Monday, April 15, 2013

Cultural differences

   I told you before about Vivian. She is the reason why i succeed to transcipt my marriage certificate, either way we might have never found out how a nigerian birth certificate look like. She left Nigeria with the same flight laste december. She was coming to get married with a Romanian man. We changed phone numbers and i later called her and we kept in contact. I almost envied her for the beautifulwedding she had, for the beautiful pictures i saw on her facebook. At first i was her only confident and i was surpised to see the same problems that occured between me and my husband at the beggining of our relationship. Vivian, the prettt slim girl was as  consumed with jealously as i was. She was thinking he is talking about love with other woman . that he was meeting other woman , and so on because she couldnt understand romanian language. And is today that i relise that his name is also Alex...what an irony, 
              I tried to convince Vivian that she should.t worry , that Alex is not cheting on her. I was thinking its obvious from his behavious that he is trying to make her happy. Later Vivian told he she never knew that Alex was going back to work and she will be left at home for afew months with her mother and father in law.
            Because  she came to Romania with a 3 months visa and they assumed they  couldnt make the doccuments in time ,  they booked a flight tiket for Vivian to  go back to Nigeria and renew the visa. Vivian told me that she wanted to stay longer in Nigeria because she cannot stay in the house with her mother and father in law because they were becoming unbearable. She said that immediately that she was alone with them, they changed the behaviour.
          There was no food in the house. Vivian said she wanted to learn romanian language but they took her only once to the lessons. I was surprised to find out that the man that did so many efforts to bring this girl in his house and make her his wife, can change so easily.
           Later i found out that the mother in law was forcing her to divorce her son, and Vivian signed the divorce papers without even knwoing what she is signing.  They told Vivian that they will give her money, buy her a flight tiket, that her husband doesnt want her anymore and that she should go back to where she came from.
            I couldnt understand why this happened, what were his reasons to change his behavious so drastically in such a short time. He even made a tatoo with her face on his arm. I though maybe he needed some money and made a wedding to gain some money. But how much can you make in Romania from a wedding?
            When i first met her, Vivian mentioned the man she was goign to marry has a wife. And i thought to my self :How is that? She also said that her father has 2 wives and she is coming from  a fammily with 12-13 brothers. And i was imagening that because of growing up with this type of fammily she will not be jalous. Then i find out he was divoced and had a son. And because the man was visiting his child so aften, Vivian was suffering, being jalous on him keeping a close contact with is ex-wife. And i thought i was the only jalous person arround.
        I was angry when i found out what was happening to Vivian. She was afraid that something will happen to her while sleeping. She wasnt happy to stay and do nothing all day. from what she said to me. She was waiting for her husband to send the money that they will use to book her tiket and go back home. But she was ashamed to go back home and tell her people what happened to her. She was optimistic about starting a new life. One of these days i called her and she did not pick the phone. Her mother in law called me back and i spoke a little with her, She was on the way to the airport. By the time i remember to call her back, it was the mother in law that answered the phome and told me that Vivian divorced her son , that she couldnt accomodate  with life here. What?
        She complained that she was savage and that she was lieing alot. She was spitting the food that the mother was cooking and didnt want to learn romanian language. She supposed to come back from Nigeria in april but she came back 9 days later without the cloths they have bought for her with empty bags and no money. damm.... i guess the truth is somewhere in the middle....

Monday, April 8, 2013

Quinoa and Black Bean


      I fouud this recipe on and i definately must try it this is why i save it here on my blog. I have quinoa and i dont really know how to cook it so i decided to make some recipe research. When i will get all the ingredients i will cookthis food  and i will add some pictures. As i dont know where to get fresh cilandro i am planning to get some seends and put them in a pot but i guess it works just fine with dried one or with parsley.

An experiment with leftovers yields a delightful, filling vegetarian meal.                          
Number of Servings: 8


    -1 cup cooked quinoa
    -3 cups cooked black beans (or two
    -15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed)
    -2 large sweet potatoes, shredded
    -1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
    -1 tbsp ground cumin
    -Liberal pinches salt and pepper
    -2 eggs
    -1 cup salsa
    -2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish


Reprinted from The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose The Weight (c) 2011 by SparkPeople, Inc. Permission granted by Hay House, Inc., New York, NY 10033. Available wherever books are sold.

I cooked up a batch of dried beans that I seasoned with onions, garlic, chiles and spices. If you use canned beans, you might need more spices.

Serve this with steamed broccoli or wilted spinach and a dollop of light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.


1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9” x 9” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the quinoa, black beans, sweet potato, 1⁄2 cup of the cheese, and the cumin, salt, and pepper. In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and the salsa. Pour the salsa mixture over the quinoa-bean mixture, then pour everything into the prepared casserole dish.
3. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro.

Serving size: 1 heaping cup

Rewriting my memories

           I am trying to be happier and enjoy every moment of my life so i started reading this book written by  Marting E. P. Seligman about happines. And i got to this chapter where he talks about Dr. Worthington's way of forgiveness He talks about a procces with 5 steps that i want to use to redefine my past unhappy events. The technique is called REACH.
                 -R from recall which means reminding  yourself the pain in a milder way. You dont have to think that the person that hurt you is a bad person
                 -E from empathy-try to understand why that person hurt you from his point of view and invent a story similar to what you think that the person that offended you would tell if he was in the situation of justyfying his actions
                 -A from altriusm and it means ofering the altruist gift of forgiveness . tell yourself that you can be above suffering and revenge
                  -C comes from commit and it reffers to the comitment you take to torgive in a piblic way, which can be done by writing poetry or a letter adressed to the guilty one in which he is told he is forgived.
                  - H comes from hold and it means mentaining the forgiveness
            So using this method I want to remember some of my sad memories.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Diet cake with cheese

As i started the dukan diet, i found some interesting recipes on the site, added by  different people, and to satisfy my craving for sweets i decited to try it.

1 kg of cottage cheese
200 grams of Quark cheese
6 eggs
2 pudding packets Dr.Oetker (vanilla or any other flavour)
-powder sweetener(about 200 grams)
-cinamon powder and vanilla flavour
-optionally goji berries

-Mix all the ingredients
-put baking paper into the tray
-put the mixture into the tray
-bake it for 30-40 minutes until
-cut it after it gets cold

I almost burned my tongue because i wasnt patient enough to wait for the cake to get cold. It tastes good by i was stingy with the sweetener and it wasnt as sweet as i wanted. Next time i will add more.