October 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Si cum ziceam… daca tot am niste zile relativ libere, pai hai sa profit de ele si sa ma hranesc sanatos, mai stergand din frustrarea altor zile in care torn in mine fel si fel de otravuri.

Mai jos schitez un plan orientativ, pentru ca eu sunt prin excelenta o fiinta spontana (pfoai!), adica daca imi tuna sa mananc ceva, voi manca chiar daca ‘nu scrie la program’. ๐Ÿ™‚

– porridge cu mar, chia si scortisoara
– dovleac copt, ca atare sau in salata cu orz si masline
– suc de mar, morcov si fenicul
– suc de castravete, alfalfa si menta
– suc de mar, lamaie si ghimbir
– salata de varza cu fasole batuta
– sandvis cu avocado, salata verde si rosie, plus piper proaspat macinat
– ardei copti cu usturoi si fasole
– supa de linte picanta
– zacusca in interpretarea mea, cu paine facuta de mine

M-am intors de la supermarket cu plasele indesate, si spre surprinderea mea am gasit niste legume proaspete, locale. Asa ca acum nu mai am nici o scuza.
Ahh, daca mai zic ca ma pot rasfata si cu ceaiuri Kusmi…. ahhh, ce bine e la mine acasa!!!

Zile si nopti

October 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Am cateva, doar cateva zile de ragaz. Am sa trec in revista maruntisurile, acele intamplari minuscule, care ne populeaza vietile:
– avem in sfarsit storcatorul mult visat (mai ales de mine); de dimineata mi-am facut un suc dintr-un dovlecel, o lamaie si cateva frunze de salata. cum a fost?…. hai sa spunem doar ca e puternic detoxifiant. ๐Ÿ™‚ si ca ador sucul si sper sa imi fac in fiecare zi;
– am terminat The shadow of the wind a lui C. R. Zafon, o caramida plina de suspans, care m-a tinut cu sufletul la gura si ocazional m-a umplut si de groaza. Mi-a placut mult, desi pe alocuri este cusuta cu multa ata alba;
– am un apetit imens pentru sport. Aseara am fost la squash si mi-a placut de mine, mi se pare ca mi-am imubunatit stilul de saptamana trecuta. Imi place si sa alerg si de-abia astept sa primesc bijuteria Garmin…. si sa zbor pe schiuri;
– vremea e superba… in week-end am fost in munti si sufletul meu facea giumbuslucuri la vederea culorilor padurii. mi-ar placea la nebunie ca inainte sa ne ingroape de tot zapada sa mai facem un hike
– mie nu imi place sa decorez dovleci… dar imi place sa ii mananc. Asa ca voi face bine sa ciopartesc si sa coc un dovleac intreg pe care il voi manca in fel si chip – cubulete in salata cu orz si masline, ca desert si poate chiar in supa
– e bine bine bine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Planuri

October 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Motivatie: cand nu faci lucrurile cu intentie, te lasi cumva in voia vietii, functionand pe auto-pilot si scapand din vedere acele chestiuni care iti fac inima sa cante pe tonalitati noi si creierul sa zbarnaie.

Asadar, pana la sfarsitul anului, adica in perioada asta in care totul clocoteste cu ‘a face’, eu voi:
– fi cuminte. adica linistita;
– voi alerga si zburda si imi voi pune corpul la treaba;
– voi bea multe sucuri proaspete si racoritoare si voi manca preponderent fructe, legume, seminte, nuci. cata abundenta!!!;
– voi iubi si voi zambi la tot si la orice;
– voi fi ordonata cu munca mea, poate mai ordonata si disciplinata ca oricand;
– voi relua relatia cu oamenii care inseamna ceva pentru mine si pe care i-am cam neglijat in ultima vreme;
– voi citi – oh Doamne, cat de mult mi-a lipsit asta!;
– voi gati – bun, sanatos, cu culoare, de sezon. am sa mai fac vizite la ferma mea iubita si la livada cu mere;
– voi dormi si voi visa la mult-iubita mea casa din Albinen, la camera aceea fermecata, cu munti colorati in zeci de culori de toamna, sau acoperiti cu zapada. locul acela e unul dintre cele mai dragi inimii mele.

When the Gospel speaks to me

October 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m just back from a 7 hour train ride. I’ve unpacked, showered, and currently trying to smooth out my thoughts before I say hello to sleep. These days have been SUCH a whirlwind – intelectually and emotionally. A big part of my job is about plunging right into a pool of human-ness, with all its beauty and dirt. OK, so in other words what I’m trying to say is: I’m seeing the best and the worst of them; people who make my heart sing and who create natural followership, who are cleaned up inside, and people who amaze me with their lopsidedness and moral vice. These moments stay with me, they get stamped in my brain and my heart. Sometimes, in the heat of conversations, the energy is so high that it takes my breath away and I can feel how it’s all making its way into me. I’m an absorber.

I am SO grateful for what I am living right now – good and bad; I can see so many great things coming my way and, most importantly, I think I’ve got what it takes to overcome the hardships and carve my way forward no matter what.

And, to top it all up, I had such a beautiful encounter tonight: the taxi driver who gave me a ride from the Zuerich train station to the hotel was listening to this ‘foreign-sounding’ music. I said it sounds beautiful, positive and melodious and asked where it’s from. He turned to me and smiled with his perfect string of pearly teeth and said it was from Ghana. It was the Gospel and it said that ‘Whatever I want, I shall tell God and he will help me fulfill it’.
Indeed… this is what my heart sings too.

Ce face alergarea din om/ What running does to you

October 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Asta e cu dedicatie speciala pentru mama, care e ingrijorata ca-mi petrec prea mult timp in bucatarie gatind, gustand ce gatesc…
Si daca papila mea gustativa a ajuns pe culmile extazului saptamana asta, pupila mea s-a dilatat infinit la vederea muntilor care mi se astern la poale (da, ati inteles bine, ma simteam eu mai inalta decat numitii Alpi).
Azi-dimineata am infruntat geruletul si mi-am facut tura de alergare. Niste idei nastrusnice mi-au trecut prin minte: cum ar fi sa imi cumpar o coarda (pe care sa o sar, da), cum ar fi sa folosesc bancutele si mesele de picnic pentru exercitii cardio, despre cum ar fi sa particip eu la un duatlon, maraton, triatlon (cred ca voi incepe cu 12 kilometri, totusi). Despre cum sunt, fac si pot – de toate.
As vrea sa nu uit senzatia asta niciodata, senzatia de-mi locui corpul, de a fi la unison cu el, de a lupta impreuna cu el. Corpul meu care ma sustine clipa de clipa, care e mereu de veghe, care ma suporta, care are forte de regenerare nebanuite, dar care nu uita nimic…
As vrea sa imprim aceasta senzatie celulelor mele: dopamina, adrenalina, endorfina curgand repede prin vene.
Adica acelasi cocktail de hormoni si neurotransmitatori care ma imbata de fiecare data cand ascult melodia asta:

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I never liked translating stuff mot-a-mot, so here goes, an approximate rendition of my running experience.
Running makes me feel absolutely great and I’m not fooling myself: it’s all due to the hormonal cocktail. I’ve come to realise I love running in the morning, as it gives me a huge boost to face the day’s challenges. Running in the morning goes in hand with waking up early, which is one thing I’ve never been good at. But I’m improving and I can report huge success on that front!
I consider myself extremely lucky for running facing the Jura mountains or the Alps; watching the seamless movement of the clouds on the sky gives me strength, and the hills… well, they feel easier to mount with each run.
I feel inspired to do all sorts of things when I run, like signing up for a marathon, duathlon or even triathlon – but I think I’ll start with a mere 12k. ๐Ÿ˜‰
I’ve got a whole list of tracks that pump me and get me up and running.
And some tunes by Depeche Mode just DO IT for me, like this one…

Zacusca – my way

October 11, 2013 § 7 Comments

P1040241P1040239Scriu reteta asta aici, ca sa nu o pierd. Pentru mine a fost aur saptamana asta. ๐Ÿ™‚
Sunt o mare ‘zacuscara’ si pot devora un borcan din pasta asta cat ai zice ‘peste’.Pana si numele imi place, caci are o rezonanta aparte!
Mama mea face o zacusca de milioane si in timp a invatat sa pregateasca ceva dietetic, ceea ce nu inseamna ca sora mea si cu mine nu ne batem pe ultima lingurita de zacusca atunci cand ajungem acasa…
Dar cum mama e departe si mai e mult pana inhat eu un borcan de zacusca, am facut-o pe a mea. Uitandu-ma la micutul meu castronas (am facut o portie mica, doar de proba), am realizat ca nu imi va ajunge nici pe-o masea, asa ca am pregatit a doua tura, cu cantitati duble.
Ca mai toate mancarurile pe care le pregatesc eu, si asta suporta modificari aproape nelimitate – cu ciuperci, cu fasole, servita cu seminte de floarea soarelui sau cu susan, cu otet de mere sau suc de lamaie.

Ingrediente:2 dovlecei, 1 rosie, 1 ardei mare, 2 cepe, usturoi (nelimitat), putin ulei, putin otet de mere, sare, 3 prize de salvie si patrunjel uscat.
Cum procedam: amestecam toate aceste chestiuni si le dam drumul in tava, in cuptorul pre-incalzit.
Cand sunt patrunse si casa miroase… a casa, e timpul sa scoatem legumele noastre. Le lasam sa se raceasca si le pasam fie cu blenderul, fie cu o furculita (daca vrem sa lasam si bucati mai mari).
Daca nu am pus otet de mere, adaugam acum sucul de lamaie… dupa gust (asta inseamna ca gustam o data, si inca o data, si inca o data…)

Asta-i zacusca. Fuse si se duse.
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As Iโ€™m writing this post I am actually drooling. The last few weeks have been really great for me from a culinary perspective โ€“ but not just that: I had the โ€˜luxuryโ€™ to cook much more than I normally have time for, enjoyed dinners with a glass of wine and just played and experimented in the kitchen.

Yesterday I made this veggie spread in a jiffy โ€“ and ate it in a jiffy too! In the evening I made a double batch, just to make sure it lasts me. It is THAT good!!
This is the quick and a bit healthier version of the famous and beloved Romanian โ€˜zacuscaโ€™.
The recipe bears a lot of modifications and I can already see how one could easily add mushrooms like chanterelles or pleurotus or even beans โ€“ both mushrooms and beans would make this so much heartier.

Ingredients โ€“ for 400g of zacusca
– 2 medium courgettes
– 1 tomato
– 1 big red pepper
– 2 (or more) onions
– Garlic cloves โ€“ to taste
– Salt, oil, cider vinegar, thyme and parsley

Directions: as the oven is heating up, roughly chop the veggies and toss them in olive oil and cider vinegar, then sprinkle lots of thyme and parsley on top. Pop the tray in the oven and leave it there until veggies start to soften and the house smells wonderfully. Once the veggies are cooked through and cooled down, place them in a bowl and blend roughly so that you still leave bits and pieces in there.
You can serve this with a bit of lemon juice, sunflower or sesame seeds on top. Itโ€™s amazing! I serve it on toast or as a base for a sandwich or just eat it with a spoon!
This keeps well in the fridge in a glass container for about two days โ€“ but it can not last me that longโ€ฆ

Azi… si doar azi.

October 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

– muntii au fost pudrati peste noapte cu zapada, si imaginea asta ma emotioneaza. prima zapada pe anul asta
– astazi merg sa-mi caut cizme cu piele fina, care sa imi mangaie picioarele; am ochit deja ceva…
– ma rasfat cu ceaiuri Kusmi delicioase, paine de casa si zacusca facuta de mine
– diseara mergem sa jucam squash si de-abia astept
– ma traverseaza o emotie pe care as numi-o ‘Viena’

azi – ar parea ca sunt in vacanta, dar nu-s. am doar o stare inefabila de ‘vin sarbatorile!’ si una de ‘ce bine e…!’.

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