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A sandwich that tastes like new laptop (Lunch recipe)

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Looking past some of my previous blog posts I made the shocking observation that there’s a serious lack of sandwiches. Like really. My last post on this stems from more than three months ago. Yikes.

So here finally goes. A simple one. I had something like this the day I had just bought my new laptop, and because of the lack of WiFi at my old place, I went into Starbucks t0 use theirs and to install some stuff and look all cool and edgy and awesome sitting with mah new laptop in Starbucks yo. I ordered some tropical juice and this roll and since then it has become one of my absolute faves. Feeling on top of the world with my new buy probs added to that also. A bit.

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Making this sandwich at home I opted for an Italian-ish seedy baguetty thing, but any bread will do. I mixed half a cut up red chilli pepper and some black pepper with 2/3 spoons of cream cheese and spread this out over the sandwich. Throw some smoked salmon on top and and add a tiny bit of lemon juice.

I really enjoy the spicyness of this.

Now you’re good to go for a whole afternoon of downloading Friends and Downton Abbey, signing up for Netflix and having a panic attacks thinking you might have broken your new laptop already. Or you know, whatever you had planned that day.

For the sake of lunch and vitamins I cut up some tiny tomatoes of various colours and mixed them with a tiny spoon of pesto genovese. Those tomatoes that look like they just went over to the Dark side are called dark plum tomatoes. I didn’t know that until I saw a punnet of these in Lidl.
What a lovely story. Thanks.

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Sandwich fanatic like me? I’m a noob having fun experimenting with toppings. Keepin’ it simple. Someone who’s a real champ at sandwiches is Stephanie Smith, blogger from the amazing 300 sandwiches blog (and soon cookbook!). Her blog is definitely worth a look. Enjoy 🙂

11 Pictures Showing Why Dublin Is The Sassiest Of All Capitals

I’ve lived in Dublin for a year and a half now, and as the snapshots on my phone here will suggest, there is no city quite like it.

Stay epic, you!

onesieThe fashion. I mean look at this gangster in his onesie, basically winning at life.

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And we go the extra mile on March 17th (St. Patricksday).

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Organizing unforgettable  birthday parties is no problemo.

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And cleanliness is like, everything.

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Naming shops? Dublin likes to keep it real.

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Real.

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People leave sweet lil messages…

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And are not bothered to mind each other’s kids. Cute.

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Dublin serves some classy food as well.

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See? Oh… Why Judy, you so silly.

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And after a long day of being epic, Dublin sleeps peacefully with some help of one of his local legends, Mattress Mick. Good on ye Mick.

Now, what’s the craic with you?

4 things that happened in the past week #4

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Gastonishing
Seems one of my favourite (loveable no, entertaining yes) Disney characters is going through a rough time. In a few weeks time two videos of a Meet ‘n Greet with Gaston in Disney World went viral. In the first one a little girl named Isabella totally put him in his place, telling him “the Beast is gonna beat you and he is gonna marry Belle!”. In the second, a guy challenges him to do a push up-battle (which totally turns against him in the end). These videos sparked me to find more vids on YouTube in which this Gaston is featured and they all entertained me big time. Like the character, the actor walking the park as Gaston behaves like a total self-involved douche, but in the most funny way possible. There’s some signature lines he does that I find really amusing. After a meet and greet he often says stuff like “Pleasure to meet me, the honour was all yours.”
My, what a guy, that Gaston!

Hearthstone
Apart from some Tetris now and again, I have never done much online gaming or video games. As a kiddo we did have a Nintendo and I remember playing some Super Mario, a Darkwing Duck platform game (“Let’s get dangerous!”) and some Lion King Pinball thing which I thought was superfun. But, having two very fanatic older brothers meant I often ended up watching. In the past week I got into playing Hearthstone, a free online card game developed by Blizzard. It’s kind of a strategic game in which you let minions, beasts and other character “battle” with each other until you can “destroy” your opponents hero. Sounds lovely init? For me it has a similar feel as table top game Citadels, to which I got quite addicted to this summer (even when I kept losing). Best thing about Hearthstone is that you can chose a hero from 9 characters, and they all have different kinds of powers and different spells. There’s also loads of cards and decks to chose from, so it won’t get boring anytime soon. Oh, and it’s terribly addictive and awesome.

Soul Food
During my stay in the Netherlands over the Christmas holidays I went out for dinner at De La Soul, a small restaurant in the center Leiden. They serve what they call “soulfood”, which is, what I understood, a mixture of Creole, Caribbean and Cajun food. Whatever it exactly was it was absolutely savage and I can’t wait to go back there. De La Soul serves small dishes with a small-ish price tag so it’s a good idea to order a few dishes, much like eating tapas. Among other hings I had Chicken and Waffles for the first time in my life (I did not know this was a thing!) and some mac and four cheeses. Especially that last one was OMGSOYUMMY and I easily could’ve eaten like six bowls of that, no problem.

Bye, Bye Coat
My flight back to Dublin wasn’t my favourite one to date. After watching some HIMYM (yes, I have proceeded to do that!) at the gate I stood up to board, during which I must have forgotten to grab my coat to queue. Realizing I forgot it four minutes later, I confidently walked back to the bench I was sitting before to grab it, but it was gone. I spoke to a few staff members but nothing was turned in and there was no cleaning service around, so I can only assume someone must’ve taken/stolen it. It’s an odd feeling stepping onto a plane knowing there might be people there that might have taken something from you, unintentionally you start to look different to people.
Coatwise, it was a snazzy black and white TK-Maxx bargain and I felt really classy in it. Wherever you are, you will be sadly missed.
To cheer myself up I got an Aer Lingus snackpack that contained cheese, hummus, breadsticks, crackers and a Lily O’Brien chocolate. Not too shabby.

Blogception: A Blog on My Current Favourite Blogs

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These type of blogs are usually accompanied by a picture of a smart looking office space/nifty desk centering a Macbook and a jolly mug with a hot beverage… But since I write my blogs from my bed and my Fujitsu Siemens doesn’t have that much appreciated elegance, a picture like that would feel like a lie. Therefore I present you this smug looking goat instead.

Before I started blogging I had sort of a set internet routine. Checking e-mails, simultaneously scan BBC news and Facebook, see what the weather’s going to be like that day  and checking up on my favourite blogs. Since I started blogging myself that routine has slightly changed. I still do the things I just mentioned, but usually only in between enthusiastically checking the stats on my blog. Look, someone from Croatia clicked on my blog! Welcome, you epic person! Apart from the obsessing over stats (honestly, who of you bloggers out there doesn’t love stats?) I also discovered quite a few new blogs I added to my daily routine.
I’d love to share my favourite blogs with you, so here you go.

Things I Find In The Garbage Coming across a title like that you just feel like you have to click it. And it did not disappoint in the slightest. The subtitle of the blog states: “I’m a professional scavenger and entrepreneur making a living selling curbside garbage.” And that is exactly what this blog is about. I am truly amazed by what is thrown away by people and how this blogger can live off his treasure hunting. This blog gives another dimension to ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

Worth the Whisk  I truly wish I came up with this awesome name for a blog. Besides that, I wish I had created it. It combines a lot of travel with a lot of amazing looking (and probably very tasty) food. The Mini Lasagnas with Pesto and Kale are on my to-bake list.

A Wee Bit of Cooking I wanted to write “Another foodblog etc. …”, but that would be rude and incorrect. Because this isn’t just another foodblog, it’s a blog with Scottish recipes and advice on visiting Scotland. I love the artwork on the blog and the personal writing style.

14 Weeks Worth of Socks Is a lifestyle and travel blog run by The Sock Mistress. There’s a wide variety of blog topics (from Disney to Feminism) and I especially love to read about the adventures of the doglets and the personal project of making transcriptions of her Granddad’s WW2 diary.

As The Bird Flies Frankie is a short story writer and makes the most incredible pictures of her travels. I love her colourful pictures and her advice on vintage shopping (abroad).

Voila, lots and lots of reading. Which blogs are you following at the moment?

Love! xx

Oh honey, I went to this hipster pizza place near Temple Bar and saw that it was good

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Reviewing Skinflint, Crane Lane 19, Dublin 2

Around two months ago my colleague Izzie and me decided to do something completely out of the ordinary; instead of planning the usual friday-after-work-drinks (that I usually miss because of dance class), we decided to start painting the town red on a Monday. To give the Monday that extra bit of umpf that it so desperately needs (seriously who likes Monday?). After skipping to the closest pub we sat down for a jacket potatoe, some profiteroles and approximately 2 glasses of white Pinot Grigio each. One more than we planned. Thus, Pinot-Monday was born.

After a few visits to this same shabby pub, that we found served a very dodgy kind of salmon, we decided it was time for a change of venue. Izzie proposed Skinflint, a hipster-ish pizza restaurant in the center of Dublin. I had my doubts. I knew their sister-restaurant Jo’Burger and wasn’t sure how I felt about their drinks menu, that mainly consists of fruit/herbed bubbled water. If there was no Pinot, how could we honour our modern traditions? “No” wrote Izzie to me in the work chatbox, a strictly professional tool. “Everywhere has wine.” My doubts cleared instantly.

Skinflint can be found on Crane Lane in Dublin 2, close to a pub called The Snug. You have to take a double look cause you might not see it the first time, it’s small-ish and the decorum doesn’t really scream attention from the outside. The atmosphere is lovely, the music funky and the food tasty.  We ordered cheese sticks as a starter and they were just savage. The pizzas have girl names and so it happened that I ordered a Celine for the main course (a pizza with rocket, mushrooms, parmesan and garlic confit). In Skinflint, every table has big bags of napkins on the table and it is only while you are eating your mains that it becomes clear why. Next to salt and pepper you can find honey as a third condiment on your table, and you are meant to eat that with your pizza. Yeah, let that sink in.

Personally, I find pizza and honey the best combination since… Harry & Ron? Ant and Dec? Chocolate and peanuts? It was amazing and I’ll be returning to get myself some more of that.

The only things about Skinflint that I didnt like as much were the chairs that weren’t very comfy and the fact that the pizzas weren’t very cheesy. Though the fact that they were very thin and crispy (which I prefer above doughey pizzas) almost made up for that completely.

Pizza prices range from 8 to 13 euro, and it’s 2 for 1 on the Monday!

More info: http://www.joburger.ie/skinflint

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Thinking back I couldn’t tell why the restaurant is called Skinflint. The Cambridge Online Dictionary says a Skinflint is a “a person who is unwilling to spend money”. I didn’t know that, so that’ll be the second thing (after learning that honey on pizza is awesome) I learnt from this pizza place visit. If I ever find out why it is called Skinflint exactly, I’ll report back to you guys.

Also, this would be a great moment to make some sort of “Joey likes pizza and/or doesn’t share food-joke”, but I can’t think of any. Must be the Pinot.

xx

Stuff I’ve been loving lately

 

Hi y’all!

Just a quick blog on stuff I’ve been surrounding myself with cause they make me insanely happy. And I only mention Harry Potter like three times. Absolute top score.


On Screen: 
Three weeks ago, I went to see What If  (directed by Michael Dowse) in cinema on a free monday afternoon. It was the only movie we could watch at that time and I’m mighty glad it was. It’s a romcom starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan that made me laugh out loud a few times and had me leave the cinema in the most cheerful state of mind. There were a few odd, realistic scenes where characters just grabbed their phone to avoid having to talk to other people or to kill some time, which I found very funny.
Curled up in a chair: I’ve started reading Lunch in Paris (written by American journalist Elizabeth Bard) and enjoying every page of it. It’s a love story set in Paris that contains recipes of the dishes that are mentioned (a feature I would’ve bloody loved to see in Harry Potter and actually most other books I’ve read). It’s easy to understand why it’s a New York Times Best-Seller as it combines the magical combination of Paris, love and food and it’s a lovely and easy read.
In my ears: You Keep Me Hangin’ On by the Supremes. Just can’t get enough of that tune.

SAM_0150                                            Meridian Peanut Butter, Supervalu, €3,59

This nutty brand makes the most delicious nut butters ever! I spread this peanut butter on a whole meal pita bread or rice cake or just eat it straight from the jar when no one is looking. Their Almond Butter is also absolutely divine and I have yet to discover the taste of their Hazelnut Butter, Cashew Butter and Pumpkin Seed Butter. To be continued. Yummy.

SAM_0106Super Beauty Coconut & Acai Shower Gel, Boots,  €3,29

Basically, I really like to smell like a cake (vanilla perfume, coconut shower gel, honey hairspray, come to momma) and this shower gel does exactly that. I usually switch to another shower gel after emptying a bottle but I’ve happily repurchased this one now.

SAM_0114                                           Doughnut Clutch Bag, New Look, €14,99

Is it fashion? Is it food? Pardon my photography skills, this clutch looks quite a bit more yummy in real life than the picture shows. I bought this one only a few weeks ago and absolutely adore it. My birthday is coming up in October and even though I don’t have any outfit planned yet, I do know I’ll be sporting this bad boy.

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Because well, who wouldn’t love such a magical comfy top?

See you later!

I wish I had known this recipe when I was a student

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First things first: This recipe is not totes my own creation. It’s supposed to be a superfamous alltime Italian classic but I only discovered it recently in a cookbook from Nadia Sawalha and adjusted it to my own taste. And with adjusted to my own taste I usually mean adding more garlic. This time is no different.

I so so so wish I had known this recipe when I was a student, it would’ve cheered up a lot of broke ass end of the months. Every student usually has their signature “I’m broke”-dish. I had a friend who survived on fishfingers and frozen spinach. Heaps of students went and probably still go for pasta-pesto, a right classic. I usually made soup with whatever vegetable was in season or “risotto” with rice, a vegetable stock cube and whatever vegetable was in season. Best time ever.

Serves 2
Ingredients

175 gr. spaghetti
1 or 2 garlic cloves (depending on how much of a garlic fan you are)
2 tablespoons of tomatoe purée
a few leafs fresh basil, torn up if they are big (dried basil is tasty too, but very different)
some grated parmesan or mature cheese
olive oil
salt

Instruction

Cook the spaghetti with a little splash of olive oil and some salt until ready. Y’all know the throw-the-spaghetti-against-the-wall-and-if-it-sticks-it’s-ready trick right?

Meanwhile, heat a spoon of olive oil in a frying pan. Crush the garlic in the pan and cook until soft, keep stirring (and Nadia says it’s not okay to burn it btw). Add the tomato purée while still stirring it all around.

Key-instruction for this recipe: add a couple of tablespoons from the pasta-water to your tomatoe-garlic mixture. It’ll make the sauce cling to your spaghetti. True story! Keep stirring.

When the pasta is ready, drain it and put it into the frying pan. Stir pasta, tomatoe sauce, some of the grated cheese and some basil leafs all together in the frying pan until it’s all mixed.

Serve with some basil and grated cheese on top. Some cucumber salad on the side is very nice too. But sides aren’t very studentey. Oh well.

Hasta la pasta!