Sun protection and summer skin care

I want to introduce a short review of my favorite summer care products.
best french sun protection 2015

I have been using Bioderma Photoderm for five years in a raw. I am very happy that the products are not only about sun protection, but skincare in general.

My top summer cream is

Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat – Matifying Fluid SPF30 40ml

It is for oil skin and it prevents from oil skin look in summer.

When I need even more stronger protection I add

Bioderma Photoderm MAX Cream SPF 50+ tube 40 ml.

Both are waterproof. Used for surfing and cycling.

Total body is covered with Bioderma Photoderm MAX Spray SPF50+ 200ml, so when I am in an airport after one or more months in Mexico, I am the only one who is pale. people think I had a short break. Haha!

For hairs in summer I use Morrocan oil serie. Yes, it is a little bit oily for some people but in summer its exactly what my hairs need. I even do Coconut Oil 100% Pure hair mask with any organic coconut oil. I put it on dry hairs and leave for as long as I could, then wash with morrocanoil. Look silky!

And two life hacks for a face care.

Konjac Sponge with Activated Charcoal  for soft everyday peeling. Works better than soap and any cleanser, but just with water. And any of these serums at night Vitamin C Serum for Face with Hyaluronic Acid | 20% C + Vitamin E.

Take care of your skin this summer!

Strawberry harvesting at Czech farms

Strawberry season is approaching. The very first Czech strawberries will be sold at farm markets very soon. Another option is called Czech “samosběr“ (self plucking). It is possible at some strawberry’s farms from the end of May.

Harvesting by the student during a strawberry season

Jahodárna Vranany announced samosběr in the beginning of June. For dates please check here.

Kunratické jahody dates for samosběr can be checked later in May here

Jahody z Holešova around 30th of May depends on weather

Fruit gardens Bríství also announced the last week of May. Check later here.

Homemade Basil Pesto

Finally we got back our farm market after long winter. There are a lot of herbs on the Andel farm market today. Basil pesto is what we use quite often for sandwiches, mozzarella, salads and pasta. So I stopped to buy it and once a time make it by myself.

Here is a very easy step by step tutorial how to make fresh basil pesto at home.

I make it different from time to time: with or without garlic, with or without nuts or Parmesan cheese. Olive oil is always used and it has to be the best quality, because you feel how it tastes too much.

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Today I made garlic and pine nuts basil pesto.

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Just blend it all together and conserve with extra olive oil at the top to prevent color change.

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I was so happy today to buy all that green stuff freshly grown in Czech.


Asparagus cooking and serving ideas

Asparagus is very popular in Czech Republic.

Only seasonally on the menu, asparagus dishes are advertised outside many restaurants, usually from late April to June. For the French style, asparagus is often boiled or steamed and served with hollandaise sauce, melted butter or olive oil, Parmesan cheese or mayonnaise. Tall, narrow asparagus cooking pots allow the shoots to be steamed gently, their tips staying out of the water.

It has many health benefits, so I cook it often, when it is possible.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of raw asparagus contains approximately 27 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

That same cup will also provide 70% of your daily vitamin K needs, 20% of vitamin A, 17% of foliate, 16% of iron, 13% of vitamin C and thiamin as well as smaller amounts of vitamin E, niacin, vitamin B6 and potassium.

In Czech Republic we have thicker asparagus, so I advice to peel it before cooking. I cook in just two or three minutes in boiling water with a pinch of salt. Then serve in different ways.

Today I offer you my latest asparagus serving ideas: asparagus with poached eggs and Parmesan_DSC1671-30Apr2015

and grilled vegetables with asparagus, Parmesan and sweet balsamic acid.


What grows in my Prague garden?

Some mint. I have a lot of Peppermint and just new small cocktail mint. In hope to have good Mohito in summer!

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10 sorts of strawberries and wild-berries. I hope insects will not eat them all._DSC1710-01May2015Wild wild berry_DSC1716-04May2015and more strawberry_DSC1724-04May2015A lot of bird-cherry trees

and more blueberries, basil, one green onion and flowers.