Monthly Archives: March 2014

random post on the expansion of culinary horizons #04


Daphne’s Chestnut Honey Toblerone Surprise Cookies!

So one day I wanted to make cookies, like I usually do these days, but we were out of butter and I was too lazy (once again) to drag my butt to buy some, so I looked for cookie recipes sans butter.

I came across this one, and immedeately started preparing it. Whoa, is that honey? Cool! May I also state that we had no chocolate chips, so I manually cut some dark toblerone to replace them. The last few days I had been using chestnut honey for my tea, and decided to use it for this recipe instead of the regular one. And guess what… I consider those cookies to be my greatest success ever. The combination of toblerone with chestnut honey was a killer one! I learned later that this type of honey is kind of rare so I’m reserving it for making these cookies once more. ^^

Actually, I did try to make these again now that I was in Sofia with Cubi, and they turned out to be a disaster. -_- I have no idea whether it was the shitty flour or the, as it would seem, faux chestnut honey mom had bought me before my trip, or something wrong I did, but the cookies had almost no taste and their texture was horrible… WHY does this always happen when I try making a recipe for a second time? It’s like a curse, ffs! I promised the EVSers I would make them again and send them over soon.


random post on the expansion of my culinary horizons #03


Mom’s Ragout!

Ok, it’s been some time since I cooked this one, but it’s never too late to post the (kind of?) recipe, I guess. ^^

So one day my mother came back from the laiki (how do you english speakers say it? street market?) and as I had requested, with her came good amounts of various delicious veggies. I had no idea what I’d really do with them so she suggested I make a veggie ragout, which at the time sounded just great.

This recipe doesn’t have exact proportions of ingredients, you can throw in as much of and anything that you like. As far as I can remember, we put in peppers, mushrooms, mini-tomatoes, carrots and potatoes. Since the food may be accompanied by rice, I wouldn’t really suggest the potatoes, but do as you please.

So you chop chop your vegetables, not too big, not too small, and prepare a big pot with around 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 minced cloves of garlic and one sliced onion (or put in multi-blender). Sauté them for a couple of minutes. Throw in everything, along with spices of your choice. (We used some parsley too.) Stir until veggies are tasting good for you 😀 Hm, I know that you probably don’t throw in all ingredients at once but I was too lazy to pay attention to these “rules” and the food turned out great.

You might want to boil some rice or pasta for this dish, it’s really up to you. This food is super easy and super delicious so give it a try! 😀

(Boris’ use of the word “super” to describe anything has stuck with me, dammit!)


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First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.


The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

John Steinbeck on falling in love


If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

from 1 Corinthians 13, as linked to by Alex