Hey, I'm ONE!

Seriously, where did that one year go?

Strawberry & coconut smoothie / Smoothie truskawkowo-kokosowe

We love smoothies and milkshakes. Every year we anxiously wait for the Pakistani mango season - right now they have just started coming to the shops, so we'll probably spend the July drinking mango lassi every day ;) For now I'm making the most of fresh strawberries.

Jesteśmy wielkimi fanami smoothies i mlecznych koktajli. Co roku szczególnie wyczekujemy sezonu na pakistańskie mango, które powoli pojawia się w sklepach - lipiec upłynie nam na piciu mango lassi ;) Póki co na maksa wykorzystuję świeże truskawki.

Summer pasta salad / Makaronowa sałatka na lato

It's first day of summer today, and we certainly feel like it! Sun is out, it's getting hotter and hotter.
It's a season of light lunches! This salad is inspired by my recent favourite one from M&S, that I tend to eat for my lunch when I'm at work.

Pierwszy dzień lata zdecydowanie na taki wygląda! Słońce świeci, temperatura rośnie z godziny na godzinę. 
To zdecydowanie czas lekkich posiłków! Tę sałatkę podpatrzyłam w Marks&Spencer, ostatnio jest moim ulubionym lunchem w pracy.

Smoczy koktajl / Dragon fruit smoothie

I just love the themed weeks in Lidl. Last time I went shopping there was an Asian week going on, and while I only went in to get some bananas for Adam, I left with dragon fruit!

Uwielbiam tematyczne tygodnie w Lidlu! Niedawno mieliśmy tydzień azjatycki. Wstąpiłam po banany dla Adasia, a natknęłam się na pitaję, której koniecznie musiałam spróbować!

Asparagus quiche / Tarta ze szparagami

It's still the asparagus season! Here's my light lunch idea using this lovely vegetable.

Sezon na szparagi jeszcze trwa! Dla fanów tego warzywa propozycja na lekki lunch.

Back to work, Mummy!

Wow, I didn't realise it's been nearly a month since my last post! Naughty blogger!

Well, it's been a bit hectic recently. 

My maternity leave is drawing to an end (on 20th exactly), and it's been time to think about returning to work. Rent isn't gonna pay itself ;)

But, to be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to going back to my old job. I had spent 5 years in there, stuck in pretty much same place with no room to grow. 

So a while back I've applied for a new job in the Airport Security. Initially I was a bit apprehensive, thinking maybe it's not exactly for me, but after talking to some friends that already work there, I thought it's worth giving it a shot. Surprisingly I got a call from them pretty quickly, went to an interview... and I must have said something smart, because they hired me on the spot! 

That just meant I needed to complete a two-week intensive classroom training with not much time to spare for anything else. Even though we didn't really do much, getting out to work, 9 to 5 for those two weeks was quite exhausting, as I got out of this sort of routine of leaving the house in set times. Plus there was a LOT theory to take on, so mentally I was just exhausted.

How was it to leave my baby?

Luckily, he's very easygoing little fella. It wasn't the first time that we needed to leave him (fortunately Hubby's lovely aunty agreed to have him) so I wasn't too worried. It actually made me feel a bit bad, but I pretty much enjoyed getting away! My mum asked me if I was missing Adam or called to check up on him... Well yes, I did miss him. But I wasn't concerned, I assumed that if something was going terribly wrong they would give me a ring. 

Now we're pretty much back to the old routine. The best thing about my job is that I'm working as bank staff - I get to choose which days I'm working on, so basically I only work like 7 days out of the whole month in May (that reminds me that I need to send out my schedule for next month in the next couple of days ;)). It's perfect - I still get to spend an awful lot of time with my boy, Hubby is off in the afternoons so we have some family time too, and when I work boys are absolutely fine on their own (I actually think it's brilliant that they get some boys-only time).

At least it gives me some time to blog too ;) Time to get back on track! I need to kick myself on that lazy ass and do everything I postponed for too long.

Halal Food Guide - Alcohol

Alcohol. Wine, beer, spirits, liqueurs... It's not something I really miss in my life, but sometimes when we celebrate something (birthday, anniversary etc.) and having a nice meal, it would be nice to have something nice to drink too, not just ordinary juice or Coke ;)

I want to dedicate this post to pregnant and breastfeeding girls too, to show how not to feel like you're missing out when all your friends enjoy their booze ;)

image source: http://firstthingsfirst.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/no-alcohol-15.jpg

Przewodnik po kuchni Halal - Alkohol

Alkohol. Wino, piwo, wódka, likiery... Nie jest to coś, czego mi bardzo w życiu brakuje, ale jak czasem coś świętujemy (urodziny, rocznicę itp.), to fajnie do wyjątkowego posiłku dodać jakiś specjalny napój, nie sok czy Colę ;)

Wpis ten dedykuję też kobietom w ciąży i mamom karmiącym - nawet jeśli wszyscy wokół piją, nie musicie się czuć wykluczone ;) 


DIY project - storage boxes

When it comes to boxes, Hubby and I are both a bit of hoarders - if anything that we buy comes in a box, we're most likely to keep and re-use it. The thing about me is that I might be messy, but I actually love organising stuff into boxes - spice packets, loose sweets, sugars, rice, pasta... I'd have to spend fortune buying storage containers!

Adam has been on the formula for months now, and before he moved on to solids we used to go through a box per week, on average. With so many boxes I just couldn't resist but re-use them!

Halal Food Guide - Gelatine

When you think of gelatine, you think "jelly". While it's quite obvious that jelly is something we're careful about, you'd be surprised how many other products also contain gelatine. So this post is partially for vegetarians as well.

Basically, gelatine is produced by partial hydrolisis of collagen from animal by-products - skin, bones and connective tissues. 

It's mainly used as a gelling agent and is found in jelly, marshmallows and other confectionery (gummy bears, jelly babies etc.)