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13 good reasons to stay under the cover

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rain or no rain. cloudy and windy. sometimes neither. usually both.  London IS usually quite gloomy, no doubt. especially in this time of the season.

as nights get colder and colder, we tend to find more reasons to stay at home. to be fair, I don’t blame you. that is why I prepared another ‘Sunday Playlist’ with 13 (I deliberately chose this number) songs for one of ‘these days’

but first:

– put on your favorite large sweater and  soft socks

– make yourself a warm tea or any other drink

– get a good book and a box of your favorite cookies/chocolates

– find comfortable position and a spot

– take a few deep breathes

– turn on the playlist

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5 ways to survive a cold

1. obvious but CRUCIAL – drink a LOT of fluids especially hot ones. my favorite ones are tea with lemon and honey OR wild berry one with raspberry syrup and lemon juice

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2. eat garlic. I usually mix it with butter and herbs, and put it on roasted baguette.

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3. ginger. you can eat it, you can drink it, enjoy it as you like. I usually peel it and cut it in slices. then I pour it with boiling water and leave it for a night. in the morning I drink it with lemon and raspberry syrup.

4. rest. sleep is the best medicine. this way your organism will have a chance to defend itself against bacterias and fight. so jump under the cover and warm up.

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5. vitamin C. lemons, oranges, grapefruit – have it in a form of a  fresh juice, salad or eat it just like that.

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wakey wakey!

girls on borad

another sunday playlist for all of you who cannot force themselves to get out of bed.

rise and shine!

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Bored on the tube? Do ‘the lurk’!

today we will continue with guest posts. my second flatmate, but what is more important CREATOR of ‘the lurk’ game, has written a post especially for me.  it is about history of how ‘the  lurk’ started, and how it has developed through time. the post also includes some amazing photos taken by the author.

*** just to briefly remind you ‘the lurk’ are snapshots taken by you in the public transport of people you find funny or interesting.

enjoy!

I moved to London almost three years ago. While in my hometown I am usually travelling around the city by car, I am only using public transport to travel around London. The idea of “doing the lurk while commuting” was born because: (a) I have this rule that I don’t do anything associated with uni or work while I’m commuting (I have to reset my brain sometimes..), (b) I love observing other people (not in the creepy way, though!).

best combination of all times - flip-flops and nude socks
It’s been more than two years now since I started taking pictures of “unique” fashion choices on the tube. And I have to say, my “lurk photos” made my day so many times that now I just can’t imagine my life without a “lurk session” each time I’m on the tube or on a bus 😉

best hairstyle EVER

As my dear flatmate (and, at the same time, the author of doitmywayblog.wordpress.com) has already showed you some of my favourite shots in a recent post on her blog, I will present a smaller collection today. Still, I hope that this will inspire you to DO THE LURK next time you are on your way to work/uni!

neon socks and high heels, why not?
very stylish (no joke) old ladynow that's what they call a total look!

check out her blog: itsbetterthiswayblog

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Great PlayStation tips – GTA V !

today something different.

a guest post.

my friend and my flatmate prepared something special for you. especially for the guys (no offence to female audience). three amazing tips that you might find very useful as a PlayStation player. the game he concentrated on is GTA – Grand Theft Auto V. 

there it is.

You have probably heard about one of the most successful video games ever – Grand Theft Auto V. One gets to play as one of the three main characters – Franklin, Michael and Trevor; all criminals living in the Los Santos area. As most of you probably know, apart from completing the missions, players are able to basically mess around all around the map (Which is, by the way, huge). This can be fun for some time, but it gets dull after some time. Today I will give you some tips how to have fun. Enjoy!

TIP #1: Steal a fighter plane

One of the most exciting parts of the game is flying, but most will end up flying a crop duster or a Cessna look-alike, which is fair enough, especially when you can’t afford the expensive private jets. Instead of playing around with a slow and boring plane or buying a high-end one for millions of dollars (or whatever that currency is), steal one from the military. Not only will it be faster and more agile, but also you will actually be able to bring death from above. To obtain the P-996 Lazer, you will have to enter the military base through the west entrance, take a right turn, then a left turn. The plane is located in the hangar straight ahead. Have fun blowing up the city.

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TIP #2: Get the fastest car in the game

Everybody knows the Bugatti Veyron – the 1000BHP beast beloved by Arab Sheikhs. You can get the GTA V equivalent – the Adder – for free! Just go to the shopping avenue near Michael’s home. The Adder will be parked near the Ponsonsby’s store. Have fun being as fast as lightning.

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TIP#3: Complete a triathlon

The game offers a lot of side missions and hobbies to pursue. One of the most interesting ones is the triathlon. If you think you could complete one of these badboys in real life, you’re probably wrong – you would be out running/swimming/cycling instead of wasting your time on this game. Anyway, Michael proves it is possible for a regular guy to do it, even without too much training. To start in a triathlon complete the mission “daddy’s little girl” and proceed to a point on the map marked as “triathlon”(duh). Have fun getting a heart attack.

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I hope you liked my tips! yo

here is the link to my friend’s blog: http://michalkee.wordpress.com

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crispy broccoli

bored and tired of a classical way of eating broccoli? let’s spice things up a little. here is a simple, fast and tasty idea how to prepare it.

you will need:

– broccoli (0.5kg)

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 2 table spoons of olive oil

– 2 table spoons of balsamic vinegar

– 1 table spoon of brown sugar

– pinch of salt and pepper

 

preparation:

1. cut of the stalk and remove leaves from the broccoli

2. chop it into medium sized florets

3. prepare one zipper plastic bag for food packaging

4. place broccoli inside of it together with squeezed by the crusher garlic, balsamic vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper

5. shake the bag till all ingredients mix together and leave it for about 2min so all the flavors will merge

6. take out broccoli from the bag and spread onto a sheet pan

7. preheat oven to 200C and roast vegetables for about 20min (turning over sides somewhere in the middle)

* you can sprinkle prepared snack with grated parmesan cheese

enjoy!

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garlic oil/vinegar/sugar bag trace roasted broccoli

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zucchini ribbons in 15min

as it is the beginning of the week i have checked what kind of leftovers still remain in my fridge. as you can imagine my student fridge didn’t include a lot of products. but there was some salad, zucchini and few other ingredients.

that is why i thought i should make quick and easy salad with zucchini ribbons.

 

you will need:

– 1 big zucchini

– salad (you can use: spinach, watercress or rocket)

– feta or goat cheese

– a bunch of roasted nuts (you can use: almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts or walnuts)

– 2 table spoons of olive oil

– balsamic glaze (decoration)

– salt/pepper

preparation:

cut zucchini with a vegetable peeler into lengthwise strips. coat them with a bit of oil and salt. grill them in oven for about 10min (till they will become a bit ‘brownish’). at the same time place nuts on a tray and roast them for about 5-7min. during that time place salad and selected cheese on the plate. then add cooled zucchini ribbons. sprinkle everything with crushed roasted nuts. you can also add some salt and pepper. decorate with balsamic glaze. enjoy!

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grain to grain in 20

another quick and easy recipe in 20 minutes. here it is. simple as that.

things you need to grab:

– 120g of rice/couscous/millet groats/ barley

-1  large zucchini

– 1 eggplant

– 1 red paprika

– 1/4 onion (chopped)

– 1 clove of garlic (chopped)

– 1 chili paprika (chopped)

– tomato sauce

– mozzarella

– herbs

– salt/pepper

cook couscous/rice. during that time fry onion, garlic and chili on the pan. add chopped vegetables  and stir everything together. leave it on low heat for about 5-7min. mix prepared couscous/rice with tomato sauce and season it with favorite herbs (you can use basil, chili, rosemary). then add cooked vegetables and stir it all together. leave on a low heat for few minutes till all flavors will unite together.

ready meal sprinkle with chopped mozzarella and mix it all together so the cheese will melt and become ‘chewy’

enjoy!

couscous zucchini vegetables sauce

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what about you? choose your snack:

stuffed jalapeno for two

another challange? not a problem. here it is ‘stuffed hot jalapeno’. it is also a great snack or an idea for lunch!

prepare:

– about 20 jalapeno medium-sized chili peppers

– any kind of soft cream cheese 200g

– grated cheddar cheese 100g (if you want to make more distinctive taste)

– cut into strips bacon (20)

slightly cut into half peppers. pluck the seeds out of them. then, stuffed them with the mixture of both cheeses or just one. next wrap them with bacon strips. put prepared jalapenos in the oven (200C) for about 15min. if you have ‘grill’ switch, but it on after 10min.

enjoy!

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