oil) in a saucepan over low heat until it melts.  3. Add chocolate and let it melt with the oil.  Stir a little so that everything is mixed together.  Set aside and allow the mixture to cool.  4. Beat eggs and sugar until eggy.  5. Stir the melted mixture into the egg mixture.  A little at a time.  The chocolate mass should be shiny and tough when everything is whipped together.  6. Add 4 tablespoons of coffee, and mix well.  7. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.  Put the chocolate mass in the bottom.  Then add layers of chocolate with biscuits, marzipan, jelly tops and licorice to the mold.  Have the rest of the chocolate mass on top.  8 Allow to cool and store cool.

And vola- enjoy the cake, this one of my favourite Norwegian homemade confectionery cake 🥰. Tasty and very sweet, and yes, a kind of calorie “bomb” just so you know 😊.

We also are making something called “puffed rice tops” as Christmas sweets for the Christmas- time in Norway. You more and less use the same recipe as for the “Delfiakake”, but instead of the marzipan, biscuits, jelly tops and licorice we use puffed rice in the mixture.  Then we put about a tablespoon of the mixture in the muffin holders.  And put all the little cakes to cool.

I remember the first I should make this puffet rice tops. I was 20 years old, was living in Oslo and working at a hospital there. And pregnant with my first child (so maybe my mind was somewhere else?😅) After I had mixed it all together and made around 20- 30 muffin- holders with the mixture I actually did put them all into the oven, and turn it on around 200 degrees 😳.

Then I called my mam, and asked her if the eggs and sugar really needed to be completely stiff as egg yolk before I mixed it together. My mam said no, and asked my why I wonder. And I told her that all my cakes, or chocolate puffet rice tops was floated all over the oven.  She started laughing and asked if I baked the cakes.  Yes, I said.  She further asked if it said what degrees the recipe told my that I should fry them on.  No, one I said, but I thought they had forgotten to write it, the degrees, in the recipe, so I fry them at 200 degrees. That’s often the general degrees e use when we bake something in the oven.

Well,- you can say I had s bit of a work to clean that oven after “baking” the puffet rice tops 😅.

And believe it if not. The year after I did manage to do exactly the same with the Delfia cake too 😳 😅. Maybe I was to busy to be a mammi for my oldest son so I didn’t read the recipe to well? But one thing was for sure, the Delfia cake never became finish in the oven 😅. And I didn’t called my mom either, because I red the recipe one more time after a while, and I couldn’t find anything about any degrees in the oven. Anyway,- at least this time it was not so much to clean up. The cake was just never ever finish 😅.

But after this two “happenings” I have “learn” my “lesson” and never put cakes like this in the oven again 😊. Just a tiny reminder to you too 😊.

I hope you will enjoy this tasty and very sweet homemade Norwegian confectionery cake. Maybe share some with your family and friends on the New Year celebration? 🎆 Or just spoil your self a bit? 😊 …. and ps- but the cake in the cooler, not in the oven on 200 degrees 😉.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

My homemade Norwegian confectionery cake for this Christmas, but the cake is perfect for the New Year celebration too 🎆

The homemade Norwegian confectionery cake, called Delfiakake, is a homemade Christmas dessert cake that suits perfectly fine as celebration cake for the New Year celebrations too 🎆. Just don’t put it in the oven on 200 degrees 😉. Then it never will be finish 😅. I did try one time, many years ago 😅.

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