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BBQ Lithuanian style (volume 2)

Chicken Shashlik recipeWe are off to Lithuania today so I thought to I will share another Lithuanian recipe for the barbecue (last year we shared a recipe for these pork shashlik that was a hit).

Few weeks ago we had some family over and of course we wanted to do bbq again since the weather has been great. Was not sure about pork so I thought of making them with safer meat option such as chicken (who does not like chicken?!). These are lovely and moist, can be served with rice and salad, same way as the pork ones.

CHICKEN SHASHLIK feeds about 4

  • 1kg chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, finelly chopped
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • salt and pepper

1.Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, mix it well and cover it with plate so it is well compressed. Refrigerate the meat overnight.Chicken Shashlik recipe2. The following day, put the meat onto the skewers and you are ready to bbq.  Chicken Shashlik recipe3. Serve it with plain rice, green salad and good quality ketchup or tomato salsa. Chicken Shashlik recipeEnjoy those lovely summer days while it last ;-)

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Devon in spring

Devon in spring A week or so ago we had a pleasure of visiting Devon again. This time in spring! This is one of the benefits of having family somewhere far and dreamy (many negative aspects as well unfortunately). Like everywhere else in spring outdoors are filled with many bright coloured flowers like daffodils and bluebells, however here I found primroses as well (strangely it reminds me of Teletubbies scenery... hmm). Devon in spring: full of primroses Devon in spring Although we stayed in Honiton we have been lucky to explore further in Devon. We took a tramway to Seaton through dreamy marshes...Devon in spring: on the way to Seaton by Tramway Devon in spring: Seaton Devon in spring ...and explored the seaside :).Devon in spring: Seaton Devon in spring: Seaton Devon in spring: Seaton Devon in spring: Seaton We also had a chance to visit Escot Park that happen to have this lovely cafe.Devon in spring: cafe at the Escot park Devon in spring Devon in spring: Escot Park Devon in spring: Escot Park Devon in springHope you all had a lovely Easter break too ;-)

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BBQ Lithuanian style

BBQ Lithuanian style I know I know, bbq season is almost over, but I could not help but share my favourite recipe of the year! I was so addicted to bbq this year that I probably made this at least five times I think. The recipe is adopted from my dad who made it while I was in Lithuania this year (and many times before when I was little). Its fairly easy to prep, just need to think of it the day before because it needs to marinate overnight. It's pork unlike the other "shashlik" dishes in Middle East, but thats what makes it Lithuanian even though the name suggest otherwise. I love its freshness and the smell after marinating it overnight, it's a must try!

ŠAŠLYKAI (SHASHLIK LITHUANIAN WAY) feeds at least 5

  • 1.5kg pork, chopped into chunks for skewers (I used pork shoulder steaks)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, finelly chopped
  • 2-3 chilli peppers, finelly chopped
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tsp Herbs de Provence
  • salt and pepper to taste (be generous here)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, mix it well and cover it with plate so it is well compressed. Refrigerate the meat overnight. BBQ Lithuanian style2. The following day (can be even in the evening if you like), put the meat onto the skewers and you are ready to bbq.  BBQ Lithuanian style BBQ Lithuanian style 3. Serve it with plain rice, green salad and good quality ketchup (it really makes all the difference). BBQ Lithuanian styleI hope you will find the time while the weather is still warm and enjoy it as much as I did ;-).

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Iceland!

IcelandThis is probably going to be the loooongest post I have ever posted, but there is so much to see! Our holidays in Iceland turned out to be breathtaking (at least for me) even if it was only for four days. I can honestly confirm that Icelandic scenery is completely out of this world. No wonder there were so many movies filmed here! I hope the pics below speak for themselves (especially the pic of never ending lupin field).Lupin field in Iceland Icelandic scenary Waterfall in IcelandWaterfalls were definitely one of the signature Icelandic features.Iceland IcelandThyme that grows in Iceland!Thyme in Iceland What grows in Iceland Icelandic scenaryTomato farm, IcelandAfter seeing fields of lava, moss, lupin and greenery we were wondering where Icelandic people grow their veg? We got our answer after visiting one of the green house farms. Due to short summers, green houses are the way to go and because of cheap electricity due to volcanic nature here in Iceland the lighting and heating  does not cost very much. Plus they have these very friendly bumble bees to pollinate the plants :-).Bumble bees in tomato green house, Iceland Geysir, IcelandGeysir springs were breathtaking, although very stinky! It definitely gave me few heart jumps when they exploded all unexpectedly.Geysir, Iceland Geysir, Iceland Waterfall in Iceland Iceland Icelandic scenary Iceland Glacier Lagoon, IcelandGlacier lagoon is another place that I loved, although it was a very cold experience. Turns out the icebergs are white/bluish from the outside because of the sun and all clear under. Clear ice block found in Glacier lagoon, Iceland what grows in Iceland Black sand beach, Iceland Black sand beach, Iceland Black sand beach, IcelandI love seasides and this one is exceptionally amazing! Black and white, who would have thought it exist?Black sand beach, IcelandMe and Joni celebrated our 1st Wedding anniversary that day as well :-). Our first Wedding Anniversary in Iceland Waterfall in Iceland Reykjavik from the church tower perspective....Reykjavik, Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland Blue Lagoon, IcelandAnd the last, but not least is the Blue lagoon. This was my main reason why I wanted to visit Iceland!Blue Lagoon, Iceland Blue Lagoon, Iceland Blue Lagoon, Iceland Blue Lagoon, IcelandI hope you are inspired to visit Iceland :-)

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Panemunė forest

I just came back from Lithuania and i could not wait until I can share about our forest. Me and my mum went for a walk everyday here because it is just outside my parent's house. I know it may look dull as it is still an early spring but it is magical in winter or summer. Sadly, one thing I could not transfer into the pics is the smell of pines and oaks :-).Panemunė ForestAlthough there was a storm 4.5 years ago that destroyed 1/3 of forest, the consequences of it are still apparent today. Panemunė ForestEven if mini forest is growing to replace the lost one (It's a looooong process)Panemunė Forest Panemunė ForestAnd there is a river! (the biggest river in Lithuania called Nemunas)Panemunė Forest Panemunė Forest Panemunė Forest Panemunė ForestI hope you liked our mini forest tour ;-)

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Sister hats!

Sister hats, knit and crochet pattern includedI was so super happy to get a sister last year! When you're the only girl in your family getting a sister is a big deal. Sister hats, knit and crochet pattern includedSo when it came to deciding on what gift to give to Nicola a little lightbulb lit up and I started making these cute  pom-pom hats so that we would both have something matching(not identical though! That would be a bit weird..). I needed a good hat as my old one had had its days and Joni's hats... well... they did not quite make a fashion statement. Sister hats, knit and crochet pattern includedUnfortunately we did  not have a chance to take a pic of us together with these hats, but we did spend a day shopping and while we shopped these hats were very useful for spotting each other in the crowd! Sister hats, knit and crochet pattern includedI hope you like these hats as much as we did. You can find the pattern and instructions for them here. Just so you are aware, you will need knitting, crochet and pom-pom making (real easy!) skills to complete this project.Sister hats, knit and crochet pattern includedGood Luck!

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Lithuanian seaside in winter (minus the the snow)

Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaWe are back from Lithuania and I could not wait to share the highlights with you. My favourite place in the world still lies on the Lithuanian seaside, in Kuršių Nerija National Park. However this time I was hoping for snow. Why? Because snow on the seaside looks unusual and I like unusual things! Anyway, maybe I will catch the snow next year?

Getting to any destination begins with a journey and ours started with a ferry. I love how there is no other way to get to the other side than the ferry (unless you travel via a Russian enclave)! You basically get transferred to the other side while sitting in your own car. How amazing is that!Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaWalking through the forest to get to the sandy beach feels fairytale like. However I found these squirrel trail signs hilarious :-D.Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaAnd who thought we could find ready decorated Christmas tree in the middle of the forest?Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaTrying to make sand angels (I somehow think snow angels are better).Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaI hope you enjoyed your Christmas and getting ready for 2015 ;-)

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Day out in London

day out in London

 

I am so thankful that I get opportunities to visit London from time to time! I miss London even more when I no longer live here. For this reason I think it's good to live close to London, but maybe not in London itself.

So yesterday me and Joni visited my dear friends and also had a date in the Regents Park. I love finding a piece of nature in the centre of the city! Overall, very good day! Sorry for such bad quality phone pics (had no camera on me, but could not help but share this with you!).

day out in London

I hope you had a lovely weekend too!!

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Creations out of the meadow

Dandelion garland DIYI love spending time in nature! Last weekend Joni took me to a lovely meadow in Cranfield and I could not help myself, but make some flower garlands. From my childhood I have learned to make dandelion head garland wreaths, but I suppose you can apply the same technique to any other flowers.  Dandelion garland DIYThis is how you could make your dandelion garland: 1. place a dandelion on the garland end (start the garland by placing the dandelion on the other dandelion and following the same steps). 2-3. wrap the stalk of the dandelion backwards around the garland. 4. join the leftover dandelion stalk with the rest of the garland.

how to make dandelion garland

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Joni had another technique for flower garland making, which looked more like a chain.

flower garland DIY

 

He made a hole in each daisy stalk and pulled another daisy stalk though it.

daisy garland DIY

 

daisy meadow

 

Enjoy the outdoors ;-)

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