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2 sets of everything…

I live a life where I have almost two of everything- 2 black trousers, 2 black jumpers, 2 black pairs of boots, 2 pairs of black high heels, 2 sets of outfits for most occasions, 2 things of regularly used spices, 2 shampoos, 2, 2, 2…

Yup, it seems like a waste in many ways but there’s a lot of freedom in it too… I have the option to enjoy my buzzing, constantly on the go city life when I want and the calm, big garden oasis close to town; I have the option to have my own space when I want it and the option to share it with someone when I do; I have my own little woman cave and my own entertaining pad… the practicality of it is anyway amazing but the benefits are too UNTIL I realise I only have 1 thing of gelatin and it’s in my townhouse and I am too lazy to go back for it- I mean, it’s easier to go to a shop and buy some more instead.

Sometimes, there’s a dark lining in a usually silver cloud and I love this space to write about it, deal with the momentary obstacle and get on with my busy life 🙂

Boo hiss to no salmon terrine but boo yeah to everything else!

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Oct 20, Monday: Gratitude

Travel
I am off to see a friend of mine this weekend, the weekend after I am away again for another friend’s birthday, the weekend after Red and I are heading away to spend a day with room service and telly, the weekend after we are away seeing friends… it is amazing how much short travel I am getting in my life while I keep craving a new country and culture. I am glad I am at least getting the travel I am.

Food
The past while, I have been trying to clean up my eating habits and get better at eating healthy- tricky it may be but it makes me feel great and I am loving the extra energy!

Meeting People
I don’t mean the close friends and family but the ones you see on the street to say hello to, the ones you keep meaning to catch up with and the ones you are meeting for the first time. Seeing people again and meeting new people is such a joy.

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Jan 27 Monday: Gratitude

Catch up on Jan 24 achievements:
– Managed to meet most people I wanted to before I flew out
– Packed everything in time with all the shopping I had to do
– Bagged 2 deals I hadn’t completely

Food
Today I cooked a massive meal for some of my Indian friends despite all the issues of not knowing kithcen, not having everything, improvising etc etc etc and it was fantabulous- I especially loved my fudge brownie- gorgeous as it could be!

Smarts
At the end of the day, nothing is more exciting than using your brain. Over the past few days, I have really had to optimise on certain areas and it has been handy to have a sharp brain!

Sun
Nothing, nothing, nothing more glorious than a glass of bubbly in the sun with good friends around you!

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Jan 20 Monday: Gratitude

TalentOne cannot do much without talent and it’s great to have some and even better when one is recognised for it!

Ability to Drive
I have driven over 500 miles this month- mostly long distance- it’s been a while since my car was used that much and it’s kinda nice to be able to drive and it’s even nicer to be able to afford the luxury!

Food
I love to cook and recently, I have started loving baking- more because it can be healthy and needn’t be all bad for me! This weekend, I tried a chocolate carrot cake- not completely guilt-free- it has a fair amount of sugar but Oh-so-Good and mostly carrots!

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Dreams for 2012

I have been meaning to write down all I want to achieve this year: here are some images!

1. The BIGGEST decision of my life potentially but one that makes me excited, tingly and happy 🙂

2. I know I look good but there is something about feeling good- inside and out. I have ignored yoga and my body for ages but this year, I want it to change. It is not just about turning heads when I walk in about doing a double-take everytime I catch a glimpse of me in the mirror! Too vain, perhaps but it’s what I want for me.

3. My blog name says it, my very ethos is about it and I really miss it. I cannot wait to go on a new adventure. I am hoping I don’t have too long a wait.

4. What’s the point of owning a beautiful car like mine if I don’t take it for an adventure- bring on summer, hood down, foot on accelerator and just a weekend of giggles, photography, chats, fun- boyfriend optional 😉 Well, to make it that bit more special, it would be nice to go with him!

5. Goes back to #1. When I start earning, I can start saving. It’s a vicious circle.

6. With the changes coming my way, with the roller-coaster I have been through in the past few months, with the decisions I have made in the past few years, I have forgotten myself- my values have remained, I have adapted but I have not always been honest to myself- this year, I find myself again.

Honestly, I am not even sure what this means but it sounds AWESOME and so I am somehow gonna define it this year for myself and make it happen!

And when I find myself, define magic for myself, I can be who I want to be- again. It is time to reinvent myself.

7. Have fun, live life, be happy

So what if this is my last moment on earth- as I have said, I would rather die doing something fun and memorable than sick and bored…

Part of finding myself is to accept myself too!

This means finding a different type of strength, maybe not so unladylike though:

AND confidence- the confidence to be me!

And now that I have begun the process of finding inner peace, I hope to always

8. While finding my new strengths, I shouldn’t forget the old ones in my life:

I am SO SO SO SO SO lucky to have the people I have in my life- thank you! If I am cranky, if I am tired, if I am insufferable over the next while- forgive me and keep giving me the strength!

And why wait to find a mistletoe… 😉

A hard call- I do know this is always tough to judge and very intangible but I really hope to achieve it the best I can:

9. Something small, something materialistic and something that makes me smile: I am going to own my own Loubotins by the end of 2012!

10. A full bar to me symbolises friends coming in, good times, the ability to afford the finer things and a sign of laughs and memories that have been shared and that will be created 🙂

And no point of drink, without some food, esp exotic food- nom nom nom!

11. I also want to read more, write more, see more plays, have more laughs, explore more and just let the year be the year of awesome!

2012: the year of living, the year of dreams and the year of living my dreams! 🙂

So…

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Sometimes I don’t understand my friends

Last weekend, Tigger sent me an email that obviously meant a lot to her and was tough for her but I have to admit, I can’t see her perspective.

However, each to their own and so I will respect her wishes ‘cos that’s what friendships are all about, at the end of it all. You know when I broke up with TL, the best thing I learnt was the act of humanity his best friend showed me and trying to pay it forward certainly backfired for me.

On the other hand, I hung out twice with another friend’s best friend- alone, just us and the friend who introduced us was totally delighted!

Ah well, different strokes for different folks.

And… been really sick the past few days and I was just totally out of it today, still am. Decided to treat myself to something different and cooked up a cod+chickpea tomato stew with cous-cous, the experiment was delightful and definitely something I will repeat.

For now, let’s try and get some work done while I feel like death warmed up and not death itself!

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And another week goes by!

And what a week it has been!

The last week one has been insanely crazy- between engagements- SO many of them, elopement- just one and business projects- TONNES!

I wonder what my highlights really should be amidst this madness but if I really have to, they are:

  • Cooking 4 meals in a week! And getting a Wagamama meal in too- yumm.
  • Finalising the details of this one company merger/ acquisition that has been playing on my mind
  • Having my first snowfight of the season- Dr. F, his lady and I made merry in the snow and let the kids in us out… such a laugh!

Must also thank irishrail for getting me to Dublin in one piece yesterday- my journey was 3 different types of rails ervices- Intercity, Luas and Dart! Wahay!!

Here’s to more snow!

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I smell of Garlic…

You know one of the things I have always enjoyed, especially when really stressed is cooking. And one of the very few things about living in the middle of f*@£ing nowhere is the fact that I have more time to cook and even better, someone to appreciate it- even if he is a fussy eater!

So tonight, my dear housemate threw a strop stating that all he wanted to eat was scallop and rice. And then he had the audacity (THE AUDACITY- yeah, it did bother me a bit!) to suggest sweet&sour sauce- the pre-made variety! As if!! Anyhow, I decided to give him what he wanted with the ‘J’ twist and some spices… and thus, began the experiment.

J’s special Scallop & Rice- Thai style paella

Marinade: Soy sauce + Olive Oil + Pepper + Some random hot chilli sauce in the press + Garlic + Galangaal root- Mix all together, coat scallops and refrigerate for about 30 mins.

Rice: In a little bit of oil, roast some mustard seeds, add some garlic, some scallions, Thai 7 Spice and then some rice and water. Boil the rice with all the flavours and add some peas towards the end. Takes about 12 minutes. Drain away the water when finished.

Cook the scallops- do them on both sides really well- takes about 6-8 minutes. Add the marinade into the pan while cooking. While cooking, break the scallops into smaller pieces. Once cooked, mix the scallops and rice in together in the pot where the scallops were cooked.

Served with fresh basil to garnish and a slice of lemon.

A fantastic experiment and definitely one I will try again! But for now, I smell of garlic.

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Friends!

I think no one (bar Scrooge, maybe and even he changed his thinking eventually) would say that friends are unimportant. I, for one, completely believe that. I have a lot of acquaintances but they are not as important to me as my core set of friends are- whatever part of the world they are in. And they know who they are.

However, I always thought it was more for a personal reason I needed my friends. Being a ‘F’ in Myers Briggs style (ENFP, for those of you who care), I make friends everywhere- in a bus, in an office, in a pub, in a class, in anything. I talk to everything- including walls (yeah, ofcourse I am eccentric, didn’t ya know?). But this article here makes me think that even if I am doing it just because that’s an innate part of who I am, there is actually scientifically reasoning behind it too.

And so, being Friday night and all, I am off to meet a friend I fancy (yup, he’s on the list- the cute engineer) for dinner in this apparently amazing restaurant on Dawson Street – Marco Pierre White.

P.S. How do I fake I am hungry when I only just ate tonnes of carrots, cucumber and hummus for lunch?!

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