Conference food, and porridge

September 20, 2014

I spent Thursday and Friday at the first Nordic.js conference. I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while. Me and Tommie had been able to snatch up a couple of early bird tickets (these were basically sold out in minutes), I remember sitting at my computer refreshing the ticket sales page the second that they went out for sale.

Their server crashed because of the amount of people, and after a lot of going back and forth on twitter, we were able to finalize the order.

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Front entrance of Artipelag

The venue was really nice, and because of the conference, they opened up the art gallery for all the attendees. Though I admittedly didn’t take the time to look through the whole exhibition, which in retrospect, I kind of wish I did.

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The art gallery section.

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Tommie, the guy who always complains about me taking lots of pictures and never sharing them.

As I wrote earlier, I attended the conference with Tommie, a friend and colleague from Bazooka. Because of the many breaks through out the conference, we ended up drinking a lot of coffee.

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The presentation of the food was really nice, a shame that the food was portioned for children.

The conference was supposed to take care of lunch for everybody, which they did, but the food was a bit too hipster for me, and it was served cold. The first day, we got salmon and potatoes, nevermind that I don’t like salmon, but who in the world can keep up with energy levels on such a small portion? A few hours after lunch I was prepared to lay down on the floor because of starvation, I tried to fill myself up on desserts, which was a terrible mistake, I ended up being high on sugar, almost shaking, and I was still hungry.

In order to not end up in the same situation the next day, I brought with me two protein bars, which came to good use. I actually liked the idea so much that I’m contemplating having protein bars in my bag as a part of my EDC.

I also brought a laptop and camera for both of the days. The first day I had my Canon 5D, but it being so heavy, and kind of unwieldy, I changed it out for my mirrorless Canon EOS M for the second day. I haven’t really used the EOS M as much as I should’ve, so it was nice to finally get some use out of it, I’m definitely going to take it out more often, especially for these kind of events.

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SPAAAAAAAAACE!

To end on a positive note, the goodie bag that we got contained this awesome cap!

Chocolate semolina porridge

A delicacy from Finland, Nalle Manna, a chocolate-semolina mix which can be made into porridge. It’s popular among children, and I, as a child, was often served this meal.

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The girl on the cover is freakishly scary looking.

The Swedes on the other hand do not have this, and when I was in Vaasa last weekend, I decided to buy a package in order to introduce it to some of my fellow colleagues.

Sidenote; I had no idea that Mannagryn (Swedish) was called Semolina, when I translated it, I couldn’t believe it. I had to Google it multiple times, and I still don’t know how it’s pronounced.

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The package can be used as a container as well as a hat.

Seeing as I suck at anything kitchen related, the wisest thing was to let Johan take care of the preparation of the porridge. I, instead, took on the role of doing nothing, and taking pictures.

I did however try to translate the instructions to Johan (there were only instructions in Finnish), but before I could’ve started talking, Johan had already starting to cook it. He’s reasoning was that it shouldn’t be all to different from making regular porridge.

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The porridge is easily burnt to the bottom of the boiling pot, so you have to stir it vigorously. I remember that I’ve sometime in the past tried to make Nalle Manna, and I’m pretty sure I destroyed the pot.

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Once the porridge has become thicker, you can turn off the heat and serve it up in bowls. The porridge can be enjoyed either warm or cold, but it’s usually too delicious to wait for it to cool down, so a burnt mouth is a given.

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And this is the end result. It tasted like childhood. Sweet memories.

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