Monthly Archives: May 2017

No waste


After the cranial reflexology session, my practitioner used on my feet the remaining of the oil she prepared for me in the morning.   “Zero gaspillage!” she said. And good for my feet.  

The other day, i made a cashew-mango-agave raw cheescake. It was not met with much enthusiasm by my family. I ate as much as i could. Still a glass was still full.

“Zero gaspillage”/no waste came to rescue. So, a day later, plus one egg, 2 spoons of flour, 180Celsius and in 20 min, these beauties joined the table. This time, they were met with the enthusiasm of a hungry mob 🙂

A great-grandmother from India is winning hearts with her cooking video – re-post

She reminded me of my grandmother: puts to shame my cooking skills and my equipped kitchen. Enjoy!

A great-grandmother from India is winning hearts with her cooking video.

A great-grandmother from India is winning hearts with her cooking videos. Mastanamma doesn’t have a birth certificate to prove her 106 years but has millions of followers who can’t have enough of her recipes and #GrannyWisdom.

Video journalist: Suniti Singh

Translation: K.R. Rajagopal; images courtesy of Country Foods

Visiting Cyprus in Strasbourg


For a month in May, one can discover Cyprus in Strasbourg. Co-organised by the Council of Europe Staff Association and the Cyprus Office of Tourism, the visit is a fun journey through the streets of Strasbourg delivered in a 2-in-1 format: you get to discover the architectural heritage of Strasbourg and the culture of Cyprus.

You can make it either with a guided group lead by 2 lovely  students from Cyprus studying in Strasbourg or at your own pace, with a smartphone. The  journey includes 14 photographs presented on panels in the windows of shops partners on a route from Central Railway Station to Place KlĂ©ber, through the most important sites and monuments of Strasbourg. To go from one stage to another of the exhibition, you just download the QR codes on the panels and follow the guide. It offers to citizens of Strasbourg and the visitors of the city a free itinerary, accessible 7/7.

Thanks, Cyprus Office of Tourism, we enjoyed it very much!


Want your kids to tell you about their day? Instead of asking questions, try this.


– You know what I did today, sweetheart? I had a strategic planning workshop.
She is intrigued :). so I continue “It’s a bit like your lego. You need to know what you are building (your objective), how many and what kind of bricks you need (resources), your dinner time a.k.a. process interrupted (constraints), who can help you when you cannot find a brick (partners), the instruction (action plan)… ”
– and at math today …. (she takes over without me asking).

I kind of believe it works for adults too 🙂 :

– You know what I did today, honey?….

***Re-post “Want your kids to tell you about their day? Instead of asking questions, try this.” by By Sara Ackerman, September 27, 2016

Merci Musee des Secrets du Chocolat


for the sweet surprises which come with the entry ticket

for an immersion into chocolate history of the “beverage of gods” of Maya and Aztecs;

for reveling quite a number of chocolate making secrets. I know now the difference between ganache and praline and how are chocolate figurines made. 

For an original combination of audio-visuals and tasting experience. We’ll no longer commit the sin of chewing & quickly swallowing a piece of chocolate.  I’ll bite half, let it melt, let it reveal its taste and flavours. And only then will put the other half in my mouth. Try it next time!

And last but not least, my first hot chocolate with cayenne pepper. For luck!

The museum is in Geispolsheim, 8 km from Strasbourg.

Obrigado, Lisboa, for


everything really: architecture, Ocean breeze, sun, warmth, people, colours, just perfect coffee, gorgeous sunset, golden dusk bathed buildings, the smell of strawberries on the streets

the most wonderful hosts at the Centro de Estudos Judiciários and their gifts of knowledge, history and hospitality beyond expectations

the best companions on a study visit. Thanks, Keti, Sopho, Nino, Keti!

wonderful views from a top of a Roman-time wall

the disappointed look of a waiter when we said we were there for work,

for reminding me that there is always an alternative
for making me understand why the world needs Nata. My hips would disagree, but i will not listen to them for a brief while:

the splendid Museum of Beer and its tasty dark beer, which goes well with a local specialty of fish roll with cheese

saying goodbye to a pair of shoes. But then who walks on hills there has to make an offering to Lisbon’s hills :),

a dream which came true: it took me 17 years to get to know you since my first encounter with the kindest Portuguese colleague of mine and

for a new feeling – Saudade” –  longing, melancholy, or nostalgia – and for making me dream of discovering more and more of you next time.