Инстаграм @callme_juli Juli
Guys, it’s less than a week until Christmas!!! Who else is in shock that 2018 is almost over? December has been a month full of social gatherings and spending money on Christmas presents. I got a few lovely things for the important people in my life but in full disclosure I spent the most on presents for myself. Getting yourself Christmas presents is a legit thing, right? Apart from the phone I treated myself to photography gear and homemade Christmas cookies are on my wish list! What’s on your Christmas wish list?
What is something you really need right now? For me it's a neck massage and a trip to somewhere warm! This time last year we were in Australia! I miss that! Right now I'd love to have coffee at the beach and then surf the waves (aka cling to my body board hoping not to drown). I'd even throw on a stinger suit again if I had to and I guess we can all agree that this is not a very flattering piece of clothing. I also very much miss all the brunches. So as a tribute to all the glorious meals we had in Australia I will have a proper brunch this weekend! This Croque Madame - even though not really Australian - seems like the ideal option. Maybe if I put the heater on high and close my eyes I can pretend to be in Australia again...
What's your favorite healthy dish? Lately I eat a lot of cottage cheese and I am very much in love with anything with spinach and feta in it. Especially when it comes in quiche form! I am asking because I am currently on a health trip - as my husband calls it (with heavy disapproval in his voice). Actually he isn't anti healthy food per se he just fears I will make him eat bird food only and that the times of pizza delivery are over for a while. Maybe he's right though.... 😉 So please save my poor husband and give me some cooking inspiration! I am ready to expand my horizon!
Time to brunch! Are you a fan of spicy food? Do you have a good spice tolerance or would I have to serve you a glass of milk as a side if I shared my Shakshuka with you? For me food can (almost) never be spicy enough! I love how it makes your taste buds tingle and warms you from the inside! At the moment while everyone around me is starting to bake Christmas cookies I crave warm and hearty dishes with a good amount of spice like crazy! My taste buds just don't seem to get the seasonal spirit! A big thanks to @soulspice.tastethatmatters for catering to my needs by kindly sending me some of your spices! I seasoned yesterday's Shakshuka with an extra dash of Harissa and loved the zing it provided!
Do you guys remember that a couple of weeks back I talked about how we can supposedly manipulate ourselves into having a more positive outlook on life? I can report back that so far my self-experiment is not going too badly. But today was one of THOSE days... Next to being super clumsy and overly awkward many little inconveniences obstructed my path through the day So I guess some extra practice is due: 1) my train was severely delayed BUT so I could listen to two podcast episodes instead of one 2) it started snowing BUT I could spend the morning sitting on the heater in my office 3) my hot coffee basically exploded all over me BUT the rest that stayed in my mug was extremely delicious 4) my lunch soup tasted super bland BUT it really made me giggle as it reminded me of the time @thebigmansworld and I almost set @dorfi84 on fire by adding too many dried chillies to the frittata Even though I really didn't get stresses over anything that happened I am still happy today is almost over! I am currently sitting on my couch sipping the biggest Moscow Mule not because I need it BUT because I totally deserve it!
Tell me something fun you did this weekend! Stefan and I had a pretty lazy one. We made curry, bought pot plants and had this very indulgent Hot Chocolate with whipped cream, mini marshmellows and chocolate sprinkles. Let's just say it was much needed after an intense month. I fear it was the last chance to relax until after Christmas. The next weekends are already jam-packed with Christmas Marked visits, Christmas parties and hectic gift shopping trips. Also we have planned a trip to Narnia for next weekend and I am ridiculously excited about it! 'Tis the season.... ☕🎄🎁
Have you ever worked from home and if yes did you enjoy it and if no would you like to? I really enjoy going to an actual office and having some sort of social network there. Also having a lot of food and drinks options for after work so close by is certainly a plus as well. Yet flipping through my old pictures I found this one from a time where I worked from home most days and I felt a little stab of longing. Flexibility, not having to dress a certain way and taking a nap whenever I want are definitely things I miss.
They say comparison is the thief of joy, so just stop comparing yourself to others! Do you often feel discouraged when looking at the cool things other people do? Do you think not comparing is even possible? I think comparison isn't really the problem though, it's the competing with each other. So how about we try to manage the outcome better? How about instead of being discouraged we aspire to be more? The idea of having a try at Pumpkin Soup came to me while flipping through the recipe section of a magazine the other day and loving what the photographer had done with the colors and light there. It's certainly no competition to the pictures on the pages of that magazine but I choose not to compete but try to be a little better every time!
I have a question for all of you! How do you guys balance your working hours and your hobbies? Because balancing is just not happening here and I need tips or strategies to make things work again! Ever since starting my new job I severely fail at making time to take pictures! Yet all I want is to create stuff! Isn't it ironic that when I have time I don't feel particularly creative but I am bursting with ideas when I have other commitments?
Are you a spontaneous person or do you prefer to plan ahead? I am usually the latter. I am flexible with the little things but anything that is beyond going to a different restaurant than planned or going out for dinner instead of eating at home is a bit stressful for me. So it was slightly out of character that last Wednesday Stefan and I booked flights to London for Thursday. And guess what we had THE BEST weekend we could have wished for! So maybe I should try to be a little more spontaneous from time to time. Btw this is totally related to the picture as it shows an English Tea Cocktail! London inspired obviously 🤗
What's your favorite thing to do on a grey and misty autumn day? Today we had the first completely free day in weeks and luckily the weather was so bad that all we could do was curling up on the sofa, drinking hot tea and watching Netflix. We also joined forces and made waffles. It was everything! Is it a bad thing that I am actually looking forward to all those muddy days to come? As I am such a homebody this season just really suits me!
Do you prefer minimalism when it comes to food pictures or do you like the more cluttered scenes? When I shot these mini spinach and feta quiches I tried hard to not overload the scene. As they were so tiny I didn't want them to get lost amongst a plethora of props. But actually in hindsight I wish I had just stuck to what I personally like best. I am a messy and chaotic person and I think it's a good thing when that shows in my pictures. So what do you think? Are you team minimalism or team messy? P.S. I know this is not the epitome of minimalism but it's my version of it!
I have another question for the lovely people here who spend their time taking pictures. Do you do it all by yourself or do you usually have help? I am lucky to have a kind and patient husband who prinkles, pours, cuts and breaks apart things for my pictures all the time. But sadly he's not always here when I need a helping hand quite literally. So how do you do it? Tripod and self-timer? Bulb mode? A magic wand? I am curious and need some tips. Also editing and looking at the picture of my Croque Madame from last Saturday makes me so hungry right now. And I have already had dinner. Oooops....
I have a question for all you photographers out there: Do you shoot in natural or artificial light? Or maybe even both? And if you use natural light, what time of the day do you take your pictures then? I excusively shoot in natural light and I prefer the cool tones of the early morning light by far. But if at all I usually only manage to take pictures in the late afternoon or early evening. So I am editing in those cool tones. I cannot bring myself to use artificial light. I know it's dumb but it feels like cheating. What's your light philosophy?
Pasteis de Nata ❤ Do you consider yourself more of a cook or a baker? I see myself mainly as a cook. In fact I do not enjoy baking that much. As I hardly ever follow a recipe cooking is more my thing. Trial and error is my forte and fixing things in the process is all the fun to me. I cook with my taste buds and my gut feeling. On the other hand baking is just chemistry to me (and I almost didn't pass chemistry in high school). You have one shot and if it doesn't work there is no way to fix it. It's following a formula. For me it's more brain and less gut - I can't rely on my intuition at all. Yet I find myself baking a lot lately. Maybe it's the season. Anyway what do you think? Cooking vs. Baking? Gut vs. Brain? Is it the same for you? Is it the other way around? Maybe even completely different?
Hey guys 😁 Do you have any fun weekend plans? Ever since I started my new job I feel like I don't have time anymore for anything. So I am packing my weekend full of fun plans. I have a ton of things I want to cook/bake (waffles, granola, baked feta cheese, I am thinking of trying my hand on pasteis de nata but maybe I see something good on IG I want to make instead).So is there anything you could recommend for me to cook/bake/ make? Besides that I have books and hopefully pretty food to shot and friends to meet. The wonderful thing is that (right now) I actually enjoy my job and do not live for the weekend anymore. But that doesn't mean I cannot enjoy it to the max, right?
I read an article this week about how our brains tend to be sponges to negativity but teflon to positivity. The good news is that when we practice to see the positive things we can actually rewire our brains and hence the perception of our lives! I'm willing to give it a shot. So let's practice: 1) our car broke down yesterday BUT the automobile club sorted it out in no time! 2) cooking just didn't happen this week BUT we had pizza 4 times instead and that was awesome! 3) I had a mini-meltdown at work BUT the day ended with a lovely spontaneous dinner and drinks date with my husband! 4) I miss commuting by car BUT I read almost two books this week on the train and that made me happy! Have you tried this before? I am going to report how this experiment is going for me BUT for the time being I am in a really good mood!
Sometimes sugar-coating something you don't particularly like is a brilliant strategy. Like when your apple roses burn a little and a dash of suger helps cover up eveything nicely. But have you ever had a situation in your life where you realized that you are seriously fucked? And no degree of sugar-coating can help you out? Well that happened to me today! I guess I have to figure something out that doesn't involve me fleeing the country. Or can someone provide a rock I can hide under? 6 months should do!