Trees and melancholy

I planted two trees yesterday – the plum, called Victoria, which seems to be the most popular variety in the UK, presented to the world in 1840. Apparently, once it starts to give fruits, their colour, texture and flavour will be unearthly. But I keep calm and refrain from expressing any enthusiasm, because we all know the common knowledge that the taste of English food is…I … Continue reading Trees and melancholy

Travel and Cooking – The Memory Catchers

I have to confess, over the last decade, wherever we traveled to, we’ve developed a habit of bringing back the food which natives eat and feed their loved ones. Spices from India, salt from Nepal, halvah from Turkey, tomatoes, aubergines, saffron, olive oil and oils from Morocco, artichokes from Spain, wine from France and Spain, coffee from Colombia, jasmine, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, oranges, pepper and spices from Jordan and dried yogurt from beloved Syria and Israel and the list goes on… Continue reading Travel and Cooking – The Memory Catchers

Where to find Vienna in London

There’s one concert every year that we never miss. No matter where we are, no matter how good New Year’s party was and how capable (having had far too many glasses of wine) we are to listen to classical music. It’s New Year’s Concert in the Vienna Musikverein. Yes folks, it’s on New Year’s Day usually around 10 am. One might think it’s a torture … Continue reading Where to find Vienna in London

Sea food story far from the sea and the ocean…

Spain: 4,964 km of coastline and seafood and fish cornucopia. You’ve probably already envisaged us travelling along the Spanish coast or eating fresh fish in some beach shack. Nothing’s more misleading. Kasia was sent to Madrid for long 6 weeks to work intensively on a project. Let’s listen to her story. An exile, I thought initially. But then the second though and a question was: … Continue reading Sea food story far from the sea and the ocean…