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Missed Birthdays

For one day in a year, I become selfish. I want to have everyone call me, think of me, send me the warmest of wishes and love. I want my friends and family to make effort when choosing their words (and gifts) around me, and I want to be the happiest person in the world. Yes, it’s my birthday and I want to be the center of attention!

Every year I say that I will not make a big deal out of it. I’m not that young anymore, I don’t have that extra money to spend on one party, I just don’t feel like making a big fuss. But than the day comes and my best friends are the first to call and ask “So where is the party?”…and I have to have an answer. This year, it was so impromptu, that I just bought couple of bottles of gin and fresh mint and made the best mojito party there is! 

Yet, the next day you start thinking who did not came/call/wished(singed) “Happy Birthday”. Did they forgot? Have I forgot to call them? Should I have had invited them anyway? Should I call them now? Eventually, time goes by and you forget about these questions.

However, the time comes when they have their own special day. These days, with the notifications, Facebook or Skype is hard to forget or ignore someone’s birthday, but when you are doing a huge project, thoroughly immersed in the work,  or are out of the country, or life(and it counter part) just halts you in your every-day tasks,  these things happen!

I wished so many belated birthdays to friends and family members in the past few months, people start to wonder if I’ve become forgetful or ignorant! And the birthdays I miss the most are the ones of the great people of the history of the world, when I read a book by a famous writer (Victor Hugo, 26th of Feb Les Misérables or Charles Dickens, 7th of FebOliver Twist) or listen to great music (Mozart-27th January, Bob Marley-6th Feb, Norah Jones- 30th March, Marvin Gaye- 2nd April) or watched a great movie or documentary for an artist, scientists, sportist etc. 

I’ve missed so many events, birthdays, celebrations and moments of leisure and fun. Just now , looking back, I can see the sacrifice I have made. Sometimes you have to ask yourself if it is worth it. But for this…for now…I think it is.

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Satisfying instant cravings

I was looking for some quick and easy recipe to satisfy my appetite for sweet and junk food, but to make sure it’s not junk! Browsing through the internet is actually daunting sometimes, because there are just so many recipes! During the time I was searching I could have baked an entire cake and eat it! Luckily I didn’t 🙂 After all, I’m sure I would have overload it with sugar. And that was not the point in the first place. 

5 Minute espresso walnut brownies | via minimalistbaker

So, after a while, I stumbled upon this awesome website : http://minimalistbaker.com/ where I found lots of “express” recipes, that are clean and healthy!

I loved (and made) the 5-minute-espresso-walnut-brownies, only substitute the walnuts with hazelnuts (as that was what I had at home). They are going to be made over and over in the next few weeks and months. 

1. I loved that there is no need for baking!

2. I love that it takes only 5 min to make them

3. Even though it says to put them in the freezer, I LOVE  that you can EAT THEM AT ONCE!

Let me know if you love them too!

Here is the recipe:

5 MINUTE ESPRESSO WALNUT BROWNIES {NO BAKE}
 
Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins
 
A no bake, fudgy brownie that’s refined sugar-, gluten-, and dairy-free. Rich, moist, dense and full of chocolate espresso flavor.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: ~ 20
INGREDIENTS
  • 1.5 cups raw walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 
2 – 2 1/2 cups Medjool or Deglet Nour dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder OR raw cacao if you have it
  • 1-2 tsp espresso powder or finely ground coffee (depending on preference)
  • pinch sea salt
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add the cocoa powder or cacao, espresso powder and sea salt. Pulse to combine and then transfer to bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove from bowl and set aside.
  4. Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor spout. Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand.
  5. Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined cake pan or loaf pan and add remaining 1/2 cup roughly roughly chopped walnuts. Toss to combine and evenly distribute, and then press down with you hands until it is flat and firm.
  6. Place in freezer or fridge to chill before cutting. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks and in the freezer for at least 2 months.
 
NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: 1 brownie Calories: 173 Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 0.8 g Carbohydrates: 25 g Sugar: 18 g Sodium: 13 mg Fiber: 5.2 g Protein: 5 g

 

Have a great day and KEEP SHINING!