Our dears, whether you celebrate it or not, we wish you a Happy Easter. We hope you’re surrounded with your loved ones, gathered around a feast inside a joyful interior. Between running from point A to B (C, D, XYZ…), this year we decided to slow down for at least five minutes and took a stroll through the lovely Botanical garden, and instead of recipes and various tips we had an Easter photo session… This year we’re into blue. How ’bout you?!
We took a trip towards the sun that invokes nostalgia for for the Mediterranean…
Our dears, finally the sun… the lightness of air, serenity and awakening. We can smell the sea, soon… wishing for a healthier and happier way of life. So we decided for a light Sunday lunch filled with colours, flavours and healthy ingredients, we need a flavored detox. Mediterranean diet is the healthiest diet, preserving heart and blood vessels. And we have to take care of our hearts, right? The simplest way to present the Mediterranean diet is through flavours and scents which permeate this kind of cooking. We got drawn to Greece this time, but it’s all variations to the theme…
We made a divine salad and a light dessert for the soul…
GREEK ORZO SALAD (Yield: About 6 servings)
1/3 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups (8 oz) dry orzo
1 cup (5 oz) crumbled feta
1 medium English cucumber, diced
1 (10.5 oz) pkg. grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives or 3/4 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup chopped red onion, rinsed under water to removed harsh bite
3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
In a jar mix together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste (don’t add too much salt because the feta and kalamata olives are pretty salty), set aside.
Cook orzo according to directions listed on package. Drain and let cool (about 5 minutes. They’ll start to stick to each other a bit but that’s fine the dressing will break it up).
Add all of the salad ingredients, including cooked orzo, to a large bowl and toss. Pour dressing over top and toss to evenly coat. Store in refrigerator, serve within a few hours for best results.
GREEK YOGURT WITH HONEY, WALNUTS AND BISCUITS
This is a perfect dessert when you want to eat something light, sweet and delicious. All of the amounts are exactly how you want them to be and you’ll need:
Simply put yogurt in bowls, then walnuts, drip some honey and add the crushed biscuits. Ready in no time. Enjoy!
Do you feel it? We do… warmth, scents, flowers, new breaths, fulfilment.. we know something new and beautiful awaits us. To us, spring is the season of peaceful and slow awakening filled with optimism. Everything’s more beautiful, nature is being reborn. In harmony with this awakening, we’re awakened too, enjoying walks, gathering sun’s rays on our faces, turning them into smiles. We’re spending more time with our friends and we’re happier. We love more… ourselves and others…
In fact, all we want to say is enjoy spring, it’s rays and beauty, soak it in the depth of your being and let it fullfill you with new joys.
Dear all, today we take it upon ourselves to be exclusionary. Today is one of the rare, but important days for women and those that feel like women – International Women’s Day. Although it’s mostly taken lightly and diminished, we believe that at least once a year it’s necessary to pay our respect, both publicly and privately, to all our female role models, historical personalities, heroes that paved the way for modern times, artists that haven’t been noted in books, but also to ourselves.
International Women’s Day originates from the early 20th century when textile workers publicly protested against poor working conditions and low wages. It’s a historic Day when we celebrate the economic, political and social contribution of women. Unfortunately, throughout the years, it seems we forgot the real reason to celebrate International Women’s Day under the influence of western consumerism, making it into another Valentine’s Day or just a day for men to present gifts to women. We want you to know that we’re celebrating because we cherish and appreciate you, because it’s important to us that you’re heard, important that it’s known how much you matter, the social burden you bear is recognized and how important are your accomplishments.
This is the Day that we thank our mothers, grandmothers, bosses, professors, shop assistants, tram drivers, women working in poor conditions, writers and artists, housewives and homemakers, sisters and cousins, young and old (…) for their time, effort, intellect, kindness and affection, righteousness and strength.
We’re celebrating by giving each other (and to women we hold dear) a flower, a hug and kind words we often forget to say each other throughout the year.
So don’t forget the Day today, celebrate it with pride because, my dear, you’ve earned it. Hug and support each other.
Our small, but happy company of three Ms and one V made its way to the town of Samobor on Saturday morning. A legend says that Samobor was named after the fact that only pines grew in the forests around town (samo = only, just; bor = pine). We’re not sure that’s true, but we find that word play cute. What’s certain is that Samobor was proclaimed as one of the free royal cities by the charter of King Bela IV in 1242.
We find it beautiful and enjoy every visit. We were lucky with the weather and got to enjoy a true spring day. The Sun gave us a boost of energy and positive thoughts, the desire to create and enjoy.
Since we arrived during the carnival, we gave ourselves a treat – donuts. Samobor is famous for its delicious donuts and the carnival festivities. While we were munching on a stroll through Samobor main square, lots of trolls, police officers, princesses, cats, cowboys and superheroes were running around and making funny children noise. And it was super fun! Everything’s nicer and loads of fun with children laughter.
There’s a lot to see in Samobor and its surroundings. The town itself, a lovely walking trail by the stream which leads towards the old Town. Perhaps you might consider visiting the museums. Since there are plenty of events and manifestations, you can follow them here: Events and happenings in Samobor. We like drinking coffee at Livadić castle which has the most romantic terrace, especially in the summertime. We can hardly wait!
On our way home on Saturday, we stopped by the Fairytale Mill (Mlin iz bajke). We wished to see the mill in action, buy some flour and taste some delights, but unfortunately we were late to find they’re currently working solely upon reservations. We took some time to explore and were overwhelmed by the beauty of the nature around us. Our short and sweet trip was just what we needed, we relaxed and had a great time. We’ll make sure to visit the Gorgos cave and the old Town on our next trip to Samobor and we won’t wait long before we come back.
That time of the year…. February… the kittens are playful, the winter’s slowly fading away. We’re hoping for nicer weather and calling on the spring… and of course, at some point, the day when everybody’s buying presents and celebrating love has slowly sneaked up on us. But how did it all start?
The celebration of Valentine’s Day began in the early Middle Ages, particularly in England and then throughout the world. It’s related to pagan customs and Valentine’s engagement regarding young couples. Christianity fits the customs of different nations and societies in the new Christian life of these nations. So the custom of celebrating lovers was in form of exchanging letters and love messages.
The ancient Greeks marked the sanctity of marriage of Zeus and Hera from mid-January to mid-February (the month Gamelion). In ancient Rome the celebration of the goddess Juno – the patroness of marriage was held on February the 14th, and February the 15th was the day when Lupercus, god of fertility, was celebrated and on the occasion people have exchanged letters and messages.
And what do we think of Valentine’s Day? We are the kind of people who love giving meaning to everything we do, think and live. So we like having one day which celebrates love. Love in itself, beautiful, natural, pure and simple. Maybe anniversaries will come to your mind now. We like them too. But it’s just not the same or we just like having one more day to give over to love again, to daydreaming, maybe even dare to write a letter to a secret crush. And although Valentine’s Day has an ugly side, the inevitable commercialization and cliché around every corner, we still love it. It is important to know what it means to us personally and have our own unique way of celebrating love. We love to write letters. Give a chocolate, be silly… And who says it’s only for couples? Give your love wings and do the same for everything else you love. We love you <3
We still don’t like the weather (perfect start for an English post). It’s either too cold and frozen or everything’s melting and it’s slushy and ugly. We can’t wait for the spring to come. And to comfort ourselves, we’ve arranged for a wonderful tradition. We treated ourselves with ‘afternoon tea’ which prolonged up till the evening’s gin&tonic party, but we won’t talk about that. 🙂
Tea in England became popular in 17th century, but it was not until the mid-19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared and it was by accident. It was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. As it happens, lunch in her household was served pretty early and dinner was served at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. So, one day she asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event.
Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches (including of course thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches), scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Today, all this is simplified, but it still stuck. So we suggest you afford yourself an afternoon tea the first time you visit England, there are a lot of places serving it.
Just tell us, who wouldn’t like this? A fine warm beverage, delicious sandwiches and tasty sweet bites, and all of that spiced up with good company. We feel warm around the heart <3 already. Although, we have to admit, we do something similar very often. We don’t call it afternoon tea but “we’d like to have a snack”.. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? So, it makes sense, while the weather is still this slobbery, gather your friends and enjoy. Let your imagination run wild and make something mouthwatering.
We could as well start this post with zzz… but still. After all the rushing around in December, all the glitter, parties and socializing, the infamous, depressing January has come. For some because of their bank statements, the others because of viruses and the end of school holidays. Although, we don’t incline to dark thoughts, we have to admit we are kind of sleepy. The everyday imposes it’s rhythm which we, wanted or not, have to follow, but as soon as we close our house doors, our thoughts become slower, and all we think about is a couch, and getting cozy underneath the blanket, napping with a book and a cup of tea.
Except for the overall fall of energy, the first month of the year is very well known for flue times. To knock on wood (of course we knock on our heads) we manage to resist all the viruses and bacteria, of course, nothing without the wholehearted help of nature. Besides citrus, in winter (maybe not just winter), the ginger is our number one favourite. We’re crazy about ginger in all forms. So this post is dedicated exactly to it – ginger.
Ginger is a bulbous plant of the lily family known for its roots. For the record, lilies are M.’s favorite flowers which is a nice coincidence. It is used as a medicine, spice, food and means of beautification.
It has bitter taste due to the essential oils contained in its roots and has numerous health benefits. It helps with problems with the stomach and digestion, as well as nausea. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-toxic properties. It is also anti-histamine and is used to help with allergies. It relieves cough, sore throat and has anti-inflammatory properties and is used against many inflammatory processes. It also lowers cholesterol, prevents blood clots and has a beneficial effect on the liver.
We can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t start using it, if you haven’t already.
And you can even grow it at home. It happened to us one time, by accident, when we forgot about it in a dish and totally out of the bloom, beautiful leaves started to grow from the root, no soil, no water. And you can plant it, in a pot, just put a little piece of root in the soil. Try it, it will grow surely, and you will feel fantastic for having your own grown beautiful plant.
Since the last post, we owe you a simple but compelling recipe, and it comes straight from Island where, in the shape of a cake, was made by Tihana for our New Year’s party. Of course we geekly wrote it down. So… here it comes:
GINGER CAKE by DANI
500 gr flour
500 ml water
100 ml oil
2 small spoons baking powder
ginger by taste (one big root)
lemon juice 1 big lemon
350 g sugar
1 big spoon apple vinegar
Mix together all ingredients and bake at 175 C approximately 30 mins, depending on the oven. Before serving top with grated lemon zest, ginger and powder sugar. And, of course, enjoy!
Dear all… What’s done is done. We might have missed out on something, experienced something else, learned something… We won’t regret anything because the doors have opened for new opportunities. We wish we would all seize them, get everything going for us and enjoy every single day. May every each one be filled with love, happiness and good vibes. We know it won’t always be that way, but we’ll make an effort together.
We spent New Year’s Eve as planned, surrounded by friends and family. With plenty of food, great music, abundance of laughter and joy. Of course we also played games and loved it.
You might have guessed, we didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions. We’ll make them as we go along, no matter the date. We’re either not brave enough or don’t want to show off. Anyway, we wish you to be cheerful, smiling and happy. Live a simple, but a fulfilled life and work hard for everything you are and want to be.
M & M
P.S. We promised you a recipe… We’ll write the next post about it. We have a unique recipe for you.
As ancient Babylonians first started celebrating New Year 4000 years ago, we don’t think such an old and common tradition should be taken lightly. Admittedly, we’re not exactly fans of big parties and crowds so we decided to throw a little house party, more of a tea party, plus the champagne. And so the tradition of surrounding ourselves with friends and family – because the first people you see will either bring you good luck or bad luck – just fits right in. We choose the first. And there will be cats too…
We won’t cook anything special, we’ll just serve the biscuits and cookies left over from Christmas because they certainly deserve to be eaten. Of course, there will be all sorts of finger food, salty snacks, dips and salads. And no, we won’t be doing all of that by ourselves. We’ll also employ our guests, and the recipe we find most delicious will be posted here.
We’re looking forward to a comfortable and relaxed get-together, fine food and a toast at midnight with good wishes. Those of you who feel brave enough might even make some New Year’s resolutions. But don’t do it if you don’t really mean it. Trust us.
Whatever way you choose to celebrate, be cheerful, honest and open-hearted because we are closing the doors on something old and are embarking on new adventures.