Archive for June, 2018

2018, June 29

Quirky architecture is a real thing in Skopje

Just in case my previous travel articles about Skopje, the capital of the Republic of North Macedonia, haven’t convinced you that the city is truly worth a visit, I’m here to redirect you to my latest travel article “The quirky architecture of Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia” over on Milliver’s Travels.

 

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2018, June 22

Recipe of the Month: Sesame Turkey with Steamed Asparagus

While trying different seasonings lately, the newest things I “discovered” are Lemon Pepper and sun dried tomatoes. I’ve been seasoning basically everything with these, from chicken to shrimp and now, turkey.
Below is a recipe I came up with earlier this week, and which was deemed as “the best turkey I ever had” by my boyfriend. Yay! ;)

Sesame Turkey with Steamed Asparagus

500 gr Turkey
3 tbsp Coconut oil
Lemon Pepper seasoning to taste
1 tsp grated Ginger
2-3 Sun dried tomatoes, ground
4-6 Basil leaves
2 tbsp Red peppers paste
splash of white Wine
125 ml cooking Cream (I use Alpro Rice Cuisine)
3 tbsp Sesame seeds
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
bunch of Asparagus

Prepare the meat by cutting up the turkey into small pieces. Into a heated pan add the coconut oil, the turkey and season with the lemon pepper, ginger, red peppers paste and ground sun dried tomatoes. (I omitted seasoning with salt also, since the red peppers paste is very salty.)
When the meat is almost done, add a splash of white wine and the basil leaves. Stir well and let simmer until the wine is almost gone.
Add the cream and stir continuously for a couple of more minutes so the sauce forms.
When done, turn off the heat and stir in the Sesame and Chia seeds.

Cut the Asparagus to fit into your steamer. Place the thicker pieces below and the thinner ones above them. Cover with the lid and steam until it becomes bright green and tender to touch, but still a bit crisp. It should take around 8 minutes for thick Asparagus and 5 minutes for thinner Asparagus.

The day I cooked it I served this with Danish rye bread, but it’d go well with other side dishes like rice, baked regular or sweet potatoes, etc.
I think it’d even taste great stirred together with Quinoa (I’ll be trying this idea next!).

Bon appétit! ;)

2018, June 15

My non-swimmer’s opinion on a spa complex

I’m not a swimmer, I can barely do it in salty water, but I had the best time at Hungarospa with my boyfriend and a couple of friends a few weeks back. It is the largest spa complex in Europe, and I believe everyone will be able to find their favorite pools and things to do there.

Head on over to Milliver’s Travels to read my travel article, “Sunbathing at Hungarospa Thermal Baths, Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary”, I’m positive you’ll wish you could pack up and leave towards it right away.

2018, June 8

Watch the time – by Estrella Azul

Before we parted ways,
he gifted me a watch.
Both of us felt it –
what was left of “us”
was only a matter of time.

2018, June 1

Awkward money questions

I read The Financial Diet (TFD) on a regular basis, and when I noticed one of their “awkward money questions” interview, I figured I’d try to answer the questions myself.

  1. What’s the worst money you’ve ever spent in the name of romance?
    A weekend trip. Even though it resulted in a fun weekend and I enjoyed spending time with the guy, and exploring a new city I’ve never been to… I should not have spent that much while I was basically broke, had debt, and needed to borrow money just so I could go.
  2. What is a misguided purchase you’ve made to “upgrade” yourself?
    The Color Run, last year in my city. I needed motivation to keep running and training, and entering running races was the perfect way for me to do just that. All other races I entered were great and helped me keep in shape and training while also being fun. The Color Run however, was anything but a professionally organized race, and admission was steep for all that it ended up being (the happiest 5K in the World only summed up to 3,5K).
  3. What’s one guilty pleasure you spend on that you know you absolutely shouldn’t?
    Mugs. I love any kind of fun and interesting coffee cup, tea mug or drinking jug in all shapes and sizes. I have more than I could probably use up in a lifetime. I have gotten way better and refrain from buying new ones, but the occasional mug purchase still happens even though I really don’t need any new ones.
  4. What’s one thing you’re really cheap about that you know you should spend more money on?
    Self-care. I think of the cat, the BF, family and friends before I think of spending money on myself. I try to cut my own hair, do my own hair, make-up and nails as much as possible – going as far as borrowing a dress to wear at a wedding, because I don’t wear dresses often enough to justify buying a new one.
    I’m better at it when the BF nudges me to spend money on myself also and at least for special occasions I started getting manicures, and invested in a couple of dresses to have for weddings. However, I will probably cut my own hair until I can still hold scissors with a steady-enough hand.
  5. What is something that 2018 Estrella does that 2008 Estrella would have never thought possible?
    Wiring money into my savings account, and into private pension account every month.

Now I’m curious. What would your replies be to the above questions? Feel free to leave your answers in a comment below.

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