Coffee Date #4 and a Tuna, Cucumber and Olive Salad as a bonus

IMG_20160119_160228I think it’s time for a coffee update. Have I told you how much I enjoy writing these? And today I really need this. So while listening to the Mood Booster playlist by Spotify, just because the classical one was becoming a bit too much, I’m here for a little chat. Preferably over an iced latte. This is a long one, but this is how I originally wrote it so I hope you do have a little read.

While we stand in line at some lovely independent coffee house I’m going to start with something that made me think – really think – this week. There’s so much sad news going round, and as much as I would like to ignore it (because let’s be honest, no one likes bad stuff) I just couldn’t for the past few days. I saw a video posted by my friend Terry which sums everything up so well. The lovely Sadie incidentally also posted something on the subject on her blog today which I just read and liked. All this violence makes me boil inside. I’m not mentioning anything on purpose, one of the reasons being that those responsible don’t deserve it. The victims do though, so sincere condolences to all the families and friends who lost their nearest and dearest. We are with you. As I write this, another person was critically injured in the UK.

Images like this make me hope for a better world. I know I’m not the only one.

I’m still worked up while we wait for our coffee at the counter but it’s always lovely to see you so I eventually calm down. Coincidentally precisely a year ago (almost to the date) J and I went for an open lecture given by Marcus du Sautoy. That’s scary – not the lecture – the coincidence. We got to know about it a couple of hours before so as soon as that happened we drove to Valletta in a bit of a panic but we got there with more than half an hour to spare. The lecture hall was empty when we arrived with only a handful of people there, but it soon filled up. It was fantastic to be there and to listen to what he had to say. We sat behind a family with two kids. Prof. du Sautoy, who is one of the foremost figures in changing the attitude towards the positive when it comes to Maths education, engaged with the family. His face lit up when the little ones told him how much they love Mathematics. It was such a joy to watch and it made J and I smile.
All this didn’t happen now I know, but it made me think how much I miss attending science talks and lectures. Since moving back to Malta this was the first and only one up to now. However the internet is full of information and finding good talks and interviews is a thing for me right now. The University of Surrey invited Prof. Brian Cox again, for a Jim Meets event with a spin. He turned the tables on Prof. Jim Al-Khalili this time and as usual it was a blast. It isn’t a very long interview, but I still listened to it in three instalments or so. Time is always an issue.

So while we’re having a second coffee, and really hoping I’m not boring you, you’re still awake, but that could be the coffee doing its thing  so I raise my tall coffee glass plus straw to you and thank you for still being here. Thanks for listening.

A non-Recipe/Assemblage is now comin’ up. I can understand if some will take offence with me for adding something food-related here, but due to my schedule I have to include it today.

A Simple Salad (7561)My readers in Malta wouldn’t want a cake recipe, at least not today. Am I correct guys? I mean, who in their right mind would want to bake a cake this afternoon? Nobody. This is one of the lightest meal photos I had in my archive and decided to go for it. I just had some leftover chicken curry for lunch this afternoon but really I would have been happy with a fresh salad. This is summer weather, with the temperature a little over 30°C and it will be so for the rest of the week I heard.

This week’s post is a bit of a #ThrowbackThursday too. I had this in my folders for a few years and it remained tucked away there until now. That being said, I make this often in the warmer months. Frankly, with the temperatures hitting the roof, I unapologetically almost never feel the urge to spend any unnecessary time in the kitchen, apart from whipping up something like this and occasionally using the grill. The oven this week is certainly not my friend. So arguably this is the simplest and no-faff things you’ll ever make.

So my advice to you for this week is to relax and don’t beat yourself up too much for not being able to focus during the coming few days on this little rock. Things will only get better…

  • Romaine/Cos lettuce, washed and shredded
  • 1 – 2 spring onions, washed and sliced
  • 1 can of tuna in olive oil, drained
  • handful of Kalamata olives
  • cherry or plum tomatoes, washed and cut in half
  • a cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • few glugs of extra virgin olive oil
  • squeeze of freshly squeezed lemon juice or cider vinegar
  • slice of very crusty bread (optional)

Serves 2 as a light lunch.

Mix all the ingredients into one big mixing bowl, or two small serving ones and eat.


(This post is not sponsored by Spotify or anyone else for that matter, just in case you were wondering.)








10 thoughts on “Coffee Date #4 and a Tuna, Cucumber and Olive Salad as a bonus”

  1. I love our chats, even if they’re not in person. 😉 And the salad does sound lovely for a day like today. (Although I am hard pressed to pass up on cake, some days, hot or cold, just don’t feel like celebration.)

    1. Thanks Sadie! Me too…about the chats and also about the cake, although just roasted some veggies this afternoon for our lunch and cannot wait to sit in front of the fan with a glass of cold cold water. So the cake, alas, hasn’t made it today! 🍰

  2. A wonderful post and I guess you may have heard the news this morning on Jo Cox, she was only 41, it sickens me and as ever my thoughts and prayers go out to her family… add to that Orlando – I feel nothing but sheer sadness, shock and horror for the World and those who die for no reason.

    Thanks for the Instagram link, that is brilliant and we need a little bit more of that, solidarity and acceptance for those who choose to live the lives they wish and not to be terrorised by marginal lunatics.

    Moving on from Politics to Maths – I have to confess I was never great at the subject at School but have grown to like it a bit more since. I have watched one or two Boxing Day lectures on TV that I think were hosted at Kings College in London. All were hosted by Prof. Brian Cox and a couple of the people you mentioned in your post may have made guest appearances. I can’t remember for sure but I definitely have heard of all the people you referred to.

    What I loved about these programmes though was how accessible they were to people not just from within academic circles but those who aren’t also.

    That has got to be a good thing to drive the enthusiasm more in a way that some of the old school teachers of my day back in the 70s 80s just couldn’t muster for me.

    Must try your recipe, sounds lovely!!!

    1. Thanks Nick. Yes what happened to Jo Cox is horrendous. I linked something about it too. Things unfolded so fast that by the time I read that she didn’t make it I couldn’t believe it. I still cannot. I told Johann about it and we just stared at each other in disbelief. She was just doing her job and seemed so dedicated. Those children will grow without their mother. I am shocked.

      Johann showed me that Instagram photo yesterday and it moved me. So fitting that the held the vigil by Turing’s statue too. Yes we do need more acceptance. I can’t understand all this violence.
      I’m not very good at maths either but I devoured algebra at school. I still love it but haven’t worked on any formulas for ages! I should though especially now during this unbearable summer temperatures we’re getting, when all I want to do is to stay home in front of the fan! Too hot now.

      Johann said you have another blog post published and I can’t wait to read it! Sending my best to you and the family!

  3. I like how this post is such a concise read yet with so much information (and a recipe) ! Loved reading it!

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