England – France – Spain. Our road trip. Photo diary

Hello beautiful people!

Long time no see. I mean really long time… But finally I am back! I cannot guarantee, though, that I will become more regular in terms of my posting schedule, however, there is no reason why I shouldn’t… I do really miss blogging as well as reading other blogs and engaging with people but in the last couple of months my life was just crazy. So many things happened and I promise to talk about all of them later this month. Today I decided to finally write a post about our road trip to Spain which now doesn’t feel that recent due to so many things happening afterwards. But, I guess, a blog post about it will allow me to revive all the memories from our wonderful time in Spain.

I decided to split this post into two sections. The first section will be about the five mostly asked questions about our trip while the second part will contain a little photo diary. So, without further ado, we should jump straight into the actual post, shall we?

Why Spain and why by car?

First and foremost, a lot of people ask me why Spain and why by car when it is much easier to travel by plane. Well, Spain was on my bucket list for a really long time. I feel that I have always been in love with Spain – I love culture, food, people, weather and Spanish language which I actually wanted to learn for a really long time. So, I felt that this time was a perfect time to finally go and visit this Mediterranean country. Talking about the decision to travel by car, I guess, the best explanation would be our wish to see as much as possible.  I do think now that it would have been more convenient to fly to, let’s say, Paris and then rent a car rather than drive all the way from home, but you learn as you go, don’t you?

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England (Liverpool) – France – Spain – England (Liverpool). We did around 3600 miles in 14 days.

How did we plan our itinerary? 

I had an idea in my head that I would like to travel along the coastline of Spain… So I just needed to get a consent from my boyfriend … Cities such as Barcelona, Benidorm, Valencia – they all are by the sea, so the decision to travel along the coastline really worked out. It was also much easier to plan as you just pick hotels that are on your way…

Talking about hotels, we have stayed in 9 hotels in total, and they were ranging from hostels to 4 stars beautiful hotels. In cities such as Barcelona, it is not worth taking an expensive hotel unless you have a lot of money and you want to live like a queen and a king, hahaha. As we have spent most of time exploring the actual city, staying in a hostel was the perfect option for us.

 *I am thinking to make a few posts about my tips and tricks while planning a road trip, therefore, I’m not going to elaborate too much this time.*

How much did it cost?

The third mostly asked question is how much does a journey like this cost? Well, neither much nor little – around £ 1000 per person (including accommodation, petrol, ferry, food and other expenditures). It might look a lot but bear in mind that we have been travelling for 14 days and we did around 3600 miles in total, so, in my opinion, the cost for one person is justifiable. I guess, the expenditures could have been potentially reduced but, as I mentioned, I will be making a separate post about tips and tricks on how to save, what to see and etc.

What did I like the most and what left me disappointed? 

That’s the easiest question. Both my boyfriend and I loved Barcelona! I mean this city is just ‘life’s goal’… It’s the city which can please anyone. The city which never sleeps. The city which has one of the most fascinating buildings of a single architect Antoni Gaudi. It’s the city which sits between the mountains and the sea. It’s the city which can offer something for people who love history and for people who love modernity. It’s THE CITY where I would love to live. I fell in love with Barcelona and currently I am quite sure that this is my next destination!

Together with my boyfriend, we said a no-no to France and Paris in particular. We had a chance to stay and explore Paris for a few days, and, yes, Paris is beautiful and architecture is stunning but in comparison to Barcelona, Paris wasn’t as appealing. It’s probably kind of my fault as I always judge each place by asking one question ‘Would I like to live there or no?” So, Paris wasn’t that place where I would like to go and settle in. It’s just not my cup of tea.

Was it worth ?

The last question that has to be answered is “Was it worth travelling by car?”. The answer is simple – YES, YES, YES! I mean, travelling by car and doing long distances is definitely not for everyone but we knew that this journey will require a maximum concentration, commitment and strength. But every moment was so worth it!

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A Photo Diary

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The Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

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Views from the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

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Beautiful architecture in Paris, France

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The River Seine in Paris, France

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The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

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Inside of the Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris, France)

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Beautiful stained-glass windows of the Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris, France)

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Driving from France to Spain

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Selfie-stick in use. La Sagrada Familia – a symbol of Barcelona, Spain

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My favourite pizza with a runny egg in the middle (Barcelona, Spain)

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Vegetarian paella (Barcelona, Spain)

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A little gem – Sagunto, Spain

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Benidorm – a city full of skyscrapers 

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Was a bit scary to sit on the edge of a hill but you can probably do even more for a nice picture like this, right? (Benidorm, Spain)

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The rock of Gibraltar (Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory)

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Wondered who was more scared to sit on the edge – me or this cute little monkey? (Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory)

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Rustic interior is my new favourite (Villaharta, Spain) 

 

 

So, these are all the photos I wanted to share with you, my lovely readers. I hope you liked this post as much as I loved putting all these pictures together. Remember that travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, so I wish you all to travel the world and experience its beauty!

See you all very soon,

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What I got from Lithuania?

Hello, people!

How are you? How are you getting through February? England is still rainy and gloomy, therefore, my mood isn’t the best recently…  But I have received some lovely presents from my family that really surprised me and made me happy.

I love giving presents but I do also love receiving them especially if they are thoughtful and practical. So, this time I was massively spoiled by my mum and relatives, and I got really nice presents that I decided to share with you 🙂

 If you are curious to see what I got, please keep on reading.

Disclaimer: This post is not about me boasting! 

Books

Books books books… I am just starting now reading books for my own pleasure. And it is so satisfying to know that I don’t need to read any textbooks for university!

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This time I got three books in Lithuanian language, however, not all of them are just for reading them.

One of the books is “Slaptomane”  by Modesta Zukauskaite which is a workbook that helps you track your eating and fitness. It is basically a book for 6 months where you log your daily meals, water intake and fitness. It is supposed to help you loose weight and control your eating habits. Since this year I am all about loosing weight and becoming a healthier person, this book should become my best friend. I am already using it, so stay tuned for future updates about this book 🙂

Another book that goes hand-in-hand with the above mentioned “Slaptomane” workbook is “The rule of a small sin” by Agne Jagelaviciute. Agne is Lithuanian stylist known for her sharp comments on social media channels. I love her straightforwardness so much. Recently she came up with a book that contains around 100 recipes and her personal tips for people who struggle with their weight. She was overweight herself but somehow managed to lose a lot of weight and maintain it by still eating everything she wants. So, in this book she shares the recipes and tips that should help for everyone who struggles with their weight. I have already glanced over the book, and it contains a lot of dishes that can be made on daily basis. I am looking forward to trying something from this book.

The last book I got is “God always travels incognito” by Laurent Gounelle. The only thing I know about this book is the fact that it is an extremely popular book in Lithuania at the moment. From what I’ve heard, it’s a book that tells you a story that pushes you to think about the meaning of the life and your place in it.  Again, looking forward to reading it at the earliest time.

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COSMETICS/MAKE-UP

I’ve received a few bits and bobs that come under cosmetics category.

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 As you can see from the picture. I have received a Clinique mini mascara. I have never tried anything from this brand, so I am curious to learn how this mascara performs.

I also got a travel size perfume atomiser which can be used to transfuse your perfume. It’s really handy for people who tend to travel only with a cabin luggage.

Finally, I also got a natural hand cream from a Lithuanian brand “Ziede”. I suffer from eczema, so a good hand cream is an essential for me. I’ve used this cream a couple of times and so far I love it. It lives on my job’s desk so that I could apply it anytime.

Accessories

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To be perfectly honest with you, I am not the biggest fan of accessories, and probably my family knows that. Although I don’t particularly like wearing jewellery, I do sometimes like having something small and not really noticeable. So, along with my other presents, I got a beautiful leather bracelet with a gold detail on it and a golden ring. I have to admit that I absolutely love both items, and they are right up my street!

Food

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Finally, I got some food as it is probably the standard present/thing I get from my home country. I have to admit that I miss Lithuanian cuisine so much because not all the things can be found in the UK. This time I got many packs of cheese “Dziugas” which is my favourite cheese in the world. I also got some sweet treats that are usually known as hematogen. Some people have never heard about it but it is a nutrition bar (sometimes even considered to be a medical product) that is made of sugar, milk, vanillin and other ingredients. The reason why it is sometimes considered to be a medical product is the fact that this bar can possibly treat low blood levels of iron and B12. As you may know, vegetarians can have a deficiency of B12, therefore, it is recommended to take additional vitamin B12. I am seriously hooked on hematogen, so these bars won’t stay in my cupboard for long. The last but not the least is coffee that I love so much! I can’t imagine my day without it, so coffee really makes a perfect gift for me.

So, these are all the presents I got from my family and relatives. I feel really blessed having people around me who are so thoughtful and kind to me. Of course, we should always appreciate not the material side of receiving presents but the attention and thoughts of our beloved ones

Now tell me do you like giving or receiving presents? And what would make a perfect present for you?

 

See you all soon!

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The original 5:2 diet. Fasting. My preparation

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Hello, wonderful people!

How are you doing? How are you coping with this winter? I am actually counting days until the spring season as winters in the UK are gloomy and rainy… And winter weather in general puts me off doing something interesting or productive. The situation, however, will change quite soon as spring season is just around the corner. Only a short February left, and, at least, in the calendar we will be soon seeing March.

Time flies, guys, and in 4 months we will have summer which means it’s a bikini season. And, to be perfectly honest with you, a ‘bikini season’ is a fearsome phrase to me because my body is not ready for it at all.

As always, I struggle achieving my New Year’s resolutions, and I almost always fail at adopting a healthier lifestyle. But this year, I said to myself, will be better with regard to my nutrition and fitness.

So, today I’ll introduce you to the lifestyle/diet/eating plan (whatever you call it) that I decided to pursue this year hoping to loose some weight and become a healthier person.

If you follow my blog, you’ll probably recognise the main picture of this post. Yes, yes, this book was featured in my 2015 favourites. 

Indeed, this book became my 2015 favourite with a reason. The philosophy behind this book really fascinates me and inspires me to try it myself.

I am planning to do one post per month covering this 5:2 diet as well as my personal experience with it. Today’s post will briefly introduce the principles of this diet as well as my preparation for this new challenge. If you are already interested, I invite you to subscribe to my blog as this would prevent you from missing any posts in the future.

Subscribed? Great! Thank you! We can now begin! 🙂

5 key claims of the 5:2 diet

 

First of all, let me tell you, guys, that all these principles are paraphrased and taken from the original book (The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer), so, all the credits go to authors of this book.

If anyone asks me how would I describe this diet in one sentence, the answer is simple – Five days per week you can eat whatever you want whereas 2 nonconsecutive days per week you fast and consume around 500 calories. It might sound harsh and really restrictive but don’t be under a wrong impression… It is the other way round. Don’t really get how? Let’s look at the principles of this diet.

The success of this diet lies in psychology

More precisely, the principle of 5:2 is about the restrictions for 2 days and normal/usual eating for another 5 days. Sticking to this simple principle for a longer term unconsciously leads you to healthier choices of food on days when you are not restricted (5 days per week). As authors put “<…> fasting teaches you better ways of eating. If you follow our recipes and satisfy your hunger on fasting days by eating vegetables and good protein, then over time you’ll discover that when you get hungry (on your normal days), you are more likely to crave the healthy stuff.” It’s up to you to decide how scientifically strong this argument is but let’s be honest it sounds about right, doesn’t it?

This diet/lifestyle can be maintained for much longer periods in comparison to other popular diets

 I mean, tell me if you have never tried any popular diet in your life? Probably we all tried, and we all were disappointed with the results. I’ve tried every single diet in the world, and none of them were sustainable. You can quickly loose some kilograms but they come back onto your hips at the same speed you lost them. The 5:2 diet looks somehow more sustainable, and I personally think that I can quite easily convince myself to ‘survive those two days and enjoy my cheese cake on a normal day’. Hahaha. Although for maximum results with this 5:2 diet, you should still be cautions about the cheese cakes… This diet doesn’t restrict you on your normal eating days, so, in theory, cheese cake isn’t left outside the boat.

Fasting principle is not something completely new

Our distant ancestors neither had shops such as Tesco or Asda nor they had a McDonald’s  just around the corner, so they were hunting and gathering food. And, yes, there were times when they were forced to fast for long periods or until someone brought some sort of prey of hunting. Our ancestors had to fast/starve involuntarily but they somehow survived as we are evidence of their survival and their prolongation of humanity. In short, our body is coded to fast.

In addition, authors note that fasting is not new due to the fact that  “<…> fasting remains an article of faith for many. The fasts of Lent, Yom Kippur and Ramadan are just some of the better-known examples.” Fasting had been practiced through different religious for millennium but only now it started attracting so much attention.

The 5:2 diet can lead to positive health improvements

I don’t want to spill the beans about all the things and scientific evidence described in this book but this diet can significantly improve your health (proved not only by the authors’ own experience but also by the scientific research) cutting your risk of a range of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Weight loss+improved health= a double bonus!

Those, who want to see even better results, can easily combine this diet with high intensity training (HIT) workouts

Are you that kind of person who wants to see quick results? Wait for meee, I am the one. The 5:2 diet on its own (without exercise) does result in weight loss which could be described as particularly sustainable but not super quick. But if you are like me and you want to see results instantly, a combination of the 5:2 and HIT can work wonders. Authors put some real examples when HIT combined with fasting can bring amazing results to your body and health. Unlike the conventional diets with massive restrictions of certain food groups, this diet can be easily combined with short HIT workouts as you’re not restricted in calories to a point when you don’t even have strength to perform any kind of physical activity.

So, as you can see from my summary of 5 key characteristics of this 5:2 diet, it sounds pretty amazing. But you must all the time consult with your doctor before opting to  follow any diet 🙂

My preparation

I finished reading the book, digested all the information and started preparing for this diet because someone once told me “If you prepare, you never fail”. I had to buy some bits and bobs such as scales to weight my food and some supplements to make sure I always get the right amount of all the nutrients I need. Being vegetarian and going on fasting can be stressful in my case, so I wanted to be on a safe side.

In the picture below, you can see all the things that I’ve got.

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Some time ago I also got a food and fitness journal (on the left top corner) which I could not utilise before due to eating unhealthy and not counting calories. But soon this journal will come into effect as I will be aiming to track my calories for at least 3 months.

Finishing thoughts

During this January, I was experimenting with myself and doing some random fasting days while observing how I feel. Some days were hard but I felt that it is hard mentally rather than physically, and that feeling of hunger can be something in your head rather than in your stomach.

That’s probably it for today. I hope you found this post interesting, and if you did, please follow me on social media channels for more updates on my journey.

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Holland and Barrett food haul

Hey, dear friends! How is your Sunday because mine is dedicated to resting and mentally preparing for upcoming week. So. since I am not doing anything serious today, I decided to share with you my recent food thingies that I got from Holland and Barrett healthy food shop.

If you haven’t heard about Holland and Barrett shop before, it is basically a leading UK’s retailer of various healthy food products, supplements, etc. I really like this shop because I can find various unseen products that are healthy and good for you.

I became particularly mindful about the food I am eating because 1 year ago I decided to become vegetarian due to health reasons. I already have a post on my decision to become pescetarian/vegetarian, so if you want to find out more, please check the post here.

So, without further ado, I jump straight to the products I got.

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So, I got 9 products in total, and these products are from left to right:

  • Holland&Barrett Biotin tablets
  • Chock Chick Organic Raw Cacao Powder
  • Provamel Organic Soya Alternative to Single Cream
  • Bear Blackcurrant Yo Yo
  • Bear Strawberry Yo Yo
  • Kallo Organic very low salt vegetable stock cubes
  • Naturya Organic Cocoa Nibs
  • Amisa Gluten Free Buckwheat Crispbread
  • Meridian Natural Cashew Butter

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 So, these are all the products I got. Keep an eye on upcoming posts since I might be using some of these products in the recipes I am planning to do.

Have a wonderful upcoming week!

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My opinion about EarlyBird Tastebox


Hello Hello Hello! You can throw stones at me because it’s been a while since I posted something on my blog. The reason for this is my job… It’s been extremely busy lately and I was struggling to get enough of proper sleep, so there was not much time for my blog. But this post is not about me moaning about my work 😀

Today I decided to share my opinion on EarlyBird Tastebox. This box is definitely a new-born competitor for Graze which probably sounds more familiar to you (if you live in the UK). So, if you are interested, please keep on reading.

First of all, I have to admit that I am a complete snacks-lover, so knowing that I can get the first snack box for only £1 was simply awesome.

However, let me tell you, the box wasn’t that awesome… But let’s start from the beginning.

[Concept]

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If you never came across to any snack box, I can simply explain that it is a box full of various snacks, and this box is posted through your letter box at certain times in a week or a month. The concept, in my opinion, is great for those who do not like shopping and who like their food to be delivered to them. You might think that the concept of these boxes prevents you from choosing your most favourite snacks and/or ingredients, however, this is not 100 per cent true as you have some control over the snacks that will be delivered to your address. The ‘control mechanism’ works in a very simple way – you can rate all the snacks online and get only those you liked the most. This usually holds for most of the food subscription boxes.

Talking about this box in particular, I have to say that I liked the whole idea behind it. The creators aimed to create a box that combines art, food and music. The lid of every box is covered with a different piece of artwork, which, for me, it something appealing and interesting.

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[Snacks. Quality and Quantity]

In this particular box you get 5 packs of snacks and two tea bags and/or dips depending on the snacks included in your box. My box came with two teas, and I can instantly say that I really loved them. One was traditional Early Grey and the other one was fruity tea, which I don’t normally like, but this one was different.

As I mentioned, there are 5 packs of snacks in a box, and this amount is chosen for a reason. The creators of this box aimed to send a box with the snacks for 5 working days meaning that you should eat one pack of a certain snack per day. The idea is great, isn’t it?

So far so good, but let me tell you about the quality and taste of these snacks… I didn’t like it at all. Although I was rating the snacks online prior my box coming, it seems I got the ones which I don’t particularly like. A taste test that I performed on all snacks with my boyfriend proved that the creators did not pay that much attention to the actual snacks and they created a fancy-looking box with low quality food.

I thought that I am the only one who has a different taste to things, but my boyfriend tried, my friend tried and nobody actually said ‘Ohh! This snack is really nice!’

I am pretty sure that my box was a bit of a disaster, and honestly it just pushed me to go straight onto their website and cancel my subscription.

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  • Cinnamon Sprinkle
  • Essential Nutty Mix
  • Koh Tao
  • Minted
  • Fudge Snacker Shot
    These are all five snacks that were included in my box. You can obtain more information about each snack here.

    [Nutritional Value]

    What I really care about is sugar. And yes, these snacks have relatively low sugar content (except Cinnamon Sprinkle). Some of them have relatively high amount of protein which is always a plus for me since I do not eat meat. It seems that the creators of this box paid attention to calories and undoubtedly it was a smart decision in a society/world which is obsessed with lowering daily calories and getting as many good things with their food as possible. I took a picture of the leaflet with all the nutritional information. Have a look and say what you think in comments section down below.unnamed [Price]

    It completely depends on your income and how much you are willing to spend on it. The first box is £1 and the subsequent ones will incur you a cost of £ 4.5/box. Whether it is expensive or not, I do not know and I cannot really answer. But my first box is for sure worth that 1 pound at least for its beautiful packaging. I doubt I would be willing to pay almost 5 pounds… But again we have different preferences and different perception on what is expensive and what is cheap.

    [Overall Verdict]

    I would rate this box 5/10. I really liked the idea, the packaging and the tea but I was really disappointed about the content, flavour and actual food.

    This is it. I hope you found this post informative and if you ever tried any food subscription box, let me know whether you liked it or not. The comments section is for you, guys, so please do not hesitate to express your opinion.

    See you all very soon!

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Vegetarian home-made dumplings with potatoes and mint filling

Hello! Let me begin this post by telling a short story how I came up with an idea to make home-made dumplings. First of all, dumplings are something what reminds me home or, more specifically, Lithuanian cuisine. We all love them because you can fill them with anything you want… However, here, in the UK, you have to go to a specific (usually Lithuanian) food shop in order to get them. But the Lithuanian food shop in Liverpool doesn’t have them, I mean, they do, but they are not vegetarian – they are with meaty filling. So, I decided to make vegetarian yet authentic dumplings with potatoes and mint inside.

Ingredients for the pastry/dough/batter whatever you call it:

  • 500 g. plain flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2-3 table spoons of sour cream
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • a pinch of salt

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 0.7-1 kg. peeled and boiled potatoes
  • 120 g. unsalted butter
  • 2 table spoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mint

Special equipment:

Process:

To start with, we have to prepare our dough. To do so, you have to lightly whisk three eggs with a pinch of salt, then add the sour cream, whisk, whisk, whisk, then pour warm water and, again, whisk, whisk, whisk. Once liquid ingredients are combined, it’s time to mix in flour. Don’t pour all the flour at once, mix it in slowly. If you feel that it’s hard to mix the dough with the spoon, dust your palms with a bit of flour and knead the dough with your hands. You should get quite stretchy dough. Don’t overknead (this word probably doesn’t exist, but I hope you know what I mean :D) because the dough will become too stiff. Once you’re done with kneading the dough, cover the bowl with a towel and put in the fridge for an hour.

While your dough is resting in a fridge, it’s a perfect time to start making your filling. Peel your potatoes, put them in a pot with cold salted water and bring to a boil. Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat to a medium and boil for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender enough to mash them. While potatoes are boiling, chop both onion and garlic and sauté them for 5-7 minutes (or until onions are translucent) in a pan with preheated olive oil and butter. Don’t forget to add some salt and pepper to taste. Once you are done with onion and garlic, set the pan aside.

Drain your potatoes and, as long as they are still hot, mash them and stir in sautéed onion and garlic.

Take 10 leaves of mint, chop them finely and stir them into the prepared filling. Set the filling aside and let it cool down.

Take your dough from the fridge and you can start making your dumplings.

First of all, take some flour and dust the surface you are working on otherwise the dough will stick to it. Split your dough into orange-size balls or you can do bigger, roll them up until they are quite thin but not like a sheet of paper because they will fall apart.

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Take a glass with a same perimeter as your dumplings maker and cut off the circles as it is demonstrated in the picture.

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Once you done that, place your circle on the dumplings maker. Following this, take a small spoon of filling and place it in the middle of the circle. Fold the dumplings maker and press it firmly in order to seal that cute little dumpling which will soon land in your stomach. And here you have it. Your perfect cute dumpling! It takes some time to use up all the ingredients though. But you will end up with a lot of dumplings which you can freeze and eat latter. They can stay in your freezer for up to 1 month.

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Boiling instructions:

Bring the pot with cold and salted water to the boil, add dumplings and reduce the heat to a medium. Let the dumplings to float to the top and boil for another 3 minutes. Drain them and serve with a little bit of butter and sour cream!

Tips:

  • Be creative with the filling – add spinach, ricotta, mushrooms or strawberry jam. It’s completely up to you!
  • Sift flour – this will make your dough nicer
  • If you freeze them, DO NOT defrost them before boiling. Just simply put frozen dumplings into the boiling water and add 1-2 minutes to the boiling time.
  • Be gentle with them while dumplings are in the pot. They tend to stick to the bottom of the pot, thus shake the pot gently to separate them.
  • If you want a nice twist, boil them and fry in the pan with a little bit of olive oil. You can put some cheese on the top too.
  • For vegans – replace the eggs and the sour cream in the dough with a bit more of water and soya cream.

This is it! I feel like a super hero because I’ve spent 5 hours making them and 2 hours writing this recipe down for you, guys. I hope you liked the recipe. And if you ever make these dumplings, share your picture on Twitter or Instagram by tagging me (@withlovepaulla).

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What does it mean to be vegetarian/pescetarian?

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Hello, lovely people!

Today I decided to do a post about my experience of being vegetarian/pescetarian for more than 10 months. Honestly, I never thought that I would have to make a decision to become vegetarian. The reason for this was the fact that I was a complete meat-lover. Everyday since my childhood I really enjoyed eating meat, and I couldn’t imagine myself replacing meat with something else. However, one day I had to make a decision…

When I came back to Lancaster for my final years in university, I got a terrible reaction to meat. At first I couldn’t realise what exactly happened to me and what caused a horrible allergy. My legs and tummy were covered with big red marks/spots which were itchy and looked awful… Obviously, I couldn’t realise what caused this reaction, therefore I decided to experiment with myself by excluding certain products/foods and observing how my body reacts to it. To my surprise, it was chicken that I was consuming without any reactions everyday. That was a bit shocking… However, I decided to omit chicken from my diet for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. In three days time my allergy was completely gone, and I thought “Great, I just ate ‘bad chicken’ and that’s why my body reacted like that”. But it was not true… I really became allergic to meat, and my GP confirmed that. In his words “You might be born with allergy but it can develop too!”

Great news, right? A meat-lover is not allowed to eat meat anymore. I could, of course, continue eating meat, however, I had to face horrible allergy which affects my skin. So, I stopped. I stopped eating meat. It was a difficult decision but I was too afraid to face that allergic reaction again.

My vegetarian journey was not easy. At first I felt that I lack something in my diet, however, vegetarianism opened up my eyes and unleashed my creativity. I found a lot of amazing recipes as well as vegetarian meat replacements such as quorn meat, tofu, etc. I still do eat eggs and fish every now and then, however, these products are only guests in my diet.

You probably ask how I feel about making these big changes? Honestly, I feel great. I have more energy, my stomach feels better and I don’t have those marks on my body anymore. Although I believe that I still need to explore vegetarian lifestyle more, I mean, research some information and include more varied products, I am quite happy that I made this decision.

A month or so ago I had my blood checked and results were even better than before. This, again, confirms that vegetarian lifestyle hadn’t have negative consequences on me. Obviously, every year I will be going to hospital and having my blood checked, however, for now I am more than happy being vegetarian/pescetarian.

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