Sunday, August 24, 2014

Walnut brittle

Candied walnuts

Candied walnuts or walnut brittles are easy to prepare and they are great as an additive to salads (think about Gorgonsola, mixed greens and candied walnuts salad, which will appear soon here), as an ingredient of a cake or just so - to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
Walnut brittle

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Opatia and the different colors of water


Probably in my previous life I was sailor or fisherman, this is the only way I can explain my love to the sea. I learned how to swim with seven and although I've never won a single competition, I feel best in water and especially in the sea. 
The feeling of getting rid of gravity is uncomparable. Swimming slowly, looking around to watch the creatures, while all the bitter thoughts dissolve in water imperceptibly and hours later I get out of the water free and light like after a meditation. Or swimming fast, up to exhaustion, finding my way between layers of water, feeling the rise of my body temperature. Nothing matters in water, no problem seems to be so heavy as it is on the heavy ground. Just water and me. 
Probably this is only one of the reasons I loved Opatia so much. This seaside resort is placed in the northwestern part of Croatia, not too far from a border to Italy and it is called the Pearl of the Adriatic riviera. It has fancy restaurants and cafes, expensive shops and the lungomare - the kilometers long promenade along the sea, but I liked most the water. Because of the bura wind which blows here, water is cold, because of the pebbles it is not turbolent and provides meters of visibility in depth. Its colors change throughout the day, they are different on the different places, so many hues of blue and green. 
And all you have to do is just swim.  
Nothing else matters.