Some photos from Greece

This year I decided to spend Easter in Greece in order to run Athens Half Marathon. I ended up running the 5K instead, but I had an awesome time anyway. I also celebrated my brother’s birthday, got a bit sunburned on my nose, drunk enough cappuccino, tested some of the best burgers in the city, returned back home in the morning and drove to the sea. Here are some photos.

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Jamie’s golden scallops

Or else, the one that went all wrong. I didn’t like the salad, I didn’t like the scallops, I didn’t even like the massed potato.

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Cooking scallops is not something I’ve mastered. My scallops should be seared, not boiled. Otherwise, they were edible, as opposed to the salad which was definitely not. I hated that salad with all my being. My massed potatoes were OK, but not as good as my mother’s. All in all, I was not impressed. Will I make this again? No.

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A house in Athens

I love visiting people’s houses, especially houses where famous people used to live. The last one I visited is the one where a very famous Greek writer, Pinelopi Delta, used to live in Athens. We were lucky enough to have a private guided tour of the place. Isn’t it lovely?

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10 things that made me happy: 03│2016

March started with a horrible cold and Season 4 of House of Cards. It also began with a huge Greek beach party in snowy Trondheim. I took out my swimsuit, shorts, flip-flops and sunglasses and asked for a tattoo (a fake one that was supposed to be the Japanese symbol of the sun, hehe). It was perfect. Later on in March, I traveled to Greece during my Easter break. You can’t imagine how much I needed warmer temperatures and sun. Winter in Trondheim can be long and depressing. All in all, March was interesting. Here’s what made me happy this past month.

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– Ask unexpected questions

– House of cards, Season 4, Episode 11 <3

– The realisation that it doesn’t matter if you succeed or you fail, as long as you try

Tasty videos of recipes I’ll never make

– March in Trondheim, March in Athens, March in general

– A crazy Greek beach party in the mountain near Trondheim

– Getting back to running after a two month-long break

– Sleep for as long as I want (which can be up to 11 hours if I’m sick or really tired)

A spontaneous day trip (well it’s just 20 minutes) to the mountain

– Organize my photos (I have a system!)

Now I’m back home from Greece and crazy with some upcoming deadlines! How was March for you?

ps. Photo from said beach party.

Jamie’s Mexican tomato soup

I didn’t have much hope for this recipe. Tomato soups turn out too acidic for me and that’s why I am very reluctant when I try a new recipe.

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However, Jamie’s tomato soup was the best one I’ve ever made. I think the biggest different was that I used sweet red paprika. It took down the acidity. The second big difference was coriander and green onions. If you want a delicious soup, of whatever kind, add vegetables. That’s the way.

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This soup was accompanied by tortilla chips (I make my own out of whole wheat tortillas) with lots of cheddar cheese and red chilis.

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To make the soup prettier, I sliced some tomato, added feta cheese, coriander leaves and the only avocado I had on hand.

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For the sauce, I used mint, jalapeno chilis (oh how hot!!) and yogurt. This sauce was surprisingly refreshing.

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The whole dish was too addictive and these tortilla chips were pure heaven. I ate way more than I should. Will I make it again? Sure, it’s a very healthy recipe, especially if you skip the tortilla chips, but why would you do that?

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Jamie’s mushroom farfalle (or fusilli…)

Pasta and I are not best friends. There are some recipes I can’t resist and others that I don’t really care about. This one is an example of the later.

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The sauce that accompanies the pasta is a simple mushroom sauce. Now, usually I am not the one who likes using heavy cream, but in this case it would have been much better. Jamie suggests using cottage cheese instead, which, in my opinion, doesn’t work at all. I have also used cottage cheese in many other occasions instead of heavy cream and it is worth a try as a healthier alternative, but not this time.

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The salad was a simple spinach, walnut and blue cheese salad, which is what I make most days anyway. It is good and simple for everyday, it is extremely healthy and light and it’s a bit hit.

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All in all, I’ll say yes to the salad and no to the pasta. Will I make this again? Nope, no, no.

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