Monday, 21 January 2013

Food challenges. Nutty Cinnamon Granola

I love thinking of treats to have when some friends come around. I usually have too many ideas, whether it's just a little gathering or a dinner party, and then I need someone to help me narrow it down, because I just get too excited.

But recently we planned to have some tea with my friend Anika. And Anika is no ordinary girl!! She has got a fabulously fit body, but she likes to be tough with herself and keeps to a really strict diet. No cheat days, no Christmas treats, no sweeties handmade by grandma.. And the died is: no chocolate, no sweeties and no biscuits. (I could do it. For a day. Ok, maybe two.) These can't be an ingredient either. And had a plan to make something nice and not too naughty to have with tea.. A tough one.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Herbal Tea. Snow in the UK.

It started snowing today. HEAVILY.

It is one of the funniest experiences while living in the UK. In my home country Lithuania it snows every winter, a White Christmas is something we do not fear to miss. Lithuania is white and fluffy for about half a year. Recently the snow went above one's knees and when the special machines would shift it to the side of the road, the pedestrians were not able to see the other side of the street. For about a week during the winter the temperature falls below -30C. That is COLD. But it's so much fun!! You can hear the cold, the weather is so clear!! The fuel in the cars freezes, children don't have to go to school.. These are proper problems. 

Now the whole of England stops when there is a snowfall of 1 centimeter. I do not kid you. The public transport doesn't operate for a week, university shuts down... One thing is really enjoyable though - people here get really excited and the whole country turns into this happy child that is overjoyed with the snow. But when the winter comes all one wants to do is snuggle up in a cosy blanket and sip a hot drink. This year, I suggest to try more herbal teas!!