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Monday, April 7, 2014

Music For Mondays: "Silent Spring" by Massive Attack

Spring finally came to my street this morning. Yes, today. And no, its coming is not defined by weather conditions.  The annual debut of a street sweeping truck in my neighborhood signifies the Spring's arrival in my book. The big yellow beast floated by my living room windows this morning and its monotonous humming just made my day. 

Despite it's being Monday, despite the fact that I'm sick as a dog (and so are both of my boys), despite the terrible night I had, despite a few sick-toddler-tantrum-terrors I was forced to undergo today, I'm  still considering today a personal holiday. And if I had even a slightest physical ability to do so, I would have a glass of wine in celebration this evening. But a cup of hot tea with lemon and honey would just do it for now.

Happy Monday! Happy Spring! And good health to you and yours!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Herb & Citrus Roasted Trout


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Ever since we went to Portugal three years ago, Val can't stop raving about how fish should be grilled/roasted as a whole. Apparently it was that good in Portugal. Well, unfortunately, I cannot attest to that statement, as at the time of our trip I was seven weeks pregnant and extremely nauseous 24/7. 

Anyway, this is NOT an attempt to compete with Portuguese restaurants and their freshly grilled daily catch. This is sort of a tribute to that supposedly insanely delicious fish my husband cannot forget about after three years.

This roasted trout is a foolproof recipe, which is way too delicious and way too simple to prepare. Give it a try!
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Ingredients:
  • 2 whole trout, cleaned and gutted 
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 blood orange, sliced
  • Fresh herbs of your choice (such as dill, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, oregano)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
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Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 425°F. Drizzle olive oil all over the pan surface, if using cast iron pan. If using regular baking pan, line it with parchment paper.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the fish and sprinkle with salt and pepper inside and out. 
  3. Stuff the cavity with a few slices of lemon and orange, and a few sprigs of each herb you are using.
  4. Lay the fish on the pan and drizzle some olive oil on top. Arrange the leftover lemon and orange slices on and around the fish.
  5. Roast in the hot oven for anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of fish.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Twin Life Chose Them…

I look at them standing side by side next to each other. Their tiny little backs, aligned in a perfect symmetry, are turned to me. Their opposite shoulders are barely touching. They seem to be in awe, maybe even a little intimidated, looking at their new play kitchen. I spent about three hours the night before assembling this toy monster. This, now neat construction consisted of what seemed like twenty seven thousand separate pieces that had to be put together in the most bizarre order. It took way longer than I expected. But I so wanted to surprise them first thing in the morning. 

As the twenty-seconds-long element of surprise subsides, they quickly start going at it by forcefully opening and shutting little cabinet doors and turning knobs that make a loud clicking sound. The initial inspection takes about two minutes. Now, when they know how to operate this thing, the actual act of playing takes place. But not for long! It takes another five minutes for them to realize that they actually have to share this new toy-beauty. The next sixty seconds is all about the real-estate division. The teeny-tiny pots and lids go flying up in the air accompanied by intense argument that for now consists of two words only — Mika, no! No Mika! 

I can never keep a straight face during their arguments, which probably is not a good thing, but I just cannot help it. I find any type of communication between two of them endearing. I rarely interfere. If they are not hurting each other, I let them work things out among themselves. And they always find a way to do so. One way or the other someone gives in, or the agreement is reached, and the twin equilibrium is reinstated. In the twin universe there is not much space for inherent selfishness that little children are usually entitled to in the first few years of their lives. It seems that twins are denied of that privilege by nature.

In a moment like this, I can't help but think that they didn't choose the twin life, the twin life chose them, and way before they were born they had to face the concept of sharing. Sharing of the resources, the womb, the birth, the attention. Especially the attention! They could never possibly get the amount of attention that any singleton would get. And I suddenly understand why things like night-waking and nap-skipping occur. I understand why a very low maintenance baby like Sasha always was, suddenly starts throwing a 4:30am tantrums. I understand why Mika learned to pretend-fall or fake-sneeze. They are just trying to get my, for once, undivided attention.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Life Lately...

It's been a while since the last Life Lately post. It actually feels like we've been to the moon and back since then. We went on a trip, battled a flu, battled winter blues, sold our Brooklyn apartment, watched mountains of snow disappear, but still did see Spring coming. All of that within short five weeks.

Taking a walk in Downtown Boston in munis 28493°F windchill was so… magical! This winter has granted us with a unique kind of experience of living in an urban arctic tundra. 
Indeed magical. Or, should I say, surreal? 
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Boston Logan. 5am. Way too early, even for early risers like Sasha.
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Crayons and yogurt - breakfast, the Texas style… 
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You were lovely to walk on, dear South Congress!
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Austin before the icy storm. Children before the stormy flu.
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Hotel infirmary. Three fevers in a row...
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The flight back was a breeze. There is justice in this world after all...
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Back at it… right where we left off...
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Spring will come. Right? It has to. Right?
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Music For Monday: "Clementine" by Sarah Jaffe

The following post was written by my husband Val.
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“I wish I was a little more delicate” – I hear an angelic voice coming out of speakers on a thin plasma TV hanging in a local Long Island Starbucks. Same lyrical phrase continuously repeats itself and starts waking Monday morning senses in me. I observe that barista is slowly taping her fingers on the counter and quietly whispering same phrase along with the song. I start hearing dreamlike violins and pulse of the song repeating a number "50" over and over again:


50 states

50 lines

50 crying all the time's

50 boys
50 lies

50 I'm gonna change my mind's


I stood in the middle of Starbucks for another few minutes waiting for my caffeine fix while getting quietly hypnotized by this song, the voice, the words.

Thank you, Sarah Jaffe, for this magical Monday awakening. Hope you'll all enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy Monday,
Val