Season of the semla (and new glasses)

Let me introduce something very Scandinavian: the semla.
It’s a kind of pastry made from wheat buns spiced with cardamom. You slice the top of and put it aside, then hollow out the bottom part. Mix the scooped-out bread with milk and almond paste, fill the bun with the mix, put whipped cream on it and then place the bun top on the cream like a lid (or a hat). And then dust some powdered sugar over the whole thing.

Imaginary Karin - semla

It might not sound all that special, but it’s absolutely delicious! Semlor (plural) are probably my favourite pastry in the whole world ^_^ And now is the right season for them! Semlor are traditionally eaten around Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday so a couple of weeks before and after the stores are full of them.

Every year I try to find the balance between eating as many as I can before they disappear and not eating too many and put on weight :P It’s a thin line…

In other news, I finally got my procrastinating ass to make an appointment with an optician and order new glasses, and now they’re here:

Imaginary Karin - new glasses 2012

My eyesight hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years so I don’t need stronger glasses or anything, but the actual glass in my old ones was so full of scratches it felt like I was constantly walking through mist. When I put on the new ones I was all “Whoa… HD!”
These new frames are slightly bigger than my old ones too, so my field of sight is almost twice the size it used to be. I can’t believe I didn’t buy new ones sooner…


  1. 27 January 2012

    We thin alike, Karin. I got new ones also & mine look just like yours, lol. Very nice, I like them.

    I am going to have to try to make semla. It sounds to yummy to pass up. Heck, with not getting fat, you can always burn them off in the off-season. :D

  2. 28 January 2012

    The Norwegian version is called a “fastelavnsbolle”, we slice the “bolle” in two and put whipped cream and strawberry jam between, then powdered sugar on top. Yum! ^_^ Your new glasses look really nice :D

    • 2 February 2012

      I’ve heard about putting jam in them, it sounds good too :)

  3. 29 January 2012

    I call that particular type of pulla as laskiaispulla.

  4. 29 January 2012

    That pastry does sound really good! Sometimes the most simple things are the best.

    I love your glasses. They look perfect on you.

  5. 29 January 2012

    This sound actually really good, I wish I could try it :

    You look pretty, those glasses are cool 8)

  6. 29 January 2012

    I actually need to get some new glasses myself for the same reason! *cringes at scratches* :oops: I LOVE yours! :heart:

  7. Ann-Kristin
    29 January 2012

    Jättesnygga brillor. Bra att du fått nya, dina förra var ju rätt så repiga. Jag förstår att det är som en ny värld öppnats för dej.

  8. 30 January 2012

    Wow that looks delicious!
    And the glasses are adorable ;)

  9. 31 January 2012

    HAHAHA! I love your “Whoa..HD” comment. So funny :)

    Those pastries look delicious! Reminds me of a cream puff! YUMMY :D Eat some for me, okay?! :yay:

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