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I discovered my favorite breakfast and I feel like Will Farrel as Elf….

Whenever I have it I behave like that. Which makes me think, is it just me or does everyone play their own film in their head?

For example, whenever I’m choosing what to wear, in my head I play the scene from ‘American Gigolo’.

Or when I’m pleased I feel like saying ‘alright, alright’ alright’ Mathew Mcconaughey style.

Whenever I’m dancing, I’m John Travolta in ‘Saturday Night Fever’. People who went dancing with me know exactly what I’m saying, as I like my dance floor to be empty, that’s why usually I’m the first one on it and I come off as soon as it gets crowded.

Or whenever people try to interrupt my lunch break:

I could go on for ages, but let’s concentrate on my favorite breakfast for a moment.

It’s just…

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Grilled Polenta with Mushrooms

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in anticipation of the new season of Bloodline

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Have you ever had that spooky experience in your life, when once you start thinking of one thing it comes to you in bunches? Let me elaborate…

In my last post I mentioned Hemingway. Around the same time I started reading a book by Naomi Woods ‘Mrs Hemingway’. It is a marvelous book taking you through all Hemingway’s marriages from his wives’ perspective. I loved it, it’s beautifully written, I really enjoyed reading it and I don’t even like Hemingway.

The other thing I never had an interest in was Florida. Never desired to go there, see it, couldn’t understand people’s fascination with it. In my mind it was the area ridden by hurricanes, alligators and pensioners.

After reading Naomi Woods book I sort of had and urge to go there. The way she described Hemingway and Fife’s (wife no 2) house in Key West, relaxed life in the sun…

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Kimchi Soup

because season two is in full swing and as entertaining…

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What do you do when you feel sorry for yourself?

I make Kimchi soup and watch some guilty pleasure type of thing.

Like ‘Jane the Virgin’ for example. It really makes me chuckle. Especially the commentary. Even if you have never watched Latino telenovela, this is the time to get into it. Especially that ‘Jane’ is a bit of a parody of a genre but with all the key elements.

Many years ago my sister and I were remodeling my sister’s flat. That involved plastering, tiling, painting etc, all done by us. It took us longer than we planned (usual story  – the pipes weren’t delivered in time or the place we bought the floorboards from didn’t tell us that they run out of matching skirting boards. Anyone who’s done redecorating knows how it goes – usually not according to the schedule). Every day we got up in the morning…

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Matcha Vanilla Drink

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When you need a bit of a kick and an energy boost, nothing works better than matcha. Trust me, I know. It wakes you up and makes you feel bouncy. Which is not like me at all, but there you go.

There is also a film which always gives me a bit of a boost. It’s ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. It’s simply excellent, party on!

If you have never watched it (to which I can only say ‘Bogus. Heinous. Most non-triumphant’), it’s a story about two rock star wannabes who are about to flunk their finals. Their history teacher gives them a last chance to prepare a presentation on how a famous historical personality would react to modern times. Unexpectedly they get help from Rufus, Emissary from the Future. They meet many important historical figures, including Napoleon and Socrates, experience the most…

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Quesadillas

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Many years ago I saw a film which blew my mind and left me speechless. I’m talking about ‘Napoleon Dynamite’.

Before I watched it I heard about its debut at Sundance Film Festival, but the reviews at the beginning were mixed. I think people just didn’t get it.  No one expected the film to do so well and have a cult following, but that’s what happens when you assume all cinema audiences are not so bright and only want to watch films based on the same formula.

I can’t even express how much I love this film. I don’t recall popularity issue in my school as it’s showed in so many British and American films. Maybe it existed, I just didn’t notice because I was living too much in my own world. But if I was going to school like the one in the film, I would definitely want to…

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Ruthenian Pierogi (dumplings)

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ruthenian dumplings (pierogi)

I hardly ever make traditional Polish food. But I am a sucker for dumplings in any shape and form, from any country and tradition. I have made Japanese gyoza before, Chinese dim sum, Italian tortellini and ravioli. I have also made Polish dumplings.

Boyfriend’s favourite ones are ruthenian dumpings which are stuffed with potatoes and quark cheese.

Sometimes I make it for him because I’m such a great girlfriend.

ruthenian dumplings (pierogi

Ruthenian Pierogi

for dumpings:

3 cups spelt flour (plus extra for dusting)

2/3 cup hot water

1 egg (optional)

2 tbsp olive oil

for the filling:

2 medium potatoes

250 quark (ricotta if you can’t find quark)

salt and pepper

2 shallots

1 tbsp olive oil

  1. Start by making the dough. Sieve the dough and make a well in the middle. Add warm water, oil and egg and start mixing everything together using hands. You can dust the surface if the…

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Mediterranean vegetable linguine

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On summer weekend evenings it’s good to revisit your old friends. Some of your favourite ones you haven’t  seen for a while, but you are always happy to see them again.

Like ‘Moonstruck’.

I find this film magical.

The main character Loretta (played really well by Cher) is an accountant and a widow living with her family in Brooklyn, New York. She’s dating an older guy who proposes to her. The plan is that before they get married, he’s going to go to Sicily to see his dying mother. He also insists she should see his estranged brother and invite him to the wedding.

From there nothing goes according to the plan.

The film is about love, family, mistakes, but it’s somehow magical and tender. Norman Jewison had only about two weeks to shot it as actors were involved in different projects, and he made a marvelous…

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