A year ago Mr. M & I used the Japan’s Golden Week break to discover more of beautiful Mother Earth – we travelled through Uzbekistan.
And right now we would be on our adventure through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia soaking up the century-old history and culture of that fascinating part of the world. We would be exploring the local cuisine, ancient monasteries, charming villages as old as the hills and spectacular mountain vistas.
Instead we are hunkered down in Tokyo trying to ride out the wave of strange uncertainty that has washed over each and everyone of us. And that’s ok – we should all be doing our best to make sure the current situation gets resolved as soon as possible. If that is staying at home so be it!
If you follow my Instagram/Facebook stories you might have noticed that I’ve rediscovered my love of cooking – scroll down for some of the recipes I’ve been using recently.
Instead of travelling I’m spending far more time reading well-written articles some of which I have shared with you below in the hope that you might find them useful.
I sincerely hope you, your family and friends are all ok, wherever you are.
Stay healthy & safe
Some of my favorite links
Why do female leaders seem to be more successful at managing the coronavirus crisis?
You can still watch the recording of Andrea Bocelli’s beautiful Easter live stream
Andrea Bocelli: Music For Hope – Live From Duomo di Milano
I certainly felt exhausted during the first few weeks of self isolation
You’re Not Lazy — Self-Isolation is Utterly Exhausting
Life under lockdown in a number of countries
Fodor’s writers around the world share what life is like under lockdown
And on a lighter note: Travel the world in 10 cocktails
10 Signature Cocktails From Around the World and the History Behind Them
Yes to us Gen Xers!
It Took a Global Pandemic, But Generation X is Finally Getting Love
Cooking (and baking) up a storm
This is a very simple fail-proof recipe for a dense German-style bread which I bake all the time:
500g rye, wholemeal or spelt flour
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata
Another frequent visitor to our dining table – quick & easy. I just use whatever mushrooms I can get my hands on. Love the variety of shrooms in Japan!
Warm beetroot, lentil & walnut salad
I used to hate beetroot and now love it! This salad ticks a lot of boxes for me – moorish, easy & nutritious.
**vegan if you replace the honey with something like maple syrup**