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Food Combinations You Never Thought Would Taste So Good

Food Combinations You Never Thought Would Taste So Good

Ever since I was a kid, something seemed off when it came to eating habits. However, what can you expect from a child who grew up at a family dinner table where it was absolutely normal to dip a cube of sugar into their soup? How was it possible to stay conservative when it came to food, when the whole family just loved to mix salted cabbage with sugar and olive oil. I had no idea that it was more suitable to eat meat and potatoes pie with ketchup until I was nine years old. I was enjoying my meat and potatoes pie with jam or condensed milk.

Over the years my food preferences have changed quite a lot, but one thing stays consistent: I still enjoy my potatoes with jam or condensed milk. I’m sure you might come to a snap judgement about mixing meat and jam, but you really should give it a try. You might be amazed at how tasty it is. Below are my top five favorite food combinations that others have thought strange. I encourage you to give them a chance.

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French fries with vanilla ice cream

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      This food combination is my guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, I cannot make any healthy remarks about mixing fries with ice cream. However, it has saved me from quite a few gloomy and snowy days we have here in Russia during the winter season. You will be surprised how good it tastes. I have many friends who have also fallen in love with this food combination.

      Watermelon with brown bread

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          I am not sure about how this combination came to be but I have a feeling that it relates a little bit to the Russian culture. Growing up in, we developed a mentality where even the most delicious dish has to be filling, and in no time we created a way of how to do it. I can tell you now that when I eat my watermelon without brown bread on the side, it feels that something significant is missing.

          Pasta with yogurt and chocolate

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                This might seem weird at first, but you would be surprised at how tasty the combination can be. There was a day when I came home from work to an almost empty fridge. All I had was pasta, yogurt, chocolate pasta, and some olive oil. You can probably assume what I did next. I boiled the pasta and then mixed in the yogurt, chocolate pasta and olive oil.  Since I don’t let myself eat chocolate often, this one is considered another guilty pleasure. When I do indulge, I enjoy and appreciate every bite of it.

                Brown bread with sour cream, avocado and honey

                When I was a child I would use a generous amount of sugar, and I didn’t know about avocados. Now I’ve become very conscious about what I eat and I try to do it the right way. Hence, I excluded sugar and substituted it with a healthier source of sugar–honey–and added avocado. My friends call this a “pity parody of a sandwich,” but I am confident in saying that this sandwich is an awesome and time-saving snack.

                Buckwheat and yogurt

                This one is my favorite. I literally cannot imagine my life without this food combination. During an interview I was asked, ”What are the three things you cannot live without?” This dish was on that list. I love the taste, but even more I love the fact that it is healthy. It’s also very simple to make: mix one cup of buckwheat with two cups of boiled water and let it set for an hour. Another way is to boil the buckwheat for 15-20 minutes. Add some plain yogurt on top, salt, and enjoy.

                What are some food combinations you love, but that others might think sound strange?

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                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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