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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lacrimosa



Paying respect to all the victims of the Malaysia flight blown up in the sky. May the peace be with them. Let's be grateful for every moment as the one we are in could be our best.





Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Diary- Shrimp Stir Fry, Cake and Potato Salad



Days of summer, how different they are now than they used to be. I remember spending all day outside when I was a kid and no one was worried where I was, or what I was doing, because it was either so safe, or we were less paranoid with all the media craze nowadays. No computer, not much TV. Just my house in the country, surrounded by the fields and forests on both sides with a river running through one of them, packed with history. All I had was my bike and a freedom to ride it or run in the open fields, picking flowers, napping in the garden, reading and listening to my walkman or picking fresh fruit and veggies sometimes for fun, sometimes because I had too help my grandmother. I read countless amounts of books, enjoyed the fresh summer air and yes, the cars were so scarce that we did play on the street- usually badminton or jumping in the warm pools of water after it rained. Barefoot of course! 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer, Sloppy Joes and Soft Serve


SUMMER







July 26

Busy days, fast forgotten thoughts and ideas, lack of time and too many things to do, too many books to read, languages to learn and meals to cook and not to mention travels to take. My days with two girls and extended family at home seem to go by way too fast. Summer is finally here and with it we try to eat fresh beautiful veggies and fruits as well as quick meals such as pizza, sandwiches or sloppy joes.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Conchas- Sweet Dough Buns from Mexico


WITHOUT YOU I DROWN, FALL DEEP AND SHIVER
IF I WATCH YOUR TEAR DROPS FALL
I REGRET OF THE WRONG I HAVE DONE
IF I WATCH YOUR TEAR DROPS FALL


From my recent addiction-Lagrimas by Pastilla




Above an abandoned church in Mexico. Below my second attempt at conchas.



One of my favourite treats when I was in Mexico were Conchas- fluffy buns topped with a sweet vanilla, cinnamon or chocolate crust. They are hugely popular for breakfast, as a snack or best of all after dinner, dipped in a milky cup of coffee.  I could eat those all the time when I was in Mexico. I think I lived on them pretty much. They remind me of nothing I had before and the buttery yet flaky pastry is simply irresistible.


Above- Mexican treats.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Carrot Cake Cheesecake


    I was remembering this week something that happened about two years ago. We were enjoying a walk with our 1.5 year daughter and we wanted to stop for a coffee somewhere, but she was so loud and active we decided to take the coffee out. I grabbed a piece of carrot cake cheesecake to go. I regretted getting only one because it was so good! I tried carrot cake before and I had a craving for it once in a blue moon- definitely not something I would enjoy having on a regular basis. Never knew or heard of carrot cake before moving to Canada. I wonder who even thought of this crazy combination. Carrots, naturally sweet are probably the best veggie to hide in a dessert. Cheesecake- of course we love it in our house, but because we are able to eat it faster then we should, we also make it once in a while. Now, it has been a whole week since I remembered the moment of discovering this crazy combination and and I am still craving this particular combination of the two. 
    It was my first time preparing it and I found this recipe on food network website- it was good but I would add less sugar to the coffee cake part, add some pecans or walnuts and maybe raisins and add some lemon zest and lemon juice to the cheesecake. Then maybe top it all of with a sweet sour-cream marshmallow topping that I usually use in my pumpkin cheesecake, if I am expecting company. I liked the texture of the cheesecake here- slightly creamier than my pumpkin cheesecake.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Barley Salad with Hazelnuts and Spinach


I have been quite addicted to Food Network recently and definitely getting some inspiration for the foods we have been eating. One of the recipes I was inspired by was Rachel Ray's Farro Salad with Kale and Asparagus. However I did not have all the ingredients and did not feel like going to the store so I decided to make something similar with the ingredients I had and the result was satisfying and delicious. You can easily pack it up for lunch or have it as a meal on its own for dinner or a summer picnic. Barely is healthy and filling and you will not be looking for snacks right after eating this salad.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Perfect Spring Song - Solamente Tú




Regálame tu risa,
enseñame a soñar
con solo una caricia
me pierdo en este mar
Regálame tu estrella,
la que ilumina esta noche
llena de paz y de armonía,
y te entregaré mi vida
Haces que mi cielo
vuelva a tener ese azul,
pintas de colores
mis mañanas solo tú
navego entre las olas de tu voz
y tú, y tú, y tú, y solamente tú
haces que mi alma se despierte con tu luz
y tú, y tú, y tú..
Enseña tus heridas y así la curará
que sepa el mundo entero
que tu voz guarda un secreto
no menciones tu nombre que en el firmamento
se mueren de celos
tus ojos son destellos
tu garganta es un misterio
Haces que mi cielo
vuelva a tener ese azul,
pintas de colores
mis mañanas solo tú
navego entre las olas de tu voz
y tú, y tú, y tú, y solamente tú
haces que mi alma se despierte con tu luz
y tú, y tú, y tú, y solamente tú
haces que mi alma se despierte con tu luz
y tú, y tú, y tú..
No menciones tu nombre que en el firmamento
se mueren de celos
tus ojos son destellos
tu garganta es un misterio
Hace que mi cielo
vuelva a tener ese azul,
tintas de colores
mi mañana solo tú
navego entre la sola de tu voz
y tú, y tú, y tú, y solamente tú
hace que mi alma se despierte con tu luz
y tú, y tú, y tú                                                                                                           
Give me your laughter as a gift,
Teach me to dream
With just a caress
I lose myself in this sea
Give me your star,
the one that lights up this night
full of peace and harmony,
and I will hand my life to you.
You make my sky
Have that blue again,
Spots of colors,
My mornings only you.
I sail among the waves of your voice,
and you, and you, and you, and only you
make my soul awaken with your light
and you, and you, and you...
Show your wounds and so it will heal them
That the whole world knows
That your voice keeps a secret.
Don't mention your name, for in the heavens
they die of jealousy
Your eyes are sparkles
Your throat is a mystery.
You make my sky
Have that blue again,
spots of colors,
my mornings only you.
I sail among the waves of your voice
and you, and you, and you, and only you
make my soul wake up with your light
and you, and you, and you, and only you
make my soul wake up with your light
and you, and you, and you...