You’re hot and you’re cold… 25. January 2017

 Hot and sour soup with shrimp and mushrooms @ Chopsticks. I was feeling so cold and bordering ill in the morning that I wanted something warm and spicy to eat. This soup did the trick, I felt so much better afterwards.

 And of course, right after that, I wanted some ice cream xD That chocolate ice cream hit the spot too.

 A sloppy joe with beef chili; some black rice and salad

 I baked my first ever loaf of white bread and it turned out better than I expected for a first try 😀 I had a couple of slices of my handiwork with butter and honey + some chamomile tea.

Sad mood… 5. January 2017

 Pesto risotto with some avocado

 Chamomile tea and two cherry pastries

 Delicious chicken and peanut stew with rice and some salad. I used this recipe, just omitted the sweet potato as I am not overly fond of the taste.

 Apple chocolate brownies with some leftover tahini I had laying around. Also had another cup of coffee.

I had an awful nightmare, so I woke up crying in the morning and the terrible feeling from the nightmare stayed with me for the entire day.  I was kind of sad and nervous all day. It’s funny how sometimes when I see a nightmare it disappears as soon as I wake up and realise that it was only a dream, but sometimes something from the dream lingers with you, making you feel upset. Perhaps it has something to do with the subject matter.

Date night… 13. Dec 2016

 Omelette with mushrooms and ham. Also, had a cup of coffee.

 Instant miso and polar bread with butter and ham.

 Dinner @ Gostu, Kyuho’s Kitchen: I had kimchi stew and boyfriend had fried chicken with garlic-chili sauce. We also snacked on some appetizers: wakame in chili sauce, pickled onion and soy marinated peanuts. There was another appetizer, but we couldn’t really tell what it was xD Maybe it was kale? I have no idea what kale would taste like xD We also both had green tea lattes. Delicious dinner!

 Chamomile tea and some ice cream.

I did some shopping earlier in the day at a local Japanese food store; stocked up on some tsuyu and ponzu and whatnot. Then I went and picked up our costumes for the Christmas party from the television studio and went to the post office to get my JOIK order. So, I did quite a lot of walking which was really nice.

In the evening, we went and had dinner @ Gotsu, because they are going on their winter holiday next week and I really wanted to go there before that. We stocked up with some of their chili paste and kimchi too :p Expensive, but worth it! We have been spending so much money on trivial things this month; things like mugs and food and clothes and toys etc. This is why we can never manage to save up 😦 I have guilt, lots of it over the spending.

Omurice… 17. September 2016

 Apple pie (I had two slices) and coffee.

 Omurice (omelette rice) with ketchup and some salad (radishes, tomatoes, cucumber).
While watching “Sweetness and Lightning” the other night an interlude screenshot with omurice flashed by and my boyfriend said he had no idea what that exactly was, so I explained what it was and promised I’d cook it for him. The omelette is stuffed with chicken, vegetables (corn, green peas, red bell pepper) and rice that have been seasoned with ketchup and soy sauce. It was pretty difficult to stuff the omelette and flip it over to the plate. I messed up my own completely, so pictured above is the one my boyfriend got, because that one actually turned out okay-ish 😛

 Another slice of apple pie and a cup of chamomile tea.

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We spent the day cleaning our apartment. It hasn’t been this clean for a while and it’s super nice. Too bad it won’t stay like this for long 😦

That pastry must have been terrible… 4. July 2016

 Coffee, sandwich with beef tongue, tomato and cucumber

 A boiled egg with salt

 Ice cream. It had two types of ice cream inside, plus raspberry jam. It was pretty tasty.

 Fish with creamy onion sauce, fried potatoes and salad

 Lemon quark

 Rassolnik soup and bacon pastry

 Half a quark pastry and some chamomile tea

 Cinzano Bianco with lemon

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A local dog, named Eero, usually hung around the camping site. Mom gave him a piece of sausage, because he made these “I have not eaten for three weeks, please feed me” eyes that dogs usually use when they want something. Later she offered him one of the bacon pastries we were having and Eero was so disappointed to say the least xD Not sure why, but he decided to go and bury the pastry xD I made a crappy phone video of the ordeal and the shamed dog.

In Tukums, Latvia… 3. July 2016

 Banana-mango-pineapple-passion fruit yoghurt smoothie that tasted way too much like mango for me to like it.

 Some potato salad at my grandparent’s place

And some pancakes with strawberry jam

 More potato salad

 A “risotto” that I only ate a couple bites of. It tasted awful.

 Some cherries

 Yummy solyanka soup

 Chamomile tea and a sandwich with avocado and roast beef

 Mežpils unfiltered beer. Didn’t enjoy it very much.

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I drove with my mom and my little brother to Tukums city in Latvia. My brother had an ice skating camp there and we decided to tag along with my mom, to camp out in a local camping place and see some sights while there. The camping place was… well let’s say there was a lot of false advertisement. The place was pretty dirty and almost none of the things, that we were promised, weren’t actually existing. For instance, there was supposed to be a kitchen area where one could cook breakfast, but that turned out to be a table with an electric kettle and three coffee mugs. Good thing I had brought along my tiny gas stove and some pots so we could cook if we wanted to. There was also no wifi, which was kind of important to us, because mobile data costs a lot abroad and we needed internet for GPS and for looking up things to do and places to go etc.

The camping huts themselves were pretty regular, but the mattresses were super old and felt as if they were made of straw… it felt like sleeping on very lumpy stone ground. My mom has back problems, so that wasn’t too good for her health really. Also we were promised that there would be clean bed sheets etc… but well there were none of those, so I ended up buying a pillow cover and a big blanket cover to sleep under. I wanted to buy a bed sheet actually, because I needs some new ones at home anyway, but turns out Latvians don’t really use the kinds of bed sheets we do in Estonia. Their bed sheets are made of terry cloth and have rubber bands sown in to the sides to pull them over the mattress. Our bed sheets are usually a sheet of linen or other comfly cloth.

The toilet was an outdoor one, which would have been okay, but boy was it filthy and old. It was perched on the side of hill and was kind of leaning backwards. The floorboards had rotted through, so the owners had covered them with a thin plywood plate. Every time I had to use the toilet, I truly hoped I wouldn’t fall through the floor :s I mean we knew the camping place would be pretty basic and nothing luxurious, and we were fine with that, but at least we expected it to be clean and livable, not falling apart and super uncomfortable for a good nights sleep.

The entire campsite had the eerie feeling of a horror movie setting really xD It didn’t help much that we were completely alone there with just the owners dog, Eero, to keep us company. It also didn’t help matters that it was almost constantly raining 😦 I had planned to stay there for 4 days and my mom had hoped to stay for two weeks, but it became clear quickly enough that none of that was going to happen. Mostly because my mom’s back wouldn’t have survived the bed and she really didn’t want to be all alone in a place like that. We however decided to stay for a couple of nights and see if the weather and things would improve, so it wouldn’t have been a completely wasted drive.

Some photo evidence of the place we stayed at:

The “reliably clean” looking bed sheets and the awful mattress.

The amazing outhouse

It was scary stepping on this

I mean, yikes!