tomaatti ja linssi

Smoothiet eivät kuulu perusruokavaliooni. Ruoan pitää mielestäni olla ruokaisaa, ei juotavaa. Poikkeus kuitenkin vahvistaa säännön koska lämpimät sosekeitot ovat kestosuosikkeja. Viime aikoina chilinen porkkana-lanttu-kookosmaitokeitto on dominoinut sosekeittokokkailuani, ja se onkin ollut monen lounaan pelastus. Tomaatti ja linssi on toinen favoriitti, ja tadaa! eihän sosekeitonkaan aina tarvitse olla sosetta. Niinpä annoin suosiolla sauvasekoittimen huilia tätä tehdessä. Sattumat kun tekevät keitostakin ruokaisamman.

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Tästä määrästä kaksi henkilöä söi kahteen otteeseen:

oliiviöljyä
sipuli
valkosipulinkynsi
palanen palsternakkaa
lusikallinen currytahnaa
tölkki tomaattimurskaa
desi (punaisia) linssejä
vajaa tomaattitölkillinen vettä + kasvisliemikuutio / kasvislientä
tölkki kookosmaitoa
chiliä

päälle vuohenjuustoa tai raejuustoa ja yrttejä

Silppua sipulit omaan suuhun sopiviksi paloiksi.
Paloittele palsternakka hieman isommiksi, noin puolen peukalon kokoisksi palasiksi.
Kattila esiin ja öljyä pohjalle, kuullota sipuleita ja palsternakkaa pari minuuttia. Huuhtele linssit siivilässä.
Lisää (ruoka)lusikallinen jonkinväristä currytahnaa kattilaan ja sekoittele.
Lisää joukkoon tomaattimurska, linssit ja vesi + kasvisliemikuutio. Anna sopan kiehahtaa ja laske lämpöä hiukan ettei se kiehu yli.
Asteikolla 1-12 semmoinen 6-7 on hyvä. Sekoittele ja maista keittoa aina välillä. Lisää chiliä jos haluat tulisuutta.
Anna kiehua puolisen tuntia tai kunnes palsternakka ja linssit ovat pehmenneet. Voilà!

Tarjoile tahnamaisen vuohejuuston tai raejuuston kanssa. Koristeeksi pari yrttiä.

Italiassa ollessani opin, että yrttejä voi pakastaa, ja nykyään pakkanen onkin täynnä basilikaa, lehtipersiljaa, salviaa ja timjamia. Yrtit voi laittaa joko muovipurkkeihin tai pusseihin. Maku säilyy mutta ulkonäkö menee. Mutta on se sen väärti kun muuten harmittaa jättää käyttämättä puolet timjamipuskasta. Love food hate waste.

 

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baletin ensimmäiset merkit

Baletti on ihanaa. Tunnilla kaikuu rauhallinen pianonsoitto ja kukaan ei oikeastaan vielä osaa mitään. Matkitaan vaan opettajaa joka heittää ilmaan plié, relevé, passé.. Jalat eivät halua taipua auki lonkista. Tämän tuntee varsin hyvin seuraavana päivänä. Mutta baletti on ihanaa ja pieni ballerina sisälläni hymyilee koko tunnin ajan.

Tänään saan nauttia tanssista vähän lisää, kun Aurinkobaletti esittää Jorma Uotisen Ennen viimeisiä ajatuksia.

omaa aikaa

Olen viime vuosien aikana oppinut sanomaan ei. Oman ajan löytäminen riippuukin paljon perspektiivistä. Mikä on omaa aikaa? Onko se sohvalla loikoilua blogeja selatessa? Kokkailua? Liikkumista? Omaa tulevaisuutta varten opiskelemista? Kaverin auttamista?

Mielestäni tämä on kaikki omaa aikaa jos sen mieltää omaksi ajaksi. On turha käyttää aikaa johonkin joka ei tuo itselle hyvää fiilistä. Ok, ainakin pitkällä aikavälillä tekemisistä pitäisi tulla hyvä fiilis.

Itselläni on käynnissä projekti “koodaajaksi”. Koodaaminen on välillä todella turhauttavaa kun ei yhteiskuntatieteilijäaivot kaikkiin loogisiin kulkuihin taivu. Toisaalta opin mielelläni jotain uutta ja tulevaisuuden kannalta hyödyllistä ja haluan panostaa hiukan omaa aikaa tämän saavuttamiseksi.

Omaa aikaa ei saa kun sitä ottamalla. Välillä on hyvä ottaa itselleen en-tee-mitään-aikaa, välillä oma aika voi olla sitä produktiivisinta. Pääasia on tiedostaa, että kukaan muu ei tätä aikaa anna.

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aina yllättää

Kävin taas aamulla torilla, ihanassa kirpeässä auringonpaisteessa, toppaliivi päällä. Ja yllätyn aina – miten voi niin ihanat mukulat & kaalit maksaa niin vähän?! Kassiini upposi kukkakaalia, parsakaalia, porkkanaa, lehtikaalia.. ajalleen tyypilliset superfuudit joista en saa tarpeekseni.

Mutta koska aina ei ole aikaa kokkailla suuntaan nyt katettuun opiskelijaruokapaikkapöytään avec mon amour. Ciao!

changing things up

Maybe related to the previous post I have decided to make some (temporary?) changes to my blog. I just don’t feel like I’m able to express or create meaningful sentences in English at the moment, so from now on I’ll be posting in either Swedish or Finnish. I plan to include a summary in English, but nothing is definite when I’m moving around trying to find my way to a) find the right words and b) become better blogger.

Joten täyskäännös. Haluan kirjoittaa paremmin ja luontevammin.

bilingual babies are smarter?

I stumbled upon this article today and found the results quite interesting, especially from a bilinguals point of view. In short the article says that babies who are exposed to more than one language right from the beginning of their lives develop better information processing skills compared to one-language-only babies.

It makes me wonder how much my own bilingualism has affected my learning ability because I’ve always found studying quite interesting & easy..?

Continuous research on bilingual children and their intelligence development also strengthens my thoughts of (one day hopefully not too far away) raising bilingual children. For me at least, being bilingual has definitely helped in learning even more languages and understanding the differences and similarities in them. And of course, it’s an asset when applying for jobs in bilingual-Finland. However, bilingual or not, I think learning and knowing a new language will always be an asset.

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forgetting the camera..again

I’m lousy at remembering to take photos of nice stuff. I will get better, I promise.

Yesterday I baked a delicious autumn tarte tatin with apples, plums, damsons and blueberries and lingonberries. It was a big THANK YOU for my internship time at the uni, which will come to an end tomorrow. I took it to work today already because you know, why leave the farewell cake to the last day if you can enjoy it for two days?

And this morning I stopped by the farmers’ market to buy some vegetables that are in season. Kale, beets and stuff. But of course didn’t think of snapping a photo. But you know the feeling – early sunny morning, fresh air, no rush (except getting the cake to work), lovely products. I would miss it tremendously if I weren’t able to walk to the market and buy fresh ingredients. That’s one of my favorite things to do in Åbo.

forest-y breakfast

We woke up early on a Saturday, took coffee and bread with us and headed to the woods. The sky was as high as it could be and there were no noises except the geese and our steps. Mornings like this let me breathe.

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getting sh*t done

24 hours doesn’t seem to be enough anymore. So many project to finish and so many new to start. As much as I love this time of the year it does feel a bit stressing from time to time. Since I don’t write this blog for a living it often gets pushed away from my top priorities when more dutiful tasks come along. But I promise, mostly to myself, to stick to writing posts every week and to trying to improve my writing skills. At the end that can only be done by writing.

Now I only need a few quite moments to gather my thoughts, get organized for another day of work and report writing, collecting the things I want to sell at a flea market tomorrow afternoon (i.e. fixing with my capsule), and then enjoy my second favorite meal of the day (after breakfast): evening snack of yoghurt, berries and granola.

 

old & new

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re you starting something new this autumn?

I’ve told before that I love this time of the year, when everything gets a fresh start and the weather gets chillier. This autumn I’m especially excited since I’m starting something new but also going back to something old.

For the first time in many years my autumn doesn’t include new studies/jobs/city. Sometimes continuing with the familiar is so very comforting. Going back to something I know, something I understand and can live in without thinking too much.

Then there is this new thing. Which is much different from what I’ve tried before.

Ballet. I used to be a boxer. But now I’ve received my simple black leotard from France and have my powder ballet slippers ready to be sewn and can’t wait ’til next week when I, I don’t know..hit the barre for the first time. I’m not quite sure what to expect, but I’m up for the challenge to learn to do something new with my body. And also, there’s nothing better than the feeling of improvement.

how to workout in the morning

Working out it the morning divides people. Some say it’s the best wake-up, some that they just can’t do it. Before starting to workout in the morning I really didn’t have an opinion. For me, working out daily has been the key, I love it at all hours, the time doesn’t matter.

Though, there are some things that I have to do almost daily and which I’m not too keen of doing. Like blow-drying my hair, which I do after my shower. So the problem is: how to optimize my shower + hair drying and the reason for my shower, a workout?
(Most of the times, I workout at home by doing short bodyweight workouts.)

For me the logic has been about limiting my showers to 1/day on at least the majority of the weekdays. It saves me the effort, time and also, thinking about the environment, water and heating. So the reason for me starting to workout in the mornings was a very practical choice. Since I was anyways going to shower in the morning, and would anyways have to dry my hair, at least I could do some good of it and sweat for some 15 minutes prior to that.

So I started, and it sticked.

I do get up a half an hour earlier than if I wasn’t working out, but I feel it pays off. Since I don’t do heavy lifting working out in the morning just helps me to get started, I wakes up my body in a way a shower & breakfast without a workout doesn’t.

At the moment my morning workouts are automatic, but I know that when the mornings get darker and the weather chillier I will have some difficulties to get up and roll out my exercise mat. For those times I have some tricks. The first is to plan which workout to do (this I actually do already), secondly I simply roll out my mat in our living room the night before and finally I place my workout clothes and shoes close to the bed. These tricks mostly to their job, they get me squatting, but if they fail, then I just do some yoga and streching. The important thing is to do something. To get the body & mind moving.

 

damsons and one chantarelle

We went picking mushrooms but found only one tiny chantarelle. Didn’t make much of a soup that one. IMG_2200Luckily the forest was full of blueberries and lingon berries, so my oatmeal will have upgraded toppings this week. And the garden was full of damsons, which I wanted to bake something of. So I made damson cupcakes. Yum. With white chocolate cream cheese frosting. No pics of that, sorry. forest

guardaroba

Guardaroba is Italian and means wardrobe, or literally “watch & protect clothes”. My guardaroba project that started this summer and goes under the term capsule is all about protecting my most beloved clothes and getting rid of all the excess.

borrowed from wide eyed legless

borrowed from wide eyed legless

The last two weeks we’ve been taking old stuff to a flea market and it feels so good to a) get rid of useless stuff, b) see someone else to find something interesting and c) get some extra cash (!). With the extra money my boyfriend & I made some well-planned investments for the future: 7 bottles of wine and 2 of champagne. Funnily enough, these fellows also live in my guardaroba since that’s the only place where the wine cooler  fitted..

But back to the capsule:
I still have some 50 pieces in it, which means I’ll continue eliminating until I feel comfortable with the amount. For the moment it still feels a bit too much, I still have to spend time on thinking of how to mix things. The easiest thing to do would be to take everything out and start trying on different outfits..but to get started with that!

What helps me push forward is the reward of starting to plan my capsule for september – november (and probably some capsule shopping too, despite most of the pieces will be passed on from my august capsule or taken out from storage).

The reason I picked september – november as my next season is that it covers the first Finnish autumn/winter season (i.e. lots of rain & wind, around -10°C to 15°C). This past month I’ve been trying the capsule thinking and felt really good about it, so I’m ready for a longer season. It’s going to be interesting to see whether the capsule will save me some time when I start studying full-time in september. After all, one of my reasons for starting this project was for saving time.

starting a new week

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like Mondays, no doubt.

This week started with a slow but energizing morning yoga-inspired workout – perfect for a rainy pre-autumn day – followed by my morning routines and a cute sleeping boyfriend. Waking up early is my morning secret, I get to enjoy my oatmeal, tea & newspaper all by myself. There are times I’d like to have company, but now that I’m so used to being alone in the morning I’ve learned to love it.

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turning point

In the beginning of May I stumbled upon Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit (which had been on my mind ever since Joanna of A Cup of Jo posted about it) and thought ah, finally I have the time to read this!

That thought and that book turned out to be some sort of a turning point. Ever since I read it I’ve started to explore my habits and my perception of time has completely changed. (Not that the book is much about time, but for me my habits are a lot about using my time better.)

A majority of our daily activities are guided by habits which is why I think recognizing them is an important part of understanding how to prioritize things in your life. Haven’t we all got busy schedules and too many things we want to do? Friends we never see because there’s no time? Books we never read because we have to spend the time doing something else? But what else are we doing? Where do our daily 24 hours go?

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I’m a student working as an intern, so my time is mostly spent at work or by my books. There’s nothing wrong with that, I like my every day life, and the habitual patterns I wanted to change actually regard chores at home, paying bills and stuff like that. I don’t want cleaning up or organizing my home to be something I feel stressed about, but something that happens automatically. By optimizing the time it takes to do these tasks I also get more time for working out, visiting cafés and well, just relaxing. (I might also mention that some of my previously non-habits have bothered my boyfriend, so a part of this building of new habits I do for him..).

So, it started by me wanting to save time (and I also stopped biting my nails..) by exploring and changing my habits. Now I want continue decluttering my environment and spend less time thinking about things I don’t want to spend time on, like what to wear? do these match? where’s that paper?

There’s some good advice in Duhigg’s book and I’m sure I’ll share some of it later. For now I only say: if you want to understand and change your habits, read the book!