Greetings from freezing cold (yet postcard pretty) Krakow, guys! It was surprisingly mild and wet when I arrived on Sunday night and I almost started wondering why I wasted so much time shopping for a warm winter jacket, but things have cooled down a lot since.
Yesterday it started snowing quite heavily and now I am really grateful to have brought proper winter clothing. It is really cold and the buses are a bit messed up, as the roads have suddenly turned icy, but the city is also really pretty covered in a thick blanket of snow. I’ve missed this sight and the feeling of getting back home from the cold to a steaming hot meal (courtesy of my mum!!)
The mood has been sombre over here as, at the weekend, one of the country’s most progressive politicians (who was the mayor of Gdansk for over 20 years) was fatally stabbed at a charity fundraiser. Most people are in the state of shock. He was a well-loved figure who stood firmly in opposition to the hatred and division politics endorsed by the current government and it does feel that there might have been more to this heinous crime than an isolated idea of an unstable individual who was released from prison a month before.
I don’t normally write about things like this, but the state of things in my country (and many other countries around the world) is truly shocking. I feel like the powers of evil are constantly winning and laughing in our faces as it happens.
Why can’t we exist peacefully side by side without hating, hurting and killing one another in the name of religion, national identity and other divisive, man-made constructs? We are all human beings after all, who want the same things, to love and to be loved and to have a peaceful yet fulfilling life.
Maybe we should screen all of the people running for power for psychopathic tendencies? I feel like that would solve a lot of the issues the world is currently facing.
Okay, rant over! I shall distract myself a little from all this doom and gloom (Britain MPs are pushing us towards a no deal Brexit – happy days! 🙁 ) by telling you how delicious and easy today’s recipe is.
It’s a simple winter themed lunch bowl that features sweet and spicy roasted carrots, chewy spelt, salty olives, sour pomegranate seeds, fresh green leaves and smoky almonds. It’s easy to make and a delight to eat too. Enjoy and I shall check in with you on Saturday as I have a banger of a recipe and I cannot wait to share it with you!
PS: If you make my winter vegan bowl with roasted carrots don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!