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Meatball soup

I agreed with Lluvia that we will meet for the Day in Life session as early as possible on a Saturday morning. Kind of around 8. Or something. I texted her from the road and she replied in horror “we are in PJs!”. I texted back: stay as you are! And so they were: in PJs, just starting their laid-back day. Cups of espresso. Aili rummaging through closet to pick up an outfit worthy of a Saturday morning. She picked a cape and a gown and she didn’t care what anyone else thought. Then she found a totally random kitchen tool (meat tenderizer, anybody?) which was promptly turned into a magical weapon of some sort. And she totally wasn’t jumping on the sofa, never in a million years. She is just so… real. True to herself. Proud. I hope she stays like that. Eki was trying his best to watch skiing or some other winter sport competition, but kids were just… you know… kids so he had to “go fishing” and talk on the imaginary phone and help Aili become a bat and a hundred other things. Gael aka Kalle is now at the stage which should be officially called “invincible”. When babies start moving around they think they are omnipotent tiny gods of the whole universe and beyond. Who can do anything and everything and who can bend the laws of physics at will. Only they don’t know about the laws of physics yet and have to learn them. The hard way. By falling, bumping and bruising. The first lessons of interdependence witnessed by parental horror and near-heat-attacks. And then there was Lluvia’s magic soup. THE soup. It’s seriously to die for. The recipe is at the end of the post.

When I first screened through these pictures I immediately thought of this song by Jónsi.

You wish surprise, will never stop wonders
You wish sunrise, will never fall under
We should always know that we can do everything

I could just put this song on a loop and watch these pictures.

Jónsi – Go Do from Jónsi on Vimeo.

Click play and then scroll down :)

Lluvia’s meatball soup

(makes a small boatload)


500g minced meat (beef-pork mix)

finely chopped onion

finely chopped red pepper

3 tablespoons of uncooked rice

salt & pepper to taste


3l water

4 teaspoons smoked paprika

3 teaspoons oregano (here, Lluvia says Mexican oregano is a totally different beast than European oregano, so next time you are in Mexico bring a stash with you)

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 large onion, halved and sliced

500g potatoes, peeled, halved and sliced

3 large carrots, peeled and sliced

salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot bring the water to full boil. Add crushed garlic, onion, smoked paprika, oregano and salt. Let it boil for 5 minutes and meanwhile mix the meatball ingredients together and start rollin’ small balls. Add the meatballs to the boiling broth, one by one, gently and carefully. Wait for the water to boil again in between adding the meatballs because they bring the temperature down. Low temperature = broken meatballs. Ugly. So. Go slow. After you’ve added all, let it cook for about ten minutes. Add sliced carrots and potatoes.
Cook for about 30-40 min, season to taste with additional paprika, salt, pepper and oregano. Serve with good, crusty bread.

You will be in heaven.

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