After the beautifully coloured orchid I got from Smrtin for our half-year-anniversary started drooping, I took off one of the nicest flowers to try to save it, while I had to cut the rest of the stem down.
Didn't have a place figured out for the flower to dry in, but thought the milk cow I have standing in my herb shelf would do just fine. Now I have something even prettier to look at while doing the dishes!
The cow and the orchid are in good company of a small glass sculpture of a penguin that I got from one of my father's many travels, and what is called a "brekebein" from eating smalahove with colleagues. Random collection for an herb shelf? Why yes maybe.
For the specifically interested:
Smalahove is an old traditional Western Norwegian dish made from a sheep's head. The skin and fur of the head is torched, the brain removed, and the
head is salted, sometimes smoked, and dried. The head is boiled or steamed for a long time and served with mashed rutabaga and potatoes. It is also traditionally served with the drink aquavit.
The "brekebein" is a small bone located in the back of the sheep's jaw. The bone helps make tha baaa of the sheep, hence the name (breke in Norwegian is the verb for making the baaa sound, which after some investigations turns out to be the verb bleat in English). This bone is considered a proof of having eaten smalahove.
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