Time to relax and a fresh start

In the last year, the nearby botanical garden (Arboretum Volcji potok) became a place I visited weekly. Not every day, but still many times a week. Despite this many visits, it’s still a great place to relax, enjoy a walk, or run after our toddler on the children’s playground. The changing nature does the trick, there’s always something to see.

Sunset at sea

The last couple of months I’ve been extremely busy at work, and had practically no time for myself except the early morning workout routine (which got pretty exhaustive in the end as I was pulling late hours trying to finish all the project). I managed to complete all the important projects just on time before starting summer holidays. This is the view from my first day off, enjoying the sunset at sea.


Sunday’s walk

After a year and a half I still feel like the new one in the neighborhood. Years ago I rollerskated almost every afternoon. The rollerskates were my favourite transport means, and they could get me just about everywhere. But then I started to move places, and I never could really find the perfect route for rollerskate exercise (as in a long stretch of asphalt with little to no traffic to increase the heart rate). Last Sunday’s weather report was rainy, and when the early morning showed some sun, it was the best thing to just get out. I put the baby in the stroller, so he got to enjoy the scenic route, and I got a chance to do some fast pace walking to wake up completely. I didn’t mention I got only 5 hours of sleep the night before, so I had to get out of the flat, otherwise I’d fall asleep on the floor.

I didn’t take the rollerskates, but I did check a side road I had in mind for a while. Although it’s close to the main traffic route to the nearby town, it’s blocked by a low railing, and offers a great view of the surrounding fields and mountains in the back. On my way back, I picked some wild daisy flowers to remind me of the sunny morning. I have to admit I’m enjoying them these last few days, as the weather turned grey and dull.




Snow in April

I admit I didn’t quite belive the weather forecast today around noon, when I was driving home from work. At 15°C with wind and greyish clouds, it was to cool down towards the evening with a chance of snow. Well, here it is now. It’s been snowing since around 4 pm, and the roads are all white. Hopefully, the strawberries I had planted on the balcony won’t freeze (I moved them indoor, just in case).

Chives’ dumplings

Finally, a new recipe to include in our weekly meal plans. This was the second time I made them at home, and I’m pretty sure you can’t fail this recipe. It’s a variation of a family recipe, but a simpler, easier and quicker version.

Ingredients (4 people)

1 dL milk
1/2 tablespoon of sugar
20 g of fresh yeast (or an equivalent of dried yeast)
300 g flour
1/2 tablespoon of salt
5 tablespoons of sliced (fresh or dried) chives (can be modified according to your taste)
1 egg
30 g of melted butter
butter and bread crumbs

To make the dumplings, first mix together the milk, sugar and fresh yeast crushed in small crumbs. Let it rise for a while. In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, chives and egg, add the yeast mixture and melted butter. Mix it all together and make several small dumplings (I usually make 5). Let it rise for about half an hour. You can cook them in a salted boiling water for about 10-15 minutes, or you can  freeze them, and have a quick meal for one of those busy days.

They’re best served covered with  buttered bread crumbs and a bowl of fresh green salad.


Onion-painted Easter eggs

As part of my plan to expend the recipe repertoire, I made my first Easter eggs. Considering I haven’t ate an Easter egg for more than a decade, this was a huge change. My mum always made too many Easter egss, and we were stuck eating them for more than a week each year. At some point I completely stopped eating boiled eggs altogether. Recently, I occasionaly boil an egg for a salad, and decided it’s time to make some for Easter.I don’t remember making Easter eggs when I was younger, so despite this being ‘a family recipe’, it was my first time. And of course, not all went according to plan. I peeled onions and first soaked the onion peels in cold water. During the soaking, I prepared the eggs. I didn’t have any small flowers at hand, so I used larger leaves of one of my (unfortunately dying) plants to make initials of family members. The trick is to add a plant leaf or a flower directly on the eggs shell, and then tightly cover it with a small piece of pantyhose. When the eggs are decorated, you just need to boil them for 10-15 minutes, and they’re done. As you can see on the photos, the water colour changed during those 15 minutes to reddish brown. Unfortunately, the leaves I used for decorating the eggs were not tightly enough covered with pantyhose piece, and only one egg got a readable initial on.