Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Welcome to the first part of my new photo series. In it, we will be traveling to the mountains, mountain Prenj to be precize. Somewhere in the foot of these mountains my family has a cottage, where we often escape to. 

Come along on a weekend escape with us. I hope you will enjoy the images that follow.

This is a multi-part series. Other parts include:
Part One: Arrival in the Mountains
Part Two: Fences in the Countryside
Part Three: As the night rolls in

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As the mountain road was winding through the hills, the peaks of the mountain Prenj could be seen in the distance.

As we arrived the sun already began to slowly set behind the mountains.

The roof of our cottage in the light of the setting sun.

Some fires last year, destroyed parts of the woods that can be seen from our cottage. Luckily, most of it seems to have survived, but a few bald spots can be seen here and there.

On the other side of the small fence here, you can see the neighboring field, which is running a little wild.

But the field does provide for some interesting details.

Div has grwon up, and was also there with us on that day.

Hay here is usually loosely stacked on poles, as you can see in this next image.

As the sun was setting, we made our way deeper into the fields.

End of Part One
To be continued...

In the next part we will explore the countryside a bit more and see some fences and houses along the way. Div and my dog Beni will be with us, of course. :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

It's the start of a new month, and on this blog that usually means that a new photo series is starting.  We will explore deep nature and the lonely countryside on the slopes of the mountain Prenj.

After having done the recent summer vacation travel series, which had nine parts, in this new one we will be back for three parts. I shot the series on this past weekend, and I'm still editing, that's why for today I decided to show you some preview images. The full series, will start tomorrow!

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We will be exploring rural views and wooden fences with rusty poles...

... as well as transitioning from day to dusk...

...until the darkness rushes over the scenery.

So come back tomorrow, for the first part of the new photo series!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Even though today is the last day of August, summer in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina is not coming to an end. Actually the days are still hot, but thankfully the nights are very enjoyable. The city is filled with people, from visitors to tourists and even though work has started again, it's quite a nice period in the year.

Today I want to share a very simple tuna salad, that is not only delicious, but that you can dress up in two ways, depending on your liking, making this either a gloriously indulging endeavor, or light evening snack.

Scroll down below for the salad recipe and the two dressing recipes.

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 Either way you make it, this is a very creamy salad, that can hold up well in the fridge.

 You can eat it just as it is, or as a side dish, to fish or chicken.

 On the night we made it I served it with some buttered pieces of bread that I toasted in the oven.

Summer Tuna Salad Recipe

The Salad
Note: All the measures here are totally optional. Put in as much or as little of each ingredient as you like. If you don't like something then leave it out or replace it.
- 3 small cans of tuna
- 4 small pickles, chopped
- 4 tablespoons of corn
- 1 tomato, finely chopped and deseeded
- A handful of cubed cheese of your liking (you can make it light by choosing a cheese that has less fat)
- 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley to spread on top
Combine everything in a bowl, except the parsley. Top with the dressing of your choosing and sprinkle with parsley.

You make both of the following dressings, by simply mixing the ingredients together.

Dressing 1
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon of mustard
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Dressing 2 (low in fat and calories)

- 1 cup of thick low-fat yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of mustard
- 1 tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar (aceto balsamico)

Thank you all for stopping by. Have a great Sunday and end of August! 
 See you back tomorrow for the start of a new travel photo series!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Life is filled with moments that you will remember forever, from births and weddings to travels around the world. But everyday life is not filled with them, it's the simple things that occur day in and day out. And there are so many simple things that can and should give us so much joy. 

Here are just a couple of them, I noticed last night when I was sitting outside in the garden.

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Summer in Herzegovina is the time when grapes ripen, and are in abundance. I love both the red and white ones, and it gives me joy, seeing them displayed in a big bowl.

There is of course Beni, with his look up at the camera.

A hot chocolate, after a long day of work.

Summers in Herzegovina are also very hot, so the flowers have to be watered every day.

And it brings joy seeing the fruit ripen in our small orchard.

Then there is the joy of a simple summer dinner, enjoyed over candlelight outside in the garden. Come back on Sunday for a recipe on this easy and delicious Tuna Salad (filled with lots of good things, and two versions of coating: one mayonnaise based and the other a fat free dressing!)

What simple things bring you joy?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today I want to share a quiet moment on a secluded beach. As the sun was setting the weaves were slowly creating ripples on the surface of the water. The scent of the pine trees was permeating the air and  a sense of calm and peace was palpable.

I wish that I had time to take a swim at this point, but at the time of shooting I was on my way to another location. But nevertheless, I'm happy I stumbled across this little scene, and I hope you will like it too.

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Pine trees have such a fascinating bark, with many ridges and rings. 

The golden light of the sun was shining through the pine trees and creating a soft glow on the seawater.

The last rays of sun, shining on the bay.

I hope you enjoyed these seascapes and that your week is going well.

How is your summer coming along? Any signs of seasonal change yet?

Monday, August 25, 2014

I love lighthouses, weather they are big and accessible or, as in this case, small and isolated. There is something about this object that feels very welcoming and it probably has to do with its function. A lighthouse shines the light that leads you to safety, away from the open sea.

These images were taken in Zablace, Croatia. As the sun was setting I was standing on the outer walls of a fortress, gazing into the distance. The whole bay was filled with the most intense blue colors.

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I really love the pale orange glow of the sunset that is lingering on the horizon.

A close up of some flowers growing out of the walls of the fortress.

Across the bay, the city of Sibenik can be seen in the distance.

Do you like lighthouses? I love all coastlines that are filled with them.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The weekend is always an excuse to make something indulging. And when it comes to comfort food, you won't have to search too long to come across a Macaroni and Cheese Recipe. Everyone has their own version, method and desired ingredients, and this here is mine. 

Now before you make this, let me tell you what kind of Macaroni and Cheese I like. I want a baked version, where the inside is full of flavorful sauce and the top is crispy and crunchy. And that's exactly what you will get from this recipe.

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The ingredients are:
- 250 gr (8 ounces) macaroni (or other shaped pasta) + 1 tbsp salt for cooking
- 60 gr (4 tbsp) butter
- 30 gr (1/4 cup) flour
- 500 ml (2 cups) milk
- 400 gr (3 cups) Gouda or Cheddar cheese (150 gr/1 cup from that is for the topping)
- 1 tbsp salt for sauce

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F)

2. Cook the macaroni, in salted water, until it's al dente, which means that it's chewy. You want it this way, because it will continue to cook in the oven later. Once cooked, drain the water thoroughly. You don't want any water left that could dilute your sauce.

3. Make the Cheese Sauce. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, then put in the flower and 1 tbsp salt. Add the milk and 250 gr/2 cups cheese and mix until blended. Turn the heat up and cook until the sauce has thickened (usually takes 5 minutes). Stir continuously until the sauce has thickened, you don't want any clumps.

4. Grease your casserole with butter, and mix sauce with cooked macaroni. Spread in the casserole and top with the rest of the cheese. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

This is a very basic recipe and is a perfect base for all sorts of additions. You can put cooked chicken into the mix, or broccoli and other vegetables. You can even fry some bacon and crumble it into the mixture. 

Do you like macaroni and cheese? What is your way of making it?

Friday, August 22, 2014

You may remember our visit to the Solaris Beach Resort in Sibenik. If not, click here to view it. Inside the pine woods that surround the resort, there is a small village. The houses are build in an old fashioned style, and in between them you can find a restaurant.

But what was more fascinating to me is the attention to details that has been payed, especially in making everything around it look rustic and inviting. It's almost like out of a fairy tale.

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The restaurant inside grows their own vegetables in the garden outside.

The outside is barely lit, but the little lights here and there create an intriguing atmosphere.

I love the gate entrance in between the two houses.

Later on, while we returned home, I took some more images of the little village in the night.

I hope your weekend is going well and thanks for visiting.

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