I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

Ingrid's fiskesuppe

Ingrid's fiskesuppe

We're slowly transitioning the Troll from porridge in the evenings to having the same dinner as us, usually just mushed up a little or run quickly through the blender. 

On Sunday, I made a big batch of fish soup , based on a recipe from one of our good friends, Ingrid (obvs.; although for her it's mamma's fiskesuppe). It is one of the best soups ever and one of our regular go-to dishes. The Troll pretty much guzzles down everything we throw at him but this soup really hit the spot (as I was kind of hoping it would). I was looking for an excuse to blog about it and share Ingrid's recipe with the world (or at least the half-dozen folk that read my ramblings) and the Troll gave me one. 

I've included Ingrid's original at the bottom [in Norwegian]. The recipe below is the one with a couple of tweaks (mostly just added a little veg replaced the white wine with water).


Ingredients

  • 1 large courgette (chopped into 2cm(ish) chunks)
  • 1 large carrot per person (chopped into 1cm chunks)
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1 large leek (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 300ml water
  • 2 fish (or vegetable) stock cubes
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp of curry powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic (thinly sliced)
  • 300ml single cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 200g of (e.g.) cod, pollock, haddock)/salmon, trout (I usually go for a 50/50 cod/salmon split), cut into large chunks
  • 350g of peeled prawns 
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 25g of unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pot, and once the butter has melted chuck in the leeks, garlic and bay leaves and fry on a low heat. You want the leeks and garlic to soften but not colour.
  2. Add the carrots, courgette, thyme, curry powder and stock cubes, give it a good stir and fry for another 5 minutes or so.
  3. Pour in the tin of tomatoes, and cream, stir well, and leave on a simmering boil for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Throw in the fish, turn the heat up a little and leave for another 10 minutes
  5. Chuck in the prawns, leave for 5 minutes and then add the peas right at the very end.

The Troll now gets through two of these 75ml pots of frozen dinners at a time now, so it's not going to last very long. Though that's not really a complaint as it means we'll all just get to enjoy more of this amazing soup sooner! 

Ingrid's original recipe.

Teething issues

Teething issues

Soundtrack to the Troll's birth