Stenies

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).

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Healthy pumpkin spice latte

Fall is officially here in Trondheim and we know it, not only because it’s been rainy and cold, but also because Starbucks has its signature fall drink out again (with a new formula, no less!). There’s nothing more appropriate for fall weekends than a pumpkin spice latte, a cozy sweater and good company. Correction: Homemade and super healthy pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin spice latte

Servings: 1. Preparation: 5 min. Cooking time: 5 min. Total time: 10 min.

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Adapted from Eating bird food

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree (recipe below)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Cook the pumpkin with the milk and the pumpkin spice in a sauce pan.
  • In a cup, pour the espresso and top in with the pumpkin mixture.
  • You can add whipped cream or some additional foamed milk. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

To make this recipe trully homemade. I decided to prepare everything from scratch and that includes the pumpkin pie spice (because there’s nothing easier than that) and the pumpkin puree (also extremelly easy).

Homemade pumpkin pie spice

Servings: 1. Preparation: 2 min. Cooking time: 0 min. Total time: 2 min.

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From Annie’s eats

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Homemade pumpkin puree

Servings: Depends on the size of the pumpkin. Preparation: 5 min. Cooking time: 60 min. Total time: 65 min.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 sugar pumpkin

Instructions:

  • Cut the pumpkin in half, cover the halvs with aluminium foils and cook in a preheated oven at 180 C for 1 hour.
  • Scoup the meat out and place in a blender.
  • Blend until everything is smooth.

There you go! Now go ahead and make super healthy homemade pumpkin spice drinks. Enjoy fall!

Egyptian food in Athens

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On my last night in Athens, I went for a walk at the southern suburbs of Athens. We ended up getting food in one of the best and affordable places I’ve been in a while, the sailing club of the association of Greeks from Egypt (ENOA). The sailing club is situated by the sea in Agios Kosmas Marina, in Elliniko and has a beautiful restaurant with tables right by the sea. If you get there before the kitchen opens, you can watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in Athens. As for the food, you won’t be disappointed. We got tabbouleh and hummus and I can’t wait to go back to try the rest of their dishes. If the southern suburbs of Athens are a bit too far away for you liking, then you can find the same Egyptian food in the center of the city (ask them for the address).

Jamie’s smoky maple pancetta pancakes

Best breakfast ever! I don’t know how I lived without eating this for breakfast. Sure, it’s not your everyday quick breakfast, but it’s so perfect for a special morning.

pancetta-pancakes You can find the recipe here!

I’ve made pancakes before, but nothing as good as thing. First of all, I was always making sweet pancakes, but there don’t have any sugar. Secondly, I used to make them quite smaller, but this size is much better for this style of toppings. The only thing I changed in the recipe was replacing milk with buttermilk, just because I had some leftover. I also think buttermilk makes them fluffier, but I’m not a pancake expert.

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As far as the topping are concerned, there’s avocado, tomatoes, fresh koriander, corn (I used canned), cheese, yogurt, chili sauce and amazing maple glazed bacon. The recipe calls for fresh chili as well, but I know well that spicy breakfast won’t be a success in my home.

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Let’s take a moment to talk about that bacon. I’ve said before that I am not a big fan of bacon. That was before I tried maple glazed bacon. I use the water method for cooking crispy bacon (because it works and it’s straightforward) and then I glazed it with a teaspoon of maple for less than a minute. I only made two pieces and I really regret not making more. It was the best thing ever.

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I served the toppings separately and we chose what to put on our pancakes on our own. I have to admit that putting all the toppings made the best pancake, so I suggest that you do it that way. If only I had made more bacon…

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Maple glazed pancakes have since become my go-to breakfast for special occasions. Will I make this recipe again? Yes! Aren’t you paying any attention here?

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Andros

Greek islands are my favorite summer destinations. This summer, my friends and I went to Andros, the northernmost island of the Cyclades archipelago. We decided to see and do everything we could fit in five days in the island, but there’s just too much to see, places where you can’t get with a car and hikes you can’t do when it’s 36 degrees and sunny. One thing we managed to do was visit the biggest city of Andros, conveniently also named Andros, almost every single day. We loved it. Here’s why.

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On working and living in Norway

It’s been over three years since I first came to Norway and this weekend I’ll be voting for the first time in the Norwegian regional elections. Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot about how it is to live and work here. Apart from all the friends I’ve made and all the memories I’ve created, here’s what I love about living and working in Norway.

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We celebrate good weather. Because the winters are long, cold and dark, when spring and summer come, we celebrate them by talking a day off when the weather is exceptionally good, having barbeques, sunbathing in our underwear (!), floating down the river (it’s on my list!) etc. It’s something special and it makes you feel grateful when it’s finally here.

There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. And my mother agrees. You can buy the best thermal underwear, a good winter jacket and a good all season jacket and you’re good to go on any adventure. Because we don’t only celebrate good weather in the summer. Sunny days are celebrated all year long. With skis and without.

Family comes first. This is more relevant to people with kids, but it affects everyone living in this country. There is a comfort in knowing that if something happens, your family can and will be your first priority.

Weekends are respected. This may vary in different working environments, but chances are you won’t get a work related email on a weekend. You are supposed to relax, socialize and enjoy nature during this time and no one will disturb you.

Good working environment is important. Since the first day I started working in Norway, I feel like my boss cares about me, if I am OK, if I have any troubles at work etc. They want me to be happy and this reduces my stress levels. A lot.

What do you love about the country you live in?

ps. One day I’ll post about what I hate about Norway…

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