This Week’s Small Pleasures #55

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Somehow I always end up doing all-day cooking projects on the hottest weekends. It was really productive though. Here are my small pleasures of the week: Continue reading

Tiny Around The World

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I have to say I love tiny things. It may be because I’m pretty tiny myself and identify haha! Either way I always find amusement in tiny things and my husband likes to tell people that when we met I told him I was fun-size.

But sometimes things that aren’t tiny can look tiny based on distance perspective. A lot of these photos will be in that category. Enjoy tiny around the world! Continue reading

Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe

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I waited 26 years of my life to make corn tortillas from scratch and I was sure missing out. They are also not that time-consuming as you would think. It’s simpler than making bread and you only need 3 ingredients including salt and water! Continue reading

How To Use An Eastern Toilet

Pick your toilet style. India.

If you have been to both sides of the world you probably know what an Eastern and a Western toilet look like, possibly unfortunately. If not, I shall shed some light and some tips on how to use an Eastern toilet, aka the squat toilet.  Continue reading

This Week’s Small Pleasures #54

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This week was a bit different. Our landlords/housemates who bought this giant house, formerly a 1900’s schoolhouse, was not a residential property and they have worked the past year on making it one. This week, the final inspection to get the residential permit was happening and we had to make our apartment look like no one was living here. We move all the furniture, took everything down and hid the cats. We decided to hang out at a bakery in the meantime. When we came back we got the good news. The house is officially a legal residence. The inspector didn’t even come check our basement apartment because he said had an ingrown nail that really hurt and he didn’t want to walk too much haha! Continue reading

Grilling Methods Around The World Infographic

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Summer and barbecue go together like cucumbers and mango (and if you haven’t tried that combination I highly recommend it), but grilling the same way can get boring at times, which is why it’s fun to try different ingredients and preparations from time to time!

While there are plenty of different “traditional” American methods for grilling, cultures all over the world have their own fun, distinct, and delicious methods of grilling too. Why not try some of them? For example, in Brazil barbecuing is called Churrasco, and they use flavors you’d hardly ever see in American grilling! And in Germany, their unique style is called Schwenker.

Check out the following infographic by Personal Creations about the different grilling methods from around the world. Continue reading

Superfood Spotlight: Spirulina

Spirulina is a superfood that has been ignored for decades, but this “miracle” plant is packed with complete proteins and its nutritional benefits are impressive to say the least. It is a great food especially for vegetarians, vegans, anemics, diabetics and those who cannot get enough nutrients because of economic or situational circumstances. Of course, it is great for everyone else too.

This plant doesn’t come from the garden though, it is a form of blue-green algae that springs from warm, fresh water bodies which is turned into a powder and blends right into smoothies, soups, snacks, and other foods.  Continue reading