🥗 MENU What’s for dinner? 9 June 2020 Flylady Menu planning

salade nicoise
What’s for dinner this week at Casa Copenhagen? We are in Flylady Zone 2 at the moment and one of my “pamper” ideas was to pull out some of our old recipes for lighter, “summer” dishes because the weather is beginning to heat up now, woo hoo!😀 So it will be crisp veggies galore this week! [Need errand day/pamper and garden ideas for the kitchen zone? See here!]

If I don’t specify in my menu plan, our side dishes are usually a fresh veggie platter (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, broccoli florets, etc) or a spinach salad. One evening per week is usually leftovers or some simple smørrebrød (Danish rye bread with toppings) or we use up what we have left in the fridge, making it into a quiche or an omelet. When you’re menu planning, remember to K.I.S.S. – “Keep it simple, sweetie”!


We love to have “substantial” salads and my daughter’s favourite is Salade Nicoise. The eggs and potatoes make it very filling, and I usually use any leftover rye bread we have to make croutons for some added crunch.
salade nicoise
Pork chops with “overnight” salad – my recipe for this rather weird and intriguing salad is here

Thai Larb (from the Jennifer Joyce “My Asian Kitchen” book – we love this cookbook and refer to it often). My son will be making the Larb for us
Jennifer Joyce "My Asian Kitchen"
and we’ll be using mango instead of pineapple once again because it was so good last time!
Thai Larb
Fish tacos (we will probably use cod and panko breadcrumbs) with lots of lovely sriracha mayonnaise/sliced avocado/coriander on the top, and make a simple carrot/cabbage coleslaw to go along with it.


Beef steaks with oven fries (potato/sweet potato) and warm cannellini beans/wilted spinach/pesto



Coronation chicken (pictured above) which you can see me putting together on YouTube…a few simple ingredients and it’s on the table in 5 minutes!

And when you’ve finished dinner? Don’t forget to “close the kitchen” and leave your sink ready for the next time!

Diane in Denmark menu planning

Bon appétit!
LLAP!
And may the Danish hygge be with you!
Diane


PS: Looking for more easy recipes and simple crafts? I have a whole series!



👗 OOTDs (outfits of the day)

👗 This week’s OOTDs (outfits of the day)! Well, it’s been a very mixed week, both in the weather and in my mood…huge swings in both! LOL! Anyway, dressing in the colours/styles which support me is a real mood lifter and helps keeps me afloat whatever is going on around me. I’m a type one in the Dressing Your Truth system which means that my keywords are upward and light.
Diane in Denmark, type 1 Dressing Your Truth
I feel very “sloppy” when I don’t get dressed. Nothing gets done and my motivation spirals downward. A few minutes putting on my outfit, a “skoosh skoosh” of some eau de toilette and my two-minute makeup makes me feel alive. In other news, I’ve been playing around with my kids’ old “Hama beads” and jazzing up my plain gold hoop earrings…the possibilities are endless!
So here come this week’s outfits… (Many of the items in my wardrobe, including makeup and accessories, are from Clothes Swap parties and charity shops. Scroll down for a link to my wardrobe videos…)
Diane in Denmark, type 1 Dressing Your Truth
Diane in Denmark, type 1 Dressing Your Truth




Diane in Denmark winterbathing

Watch my wardrobe and Dressing Your Truth videos on this playlist! 🎥👗





📚 My March and April reading

I love to read! It’s one of the easy ways to transport myself away for a moment…and I usually read a chapter or two in bed, just before I switch off the light. Here’s what I read when we first went into Covid Lockdown here in Denmark from the beginning of March and through April. I’ll post another update soon with my books from May 📚

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. This was an audiobook. Several friends spend New Year’s Eve together at a remote getaway…a fast-paced whodunnit. My rating: four out of five stars.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen. Rhys Bowen is usually a safe choice for a simple cozy mystery and this one, set in Italy, was no exception. My rating: three out of five stars.
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer. Something I found at random. Started off well but it seemed to drag during the second half. My rating: three out of five stars.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths. If you follow me on YouTube, you’ll know that I love Elly Griffiths’ books and her various series! Another cracking read. Very cosy when you know the characters so well. My rating: four out of five stars.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
This was my second Lucy Foley book and it probably came too close after I read the Hunting Party (see above) because the plot seemed very similar. Really didn’t like the characters in this one but, again, it was a very fast-paced thrilling read. My rating: three out of four stars.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Another book I found by chance, it appeared when I was doing a search for P. G. Wodehouse. Audiobook. A really charming little novel. My rating: four out of five stars.

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

Happy reading!
LLAP!
Diane

PS: If you’re looking for book suggestions and reviews, my friend Sue has a great book blog
Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews



🥗 MENU What’s for dinner? 2 June 2020 Flylady Menu planning

What’s for dinner this week at Casa Copenhagen? The first of June heralds the start of Danish summer and we are off to a wonderful start with sunny, blue skies and temperatures got up to 24c/75f yesterday! 😀👒 This week we’ve got a good mix of tried and trusted family favourites: recipes I can make with my eyes closed – so useful when things are busy and beginning to get hot. In other news it’s Danish Constitution Day plus Danish Fathers Day on 5 June (fixed date every year). Many stores/supermarkets are closed, also some schools and offices. Some have a half-day holiday. Check locally for details but make sure to do your grocery shop early this week!

If I don’t specify below, our side dishes are usually a fresh veggie platter (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, broccoli florets, etc) or a spinach salad. Usually we have one evening per week where we use leftovers, eat some simple smørrebrød (Danish rye bread with toppings) or use up what we have left in the fridge. When you’re menu planning, remember to K.I.S.S.! Keep it simple, sweetie!

Whole roast chicken done in one pan along with potatoes, carrots and bacon. Easy Peasy! Served with a mozzarella tomato salad.



We didn’t get round to making the Grilled flank steak salad with red onion, beans and pesto (from the Emily Kydd book) last week, so that’s been pushed forward to this week’s menu.


Bibimbap. Yes, again! We make a variation of this recipe https://mykoreankitchen.com/bibimbap-korean-mixed-rice-with-meat-and-assorted-vegetables/ And I make a large batch of the sauce, keeping it in a jar in the fridge.

Diane in Denmark menu planning

Diane in Denmark menu planning

Oksekød i fad or “Beef in a bowl” A rather strange name and actually the first-ever dish my Dear Danish Husband cooked for me when we were courting. Don’t be alarmed by the vast quantity of ketchup, it gives real flavour to the dish 😅 Here’s how to make it.






Boller i karry a.k.a “balls in curry” – yes, we are all about the silly Danish names this week – with rice and homemade naan bread.
 Leftovers from the week served with Watermelon, Feta cheese and Cucumber salad…to keep us cool!


Looking for more easy recipes? I have a whole series!

And when you’ve finished dinner? Don’t forget to “close the kitchen” and leave your sink ready for the next time!

Bon appétit!
LLAP!
And may the Danish hygge be with you!
Diane




💡 PRINTABLES – KITCHEN (ZONE 2) CLEANING/DECLUTTER LIST

Woo hoo, I’m ready with my cleaning/declutter list for Flylady zone 2, the kitchen! 🎉 Once again, in order to save on printing ink (said the canny Scot…), I typed my lists in black ink and printed them on coloured paper. If you don’t have a printer/don’t want to print, save/take a screenshot of the list and keep it on your phone. I’ve based my lists on my own kitchen and things to declutter in this area. Remember to adapt – make these lists work for you!



I printed my cleaning list and declutter list and put them back to back in a plastic sheet. Ready to cross off the tasks as I go! During the week I keep the list in my cleaning caddy. That way I can use any spare minutes I have to do one of the tasks. No more marathon cleaning sessions…do you hear me?! LOL! The aim is not to cross everything off the list this week but to keep moving forward in this zone and get something (anything!) done.




Here are some ideas to get you started! Simply copy/paste on to your own blank document.

CLEAN
Scan the room, put things away
Descale kettle/coffeepot/dishwasher
Dust ceiling/corners
Dust or wipe skirting boards
Dust flat surfaces/window sills
Wipe kitchen table/legs/chair/legs 
Wipe door handles/light switches/
fingerprints or marks on walls
Shine windows, glass door, mirrors
Detailed vacuum session (underneath/back fridge)
Mop
Wipe down cabinets/handles
Wipe/clean refrigerator/one shelf or drawer
Underneath sink/rubbish/recycling
Wipe down microwave
Wash cutlery holder
Tidy drawers/cupboards
Wipe around stove top, oven knobs, and oven door
Wash pillow covers


DECLUTTER
Fridge
Freezer
Crockery
Kitchen utensils
Bowls, pots and pans
Baking paper/plastic bags/elastic band drawer
Tupperware
Water bottles/lunch boxes/thermos
Baking supplies
Tinned goods/pulses


PROJECTS
Sand and oil countertops/chopping boards


Would you like some ideas for pampering, gardening and errand day in this zone? See this blogpost for inspiration! https://www.dianedenmark.com/2020/05/zone-2-inspirationerrands-self-care.html

Have fun!
LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you!
Diane

👗 OOTDs (outfits of the day)

👗 This week’s OOTDs (outfits of the day)! Weather in Copenhagen has been beautifully sunny a few days this week and it was even warm enough to get my tootsies into my gold sandals a couple of days, woo hoo! Though the mornings and evenings are still cold, so I’ve worn my leather gloves when out cycling. Many of the items in my wardrobe (including makeup and accessories) are from Clothes Swap parties and charity shops. Scroll down for a link to my wardrobe videos…
Diane in Denmark Dressing Your Truth type 1

Diane in Denmark Dressing Your Truth type 1
Diane in Denmark Dressing Your Truth type 1
Watch my wardrobe and Dressing Your Truth videos on this playlist! 🎥👗