Doomsday clock and datelate

Is it just me or is the outside world turning further and further into an apocalyptic scenario of Mad Max, with a hurricane Ciara blowing across the UK and the Corona Virus reported cases rising every day?
Being a rational citizen that I am, I realize that the doomsday clock is ever so close to midnight while the Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Seeing how this may be the only opportunity that I got, I have decided to share yet another recipe in order to stay at home and pamper myself in a hygge style.
If like me you don’t like be cold temperature I believe this can be a good recipe for a great evening. Today I have for you a heavenly fragrant, colonial adventure filled with silky sweetness. Have you ever heard of what datelate is? If you haven’t than now it’s the time to challenge yourself and try something new in your life! Now more than ever! So run! Run to your kitchen or nearest store for the necessary products. Believe me, you do not want to wait any longer to try this excellent chocolate which has also so much healthy benefits for you!
So to get started … what we need is your favorite vegetable milk, dates, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.

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Our Precise measurements are:
2 glass of plant milk
6 large sun-dried dates
2 tablespoons bitter cocoa
a pinch of sea salt
vanilla cane
a pinch of cinnamon
Optionally, chocolate shavings, whipped cream or whatever you like.

Preparation:
Pour the milk into a saucepan with a thick bottom along with the other ingredients and heat on low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take the drink off the heat and let it cool down a bit.
Pour this into the blender cup and mix until the texture is silky.
Now light your favorite candle, turn on the music and enjoy the best home winter-valentine experience ever.

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Summary of blogging year, Juicy Roots 2019

In 2019 a lot has happened, but not all my dreams and efforts have come positive and true. Maybe it wasn’t my best year ever, however, I can definitely find some short episodes for which I am extremely grateful and I think we should all focus on our small victories and with that in mind march forward to face the new challenges of 2020.
 
With that being said I also want you to know that I am extremely happy that I decided to go back to writing my blog. It was definitely a good decision for me because it gives me an opportunity to collect my thoughts, practice my English and… I like to think that I am going to leave something positive and open source for each one of you as I go through my life.
 
It is true that I did not provide you with as many posts as I wanted to, but for each post that you can find on my blog, I try to put my whole heart and soul into the process of writing of it. The ever-increasing number of visits and friendly comments show me that my hard work is appreciated and well… it’s nice to gather all of us around and to see you…nice!
 
So with all that in mind, I promise not to disappoint you and to write even more content with better quality and I encourage all of us to work hard over our mind, body, and soul so that we can become something greater and stronger than we were a year ago.
 
Let’s keep up the good fight.
 
Also for the newcomers, the top 5 most-read posts in 2019 were:
 
1.Birch juice

Birch juice

2. Your guide to golden healthy Brexit

Your guide to golden healthy Brexit

3. Jam for dummies

Jam for Dummies

4. UK survival outfit for millennial budget

UK survival outfit for millennial budget

5. Get minty this summer

Get minty this summer

 
 
Best Wishes & Happy New Year
Eva
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Chambord, forest mushroom soup and Japanese cards.

Chambord raspberry liqueur

I haven’t even noticed how it happened, but November has just ended, and soon the whole year will end too. Time is passing by so fast, the new week has just began and before you know it, it’s already Friday, then the weekend and you are back to Monday again. I feel like I have been recently running on a treadmill in a constant loop – my own Groundhog Day marathon.

I mean at the end we finally get to our long awaited weekend, which really doesn’t make a difference as you are either too tired to do anything or too busy trying to catch up on all the matters you didn’t finish during the week that you barely feel any relief at all.

The promise of the information age, the internet, the machines, the computers, the AI… it was all meant to give us more time…I guess the old saying is still valid…the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I had plans for this autumn, for this year… I wanted to take a walk in the park and see the autumn in its full glory with all its leaves and chestnuts, I wanted to make a pumpkin to show you my magnificent pumpkin recipe, I was also investing in precious metals mainly silver and stockpiling for the worst economic collapse in our millennial generation history but…but I guess I will have to postpone it for the next year suffering the losses now as markets are rigged by central banks of the world and their traders in white gloves and black suits.

Do you ever feel my dear reader like you are in control of your own life? I sure don’t. Like a leaf carried away by an autumn wind, I feel…so lost…powerless and pushed around trying to find my own tree to live on. Brexit didn’t happen although it was meant to happen. Recession was meant to happen although it did not happen yet… China trade deal is so great that in fact it doesn’t even exist…Thomas Cook went bankrupt and countless companies in UK fired thousands of people…and we all we saw the riots in London (due to Brexit and poor economy), Barcelona (separation from state), Chile (wealth inequality), Hong Kong (young Chinese people fighting for freedom and lack of economic opportunities), France (the yellow vests movement). The global wealth inequality (forget the income inequality) is so large our societies are beginning to collapse – clear for anyone to see. With the billions of worthless paper printed by the Fed for the repo markets…we are still suffering in this system to this day ”…like leaves carried away by the wind…and all we are is dust in the wind.”

Every day I find myself dreaming about living a simpler life without a never-ending to-do-list, having enough time to decorate a pumpkin at home and to enjoy little things that I have but as always the constant fear of not having enough money takes over…I guess that’s the main characteristic of my generation…never ever having enough money to do anything meaningful like settling down and buying a house or starting a family.

So as I am waiting for the system to change or the economy to restart I try to enrich my life with a simple treats that I am going to share with you. I recently had the pleasure to try the Raspberry Chambord and I am really positively surprised. It may sound strange but in this bottle I have identified the flavors of my childhood. I remember my grandmother processing whole baskets of raspberries into raspberry syrup. She used for this special strange pot, in this pot it was possible to filter raspberry seeds and reduce juice.

The quantity produced wasn’t as much as I have expected, but it was very thick, sweet and intensely raspberry. My grandmother’s syrup tasted like the 100% pure spiritus essence of raspberry and that was the taste I found in Chambord. I would recommend it to anyone who likes juicy sweet liqueurs especially for the upcoming cold winter nights.

Btw, just to clarify my grandmother’s syrup did not contain alcohol.

 

Chambord raspberry liqueur

 

Dried forest mushrooms, Ikea bag

 

Dried forest mushrooms soup

This month I was able to recreate one more taste from the past. It was the taste of an incredibly aromatic mushroom soup made from dried mushrooms. I also associate this taste with my grandmother, who always had a lot of dried mushrooms. My grandfather always brought mushrooms from the forest, and then it was our responsibility to dry them in the sun and during the winter grandma prepared delicious mushroom soups. Returning to the present, however, I was recently lucky enough to get a huge packet of dried mushrooms from the Polish forest. Thank you Beata, they were delicious. And there is something else that I would like to share with you. It’s hard for me to believe it because travel is not part of my life, but in a few days I am flying for one week holidays to Mexico.

It still sounds like a distant dream to me. For now, the universe is throwing logs at my feet in the form of a double shift flight schedule so I am not sure if I will manage to go on the journey after all 😉

If someone from Mexico reads me, or someone who has already visited the place, could you please let me know what I should take with me, what to buy on site and what to visit? My destination is the  Cancun.

Recently, I also started my adventure with buying Christmas cards and one of them delighted me so much. It was a card with a Japanese theme,
made of traditional Japanese paper by a lovely Japanese woman
Yuri McAlen.
I had the opportunity to exchange a few words with her on the Christmas market in Milton and I have no doubt that making these cards is her great passion.
If you want to support her talent and buy someone a unique card I will put her business card under the text.
I bought my card for a friend who is an enthusiast of Japanese culture, but I think everyone would enjoy it. If you want to support her talent and buy someone a unique card I will put her business card under the text.

 

Japanese Christmas and birthday cards

 

Japanese Christmas and birthday cards

I would like my blog to be more interactive with a two-way communication dialog. Kindly I welcome all of you to a discussion in the comments section below. Here are some helpful questions that I would like to know your opinion about:

 

What do you think about today’s economy and what are you trying to achieve in it?

How is your time going by?

What are your favourite childhood flavors that you would like to share?

What do you recommend to take to Mexico trip?

How do you like Yuri McAlen cards?

 

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Top 3 the best valentines ideas

If you do not know what to give to your loved one on Valentine’s Day you absolutely need to read it. If you already have a gift and you think that it is good that you definitely need to read this.

  1. Bake the cake
    Use of any recipe for example, this.
    It must be chocolate, caloric, decadent. Just remember that a pinch of love is not enough. You have to put your whole heart into baking, then it will be delicious. Good quality ingredients and oven really help you 😉 Food preparation is really a magical process so have fun! I read about a woman who wrote really peculiar journal. She wrote down there all the meals that she prepared for her husband. Journal also contained notes about his state of health and information which products are best for him. In my opinion this is precisely the love, daily care, thousands of small gestures and routine. Not spectacular words and gestures from time to time.

 

 

  1. Adopt a panda
    There are many reasons,  it is white,  black,  Asian and  needs your help. This is an excellent idea if you live in a rented apartment and your landlord does not accept even a goldfish. If you live in a luxurious residence with swimming pool and you have your own yacht it is still a good idea. This adoption did not have any disadvantages. You can avoid cleaning, cooking, morning walks in rainy weather and the search a guardian when you want to go on holiday. All you have to do is fill in adoption form and send regular donations to the WWF. It is worth.
    Of course, this need not be a panda, I have snow leopard and seal with another organization.

 

 

3. Save someone’s life

Why not just go on a date to the hospital. Place good as any other, and even better, because there you can do something really good.
All you have to do is donate a little of your blood. Do not be afraid because you have enough of it. It can really help someone. Just  remember to eat a lot of chocolate after.

 

Have a nice Valentine’s Day.

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