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A Miracle!

So, this weekend a miracle happened.

It was sunny and warm enough to wear shorts in Aberdeen!

I have been cooped up inside for so long that it took me a while to adjust to the sunlight outside *hissssss*. In any case, while the rest of the UK (and the rest of the world It seemed like) enjoyed an unprecedented heat wave, Aberdeen managed to experience a tiny blip of it before the clouds and wind and rain came rolling back in.

I don’t suppose I can complain though considering that it’s not completely freezing just yet.

In any case, my weekend had been rather eventful if just a bit unproductive. I helped a friend move (voluntarily I might add), went to take a look at a flat since I will be essentially homeless in a few weeks, and checked out the International market in town before going out to a pub to catch a rather good cover band and danced the night away. We had a beautiful day on Sunday so my roommate managed to drag my alcohol addled brain and aching feet up and out to head to Duthie park, one of the green spaces in Aberdeen.

As parks go (in my experience), it is rather small but big for Aberdeen. It was sunny enough to lounge on the grass and soak up some sun before we took a walk around to see what the park offered. There is a small garden there which boasts all manners of plants. They have a tiny Japanese garden and even more impressive, a cacti garden. They even had venus fly traps! I have never seen one up close. They were tiny and actually, quite adorable as fly-eating plants go.

All in all, it was a good day to spend out in the sun and away from the topic of our dissertations.

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Oh look, two grad students.

And of course, there was a small little hill called The Mound where that was a flag pole sticking out of it. OBVIOUSLY, we had to climb it. And OBVIOUSLY, sillyness ensued.

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If you don’t get the reference without the second picture below, it’s possible that you’re too young.

Two more months before my dissertation is due, 8 more weeks before I see my significant other again, 10 more weeks before I am in Spain to soak up even more sun and feed myself to bursting. 

The weeks are flying!

 

Cheers,
~JGM

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As of Friday afternoon, I am back in ole Aberdeen and in my own room feeling a bit tired but strangely relieved to be back. Going on vacation back home is more exhausting than I thought.

In any case, in a weird sense of productivity and having not cooked in three weeks, it was really gratifying to be back in a kitchen and cooking again.

Avocado and Shrimp Endives

I stumbled onto this recipe online about endives (go figure right?). You could find it on at Endive.com. I altered it a bit because of my taste and just the general way that I’m used to cooking. It’s a fast and refreshing appetizer and incredibly easy to do.

Ingredients:
Shrimp
1 Ripe avocado
1 Lime
1 Endive (I couldn’t find any so I substituted it with chicory which is from a similar family of plant)
Salt and black pepper to taste
Butter
Cilantro/Coriander

Steps:
1. Heat up a pan and melt a bit of butter in it. Toss in the shrimp and a bit of chopped coriander until cooked.
2. Chop up avocado into small pieces. Squeeze in a bit of lime juice and mix it with some chopped coriander. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
3. Cut off the ends of the endive/chicory so that the leaves make a convenient scoop.
4. Mix the avocado mix and the shrimp together and make sure they’re well mixed.
5. Place it into the tips of the chicory/endive leaves. Garnish with coriander and squeeze a bit of lime over.

And voila! 🙂

I’ve also started an instagram account so you can follow all the food recipes I’ve been experimenting with and general pictures of life up here in Aberdeen.

 

Cheers
~JGM

 

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Oh Scotland!

Just a quick little post:

I am now situated in Edinburgh as I am here on placement (yay free labour!). The other day, I was walking back from Princess street to head to a coffee shop when I saw the oddest thing ever.

There was a young man sitting near the stairs down to Waverly station… holding a lamb. On a leash. In the middle of the city. Just off the busiest main streets.

It was the oddest, most incongruous thing I have ever seen. I couldn’t help but break into a giant grin when I walk past. Unfortunately, I did not have a camera and couldn’t take a snapshot of this strange moment.

C’mon Ireland, you need to up your game. I didn’t see a single lamb on a leash when I was there!

~JGM

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