Friday, June 29, 2012

Time-Off + Have a Relaxing Weekend



So it has been a bit of a hectic week to say the least...you may or may have not noticed, but I haven't been around much lately.
I just thought I would mention that since I don't want anyone to feel like they're being ignored or anything. I'll be back to normal on Tuesday, but I feel I need a bit of a rest right now.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Five Likes Tuesday

Croque-madame. A classic French dish {Hot grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top.}

Now that the summer is here and the weather gets hotter from day-to-day, a meatless dish seemed perfect for a hot, sunny day. So last Sunday I thought I would cook a quite light dinner.

The croque-madame is one of those excellent sandwiches that's rich tasting, and fit for any time of day. There's nothing like the smell and taste of a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. I'm fairly obsessed with it actually.

Croque-madame is a French dish, consisting of a hot grilled ham and cheese (Gruyere or Emmental) sandwich served with a fried egg on top; which becomes a croque-monsieur if you don't top it with a fried egg.

Mixed Green Salad with Avocado.

To make the dressing:

Mix together the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and sea salt and pepper in a small bowl. Taste and add more olive oil or lemon juice if necessary.
Just before serving, whisk the dressing, pour over the salad leaves, toss and serve.

This salad is visually beautiful and colourful, the smell of the avocado is seductive, and it is meant to thrill your taste-buds! Not to toot any horns or anything, but I make really good salads.

Vegetable Spring Rolls (frozen) and Sweet Chili sauce.
Vanilla ice cream with cherry sauce and roasted mixed nuts.
Lovely Tulips.

What things do you currently like? xx

Friday, June 22, 2012

Rosie, The Shar Pei + Have a Lovely Weekend!


I went to visit my good friend Elena last week. Meet Rosie, the Shar Pei. She is the cutest puppy ever!
One lovely Sunday with Rosie in the garden...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How Do You Manage Stress?

Have you ever stressed out? Sure, we all have. In these tough economic times, when the daily grind becomes too much, that many of us are stressed out is no surprise. I know that stress is part of life, but it doesn't have to rule our lives!
I often feel overwhelmed by my busy life, and I do struggle in order to manage professional and personal responsibilities, but I've decided to live a more balanced, less stressful, deliberate life and fight stress by de-cluttering my life and mind.

In fact, I find myself tired of having to excavate the kitchen table before I can serve dinner. Let alone, the junk drawer in the kitchen or the piles of cloths in bedroom. I actually often can't find my car keys amid the piles on my counter. So, being surrounded by more things than I can manage, my life just seems to be out of control. There is no question, clutter is an ongoing cause of stress. 
I am one of those people who want to do it all, but to be honest with you, I probably can't; at least not without paying the price. There is no question, multi-tasking is another cause of stress.
So, I've decided to try a new approach realizing the harmful effects of stress- and also to develop several positive, healthy habits. Here's my "How to reduce stress" list...

De-cluttering my home (donating to local  charity any in good condition item I am not using. I would never want to part with my memento box and stuff from my parents though.)

Stopping judging myself. (I may not be my own hardest critic, but the only real judge of me, is definitely me!)

Approaching big tasks one step at a time.

Trying to pace instead of race. The world won't end, after all!

How often do you feel stressed out? Are you good at handling stress? Any tips to share? Thank you! xx

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tastes of Summer + Have a Great Summer Weekend!

Hello, there! It's good to be back! Gosh, how I've missed you all!

So, now that the bounty of summer fruits and vegetables begin to appear almost everywhere-in fields, in farmer's markets, and even in your grocery stores, it is a good time to think about salad recipes, inspired by the Mediterranean, where vegetable is an important part of cooking.
In this time of year, what could be better than a salad which glows with the warm and seductive tastes of the Mediterranean? What a better way to celebrate the beginning of Summer than by enjoying a delicious, colourful, and refreshing salad.

For those of us with little inclination and even less time to spend in the kitchen, here is the authentic Greek Tomato Salad recipe. 
The famous Horiatiki Salata, "rustic" salad. Pronounced haw-ree-ah-tee-kee sah-lah-tah.  
For this simple but remarkably satisfying Greek summer salad, you need just a few good quality ingredients. I really love this salad...

Friday, June 01, 2012

Have a Beautiful Weekend

I hope everyone has a wonderful spring weekend. I've been taking a little time off because I have Sara (a good friend of mine) and baby Claire (her baby girl) here visiting, and I want to soak up every single minute I can with them :)

Have a great one! xx 

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