London, our favourite city

Well, London is and will always be our favourite city, that’s for sure.

We were there with my then soon-to-be fiancé 10 years ago, that is the place where I proposed her — we even know behind which tree it happened in the park behind the Palace of Westminster, the Victoria Tower Gardens South. Anyway, nothing really interesting here, a little sentiment here or there.

The point is, we were supposed to visit the city often after that event back in 2008 and we really wanted to. But the years have just been going and going – without us travelling to anywhere. Well, at least together, because I have been to London a couple of times because of work, as well as to other places like Paris, Brussels, Prague for example. And we had an arrangement that I will take Dóri (and the family) to every city or place that I visit somehow so now we have a lot to travel.

So, the thing is, the time has finally come, everything clicked – and we booked a trip the London at the end of last year.

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Carnaby sign over the street

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Restart, medium-term plans and other things

OK, I haven’t posted for ages, I know, and I have no excuses at all. Except for the last three weeks or so, because three weeks ago I started to work at a new place, so it has been a bit busy nowadays.

But now it is time to write again, so I am planning to post more often with more topics.

This one is the first and it is about our medium-term plans. We are selling our house and want to move into the city (Budapest). Our daughters are just getting older and older, Lucas is almost nine, Pannus is more than four – and their company and friends are mostly in the city so we have to orient ourselves somewhere there.

Luca is a very interested girl she wants to try lots of different sports and activities – another reason to be closer. And if we live in the city then we don’t have to wait for each other, Luca can go to her special after-school lessons with my wife and I can take Pannus home, so job done.

So, the short-term plan is to sell the house and find a flat to rent, so the special lessons and sleep-overs and Pannus’ friends would be sorted.

Now, the medium-term is a bit more complicated. It seem like we need to find a new school for Luca, which is a bit of a problem, but that’ll be a different post. On the family front we are trying to move abroad – it seem like the situation in Hungary will not be changed and there is no other way.

I am planning to use this new job as an opportunity for that. I give myself something around two years or a bit more to work here, to learn a lot of things here, so that we can move abroad. It is a international environment here, the company is a German one, but the internationally used language is the English. The next day I am going to meet the Irish ambassador here in Hungary about a project. Gonna be fun!

I started to refresh my French knowledge. I have lessons with a friend of mine every Thursday evening, I use two different applications to practice every day, and I really do spend 30 minutes with it every day. I bought a box of Pons word cards, too.

And I am using my LinkedIn premium subscription too, to learn about education, digitalisation, learning management system etc.

Seems like quite a journey to me!

Derby day treat for the family

Well, derby days are different for all the family – but I wouldn’t say that difference is always loved or understood. But you all know that, you football lovers. It’s half past one now here in Hungary, so something like 3 and a half hour to go – and I NEED to read previews, articles, blog posts from all over the world about the match.

So, prior to the kick off it’s always good to do something together – so this time we managed to cook something with my daughter for the family – fish with mushroom and onion with a bit of marinade. Even kids love it, and it’s really easy to prepare, kids can create their own marinade, so no worries, at all.

We had cod at home in the freezer and my wife was clever enough yesterday to take that out for the night. What was important is that I put the fish in a bowl that has whole underneath, so the ice becoming water could drip down to another bowl – that helps you have a dryer piece of fish that doesn’t easily fall into little parts.

So, what I do is put tinfoil to a pan, so it’s easier to clean – and the fish on it. You can add a bit of olive oil or butter but that’s not a must, it works without it, too.

I cleaned and sliced some mushrooms, say 6 pieces, and one onion. I placed one third of the sliced mushrooms on the foil, the put the fish on them. Then the rest of the mushroom and the onion, taken apart to rings.

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Layers of fish, mushroom and onion

Then came my daughter with a bowl, mixing sour cream, mayonnaise, grated cheese, diced mozzarella, salt and pepper together. Pour it all over the things in the pan, use a spoon or anything else to spread.

Preheat the oven to 210-230 degrees Celsius, put the pan in for something like 20 to 30 minutes – and here we go!

fish and mushroom
Ready to serve!

Everybody loves it, and you can make your own sauce if you don’t like mine – it was ready in 50 minutes.

Enjoy and Go Reds!

(Back to preparing for the game!)