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Day 40 – Hygge Mania

The hygge lifestyle is the phenomenon of the moment and to be honest, the Danes are spot on with this one. The basic principles: be cosy, well fed, comfortable and happy.

Here are 10 of the most hygge things I could find… After all, new year = new blankets?

1. This blanket from John Lewis

2. This cardigan from Monki

3. This pot pie

4. This one pot pasta

5. These warm cocktails

6. This house on the Isle of Skye (in our dreams)

7. This apple cinnamon bread

8. This cinnamon hot chocolate with orange syrup

9. This oversized scarf from Zara

10. This chunky blanket from the White Company

Happy hygge!

Thank you for the recipes and photos πŸ™ŒπŸ˜πŸ’›

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Day 39 – Greek life

It’s a funny old life when you’re half Greek in England, or anywhere in the world really. Today’s post is dedicated to the entertaining little things people have said when I mention my heritage – from quips about my appearance to confusion about food and language πŸ‡¬πŸ‡·πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

  • Greek? I don’t like olives 
  • Your hair is soooo curly, how long does it take to straighten it? 
  • Why do you even bother with sun cream 
  • What on earth is a name day?
  • I love your mum’s accent! 
  • What is your lunch? *something unpronounceable* 
  • You’re half Greek? I went to Cyprus once!
  • You’re half Greek? I went to Malia once!
  • Does your mum speak English? 
  • Do you know how to make hummus? 
  • How can hair be naturally curly? 
  • Why do you celebrate Easter twice?
  • What is baklava? 
  • What do you think about the Greek economy? 
  • What do you mean you don’t have turkey at Christmas?
  • I LOVE GREEK FOOD 
  • You have a lot of icons around the house…
  • Do you identify as white? 
  • You guys all talk at once 

Xoxo

P.s visit Greece! 

P.p.s Thanks for the memes 😍😘

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Day 34

Today I thought I’d share some art by Zuhair Hassib, a Kurdish-Syrian artist who was born in 1960. 

His art is multifaceted. Hassib explores human closeness, femininity and colour on the one hand and war, destruction and sadness on the other. I suppose you could call this a metaphor for the situation in Syria as a whole; in just the past few weeks the news has focussed on the siege in East Aleppo as well as the romantic, poetic graffiti it provoked.

Without analysing Syrian current affairs further, I hope you enjoy this small collection of paintings:

Syria

Displacement

Find out more here.

Thank you for the images and thank you for reading!

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Day 33 – A Great British Christmas

Santa, I’ve been a bad daily blogger this Christmas but I’m back from my travels so I can catch up πŸŽ…πŸ˜€ 

In honour of being back in the UK, I thought I’d share a few of the unusual things that Brits do at Christmastime (whether we would admit it or not πŸ˜‰)

1. We all pour alcohol on a pudding and set it on fire…

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2. We wish and wish for snow and then panic when we get it

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3. We’ll desperately try anything to get rid of leftover turkey but end up throwing it into a curry with all the veg anyway πŸ—

(Recipe here, as if you need it)

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4. Whether to grumble about it or to nod along, we put the Queen’s speech on the TV and then debate it

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5. On second thoughts, we get grumpy enough to debate anything, really:

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6. We pull Christmas crackers and then wear the paper hats to eat our dinner 😍

The countdown is on, thanks for reading!

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Day 31

Since this is the time of year for dreams to come true, I’m bringing you a list of things to hope for: Foreign foods that the UK (and maybe everywhere else) needs more of!

I hope you enjoy 😁

1. Swiss raclette πŸ§€ yes, it is exactly how it looks – take a big cheese, melt it, scrape it over potatoes…

2. Russian waffle sandwiches (мягкиС Π²Π°Ρ„Π»ΠΈ). You heard me, the Russians are SANDWICHING waffles 😍 fillings include jam, buttercream, a combo of both, caramel, even a chewy marshmallow.

3. Dutch fries with mayo, ketchup and onion (trust me, perfect combo)

4. Khachapuri – a Georgian staple food that is basically deep pan pizza dough made into a boat and filled with cheese and egg or meat. Other variations include lobiani which is flat and filled with beans.

5. Sokolatina (σοκολατινα) – this is a beautifully decorated Greek chocolate cake made by alternating chocolate sponge and mousse!

6. Cailler chocolate – somehow our supermarkets prefer Lindt but Swiss brand Cailler comes in so many flavours that your heart will ache for what we don’t have 🍫

7. Skioufihta (σκιουφιχτα) is a Greek pasta dish. In Crete the pasta is hand rolled into little tubes and then cooked with stock and cheese! Simple and delicious.

8. Humita – I haven’t even tried this glorious, Latin American, steamed sweetcorn creation in its homeland but in a fairly authentic Argentinian restaurant in the Netherlands and it was delicious!

9. Π‘Ρ‹Ρ€ΠΎΠΊ (pronounced sirok) – how do I even begin to describe this… It’s like the miniature, individually packaged lovechild of a cheesecake and a choc ice that you can eat for breakfast, as a snack or for dessert. Often they come with fillings like jam or caramel as well πŸ™Œ

    Thank you for reading!

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    Day 30 – Travel

    I know I said that this wasn’t intended to be a travel blog but today I have to break my rules (again) πŸ™ˆ

    The Netherlands at Christmas is something you have to see, especially Leiden. I’ve been to Leiden a few times and it never disappoints but even I was amazed by how beautiful it is at Christmas!

    The best thing about Leiden at this time of year is the floating Christmas market

    The market is assembled on barges in the centre of town and you can even ice skate where the water used to be.

    At/near the market you can also:

    – Have a beer and soak up the atmosphere! There is a stand in the market serving Pronck, a highly recommended local beer. Also the waterside pubs like Einstein have outdoor seating under the Christmas lights with blankets.

    – Visit bakeries such as Bakker Van Maanen and Jacobs which have special Christmas treats (they’d also make great presents)

    – Pop in to the Waag bar for a boozy coffee or a hot chocolate!

    – EAT DUTCH WAFFLES or maybe go to Oudt Leyden for enormous, xl pizza sized pancakes πŸ•

    Photo credit to 3rdspaceproject!!

    – Buy Christmas decorations, gifts, scarves, hats, jumpers, socks… All things festive!

    Have a beautiful evening πŸŽ…πŸ˜