Avery had finally gotten over her croup so we decided to make a trip into the city of Aarhus.
Our first stop was IKEA. We were able to drop the girls off at a playroom type area while the husband and I looked around. He had to find a lamp and I was looking for some new pillowcase covers.
This was only our second time in IKEA. Man. IKEA is big. It is also a friendly reminder to me that I have little decorating talent and am cheap. Prices are a bit higher in Denmark than the states so I passed by many items. I did settle on some pillowcases.
The girls didn’t want to leave the play area but after promising food, we made our way to the car for a car picnic. It was raining so this seemed like the best place to eat at the moment.
Our next stop was ARoS which is located in downtown Aarhus. We drove around for a while looking for a parking space before just deciding to pay for parking right next to the museum. With the ongoing downpour, we were very happy with our choice.
The museum is very big and the main draw for our girls was the rainbow top. It is the circular top level of ARoS and gives a colorful, panoramic view of the city through shaded glass. The girls ran around it several times. They laughed at their changing skin color from blue to orange to red. Even with the lack of sunshine, it was still a hit for them.
After that we toured the artwork. Claire had already been there once during a class field trip so she showed us to different parts of the museum. She also had studied art in school so she was telling us the different types she’d learned like realism, abstract and symmetry. She told us that art wasn’t just painting either. It could be dancing and graffiti.
I learned that I am not an art connoisseur. In one corner, there was a pile of candy you could take and eat. It was part of the exhibit. Not sure I get it.
The girls had a decent time though. They got bored pretty quickly but it was a big museum so they were able to run around. There was one exhibit that showed how art can use all the senses. Avery really enjoyed that one, especially smelling the marshmallows.
My favorite exhibit was the infinity mirror. You are able to look over the side and it feels like you are standing on the edge of a building looking into forever. That was pretty neat! Ron Mueck’s Boy (pictured above) was also breathtaking too. The detail was amazing. You could see the skin texture, veins, toenails, so many tiny details in a nearly 15 foot statue.
After only a couple hours, we were ready to go home.
Sunday was spent doing some Danishy things.
First, I made æbleskiver for breakfast. Æbleskiver is a pancake ball. The outside is similar looking to flat pancakes but a much fluffier inside. Maybe more like a popover or something similar. This is likely due to the whisking of egg whites for about 3-5 minutes.
Although the name suggests apples, the version I made did not have apples. One batch was plain, another was stuffed with Nutella.
To make æbleskiver, you also need a special pan. This pan helps to keep them spherical in nature. I also used a wooden skewer to flip them so all sides cooked evenly. It was a little more intensive than regular flat pancakes but they were delicious! I had two little girls coming back for thirds.
By mid morning, we decided to make some Christmas hearts (link to template) or Julehjerte. Jul mean Christmas and hjerte means heart (God Jul means Merry Christmas). These hearts are a staple in Danish houses so Claire and I made some. They involved weaving two different colors (red and white). The result was a heart basket which Claire immediately filled with some leftover Halloween candy.
That night I made another Danish food staple, Flæskesteg. It’s basically pork roast with a crispy rind. It is mainly served at Christmas dinners. You cook it first in water for 30 minutes, then flip it over and salt the rind. I mean SALT IT! You need to be sure the rind is full of salt inside and outside the slits already put there by the butcher. Then it cooks in a low oven for almost two hours. Then blast the oven to broil and let it start crackling. I learned that it needs to be perfectly crackled. I didn’t let mine sit in the oven long enough so some parts were a bit tough.
Claire and I were fans of the crackled top, the husband and Avery were not.
Oh well. Can’t win them all, right?
We hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be going about our normal routine on Thursday but still Black Friday shopping as that occurs over here too.