I’ve been juggling an even more demanding schedule than usual lately, both intellectually and physically. It’s actually been very exciting, but I’ve been operating way out of my comfort zone, and my gypsy soul is beginning to long for a vacation – the kind where you’re flopped on a beach without a care in the world, the sound of the surf lulling you, while the sea breezes whisper through the palm trees, and the sun melts away

With Tatjana in Mustique

With Tatjana in Mustique

any remaining tension in your body. Unfortunately, I can’t really take the time out right now, so I do the next best thing, a quick mini-trip down memory lane. Click the links to read more about our adventures past.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Just a year ago I was on a trip of a lifetime with my entire immediate family cruising the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, and visiting some of the most enchanting cities in Europe for Mom and Dad’s 80th birthdays. That is what I miss most (after my daughter of course) about living in London – the ability to travel so easily to a completely different country, culture, and topography for just a weekend.

Bali for Tatjana's 25th birthday

Bali for Tatjana’s 25th birthday

The year before that, Tatjana and I were celebrating her 25th birthday in Bali, and let’s not forget the 21st birthday (that was actually postponed until December so I could compete on Ultimate Recipe Showdown) in Mexico.

Summers at the lake house - Tatjana with friends

Summers at the lake house – Tatjana with friends

I miss our summers at the lake house, and I doubt anything could match the adrenalin rush of exploring the African bush. Waking in the middle of the night to an elephant trying to share our tent, and having a baboon jump into the Jeep between us, although I could have happily skipped the snake bite part.

“Mom, there is something outside and it sounds REALLY big!”

“Mom, there is something outside and it sounds REALLY big!”

Perhaps it’s down to my method-training as an actor, but the photos do spark all of the sensations along with the memories, and I do begin to feel revived. If that doesn’t work, try making this delicious Balinese twist on a pina colada below! I don’t want to live in the past (because there is still so much more I want to experience and explore) but sometimes I do wish we had the ability to time-travel and visit happy memories again. Where would you travel through time?

Lemongrass-Lychee-ColadaLemongrass & Lychee Colada

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

8 ounces pineapple juice
4 fresh lychees
1 banana
1 peach
6 ounces coconut milk
4 lemongrass
1/4 of a slice of pineapple for garnish
2 straws

DIRECTIONS:

1). Add pineapple juice, lychee, banana, peach and coconut milk to a blender. Blend well until the consistency of a thin smoothie.

2). Cut the ends of the lemongrass with an X at the bottom so it will impart flavor to the drink.

3). Divide the mixture between glasses. Add a cut lemongrass for flavor and stirring, a straw to each glass, garnish with pineapple.

Variations:

For a fabulous cocktail, add 151 Bacardi rum and Mailbu.

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  • June 17, 2014
    12:50 pm

    I haven’t been anywhere wonderful, but then I consider home to be wonderful, so maybe the word I’m looking for is exotic. It’s too difficult to travel, so I try to travel through recipes. Hummus is always an exotic treat, an essential to have on hand for when guests drop by and I have to admit, I love to smear it on a piece of bread or toast for a snack. Using garam masala always makes me feel like I’m about to embark on an exotic meal through the truth is, you can rub it onto chicken, pork, whatever and turn a plain old meal into a wonderful one. I love a whole chicken stuffed with lemons and rubbed with the garam masala and roasted so it’s juicy and filled with flavour. There’s my traveling! I’m afraid I won’t be getting on a plane and going anywhere soon, but that’s okay. As long as I can cook some fun meals, read interesting books (I’m in Paris with the book I’m reading right now even though I’m sitting at home) and paint in my studio, I’m a happy camper.

  • June 17, 2014
    4:11 pm

    Went to Europe in 2009, Amsterdam; Paris; London an loved every minute of it. I was lucky enough to have my hudband propose at the Eiffel Tower. just needed more time!! So so ready to go back an see next time Italy an southern France. I do wish I lived close enough to take weekend train trips! !

  • June 17, 2014
    10:06 pm

    As a Australian I find that travelling to Europe or even the U.S is a long long way away. So much so that I have not been to the States or Europe in 25yrs (awful I know)!
    My brother-in-law loves to tease me about it several times a year, as he works in the travel industry and constantly travels with his family. I absolutely loved London and considered it as ‘home’. I miss it terribly. I also loved Chicago…..the people…..culture….food…..you name it.
    One day I shall return……there is so much more to see.

    • June 18, 2014
      8:03 am

      I get it Aussie Mum, when I came to Australia (31 years ago) I loved the people and the place, but I thought the flight would never end, and the jet lag lasted 3 weeks!

  • June 18, 2014
    2:29 pm

    ❤️’d everyplace I’ve travelled to so far — London/Paris/Amsterdam/Brussels/Prague/Budapest/Lisbon and looking forward to Barcelona and Madrid this autumn!!!!