Sitting in the kitchen: February

I don’t like February, and, as far as I am concerned, February is the worst month of an year. Therefore I feel happy that this is over now. Here is already spring, with quite warm, longer and sunny days . ( It was even 15 degrees above zero a few days ago). Tomorrow I will bake a spelt buns. I have not yeast at home, so I need to buy. This is much better, while the bread is made at home, don’t you. I’ve read, that in the old times flour was much better than today and spelt had been very popular in Europe, for sure in the Middle Ages. The painting by J. Vermeer ” The Milkmaid” is not that old than the Middle Ages, but I guess in those times bread was also much better than our contemporary chemical bread. ( Here read on the painting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Milkmaid_(Vermeer) )

I saw a fox recently! ( Not a boar this time… ) This fox is almost tame and very beautiful. She/he has been living here for a few years, so from time to time is possible to see her/him. The fox usually strolls among the apartment blocks here, acting like dogs do. Everytime I met this fox I was thinking I see a dog, and after a longer moment I realised it is a fox. I think she/he also feels herself/ himslef a little bit as a dog and this is a useful trick. I see the animal wants to be accepted here and is friendly. I remember two years ago, in the wintertime, and it was after midnight, my sweet dog had decided she will make this fox run. Wow! She almost bited the fox’s tail! But very soon it turned out that the fox is much  better long distance runner than she. ( And I was the last one in that chase). The fox was out of reach!

But this time I had my dog on the leash, so firstly the fox was starring into my eyes for a moment and afterward simply went somewhere into the night, and the moon was shining. .. Here, in Warsaw, we have  quite big number of foxes. The fox I know is friendly and brave, and young. I like him a lot and hope we will meet once again. I might call the fox a friend of mine, because I have seen the animal wants me to feel like that. I know it from this look – very clever animal, indeed.

Panda Bao Bao ( not sure I wrote her name correct) has already arrived to China, and she must spend some time in a cage, so she got nostalgic. And one woman in Canada, who is a restaurant’s owner, discovered some illegal immigrants there, and she gave them breakfast. It was next to the border with the U.S. And the temperature in Lahti for today ( yesterday) was higher than zero. Don’t forget to watch the large hill competitions today! And some gorgeous people in fabulous clothes were standing along with the Queen – that’s because of some common project of the U.K. and India, although I am not big on it, so no details this time. And I am not  mad! In other words I am going to tell you, that this agressive and weird stuff is still in my livingroom. The tv set. ( As  some of you might remember, in my latest post I was wondering should I have a tv set at home or not). Mine tv set is bothering me, and I find it overwhelming ( Bao Bao, the Queen, ski jumping, a restaurant in Canada…) Nevertheless , I cannot do this right now. I cannot throw the tv set out, because I am dead keen on sport. I am completely nut about watching sport in tv! Firstly, these World Championships in Lahti, it is running right now. Secondly, European Athlethic Championship in Belgrade ahead! Not to miss! ( Not to mention about a cycling races, f.ex. Paris – Nice is upcoming soon). Especially I adore runs and I am a massive fan of Genzebe Dibaba.

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One winter night I went sleep , that day I captured this last boar’s track this year. And the next day, while I had waken up, I saw it is already spring. Snow had been melting  and I felt that awesome springish warmth. It was amazing! Rain or shine, snow or shine February is a love season for squirrels. Be aware of that, lol. ( This is a squirrel track).

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I am not sure I will make my millet’s pudding with a chocolate drops, or maybe I will read a book.  See you soon, guys! Love to be with you.

Sitting in the kitchen: November

I was into milk.

During two days. Really, fog was so huge anf very thick. Down, on the streets, it was even not that amazing, but here behind my windows, it was complete milk. ( I mentioned earlier that I live very high). Zero visibility. That was very beautiful experience, and in addition, it was quite warm. The night was warm and without wind, so I had been wanting to wander along with my dog. I went, and from the beggining I met a man who told me, that this big boar is strolling very nearby! ( I find it very helpful, while people here are warning each other, don’t you).  In November wild boars have their love season and I thought they will stay in the forest, but I was wrong with that… Good to know!  A little knowledge is a dangerous thing… Ha, ha. I went in another direction and there were only a martens.

In the beggining of the month it was very cold here for a few days, what is unusual. It was even snowing a little bit, but not much. Comparing with those sights I have seen in tve about snow in Tokyo, it was next to nothing. This is very rare here in Warsaw, snow in November. The weather had gotten warmer afterward , the temperature was even 10C, and I saw a lemon butterfly! Insects, flowers, and actually is snow , again. And windy! So I’m preparing chicken in my owen and I already made a celery soup. My dog has been moulting for some time and I got tons of fur, but this is absolutely normal thing.

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Sitting in the kitchen: October

Black, huge birds from the North have arrived! This is a high autumn already. I like these birds a lot, because of their  serious appearance,both with their voice. The sounds they give are also serious and dramatic – this is something like of the throat “A!” , “A!” ( very funny). It makes an amazing atmosphere! I guess, these big, black birds must live somewhere on the North, in the Scandinavia and near the White Sea in Russia. I’ve been expecting them every year … Hundreds of birds, and such a noise! They are usually sitting on the trees here, in the afternoon, and is better not to walk under these trees… I always avoid this area. Really huge number of birds!

I love to  sit in my kitchen and watch birds by the window. ( Here is not far from the river, and next to two ponds, so lot of wild ducks are passing my window – due to I live very high). This is like a documentary, this sight!

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Recently I had very yummy food, so I was watching birds and having my feast at the same time! On these images below you will see… Quiche with celery, walnuts and Roquefort cheese, ruskie pierogi ( pierogies stuffed with a mix of white cheese, pepper, potatoes and onion) … These are cooked and if you have enough, that you keeping for the next day, it’s even better to fry it a bit on the frying pan. These dumplings on the display are from the catering industry – homemade are usually smaller than these. This is very popular catering dish in Poland, and also schaboszczak ( pork steak, breading with a breadcrumbs and fried – similar to German schnitzel ). I have to buy schaboszczak for the next time. There is quite good catering store a stone throw from my house! I have also Italian sweet cream with pistachios and gorgeous honey with French edible chestnuts. And I am drinking my ginger drink in a jar!!! I must be a freak. ( Or maybe I drink it in a glass more often, but I wanted this picture to be artisan/hipster/ boho a little bit…

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So isn’t bad, don’t you.

Sitting in the kitchen: September

I am a huge lover of September, of my kitchen, and of this music! This is by A. Borodin, who is a Russian composer from XIX century. I don’t know why, but I always listen to Borodin’s music when autumn is coming. This music is an awakening of the heart, at least as far as I’m concerned… I think not only about this particular piece, but about Borodin’s works overall. I have a thing for the East, even if is much more popular here to have a thing for the West. But I think these directions are not contradictory, or in the future they will not. Maybe because Poland, where I was born and raised up, and where I stay right now, is a land of variety. I find my place as a cultural melting pot, where eastern and western influences have been ever existing, and were complemented one another. I have also eastern roots – my grandfather was born near Kiev,  and his father, my great-grandfather, was one of the engineers, who had built the Transsiberian Railways. My great -grandmother was from an ukrainian aristocracy, at least this is beloved story of my father ( and my mother always responded: ” Yes, of course!”), so I have to check it one day. Thus, nothing weird, that I have a thing for the East! And my second great- grandmother was from Lviv. These towns in Ukraine were Polish before WWII, so it does not mean they were Ukrainians. They were maybe Poles, maybe Ukrainians, I don’t know.

So, summer is back in a big way! I heard in the weather report recently, that these days will very windy, so I was waiting all day for this wind. They said, that it brings much warmer air. At last the wind had come into the night. Here strong wind is not that spooky as a storm or a hurricaine, this is rather the matter of a towel, which is flying among the buildings, or a few plastic bags, or sometimes a pot could fall from the balcony or from the window sill. While a tree is wrinkled or is something bad with some roofs, it’s a lead story for the news in tv…

Who is sitting in the kitchen, when summertime is back?

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