Zapekanka

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Zapekanka

Begin this week a colleague was so kind to bring a dish from her homeland (and surrounding countries if I have understood correctly). This dish is called Zapekanka and she made it herself.

Looking around on the internet it shows that Zapekanka originates to the Ukraine and Russia (and most likely some more countries in that area). I found English names for this dish as “Cottage Cheese Cake” and “Farmer Cheese Coffee Cake”. But I was told not to refer to it as cake. So I won’t. *grin*
Anyway, more about this later on in this article.

When I tasted the Zapekanka, among the many very nice tastes, there was one flavor I recognized, but I could not place right away where I knew it from. It triggered a memory from long ago, so to say. But still I could not pinpoint it down!

Curious about this dish, I looked up a recipe on the Internet and I even found one in Dutch. And looking at that recipe it suddenly hit me like a bolt out of the blue: “griesmeel” (semolina).

When I was a young boy my mother often made “griesmeel pap” (semolina pudding). And I have to admit that over then I disliked it. But tasting it now so many years later the taste is rather interesting, to say the least.

Funny that a taste can stay that long in your memory!

But back to the Zapekanka… It seems that it is very popular in the countries of its origin.
One thing is very clear when you search the Internet, Zapekanka can be made in many ways and variations, but as far I can see now it is always prepared in an oven and egg is always an ingredient.
I saw variations with eggplant, mushrooms and fruit. And that makes it very interesting to experiment with.
Yes, I surely will try to make Zapekanka myself.

I really love these dishes from other countries and specially when they taste as good as Zapekanka *THUMBS*

Rob
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Christmas Cactus

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Lidcactus

I think that the Christmas Cactus is one of most common houseplant around. In Dutch we call this plant “Lidcactus” or “Kerstcactus”. The scientific name for this plant is Schlumbergera truncata.

So you may wonder why an article about a plant that is so common.

Lidcactus

Well, I have one Christmas Cactus that is very special for me. It is a cutting from a plant that once belonged to my grandmother. My grandmother passed away in the year that I was born (22 March 1963 to be precise, so just before I was born).
Have a cutting from this plant, that has been so long in our family, makes it very special to me.

And now the days are getting really shorter, it starts to bloom (hence the name referring to Christmas).

Lidcactus

After it has bloom I will move it to a bigger pot with fresh soil. But before I do so I will take some cuttings from the plant and let them grow roots, so I have these when something goes wrong with moving the full grown plant to a bigger pot.
The change that anything will go wrong is very small, the Christmas cactus is a very strong plant. But with this plant I don’t want to take any risk.
Which may mean that after moving the plant I will have a number of new plants from the cuttings. 

There are already several people I know interested in them *HEART* .

Rob
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WordPress 5.0

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I just upgraded our weblog to WordPress 5.0 and the upgrade went well without any issues, just as I am used to with WordPress.

The most important change of this new version is that there is a complete new editor for writing the articles added.
This new “Gutenberg Editor” is block orientated and is more or less “what you see is what you get”.
I am fully aware that this new editor will take time to get used to… Ergo: I need time to get used to it! *WINK*

By now I found one issue and that is cannot be displayed centered anymore. This might be an issue with the theme that is used.
I will look if I can come with a solution for that. If not, I may have to look for a theme that supports this new editor fully, which would mean that we can use all the new features offered through the new editor. So maybe I will have a look at a different theme anyway.

I would like to encourage the authors of our blog to play around with the Gutenberg editor to get familiar with it. And if there are any issues, please let me know.
For the time being the old editor, refereed to as the “Classic editor” is still available to use. Although I have to say that I have no idea how long this will be the case.

Enjoy!


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Perfume

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Today I got a wonderful perfume from Rob as gift, but there is a little story to it.

Begin this week, Rob was travelling home from his work. The train he was travelling with was over a hour delayed. Rob was feeling cold and hungry.
But instead of losing his good mood, he found something that cheered him up.

In the busy train he was standing next to a woman who used a perfume that grabbed Rob’s attention as he really liked the scent of that perfume.
Rob was bold enough to ask her politely which wonderful perfume it was that she was using.
After first being surprised by this question, she realized that Rob’s question was sincere and told him with a smile the name of the perfume so he could buy it for me.

He told me about this perfume and that he had ordered it online, but he refused to tell me the name of the perfume. Rob knows me enough that this would make me very curious and that I would try many things to get to know which perfume it was.
On a certain moment I got the idea that everyone knew about which perfume this all was, except me!

This evening I arrived at Rob’s place and finally I got to know which perfume: “Lacoste Pour Femme“.
And it is really a fresh perfume with a wonderful scent of flowers. A light and enjoyable perfume, just as I like them.

As Rob really loves this perfume I will save it for when I am with him. And so I will place this truly awesome “Lacoste Pour Femme” with the other perfumes that he gave to me (“Armani Code”, “Muguet En Fleurs” and “Boss Ma Vie”… among others). These perfumes will stay in the bathroom at his house. Have a look for that at the photo at the top of this article.

On the photo, apart from the perfumes, two other things that are worth mentioning.
The bottle with the purple liquid is a shower lotion. It was a gift from Rob’s mother to me. As Rob’s mother has passed away, it is very precious to both of us.
The perfume bottle in the shape of a swan is rather old and also belonged to Rob’s mother. The perfume in the bottle is not useable any more, but that doesn’t make it any less important as memory. Rob and his mother were very close.

Did I already mention that I really love this perfume I got today as a present? 💕💖💕💋


Marion





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Sanctuary of Mesa (or Messon)

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During our holiday to Lesvos this year we saw many beautiful things, but there was one location that made a deep impression on all of us: The Sanctuary of Mesa (or The Sanctuary of Messon, as it is also referred to).

Messa

Specially for Rob visiting Mesa/Messon was very high on his wish list. His interest for Lesvos and its history is great and there is already so much he knows about it.
And I have to admit that now I have been there, it made a deep impression on me. Even so deep that now I want to know more about it. Since our return to The Netherlands I have been reading a lot about this Sanctuary (online and offline). “I have been touched by its magic” as Rob calls it and it is quite contagious according him.


 

The temple is near the town of Agia Paraskevi (Αγία Παρασκευή) and is the biggest temple on the island. It was dedicated to Greek deities Hera, Zeus and Dionysus or the so called “The Lesbian Triad” (and no, that has nothing to do with the sexual preference, but with the geographic location).

There are two inscriptions from the second century BC where the name Sanctuary of Messon is preserved. It served as seat of the Kalloni Commonwealth. But the Sanctuary was already as early as the sixth century before BC a place for pilgrims to come from all over the island, but even from various cities of Asia Minor. It is told that beauty contents and dances related to fertility were hosted there.

Messa

When we visited the Sanctuary we were the only visitors and that made it even more special. The silence was breath taking. The atmosphere was very peaceful. Mostly I am always very down to earth, but here you could literately feel that this place has a very rich history and that important events took place here.

Messa

Rob had a long talk with the local guide of this historic temple and excavation site. He asked many and many questions. He wanted to know as much as possible about this place and he impressed the guide with his knowledge about Lesvos. And yes, he really knows a lot about this island.

And yes, this is one of the places that I never will forget…

Jennifer


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Wish you were here

Yesterday evening we had a very nice get together with some of my direct colleagues. I had with my colleague Tridip a very nice talk about music. What kind of music we like, concerts we have been to. Turns out he has a very good taste of music!

There was a request for a bit more relaxing and Tridip asked me what I thought was the best song that kind of music. There was right away one song that popped up in my mind: “Wish you were here” by Pink Floyd.

“Wish you were here” was the first album that I got to know from Pink Floyd, the first of many to follow. Which is of course not strange as Pink Floyd belongs to the legends of music.

Here the lyrics of the oh so awesome song and below the lyrics the song it self!

“So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
And how we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here”

Rob


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Ever walked into the house and your partner starts to sing for you?

Well, that happened to me this morning *WINK* .
I returned from a short visit to Patricia, when I walked into the living room Rob started to sing with a big smile on his face…

“If you were the only girl in the world
And I were the only boy
I would say such wonderful things to you
There would be such wonderful things to do
If you were the only girl in the world
And I were the only boy…”

I recognized the song, but I had no clue how he got that song. With a big smile he explained it.
He was looking for something on the internet, when he ran by coincidence into this picture…

LP Rudi Carell

This is the cover a vinyl long play record. It is the recording of a show done by the Dutch artist Rudi Carell. The show is about how he is stranded on an uninhabited island.
The show is recorded in 1964, so Rob was around 1 year old and I was not even born. So it was not that Rob can remember this show.

Rob’s parents owned this vinyl record and he loved it. He must have heard it many times. So even that he knows the lyrics of all the songs by heart. That even after all that time and that it has been for many years out of his active memories.

He searched on the Internet and found recordings of the show and we watched those together. And I have to admit that I had some good laughs. And laughing together is even better. I placed these recording below at the end of this article (and sorry, the show is mostly in Dutch).

What I really like is that Rob can be so deeply happy over such a relative simple thing! His mood was really enjoyable and that made the weekend even better as it already was.

Enjoy!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Marion


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As every year, new tea!

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Thee

Autumn is here again and for me that means it is time to buy fresh tea again.
I always try to get a nice mixture of white tea, green tea and black tea. Of course some teas that aren’t really teas (real tea is made of the leaves of the tea-plant, Camellia sinensis).

For me there are several reasons to drink tea. First of all the many delicious flavours that tea can have. Tea is a good thirst quencher. It is useful when you are on a diet. And there are quite some positive effects on your health, a lot the depending on the ingredients of the tea.
Tea, just like water, is very easily absorbed by the body. The higher the quality of the tea, the more tea can contribute to our body, partly because this drink contains, as said. many nutrients.
But as many things, too much is not good. This goes for tea as well.

I buy all my tea at the same at the same webshop (and no, I won’t make any advertisement here on the weblog).
Well, there are two exceptions and that is as first my beloved the Greek Mountain tea (or Shepard tea, as it is also called). This is sent to us directly to us by Mel from Greece. And the second is that I have always fresh mint for tea in my refrigerator. But as said, both are not real teas.

I drink my tea always with honey, just a little because of the calories. But the honey I use is a real honey of a high quality. And of course again sent to us by Mel from Greece.

Every year I try to buy different teas, except the “Brandnetel thee”. That one I buy always. And I always try to buy a tea with ginger. I really love ginger.

These are the teas I bought for this year…

“Brandnetel”
“Brandnetel” is the Dutch name for “stinging nettle”, a plant that is mostly considered as a weed. But stinging nettle is known for its cleansing effect. It works blood purifying and diuretic. It is also good for the digestion, lowers cholesterol levels in blood, helps against high blood pressure. Also suitable for a beautiful skin (not that important for me *SMILE* ) and as support for a diet or detox tea. There seems to be more beneficial effects of this tea, but those are scientific proven.

“Marrakech Mint Bio”
A cooling refreshing green gunpowder tea with sencha and peppermint. This honey-colored tea offers an intense aroma and taste reminiscent of traditional Moroccan tea. The surprising sensations of fresh mint and hot tea result in a natural revitalizing drink.

“White Wonder”
A white tea with raspberries, Goji berries, black berries, rose petals and an aroma. A nice and mild tea that is a little sweet of taste.
The combination of ingredients in this tea bring a lot of goods. Think of antioxidants and vitamins.

“Olive’s detox bio”
A fruity soothing green tea containing olive leaves, apple pieces, orange peel, banana chips (coconut oil, cane sugar and organic honey), kiwi, sunflower blossom and cornflowers.

“Lavender”
Fragrant lavender from the Provence. Very suitable against stress, headache and flu.

“Energy Booster Bio”
Herbal blend with ginger is good for digestion and gives energy (ginger, lemon grass, rose petals).

“Earl Grey”
Powerful variant of the classic Earl Gray may with its refined, fresh mountain flavor. Very good for breakfast (at least that is what we think).

“Winterspice”
A mild-spicy spice mix with cinnamon, cardamom, clove and orange. Very nice for going home when it is cold outside.
This tea can be used a base for “Gluhwein”.

Rob


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Palm trees

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Palm trees

When I saw this photo again I realized that I want palm trees in my garden…

… and then, with a big smile, I know one day I will!

Now the days are getting colder again (and no, we can not complain this far this year) the longing for our beloved island Lesvos is growing strong again…

This photo is made at main square of Plomari.

Marion


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Issue with WP Google Maps

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Yesterday Marissa called me to tell me that she had problems with adding new locations to the map we have have for “Cafés & Dinners”.

I just had a look at it and she is right. It is not possible at the moment to add new locations. The problem is caused by changes Google did on their Map API. Normally they announce something like that, but I guess I missed that during our holiday in Greece.

I will have a look at the changes that Google has done and contact the developer of the WP Google Maps interface. I hope to have soon a solution. Sadly for now this is completely out of my control.

ps. The locations that were already on the map are still there. No issue on that level. It is also no problem to update the existing data.

Rob


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