Being vegetarian is a very important part of my life, but not one that I would talk about. If I don’t have to disclose it, I wouldn’t. Recently I had light lunches with the other volunteers at the stately home I’m going to and besides telling a couple of them that I’m vegetarian, the rest have no clue. I simply pick from the vegetarian options – that means cheese sandwiches – and not talk about it. With desserts, I know which ones are vegetarian and which one might not be, so I know what to avoid.
Even on my blog, I rarely talk about this, unless I’m doing a pub/restaurant review, or a cooking at Christmas ideas/guide sort of post.
In the last 10 years I learned so much about cooking and discovering new recipes, ingredients. Like this amazing dark chocolate mousse cake I’ve prepared for today’s celebration. If you fancy trying the cake, here is the recipe for Chocolate Mousse Cake. I loved every minute of it and it’s something I intend to do in the future.
I feel great, I have lots of energy, I gained muscle mass, I did pretty intensive workouts like Insanity and P90X3. I am so happy with my choice and, I know I will always be a vegetarian. I feel too good not to be a vegetarian. Another thing that changed was asking questions about where products are made and how. It changed the way I shop, the things I buy. Also, it made me appreciate more local made.
We’ve had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too. We’ve celebrated Christmas at home, as we always do. These days my husband and I had a couple of discussions about what home means. Mainly because I was asked twice if I’m going home for Christmas. The Queen mentioned home and what it can mean in the Queen’s Speech. Anyway, let’s go back to the Christmas celebrations.
Can you see what is written on our Christmas jumpers? “Brussels Sprouts Fan”. I had no idea that my husband will agree to this, but he was the one mentioning the jumper. We had matching jumpers last year, and we’ve decided to buy matching jumpers this year too.
Festus was very keen on the newest gift under the tree: a bunch of carrots, all wrapped up with a bow. He loves carrots.
I didn’t plan to blog about volunteering at Victorian Christmas, until the last day finished. I talked with my husband about it, being so excited about everything I’ve done, so I thought it’s a great idea to blog about it. Of course, I need to be quite vague about it to keep the magic alive for anybody that might read this post, but to share a lot of things, to make it exciting.
Isn’t this outfit amazing? I love it.
Unlike other Victorian Christmas organized by other museums and trusts, the one I’ve been involved in, at Croxteth Hall, is very different. Volunteering at Victorian Christmas at Croxteth means playing a role, but, the children are involved too, it’s a hands on experience for them. Around 1,500 children enjoyed a special and magical experience at Croxteth this year and I’m happy to know that I’ve been a part of that.
Because it was my first year, I had to learn quite a lot, but all the other volunteers were so helpful that it proved to be something easy to do in the end. There are groups for outdoor staff, like Stable hands, Wood boys, and Gardeners. I’m yet to shadow those roles, but I will do it next year if I have the chance. Other children are grouped in Guests, Butlers, Housemaids, Kitchen maids, and Dairymaids.
Today marks the 6th anniversary of me arriving in UK. I thought how I’m going to celebrate this occasion, so I made a map with pins of where I’ve been to, hence 100 places in UK in 6 years.
100 is a round number, but his happened only by chance. I wanted to visit two things recently, but the weather and living room renovations made us skip them.
One pin means one location I’ve been to, regardless of how much time I’ve spent there. Some of the places are a museum or a village I saw for a couple of hours. Other pins are for places I’ve been to loads of times, like London, Manchester, Harrogate, Birmingham. I will continue to update the map, as it’s nice to add more pins after I discover new beautiful places.
From these 100 places I’ve been to, I picked my favourite 15. I wanted to pick 10, but it was too hard. The places aren’t in a particular order. Most of the places have an emotional connection too.
I’ve been to Stonehenge in 2015 and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I learned about Stonehenge at school when I’ve started learning English. I remember it because I found the idea of the standing stones very interesting and it was amazing to actually seeing them.
A few days ago I’ve celebrated my birthday. I received an amazing gift from my husband, and we had a lovely day out.
First of all, I’m going to start talking about the cake. I made Tschumi’s Chocolate Cake. It’s a cake made by a Swiss chef to the Royal Household, called Gabriel Tschumi. He made this cake 100 years ago for Queen Mary’s birthday and from that day, this is the Royal birthday cake. I love its story and, after trying the cake, I loved it too. Have a look at the recipe if you fancy trying it.
My husband bought a book for me, something that is always appreciated, but this book is a very special book. I’ve read it when I was a teenager. I think saying that it changed my life sounds a bit much, but this is what happened. I knew I wanted to study Psychology before that, but, after reading the book, I realized that I enjoyed learning about concepts too. The book also made me question things I thought before. I can’t wait to read this book again. My husband said he is eager to read it too.
Besides the book, my husband gave me a lovely chocolate birthday card. I’m yet to try it, as we had a very chocolatey cake, but I will try it soon.
Yesterday we’ve celebrated the Anniversary of an important day in our life: the day we met. Cake, Champagne, wine, special meal, and dancing. It sounds perfect and it was.
There is a post of the story of how we’ve met before on the blog. In a few words: in a train, many years ago. We also celebrate our special days: the day we became a couple (later in October), the day we moved in together, the day we bought our home, our weddings (we had two, two months apart, another long story), the day we got our dog, the day we moved in the UK.
I always want to celebrate these special days. I know when they are, so I can’t ignore it. We both enjoy our celebrations, it’s a time for us, remembering funny memories, listening to a couple of songs from our wedding. We talk about our future and we just have a lovely time with each other. It doesn’t matter if we go somewhere or just spend the day at home with cake.
The cake was fab, I will share the recipe in a few days on my blog. Chocolate and peanut butter cake, covered with dark chocolate and crushed salted peanuts on top. This is a cake we’ve developed together, chatting about the cream and the icing and the flavours it was a lovely part of the preparations for our anniversary.