What to eat this Spring (season food)

Hey pixels!! Spring is here, and so are Spring veggies!! Every season has its own veggies and fruits, which are fresh and better than ever. We should enjoy them. They are not just fresh, yummy and full of vitamins, but they tend to be cultivated near where do you live, and eat local products is better.

Eating fresh products it’s healthy and better for the environment. You can make yummy recipes that will taste awesome. Here, I’m going to make some Spring & Easter recipes using this kind of products. Keep in touch to read them, my happy pixels!

What to eat this Spring

Baby lettuces

Endive

Corn salad

Beet greens

Chives

Morel mushrooms

Rhubarb

Beets

Parsnips

Radishes

Salad turnips

Chard

Apricots

Blackberries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Nectarines

Peaches

Plums

Asparagus

Potaoes

Garden peas

Scallions

Onions

It’s a long list!! And I’m sure that there are even more… Do you miss something on this list, my happy pixels? Do you cook using seasonal products? What’s your favourite Spring recipe? Please, let me know in the comments below.

The Mistery Blogger Award

Hey pixels!! I’ve been nominated by my friend, the lovely blogger behind IgnitedMoth. If you haven’t yet ventured over to her blog I do highly recommend it. She’s always so nice and her blog focuses on creativity, passion and inspiration.

Mistery Blogger Award

The rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules. Copy.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. Wait, who created this?
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer five questions from the nominator. Okie.
  • Nominate from 10 to 20 bloggers.
  • Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

3 things about me:

I’m planning my first crowdfunding: it’s going to be a book about travelling. Well, a book about a woman travelling solo through Europe, and about a couple of interesting subjects. Keep in touch for more info, my happy pixels!!

I read about 25-30 books every year. Yes, I count them. I would like to read more, but I don’t have enough time.

I love making lists: from shopping lists to the list of the places where I want to travel. Any kind of list. I just enjoy making them. I don’t know if that makes me an organized person or not, but I do my best. 🙂

 

Questions:

Do you believe in any superstitions? Or practice any even though you think it’s silly?

I like to think that I’m not superstitious at all, but sometimes I’m. Maybe not in a regular way, but I have my own superstitions. Like doing the steps of a recipe always in the same order. First, measuring ingredients, second turning the oven on….

What type of food did you hate as a kid but love now?

Chickpeas, I really hated them as a kid. I couldn’t eat chickpeas for about 10 years… But, then, I went to university and, I don’t know why, one day I ate chickpeas and I fell in love with them. Weird…

Can you name a person that you’ve never met but that has inspired you in some way?

That’s a difficult one. I think I’ve been inspired by many writters or painters, movie makers…. Art inspires me, so I get inspiration from books, songs, movies…. I think I can’t say just a name!!

What was the last movie you watched?

El guardián invisible. It’s a Spanish thriller; in a small town someone is killing young woman. The main charachter is a policewoman who is in charge of the investigations. She is from this town, and the bad relation she has with her mother is an important part of the plot.

What is your favorite work(s) of fiction to geek out over? (We’re talking books, TV & film, comics, etc.)

I love The Big Bang Theory, but I prefer the older chapters. Now I’m reading a book series, by Mari Jungstedt, a Swedish woman, they are great.

My best post:

Vegan cinnamon rolls: a sweet treat for breakfast. Yummy and cruelty free!!

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My nominees:

  1. Beauty and the Flawed
  2. Mitty Committee
  3. Once Upon My World
  4. Morristown Memos
  5. Business Media Web
  6. Verde Madre
  7. A Vegan Bear
  8. Radiate Food Vibes
  9. Aditi Singh
  10. Travelling Around The World
  11. Very Punny
  12. Tabi Bee

Congratulations, my happy pixels!! Your blogs are great!!

My questions:

  1. What or who inspired you to blog?
  2. What was the biggest obstacle you overcame last year? Or recently, really?
  3. What’s your every day mantra?
  4. If you’re allowed one impossible thing only you can do, what would that be?
  5. What’s your spiritual mythical creature?

Looking forward to reading your answers!! Lots of love,

Sílvia.

2 ingredients chocolate cake

Hey pixels!! Today’s cake it’s flourless and healthy. Just eggs and chocolate. A simple but wonderful cake that everyone will enjoy. I think it’s a Japanese recipe. I’ve made it for my parents. Today they are coming back from a trip; after a whole week I wanted to surprise them with something sweet. This is my way to say “Welcome”. 😉 I hope they will enjoy it!!

It has no sugar, so it’s healthier than other chocolate cakes. But, don’t worry, my happy pixels: it’s sweet enough. You won’t notice there is no sugar in your cake.

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And we don’t use flour. Actually I’m not sure if it’s gluten free or not. There is gluten in eggs or chocolate? No idea, my happy pixels…. Probably not in eggs, but it depends on the kind of chocolate you’re using…. Check it if you want to make this cake and you can’t eat gluten…

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I’ve doubled the ingredients amounts, but baking time is the same. I wanted a bigger cake!!! It was ready in 30′. The recipe I found said 30-40′ baking time; mine was ready in just 30′, so check it, please. Every oven is different, so baking times are just a good guide.

The result is yummy. Tender and soft, I love this cake. I hope you’ll love it, too!!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 330g chocolate (mine is 55% cocoa)

Directions:

Preheat oven at 170ºC

Melt chocolate using a microwave or a double boiler.

Allow chocolate to cool. While, beat egg whites until soft peaks form (meringue). Set aside.

Add egg yolks to melted chocolate. Stir until combined.

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In 3 times, add meringue to chocolate mixture. Use  a spatula to combine well all the ingredients together.

Pour mixture in a greased round mold. Mine is 20cm diameter.

Bake for 30-40′. (Mine was ready in just 30′, probably yours will be ready, too).

Allow to cool completely before unmolding. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top if you want. Maybe will be even better if you serve it with some fresh fruit. Strawberries, for example.

Have you ever tried this kind of cake? Are you going to make one? Please, let me know in the comments below.

 

Things I want to do this Spring

Hey pixels!! Spring is here!! That means warmer temperatures and a better weather. Maybe not now, but things will improve. It’s time for outdoors activities, like picnics or exercise.

At the beginning of every season, I write about my goals for the next 3 months. Sometimes I don’t finish all my goals, but at least I try to do it. And it’s always nice to have some goals. Do you do something similar, my happy pixels? Do you have any goals for Spring?

Things I want to do this Spring

A photo by David Marcu. unsplash.com/photos/VfUN94cUy4o

Do some exercise

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Make Easter recipes from all over the world (soon I’ll post them here, my happy pixels)

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Start my first crowfunding (stay in touch for more info, it will be awesome!!)

Improve my Youtube channel

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Taking lots of pictures

Enjoy cycling season

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Throw an Eurovision party (13 may, remeber, my happy pixels!!)

That’s all, my happy pixels!! What do you think about my Spring goals, my happy pixels? If you have your own goals, you can share them here. Thank you!!

Photo source: Unsplash.

Vanilla Magic cake

Hey pixels!! I’ve been reading about magic cakes on the Internet for a while, but this has been my first time making one. I’ve found different magic cake recipes: vanilla, chocolate, even banana. But this time, I’ve chosen the vanilla one. I love vanilla flavour, and I’ve made it for my granny, who does not like chocolate cakes so much.

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The magic it’s that you get a three layer cake using just one mixture. I was not sure about my result, specially when I find that the mixture was a bit liquid. But I must say it has worked. One mixture, three layers: this cake is awesome!! And the vanilla flavoured pudding layer is the best!! Wow… (next time, I’ll try the chocolate one, my happy pixels, you know I love chocolate).

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I didn’t decorate the cake with powdered sugar, but you can do it if you want. I think that the cake is sweet enough, but a bit of sugar on top is always good. I hope you enjoy this cake, my happy pixels!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs (separate yolks from whites) at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  •  ½ cup butter, melted
  •  ¾ cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, lukewarm
  • optional: powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

Preheat oven to 190C. Grease a baking dish. Use butter or olive oil.

Add  egg whites to a bowl and mix until egg whites are stiff. Set aside.

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light. Add butter and vanilla extract and continue beating for another 1-2′ after which you can add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.

Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together. Add the egg whites, a third at a time and gently fold them in using a spatula, repeat until all egg whites are folded in.

Pour batter into greased baking dish and bake for about 40′, or until the top is lightly golden. The baking time could vary greatly depending on the oven, so take a peek at around 35′ and see how it looks.

Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled.

Have you ever tried a magic cake, my happy pixels? Vanilla or chocolate? Do you like this kind of dessert? Please, let me know in the comments below.

One pot vegetarian tortellini soup

Hey pixels!! Winter is coming to an end, and temperatures are slowly rising (well, here not that slowly). But I still want soup to eat. I love soup. This one is comfy, yummy and healthy, and it’s ready in 25-30′. Perfect!! Pasta, cheese and veggies together to make you enjoy your lunch!

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You don’t need great cooking skills to make this awesome soup, it’s that easy. And, of course, you can use your favourite veggies to make it. And your favourite tortellini filling. I’ve used a mixture of spinach and ricotta filling, but you can change it. If you eat meat, you can even use a meat filling.

Yes, I know: my pasta was full of spinach and I’ve add more spinach. I just love them, my happy pixels!!

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I ate this soup yesterday, it was my lunch. I was tired and I didn’t want to make a difficult recipe, so I made this comfy soup. Yummy!! This week I’ve been home alone, and I’ve had less work cleaning and cooking. I’m making food for 2 persons and I eat the leftovers for dinner: less work!! This is a good trick, I think. Don’t worry, almost everything you cook can be stored in a closed container for a couple of days. In your fridge, of course.

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If you do this, just add cheese to your lunch and store the leftovers without cheese. It’s better if you add it just before eating. But, of course, adding cheese is optional. If you don’t use cheese or if you use a vegan version, and a vegan tortellini filling, this recipe it’s still great. And vegan. So everyone can eat it!!

I’m not vegan; actually I have a love story with cheese. I just can’t live without it….;)

Enjoy this soup, my happy pixels!!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small zucchini, cubed
  • 1/3 spinach, defrosted
  • 1/3 cup mushrooms, sliced and fried
  • 1 package fresh tortellini (choose your favourite filling)
  • 1 canned tomato, peeled and sliced + 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water (or stock)
  • salt, sugar, oregano, basil to taste
  • grated cheese: mozzarella and emmental
Directions:

Cook onion in olive oil for 5-6′. Add garlic and cook 1′ more. Add oregano and basil.

Add tomato and tomato sauce. Here, I add 1 teaspoon sugar, because tomatoes are too acid for me. Cook 2-3′; add zucchini and pumpkin. Pour water (or vegetable stock if you prefer).

Cook vegetables until tender, about 7-9′; add, spinach, tortellini and mushrooms.

Allow to cook until pasta is done.

Serve with grated cheese on top.

It’s still cold where do you live, my happy pixels? Do you eat soup? Do you want to make this one? Please, let me know in the comments below.

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