Recipe: corn tortilla with vegetables, beans and sauce

Today I really wanted to write about how much I would like to have a pair of J Brand jeans (because I know you are dying to learn that), but considering completly sick weather (there was a monsoon between 7 am and 8.30 am and now the heat is unbelievable and unbearable) I should rather discuss bikinis but it’s already August and really no point in that. Consequently I want to share with you my today’s pain.

I totally forgot that we have bank holidays today in Poland and everything is closed. And I don’t have almost anything to eat, because I was lazy on Saturday and thought I would live through the weekend and shop for grocieries on Monday, well… that’s how I ended up eating the same thing for the third day in a row for my dinner.

It’ not really a recipe, more likely a suggestion for serving. I really wanted to make it on Saturday (I just love mexican food) and I brought all ingredients for that so it’s not like I used the leftovers from my fridge.

It was also my first time with corn tortilla – and I really love it now! I used a lot of vegetables so it’s light and fullfilling at the same time. I prepared sauce so it wouldn’t be dry and hard to eat.

 

per one tortilla

1 corn tortilla

2 mushrooms, sliced

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tbsp rice oil

1 tbsp carmelised red onion

2 leaves of lettuce, sliced

1/2 tomato, sliced

3 tbsp red beans (I used canned red beans)

2 tbsp sweet corn

1 tsp mayonnaise

1 tsp mustard

1 tsp sour cream

2 tsp tao tao spicy sauce

 Warm up the tortilla. Heat up oil and roast slightly onion and shrooms. Smear carmelised onion on the top of your tortilla, cover with onion and shrooms pasta, sprinkle with: lettuce, tomato, red beans and corn. Stir mayonnaise, mustard, sour cream and spicy sauce and pour on the top of vegetables. Fold up your tortilla and bon appetite!

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Recommendation: Cetaphil (lotion)

 

Some time ago I was searching for a good moisturising cream. All of whose I came across were good when it came to effect but: a) were not efficient, b) left your skin looking oily, c) had too heavy consistency. So when I’ve started using Cetaphil about two months ago, I was full of worries (especially as it cames in 250 ml container and I thought – what was I gonna do when it turned out to be bad? Well, I don’t have those worries now :P).

From the continer’s sticker we can learn that Cetaphil is a lotin, has high tolerance, is for sensitive or dry skin, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. Moreover: “Clinically proven to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. Quick absorption and long-lasting hydration of the (outer-most layer of the) skin. Helps maintain skin’s natural protective barries.

Provides immediate soothing and softening. Fragrance-free and lanolin-free formulation, appropriate for sensitive or dry skin.

Specifically formulated to hydrate sensitive or dry skin. Recommended to re-hydrate damaged skin associated with common skin conditions and following dermatological treatments.”

I have to agree with most of it (and I’m not knowledgeable about the rest). It absorbes very quickly, skin is smooth and moisturised afterwards. The formula is really delicate and light. It gives immediate relief to your skin, and when using for a longer time improves your skin condition. I also recently (unfortunately) found out that it’s good for sun-burned skin. And moreover lotion is very efficient (watch out when applying!).

I use it everyday for a night treatment for my face, and twice a day (morning and evening) for the rest of my body. Really highly recommended (especially for summer and after-holidays time when your skin is tired and dehydrated).

Note: available only in drug stores.

Average price – £8.00 / $10.00 / PLN30.00 for 250 ml container (16 Oz.)


Review: September Issue

I wanted to see this movie since it came out in 2009. It was impossible as it wasn’t shown in cinemas in Poland nor came out on DVD. But thanks to my best friend who owns it, I got a copy only recently and saw it twice. First time I just watched and dreamed. For the second time I took it to pieces and learned (quite a lot actually).

The movie, or rather a documentary, shows a long process of putting together the biggest issue of Vogue (and any monthly magazine) and the action (if we can call it like that) takes place in 2007, starting during Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week. We learn that it takes approximately five (!) months and consists of a lot of aspects, all of which are consulted and personally supervised by Anna Wintour.

But – from the beginning – I love the opening of the movie in which Anna Wintour says: ” I think what i often see it that people are frighteened about fashion. Because it scares them or make them feel insecure they just put it down. On the whole people that may say, the meanny things about our world I think that’s usually because they feel, in some ways, excluded or, you know, not a part of ‘the cool group’ so as a result they just mock it.” It geniuely applies to every aspect of our lives – we fight what sceares us, put ourselves in defensive position while sometimes there’s no need to. And then we also hear Anna basically repeating herself: “There is something about fashion that can make people very nervous”.

Whole documentary contains a lot of interesting and insightfull interviews with Vogue main staff, designers and even Anna’s daughter.

Candy Pratts Price (creative fashion director) says that “it’s a church and Anna’s a pope” and continueing that “Vogue is a bible in fashion world” what ultimately becomes the keynote of the movie. Alongside the statement that “September is the January in fashion”.

We learn (or rather confirm ourselves in the belief) that what Anna says and thinks ultimately becomes ‘it’, a trend (“- It’s texture!, – Well, not for Anna.”). Seasons ago she put furs back in fashion, in this documentary we learn how jackets became ultimate clothing for AW 07/08. Also we find out that she credits growing up in London in 60s for her love of fashion, that she dislikes black colour, that she gives advices to biggest designers before fashion weeks  and that September Issue is all about unique stories.

From what we can see in ‘September Issue”, I think that Anna’s ‘nickname’ – Ice Woman – is well exaggerated. She’s a very busy woman, extremly professional, doing her business. She doesn’t need to be particulary nice and friendly with everyone, and she says what she thinks and is stubborn and adamant (all features which make her who she is now – most influential person in fashion industry). Yet when shot with her daughter she seems to be really nice person, actually quite warm.

Absolutely highlight of the movie, hilarious quote (for me) was told by Bee Shaffer (Anna’s daughter) if she’s ever gonna work in the industry: “It’s a really weird industry to me and it’s just not for me. She wanted me to be an editor (…) I would never want to take it seriously. Some of the people in there act like fashion is life. It’s just… really amusing and you can make fun of them but that to be your career… it’s just… you know… there’re other things out there, I think.”

However the best quote from professional point of view (if you wish to work in fashion) is probably one said by Grace Coddington (creative director): “you have to demand because otherwise you’re gonna be left blamed. Don’t be too nice (…), honestly, because you’ll lose.” And she continues that you have to make yourself important and irreplaceable.

Also during the almost 1,5 hour long documentary we learn how Anna helped Thakoon booked Gap designers line, how she makeed everyone nervous about closing the issue and how cover photoshoot of Sienna Miller by Mario Testino almost ended up as a disaster (and many more!).

This movie is simply a must-see for everyone who wants to force his way through to the top (or somewhere near it 😉 ).


unconventional manicure

The day before yesterday I was very inspired by my best friend’s unconventional manicure and pericure. Consequently I decided to do something with my nails too 🙂

I think that such duo-colour nails are very summerish and very ‘holiday-spirit’. However I have to admit I wasn’t sure at the beginning if I can pull that look off, but I feel really good afterwards (even though some people – esp. middle-age and older women – look a bit suspicious at me :P) I will definiately try some other combinations and maybe patterns as well soon.

What do you think about such pedicure? Do you have your own inspirations and ideas for fun manicure?

DEPEND nail polish no. 054 & 115

PROMOD knitted top

CUBUS oversized sweater

* sorry for the quality of photos. My camera is still on holidays *sights*


vintage leather jacket

Just before I went on my short holidays, I’ve started sorting out my stuff – things I need to get rid off before October (THE date!). Somewhere in the depth of my boxroom (or rather ‘boxwardrobe’) I found a vintage leather jacket.

It’s really vintage – from about 25 years ago, and was bought by my parents and never really worn (!) so the quality is overwhelming. Sadly it’s way too big for me and I have to sell it 😦

But still – it’s a great find and I hope someone will embrace it. Wonder what more is waiting for me? And what treasures do you have in your own boxroom? 😉


Countryside gate-away

The weather is so nice recently that I decided to pack myself and my dog and spend a few days in my grandpa’s summer cottage, in a place where I spent a lot of time during my childhood. Last time I was there, was two years ago, so a lot of new things and changes were waiting for me.

First of all – I almost didn’t recognize the train station as it is currently being renowated, thanks to EU funds for upcoming 2012 events.

Then the village itself – whoa! Really, looks more like a modern village now then a true countryside I remembered from years ago (*sights*). But still, very enjoyable.

I spent there full three days and was so busy doing exactly nothing (and eating a lot of my grandma’s fabulous cooking) that I didn’t take much photos. (I have to admit I had no idea how much I was exhausted and stressed until I was there and was allowed to stop thinking and just enjoy my life).

Probably the best surprise was the new dog female, my grandpa’s neighbours bought about a year ago. My dog was totally mersmerized and they were both so happy to have each other. They are really look-a-like and have the same crazy, vivid character.

As I mentioned before, I didn’t take much photos being very busy with resting and just socializing with grandparents, but I think I might come back there for a few days again later this month, so I will take more to show you. Right now – two more snaps of the garden.

Hope you are also having a great weekend and plucking up your forces 🙂


Recipe: Spelt pancakes with blueberries

Who’s up for a healthy breakfast? During the summer I try to eat and use in my recipes as many berries as possible (except for strawberries, they aren’t available in Poland during other seasons. And I have to admit I was totally mesmerized when I saw fresh berries – all kinds – when I was in London in February!). This recipe is double good – not only blueberries (but you can use any small berries) but also the healthiest of all flours – spelt one! This recipe, with my changes, was taken from this site.  It’s really good, easy to make but next time I’m gonna skip salt (as they were a bit too salty for me).

 

for about 12 pancakes (5 – 6 cms diameter)

1,5 cups whole grain spelt flour

1 tbsp baking powder

3/4 tsp sea salt

3 large eggs, beaten

1,75 cups buttermilk

2 tbsp honey

1/4 cup sunflower oil

1 cup blueberries

 

Begin by mixing the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. In a glass measuring cup, mix together the buttermilk, eggs, oil and honey. Fold the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix. Do not overmix (the batter may still have a few small lumps).

Let it sit for 10 minutes. Add blueberries, stir gently.

Heat a well seasoned cast iron skillet or griddle to medium-low heat. Place portion of batter onto the skillet and spread into a 5 – 6 cms diameter. Cook until bubbles begin to form on the top and the edges are cooked, about 1-2 minutes. Flip. Cook about 1 minute on the latter side. Repeat for the remaining batter.

I served mine with extra honey on the top.