Needing a savory seasonal recipe that will carry you through the fall and winter? Look no further than this delicious beef stew recipe, a dish that has served and contented my family for decades.
Celery cubed 1 cup
1 large onion sliced
4 cloves garlic
Beef cubed, about 3 to 4 lbs rubbed in flour
1 can beef broth
1 cup red wine
1 tbsp each of basil and oregano
1 small can tomato paste
Potatoes cubed, as desired
1 small package of frozen peas
Place a little bit of oil in a large skillet and sauté onion for 2 minutes, then add garlic, sauté for a few more minutes. Remove to a large pot.
In the skillet add celery, carrots, turnip, and stir well, you may have to add a little oil, cook for 4 more minutes, then add spices. Remove and add to onion mixture in the larger pot.
Add a little more oil to pan and brown half of the beef on all sides.
Repeat procedure until beef is done.
Mix tomato paste, wine and broth, add to beef, then add to vegetables in the pot. Cover and simmer until tender, when beef is almost ready.
Cook potatoes in water, when cooked add to beef mixture. Then add the peas, stir a little and serve when warm.
Again, if you follow these instructions, you will have a richly flavored hot meal that you can prepare again and again. This beef stew is just the best on a cold fall day.
image from @julienamatkarijo
So, the summer is over and we're all freezing. We don't spend so much time outside so it's time to prepare ourselves for the winter. We should definitely:
*Clean and organize our closet
Put the summer clothes away, it's time for something wormer. And...do you really need all that clothes? Of course not! Not to mention bunch of old clothes that you are saving for “just in case I lose/gain weight” or “this can be IN again someday”. Let’s be real, most of that will never happen, or you will just buy new clothes. You can donate them to Red Cross or other charity organisation, and you can also give it to a friend who might need it.
*Prepare some good worm tea
it is getting colder and is there a better way to worm ourselves quick than to drink a cup of a good tea. Today you can buy a variety of them, exocit ones with dried fruits, sweet ones with bonbons inside of the package, Japanese tea or simply mint, green or black tea. The most important thing is to enjoy in it.
*Prepare some good books for reading
You don't have to buy a book, you can start reading some of the old ones all over again. You can also go to a library and find some good literacy for these cold days.
*Don't forget the physical activity
If it's not raining, or if it's not really cold you can take a walk or ride a bike (outside or use the indoor room-bike). Maybe you can consider going to gym....and than...really go there :)
You can also combine some of the things mentioned above - have a cup of tea while cleaning the closet, or read a good book while riding a room bike :)
Have a good beginning of the winter - enjoy the autumn!
When you’re travelling, there are a few things that can remind you of your home or of your routine at home. And one of them is most notably getting a cup of coffee in the morning. Luckily for us, finding good coffee places to get our fix is never a problem while we’re on the road. In fact, some cities spoil us with choices and more time can be spent on the hunt than on the actual reward.
To help your search along, we sorted out some of our favourite coffee shops that are definitely worth a visit in different parts of the world.
Devoción – Brooklyn, New York
With their reputation being the only exclusively farm-to-table coffee roaster in the world, this place truly lives up to its name. All its raw beans arrive by FedEx straight from Colombia, just 10 days after being picked, which makes for some of the freshest coffee around. Better yet, they work directly with the coffee growers and follow fair trade guidelines as well as establish social and environmental programs. This is a must see while you pay a visit to the city that never sleeps.
Palm Vaults Coffee – London, England
If ever there was a place curated specifically for your Instagram feed or your Snapchat stories, this place would be it. Different from other coffee shops, this wildly attractive independent café is filled with beauty and a high dose of pink spread throughout the decor. With colourful plant based menu as well as a rainbow latte selection, your eyes and your palette will go into overdrive. Get your camera and cellphone ready when you visit here, it is a visual feast.
Palmenhaus – Vienna, Austria
Also known as “The Glasshouse”, this former a green house is now beautifully converted into a upscale café and dining room. Originally built in 1823, this place is not only stunning, but also filled with charm and history. What is truly breathtaking at this café is the location facing a peaceful park and the indoor greenery. Staying true to its roots, the inside is filled with floor to ceiling high plant & fauna. Comparatively to the smaller independent cafes listed above, this one is on a more grandiose scale, but oh so fitting to the city it’s in.
ST. Ali Coffee Roasters – Melbourne, Australia
If you are a coffee snob, Melbourne is the city you want to visit. This place does not disappoint with its coffee selection. In fact, coffee is serious game here and baristas are treated as Olympic gold champions in some shops. With that in mind, Melbourne is also the culture hub of Australia so each coffee shop not only dish out a steady stream of top notch java, but also a consistently cool vibe. St. Ali is no exception. An artisanal coffee shop built within an old warehouse with a mish mash of vintage furniture is what you should expect here. Bring your appetite here too, they have a great selection of meals to enjoy which you can top off with a coffee of course.
TOMMY café – Montreal, Canada
To round out our top selections of coffee shops we enjoyed and highly recommend is one of our hometown boys. Located in the Old Port of Montreal is this laid back neighbourhood café that is designed to wow. From its edible chocolate coated waffle espresso shot glass to its eye catching vine chandelier, every detail was thoughtfully curated to make your coffee experience grandiose and very unforgettable.
Coffee is one of those items you can find in any part of the world. Not only is it a morning booster but it has grown into a culture and one that is transcendent of borders. We hope you get to enjoy a great brew wherever you go and hope that these suggestions might be a fun way to start in a new city.
Written by Lucy Shih, social entrepreneur and founder of of Woven by Wander.
By: Melanie blog: www.blogsvanmelanie.com
We all love the summer period where we can travel around the world, meet people of different cultures and do the craziest things. But everything is coming to an end; unfortunately. It is already half September and almost everyone started working again of going to university. Although we also enjoy that; nothing can outgo our most amazing holiday. For me the last five months were really special. I was in Bolivia where I did my internship and I met there the people behind Beyond Beanie who I will never forget. I miss some things of my impressive experiences in Bolivia and that’s why I want to stay in the holiday mood. Here are five things of how you can stay in this mood!
I hope you will have a great, positive mood right now! If you have any other tips? Let us know!
So, the September is here and my suggestion is to use all of the summer that is left. In culinary sense it means “use the fresh veggies while it’s still here” :)
This recipe is vegetarian and it doesn’t contain any animal products, so it is also also vegan.
For 2 persons you will need 20 minutes and,
Have a god light meal and enjoy the rest of the summer ;)
Serbia is a small country situated between Central and Southeast Europe. With great geographical - economical position and a rich history, this land has also a beautiful nature.
Growing up in Serbia was so wonderful and “old-school”. Running through the specious fields, stealing fruits from neighbour’s orchard, spending summer holidays in the countryside with family, or just playing volleyball by the lake. Memories full of colours in the nature where our grandparents planted all the things that they ate. Almost untouched, so non-toxic and pure.
Can you actually imagine anything more beautiful than that. Rivers like Danube, Sava, Drina, Tisa and others; Palic, Zlatar, Djerdap and other lakes bring the life to endless fields on the North and amazing hills and mountains on the Southern part of Serbia...and all that can fit into one small country with a huge heart and soul!
If I could show you all that –believe me I would, but maybe you can get a god idea of what I’m writing about in this fantastic video. Authors of this video are from Poland who are travelling and filming around the world. You can see their impressions here: