I bought the book "The smell of other people's houses' by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock for my daughter - our bookworm. The school holiday is the time when she reads books wholesale, and she is able to read everything I suggest. I take advantage of this and buy or lend her books which are especially for teenagers as well as set books, so that we will have less work during the school year. The thing that intrigued me about this book was its remarkable title. Now that I have read it, I don't know who it is aimed at. Is it for teenagers or maybe for adults who want to understand their children? I think that it should be read first and foremost by those who don't even try to understand young people. The book presents the typical problems young people have in the difficult and inhospitable surroundings of beautiful Alaska, which, like in reality, partly have their roots in our adult life. They result from differences in our characters, and from a lack of empathy and communication.

Have you ever noticed that every home smells different? Our food, flowers, pets and cosmetics create a domestic smell which is most often associated with love and safety. However, there are also homes which have a different smell and leave young people with childhood memories connected with uncertainty, peril or threat. Longing for a home with a mum, clean sheets and love, fomented in particular by a different scent, strict rules and the lack of any feelings, teenagers feel the need to look for something new. Sometimes they find and fill the emptiness, but sometimes they happen upon a substitute, which when it disappears leaves a permanent mark and changes their life forever.


Do you like Piña colada? This sweet Caribbean fruit drink is made with coconut cream, pineapple juice and rum. It is served with ice, pineapple pieces and lemon slices. Coconut and pineapple are an excellent couple not only in drinks. They are also great together in cakes and salads.

Today, inspired by the recipes from the book "Zielone koktajle. 365 przepisów" ("Green cocktails. 365 recipes") I prepared a light coconut-pineapple dessert. You may make it without sugar if you have enough sweet fruit. If your pineapple isn't very ripe, add a bit of honey to your dessert.

Ingredients (for 4 people)
fruit mousse
1 pineapple
300ml of coconut milk

1 banana
150ml of orange juice
2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut

50g of butter
1 tablespoon of caster sugar
4 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
4 slices of orange


This year thanks to my sister I have a lot of fresh chili pepper. Because my children don't like spicy dishes I add the chili pepper only to meals for adults. I think next spring I will again ask her for some cuttings, because they are quite strong and look so beautiful.

Today I added a bit of chili pepper to tomato-basil salsa. Because it was quite spicy I decided to add it to a mild dish. I prepared an omelette with courgette and goat cheese. The salsa added an excellent piquancy to it. I recommend this dish for a fast and light meal.

3 eggs
150g of courgette
3-4 slices of goat cheese
2 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon of flour
1 tablespoon of butter
salt and pepper

2 tomatoes
3 tablespoons of minced basil
quarter of an onion
2 cloves of garlic
half a chili pepper
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of honey

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