Tomas Helleborg
was @Sweden (2012-03-26 to 2012-04-01)

I’m Tomas and I am not only a 24 year old welder looking for a job, but also a fairly bright and nice guy with a big sense of humor. Born and raised in Umeå which is far north enough for actually having four seasons, not like the south of Sweden that only have three! I joke about everything, I’m decent at playing pool, I’m pretty handy and a fairly good chef. I bake bread about twice a week and I grew up with a chef for a mom. I put some of my favourite recipes on a small cooking blog in Swedish at Den Vassaste Kniven. Cooking in English is hard!

I have been on various adventures involving unicycles, fishing boats, fly fishing, back country skiing and tenting on snow, often with a bunch of nice pictures to show, I try to post some of it at På äventyr i livet.

@Sweden april 1, 2012 02:11

I’m starting to see idiots everywhere.. I’m probably stressed, need to sleep! :) Nighty night wherever you are :)

@Sweden mars 31, 2012 23:00

It’s not that I don’t like having fun, just that i’m coughing too much to want to be social.. At least I got you :)

@Sweden mars 31, 2012 18:05

When storing food, don’t use aluminium foil on stainless steel, this might cause the aluminum to decay and discolor the content. :)

@Sweden mars 31, 2012 15:31

A classic recepie for our pancakes is 3dl(1.25 cups) flour, pinch of salt, 6dl (2.5cups) milk, 3 eggs and 25g butter. :)

@Sweden mars 31, 2012 10:30

I’m putting my trust into the cold night and am headed for a walk through a old forrest. If it was ”warm” the snow would be too soft! :)

@Sweden mars 31, 2012 09:44

My toast jumped from the toaster all the way down to the floor.. Maybe i should stay inside today, although the sun is shining.

@Sweden mars 31, 2012 09:25

It was deemed to be one of the 100 funniest moments in swedish history when the integration minister said something like that in 1992..

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 21:07

I feel like a beer in a steaming hot sauna.. So that’s what i’ll do! :) who needs to workout when the gym has a sauna?!

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 20:19

I’m sad about the fact that tacos in sweden has come to the point where you open a bunch of cans & pouches and still call it homemade.

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 17:46

These leaves are grown on the southern slopes of Himalaya & transported across the world so i can have my cup of Darjeeling tea :)

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 11:51

I don’t think Glutamic acid (MSG) belong in proper food, It’s a synthetic way to good taste that makes everything taste the same.

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 11:21

I should clean up but instead I’m tweeting, this is what’s called to ”flykta” in swedish.. To avoid something you should do ;)

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 11:06

Driving a snowmobile is so much fun! You really should try it it you ever have the chance :) Quite thirsty though..

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 02:59

In the swedish mountains the water is so fresh & clean you can drink from almost any stream you find. No need to carry water or filters :)

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 02:31

When its cold at night its nice to have a warm waterbottle in bed. Put it in a sock or two and it’ll stay warm much longer.

@Sweden mars 30, 2012 00:21

Water transfers heat 20 times better than air, which means cooling a beer in cold water is much faster than in the freezer.

@Sweden mars 29, 2012 17:40

You can’t be a blood donor from before, i want some kind of proof and I’ll be chosing someone on random :)

@Sweden mars 29, 2012 16:17

I got one of my favourite magazines today.. It’s simply called Brant, which means steep. It’s all about climbing up and skiing down!

@Sweden mars 29, 2012 14:47

I giggle every time someone goes ”you’re wrong, i checked wikipedia” without knowing what they’re talking about :)

@Sweden mars 29, 2012 14:09

Sour dough has a bacteria culture (just like there is one in yogurt) that changes both the taste, the pH and chemistry of the bread :)

@Sweden mars 29, 2012 12:10

The baking stone is ceramic, you can see i use a stainless tray in the bottom with water to add moisture when i bake :) To let it rise more!

@Sweden mars 29, 2012 11:32

Sweden is one of the least religious countries in the world. I can’t even imagine a succesful swedish politician mentioning god, ever. :)

@Sweden mars 29, 2012 10:08

I don’t get any unadressed ads in my mailbox cos of my ”Ingen reklam tack” (no ads please) on it.. I read some of them online instead.

@Sweden mars 29, 2012 00:14

And you use support support on the side when rising bread to let it rise higher, not wider. Flip over to baking tray when it’s ready :)

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 22:58

@Kiint I have tried baking with levain a few times but it’s hard to get it right, i use a little yeast, 4 grams fresh yeast for 2 loafs :)

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 14:09

And by jumping I mean comming from above with speed and jumping down all of it in one go :) have ridden down it to..

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 13:53

Å is swedish for river. That’s why some citys in norrland are umeå, skelefteå, piteå and luleå. Big rivers in all of them :)

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 11:35

Couple of years back i spent 5 weeks traveling to Amalfi in Italy and back again, couchsurfed about half the time, more fun that way! :)

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 11:08

I met a woman in Swizerland once who spoke ”italian, french, portugese, spanish. german, no english” :) Still got my icecream! <3

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 10:56

My bank called asking me asking if i wanted an insurrance thay pays up to 1000000 kr if i get hurt, i asked for it in print, she said no.

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 10:50

I allways prefer watching movies in ther original language, if I dont understand (french, japanese and scottish) i use subtitles!

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 10:42

Do they dub tv and movies where you live? The only thing the dub here are tv and movies for kids, i hope. I think dubbing is horrible.

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 10:39

Many complaints on minor faults like spelling. Let me remind you that there are countries where English simply isn’t viable.. :)

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 10:20

Foreigners who have been in Sweden! Are swedes as good in english as they proud themselves to be? Any funny stories? :D

@Sweden mars 28, 2012 10:10

I just hate the ‘automatic rotation’ of the screen on phones.. I disable it all the time to be able to tweet lying on my side :)

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 22:30

Remember that i don’t get payed one bit for this, don’t expect too much from me. I hate cooking in english! :P

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 19:32

Tonights dinner is the staple food of swedish homes that most children loves. Pasta bolognese. Or rather ”Spagetti med köttfärsås” :)

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 18:26

You have to pay a TV-license in Sweden (about $300) if a household owns a tv-receiver Those are built into TVs.. If not, you dont! :)

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 18:15

Lot’s of swedes claim they don’t own a TV so they don’t need to pay. But I don’t need to lie, I’ve got a projector and 92″ screen instead!

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 18:13

I don’t even own a TV, hence i don’t need to pay the swedish TV-licence that’s 2016 kr per year for the public service channels.

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 16:18

If you’re baking and want a good result, why take the risk by measuring by volume? Get a proper digital scale, they’re not expensive. :)

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 15:48

I grew up with a chef for a mom. What did I learn? There are very few rights and wrongs, don’t confine yourself to what’s common! :)

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 15:06

I accidently lied to you all, no sandwiches now, rather the soup from last night, It’s soo good! :) Think I’m gonna bake more bread tomorow.

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 14:42

Btw, i didn’t buy what’s on the label on the box. :) I took it cos it’s dureable and bottle wont rattle on my way home!

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 13:04

I will try to uncover the mystery that is Systembolaget today, the Swedish monopoly for selling beverage above 3.5% alcohol outside bars.

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 10:38

The #GSL is the most competative Starcraft tournament in the world, at least 95% are korean, but there are also a few ”foreigners” :)

@Sweden mars 27, 2012 00:42

The bread in the picture was a baked with spelled wholemeal flour and sourdough. :) If you’re curious.. I’ll could bake it again! :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 23:51

Combined words in swedish are used all the time, not combining them is known as a #särskrivning Rått kött = Raw meat, Råttkött = Rat meat.

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 22:18

Done listening to Desmond Dekker, The Gladiators, Symarip, Peter Tosh and The Ethiopians. Which of course is why making the dough was easy.

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 21:39

Allthough fika is also a social thing and not only what you eat.. So call it whatever you want, this is a free country! :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 21:35

To me.. There is fika and there is gofika! Fika is bread and such. Gofika is kanelbullar, cookis and so on.. Cos this is NORRLAND! <3

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 20:22

A dough with yeast develops more taste if it’s left to rest over night in the fridge.. Which means.. It’s time to make ze dough!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 20:16

The important part about bullar is not weather you fill them with cinnamon, cardamom. vanilla or almond paste.. it’s the dough!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 20:11

Actually.. baking kanelbullar (allthough i prefer cardamon instead of cinnamon, hence kardemummabullar) tommorrow would work!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 19:48

Left to right: Darjeeling TGFOP, Rooibos Cactus Orange, Green mint tea, Vanilla & Chocolate, Rooibos rhubarb cream, Lemon apricot vanilla.

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 19:36

At first i was like.. ”Yeah, studded tyres for my bike.. just like on a car!” But then i realised.. maybe you don’t have those either?

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 18:37

Second match lost as well, 16-18.. I played bad and it didnt feel right.. Too bad but its not that bad. 120 kr for 3 hours play :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 16:03

Damn, now i feel a bit stressed.. have to be there in.. 23 minutes. This is not a good start of the pool tournament :P

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 15:08

There is an outrage about there beeing to many wolfes in sweden, they are about 220 of them.. Sadly poaching occurs.

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 15:06

In the spring there is about 300000 elk in Sweden. In the fall after the hunting season its about 200000. Every year.

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 14:45

Sometimes i feel so brittish. Enjoying snooker, Formula1, QI and tea. Now even the brittish weather has come here!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 13:57

For the record, when My was born i wanted her middle name to be Precious, she still got the dog, and she liked it :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 13:40

@Hutnu Ja jo, Hartman är bäst, han låter spelet tala för sig själv :) Som vacchi sa: ”lyssna på när Hartman håller käften i två timmar” ;)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 13:04

The nordic countries drinks most coffee in the world, Sweden in second place. However I drink tea, and lots of it. :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 12:24

I wonder what google thought when they translate decilitre to cups and kronor to dollars.. Seems scary if someone translates my recepies!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 12:08

You can make waffles with pancakebatter and yeast or baking powder. I dont. Whipped cream, flour, icecold water. Nothing else! :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 12:06

I made the strawberry jam last night, soo much better than the one you buy, and you know whats in it :) 80% strawberry, 20% sugar :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 12:02

Yes i know swede is another ‘label’, but it’s hard enough to express yourself in 140 charactes isnt it? :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 11:53

I’m neither a feminist, masculinist, vegetarian or other such things because i try not to label myself. I’m Tomas, a swede.. :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 11:09

And as far as i know a moose is an animal in north america, we have elks in europe.. Not to be comfused with the elks in USA.. Hmmm!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 11:04

Sometimes i feel that Twitter is kind of the new IRC, only now you get to customize who writes in your own custom channel :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 11:03

And IRC is the Internet Relay Chat, much older than the world wide web :) Chatting channels you can join freely, mostly :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:59

Sorry if i tweet too much, I’m more used to IRC. :) Way more conversations than ”status updates” there :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:51

I view my blogs just like the kind of book you keep at home, with recepies and photos.. Only mine are public, no ads! :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:41

The wolverine might be shy but it can be a vicious creature. known to occasionaly kill elk.. Not unlike the actinfigure..

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:28

I’m one of the few people i know that have seen a wild Wolverine, they are soooo shy! A small wolverine was sneaking around our campsite :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:14

And I am sorry for spelling reindeer wrong, you know english isn’t my native language, right? And i try not to be scared ot typing wrong..

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:10

The sami is the original population of sweden and lapland. Allthough they have been treated horribly at times..

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:06

We also haven’t got no raindeer in Sweden. No wild ones that is, there are thousands and thousands owned and taken care or by the sami.

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:04

And no, we haven’t got no Polar Bears in Sweden.. I have only seen elk, lynx and wolverine on my trips! ;) Yes, wild.

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:03

Come to think of it i’m pretty used to ordering stuff i want, no customs in EU and lots of stuff are cheap on ebay..

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 10:02

My sleeping bags are custom made in Poland! So much cheaper than something sewn in china and sold in Swedish stores. Strange..

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:55

To stay warm in a tent durning winter you need a proper sleeping mat and a nice sleeping bag, i can take a picture of mine ;)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:51

I wouldn’t consider myself a sami, because it’s not really about blog rather about culture :) My dad isn’t sami but his sister is. :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:37

Allthough unicyclists aren’t a common theme on the swedish mountain trails, I’ve created a legend.. This summer it comes to life again!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:28

Unicycling is not only wobbling around on a flat floor.. and does not belong at the circus (just like horses :) )

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:13

The swedish mountain chain is like 600km long with skiing all the way, there is lots of places to go and things to see and do!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:11

But I’ve been coughing for all winter, only two days of riding.. First winter in what.. 4-5 years without tenting on snow? OUTRAGEOUS!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:07

It’s been horrible weather for a few weeks. Snow has been melting, roads are bare and i bet we only have like 40-50cm left in general..

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:07

I ride my bike when going somewhere in town all year long, obviously i have studded tyres on it, and winter isn’t over yet…

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:05

Growing up in Umeå a winter for me is white roads covered in snow and ice for about 4 months a year, temperatures stable below 0°C!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:02

Not beeing allowed to have someone chose what crappy heavy gear i should carry when screaming at me.. i had to take care of that myself!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 09:00

I also wasn’t allowed to enter the military service at 18, my knees put a stop to that. Even though ”lumpen” is volontary today!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 08:58

Then i worked for my dad that’s an old blacksmith/welder, we were mostly repairing bombshelters for the two years it lasted. :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 08:57

I however am a fairly bright guy who studied Science at High School, i spent a winter working on fishinboats in the north of Norway

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 08:53

I’m grown up here around Umeå, on holidays I have been bound north, since my mom is from Haparanda archipelago, my dad is from Tärnaby!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 08:51

Even though i live about 650km from Stockholm, i still live further than that from the northern peak of sweden!

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 08:50

Lets talk about Norrland, the northern 59% of sweden, where 12% of the population lives. Not too many but allmost as many as in Stockholm :)

@Sweden mars 26, 2012 08:48

I am a 24 year old guy who lives in Umeå, in a part of Sweden where we actually have four seasons, down south they only have three..