March 8th is the women day in many countries. We are so lucky to live in a part of the world were women are free and treated with respect, and that day usually was a chance for a girls night out, a dinner and a good talk. This year I had a month of celebration and I had the opportunity to think much more about what being a woman means – and to enjoy it. It started with a dinner with an italian friend who lives here in Norway and came visit (and eat a mimosa cake tha was eaten too fast to be able to take a picture 🙂 ). I loved it, but there was more to come!
Last thursday night, a group of women in a city called Moss, Norway, met to celebrate an anniversary. So did hundreds of thousand of other women all over the world, in a day of this month. We celebrated the anniversary of the oldest women organization in the world, called Relief Society. It was founded in Nauvoo, Illinois, the 17th of march 1842 for women 18 years of age and older, with the purpose to built faith and personal righteousness, strenghten families and homes and help those in needs. Here you can find the story of how that happened: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/something-better-the-female-relief-society-of-nauvoo?lang=eng
The same week, but saturday, the same hundreds of thousand women met in the Conference Center auditorium, meetinghouses and families to participate to the semiannual Women’s Meeting, in a spirit of worldwide sisterhood, to receive messages from the general presidency. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch/2014/04?lang=eng&vid=3408781210001) It’s been touching and inspiring.
Finally yesterday, the last day of the month, I was helping a friend who just started a business: she and her husband inherited a farm, but decided to turn it into a place for cultural events, ceremonies, concerts, conferences. Yesterday they were hosting a group of women called “Klart vi kan” (Sure we can), sharing their experiences in starting a business, supporting each other and listening to beautiful irish music (and yes, food was involved, that’s why I was helping). There were so many talented ladies of all ages! I admire norwegian women. They’re so capable and strong, but with lovely manners, they can manage many things at the same time and smiling, and I never hear them complaining. I have a lot to learn.
I’m so grateful for all the women I met, for my mother and sister, my mother in law who always read me (but I would write it anyway, Margarethe) and the rest of my big in laws family here, for all of my friends around the world (I wish the world was smaller, so often) and for the ones I don’t know so well but who are good exemples to me. It makes me feel stronger and supported, because women need each other.
I made this vanilla cream months ago to fill a cake, made many times since then and enjoyed last time while watching the broadcast for Women’s general meeting, so I decided to call it Mimosa 🙂
- Rice milk with vanilla 300 ml
- Oat cream 100 ml
- Organic sugar 3 Tsp
- Rice flour 2 Tsp
- Lemon zest of 1/2 lemon
- turmeric 172 tsp
Mix rice flour, sugar, lemon zest and turmeric. Add milk and put to boil, always stirring. Let it boil a couple of minutes for the flour to cook, and that’s ready! You can add more flour if you want a thicker consistancy, to fill a cake for exemple, or add cinnamon, orange, it’s good with everything. I made it at work for the thursday lunch together and they all wanted the recipe! And it’s super simple, like everything I make!
I drove my friend’s daughter to her riding course yesterday and I couldn’t help taking a picture… there were baby horses jumping everywere!