Saturday, March 30, 2013

Perfect cheesecake with no cheese aka Easter is round the corner

I have to finally say it- I'm a bit late this Easter... Ok, ok, I know. Starting my Easter preparations today afternoon was NOT such a good idea. But doing it this late made me focused & efficient like no other day.

I have been in the kitchen for the past three hours and I have already made a meatloaf and a cheesecake with no cheese (greek yoghurt used instead of cheese).

Yes, OK, the latter is still baking in the oven, but so far, so good...

If I had better light in the kitchen, I would totally take some pics in there too. Promise to try and post something tomorrow morning.

Here's the picture from today btw


I still plan on baking a traditional Polish babka (bundt cake) but I'm missing some ingredients & needed to replace them by the ones available locally, so I'm not sure how that's going to come out.

 

I hope your Easter preparations are going well, if you celebrate.

And if not, then have a great & relaxing time with your family & friends! We all need it!

 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Ice, ice, baby...

So what do you do when it's cold out? Go & get some ice cream, apparently lol

I know it doesn't look it, but this ice cream parlour is the best joint in Brussels.

Comus & Gastera is certainly known among the gourmet bruxelloises.

Amazing flavours, old school methods, things that work and have been working for generations! If they work, then why change, right?!

Many flavours

We went there for one flavour in particular- caramel salé (salty caramel), which in my humble opinion is the best tasting ice cream in the world! Of course, it didn't disappoint this time either...we got a whole bucket;)

But we wouldn't be ourselves if we didnt get something else. For the long & tiring way home lol

I got dark chocolate & hubby to be got coco. FYI, both were to die for!

Got ourselves a lil' treat for the way home
Do you see the bucket with Caramel Salé? Yep, this little buddy did come home with me lol

If you're in Brussels and still havent checked this place out, DO!

It's an order!

  • Address:

    Quai aux Briques 86

    1000 BRUXELLES

 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My Sunday morning

It's cold and snowy in Brussels...AGAIN

I don't know about you guys, but sometimes a trip to the store for groceries is just that one walk too many. Especially in the morning.

So i decided to use what I had at home to make myself a somewhat edible breakfast, and this is what I came up with

Toasts with peanut butter and jam

This might not be the best of breakfasts but it's here, ready to be eaten. And if I don't have to go outside and conquer the snow, it's fine by me;)

Have a good Sunday!

 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Deauty box March

It's spring... apparently!
If it wasn't for the pop up in my phone, I really could not tell :-)
I don't know about you guys, but in Brussels, it snowed yesterday... And there's no sun...And no birds singing...
So yeah, for me, it's still not spring time.

I got my Deauty box yesterday & it made me temporarily happy :-) why only temporarily? Because I got it at work, and I had to carry it all the way to my house, and mind you, in this cold weather it was no fun.

The contents of the box is super exciting this month:

* Revitalash- I heard about it & only good things too. So soon you can expect a little update on how my lashes are doing. MakeupAlley girls seems to love it, Click, so I'm hoping I will too.

* Nuxe oil- this is the regular version with no glitter in it.Click I love how it smells & feels really nice on my skin. And with 98% of the ingredients being all natural, there is nothing that can be wrong with it, now is there.

* Clinique High Impact mascara- I already had this mascara before & wasn't super happy. Then again, I'm never supper happy with mascaras...I like some, but I still haven't found my holy grail.

* Babor Khanya of Africa Revitalizing Body Lotion- feels super moisturizing, easily absorbs into the skin & smells divine.

* Loreal CC cream- This is something new. After all the rave about all the BB creams on the market, Loreal came up with a CC cream (Color control). It seems slightly dark at first, but can be a nice evening base to put under your foundation, or to be worn on its own. The color of the product is green, which is supposed to combat redness. Click I like it, I think... Then again, I have only used it twice, so time will tell.

B

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Bonjour les filles,


W ramach Klubu Polka na Obczyznie, po raz kolejny bede starala sie przyblizyc wam Bruksele. Dodatkowo, czuje, ze presja na mnie jest niemala, poniewaz 13 marca Kasia juz Wam sporo o naszym miescie opowiedziala LINK
Niemniej jednak, postaram sie, aby i u mnie bylo ciekawie :)

Jesli chcecie dowiedziec sie, o czym pisza inne klubowiczki, zachecam Was do zerkniecia na strone KLUB POLEK

No wiec do rzeczy!

Bruksela...

Dla wielu nazwa ta brzmi nie do konca atrakcyjnie; ani nie jest tak spektakularna jak Paryz, ani tak wyluzowana jak Amsterdam. Wedlug mnie ma jednak cos w sobie i postaram sie to ‘cos’ dzisiaj Wam choc troszke pokazac. Zapraszam!


  1. Atomium

 
Jest to jeden z najbardziej znanych i spektakularnych symboli Brukseli. Zbudowany na Expo ‘58 mial symbolizowac wiare w postep, zarowno technologiczny jak i naukowy, wiare w narody i demokracje, oraz w optymistyczna wizje przyszlosci.
Dzis oprocz wspanialych widokow na cale miasto, jest tutaj rowniez znana restauracja. Zdecydowanie ‘must see’ przy zwiedzaniu mojego miasta.

  1. Metro
Nie jest moze tak gigantycznie rozbudowane jak metro w Londynie, czy Paryzu, jednak spelnia swoja role wspaniale.
Owszem, jak wszedzie, zdarzaja sie u nas strajki i obsuwy czasowe, jednak o tysiac razy wole wziac metro, niz chociazby tramwaj.

Oprocz tego, rozne przystanki metra roznia sie od siebie diametralnie i odkrywanie ich bylo dla mnie swojego rodzaju frajda w czasach kiedy dopiero odkrywalam Bruksele.
Sztuka w metrze brukselskim obecna byla od samych poczatkow metra i stanowi wazny jego element.





  

  1. Cmentarze
Nie chce, zebyscie pomyslaly, ze jestem osoba depresyjna J
Po prostu uwazam, ze jak w wielu starych miastach, czesc ich duszy znajduje sie wlasnie na cmentarzach.
Te miejsca wiecznego spoczynku, jak zadne inne potrafia oddac wielkosc i splendor osob i miejsc.
Moj ulubiony to Cimetiere d’Evere, ktory opisalam w swoim poscie zaduszkowym.toussaint





  1. Grand Place

Czyli po polsku Stare Miasto. Miejsce absolutnie piekne i wyjatkowe. Tylko tutaj czuje niesamowita energie i ogarnia mnie spokoj. Czesciowo, jest to pewnie spowodowane czekoladkami J ktore znajduja sie tutaj na kazdym rogu. Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas, Galler by tylko wspomniec kilka znanych nazw.



Oprocz tego, nie musze chyba dodawac, ze frytki na Grand Place smakuja zupelnie inaczej niz gdziekolwiek indziej J

P.S. tak, tak... w Belgii, tak wlasnie rozumiane jest 'poprosze troche majonezu'.

Ponizej widzicie dywan kwiatowy, czyli piekny spektakl organizowany na Starym Miescie co 2 lata. Wstyd sie przyznac, ale dopiero w zeszlym roku udalo mi sie go obejzec J Niemniej jednak, widzialam i polecam kazdemu! 
Ale Grand Place nawet bez dywany kwiatowego jest spektakularny.

 


  1. Plais de Justice
Ten olbzymi budynek robi wrazenie. Zdecydowanie polecam. Mimo ze nie kazda z Was bedzie zainteresowana ogladaniem budynku, jak by nie bylo sadu, to namawiam serdecznie. Chocby ze wzgledu na to, ze spod jego stop rozciaga sie naprawde wspanialy widok na cala Bruksele, a w poblizu znajduja sie najlepsze sklepy w miescie :-) 


 
  1. Sablon
Piekne miejsce, zachwycajace architektura podobnie jak Stare Miasto.
Znajdziesz tu mnostwo galerii, ciekawe muzea, nietypowe butiki i przede wszystkim -Pierre Marcolini, ktory wg rodowitych Belgow uchodzi za najlepsze miejsce do kupienia czekoladek.
Ich czekoladki to nie jest cos, obok czego przechodzi sie obojetnie. Naprawde, to poezja smaku J
A tutaj macie link do sklepu online, byc moze, ktoras z Was sie skusi CHOCO





  1. Bozar

Wspaniale miejsce, zbudowane przez oslawionego Horte w 1928 roku. Dla tych, ktorzy przyjezdzaja do Brukseli na pare dni, pewnie nie bedzie one wyjatkowo ciekawe, jednak dla brukselczykow, jest to zdecydowanie jedno z ciekawszych miejsc. Tutaj sie po prostu bywa.
Sa tutaj organizowane wystawy i pokazy, filmy, warsztaty, koncerty i projekcje...Naprawde, lista jest dosc dluga. Jesli ktos chce sprawdzic, co w BOZAR odbywa sie w marcu, oto ich strona BOZAR

  1. Komisja Europejska, Rada Europejska, Parlament Europejski, NATO
Nie kazdy z tych budynkow jest otwarty dla zwiedzajacych, niemniej jednak w okresie Dni Otwartych warto zerknac do srodka i zobaczyc, co i jak w polityce Unii Europejskiej piszczy.
Wedlug mnie, najfajniejszy jest Parlament Europejski, bo oprocz samego budynku, czesto mozna zalapac sie tutaj na odczyty, wyklady i koncerty.

  1. Flagey
Bardzo specjalne miejsce w samym sercu Ixelles. Otoczone stawami i parkami, gdzie odbywaja sie przerozne koncerty, pikniki i festiwal filmow na wolnym powietrzu... gdzie biegacze biegaja, a ci co sportu nie uprawiaja, zajadaja sie frytkami z najslynniejszego 'fritkot' w Brukseli J



To tutaj jest moj ulubiony bar Belga Cafe, o ktorym musze w koncu zrobic oddzielny post, poniewaz w pelni na to zasluguje.




  1. Magritte Museum
Szczegolne muzeum, w szczegolnym miejscu. Generalnie, miejsce, gdzie owe muzeum sie znajduje jest, jak dla mnie, najpiekniejszym miejscem w Brukseli.
Dla niewtajemniczonych dodam, ze jest tutaj cala masa muzeuw, a ulice sa wielkie i rozlozyste jak chociazby Champs Elysee w Paryzu.
Jesli chodzi o samomuzeum, to na 2.500 m2 mamy tutaj perelke tego, co u Magritta najlepsze. Polecam goraco, nie tylko dla wielbicieli surrealizmuMagritte






Mam nadzieje, ze nie zanudzilam Was Brukselska rzeczywistoscia!
Mimo, ze czesto jest nie doceniania, zapomniana, badz wrecz ignorowana, uwazam, ze zasluguje na troche entuzjazmu!
Do zobaczenia!
B

Monday, March 18, 2013

My weekend escape

So I'm back in Brussels and I need to report that my three day trip to France was a huge success. You know, sometimes it's enough just to leave for a few days to instantly feel better, have more energy and beautiful memories...

In my case, we skied a lot, ate amazing French food and enjoyed each others company. Good old quality time that was so much needed!

Right now, I'm lying in bed, contemplating whether or not I should have a little siesta, still tasting the delicious French cheese in my mouth, and checking out the few pictures I took. For those who wonder what's up with that, I tweeted that I lost my phone somewhere in the snow. A super-lovely gentleman found it and called my bf's number (shocked) This is how I got it back. Lucky? I should think so!!!

But having lost it, means that I wasn't able to take pics up there in the mountains...oh well, one more reason to come back, I guess!

Hope that your weekend was equally nice!

B

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

France tomorrow & ski ski ski

I must say that I consider myself quite lucky.
Not only do I have more than 30 days of holiday per year, but I also get to travel a lot too. Sure, some of it is Poland (my home) or Spain (my man's home), but quite a lot of it is our choices.

This time, it'll be France.

Another benefit of living in relatively small Belgium :-) You get to drive for around 4 hours & be in France.
I actually wish I was already going down a smooth white slope...Wind on my face, sun bright...
Soon, B. Soon! haha

Until then, have a great weekend!


Spanish Pirenes 3 months ago!

xx

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How to make a Spanish Tortilla ???

As I mentioned in my previous post, we recently made a Spanish tortilla. And by 'we' I mean 'he', the fiancé, since I was only a helper :)

The fact that it was a Spanish tortilla goes without saying, too, as my better half is, in fact, Spanish :)

Anyways, back to the tortilla topic!

One might wonder, how did we get from this:

Oily frying pan :)

...to THIS

Call me "tortilla", James Tortilla ;)

The answer is just below!

Hope you give it a try! It's totally worth it!

 

Ingredients:

5 medium sized potatoes

4,5 eggs

4 cloves of garlic

1 big onion

Good olive oil for frying

Salt and pepper to taste

 

To start off, peel the potatoes and chop them in even sized pieces.

Fry them in a big amount of olive oil until they're cooked.

Mix potatoes with eggs in a tupperware, don't be afraid of using the fork to really mix it all up.

Pour the mix onto a frying pan (now, there should be much less olive oil in here than before).

Flip it to the other side when you think it's ready. To do that, we're usually using a big plate.

Fry your tortilla on the other side.

Enjoy!!!

You made this deliciousness!

 

 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lazy saturdays, patatas fritas and general slowness

How is your Saturday going so far? For me, sloooowly. It's rainy, gloomy and in general, not pleasant. The thought of going for dinner to a friend's house is something that is helping me survive the day :)

Not to go to her place empty-handed, me and my Spaniard decided to make a tortilla. I really need to share the recipe for this bad boy with you guys, as it's delicious and always a party hit.

Source: web

Enjoy your weekend!!!!

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

my week in pics- what I've been up to



at Nandos
Camden market


some shopping on Oxford street

traditional red bus

Poland street- classic shot for any Pole

Metro in Ldn

Line 9, last bus like that...

beauty box- 3 boxes received; there's a post about it if you're itnerested

Look left in London- constant reminder

new hair- I got bangs:-)


healthy shopping at Shanti- bio store in Bxl