Lost in Translation

Trip Start May 19, 2008
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

I got up yesterday and stepped outside on the rain-speckled porch, crunched down the gravel driveway and strutted up the street to the shopping district. I'm lucky, this may be the only year of my life where I get to experience two springs. It was a little misty, but it didn't seem to matter. Seagulls swooping through the alleyways, squawking at the sudden bursts of sun through the clouds.  And for the first time, a passerby grinned and said hello. Somebody's grandpa, hands in his pockets, squinting at the rain. Smiling.
I went into the coop grocery store and admired the pricy organic produce. Instead, I purchased some sauces to spice up our dinner meals: Sweet and Sour Pineapple, Coconut and Lime, Quattro Formaggio, and Garliccio. We are getting pretty tired of pasta, so I picked up some Kornris the "Alternativ till ris, pasta." See, it's easy to read Swedish. The alternative to rice and pasta. It's a wheat product similar to bulgur. Korn means, wheat not corn, that one can be tricky.  So, sometimes it really is easy to understand some Swedish print, but when it comes to cooking directions, I usually turn to the internet to help me translate.
The directions on the Kornris:
Tillaga frebaco kornris så här
koka upp vatten och salt lägg i kornris
låt koka under lock på svag värme i 8 minuter
dra kastrullen från plattan och låt gärna stå några minuter
Rör om med en gaffel och blanda gärna i lite smör eller olja
And this is how it was translated:
Dress frebaco grain so here boil up water and salt lay off in grain tune boil wonder cover on weak heat in 8 minutes draw saucepans from slab and tune deed stand any minutes Tube if with a fork and mingle deed in few butter ors oils.
So, as you can see....some things are lost in translation. Regardless, the kornris turned out pretty good. I mixed it in with some veggies and told Kyle is was Swedish fried rice.
Take a look inside our cupboard and fridge. Remember we share the fridge with 3 other people. Kyle and I live with Cassie, Dipika, and Jared. The 2nd floor of our house has their bedrooms and an extra bathroom.  We'll make a video tour of our house and neighborhood this weekend, Kyle promised me.
The summer solstice is almost here, a big celebration known as midsommar. We hope to find a place to celebrate with the locals.
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maggiest on

'adult beverages'
I'm concerned about the quantity of adult beverages in the communal fridge. I'd like a breakdown of what belongs to whom. In addition, I hope the Toblerone chocolate bar is Lisa's...and I hope you ate it with your bottle of FUN! I tell you what...that is a great way to add excitement to life: break out the bottle of FUN! I'm going to go on a quest this weekend to find some FUN in Lincoln. I'll let you know what I find.

You're missing some tragic weather here in Nebraska. I'm sure you've been reading about it online. It has been scary. :(

Miss you.... xoxo -m

hparker1 on

Pass on the smile....
Glad that someone finally smiled and said hello! The recipe translation is a hoot - it must have taken quite some time to prepare the meal! I'm really enjoying reading your diary and seeing the photos. I just posted a Robin Redbreast on Etsy.

madcurds on

Lost in Translation
Swedish Fried Rice-that's a good pschylogical trick. I like it! The sauces that you got sound really good. I'm glad someone finally said hello. Makes the world seem alot brighter when someone is friendly. We love your descriptions of your adventures.

We have gotten all of our stuff moved from Lincoln. Right now it is sitting on a semi-trailor in Iowa. It gets delivered on Tuesday to our new house.

We barely made it up here to Madison through Cedar Rapids. We came up I380 Thursday night and they closed it Friday around noon from what Grandma McVey says. It was the last bridge open across the Cedar River between Davenport and Des Moines. All of downtown Cedar Rapids is flooded, over 100 square city blocks. Lots of devastation all over the midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri) from flooding.

Love you guys and it is great to here from you.

Love Mom S.

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