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sábado, 4 de febrero de 2017

St Valentine is just around the corner. Just like your final exams.

Hey!! I just called to say "I love you" - just kidding.
Since this amazing blog includes moments of daily life, I want to share this brilliant video I found YouTube, with all my lovely followers and curious visitors. Yes, study consumes lots of time in my daily life, so that's why I want to include this kind of posts here :)

The video is about the Heart and teach us how to identify murmurs. Is simply brilliant and I love it. Check-it-out:

Heart - Murmurs

Closed heart valves

Reading material :) Take a look: Types of Valve Disease

Time's up. Back to study.


jueves, 2 de febrero de 2017

Khinkali, "mate" and Georgian numbers.

Khinkali (Georgian: ხინკალი) is a very popular Georgian dumpling made of twisted knobs of dough, stuffed with meat and spices. It is considered to be one of the national dishes of Georgia.

We made khinkali at home!! Mom thought it sounds tasty when I told her what khinkali is. "Of course, mom, we must try them... Our version, but khinkali after all" (laughs).

I found too many recipes, basically you should use some meat. Well the norm here is using cow meat (simply "meat"). Although I prefer chicken over cow, we used cow. Because we didn't knew how this was going to result. We suposed it taste similar to the thypical "empanada" (pictures) we prepare here in Argentina. But khinkali must be boiled! Empanadas goes to oven or you frie them... That's the first diference.
The filling. Khinkali use special ingredients, things you find in Saqartvelo (Georgia in Georgian language). Well we solved that to easyly. We made the current filling we use to consume at home. So yes, this was kinda an expirement. And it went satisfactory as hey!!

So let's say we adopted the shape and technique to cook our own version of khinkali, adapting the original recipe to the ingredients we can get here, If you want to make traditional/classic khinkali, you can visit the link I dropped at begining, or search for "khinkali recipes" in Google or Youtube.
Have you ever made khinkali out of Saqartvelo?? Are you Georgian and have particular tips you'd like to share?? Please let us know!

We used the dough for empanadas too, so here you see some pics of the backstage and those circles pre-made by someone else. We only had to put everything together and those are our lovely khinkali ♡
Khinkali before going to boiled water

It's raining khinkali!! (I wish) and that metal thing is a mate. We was drinking mate while making these tasty things

How many khinkali you want to eat?? Say it in Georgian!! It's very easy if you pay attention to this great tutorial on YouTube:

Once you made ასი khinkali, you throw them one by one into boiled water. It's about a couple of minutes to notice they change their color and they're ready.

Put them into a nice plate and add some sauce or salad. Depends on your preference. Eating them is an Art. Really. You must pick a khinkali up by the little "arm" they have, and bite the globe part. Be careful, because is hot inside and very juicy (nommm)... Or you can use a fork and knife ;)
It is suposed to left khinkali's "arm" on plate. And yes, we ate them anyways and it tastes good.

So at this point I just want to recomend everybody to try khinkali and be creative or classic as you prefer. You'll enjoy at making them and I'm sure once you try them, you'll love them ;)

Thanks for being there! Bye bye!

martes, 31 de enero de 2017

Meeting of Cacti Collectors: "Cactuseros" from Argentina with love... And exacerbated passion, I swear!

In several cities and towns here in Argentina, lots of people are fascinated with these creatures, these slow-growing and thorned creatures: cacti. They love them because they are simply beautiful, they come in every shape and color, they demand a lot of patience, but then they reward with most beautiful flowers, shapes, colors, etc. The wait is whort it.

I became a fan of cacti and succulent when I was around 12. I wasn't good with plants untill then. But everything changed when i visited Araki's nursery, in Misiones. Don't miss it!! If you're planning to stay long in Argentina, going to Araki's nursery is a definitive must. Here is the exactly address

My new three friends were ball-shaped cacti. I named them Berta, Amenito and Doris. Amenito and Doris are still with me. Berta died because she was ill (never knew what happened to her). Berta was a ball with a little ball on top, like an unproportional snowman. Light green, yellow thorns 💗


This was at "Plaza las Carretas", Muñiz - Buenos Aires. People start to arrive, and choose the best spot near the fountain. I went many times, and is an amazing experience. You may participate in every activities of the program, or just pass by and stay to appreciate the plants and take thousands of photos. My favourite place is on floor, near the orange building (a school). It's clear and you can jump into the multitude or go out and see all the panorama.

People gathered next to the fountain (train side)

The common thing is each person, or "cactusero" (someone who is adept to cacti), brings a box with every kind of cacti, succulents and other types of plants. Each one can add some gift, ornament, flower-pot, soil, or whatever related to the event. You choose your spot, sit and exhibit what you have to offer. Then people start to observe what did other cactuseros brought and is that moment when the good thing beggins.
When you see something you love, you must ask the owner if the plant is free to exchange (sometimes they are previously reserved for someone else). If the answer is "yes", then you proceed to offer. You must negociate. In a lucky day, the owner accept to exchange for something you offer and done deal. But sometimes they refuse. At this point, the best you can do is NOT to ask why, but negociate. If the plant is not reserved, ask the owner what is looking for. Then you exchange something with other person, and come back bringing what owner wanted. And you will come back home with your new adorable plant (or whatever you chose).

Negociation. Everyone is looking for their new loved plant

Adrenalin flows in your arteries, your eyes are wide open and your plant-species sensor is more active than never. I love these meetings. You can find every kind of person there. We all share the same pasion: PLANTS. And why not, negociation!!
Well that's the funniest thing to me, but I have to recognize in a separate paragraph to those people who teach everything about the plants. They are so generous, sincere and pacient. If you find one of them, take away all doubt. And give them a segment or cutting from one of your plants in gratitude ;)

Then you will find the "experts". They have names-lists, separated boxes (reserved and non), and a special semblant that betrays them from a mile away. If you fall in love with one of their reserved ones, don't loose faith. You may find it later in someone else's box. And earn it!!

Succulent leafs
Opuntia with red baby thorns
Flowers from a succulent with fountain as backround

Cacti flower

When the meeting it's nearing its end, it's raffle time!! If you want to participate, you must bring something plant-related at beggining. And at this moment, you wait to your surprise.
You can see some sellings at the end of each events. The basis of these events is to allow everyone to go back home with a new loved plant, so sellings are forbidden during the event. Everyone has the same opportunity to bring what they have at home and negociate on other parameters like personal taste or affinity, etc. Never prices during the event. You can be also morally punished if catched by organizators!! So if you want to buy/sell something, you should wait till the end.

Women showing their new adquisitions at the event

Find Cactuseros events in Facebook to join the party!! There are many groups:
  • Cactuseros de Argentina
  • Cactuseros de Jose C Paz
  • Plantas intercambios y venta
  • ... Just write "cactuseros" in search box. It's magic ;)

Thanks for being there and GOOD LUCK!! Hope you can live this experience some day ♡

Take care and be happy ☺

A group of Cactuseros coming back home after the event

domingo, 29 de enero de 2017

Kalimat - Arabic books for children.

Hi! How are you?? I'm glad to share the Kalimat's web site. They are dedicated to publish books in Arabic language for children. Working with internationally acclaimed authors and illustrators, many were translated to different languages. After seeing the catalogue, I find particularly interesting Mimi's character and the description of "Mimi and her busy mom". I did not buy it yet but I hope I'll do it soon and share my impresions. The picture below introduces us Mimi, a little girl that go trough various situations and her stories teach us very important facts about life and human relationships. This cover is from "Mimi and the piano":
Learn more about this book:

There are lots of beautiful books for children from 0 to 16 years old (even for adults, if you want to buy them!!💖). Please let us know if you have any of these books. Share your opinion.

Prices goes around US$ 13 according to the catalogue. I invite you all to look out Kalimat's web site to explore more about them ;) Here are the links:

Don't doubt about recomending other sites, books, authors, languages ☺❤♡

See you next time, have a wonderful week 👍👀