Brownie

Legend says that once upon a time a headless cook forgot to add baking-powder into the chocolate cake. And that is how brownie was born in the XIX. century. They are most popular in America and they are often served with vanilla flavoured ice cream or whipped cream.

My recipe is from a Hungarian presenter, Judit Stahl who also has books about cooking. (Click here for her website!)

Ingredients:
– 10 dkg plain chocolate
– 10 dkg flour
– 10 dkg sugar
– 2 dkg cocoa powder (that does not contain added sugar!)
– 0,5 teaspoon of baking powder
– 2 teaspoon of Nescafe
– 2 eggs
– 1 dl oil
– a handful of walnut
– 1 teaspoon of butter

What to do next?
Prepare your oven for 175 degrees and grab a cake/pie form and cover it with butter. Then cut all the chocolate and the walnuts into small pieces. Mit the chocolate, the flour, the sugar, the cocoa and the baking powder into a bowl. Grab an other bowl and mix the oil, the the eggs and the Nescafe in it. After mixing the two bowls, pour the whole thing into the cake form and bake it for 18-20 minutes.

Bon appétit!

Šibenik

The Renaissance town was already founded in the 9th century to the place where Krka River meets the Adriatic Sea. It is famous for its Children’s Festival since 1960, the festival is held every year in June or July. While we were walking on the streets, all of them were decorated with lovely handmade portraits of children. St. James Cathedral is the most famous of its sights and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. You can also enjoy the sun and the cool water, if that is what you are looking for at the public beach called Banj.

Practical tips for your visit:
First of all, the town can be easily reached from Zadar or from Trogir.
If you arrive by car, you have to leave it at a public car park next to the sea and the casinos and continue your journey by foot.
There are a lot of steps so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
And have a lot of water with you. You will need it, believe me.
If you decide to book your accomodation in Sibenik, you can take daily trips to either Kornati Islands or to Krka National Park.

Although we only spent an afternoon here, I advise you to visit these things:
St. James Cathedral with the Statue of Jurac Dalmatinac
St. Lawrence Church and Monastry with the Mediterranean Garden
St. Michael’s Fortress
The Count’s Palace
St. Anne’s Fortress
Church of St. Barbara
St. Anne’s Fortress
Town Hall
Channel Harbour

Šibenik and Game of Thrones
Bet you didn’t know that this town is one of the places where GoT was shot! It appeared in season 5 as a city of Braavos. Arya Stark can be seen running in front of the St. James Cathedral, which served as the House of the Many Faced God. You can also see Mandroc as the port of Braavos.

Ocean’s Eight

‘If I were to be released, I would, um, I would just want a simple life. I just want to hold down a job, make some friends, and pay my bills.’ /Debbie Ocean in Ocean’ Eight/

What is this movie about?
Have you ever wondered what happened the Danny Ocean after the 3rd movie? It seems like he died. (Or did he?) Anyways it seems like the apple has not fallen far from the tree, because the movie starts with his sister, Debbie (played by Sandra Bullock) getting put of jail and promises never to commit any crime ever agian. But she may change her vow when fabulous diamonds are going to appear at the Met Gala.

Who are playing Ocean’s 8?
Sandra Bullock – Debbie Ocean
Cate Blanchett – Lou
Anne Hathaway – Daphne Kluger
Rihanna – Nine Ball
Sarah Paulson – Tammy
Helena Bohnam Carter – Rose Weil
Awkwafina – Constance
Mindy Kaling – Amita

What did I like about this movie?
First of all I loved the beginning scene that shows Sandra Bullock fresh out of jail with not a single penny who manages to end up in a luxurious hotel wearing designer items in a couple of minutes.
Second of all I always wanted to get to know more about the Met Gala and a great part of the movie takes place there.
I loved all the characters Gala outfits and I would love to have Cate Blanchett’s movie wardrobe.

Who do I recommend it for?
To all the ladies out there! We are stronger when we are united!
And to anyone, who just wants to see a great and funny crime story/action movie.

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Nivea

Where is Nivea coming from?
Nivea is a German brand that is owned by the Beiersdorf AG which was founded in 1890 by pharmacist Paul Carl Beiersdorf. The company is responsible for the discovery of Eucerit in 1900, an emulsifying agent that became the basis of the Nivea Creme in 1911.  The iconic blue packaging of the item was introduced in 1925.
The Beiersdorf company also owns Eucerin, Hansplast and Labello.

How did I meet the products?
I think everybody has met them throughout their lives, they are so popular. I remember my parents using the original Nivea Creme before going to sleep. Since I am a doctor, I have to disinfect my hands many times during the day and it gets very dry, so skincare is very important to me. 

What kind of products did I buy?

Nivea Creme
I always have one a jar of this creme and I use it for my hands and feet every night before going to sleep. I use it only that time of the day when I’m not going to touch anything else, because it’s so rich in ingredients that it takes more time for it to absorp. It takes good care of my damaged limbs.

Protect & Care anti-perspirant
I always struggled with finding the perfect deodorant, because some of them dry my skin very much, or some of the just don’t work properly and even discolour my clothes. This deodorant was made from the classis Nivea Creme, so it has a familiar and great smell and the product is the best one I have ever used.

Care Intensive Nourishment
I first got this one from my best friend. As I was opening it, I immediately thought that a product that has such a rich texture will definitely leave a sticky feeling but it didn’t. I use it after having a shower and it hydrates my skin for a very long time.

Would I buy Nivea products again?
I already am a regular buyer of the products because when it comes to skincare for me, it has to be Nivea.

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Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale

Who is Margaret Atwood?
The Canadian writer was born in 1939 and is mostly famous for her novel, The handmaid’s tale which was published in 1985. The feminist activist also has poems, short stories and children’s books. She received many acknowledgements including Man Booker Prize.

What is The Handmaid’s Tale about?
The story takes place in a dystopian world called Gilead. Everyone has his or her cast in Gilead and has to follow serious rules. Men are office-holder or soldiers while women are wives, housekeepers or handmaids. A serious disease spread trough Gilead that caused infertility among men which resulted in worshiping fertility. Women who already proved their fruitfulness have to bear children of the commanders.

Why did I like this book?
If I would have to sum this book up I would say it slaps you in the face. And it slaps you very hard. The reason for that is because all the things happening in the book are happening to women every day right now. Having to be silent, not being allowed to use our abilities, being seen as a walking uterus or even being raped… I hope that confronting people with the truth will make them think more about their behavior and decisions. And decisions might lead to change in the future…
This story is about power, hope and at the end, life.

The Handmaid’s Tale series
Hulu released a series based on the book in 2017. A wonderful actress, Elisabeth Moss playes the main role of June Osborne / Offred and Joseph Fiennes is Commander Waterford. Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel also appears in the series playing a heartbreaking role which earned her an Emmy Award. The series currently has 2 seasons but 1 more is coming soon. 

Style icons I.: Emma Watson

‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’ /Emma Watson/

Although everybody associates Emma Watson immediately with Harry Potter, she has became so much more than a child actress.
She was born in 1990 in Paris but was raised in England. She got the iconic role of Hermione Granger in 1999. After the series she played in The Bling Ring, The Perks of being a wallflower, The circle and most recently Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She made sure that Belle herself was an inventor in the movie, not just her father.
She graduated from Brown University in 2014 and now has a degree in English literature.
In the last 4 years she focused on being a feminist activist and became an ambassador for UN Women, the HeForShe campaign and even has time to set up the Our shared shelf website for encouraging people to read more.
She worked with Burberry, Lancome and took part in the People Tree’s 2010 fall collection.

In the Met Gala of 2016 Emma wore a Calvin Klein dress that was made from recycled plastic bottles.

Emma always makes sure to choose her clothes according to the brands’ main purpose. Fairtrade and the environment are very important for her.

She likes wearing the classic black and white combo for red carpet events.

Serious and pretty at the same time.

Oxford shoes look fabulous on a British girl.

Emma wants to send a message with her choice of clothes.

Krka National Park

Trg Ivana Pavla II br.5, 22000 Šibenik
Opening hours: Open every day! January, February, November and December 9:00-16:00; March and October 9:00-17:00; April 9:00-18:00; May and September 9:00-19:00; June, July and August 9:00-20:00
Tickets: 30-110 kn
Click here for more information!

Krka National Park can be found at the Sibenik region of Croatia. It is famous for its waterfalls and also because the most beautiful part of River Krka can be found in the park. The Park lies on 109 km2 territory and can be entered from two towns. If you arrive to Lozovac, you will enter the waterfalls with a bus. If you go to Skradin, you will talk a half hour and 3 km long boat trip. The boats leave from the town once in every hour and in every half an hour back.
For additional fee, you can book a boat for yourself and take a trip that is not restrained by other people or time.

The visitors have a chance to enter some of the waterfalls, but the ground is very rocky, it is not easy to move and the water is very cold. Although this place is very tourist-friendly, make sure not to enter the places where it is not allowed. The hiking route is 4 kms but with a lot of uphill steps and roads.
You can find many relaxation stages in every 10 minutes where you can freshen up or have a picnic. There are many food stands in the park and although they are very expensive, it certainly has a feeling when you walk with a fruit salad in your hand surrounded by natural beauty.
I noticed earlier that fig is very popular in Croatia and I saw many bushes in the park. There are also stands selling the fresh or the dried version of the fruit.
During our walk in the park I saw dragonflies, different kinds of fish and ducks. It is stated that more than 200 hundred bird species and even bats live in the park, but I didn’t run into them during my visit.