shall we leave this place now, dear?

guys... I have finished my dissertation! quite strange not to have to put "dissertation-write (...)" in my diary, for the first time since last summer. it's only proper that I celebrate this momentous day somehow, so I'm currently getting drunk on a very expensive chablis (the only way to start a week...) and listening to this on repeat (czesław <3). anyway. press on.

let me tell about food and what I like to eat when days finally get (a teeny tiny bit) warmer.

quickly steamed asparagus, with only a touch of lemon, salt and butter, accompanied by a glass of white wine.

a hunk of proper west country cheddar/good french brie with some great bread, juicy grapes and wine.

simple caprese with sweet, ripe tomatoes and plump, milky mozzarella + freshly picked basil.

(by now you've probably noticed that wine is a common theme in my book)

-what is your nationality?
- I'm a drunkard.
- that makes Rick a citizen of the world.


give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by someone I do not know.

john keats

also, some of my own recent creations (because of the crappy quality of cellphone pictures, I processed these with poladroid in hopes that I can pass them as vintage/quirky photos).

broad beans (aka fava beans to you lovely Americans) + asparagus + parmesan salad (recipe from sophie dahl's book, but it's really about a simple combination of those flavours), rye bread.

kale + parmesan salan in lemon dressing (recipe from the amazing sprouted kitchen). I know that kale is more of a winter veg, but it's super healthy. apparently some people are squeamish about eating raw kale, but this simple recipe (uhm... it takes 3-4 minutes tops) will change your mind. I have never actually eaten kale cooked and usually go for this salad. delicious and oh-so-good for you.

source: my tumblr, nonchalance (and originally - I have no idea) + my own

I think there's something really beautiful and elegant about eating seasonal food, and not messing with it too much. concentrating on hunting down the best ingredients and treating them with respect.

speaking of delicious things, can somebody shed more light on what exactly is added to the irish water? I'm watching 'being human' right now and even though it's a rather brilliant show all round, undoubtedly the best thing about it is aidan turner. now I'm a big fan of the scruffy look anyway, but in one of the episodes he really pushes it by wearing tracksuit bottoms and a plaid flannel shirt. what's more, the guy basically permanently looks hung-over and frankly, in need of a good shower, and yet. and yet! I think I'm going to pause here so that I don't have to delete this post later on.

have an awesome week everyone!


the day will come when you'll get away from it

I just got back from the gym, where I watched top gear (that show owns my heart) and killing hitler on some history channel. it's a good thing not many people use the gym in my building.
anyway, I came across these photos today and really love the colours, so deep and rich.

back to working on my dissertation...


I love to feel there's always more that I need

what I would like right now: a little less stress, less clutter, less hurry. more sun and fresh air. clear mind and peaceful sleep.19 days left... 
hang tough, hang tough. 



we've had 3 (three!) sunny days in a row after 2 months :)) spring must be coming. I woke up early and decided to be all healthy and good to myself: took a cold shower, went to the gym, made fresh mint tea, bought groceries for the week, got myself daffodils and white tulips. and I've done it all before noon! a taste of what life could have been if I didn't have to write that dreadful dissertation. which I'll be doing for the rest of the day...

+ us the office > uk the office. big time.
+ watched hurt locker again yesterday and it was even better than I remembered. same goes for how good looking jeremy renner is in it.

have a great week and remember to take care of yourselves!


there's too much caffeine in your bloodstream and a lack of real spice in your life

it's finally getting warm (sort of)! although here, you never really know... also, last week we had the first day of sunshine in what I believe was over a month. my favourite things currently...
  • "band of brothers" and "the pacific" are brilliant (if anyone's following my tumblr and getting sick of the BoB/TP overload, I can only say - too bad)
  • my favourite artist has released his new album last week and man, it's so good! soundtrack to my spring'11.
  • hope & greenwood -  the retro sweet shop in covent garden. it's such a cute little place, as close to honeydukes as you can get without going to hogsmeade.
  • after avoiding the us version of the office (who could ever beat ricky gervais?), I gave it a go and now I'm on the 3rd season. it's actually better than the uk one. I need to re-think my life choices.
  • no matter what happens, this is the month I will hand in my final year dissertation. I'll probably explode with happiness when the blessed day comes.
  • never let me go is brilliant (the movie). haunting, heartbreaking, beautiful. it went straight to my list of favourite movies - and usually I'm lucky if I find one film I like this much per year. I'm surprised it didn't get any love at baftas or the oscars. the whole mood of the film reminded me of a very special book, kitchen by banana yoshimoto. I can't really put my finger on it. perhaps it's because the book it was based on was written by a japanese author as well? anyway, I really recommend it.
  • speaking of movies, see how I didn't even mention the oscars and how perfect it was that for once in a long time a film that won actually deserved the award? although the kids are all right should've gotten a special prize too, possibly for being the most overrated movie of the year.
  • damian lewis is perfect. the end.
excuse my less-than-eloquent rambling, I'm drinking a little too much coffee and studying a little too much these days, so half the time even I don't know what I'm talking about. enjoy your week & have some pretty countryside photos. one day, I promise...

right now I could really go for a coffee, ideally somewhere in the countryside. I wish, I wish...