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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

One Sunday in Groningen

I broke my personal record: not even a single word here since April 2016. Almost a year of silence, 12 drafts laying on the background...Pictures, gifs...but no words. 2016 was a massive roller coaster for me, ups and downs were dramatic, emotional and weird. The biggest struggle, that we possible can ever have, is struggle with ourselves. I went through that and feel, probably, the biggest relief since a while. I woke up and finally started to do. Back to writing, back to baking, back to do all the things, that make me happy and calm. And I thank all of you, who were coming here for a short or a longer visit, because statistics was really encouraging and even made me feel guilty for my silence:)

My first entry this year is about my small trip to Groningen, Netherlands, about how and why I fell in love with it. 

We, my best friend and I, have planned a trip to Netherlands already for quite a while. None of us have never been there, so while having a bit adventurous mood, we decided to finally do that during my winter holidays in Bremen, Germany. It's super easy to get from Bremen to Groningen: it takes 3 hours bus ride, tickets are cheap (30 Euros two ways if you book them before on FlixBus). Easy and decent.
Sunday was a perfect day for a travel. Everything is much more relaxed and peaceful on a weekend. And when you're on vacations and don't need to go to work on Monday morning - that's one of the greatest feelings in world:)

Groningen at 9 am was completely empty. Empty streets, closed shops and restaurants, no people on bicycles...Only cats and silence. Isn't that magical?!
In my hometown I got used, that streets are more or less crowdy 24/7. So appreciated that rare hours of complete privacy in the middle of Groningen.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Game of Thrones: Quails Drowned in Butter (King's Landing Menu)

Brace yourself..The new season of Game of Thrones is coming!
I bet you were waiting for this the whole year, torturing yourself with guessing what will happen with characters next (who will die in the new season!), is Jon Snow alive or dead, how bloody will be the war and who will get revenge. I'm singing the intro melody already for a week, I can't wait to finally see the first episode, find some answers and for sure, confuse myself even more. 
I decided to open Game of Thrones season 6 in the right way: to cook something from the beautiful and complicated world of Westeros. Today I suggest you to celebrate the new season like one would do it in King's Landing. Let's travel to the capital of Seven Kingdoms and taste delicate, elegant, light and delicious meal - quails, drowned in butter sauce. And have a glass of wine with Cersei:).

For 1 person we need:

2 quails
1/2 small apple
salt, pepper
1 tbsp honey
butter sauce

For the butter sauce:
1 boiled egg yolk
1/2 glass white wine
50 g butter
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Preparation time:
from 2 hours

Baking time:
up to 25 minutes

Not at all

For this post, I used the original recipe from A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, Russian edition, which I got as a gift from a friend (thank you SO much for it;). This book is absolutely great! First of all there are original medieval recipes and the modern version of those, second - the book got sections with recipes from The Wall, The North, King's Landing, The South, Dorn and Narrow Sea, third - gorgeous and rich text.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Togetherness (TV Series 2015-present)

It's been a while since I posted about some films or series, or anything else for the last time here.  Today I'm going to tell you about one of my favourite TV series of the last year Togetherness (created by Mark and Jay Duplass and Steve Zissis). Second season of the series is nearly finished on HBO, so we're gonna follow it while it's still running:)
The show is telling us a story about Pierson family. Michelle and Brett (performed by great Melanie Lynskey and Mark Duplass) are living normal busy life, raising kids and having some unfulfilled hopes and dreams. 
This couple shares their daily life with Michelle's sister Tina (Amanda Peet) and Brett's best friend Alex (Steve Zissis). Every single character in this story is written absolutely brilliant, and played better, than you can expect.

It's very spotable, that Togetherness is made with love and that creators had invest their hearts and souls in it. Basically, it's a very simple life stories about relationships, friendship, love, laugh, crisis, mistakes, doubts etc, but somehow the show gave me unforgettable feeling of being present in it, being a part of the story. 

It has everything, that good TV series must have: humour, wisdom and life. I'm a big fan of dramedies, because I'm pretty sure they're  closest to life and bring you tons of different thoughts.
Intelligent, elegant humour is not that easy to find nowadays, wisdom is like a rare animal and lifelike stories in TV series industry are like fresh air in the outer space. On the other side, Togetherness can be really hard to watch, because of that effect of presence. Science season one I felt like it's not just  about the next door  family, they all are about all of us
It's genuine, it's fresh, it's beautiful.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Bavarian October: Munich and Westerham

Servus! This is how I prefer to say 'hello' today to you, dear reader of Films & Pies sleepy land. It's been a long time, when I posted here, but now I'm gonna change that (hopefully!:). 
Last month I spent in Bavaria, Germany. During that month I gained lots of new experience, knowledge, impressions, but what is the most important - new friends, new ideas and a massive inspiration. 
Today's post will be regarded to my beautiful time in Munich and Westerham (small town between Munich and Alps).

Before coming to Westerham I didn't know, that it will be a place not only of my personal and professional grow, but also the place of emotional rehab and digital detox.
Mountains, fresh air, forest, comfortable hotel, delicious food, clear water and great service (gummy bears on my pillow every day, was a really sweet thing). And with a good company all that becomes much more better!
Here's my favourite song of the month, my personal theme, song which describes my splendid  vibrant feelings during October <3

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Video Of The Season: Stromae - Quand c'est?

Greetings, citizens of my forgotten Films&Pies Kingdom ;) While I'm preparing fresh and delicious posts - here's video which disturbed me, made my heart beat faster and completely involved me. Magical, dark and beautiful...
Stay tuned;)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Fragility: Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Three posts - three beautiful, touching and charming films. All of them are about fragile relationships and delicate minds. Also they are about mistakes, that can never be fixed and never be forgotten... 

Busy, busy, busy... I've been really busy recently at work, had very active trip to the capital and now I'm sitting 1200 km away from home and finally exhaling before my next big leap. Why I'm writing about this?! Because I'm trying to post about 'Heavenly Creatures' already about a month!
Sometimes I feel a little bit strange, that I haven't seen classic, that one day everyone were talking about. Anyway 'Heavenly Creatures' is from this 'opera'. But I'm sure, that some films come to me when I need to see them.
So, let's talk about the film... 

This provoking story is about deep-destroying friendship, isolation, freedom and twisted imagination.  
New Zealand, 1950's outside, Pauline, a young, free teenager lives with her family like in a cage, feeling and being absolutely closed for the outer world. One day, a new girl appears in class. Juliet. Something brings two girls together, and they dive into beautiful world created by themselves...

They create imaginary kingdom, with tons of different characters and events, thy create new language, write novels together and getting really into  their relationships. the whole Universe makes no sense and looks like a nutshell, comparing to the world that they created. Deep connection, true obsession...

Monday, 29 June 2015

Fragility: Cracks (2011)

Three posts - three beautiful, touching and charming films. All of them are about fragile relationships and delicate minds. Also they are about mistakes, that can never be fixed and never be forgotten... 

Touching, controversial, aesthetic...This film disturbs me for few years already.
But...Let me start from the plot.
The story takes place in elite school for girls in Britain, in 1930's. Miss G (Eva Green) is a diving instructor and a huge obsession for a group of girls. Miss G is confident, beautiful, elegant leader and the girls totally adore her, they catch every single word she says, every gesture. Girls feel happy and amused only when she looks on them, especially young and favourite Di (Juno Temple). Girls identify Miss G as a guru, as a voice of independence, femininity, transcendent wisdom. They would listen those magic stories she tells forever, if they could. But also girls want to be the part of her incredible adventures. They would kill to get her attention.
Things change completely, when the new girl arrives to the school. A real Spanish princess (Maria Valverde), blue blood, frustrating beauty. Fiama...

Fiama has some cultural and mental differences. She's too confident and needs no appreciation from Miss G or from the girls. She's a bird, which flies and sees way much further, than all of them together. Fiama's stubborn, strong and delicate at the same time. She's the best, and no discussion could be made here. And that is really terrifying for Di. And for Miss G as well: this Spanish flower may ruin her incredible and fake image of a leader...

'Cracks' is about how pride and fear to be unmasked ruin lives. How egoism and theatrical fake crush personality. How greed kills childhood and traumatises for the rest of living..

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