At the beginning of September I became really stressed with work. I was mentally prepared for it, but still it was a big change. On top of that, I decided to become a morning person and as always I chose to do it the wrong way, cold turkey (here’s the right way if you care to find out). From fights to a broken dishwasher (that will take a crazy amount of money to replace), there were so many things that went wrong this month. I was very grateful for turning on my fairy lights and enjoying the occasional relaxing fall night, listening to the rain and reading a book. Apart from that, here’s the rest I was grateful for in September…
– Take a break from work to get me a free cappuccino and some chocolate
– The very inappropriate quote: “I don’t do yoga because I don’t want anyone to tell me to put my what where.”
– Go to the theater for the first time in Trondheim and see Hamlet in Norwegian
– Start my day at 6 in the morning (and going for that early morning run)
– Happy colleagues who smile without any specific reason
– Extra long birthday cake candles
– Tidy up my Pinterest recipe boards and my Instagram account
– This tinted conditioning oil for the lips and MAC Crème in your coffee lipstick (it’s the perfect MLBB* shade)
– The smell of warm caramel
– Inside out
How was your month?
ps. Photos from my iphone for September.
* My Lips But Better
Posted by Joanna on October 2, 2015
So, bread, not my favorite thing. When it comes to toasts though, I make an exception. This is a his and hers edition of Jamie’s recipes.
His: Greek-style sandwich with avocado, feta and tomato
This was super simple to make and super healthy, because avocado. You just need some feta cheese, tomato and some avodato. What he said? “Not as good as the traditional ham and cheese toast. There’s a reason why it’s a classic. It’s OK for a change.” Will I make it again? Well, with this underwhelming review, no, I won’t be bothered!
Hers: Smoked salmon and egg sandwich
In theory this should be perfect. However, as you can see already in the photo, the egg white run out of the bread. Once I put it in our grill (the one that the top folds on top of the bottom), the yolk broke making a mess everywhere. It took 10 whole minutes for whatever egg was left inside the sandwich to be cooked. In the meantime, the salmon got overcooked for my taste. The whole thing was messy and it didn’t live up to my expectations. Will I make this again? No, not even if you pay me.
There’s more of his and hers recipes to come soon! I hope you like them!
Posted by Joanna on September 30, 2015
This post is all about Korthi, which is just another place in Andros. We went there on our way back from one of the prettiest and most famous beaches in Andros with one of the most uncommon names. This beach is called “the old lady’s jump”, in a literal translation from Greek. In Korthi, we had some fancy Greek tapas while some kids where swimming next to us until it was completely dark. The night came and we had to leave to continue our night somewhere else. Don’t you love these relaxed summer evenings?
Posted by Joanna on September 28, 2015
This is the last weekend of my vacations. Soon I’ll be back in Trondheim, in the office, with loads of work to be done. Yet, I’m not quite ready to go back. This summer has been full of experiences. Just like last year’s summer video, today I’m sharing a video I shot in Serifos. I hope you like it.
Have a great weekend!
Posted by Joanna on September 25, 2015
Dear Jamie, I am really disappointed. Couscous is definitely not Greek. It comes from North Africa. To be honest with you, as a Greek, the first time I ate couscous in my life was in France and I was around fifteen years old. That being said this dish was delicious!
You can find the recipe here
In this recipe, I gave blackened chicken a try and it was a big failure. This time, I watched how Jamie does it. I don’t have the right tool to beat my chicken breasts into snitchels, but it worked really well anyway. See that black crust? I am so proud of it!
There are a ton of vegetables in the couscous and they transform something as plain and boring like couscous and make it fresh and colorful. I could eat this every day. As far as the dressing goes, I added some more lemon and it was just enough. No complicated sauce needed.
Then, there was tzatziki. Tzatziki is Greek. However, traditionally, we don’t make it like that. For one, we strain the yogurt. Secondly, we add some garlic and some vinegar. Jamie’s version has a much milder taste and it’s a good recipe for a quick tzatziki that will be consumed right away. If you don’t strain your yogurt though, it won’t store very well.
All in all, this was a fresh light recipe, nice enough for a weekday dinner. Will I make it again? Yes, why not?
ps. Here’s what my lunch pack of leftovers looks like!
Posted by Joanna on September 23, 2015
If you ever visit Andros (which you might not, since it’s not one of the most touristic islands for non-Greeks), you shouldn’t skip visiting Stenies. Not far away from the town of Andros, you’ll have to leave the car when arriving to Stenies, a small village that you can only visit by foot. If you want to see some traditional architecture you’ve come to the right place. Here’s where the time has stopped. If you don’t plan a visit there anytime soon, then you might want to watch the film Little England that was filmed there (among other places in Andros).
Posted by Joanna on September 21, 2015