CREAMY PESTO PASTA

It seems that recipes are very popular on this blog, so here’s another one. It’s a very simple feed-a-crowd dish, perfect for weeknights when you don’t have time on your hands. It is dairy free and meatless, but full of amazing nutrients and flavours. Approved by Bernarda, my photographer, a big meat lover. 🙂

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photo credits: Bernarda Plavšić 
INGREDIENTS (4 people):

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 pack of spaghetti of your choice

Pesto:

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1 handfull of basil
  • 2-3 pressed garlic cloves
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

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INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. Boil pot of water and add box of pasta, cook as directed on the box.
  2. Wash and chop all veggies.
  3. Turn pan on medium heat, add a little bit of olive oil, add veggies.
  4. Cook veggies until moisture is all removed.
  5. While veggies are cooking, add the pine nuts, basil, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to a food processor. Blend until creamy.
  6. Add cooked spaghetti to the veggies, then add pesto until everything is covered as desired.

Tip: Make loads of pesto and keep it in the fridge. Mix it with cooked pasta and you have a delicious, healthy 10-minute dinner.

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Bisous,

Fée


Čini se da su recepti vrlo popularni i traženi na ovom blogu, stoga vam danas darujem još jedan. I ovoga puta jelo je vrlo jednostavno, izvrsno za brze večere tijekom tjedna, kad nitko nema vremena cijelu večer provoditi u kuhinji, ili kad vam se najave gosti. Bez mliječnih proizvoda i mesa, ali puno hranjivih tvari i izvrsnih okusa. Odobrila ga je i Bernarda, moja fotografkinja, inače velika ljubiteljica mesa. 🙂

SASTOJCI (za 4 osobe):

  • 1 crvena paprika
  • 1 zelena paprika
  • 1 žuta paprika
  • 250 grama cherry rajčica
  • pola tikvice
  • pakiranje špageta po izboru

Pesto:

  • 1/4 šalice pinjola
  • 1/4 šalice maslinova ulja
  • šaka svježeg bosiljka
  • 2-3 češnja češnjaka
  • morska sol i papar po ukusu

UPUTE:

  1. Skuhajte špagete prema uputama na kutiji.
  2. Operite i nasjeckajte svo povrće.
  3. Stavite tavu na štednjak, ulijte malo maslinova ulja te zagrijte na srednje jakoj temperaturi.
  4. Pirjajte povrće dok ne ispari sva tekućina iz tave.
  5. Dok se povrće pirja, u blender stavite bosiljak, pinjole, maslinovo ulje, češnjak, sol i papar te miksajte dok ne dobijete svilenkasti pesto.
  6. Kuhane špagete dodajte povrću i sve to prelijte pestom, te miješajte dok se svi sastojci ne sljube. Po potrebi dodajte malo vode u kojoj se kuhala tjestenina kako bi umak bio jos sočniji.

Savjet: Pesto možete napraviti u većoj količini te ga držati u hladnjaku. Za posebno užurbanih dana, samo ga dodajte skuhanoj tjestenini i za doslovno 10 minuta imat ćete večeru na stolu. Definitivno bolje od sendviča. 🙂

Bisous,

Fée

 

 

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EIGHT WEEKS

We never really planned for it to happen now. I don’t believe that things like that can be planned. They just happen when the time is right, even if, caught up in everyday life, you think it’s not.

I just remember feeling really strange so I bought “the stick”. A little blue + sign showed up right away. The mommy in me felt all the feelings, the control freak in me started thinking about what life would look like in nine months, where we would put the crib, how to prepare Kiara for a newborn, and so on.

***

I knew that something was wrong by the way her trembling hand touched the forehead and she sighed worriedly.

“I’m so sorry, but there’s no heartbeat.”, she said, almost whispered. “I’m so, so sorry.”

While the nurse was preparing all the paperwork I needed to be admitted to hospital, I was biting my lip hungrily and aggressively until I could feel the metallic taste of blood in my mouth. I just couldn’t wait to get out of the doctor’s office and finally let tears roll down my face. And they were rolling unstoppably. By the time I got into my car, I was sobbing.

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Luckily, the taxi driver that picked me up at 6 am that morning was the kindest young woman. I felt like an abandoned puppy in the backseat and she felt like home, so I told her I was scared like I had never been scared in my life. “It’s going to be ok, I promise.”, she said, like she herself was in charge of everything. And I believed her.

“This is your bed. Please, take off your clothes and put on the hospital gown. I will be with you in a minute and then we will start.”

My hands were shaking. I was scared to death of the unknown. I remembered who I left at home and I knew I must be ok, as soon as it was over. So I closed my eyes and barely opened them throughout the day. I didn’t want to remember the faces, the hospital room, anything. I only looked towards the window once or twice. It was pouring rain.

I was supposed to be released from hospital the same day, but they kept me in for one more because I lost too much blood. Although I was tired and weak, the night was dragging and it seemed like tomorrow would never come. I knew that for the first time in her life, Kiara would wake up the next morning and not see me. The pain was unbearable.

***

I thought I wouldn’t say anything to anyone. But the experience of losing somebody you love, and trust me, mothers love their children with all their heart even before they are born, was too overwhelming to be quiet. I felt misunderstood and alone.

“It’s no big deal, it happens all the time. It’s not a real child. It’s nothing.”

Ladies, mothers… I’m writing this to tell you that you are not alone. You have every right to be sad or depressed. Your pain is real. Your love is real and it should be acknowledged and respected. If you cannot go through this alone, reach out to someone who can understand. If you haven’t and you want to say goodbye, go to a beautiful place where you can be alone, and say goodbye.

Your pain is real. Your love is real. You are not alone.

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

This is to all babies lost too soon. And their mothers. ❤

Bisous,

Fée


Bilo je potpuno neplanirano. Nikada nisam ni vjerovala da se nešto tako može isplanirati. Takve se stvari uvijek dogode u savršeno vrijeme, čak i kad nas vijest zatekne usred svakodnevnog ludila, pa mislimo da je baš taj trenutak najgori mogući.

Sjećam se da sam se osjećala neobično, čak i naslućivala zašto. Mali plavi plus pojavio se iste sekunde. Pola mene se radovalo, ispunjeno nježnošću i ljubavlju, a pola razmišljalo kako će život izgledati za devet mjeseci, gdje će stajati krevetić i kako ćemo pripremiti Kiaru na dolazak bebe.

***

Kad je drhtavom rukom dotaknula čelo i zabrinuto uzdahnula, znala sam da nešto nije u redu.

“Žao mi je, ali srce ne kuca.”, rekla je, gotovo prošaptala. “Doista mi je žao.”

Dok je medicinska sestra pripremala svu potrebnu papirologiju za bolnicu, nervozno i agresivno sam grizla donju usnicu sve dok nisam osjetila metalni okus krvi u ustima. Jedva sam čekala da izađem iz ordinacije i pustim suze da se sliju niz lice. A lijevalo je nezaustavljivo. Onog trenutka kad sam dotaknula vrata automobila, plač se pretvorio u jecaj.

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Srećom, u taksiju koji me tog jutra u 6 sati čekao pred zgradom, sjedila je divna, topla mlada žena. Osjećala sam se poput uplašenog, napuštenog psića na zadnjem sjedalu, a njezin je glas zvučao kao najtopliji zagrljaj. Rekla sam joj da me strah kao nikada u životu. “Vjeruj mi, sve će biti u redu.”, rekla je, kao da je upravo ona zadužena za cijeli postupak. Povjerovala sam joj.

“Ovo je vaš krevet. Skinite se i obucite bolničku spavaćicu. Doći ću za vama, a onda ćemo početi.”.

Drhtala sam od straha od nepoznatog. Znala sam koga sam ostavila kod kuće i da ću morati biti dobro čim ova cijela priča završi. Zatvorila sam oči i jedva ih otvarala tijekom dana. Nisam htjela zapamtiti lica, detalje bolničke sobe, glasove i mirise. Samo sam s vremena na vrijeme škiljeći pogledala prema prozoru. Lijevalo je.

Trebala sam istog dana biti puštena iz bolnice, no zbog gubitka velike količine krvi, zadržali su me još dan. Iako sam bila umorna i slaba, imala sam osjećaj da se noć vuče. Kiara će se sljedećeg jutra prvi puta u životu probuditi i neće ugledati mene. Krivnja je bila nepodnošljiva.

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Mislila sam da ovo nikada nikome neću ispričati, no čitavo je iskustvo bilo previše intenzivno da bih šutjela. Osjećala sam se usamljeno i neshvaćeno.

“Nije to ništa. To se stalno događa. Pa to nije ni dijete. To nije ništa.”

Drage žene i majke… Pišem ovo da vam kažem da niste same. Imate svako pravo biti tužne i neutješne. Vaša je bol stvarna. Vaša je ljubav stvarna i zaslužuje priznanje i poštovanje. Ako vam je teško prolaziti kroz ovo, povežite se s nekime tko će vas razumjeti, tko je prošao isto. Ako se želite oprostiti, nađite lijepo mjesto na kojem ćete biti same, i oprostite se.

Vaša je bol stvarna. Vaša je ljubav stvarna. Niste same.

Danas je Dan sjećanja na bebe anđele.

Posvećeno svim nerođenim i prerano izgubljenim bebama, i njihovim majkama. ❤

Bisous,

Fée

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY

It seems like the world goes crazy every time Elodie Details launches a new collection and this time was no different.

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Dress: @nina.sew Sandals: Asos Earrings: H&M Kiara’s jumpsuit: Baby Zara Sandals: Baby Zara Backpack: http://www.hajdi.si, http://www.hajdi.hr (Elodie Details)

“Escape the Ordinary” is the name of the Fall 2017 collection which encourages us to explore new places, seek adventure and leave familiarity behind. Four new beautiful colors and patterns lead us to misty mountain tops, where the air is quiet and adventure lies ahead, to wilderness where nothing is predictable, giving us the feeling of warmth and coziness with soft and luxury materials like velvet, wool and leather. The wild Dots of Fauna, the chic Petite Botanic, the warm Plum Love or the cool Mineral Green? The choice is yours. What I love most about Elodie Details, is that the patterns are so stylish and beautiful and very easy to combine.

Since the new school year is just around the corner, I decided to celebrate it by getting a new backpack for Kiara and as soon as I saw this one, I looked no further. It’s from the new Elodie Details collection, of course, in Dots of Fauna. Not only is it beautiful and stylish, it is the perfect size: small enough for your little one to carry it and big enough to hold all the necessities that they might need during the day. It includes a seat cushion, which is such a perfect solution for trips or picnics, a thermo pocket for the bottle, a magnetic lock that keeps the straps on the shoulders (you know how they slide off sometimes) and luxurious leather details.

What’s in Kiara’s mini backpack?

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Toys, of course, a water bottle (this one is from Skip Hop and you can get it here), snacks (this box is by Done by Deer, you can get it here), spare clothes, tissues and a hair band. When we put all of these things in it, the backpack is not nearly full and it would fit more clothes, diapers and wet tissues if needed.

Check all the collection at http://www.hajdi.si (Slovenia) or http://www.hajdi.hr (Croatia), but they ship all over Europe.

Bisous,

Fée


Izgleda da cijeli svijet poludi svaki put kad Elodie Details predstavi novu kolekciju, pa ni posljednjih dana nije ništa drukčije.

“Escape the Ordinary” naziv je nove kolekcije Elodie Detailsa za jesen i zimu 2017./18. koja budi u nama avanturistički duh, potiče na istraživanje novih mjesta i bijeg od poznatog. Četiri nova predivna uzorka i boje vode nas do mističnih vrhova planina, gdje je svijet tiši i odakle puca pogled prema pustolovini i nepredvidivih divljina, pružajući nam osjećaj sigurnosti, topline i udobnosti neodoljivo mekanim i luksuznim materijalima poput baršuna, vune i kože. Divlji Dots of Fauna, chic Petite Botanic, topli Plum Love ili hladni Mineral Green? Izbor je na vama. Osobno, kod Elodie Detailsa najviše mi se sviđa to što uzorci nisu “bebasti”, nego vrlo chic i stylish, te što se sjajno jedan s drugim kombiniraju.

Kako za koji dan počinje nova vrtićka godina, odlučila sam to proslaviti kupovinom novog ruksaka. U Dots of Fauna uzorak zaljubila sam se na prvi pogled. Dio je, dakako, nove kolekcije Elodie Detailsa te osim što je ruksak predivan, savršene je veličine: dovoljno malen da ga i najmlađi mogu nositi, te dovoljno velik da u njega stanu sve važne stvari koje klincima mogu zatrebati tijekom dana. Unutra se nalazi mekani podložak za sjedenje, što je genijalno rješenje za izlete ili duži boravak na otvorenom, termo pretinac za bocu, remenčić s magnetićem koji spaja naramenice kako ne bi klizile s ramena te detalje od prave kože.

Što se nalazi u Kiarinom ruksaku?

Igračke, naravno, boca (ova je od Skip Hopa i možete je kupiti ovdje), grickalice (ova kutijica je od Done by Deera i možete je kupiti ovdje), rezervna odjeća, papirnate maramice i gumica za kosu. Kad sve to stavim u ruksak, on nije ni napola pun, tako da će vam komotno stati još stvari poput dodatne odjeće, pelena ili vlažnih maramica.

Cjelokupnu Elodie Details kolekciju pogledajte na http://www.hajdi.hr (šalju po cijeloj Europi).

Bisous,

Fée