Question of the day.

Hi people! πŸ™‚

What’s something new you have tried lately that you either enjoyed or disliked (be it food, music/literature genre, activity etc.)?

My answer:

For me, it was Philadelphia cake, and I enjoyed it a lot. Well actually I’ve googled it before writing this post to see if it’s a thing anywhere else or perhaps if it has a different name in English but I couldn’t come across anything like this, and I know my Mum got it from a Polish website with recipes, so in case you don’t know what it is, it’s a cake with rusks as a base layer, they are crumbled into so called sand and mixed with Nutella or other such chocolate cream until it gets sticky. Other layers are cherry-flavoured jelly as well as cherries, and either natural Greek yoghurt, or Mascarpone cheese (which my Mum used because she loves it) with cream. Mum made it for my grandma’s name day this last Monday, because grandma was ill and couldn’t make a cake herself for her guests, and she had recently eaten that Philadelphia cake at someone’s house and loved it so much and she asked Mum to make it for her. I had my reservations about it, because I generally am not a fan of Mascarpone cheese at all, I hate tiramisu and similar stuff, and I’m not particularly enthusiastic about cherry-flavoured things either, but I actually ended up liking it a lot, and almost couldn’t feel the Mascarpone cheese or in any case not so that it would be a problem for me. Mum wanted to make it today as well ’cause it’s International Women’s Day and just in case someone would visit her, but in the end that didn’t work out as she had to go out while cooling off the jelly and it ended up not edible. πŸ˜€ But there were no guests so she didn’t have to worry.

How about you? πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

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My question for you today is:

What’s your favourite cold drink?

My answer:

Kefir, kefir, kefir, and more kefir! I love kefir!!! It’s my favourite drink. If I don’t have kefir, or if it doesn’t go with whatever I’m eating at the moment, I also love orange juice and Pepsi and chocolate flavoured milkshakes, though the latter definitely not too often because it’s so sweet and I just like to have it once in a while. And I drink a lot of water too, not because of any lifestyle/wellness thing and that it’s getting so trendy and everyone is trying to drink more water even those who don’t like it but simply because I’ve just always liked water, and I’m lucky that we have good enough here that I can drink tap water.

You?

Question of the day.

What is your favourite snack food, healthy and sweet?

My answer:

For healthy, I like most of fruit. As for sweet and unhealthy, I like a lot of things just as I dislike a lot of things but I think the best and simplest I guess is just a bit of good quality milk chocolate.

You? πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

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What is a single least favourite book, that you have finished reading anyways or was required to read?

My answer:

Hm, usually I don’t waste my time on reading books I don’t like and when I can’t get into it for a long time and it doesn’t look like I’m going to become interested in the plot line any time soon, or if something bothers me strongly, I just put it away. I find it a bit hilarious how some people wade through books they don’t like just because they’ve started something and have a sort of mental tradition that they must finish every book they have started no matter what. My Mum is like that, and I sometimes feel for her because I find it the worse when someone takes a long time to read one book like she does because she doesn’t have much time for reading, so instead of quickly starting something new and more interesting, she’s tormenting herself with one, boring book for months. I have to have a really sound reason and determination to read a book I don’t like, or have to feel very strongly forced, but, although I really enjoy reading books I like and read ALL the time, I even cheated with school compulsory readings quite frequently, because I didn’t like most of them. There certainly must be some books that I’ve read whole despite not enjoying them and not liking them at all, but currently I just can’t think of anything.

Oh, I was just going to publish this post when something did came to my mind, lol! That was the first (longer) book that I read whole despite not being interested in it one bit, and it was quite a hilarious and strange thing. When I was just starting school, I think I’d just learned to read fairly fluently and started to enjoy it thoroughly, I once went to the library to get brothers’ Grim Fairytales – my Mum read them to me countless times and made me love all sorts of fairytales and other folklore creations at a very early age as you may already know – because I finally wanted to read them myself and I was absolutely excited about it. I asked the librarian for it and was presented with an extremely, deliciously heavy book, and got back to my room and immediately started to read it. I was very surprised by its content, though, it wasn’t anything like what my Mum read to me. There was no Red Riding Hoods, Rapunzels and the like, but loads of strange, long words and names that were completely unfamiliar to me. I hadn’t read many actual books by then really, and was still learning to navigate them and the whole literary world, so I was thinking, perhaps it was some sort of an introduction, foreword… whatever, and kept on reading, there was no actual table of contents either as far as I remember and I was thinking maybe it was important to read it when reading the whole book, as it happens with some books. I actually don’t know why I kept on reading it so determinedly and diligently, it was completely unlike me, and why I didn’t realise that perhaps something was wrong with it that it’s so very off topic and didn’t notice anything, or at least try to skip the boring pages instead of reading it page after page, and I’ve read quite a fair bit of it I believe, even though I remember literally yawning at it and was growing more and more discouraged, so, I think it was quite silly. Even though I didn’t make the conclusion myself, which, as I said, I find weird a little, but maybe I was just too new to the literary world, someone finally helped me. A volunteer who was working in our boarding school group at the time once went up to me and asked what I was reading, and I told her that brothers Grimm, but it’s not really quite as interesting as I thought and doesn’t really remind me in any way of what my Mum used to read to me. She asked me if she could have a look, and then we were both surprised because the book I was reading was definitely no fairytales! I don’t know the English title of this book if it was translated to English, but it was by Vitus DrΓΆscher and it was about animals, but not quite something that would be fitting for children of my age then. It was quite scientific and geeky and if I remember correctly, it was about some rules and behaviours that different animals have. And I was never an animal/nature geek very much, even when I read magazines for children and there was always a more or less extensive article on how different wild animals live, I usually was happy to skip it. So the mystery was finally resolved! πŸ˜€ They had to make a mistake at the library, probably based on the signature of the book or something. I really loved reading though, and it was what I usually did when I didn’t have anything more interesting to do or just in my free time, and I think I didn’t go with that book right away to the library but don’t remember why, perhaps it was the weekend, or perhaps I didn’t have an opportunity or anyone to go with me, or perhaps I was anxious of peopling with people I didn’t know very well, but I think I had that book with me for a while yet and am pretty sure that, even though it felt even more boring now that I knew what it was about and that there wasn’t going to be anything interesting further, I kept on reading it for a few more days when I had nothing better to do and wanted to read something. And since as I said I was a fairly fast reader, I think I may have read it whole, or if not whole, then at least the greater part of it. πŸ˜€

You? πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

Do you have a favourite zodiac sign?

My answer:

I’m not sure, I guess not really, but I do tend to get along with Pisces very well as well as Cancers, and I know very many cool Tauruses. I don’t associate with people based on their sign but it is strange how many people in my surroundings and my friends that I get on well with are Pisces haha.

Do you have a favourite? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (22nd November).

What is your favourite Christmas song? Your least favourite?

My answer:

I have many favourites which make me await December every year so that I can listen to them, I don’t listen to them all year, only since the beginning of December to February 2nd when Christmas carols singing time ends over here, so I’m never bored with them. But I think my most favourite is “Christmas Secrets” by Enya, that I have previously shared. It’s really magical. Least favourite? I find most of the mainstream Christmas music that you hear in the shops, in the radio and such kind of infantile, annoying, superficial, boring and just meh. But… wait a minute… there was such a classic that I hate but I don’t remember/know the title, let me look it up… uhhh, yeah, “Merry Christmas Everybody” by Slade. The harmony of this song, something in its melody makes my brain feel uneasy, there just are such songs, sounds, sequences of sounds, melodies, and this song is one of them. It’s the chorus I have problems with the most when I happen to hear it. It’s such a strange feeling and even more strange to describe, it’s like what you’re hearing is one big dissonance in a way (not aesthetic usually or not necessarily, it’s a different kind of a dissonance) plus your mind vs that song/sound don’t get along. It can make me feel that some sounds and/or harmonies are aggressive, kind of evil in a way, and that it’s directed straight at me, directly, it just makes me feel uneasy emotionally and in a way physically and often anxious. I just wonder why the heck people don’t hear such things, I’m not even saying about that they don’t react like I do but they don’t even hear anything wrong, when I show people two songs that trigger sensory anxiety for me they don’t see anything in common in the sound or in their perception of the songs. It makes me feel crazy! It’s far from being among those the most triggering sounds I’ve come across in my life but it’s just unpleasant to hear. And “Gothic Christmas” by Within Temptation is horrible, but just because of what it’s like, not because of the harmonies and all those intricacies, I’m not sure which I hate more, I guess each deserves an award in its own category. πŸ˜€

Question of the day (21st November).

What is your favourite Christmas dish? Your least favourite?

My answer:

My most favourite are definitely pierogi with cabbage and mushrooms, especially the way my Mum makes them, with fresh cabbage. For me there’s no Christmas without pierogi, and the same for my siblings. Mum has actually already started making them today, very early as for her. My least favourite would be probably some fish. I find carp a very overrated Polish Christmas dish, but I guess herring (no matter how its served) is even worse.

What are yours? πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

What’s your favourite language?

My answer:

For me, it’s a damn hard question! I just have too many favourite languages and I really, seriously can’t tell you which is my most favourite! It’d be like asking a parent which child they love the most. I love each of my languages in different ways, although they’re much more like my life partners than children haha. Each of them has something different that I love in it. It’s also a little bit like that when I’m hearing or speaking or having to do in any way with one of them it feels like I love it the most. πŸ˜€

How about you? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (9th November).

What’s your current favourite song?

My answer:

For me it’s always hard to pick just one,but, hm, lately I like the new song by Jack Hawitt and Nyaki called “Dark Hotel”, maybe will feature it some time soon in my song of the day series. I was searching for some nice Jac- musicians and this piece, which is relatively new, caught my attention.

How about you? πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

Where is your favourite place to read?

My answer:

I can easily read anywhere that is not too loud or not too many stimuli that would either distract me or make me uncomfortable/anxious. I don’t like reading when there are many people around me, even when I don’t have to engage with them or even care about them, though sometimes I’ll do that if I’m bored. But I guess my favourite place is my room, especially my bed, it’s where I read the most and most often.

You? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (20th June).

What’s your favourite author?

My answer:

My favourite Polish author is definitely MaΕ‚gorzata Musierowicz, I’ve written about her loads of times on here, she’s an author of a lovely book series that I just love to pieces. And my favourite foreign author is Lucy Maud Montgomery. But I find “Anne Of Green Gables” slightly overrated. I do like her but she’s written so many other great books that are underappreciated because everyone sees only Anne who’s not as interesting as some other of her heroines like Emily Starr from “Emily Of New Moon” or Valancy Stirling from “The Blue Castle” for example. And I don’t like that people always think that her books are only for children. Well my Zofijka is a child, a tween, and she doesn’t even understand “Anne Of Green Gables”. I think with Montgomery’s books is a bit like with “The Moomins” or “Winnie The Pooh”, everyone associates them with children and reads them in childhood, but it’s only when you grow up that you start really understanding them and seeing them from a different angle.

How about your favourite author? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (17th June).

What’s your favourite book?

My answer:

It’s hard to say because I like a lot of books, but I suppose my all time favourite is “Emily Of New Moon” by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the whole series. I identified myself a lot with Emily when I was a teen and there is still so much in this series that I can relate to and so many quotes I love, and it has helped me to look in a different way at so many things.

Yours? πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

Hi people. πŸ™‚

Today, my question for you is:

What are your five favourite foods?

My answer:

I really don’t have any specific foods ranking, I don’t have it like that that my most favourite food is something and I just love it more than anything else, it depends when, where, what kind of food. So here are just my 5 random favourite foods in random order.

1. Silesian dumplings, but only homemade, and with champignon sauce, I hate frozen shop-bought Silesian dumplings – mushy. –

2. Chips, as in fries, or however you call them, well who doesn’t like them, at least I guess I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like chips. I slightly prefer KFC’s over MCDonald’s, and like my Mum’s the most, because they’re actually crunchy and you can feel they’re made of real potatoes and not an imitation, as it often feels in fast food restaurants and such. πŸ˜€ Oh, and there are fabulous fries at our local restaurant, I love eating them with grilled chicken breast yummy!

3. As we’re talking about chicken, just as Misha, I love chicken breast in herbs.

4. Meringue with whipped cream and fruit – especially blueberries. –

5. A nice spaghetti.

How about you. πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

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Today my question for you is this:

Do you have a pair of shoes that you particularly like? If so, why do you like them? Describe them.

My answe:

I’ve had many shoes that I liked a lot over the years, but at this point I don’t think I have any very special ones that I would like particularly much.

Question of the day (24th March).

What’s your favourite type of sandwich?

My answer:

I like lots of different sandwiches. Sandwiches are a practical thing that you can easily make and eat so I eat them a lot as most people in my part of the world I guess. Just a while ago I had sandwiches with baked ham, my Mum made it, my Mum makes gorgeous baked ham, and I am not a huge enthusiast of meat overall, especially not of ham, especially not the kind you can get in your average shop, ew! I like sandwiches with different types of cheese, with spicy stuff, as well as things like Nutella or honey or peanut butter or some jams, particularly cherry jam, which is weird because normally I hate everything cherry flavoured, apart from cherry jam. I like toasts too, if you count them as sandwiches, especially the way my Dad makes them, loaded with cheese, onion, chilli pepper or kalonji or other hot things, and sometimes some mushrooms and lots of vegs and a bit of bacon. These are his most spectacular tosts. And I like lots of other types of sandwiches.

How about you? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (15th February).

After a bit of unintended break I come to you with some questions regarding your favourite films, TV shows, books and music. Here we go with the first one:

What kind of films do you like to watch?

My answer:

Well as I am sure most of you who come here regularly already know, I don’t watch films or TV very often, only when something really really interests me or just to be with my family and not caring too much for what we’re watching. So, if something catches my attention, it’s usually because it’s in one of my favourite languages. It would be nice if the topic interested me at least a little bit too, but most often I’ll be quite satisfied just to hear one of my favourite languages – obviously not counting Polish and English since I have them pretty much all the time. I do like many British films though, and so does my Mum. And some Polish films with good humour, just anything that you can laugh at, but not because it’s so cringey. I am also able to watch a whole crime series even though my interest in the plot itself is little to none, just because the main character is called Misha. πŸ˜€ So that’d be it, I guess.

You? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (2nd October).

A Song/Book/Movie/Cocktail/Food/Activity/Item of clothing/Colour/Country. Chose four to give us a better idea of who you really are.

My answer:

Song – “Evacuee” by Enya.

Book – “Emily Of New Moon” by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Movie – “RΓ€nnstensungar” (Guttersnipes).

Food – anything spicy, but please, spicy, not sour or sweet and just imitating real spicy food.

You? πŸ™‚

My fav food.

Today, or for some people, like me, yesterday, was/is #WYF, over at Revenge Of Eve

and this time it’s about our favourite food/meal/style of food.

THe problem with my favourite food or meal is that I’ve never had just one that could be my absolutely most favourite number one food/meal. I have a lot of them and it’s really hard to say what’s more and what’s less. But some of my most favourites of most favourites are olives, red pepper, chips, Silesian dumplings, chicken soup, spaghetti, crisps, chocolate, almonds, salted nuts… oh so many things.

As for meals, my ideal big meal would be something like: very spicy chicken soup with homemade noodles, a chicken breast (it’s the best the way my Mum does it, in almond flakes) with chips and fresh, well seasoned Chinese cabbage, and some Pepsi, or kefir will do to. I don’t think I’d manage a dessert too, I usually don’t eat a lot at once and I’m stuffed very quickly, but if I’d be able to eat it, ideally it would be either Toffi cake or a jelly with fruit – blueberries would be the best, or peaches, or grapes, well anything except for bananas, avocado or papaya would be cool – and maybe a little bit of whipped cream on the top.

As for the style of food I like, to put it simply I just like spicy food. Not everything on Earth that is spicy maybe, but yeah, I love a lot of spicy things. Therefore it’s predictable I like Mexican cuisine, as well as Indian. I also like mediterranean food, particularly Italian. And OMG a few years ago I was in a Moroccan restaurant. I was at the boarding school then and it was my birthday and a person that was visiting me from time to time to make my life more manageable took me there and there was so much yummy food, I still can’t get over it lol. Pity I was only once there and hadn’t have much experience with Moroccan cuisine besides that episode. πŸ˜€