First of all I need to thank you for you reassuring comments to yesterdays post, I am very very happy it all works so well this time! The best thing though was that several of you readers delurked and I got to know you and your blogs! Thank You all!

any one feeling lucky?

Yesterday when I was driving back home on our road after doing some errands, it was blocked by two young men in red who told me that nononoNO, I was not going to be able to drive on as there was an emergency training thing going on in connection to the liquid gas depot in the one of the valleys below us. I had noticed a lot of police and carabinieri around but thought they was after some criminal or have had a sudden spurt of energy which made them move. Or maybe it was the beautiful sunshine I thought but I was wrong. Anyway, I got really angry because no one had told us beforehand but it didn’t help. And why take it out on those poor guys anyway so I turned around and went down to our local thrift shop do take a look. We are lucky to have one because they are rare around here. In Sweden, me and my mother often used to make trips to thrift shops just for fun and I can feel her shadow walking next to me when I visit the one in our village, I even point out things that she would have liked and I am so happy that there are not that many people around because I don’t want add on to their opinions of me. Yes yes, I will get to the point which is that I found these great steel ice cream bowls that you see in the picture so on the whole that emergency exercise it was not that bad after all! I fell in love with them immediately, partly because of the shapes, they are round inside and angular outside, and partly because I have never seen anything like them before. And I rarely can resist that.

Cinnamon and Vanilla Panna Cotta

I was planning to make a cinnamon and vanilla panna cotta anyway and while washing the cups, I decided to use them immediately. So here we are, my new versatile ice cream cups filled with a beautiful, slightly Christmassy panna cotta. Talking about that, I wanted to tell you that in the latest issue of Saveur, there is a lot about Swedish Christmas baking. I subscribe to the digital version of Saveur, what a great idea that is, that is why I know it, you can check it out here.

Cinnamon and Vanilla Panna Cotta

4 servings

300 ml/ 1,25 cup fresh cream
3 tblsp sugar
200 ml/0,85 cup milk
12-15 g/0,5 oz gelatin, it depends on how firm you want your panna cotta
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch ground vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla essence

– Prepare the gelatine the way that is prescribed on the package (leaves soak in water, powder is mixed with the right amount of water).
– Put milk, vanilla and cinnamon stick in a small pan and bring to the boil. Take it off the fire and leave it to cool down a little.
– Pour the milk through a sieve to separate the cinnamon part.
– Heat up the cream, add the still warm milk and then the gelatin and mix well.
– Pour into the cups, glasses or ramekins you are using and put these in the fridge for about 4 hours.

Cinnamon and Vanilla Panna Cotta

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