Friday, December 20, 2013

Ne Me Quitte Pas

There is this beautiful French song, which has always made me blue when listening to it. Somehow it has the power to reduce me to tears, each time I hear it. And, because I like the song both in French and in English, I assume that's the music that has the power over me. I'm not sure which version of the song I like most. It depends on my mood I guess, but yet I can only bring down the competition to three options:

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Beautiful Bulgaria: Part II, Troyan Balkan: Botev Peak, Troyan Monastery, Zelenikovski Monastery

I know that being busy can't be an excuse for my irregular posting. Especially when I have so interesting things to write about. This summer wasn't the greatest in my life in terms of weather. For the first time in so many years it was cold during the better part of it, and rainy most of the days. Rain doesn't go well with hiking. That's one of the reasons why I've only visited 5 places this season. The other reasons - working hard and my best friend's wedding :)
I've been wanting to climb Botev peak for so many years. That was in fact the only peak of the highest in Bulgaria, which I haven't conquered yet. And there was always something that had prevented me from doing so.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Herbs for Teas

In Bulgaria herbology is an old and very popular discipline. We all grow up drinking camomile teas when down with common cold and are familiar with the saying "where there is an ache, there is a herb to cure it". And we even have a day, Eniovden (Jun 24th), on which, it is believed, herbs you pick have magically increased power.
Because I grew up during the socialism, when there was no mass import of foreign teas, the only ones I knew back then were the herbal ones. The first green and black teas I tested were well after my teen years and to be honest

Monday, August 12, 2013

My Beautiful Bulgaria: Part I, Vratsa Mountain: Ledenika Cave, Borov Kamak Waterfall, Cherepishki Monastery

I suddenly realized that I have never written about the beauty of my country. And it is indeed one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There is so much to be seen - chose any direction and our nature will amaze you - green forests, proud mountain peaks, sea cost with golden sand, rivers, lakes, plains... Added to that its specific geographical location, small wonder that for centuries it's been the target of so many conquers. Bulgaria is beautiful throughout the year: covered in the winter white, spring's green, summer's sun and blue sky, autumn's gold... I know I won't be able to write about all the marvelous places there are, or even I've been in Bulgaria, but will try at least to keep track on my most recent visits.

Monday, July 15, 2013

So Far Away: Music & Gastronomy

I've already shared my excitement with the fact that a platform like Coursera exists! So far I've taken at least 20 courses there and am continuing doing so. At the moment the two most interesting are "The Science of Gastronomy", offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the second part of "History of Rock" by University of Rochester. In my view music and gastronomy go hand in hand, and that's why I'm so happy I can take the two together.
The one on gastronomy promised to introduce me to a number of scientific principles underpinning cooking, cuisine preparation and the enjoyment

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Broken Boy Soldier

A single day hasn't passed in the last couple of weeks without me playing at least 2-3 times this song while driving to and back from work. I simply love the sound, but obviously that's not the reason why, as I've known this song for so many years now. I don't know how is it with you but with me this happens quite often: getting obsessed with eating a food, drinking a drink, reading a specific book, listening to a particular song like non-stop for a certain period.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Healthy French Cherry Clafoutis

As my days have been so frantic lately I constantly feel sweet cravings. More to that, I have a friend coming to visit me tomorrow, so this weekend I've decided to try a new recipe. The original recipe I've found in a local newspaper but, of course, I've decided to change a few ingredients in order to make it healthier.
It turned out to be easy and not lastly, very tasty. And I'm hurrying to share it with you as there are not many cherry days left this year! Here is what you need:

Friday, May 24, 2013

Love Is Blindness

Busy, busy, busy... Is that an excuse or a symptom? Aren't we supposed to be able to find balance? Haven't I promised myself that I will always find time to do the things I love? Is being busy for something a symptom that you are no longer interested in that? Too many questions and not a simple answer. At least not for me. But today I've heard a new version of a long-loved song and just couldn't stop myself from writing here. Although I have materials and ideas for at least 7 more articles that I haven't found time writing... So here I am, sharing this new version with you,

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Coursera

I've been really busy in the last couple of months, on one hand working on a demanding and time consuming project, and on the other taking online courses at Coursera. But it's definitely paying back. Especially the courses. I don't know if you are aware of the opportunities Coursera gives, but if not, I highly encourage you to at least spend a few minutes reviewing the courses offered there. It's free and the quality is superior, as all courses are offered by some of the most prestigious universities in the world. When I first discovered it, I felt like a child in a candy shop, with all the candies given to me for free. I wanted to enroll in almost all the courses, and I signed up for more than I could manage. Which resulted in un-enrolling from all that didn't meet my expectations or weren't first or second priority.
What I want to talk in more details about is one course, which was a pure joy

Monday, February 25, 2013

One Day, Baby....

I haven't got much free time on my plate recently and that's the reason why I don't write here very often. I have a list with entries I'd like to write though, and hopefully it'll happen some time soon. Meanwhile, here comes a song that's captured my mind and I just can't not share it with you!
Its name is "One Day" or "Reckoning Song" and I loved it from the first time I heard the first verse:
"No more tears, my heart is dry
I don't laugh and I don't cry
I don't think about you all the time
But when I do - I wonder why..."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Melomakarona: Traditional Greek Xmas Sweets

One could've been to Greece hundreds of times and yet never had been able to taste the most delicious Greek cookies, Melomakarona. And the reason is that Greeks prepare those only for Christmas. Same happened to me: been to Greece many times, both on business and for pleasure, tasted so many different and splendid foods there and yet, as it so happened that I had never been there around Xmas, I never tasted Melomakarona until 2010. I saw it suddenly appearing in all shops and all of the people buying it. Bought some to taste it and that was it: love from first bite! I was truly disappointed when Melomkarona disappeared shortly after Christmas and started questioning about it. That's how I discovered that those are the most traditional Greek Xmas cookies and there is no real Christmas "trapezi" without it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Delicious Baby Octopus with Sauerkraut

First of all: Happy New Year to all of you, let it bring all the best to you and your loved ones!
I decided my first post in 2013 to be about a very special recipe, created by me on the last day of 2012. I was wondering what special dish to cook for the New Year's eve when a crazy idea came to my mind: "What could happen if I combined such a typical Bulgarian food as sauerkraut with something so rare in our geographic latitude as octopus"? It was risky as I wouldn't have enough time to cook something else for dinner but I decided to give it a try as in my head those two ingredients combined in a perfect harmony: octopus being so hard to digest and yet so delicious if prepared in the right way, and sauerkraut - the food that works so well on digesting.
It took me about two hours to prepare the dish but the result paid back in a big way: I can firmly state that this is one of my best recipes ever!