GIEWONT- Trekking in the Tatry mountains, Poland

Giewont seen from across the valley

Giewont seen from across the valley

The best view, or panorama, of the mountain range is from across the valley on Gubalowka where tourists who aren’t in a rush often spend their first day acclimatising and taking in the spectacular views.

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Palm sugar flapjacks

cut into pieces before it hardens too much

cut into pieces before it hardens too much

Finally, a perfect opportunity arose to use the half kilo of palm sugar I had bought some time ago and generally found too sweet for my liking.

I was going to take part in a 5 km run followed by a picnic to celebrate our running club’s fifth anniversary and the idea of making flapjacks sounded appropriate; firstly because they require a lot of sugar, and secondly because they were not known where I live in Poland so I thought it would be something new for my running mates to try out.

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Carribean jerk chicken wings in an original setting

jerk chicken wings ready to go!

jerk chicken wings ready to go!

Laid back hotel on Andaman sea coast in Burma

Laid back hotel on Andaman sea coast in Burma

I’ve never been to the Carribean but the idea of jerk chicken, which was new to me, had been following me around for awhile, until I decided to give it a go.

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Tropical rainstorm in Burma (listen and watch)

Tropical forest

Tropical forest

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Have a look through these photos and imagine you are sitting right there, on that little veranda overlooking that lake in Inle, Burma as the evening unfolds…

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A brief rant about sexist behaviour

Sartre existential cooking
I don’t suppose Godfrey Bloom would empathise too much with these sentiments expressed here by the American cartoonist Roz Chast

Who IS Godfrey Bloom?

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Gnocchi? kopytka? or poor man’s cornbread?

gnocchi in tomato sauce with grated parmezan cheese

gnocchi in tomato sauce with grated parmezan cheese

This is not the first time I have tried to make kopytka/gnocchi and it’s probably not the last time it didn’t quite work out as expected..

The recipe instructed me to use :
1 kilo of potatoes cooked and THEN peeled
1 egg
300 grams plain flour

and some grated parmezan cheese, some of which I added to the mixture (about 80 grams) and the rest was sifted over my homemade tomato sauce on the gnocchi.

So I improvised a bit; in addition to the one kilo of potatoes I added one large sweet potato (cooked and THEN peeled). I then decided that since the sweet potato weighed over half a kilo, I should add a bit more flour and another egg.

Aghh! I think that is where I got it wrong.

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Baltic Coast- yup, we have beaches in the Tricity

„I know Poland has coastline, but “beach” is the last thing I think of when imagining the Baltic”

What better way to have your feathers ruffled (should you happen to live on that coastline) than to hear a statement like that? What? No beach? I’ll show them beach.

Leba sand dunes, Pomerania

Leba sand dunes, Pomerania

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