Fastest Fig Salad

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Cook / Vegetables and legumes
Fig salad

What if I fall?

Oh but my darling, what if you fly?

- Erin Hanson

There is a way of thinking that we must reach out of our comfort zones to achieve great things. I utterly believe in this, though I have to poke myself once in a while to remind myself to put it into practice.

Lately I’ve been rather stressed out. A friend of mine reminded me that we need to stop to identify what things do we do that don’t work. Then we have to really stop doing them. Sometimes these things have become habits, we think they are necessary, so stopping them can actually be hard work. It is also a form of going out of our comfort zones.

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Mystery Moment

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Assorted / Ponder
mystery moment

Let’s keep it short and sweet. I’ve been having a great time playing with the macro function in my camera. I’m pretty certain that when the time comes, I’ll buy a macro lens. This picture is one of the results of that macro session.

What is this plant in the picture. That’s the only tip this time. It’s a plant, because that is pretty obvious. I’m sure it’s really easy and you’ll all get it right at the first go.

Good luck!

Extremely Creamy Yogurt, Raspberry and Lime Cake

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Cook / Desserts and sweets
Creamy yogurt and raspberry cake

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

- Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

Allow me to admit that I’m a bit stressed out lately. We all have these moments in our lives, right? So many things to do, not enough time to do them all. Dreaded feelings that we could do better. In nearly everything.

I wish I could do six impossible things before breakfast.

I have to force myself to stop and do me activities. Play the piano and make cakes. Blog about it too, why not? Thank goodness for cake. In my case I’ll add a suffix, thank goodness for cake for breakfast. I’ve been rushing around so much lately that, apart from my sacred morning coffee, unless there is cake for breakfast, – who can resist that? – I forget to eat anything all morning. Not ideal, I know. I think I’ve even lost weight due to this forgetfulness.

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The Blue Hour in Barcelona

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Photography / Ponder
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The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.

- Haruki Murakami, Dance, Dance, Dance

The first time I ever heard of the blue hour was through my friend Randall. In photography there are two blue hours in the day: approximately one hour before dawn and one hour before sunset. I’m not sure if it literally means that the sky will turn an amazing shade of blue in the photos during these moments. I think it is so, and that you can also play with the light to create stunning effects in the colours.

I had been wanting to go out to try and see if I could capture this blue hour. This evening I had a bit of time to spare so I went out to do the experiment. I think I possibly found some positive results. They are nowhere near as dramatic as his photos, so for truly bewitching blue hour photos please visit his post about the blue hour.

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Seasoning my Arbequina Olives

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Cook / Vegetables and legumes
Thyme and lemon arbequina olives

My Arbequina Olive Project met an unexpected acceleration. Marta, our friend that gifted me the arbequina olives had been reading my previous olive post and sent me some smoke signals. Seeing that they are from her tree, and she’s had the tree for 10 years, I immediately changed my olive curing plans to put her wisdom into practice.

I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing this story in a couple of lines. She got the olive tree as a gift she and her husband decided to present to themselves when their daughter was born 10 years ago. What a beautiful idea.

I was a bit concerned that some of my olives where beginning to get some brown spots. She assured that it’s normal, her arbequina olives do the same.

The big news was that I don’t need to soak them and change the water for 4-8 weeks. Only about 9 days are fine. This was brilliant news for me, because I have to go and spend a long week in Madrid and I didn’t fancy giving instructions to Mr. H. to change the water every couple of days. This is only because my pride makes me stubborn so I don’t like asking for help.

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