June 24, 2009
June 22, 2009
But I have a solution to this problem.
I make my own.
You wanna know how? It's really easy actually.
The secret is getting cheap cherry tomatoes.
At my local market, the deals get better during the day. When you go there say around 3pm, many of the sellers will have pans which contents they sell for one euro ($1.40). These products are often on the verge of going bad but for some recipes - like this one - that is really no problem.
So last week one of the things I picked up at the market wasva pan with a bunch of cherry tomatoes (I'm guessing about 50 of these beauties). After washing them and generously sprinkling them with olive oil, salt and black pepper, all I had to do was pop them in the oven for a couple of hours and I had a batch of half-dried tomatoes to last me for a while. They go great in salads but I've also used them in an avocado soup I made the other day.
Half-dried cherry tomatoes
June 19, 2009
My Philips food processor arrived and after enjoying unpacking the giant box and installing the processor and all its zillion accessories in my kitchen, the first thing I made... was a good old drink for myself.
I mixed gin, tonic water mint, and ice in the blender and voila!
I promise more ambitious projects will follow soon...
June 17, 2009
Yesterday I ordered both a 24" iMac and a Philips food processor online.
I know it's a bit extravagant, but I felt I deserved it because of my 1000Eu prize and almost graduating and having had my previous laptop for 6 years and finishing the internship and my time abroad! (Of course the 1000E does not cover this all. Sadly.)
I know I told you I wanted to buy a laptop and I did but then I realized I mostly use the computer at home and also since I have been suffering from back, neck and shoulder problems from stress and using the computer too much I felt a desktop computer would be the better choice for me. And of course, I admit, I swooned over the iMac design. It is gorgeous.
I ordered the iMac through the special Apple education store, which gave me a discount on the purchase but more importantly, the kind Apple people offered me an iPod touch. I only have to pay taxes for it.
Both the iMac and the iPod touch should be delivered here in 3 or 4 days I think. I can't wait.
But I'll have another toy to ease the waiting. Because I also bought a Philips foodprocessor which also functions as a blender and a juicemaker and it is supposed to be delivered already today! I've been eyeing it for a couple of weeks now and yesterday I just went for it. Maybe because its price tag wasn't so impressive anymore after just buying an iMac.... Check it out here (Oh and I got it a lot cheaper than it is selled for on this website... Yay!)
Isn't it a beauty?
I'll report to you as soon as my new loves arrive!
June 16, 2009
Well, hold on, here is my first recipe. I made these muffins last week and they were an instant hit.
They are not too sweet.
adapted from Epicurious
June 13, 2009
Oh MrBee knows me so well.... It totally made my day.
It was done by a Belgian TV channel as a promotion stunt for a new program to find a new musical star.
June 12, 2009
I am sure Michael Moore uses all kinds of editing tricks and strong rhetorics, but still I was so amazed by what is going on in the States. I feel lucky here in the Netherlands.
I especially liked the things British politician Tony Benn said.
MrBee and I cried, laughed and talked during the movie. I'm just so happy I'm back and able to share these things together.
June 11, 2009
June 9, 2009
Just the other day I asked your advice on writing life lists. You recommended me to be realistic and to be careful with big lofty goals and also to be accepting that my taste, my feelings and thus my goals can change.
After careful consiferation I still think writing a life list could be good for me. If only as an opportunity to contemplate what I really want and to discuss those things, for example with MrBee.
Have a look at the list here!
Your comments did lead me to take some precautions:
* I started with a list of 50 goals
* One of the goals in my list is to keep reviewing the list
I'm just gonna see how it goes. See how I get on. I'll also make a button on the blog somewhere some time soon so it is easily accessible and I'll post about how it's working for me regularly I hope.
Any advice and comments are of course very welcome!
- Learn how to make sushi
- Start a book club
- Ride a limousine
- Go to a ‘blind restaurant’
- Buy ‘real’ art
- Become a mom
- Learn ballroom dancing
- Visit the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee
- Give a really, really great honest toast
- Never show up empty-handed
- Do something romantically cheesy
- Throw a cocktail party
- Always have a bottle of bubbles ready in the fridge and create reasons to celebrate
- Learn how to work with Photoshop properly
- Scuba Dive
- Get married
- Organize digital photos archive
- Print selections of photos and put them in albums
- Document my life
- Say more I love you’s
- Dance more
- Be kind to others
- Make pasta from scratch
- Try sculpting
- Accentuate the positive
- Buy a 1930s house
- Buy stocks
- Have more often fresh flowers in the house
- Bring old clothes to 2nd hand stores
- Show my children the world
- Learn how to sail properly
- Teach my children to be open-minded, tolerant and kind to others
- Open up about what’s really on my mind
- Stop dieting
- Grow roses in my future garden
- Send out postcards and handwritten notes besides birthday cards
- Never be embarrassed when it comes to my health
- Trust my instincts
- Go to a drive in movie
- Keep having date nights with MrBee
- Name my child after my mom
- Buy more organic food
- Truly accept and love my own body
- Get a proper manicure and pedicure
- Learn how to sew
- Talk to MrBee about our dreams and hopes
- Visit Japan
- Learn basic HTML
- Review this list actively
June 7, 2009
On my way back home I passed a boat with tourists enjoying a tour over the canals and then they started taking pictures of me cycling by!
I guess I did look like the prototype Dutch girl: long blond hair, Dutch bike, flowers under my arm, cycling on the bridge over the canal...
June 5, 2009
Remember how I told you MrBee and I went to see Phoenix play before we got together and I was still with someone else?
Well Phoenix just released a new album, their 4th, which hasn't left my CD player since I got it (yes I still buy CDs).
You can imagine how bummed I was when I found out a couple of weeks ago that Phoenix was coming to play in Amsterdam but that the show had already been sold out.
But I put up an ad on marktplaats.nl, which is I think the Dutch version of Craigslist, saying that whoever could sell me two tickets to the Phoenix show was gonna make me a very very very happy girl.
And then on Wednesday night I got a call. Someone offered me his tickets for the normal price. I was so excited! He even sent me the tickets before the money was booked onto his account. I love it when people just trust each other... I love this guy. He made my week.
The show was at a relatively new club in Amsterdam in a building that is going to be torn down in a while. It looked really industrial. Very cool. They had all kinds of art projects going on and we actually saw the Phoenix guys hanging out there before the show. Had to contain myself not to go ask them for an autograph. Or a picture. Or a drumstick (I have a small collection of drum sticks from bands I've been to see. MrBee plays the drums...).
And the show was just awesome. Just awesome. MrBee and I were right in front of the stage and we danced and sang along and just enjoyed the music. MrBee later told me I was just beaming all night long. I probably was...
And our way back home we remembered how different everything was on our first Phoenix concert...
June 3, 2009
MrBee came to pick me up in Lyon and we had a really romantic last weekend there.
Driving back to Holland went really well. Fortunately it wasn´t too hot. I don´t have AC in my car and when I drove back from Geneva a week earlier I felt like I was before a reallyh arm blow dryer all the way. Not very comfortable. When we drove through Belgium we had a really really bad rain storm. Somehow it always rains when MrBee and I drive through Belgium... I wonder what that is....
I am enjoying spending time in our home, I´m getting used to being back. Somehow the idea that I don't have to leave again in a couple of days hasn't really sunk in yet....
Even though it has only been my second day back home, already I've noticed I should be careful not too waste too much time doing nothing, resorting again to the "cheap entertainment" I referred to in my very first blogpost. And although I feel like I deserved a bit of off time, I feel I need to make sure I get into some sort of ¨rythm¨ or routine.
In the next couple of weeks I don´t really have work or classes but I do have tons of stuff to do. I have reports to write before I can graduate. I need to start applying for jobs. We still have a lot of stuff to do around the house. I feel like structure in my days is essential for getting things crossed off my to-do-lists.
Tell me, do you have suggestions on how to make most of your days?
PS The artwork I won in a Blog Giveaway a couple of weeks ago has arrived! It´s tiny but really really pretty. I´ll post about it later when we decided where to put it.