Æbleskiver & New Journeys

Æbleskiver

I am feeling the lightness of decluttering.   I confess that my “bite-size” approach to reorganization that I spoke loftily about in my last post became more of an enormous feast that offered course after course, each more tempting than the one before.  The lazy days of summer, sipping ice tea and reading a good book, morphed into a greater adventure of looking back, remembering, reconnecting. Clearing away the “stuff” seemed to give greater significance to my “life events.”  One thing that has become clear to me these past couple of months: our ability to accumulate is far greater than our capacity to de-accumulate.  Perhaps it is because our “things” are connected to recollections of good times, festivities, achievements.  They are the link to our past, and letting go is a sign of forgetting.

In the first two or three decades of our lives, we are in the state of accumulating memories – graduations, weddings, births, careers etc. There is a sense of movement, of fresh opportunities.  But in the last decades of our lives, we recognize the significance of passages and transitions.   So it came as a surprise to me that “letting go” of stuff was the beginning of a new journey.  Soren Kierkegaard believed that “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” When you have years to look back on, there is a great understanding how to live forward.  I found that I best understood this when I came across my grandmother’s recipe for Æbleskiver (Ebbleskeever as spelled by my grandmother), found in a cookbook published by the women in her farming community who came together to share recipes.

A Cook's Thought

Æbleskiver, which means apple slices, is a traditional Danish pancakes that comes in the shape of a sphere.  It is a pancake of sorts, but it has the lightness of a popover.  There is a special pan, generally made out of case iron which allows the heat to penetrate the batter.  I have heard that there are electrical pans, something that my grandmother would never have imagined.

I have never made, Æbleskiver.  Maybe it’s time I tried.

A Community Cookbook

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Don’t know if I’ll ever make them, but love saying the name.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I do too!!! The best place to learn a language is in a kitchen! 🙂

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  2. Ah, this is where you have been posting recently – sorry I missed your posts Rebecca! 😦 I forget you have a collection of blogs, I thought I had a lot!! 🙂 I’m not in a good habit of thoroughly checking Gravatars these days, more keeping up with blog friend lists and new visiting friends. Gets difficult to manage it all after a number of years!

    I agree with what you’ve said about the accumulating and de-cluttering. I think it’s very true that we spend our young years accumulating for logical reasons, but then we can be left with a kind of unneeded residue – not helpful at all! And it is very heart wrenching to give or throw away so many little items that meant so much at one point. I’s learning to recognise when to let go. I’m in my late forties, so it’s definitely more about letting go for me. The de-clutter has begun, but not nearly enough. I live in a small space, and too many things is frightening. I’ve seen documentaries about people who can never let go of anything to the point they can’t see their own home any more and climb up pile of rubbish to pass through a small gap at the top of the door frame just to get through the doorway into another room, aaahhh…that’s scary!! Thankfully, I don’t think my desire to hang on to things is that bad! 😉

    I do love the idea of your Danish pancakes with apple – absolutely love cakes like that!!♥

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much for your insightful comments! I think that my neighbours wondered if I was a “hoarder.” After going through all my stuff, I began to wonder too! 🙂 🙂 🙂 We are living in smaller places – I foresee this a trend going forward so the urgency of reusing, reducing, recycling will be even greater. Changes in spending habits, plus a renewed understanding of what it means to be happy, have changed the dynamics of how we participate within our society. I thought that you would appreciate this short video:

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      1. Very much appreciate that video Rebecca – thank you so much, that totally made my day!! 😀

        I’ve been thinking for a while to piece together a post for the CuriosityShopp on small space living. Have been collecting bookmarks on various related subjects, and the video is soooo ideal. I shall feature that in the post! She lives in about the same space that I do, and also and old building too. In the next year I’m hoping to completely redecorate (with some valuable help! 😉 ) my entire little space, so that’s made me feel a lot more positive about it all now – thank you for thinking of that video for me, it was perfect!

        It makes sense for people to live in smaller spaces if they really don’t need large amounts of room. I’m sure if I lived in a house with lots of rooms I would feel a sense of loneliness, but I never do in my little space. The de-clutter will continue! 😀

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Good for you – I’m still in the de-clutter mode myself. The economics of smaller spaces is in line with our need to conserve energy, and support more environmental-friendly infrastructures. Our work and social lives are undergoing transformation which fits into a more efficient living space. One of my most favourite quotes is by Kurt Vonnegut

        “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

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  3. Ms Frances says:

    Good for you! You are on a quest to find an electric Aebelskiver pan–something special from your “heritage past”. I didn’t know one existed until I found out in a telephone call with my sister in Nebraska. I have had a cast iron one for years, but she says it is so easy to use an electric one–the heat is easier to regulate. It is interesting to me that I found a gentleman who lives in my senior hi-rise that has an ancient enamel pan with cracks in it. It was plain to see he was proud of it–he is totally Danish!! The cook book you have posted was part of a endeavor of the Tallin Ladies aid to record special items from their membership.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I love that cookbook Ms. Frances! There are so many memories in every page and every recipe. I especially like the quotes and sayings that go along with the recipes. This was a wonderful group of ladies who supported the community during good time and difficult moments. They knew how to celebrate life and the fellowship of friends.

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    I feel your lightness of being! Soon I hope to be as light as you. I am working hard at de-cluttering (haven’t found any lovely forgotten recipes, though). I have maybe another 4 months of clearing out to do. Give me strength. 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      It does take strength to de-clutter – lots of it. We became on first name basis at the local charity shops, where we met other fellow de-clutterers. I wonder if we are experiencing a collective need to reduce, reuse, recycle. Consumerism has lost its appeal, replaced by a desire to collect experiences and friendships. I wish you the very best as you go forward. Spring and summer are the best time for this project. Keep me posted on your progress.

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      1. Gallivanta says:

        Most of what is going out at the moment is simply rubbish; all those bills I kept for years (why?) and newspaper articles and programmes of concerts etc. The next sort may end up at the charity shop. A workman was here the other day. He said, “I guess you don’t watch much television.” I laughed. He was teasing me about my very old, very small TV. I have no desire for a bigger brighter version!

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      2. Clanmother says:

        I know exactly what you mean – I had those same bills. Not certain why, but had them just in case, someone would want the receipt from 1999. As for TV, I am finding that I have no spare time to commit to watching any television programs. I can barely keep up with my reading. I love the image of you at the charity shop with your small TV. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      It was delicious when my Grandmother made them. Now I’m on the hunt for a Aebeskiver pan! Will let you know when I found one that promises that even I can be a successful Aebeskiver maker. When I look at these old cookbooks (this dates from 1956) I realize that there was a lot more cooking and baking happening in the kitchens in those days.

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      1. Clanmother says:

        Yes it is!!! 🙂 The hunt for the pan begins tomorrow. (Doesn’t that sound like a great movie plot)

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      2. It also sounds like a great blog post!

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