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Mid-season wardrobe therapy

April 30, 2013 / by / 2 Comments

“Chunky and cosy” no longer sounds as good as “light and summery” during this time of year. Time to get those blacks and grays out of my sight and bring out the summer dresses. But before packing my winter clothes away and taking out my summer ones, my aim for this summer is to get rid of a large chunk of my wardrobe, for peace of mind’s sake. I am donating some to friends, and the rest I will give to charity. I dream of a minimal wardrobe with only the things I love, and a little extra space for newly purchased clothes. Getting rid of your clothes When you’re in your teens you buy anything you fall in love with at first sight, whether it fits your body style and whether it is good or bad quality. It really doesn’t matter. As you start to reach your late twenties (like yours truly) you start to cringe at some of your purchases. I have been removing excess clothes year after year, but this year I want to outdo myself. You hear a lot of advice about how to throw away stuff from your wardrobe, but unfortunately you cannot stick to one […]

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Detoxifying Drink: Cleanse and detox your body with this delicious and easy to make juice

April 25, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

This juice does not only cleanse your body but it is also packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals.  A   perfect drink for the  warm coming days, due to its colour, freshness and sweet taste.  The carrots and grapes provide plenty of natural sweetness, which match perfectly with the mild  pungent taste of the celery and the  crisp scent of   parsley. When juicing your herbs, do not remove their individual stalks since they are full of flavour and nutrients.  We suggest that you drink this juice regularly to give your system a complete clean-out and to  keep  light and fit, so you can feel more comfortable in  your favourite summer dresses and swimsuit.  Serve this drink cold and decorate with some celery sticks (to stir). Sip it on a deckchair by the pool while enjoying the sun and a favourite book or a magazine. To make 1 large or 2 small glasses Ingredients  1 celery stick 300g/11oz carrots 150g/50z green grapes several large sprigs of parsley celery or carrot sticks, to serve Method  1. Using a sharp knife, roughly chop the celery, carrots and grapes through a juicer, then add the parsley sprigs. Add the remaining celery, carrots and grapes in the same way and juice until thoroughly combined. 2. Pour into one or two glasses […]

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Festa Frawli : A Feast of Strawberries!

April 23, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Sunday 14th April was a very special day, not in the sense that it was anyone’s birthday or anniversary, but special in the way that it attracts a great deal of locals, and no wonder! Festa Frawli (translated into Strawberry Feast) is literally a feast dedicated to one of everyone’s favourite fruits. During this day long celebration one can find all sorts of things made from strawberries, including ice cream, jams, cakes, and weirdly even sushi! There was also a stall selling candles and bath soaps made from strawberries, which is a refreshing different product from the abundance of food. My only disappointment is that I could not find the delicious strawberry wine I love.

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The shoemaker – beautifully crafted shoes made by my late grandfather

April 17, 2013 / by / 2 Comments

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is the time I used to spend with my grandpa in his workshop. I couldn’t wait to leave my mum`s house to escape her obsession of playing Barbara Streisand’s songs all day long, and go to my grandparents, especially during the holidays. Between the smell of my grandma`s baking and the scent of wood, glue, leather and clay, this was a perfect playground, compared to my mum`s boring routine. I used to spend hours  trying to make small furniture for my doll house with the help of my grandpa, and sculpting small statues with his clay casts. I learned so much from him and I am sure that my love for practical work and maybe also drawing evolved from these playful experiences. He used to let me paint his workshop door in all sorts of colours; can you imagine leaving a paint job to a seven year old, given their colourful taste? Sometimes pink, sometimes orange and maybe with some flowers and suns on it as decoration .  As long as I was enjoying myself and learning something he did not complain. I used to come up with something new every day; sometimes I wanted a bed […]

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Food Journal: Quinoa, Prawns and Mexican Salad

April 15, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The first time I tried quinoa I was quite impressed with its flavour and also its versatility with various dishes. Today was my second try and I started by looking at Food Gawker ‘s mexican salads for inspiration. I started seeing beans, peppers, corn, quinoa.. hmm something was brewing in my head. At one point I saw prawns in one of the recipes and that’s when I knew I could do something with these ingredients.. Here’s some pan fried prawns cooked in garlic and paprika, served with quinoa and a mexican salad. It tastes amazing.. and it’s also super healthy (Serves 2-3) Ingredients: Bag of frozen headless prawns 1 cup quinoa 3 medium tomatoes 3 small green peppers Can of corn Can of red kidney beans 2 cloves of garlic bunch of parsley 1 lemon 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika butter / sunflower oil Parsley-flavoured white cheese (replace with feta cheese if you wish) 2 eggs (optional) Method: Cook the quina by putting 1 cup of quinoa in a small saucepan, add 2 cups water.. bring it to a boil, lower the heat & cover for 15 minutes. Then turn off the hob and leave to set (covered) for 5 minutes. […]

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RunWays with Block Colours

April 13, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The Spring/Summer wardrobe is normally associated with florals whether subtle and dainty or bold and dramatic. Pretty dresses and decorative accessories are also a typical staple for the sunny months. When I was looking through this spring/summer designer collections I was in fact expecting to find the usual patterns and florals, and I did, however I found myself being attracted to block colours, structured geometric shapes and lots of texture. Block colours are fantastic because they are so much more flexible than patterns, so for someone with a budget, I find it’s better to splurge on something that can be worn in a multitude of ways. Some might argue that they are not as daring as graphic prints and patterns, however I do feel that this really depends on the shape of the piece of clothing. An asymmetric or unusually-shaped outfit can still be bold and daring, and with no graphic distraction from the form of the outfit. Block colours allow for the focus to be put on the lines and curves, the fabric and its texture. As I’ve just mentioned, the great thing about blocks of course is that they can be worn with almost anything, so you can go for […]

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A Very Special Treat

April 10, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I love this time of the year, and not just for the weather, the picnics, and the overall happier mood from everyone around me. One of the things I always look forward to are the fresh desserts and fruit that there are around this time. I love to have fresh fruit with dessert, probably because it’s the ultimate way to make myself not feel guilty for having fattening food. Having bought an abundance of strawberries, this obviously called for some creative preparation. I was always fond of mixing them with fresh cream, blending them into an ice cream or eating them with pancakes. This year I wanted to try something new. As I have just bought a new waffle maker I thought I should give it a try and make waffles with strawberries. Ingredients: 2 cups plain flour 1 cup chocolate chips 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 2/3 cups milk 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted 2 eggs beaten Method: Mix the dry ingredients together. Melt butter and leave to cool. Add milk and butter to the dry mixture. Add eggs. Pour into the waffle iron, and cook until firm. These glorious treats ended […]

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BODY DIY: Boost your metabolism with natural remedies – Part 1

April 05, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In this post  I want to share with you some natural remedies that helped me to lose weight and keep healthy throughout the years. Today (part 1 of this post) we are going to discuss chili peper and ginger, both very particular in taste and both very helpful  during cold winters (since they can boost our Immune system). They can make our  dishes and drinks heartier and less boring.  Ginger can also serve as a home-made remedy for cold and flu, by adding it to warm water with  lemon and Hanukkah honey. Chili:  Spicing up your food does not only make your meals more adventurous but also gives you a lot of benefits.  Spices like chili are thought to raise the  metabolism by up to 50 % for up to three hours after eating; since it increases the heart rate. I enjoy chillies in everything (most of the time fresh); in savouries, chocolate and also herbal teas.  If you are not  adventurous with hot spices you can start introducing them slowly to some of your favourite meals. You will build your tolerance gradually and you will begin to appreciate its versatility and gain the benefits. If you have tried and you really  can`t take the heat and your body […]

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Food Journal: Sweet Potato, Mushrooms & Pancetta

April 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I had one of those days when I had absolutely no idea of what I wanted to cook. I was tired, so I didn’t want to make something that would take ages, I was also in the mood for some comfort food. At the green grocer’s I spotted sweet potato. I had pancetta and mushrooms at home… I was getting some ideas After a google search on how to pan fry potatoes, I found a couple of recipes that suggest frying them in butter and brown sugar. This sounded a bit too much, especially when some recipes recommended 2 cups of brown sugar. I only added 1 teaspoon with mine, the potatoes are sweet enough! This recipe serves 2, and here’s what you need: 1 large sweet potato chopped pancetta (for 2) Around 6 large mushrooms 1 medium onion Grated Parmigiano Reggiano 2 Eggs Dried Rosemary Salt & Pepper Method: Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add roughly chopped sweet potatoes (do not leave whole otherwise it will take longer to cook through). In the meantime, start cooking onion and mushrooms in a bit of butter. Once a fork can easily go through the potatoes, remove from […]

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