Salad prep
Salad in progress

Today I am going to share with you the salad that I could eat for the rest of my life if I were to choose one dish. It is super simple and very filling at the same time. I like it with grilled salmon or halloumi cheese but it is also delicious just as it is.

I get a big salad bowl and cut everything in small. Then mix it all together and heavily sprinkle it with olive oil and season it on the plate:

  • 1 pack of crisp salad mix
  • half a pack of spinach
  • two hand full of plum tomatoes
  • one pack of radish
  • 5-6 spring onion
  • two avocado
  • one pack of feta cheese
  • one paprika
  • basil on the top (the more the better)

Personally I don’t tend to put any spice on it as I prefer to taste the vegetables. However celery salt goes really well with this salad.

 

I hope you give it a go and let me know what you think!

SOS! need more fun

Today I learn a great lesson from a friend. Nothing new, just a message that was said at the right time:

Time is the only thing we cannot reproduce!
You can only waste it or make the most out of it!

I chose the second. I am turning triple X in a couple of weeks. Instead of lethargy, I feel ecstatic. I cannot wait to start a new era. I would like to make the thirties the funnest years possible.

It all makes sense: Until now I was trying to behave more mature and show the word that I can achieve more at a young age. However I don’t have to show/prove anything as I have the age. Fun is what I definitely lack of and it has to change. Enough of the serious me, I shall open up and seek for new adventures.

In ten years time I would like to feel happy about all the fun things I will have done in these years.

When the Penny Drops

Yesterday we got paid. But today is the day when most of the money goes out from our account. At least we know where we stand for the rest of the month. P doesn’t like to get involved. He leaves all the responsibilities for me. I on the other hand, got obsessed checking the account every few hours on these two days. Not that it makes any difference at all. In the afternoon, I check the balance and calculate how much direct debit left to pay until the end of the month. (Almost all direct debits are scheduled on the first day of the month, which helps us seeing the rest of the month clearly)

Then I check the credit card balance and then together we decide how much we shall sacrifice that month. Few months ago we got a letter from the bank with useful tips on how to pay of the credit cards quicker. One advice was to pay more than the minimum payment, to avoid additional interest fee and try not using it until the next statement. Therefore each month we try to pay as much as possible towards the credit card and stop using it until after the cut off day.

I bet there are many other useful tips. What advice would you give to a shopaholic couple?

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Tea Time

 

I am less than 24  hours away from identifying my future path. I have been silent for more than a month now, but it doesn’t mean I have given up on Erola. I had to seriously reconsider what I would like to achieve in life.

Tomorrow finally I meet with the only person who can shed some light on my misery. I am pissing myself  now. It could go horrible wrong or it could be super simple and productive.

If it is the first, I shall probably start looking for another job. If it is the later, I will have more time to spend here. Oh, my! I hope it is the later.

 

For now, I am trying to chill myself with some cocktail. Cheers and see you all tomorrow.

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Cocktail to calm my nerves.

Dear Diary – Week 2

Oh Monday! I might have had a glass too much in the pub last night. I literally had to power through Monday,  just to drop dead in front of telly later. Hot water situation was still not resolved. We were rushing home to make sure the plumber could come in this time. While he was working I entertained kitty, otherwise he would have destroyed his bag and tools. It would have been 1-0 to kitty. Then the darkness descended and I passed out in front of the TV. I didn’t even wake when the door closed behind the plumber. Still no hot water.

 

Tuesday: I woke to a lonely morning. P was at work and it’s only kitty and me coddled up in bed. I was on evening work duties. Had a wonderful conversation at work. I finally found someone really special. Meaningful conversation always lights up my day/week.

 

Wednesday: Finally its weekend. You might think… what? You are half way through. Yes. Maybe you, but not me. I am officially out of office today. I had great time catching up with a friend. Had a dashing apple crumble with vanilla ice cream and green tea. We promised to see each other more often before waiving goodbyes. I went home and pretty much cleaned the whole house. Cause I still cannot afford a maid. I am working on it though. I hate cleaning, and dirt and dust, which is not a great combination.

 

Thursday was the day when I did absolutely nothing, apart from watching movies in PJs, eat in bed and not brush my hair. Proud? Not really but definitely relaxed and refreshed. I caught up with my weekly beauty sleep, which was long overdue. I know, I slept a lot on Monday, however there was nothing beautiful about that.

 

Working in the morning of the belated Christmas party was like walking into a hall full of anticipation. All the topics are about the party. Girls discussing outfit and make up tips and tricks. Lads are planning a pre-party party. ‘Cause what would be a party without a pre-party party?

Then the taxi arrives and we all hop in. That’s it! Hair, make-up, dress and hills are all in place. No more preparation, no more anticipation, just fun, fun, fun. Dinner, awards and dance all night.

 

What a party! Chef surprised us with a delicious menu. I won a night stay in a five star hotel and we danced all night with P. The band was amazing. The singers were having a dance off with us on the dance floor while singing. Truly we were very well looked after.

 

Next day, we had a lay in. I was on late duties, to ensure I have a chance to soak up the last nights alcohol with a nutritious breakfast. And so this was on the menu.

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Grilled sweet potato with avocado and cherry tomato. Cheddar, gorgonzola, salami milano, sausage, cranberry/seed bread with poached egg. Three mint pukka tea.

Current favourite by far!

 

My bleedings in summary:

  • I feel blessed for the meaningful conversations I had this week.
  • I feel blessed to party and have so much fun with P.
  • I feel blessed to eat what I want.

 

I hope you had a great week! Don’t forget to count your blessings and share with me.

Have you been crying?

I have been asked three times today. No I haven’t… I have a migraine! Same answer over and over again.
I haven’t really recovered from the yesterday’s black out situation. I felt much better after dinner and I went to bed later. But this morning I just couldn’t wake up properly. I feel like somebody or something needs to pull me out of this blackness. 

Late to Early

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Darkness descends

The voices are getting more distant. My attention fades. I can still hear the question addressed to me but but my response hardly makes any sense anymore. Then suddenly it is stronger than me and I shift to a deep deep place. That’s it!

— I am out! —

How long not sure. But there is nothing that could wake me. It is deeper than a sleep I am in a much darker place. I am blacked out.

When I wake after a couple of hours, I feel drunk. I feel I have been partying to exhaustion and drank all sort of sweet poison to numb my senses.

But I haven’t. I sit and my head starts spinning I feel I am going to through up and I scream for food. I feel heavy and disoriented. The center of my gravity just popped out of my body and it is still somewhere on the sofa below me. It is pulling me back to that deep deep place for some more. But I resist until food arrives.
Than I am human again.

p.s.: it happened to me 3-4 times in the past couple of weeks
Does this sound any familiar to you? It never happened to me until recently. Let me know if it makes sense or not.

So today I was craving for some soup. Opened the fridge and all I could find is some celery and four tired carrots. If I leave them lil dawn, probably I would need to through them. So it was convenient decision to make good use of them. I had some sweet potato, onion and garlic.

Made some broth with easy peasy maggie cubes and chopped all the ingredients:

  • one onion
  • one garlic
  • celery root
  • 4 small carrots

Heat the rapeseed oil in a large saucepan and then add the onions. Once they are soft add celery, carrot, sweet potato and a knob of butter. Stir until butter is melted and cover it with a lid for 5 minutes.

Add broth to it so it covers all the ingredients and cook it on medium heat for 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook it for another 10-15 minutes. Once you can mash the potato with a wooden spoon, you can blend it all and add it to the rest of the broth. Once all blended, bring it to boil and you are ready.

For special taste, fry some bacon and serve according to individual taste. We have processed the ingredients in a different way. Whichever you choose Buon apetito!

Once it was ready I googled the ingredients and I found the below recipe. Check out Kieran’s awesome blog Health is Happiness

This soup is guaranteed to be a hit. It is incredibly easy to make and so good.  Roasting the veggies ahead of time really gives this soup a wonderful sweetness that you wouldn’t get otherwise. There are very few ingredients … Continue reading →

Source: Roasted Sweet Potato, Carrot & Celery Root Soup Recipe

Dear Erola – Week 1

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Time flies in a blink of a second. I need to make sure that I do not daydream 2017 through. I would like to make the most of it and this is the reason I am writing you.

Here I am ready to count my blessings for the first time this year!

As you know I started this year working from the early hours; as many others around the world – I am sure. This was the first time that I had Christmas off and I worked New Year Eve and Day. It was such a relief not to plan anything for the biggest party night. In the past it always caused a head ache to figure out what to do New Years Eve to festively say goodbye to the previous year. This year was different. I worked until 11 pm NYE and back again 6:30 am.

Monday was no different to any other working days. I cruised through the day and went shopping after work. We made broccoli and stilton soup in the evening. According to the recipe I found on Pinterest. That evening we watch Jack Reacher: Never go back and had an early night. Had 12 hours sleep.

We woke up that we have an hour and a half to get ready to tee off. It was a sunny chilly day and we made it eventually. Played 16 holes due to daylight restriction. The trouble with long sleeps and short daylight that you need to compromise. 1-0 to sleep on this occasion. I played to my best and thoroughly enjoyed the round. I had a slight headache throughout but took a pill midway and rubbed some cold tiger balm on my forehead and temples and a few holes later I sad goodbye to the pain. After the round we hit the bar to count out scores. Had two glasses of wine and I felt more drunk than ever. Great company and fresh air was enough to dose off at 9 pm that night.

Wednesday we hit the real low. Let alone that we had not have hot water for 24 hours already, we have been also put off from IVF for another 6 month. Ready more about it here.

Thursday I was back to work and we made up with my partner. The power of apology is remarkable. It has a healing effect on the relationship. By admitting to your partner that you are not proud of your own behaviour is deliberating. It was mutual, just as I thought. Funny how two stubborn people will not give in and than once one decides otherwise the other will follow. Smoothie of the day was Greeny (as a colleague named it). You can read more about Grenny!

Friday we were at a much better place with P. He made me a lunch box for me for work. I am in ❤️! A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled – you are my first book in 2017! Ruby Wax is hilarious and I cannot wait to read it all.

Saturday: Oh, you were a tough day. Being back to early after two late shifts, meant only 4 hours sleep. These changes really get to me. I used to handle these swiftly, but it gets more and more difficult with age. I bravely shared my wardrobe with you. I have a belated Christmas party coming up on Friday and I really needed you help to decide what to wear. I am not ready to invest in a new piece when I have so many. I was really nervous to pose for getting the pictures done. I have never done anything like it before. As a newbie to blogging I wasn’t expecting any response to my shout out. But I was pleasantly surprised that bloggers from around the word actually took the time to respond to it. Thanks for boosting my confidence.

Sunday: You were a bit easier to handle. After an exciting week I was glad to meet up with friends and put the week behind with some drinks in the pub. I feel blessed to hang out with you cool people.

My blessings in summary:
  • I feel blessed to have such a loving P (partner); I love him to bits!
  • I feel blessed to be able to play golf at the coolest place on Earth!
  • I feel blessed to get response from other bloggers around the world!
  • I feel blessed to have friends to hang out with!