fredag, december 30, 2011

I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year
is a traditional holiday celebrated at the start of the new year.
The world's different countries, cultures and religions are a number of different calendars, and the celebration of New Year is important not only for believers.

Usually, it has major festivals taking place over several days before and after the New Year. New Year may have given in this year's rhythm, such as the vernal equinox March 20 to 21, parties to welcome the spring, or take a purely religious affiliation.
In earlier times, before the restaurants with their tempting menus, took over.
How we celebrated the New Year? By Christmas food there was left, so the table was laid it out the same dishes at Christmas. In southern Sweden, it was not unusual that they gave each other gifts, sometimes instead of Christmas presents.

Today's tradition to watch the New Year was originally something that is, primarily, engaged in the upper class and young people. Through radio "nyårsvakor", this tradition became widespread and today it is probably extremely few Swedes can think of a new year but to watch the 12-blow.
Like Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve was an important day for anyone who wanted to know something about the future.
A common way to prediction of the new year – or "nyårstyda" as it was also called – was to cast in lead or Tin.
Had the molded lead shape of a crown, it was a sign that they would be married.
Other ways to find out who would be even to the next one could get if you "curtsied three times before nyårsnyet" (new moon) while saying eg "Whose shirt should I sew, whose cake should I bake, whose wife shall I be?" That magic at New Year, to some extent still lives reflected in the claim that a promise given at the New Year is a promise that is more binding than the promises made at different times during the year.

The night of New Year's Eve 31 December and New Year's Day January 1 and midnight regarded as the transition from the old year to the new.
While Christmas is a holiday celebrated with family, it is common to New Year's Eve, a New Year party or dinner with friends. This feast or dinner use to be a little more exclusive than usual and they are often dressed up.
Just before midnight yesterday festival participants often went out to some place where you can fire off their own fireworks or watch others, or you can go the window or on the balcony to see the fireworks. It is also common to have champagne to be opened and drunk just on the stroke of midnight.
Minute before midnight is count down ... and on the stroke of midnight shout "Happy New Year!" Open the champagne and toasts. It is also common to ships in port signal exactly at midnight. When the fireworks fade out and the champagne is finished, which usually takes 10-15 minutes usually retreat to a party room in order to continue to spend another couple of hours.

It is quite common to give New Year’s resolution.
A New Year's resolution usually be about to start doing something (for example, start exercising or to start learning a new language), or stop doing something (such as quitting smoking).

Most of the fireworks for sale to private individuals in Sweden are used during New Year's Eve. Fireworks really requires police permission, but at times when you can expect fireworks (eg New Year, Easter and Walpurgis Night) is not normally needed permission, unless it involves a risk of harm or poses a significant disturbance.
It sometimes happens that someone injured in connection with the release of the fireworks, often this is because alcohol was involved and that security methods is ignored.
Each year there are approximately 300 people who seek emergency room because of injuries from fireworks. Fireworks that go wrong can also cause fires, and it is not uncommon for the fire department will turn out just after midnight. ".

Just before midnight recited parts of Edward Fredin translation of Alfred Tennyson's poem "Nyårsklockan" ("Ring Out, Wild Bells") to Solliden stage at Skansen, something that has been made since the 1895th. The years 1934-1955 was also the recitation of radio, and since 1977 it has been sent by SVT. Reciters has among others been Anders de Wahl, George Rydberg, Jarl Kulle, Margareta Krook and Jan Malmsjö.
Other TV programs associated with New Year's is Countess and the servant ( “Grevinnan och Betjänten” or “Dinner for one”) who is sent on the evening of December 31, and in the afternoon on January 1 and a New Year's concert, performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker.

This is Edvard Fredin and Alfred Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

This is some delicious cookies!
They're perfect to have at hand in the freezer!
And obviously - you can use any jam you like.

Raspberry thumbprint cookies

makes 40

240 g flour
55 g potato flour (potato starch)
90 g sugar
2 tbsp vanilla sugar (or the seeds of one vanilla bean)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
200 g unsalted butter, cold
50-100 ml raspberry jam

Mix all the dry ingredients - everything but the butter, and the jam. Dice the butter, add it and work quickly into a smooth dough. It's easiest using a stand mixer or a food processor, but it can be done by hand, too. Don't overwork it!

Divide the dough into 40 equal parts - mine weighed between 15-17 gram.
Roll each into a small ball, and place in a small paper cup.
Press with a fingertip to make a small well in each cookie.
Fill with a little bit of jam.

Bake at 200°C for 10-12 minutes.

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