Archive for July, 2010

Wild Mushrooms in Scotland

July 28, 2010

Mushroom foraging is popular where I come from. Because in Britain you can only buy one (maybe two) kind of mushrooms in the shops, it never came to my mind that there might be some wild mushrooms growing in this country. Today there was a surprise waiting for me during a lunchtime walk.

I found these cute Bay Boletes in the moss under a tree. I was thrilled! I felt as if someone gave me a bar of gold. Rare and scrumptious! They were served with dinner tonight, stewed in butter and creme. Yummm.

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Better than crispy and creme

July 27, 2010

Some time ago, while taking me on a trip to London, my boyfriend was telling me about these amazing donuts called Krispy Kreme. He kept repeating how amazing they were, although he didn’t need to – the name itself spoke to my imagination. I was very excited, as I am a fan of donuts, however, I stood by my claim that there are no better donuts than the ones made in Poland.

We went to Harrods and ordered a box of twelve. You can imagine my disappointment when I had the first bite, and the next ones – the donuts were neither crispy nor creme. What is more, for me the flavour was completely artificial. (To be fair, I should add Krispy Kreme is not a British brand.)

Recently we went to Poland and the subject of donuts reappeared (actually it was a point in the agenda all along). We went to a bakery in Gdansk’s Dluga Street and we ate a donut each. My boyfriend shyly stated that it was good but he wouldn’t say it was better than KK, hearing which I decided he would be fed as many donuts as it took to get him completely convinced. In the end we had to go to Pączuś in Gdynia (corner of 10. Lutego and Świętojańska Street) to achieve this goal. In Pączuś they sell warm donuts that had just been made; in fact, you can watch them put the jam in and icing on and then devour the beautiful thing! They wouldn’t allow me to take a photo so you have to go and see for yourself!

Aveeno

July 21, 2010

I have been accepted on to the AVEENO® Discoverer Programme, helping to spread the word about AVEENO® products.  I get sent free AVEENO® products and have the possibility of being rewarded with additional benefits.

I was accepted to the Aveeno Discoverers Programme recently. It’s great because I can try out the products for free and share my thoughts.

About a month ago Aveeno sent me two boxes of products about a month ago – moisturising body lotions and hand creams. They were not even samples but big, shop-sized products! I have given most of them away to friends and workmates; they promised to give me their opinions. I have kept one tub Daily Moisturising Lotion with Colloidal Oatmeal and also a tub of Hand Cream. I have used the lotion for a while now and have to say – it is very pleasant to use and I also liked the feel my skin afterwards.

The oatmeal lotion feels thick when you squeeze it out of the tub but smooths onto the skin easily. This one doesn’t have any smell which I prefer as it seems perfume ingredients are usually unnecessary and irritating (the list of ingredients here is very short). The product is purposefully being placed as natural, simple and effective which works for me, and even the packaging, which is recyclable, has this eco-friendly feel to it.

I don’t have any particular problems with my skin apart from relative dryness – the skin feels smooth and nourished after applying the lotion. I definitely like it a lot more than the Nivea body lotion I was using previously. I cannot say anything about the long-term effects yet but should be able to report on it in a while. Meanwhile I am happy with it as a freebie but I am not sure if normally I would chose to spend £4.50-£5. on a body moisturiser for my skin type. I can see, however, that it might benefit people with particular skin dryness or similar problems to a bigger extent.

What I brought from Portugal

July 17, 2010

I didn’t bring anything back from Portugal apart from one thing – a childhood memory: a pack of Milupa. It was my favourite food when I was little and even when I grew up, I used to eat from my younger siblings’ rations when mum wasn’t looking. No other baby food could ever compare to this one when it came to my taste.
A bowl of Milupa reminds me of times when I was a baby. Why doesn’t it taste the same as 25 years ago?

Mount Sinai

July 13, 2010

A three hour drive and another three hour toil up the mountain in the dark – absolutely worth it. At the end of your journey you get to see the breathtakingly beautiful landscape from the top. The only thing – you wish you could share a moment like that with people close to you and not with a whole mob.

Wild swimming in Trossachs

July 6, 2010

The plan was to go and swim in a lake (or loch) like we always used to do in the summer in Poland. Now here it’s Scotland and however beautiful the lochs are, the water feels ice cold. We decided to go along the Trossachs Trail to look for a suitable place. It is about 1,5 hours drive from Edinburgh city centre. We checked Loch Ard’s shores for a suitable way into the water but were not satisfied (dirty and foamy water at the shore) but Loch Chon appeared perfect (well, as good as it gets with the usual stony shores).

We found the best place to go into the water is to enter the car park with the big green wooden sign ‘Loch Chon’ and take the path to the left. There is a mini-peninsula with some trees and blueberry bushes and there are large stones where you can lay your clothes.

The water feels amazing and refreshing. It took me a long time to get in and I was close to backing out a few times but once you start swimming, it is absolutely wonderful. There’s nothing like it!

Afterwards we went on to have our sandwiches and tea while being able to admire the view over Loch Arklet. (For all the fans of wild swimming I can say that Loch Arklet made a too creepy impression on me to swim in it, especially with the deserted building on the shore near to B829).

That was a good trip but I miss the lakes of Pomerania anyway!