Jamie’s avocado on toast: part 1

Another one from Jamie’s breakfast recipes. This time, it’s all about avocado toasts!

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Avocado and crispy pancetta toast

Ever since having maple glazed bacon pancakes one morning for breakfast, anything including bacon is a top choice in his menu. So when I saw this avocado and crispy bacon toast, I knew I had to make it. I took the liberty of glazing the bacon once again, even though Jamie suggests leaving it plain crispy, but I knew that glazed bacon would be much much tastier. What I thought? I just loved it! Will I make it again? Yes.

Avocado and smoked ham toast

This is a well-balanced open-faced toast, with tomato, cheese, smoked ham and avocado. It is also one of the simplest toasts, nothing too extreme or special, but comfortable, something you feel good eating. Will I make it again? Yes, why not?

10 things that make me happy: 01│2017

January is almost gone and so are the first three weeks of my marathon training. I’ve done 13 out of the 39 runs of my preparation and it’s been fairly easy. Now comes the fun part, where I push my limits. This month I’ve been surprisingly relaxed and with a much more positive attitude. My PhD is at this point where I must do a lot of writing, which is something I enjoy. February will be a month of long runs and dressed up parties. I can’t wait!

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– Songs with weird fun lyrics that make sense (like this)

– My new projector, that makes watching movies so much more fun

– Make pancakes with bacon, cheddar and fried eggs on top

– Plan writing days

– Inbox zero

– Train for a race after 2,5 years (yes, it’s been a long time)

– Debug and optimize scripts

– Good hair days

– Bake cakes for my colleagues and my friends

How has the start of 2017 been for you?

 

A Monday list

What are you looking forward to this week?

It’s week 4 of 2016 and there’s a bunch of things I’m looking forwards to: eat sushi for dinner tonight, read this book (the first for 2017), wear my favorite red lipstick every single day, make a proper running playlist, try a new yoga class and some inspiring YouTube training videos, paint my nails a fun color so that I don’t bite them and get myself some fancy new boots (maybe).

What was the last blog you started reading?

Le Happy.

Will you be cooking something good this week?

I’m planing to make a recipe from the 30-something I’ve still to cook from Jamie’s 15 minute meals (cooking though a cookbook: 75% complete – yay!) and as many fancy salads as I can fit into a week. Here’s the delicious fish sandwich I cooked yesterday.

Say one thing you really want to do that you’ll take the time for this week!

I volunteered to make New Year’s cake to celebrate with my Greek friends in Trondheim. It’ll take me a big part of Thursday’s afternoon, but baking makes me really happy.

What is the word to hold on to this week?

. I’ve been going through a phase again, that I’m over-analysing everything. This week I want to focus on doing and being effective, instead of passively over-thinking things.

What did you do last night?

A friend came over and we baked this cake for her birthday. It’s the best apple cake you’ll ever have. Then, we watched Easy A on my new projector. Emma Stone is my favorite. Can’t wait to see La La Land.

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If there’s one thing that can lift away any dark thought, that’s cooking for someone else. That makes me so happy. Can you feel a pattern in this post. Life lately has been all about food.

 What did you have for breakfast today?

What I always have for breakfast when I’m home. That is a porridge with Jamie Oliver’s granola dust and a banana. I also had a cappuccino.

When do you wake up in the morning?

It all depends on the time I go to bed the previous night. This morning I wanted to go for a run, so I was up around 7.

What is your everyday look?

Lulu Lemon black leggings or my favorite Diesel jeans, a cheap H&M t-shirt and a wool cardigan or sweater on top. I’ve acquired quite a collection of cardigans and sweaters in many colors and I love every single one of them. I also wear my favorite Nike running shoes (that would be Lunarglide). I currently have 3 pairs, two black and a white one. When it comes to make up, I wear Clinique’s Line Smoothing concealer over Kiehl’s Ultra Facial cream. For blush I’m using Stila Convertible Color in Peony, that I apply with my fingers. I also dab a bit of MAC’s Groundwork paint pot on my eyelids and blend it with my fingers. I use a tiny bit of loose powder and whatever mascara I have on hand. If I’m in the mood for red lips, I go for Sephora Cream Lipstain in Always Red, otherwise I use Nuxe Reve de Miel. It takes me less than 10 minutes, but I look so much more polished.

ps. List found here.

16 books of 2016

16 books, 4 languages, 1 year. 2016 felt like a good reading year. My plan is to read through all the books in my bookcase and eventually, only keep the ones I love. It’s an ambitious plan, since I buy books all the time, both in print and e-book, making much list all the more longer. Here’s a review of everything I read during the past 12 months.

The 13th passenger

Yannis Maris

I don’t usually read non-fiction books, but when I do, it’s usually crime novels. I love a good mystery. This one is from a famous Greek writer, whose books became movies and TV series. It kept me guessing til the very end.

How to be Parisian wherever you are

Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan,
Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas

This book was everywhere on Instagram for a while and I thought I’d give it a chance, but it was actually not my kind of book. Way too superficial. Nobody thinks like that, not in Paris, not anywhere.

The festival of insignificance

Milan Kundera

I’m not a huge fan of Kundera, but I liked this book. I struggled finishing it and I didn’t find it that interesting. It wouldn’t be my first choice. Some loved it, some hated it. I was somewhere in the middle. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, just meh.

40 days of dating

Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman

You can find all content from this book online here, but be prepared to read it all at once. Do they finally get together? It was a real experiment between two people, that I would be too scared to try for myself. Also, I admire Jessica Walsh.

The lady from Zagreb

Philip Kerr

So, crime novels are my thing. This one though was a bad one. Half the book was way too long descriptions of things that had absolutely no point. The plot was good, but edit down man. Half the pages are filler. The end was good though and I didn’t expect it, so I’ll give him that.

Doppler

Erlend Loe

It all began in Trondheim’s theater last May, or was it June? I can’t really remember. I went to see Doppler as a theatrical play, having no idea about the book and I was blown away. It was funny and effortless, so much that I decided to read the book, which, of course, I loved. I’ve already bought the next two books in the series and can’t wait to find out what happens to Mr. Doppler next. Did I mention this was in Norwegian?

You are not the only one playing. There are also others!

Nikos Sideris

Moving onto some easy psychology. Some rules on how to properly behave around other people. The first in a long series of psychology books, that you’re probably going to read about next year. I wasn’t into fast psychology (this is not the proper psychology book) or self-improvement books, but why not?

Naive Super

Erlend Loe

After falling in love with Loe’s novel, I decided to read something more from him. I went for Naive Super, a weird book on the feeling of emptiness that many people get as young adults. I’ve never felt empty, but now I can understand how other people may feel.

Stories to think about

Jorge Bucay

No, no, no. I don’t like Bucay (gagging sound). I hate him to be honest. NO. Note: This was the book I gave to a guy I was flirting. Later on, I decided I didn’t hate him that much and asked him not to pass it on to someone else, preferably someone he hates.

The basic laws of human stupidity

Carlo M. Cipolla

Hands down the book I recommended more this year. Most of my friends read it (even some that don’t like reading books) and loved it, as much as I did. So well written, it can be read in an hour. If you’re just going to read one book in 2017, make it this one.

Forty tales from the afterlives

David Eagleman

Apparently, I hate collections of stories. Out of the forty tales, I only liked one. The rest I found boring, which I didn’t expect, considering that the writer is a neuroscientist. I wouldn’t recommend this book, but if you read it, come back and I’ll tell you about the story I liked.

The pencil factory

Soti Triantafyllou

I started reading this book just because it was sitting on my bookcase for a few months and after the first few pages, I just couldn’t put it down. It was fast paced, moving around different cities and generations. I shouldn’t have judged it by its cover, or its title for that matter.

 

Zazie in the metro

Raymond Queneau

A French book, that’s one of the first books I bought myself, over 15 years ago. And never read. I loved it. Think about a girl, whose uncle is gay, or is he? The whole book takes place in Paris, where Zazie can’t wait to ride the metro. Unbelievably well written and highly recommended. Also, that one I read in French. What took me so long?

Harry Potter and the cursed child

J.K. Rowling

A different book from the Harry Potter series, written as a theatrical play (how on earth are they changing scenes so fast?!), it made me miss Rowling’s writing in the rest of the series. I did like the plot, however… Oh, and I read it on a flight. Actually, half a flight. That fast.

Seven brief lessons on physics

Carlo Rovelli

A physics book for the curious reader who knows nothing about physics. It’s short and very easy to read, but will let you understand how breakthroughs happen in science. I read it as researcher and a teacher and wished that one day I’ll be able to write in such a compelling way about my field.

Human happiness

Blaise Pascal

Going on with some hardcore philosophy, a mathematician’s thoughts on happiness and God. It’s a good one if, like me, you’re struggling with religion. I bought it in London, in a museum’s gift shop, just because I couldn’t resist the cover. Now I want the rest of the series.

ps. Since I loved reading so many (for me at least) books in 2016, I’ll continue in 2017 with more books. Maybe 17, but who knows?

The last of Portugal

This is my last post from my trip to Portugal (finally!!) and it couldn’t be something other than the Atlantic. I don’t know why I felt I had to go to the ocean. I’ve spent so many years of my life by the sea, but it still excites me the same way. The water was too cold for me to take a dive and I am not the one to sunbathe, but I had a coffee and dipped my toes in the water. It was beautiful.

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10 things that made me happy: 12│2016

The first week of the year is already gone, today is my name day and I’m so fucking late. I realized this morning that I had totally forgotten about all the amazing things that happened this December. It’s a good thing I guess I was too busy living. Time to take a break (a break is always a good idea) to write some happy things down. In December, too many Christmas dinners happened in Trondheim and way too much Christmas shopping. We planned a vacation up in the Greek mountains, which was the highlight of the month. I spent the last part of the month in Greece, where I immediately came down with the flu. Christmas day in bed with high fever may not have been the best, but I was way too happy to even care. Then, we drove up to Pilio (a mountain in Greece, which is a very popular destination for winter vacations), stayed at an AirBnb and enjoyed some snow, lots of good food and each other. It was the best way to end 2016. May 2017 be a good one. We’ll do it ourselves anyway. Without further ado, here are the happy things of December.

– Have a cold and someone to take care of you

– Be impulsive and not regret it afterwards

– That Trondheim is a village and you end up seeing the same people ALL THE TIME

– People with genuine smiles (no matter what)

– When someone tricks me into eating Nutella that I pretend I don’t like and haven’t eaten in many years

– When I wake up in Greece and there’s snow outside

– Receive books as presents

Sell my first drawing

– Get the window seat on a plane (or a train or the bus)

Hugs and neck kisses

How was your December?

ps. In December, I realized the life-changing power of “So what?” as a response to most of our everyday thoughts and troubles. You have to try it!

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