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2012

Yahtzee! In Honor of Board Games

Has anyone seen the commercial out for the Words with Friends board game, a game which “brings you together like never before”? Words with Friends creator, Zynga, has teamed up with Hasbro to produce board game versions of its most popular online gaming apps. This also includes Draw Something, FarmVille, and CityVille.

Words with Friends Board Game Virtual games have become so pervasive that board games are now becoming a novel and exciting form of social entertainment again– not that board games have ever left our consciousness. Words with Friends was based on the popular board game, Scrabble – which,

yes, makes the Words with Friends board game sort of redundant, being a board game based on a virtual game based on a board game.

The Library has a collection of popular board games on the Lower Level that includes Cranium, Yahtzee, Candyland, Scrabble, and The Game of Life. Grab one for a study break! In honor of board games and the final stretch towards the end of the semester when we could all use some distraction, I’ve found videos of a few wonderful board game moments on film and television.

The Simpsons: kwyjibo

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: wizard chess scene

Animaniacs: a deadly game of checkers

Scary Movie 3: Yahtzee!

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Of Sweden and Sandwiches

By now, most of you have probably read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Yes, the book is about tracking and catching a mad man and solving a family mystery, however, as the story unfolded, I found myself thinking, “Man, these people eat A LOT of sandwiches.” Enough times that I noticed. Enough times that I counted (18 times in the first book—thank you Kindle word search). What are these magical Swedish sandwiches?

I did some digging, including sending an email to a friend who has spent some time living in Norway–another sandwich loving Scandinavian country. Turns out that sandwiches, or smörgåsar in Swedish, consist primarily of a single slice of bread, often dark rye, and a variety of toppings from seafood, to veggies, to spreads. My friend informed me that in Norway, “all the things that go on top are called, collectively, pålegg, which means ‘lay on top.’ Awesome, right?”

Yup, awesome. I decided to try out a few smörgås recipes on my own, relying only on what I had on hand.

Happily, I had a tube of crab spread in the fridge (the result of an impulse-buy during my last trip to Ikea), so at least one of my smörgås had genuine Swedish seafood paste involved. All of these were made on wheat bread because I don’t like rye (sorry Sweden!) Here is what I made:

Smörgås #1 – The Ikea: Sliced Cucumber and Crab Spread

The saltiness of the crab spread was offset nicely by the crispy and watery cucumber. Unfortunately, it turns out I don’t like crab spread, so this one wasn’t my favorite.

 

Smörgås #2 – The Pantry: Lettuce, Chopped Egg, Capers and Mayo

This one was easy to put together, as I tend to have all of the ingredients on hand and none of them necessitate a trip to a Swedish furniture store. The briny tang of the capers really was the best part of this sandwich, which was like a deconstructed egg salad.

Smörgås #3 – The Apple Pie: Granny Smith Apples, Peanut Butter, Honey and Cinnamon

This one has zero Scandinavian influence, but came to me as I was looking through the pantry for the jar of capers and had to reach past the peanut butter and the honey. It was a sweet end to my smörgåsbord.

 

So there you have it, a little taste of what it is like to be Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Well, at least what it is like to eat like them. And if you are wondering: yes, Billy’s Pan Pizza is real. But that is for another post.

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