Creamy risotto is my all-time favourite meal. Because it is very easy and simple to cook in one pot, this is certainly a go-to meal on weekday evenings. This is my basic mushroom risotto recipe. I love adding ham or prawns to it, which gives a rich flavour. On one occasion, I cooked it without […]Read more "Creamy Mushroom Risotto [recipe]"
My preparation for my PhD viva has officially started. On my desk, I now have a Wiro-bound copy of my thesis, sticky notes, index tabs, highlighters, and a couple of guidebooks on viva tips. I first added index tabs on each section, and I have been re-reading the thesis while creating a page-by-page summary. At […]Read more "Five weeks to go until my viva"
As a teenager, I loved reading poetry. My favourite poets were Kotaro Takamura and Kiyoko Nagase, and I grew up with their books. In my BA, my favourite classes were phonology (English sounds) and morphology (the form of a word). My least favourite (in which I even failed) was second-language acquisition. My teacher in the phonology class was a beautiful […]Read more "My journey across linguistics"
Last weekend, Luca and I thoroughly cleaned the floor, window glass, handrail and furniture in our balcony. It’s a very small, cosy space, so the clean-up was finished in two days after a broom, short-handled brush, cleaning cloth and cleaner arrived. Now, we have coffee on the balcony chair in the mornings, […]Read more "Fresh air in the balcony"
On Monday, 18 May, I submitted my PhD thesis! This week I have fully enjoyed the freedom. The world feels very different, as if I have come back to reality after three years and five months (176 weeks) of journeying on a small, different planet. My feelings transformed slowly, day by day. After the submission […]Read more "Week 177: Submitted my thesis!"