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Favourite Fiction vol. 1

Books don’t always need to be learning, sometimes the best thing they do is let you escape for a little while into another world and into another person’s story. Here are some of my favourite fiction books that I haven’t been able to put down (sometimes a few times). The Book Thief – Markus Zusak This is now pretty common on lists of favourite fiction, and so it should be….

Recipe: Pan-fried Duck Breast

Instead of a long story about how my recipe reminds me of my first car, I start with a quick difficulty list. This means you can easily decide if you’re up to it or if you’d rather toss a pizza in the oven. For ingredients, 1 means you may already have all of them at home and 5 means you may need to special order an ingredient. For equipment, 1…

Oot and aboot, havin’ a scoot

Being neither profound nor eloquent, “Holy sh*t” was all I could hear myself saying. Echoed back to me by my helmet visor over the sound of my bike’s engine being pushed near its limits. Rounding the bend on the coastal road, suddenly the view opened up as the sunny afternoon shone down on a breathtaking view of fishing boats and islands dotting the blue water of the bay. Nearly two…

Traveling slowly in Tallinn

We live in a hectic world. Time is a precious and valuable commodity, and when it comes to travel it’s tempting to try and pack in as much as you can. I’ve been guilty of this, particularly when I lived in Canada where holidays are fewer and far between. Getting to places like Europe is not as quick as a weekend away. I’ve done a few trips where we moved…

Recipe: Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Instead of a long story about how my recipe reminds me of my grandfather’s wristwatch, I start with a quick difficulty list. This means you can easily decide if you’re up to it or if you’d rather toss a pizza in the oven. For ingredients, 1 means you may already have all of them at home and 5 means you may need to special order an ingredient. For equipment, 1…

The complicated relationship between music and mental health

All it takes is a quick look around a concert venue to see that music connects deeply with people emotionally. People joyfully singing along. People smiling ear to ear with tears running down their face. Even just swaying side to side with their eyes closed and lost in the moment. When something connects with people so deeply at an emotional level, it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s intertwined with mental…

Recipe: Mushroom and Bacon Risotto

Instead of a long story about how my recipe reminds me of a long lost love, I start with a quick difficulty list. This means you can easily decide if you’re up to it or if you’d rather toss a pizza in the oven. For ingredients, 1 means you may already have all of them at home and 5 means you may need to special order an ingredient. For equipment,…

In whiskey heaven

“There’s an open bottle on the tableAnd an empty bottle on the floorLast night I thought I’d diedAnd I went to Whiskey Heaven” – Whiskey Heaven by Fats Domino Ex-pats who are friends tend to have excellent if not random stories as to how they know each other. In this particular case, I met Mike through another friend because they had met at a music festival where he used an…

Recipe: Mashed Potatoes

Instead of a long story about how my recipe reminds me of a cosy winter evening in the mountains, I start with a quick difficulty list. This means you can easily decide if you’re up to it or if you’d rather toss a pizza in the oven. For ingredients, 1 means you may already have all of them at home and 5 means you may need to special order an…

Books about mental health vol. 1

Two things have helped me manage my anxiety and depression above all else. Being honest about it with other people, and learning more about it. I’ve found certain books to help with that more than anything. Here’s five that I think might just help you too: Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig This book will make you uncomfortable. The title itself brings forward the realities of struggling with suicide…

Recipe: Cherry Maple Salmon

Instead of a long story about how my recipe reminds me of a summers day in Spain, I start with a quick difficulty list. This means you can easily decide if you’re up to it or if you’d rather toss a pizza in the oven. For ingredients, 1 means you may already have all of them at home and 5 means you may need to special order an ingredient. For…

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