Things I want to do this Autumn (for free) / Cosas que quiero hacer este otoño

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Hey pixels!! At least Autumn is here!! My favourite season!! Summer has been great, but now I want to enjoy all this happy things that come with Autumn: knitting, warm clothes, rain, a cup of hot chocolate while reading a book…

I can’t wait to do all this stuff!! I’ll have to wait a bit, because here it’s warm until the end of October. After that, it will start the real Autumn. I have a list of activities to do when it’s cold outside!!

¡¡Hey pixels!! ¡¡Por fin el otoño está aquí!! Mi estación favorita. El verano ha sido genial, pero ahora quiero disfrutar de todas las cosas felices que vienen con el otoño: hacer punto, ropa calentita, lluvia, una taza de chocolate mientras lees un libro…

¡No puedo esperar para hacer todo esto! Tengo que esperar un poco, porque aquí hace calor hasta finales de octubre. Pero después de esto, empieza el otoño de verdad. ¡¡Tengo una lista de actividades que quiero hacer cuando hace fresquito fuera!!

Things I want to do this Autumn

Take up a sport (seriously) / Empezar a hacer ejercicio (en serio)

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Read a book under my blanket while having a cup of chocolate / Leer un libro bajo mi mantita mientas me tomo un chocolate calentito

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Take a lot of pictures / Hacer un montón de fotos

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Start my second year as a blogger with tons of energy and new ideas / Empezar mi segundo año como blogger con toneladas de energía y de nuevas ideas

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Improve my Etsy shop / Mejorar mi tienda en Etsy

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Study French / Estudiar francés

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Knitt my first sweater / Tejer mi primer jersey

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Write a lot / Escribir mucho

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Drink (alcohol free) homemade eggnog / Beber eggnog casero (sin alcohol)

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Have a walk under the rain / Dar un paseo bajo la lluvia

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Do you have any goals this Autumn, my happy pixels? Please, let me know in the comments below.

¿Tenéis metas para este otoño, mis felices pixels? ¿Por que no nos las comentáis?

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A last Summer recipe / Una última receta de verano

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Hey pixels!! Summer is (almost) over… Are you sad, my happy pixels? You shouldn’t; Autumn is great, too. Oh, and it’s still time to make a last Summer recipe. A cool and nice one. How about a potato salad?

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How it looks? Nice? Today temperatures are so warm here… I just want some Summer fresh food.

Ingredients (feel free to make changes):

  • Potatos
  • Blue cheese, cubed
  • Tomato, cubed
  • Fried tofu (instructions to make it here)
  • vegan maio

Directions:

Peel, cube and boil potatos until tender. Allow them to cool.

Mix all your ingredients in a bowl. Serve cold.

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It’s that easy!! What do you think about it, my pixels? ¿Are you going to make this last Summer recipe? ¿Are you waiting for Autumn? Please, let me know in the comments below.

 

Ingredientes (haced los cambios que queráis):

  • patatas
  • queso azul, en cubos
  • tomates, en cubos
  • tofu frito (instrucciones para prepararlo aquí
  • mayonesa vegana

Instrucciones:

Pela y corta en cubos tus patatas. Hiérvelas hasta que estén tiernas. Déjalas enfriar.

Mezcla todos tus ingredientes en un bol. Sirve frío.

¡Ya está! ¡Es así de fácil! ¿Que os parece, mis pixels? ¿Vais a hacer esta última receta de verano? ¿O ya estáis pensando en el otoño? Aquí aún no se puede demasiado porque aún hace calor…

 

Mini pepper focaccias

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Hey pixels!! Do you remember our tomato focaccia? We did it some time ago… Have you tried it at home? Today I’ve made a small version of it, but using peppers instead of tomatos.

What do you think? The dough is exactly the same. Just the topping is different.

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Ingredients:

Dough (if you want to make less units, use half of every ingredient):

  • warm water (about a small glass content)
  • 25g yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 500g flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

Topping:

Directions:

First, make the dough. Do you remember how we did it? Here is a reminder!!

First, in a big bowl, mix well water and yeast. Add the egg, oil and salt.

Add the flour. Keep kneading until you have a consistent dough. Finish kneading in a floured surface.

Transfer the dough to the bowl and cover using a fabric napkin. Let it rest until it has doubled its size, about 30-40′

When the dough is ready, divide it into small portions. Flat each one, giving them a more or less round shape. Spread some roasted peppers on top.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 20-30′, at 180ºC. Start checking at minute 20, to be sure you don’t overcook them.

What do you think about this recipe, my happy pixels? Are you going to make it at home? Why not instagram your version?? Use the hashtag #thehappiestpixel.

Ingredientes (si queréis hacer menos unidades, dividid por la mitad la cantidad de cada ingrediente):

  • agua tibia (1 vaso pequeño)
  • 1 huevo
  • 25g de levadura
  • 500g de harina
  • 1 pellizco de sal
  • 5 cucharadas de aceite de oliva
  • pimientos asados

Instrucciones:

En un bol grande, mezclar el agua y la levadura. Añadir el huevo, el aceite y la sal.

Agregar la harina y amasar hasta obtener una masa lisa y compacta. Terminar el amasado en una superficie lisa, ligeramente enharinada.

Devolver la masa al bol, cubrir con un paño y dejar reposar hasta que doble su tamaño, más o menos 30-40′

Dividir la masa en porciones pequeñas. Aplanarlas, dándoles una forma más o menos redondeada. Cubrirlas con los pimientos.

Hornear en un horno precalentado a 180ºC durante 20-30′. Vigila atentamente la cocción para no quemarlas.

¿Que opináis de esta receta, mis felices pixels? ¿Vais a hacerla en casa? Si la hacéis, ¿por que no colgar una foto de vuestra versión en Instagram? Usad el hashtag #thehappiestpixel.

Guest post: my experiences as a vegetarian person.

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Hey pixels!! As you may know, this is a blog full of vegan and vegetarian recipes. So, when my friends at Instinto Verde asked me if I could write a guest post explaining my personal experiences as a vegetarian person, I was so happy, because I’ve never talked here about this subject.

Hey pixels!! Como ya sabéis, este es un blog en el que, entre otras cosas, os cuento mis recetas vegetarianas o veganas. Por ello, cuando mis amigos de Instinto Verde me preguntaron si podía escribir este post contando mis experiencias personales, me alegré mucho, ya que es un tema que no he tocado aún en el blog.

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Actually I am not a really strict vegetarian, and I’ve never thought about becoming vegan. But I believe in a plant based diet . To respect animals and environment.

La verdad es que no soy una vegetariana muy estricta, y de momento no me he planteado abrazar el veganismo, pero si que estoy a favor de una dieta basada en los vegetales. Por respeto a los animales y por el medio ambiente.

This is why my blog is about vegetarian recipes. I think there is a lot of people who don’t know that you can make a great variety of delicious meat free dishes.

Por ello mi blog trata solamente de recetas vegetarianas, ya que creo que mucha gente no sabe que en realidad se puede preparar una gran variedad de platos deliciosos que no incluyan carne.

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This is one of the comments people has made made me since I don’t eat meat. If I miss eating it or what I eat. I think they believe that I eat salad three times every day. That’s not true, as you may know, my happy pixels.

Esta es una de las cosas que más me han comentado desde que dejé la carne. Si la echo de menos o que como. Creo que la gente que me hace esta pregunta piensa que como ensalada tres veces al día. Nada más lejos; como ya sabéis, mis felices pixels.

One funny comment I heard often is: “you don’t know what you’re missing”. Does this people know that I haven’t been vegetarian all my life?

Una cosa que encuentro divertida es cuando me dicen: “no sabes lo que te pierdes”. ¿Ya sabe esta gente que no he sido vegetariana toda la vida, verdad?

I’ve been lucky. Despite some punctual complainings or commentars, my family and friends have supported me in my decision of changing my diet. For me, the most difficult part was leaving aside dishes with minced meat (like canneloni or meatballs), because they were my favourite. But then, I discovered wonderful meat substitutes. I think the trick to become a vegetarian person is to go slowly. I started trying different meat free recipes, and I stopped eating meat slowly. Before I could realize, the process was finished. I found myself eating even a wider variety of recipes, and all of them were wonderful.

He tenido suerte, ya que, a pesar de algunas quejas puntuales o de comentarios como “ya se te pasará esta manía”, mi familia y amigos me apoyaron en mi decisión al cambiar de dieta. Para mí, lo más difícil fue dejar de comer platos que tuvieran carne picada (canelones, albóndigas…), puesto que eran mis favoritos. Hasta que descubrí sus alternativas. Creo que el truco para vegetarianizar tu dieta es ir despacio, a tu ritmo. Yo fui probando diferentes recetas y dejé la carne despacito. Sin darme cuenta, el proceso ya estaba hecho. Me encontré comiendo incluso una variedad de recetas superior a la de antes, y me gustaban todas.

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Another tip is not to follow every food trend. Every food has its benefits, beyond trends. Not just because everyone is eating oats or quinoa that means you have to use it in all your recipes. For example, I don’t like oats so much.

Otro consejo es el de no seguir las modas alimenticias. Todos los alimentos tienen sus beneficios, más allá de las modas. No porque la avena o la quinoa sean lo último significa que tengas que ponerlas en todos los platos que cocines. A mí, por ejemplo, no me gusta mucho la avena.

If you want, you can (like everything else). Oh, and you should start thinking a cool explanation, because you’re going to hear: “why exactly are you doing this?”.

Al final, es como todo: si se quiere, se puede. Y ten a mano una explicación ingeniosa, porque te vas a hartar de oír: “¿Y por qué lo haces exactamente?”

Are you vegetarian, my happy pixels? I give you all my support for making the transition (if you want; it’s up to you).

Espero que os vaya bien si os animais a vegetarianizar vuestra dieta, mis felices pixels. ¡Os doy todo mi apoyo!

How to roast peppers

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Hey pixels!! Today recipe is a simple one. But it can be used for multiple purposes: soups, salads… Roasted peppers. Who doesn’t love them? I do. And trust me, my happy pixels: this ones, roasted at home, are better than the canned version.

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Maybe it takes a bit of time, but it’s an easy job. It’s worth the effort, my happy pixels. I think this is a recipe everyone should try at least once. You can buy lots of peppers, roast them and keep them on your freezer. So, next time you just have to defrost and use. Simple as that!!

I use red peppers because they are my favourites, but you can use green or yellow peppers, or more than one kind of pepper at the same time.

Ingredients:

  • 7 large red peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven at 190ºC. Place your peppers in  two baking sheets.

Bake peppers for about 40′. Remove them from the oven; place them in a closed container. This will essentially steam the peppers and make the skins much easier to remove.

Once peppers are cool enough, peel them. Remove seeds and cut them into long stripes.

After that, cook your pepper stripes in olive oil and salt for 5-7′. This way they’ll be ready to use for your favourite pepper recipe.

May I suggest a tofu & peppers rice salad?

Note: you can freeze the peppers and use them later.

Do you roast peppers at home, my happy pixels? Are you going to make it now? Please, let me know in the comments below.

Ingredientes:

  • 7 pimientos rojos, grandes
  • aceite de oliva, 1/2 cucharadita de sal

Instrucciones:

Precalienta el horno a 190ºC.

Dispón los pimientos en dos bandejas de horno; hornéalos durante 40′.

Al sacarlos del horno, mételos en una olla tapada mientras enfrían. El vapor hará que luego sea más fácil pelarlos.

Una vez estén fríos, pela los pimientos, quita las semillas y córtalos en tiras.

Después de esto, cuécelos con aceite de oliva y un poco de sal durante 5-7′. De este modo estarán listos para que los uses en tu receta con pimientos asados favorita. ¿Puedo sugerir una ensalada de tofu y pimientos?

Nota: podéis congelar los pimientos ya cocidos y usarlos más adelante.

¿Asáis pimientos en casa, mis felices pixels? ¿Lo vais a probar ahora? ¿Nos dejáis un comentario?

THP blogging tips + a bonus

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Hey pixels!! Last week was my first birthday as a blogger. During this first year I’ve  been trying to improve my skills as a blogger. I think I’m doing it better now than at the beggining, but I also know there are things I have to improve even more.

Blogging is not as easy as most people think. It’s fun, but there are hard moments, too. I think the most important is not giving up and asking for help if you need it.

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The following tips are based on what I’ve learnt during all this year. They are just tips, not rules.

  1. Write about your passions. If you’re not motivated, your readers will notice.
  2. Be kind; don’t ignore the commentars you receive. Interaction is important. Also, don’t forget you are writing for other people, not just for you. Talk to your blog friends  and invite them to participate in your work.
  3. Plan carefully your weekly posts and work hard on them. Remember: quality over quantity.
  4. Use pictures. Edit your own or use a web with pictures you can use for free (like Unsplash.)
  5. Spread the word. Use social media. This is one of the things I should improve.
  6. Be honest. People know you’re not perfect, so don’t pretend to be.
  7. It’s ok to make mistakes. Next time you’re going to make it better.
  8. And the most important: be yourself. Don’t imitate another bloggers. Your blog should be your voice, so find your own way to express yourself and use it.

And here is the bonus!! THP first year top five!! Enjoy it!!

How to make tomato sauce for all winter

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Cauliflower Alfredo sauce + pasta

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Tempura

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DIY 22: Home made donut ice cream cones

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My weekend DIY project 19: red velvet mug cake

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, my happy pixels!! Thanks for reading it!!

How do you work on your blogs? Do you have some advice to share?? Please, let me know in the comments below.

THP first birthday!! Let’s celebrate!!

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Hey pixels!! Today is a big day!! One year ago I wrote and published my first post. The first happy and pixelated post. I remember I was so nervous because I wasn’t sure about how the blogging experience would be. I’ve had another blog in the past, but it was a disaster, so I must say I was a little afraid of repeting the bad experience.

But this time it has been a good, awesome experience. During this 12 months I’ve known a lot of interesting people and I’ve had my first awards, guest post and collaborations. Amazing!!

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I couldn’t have done anything without you, my happy and lovely pixels!! So this post is my way to say thank you, and my present for you. It comes with not one, but three awesome recipes that you can make later at home. Two of them are from my friends Gail, from Snapshots in cursive,  and Grace, from Treat Yourself Today, who are collaborating with me to celebrate my first birthday as a blogger!! Thank you, you’re amazing!!

You can see her wonderful recipes on the links above. Now, here it’s mine. I should tell this is my favourite dessert, I could eat one or two every day… or more…. It’s a French dessert, and, according to Wikipedia, it was invented by Michel Bras (1981). Say thanks to him.

I don’t know if the following one is his original recipe, but I should say it’s a good one.

Ingredients (makes 5 small units):

  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 50g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 80g sugar
  • decoration: powder sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven at 185-190ºC. . Melt 100g chocolate and butter (using the microwave or a double boiler).

Beat eggs and sugar until fluffy; add flour. Pour melted chocolate and mix well.

Fill  5 cupcake molds at 1/3. Put a small piece of chocolate and fill the molds until completely full.

Bake for 9-12′. The chocolate piece of the inside should be liquid. Sprinkle some powder sugar on top for decoration.

I hope you have enjoyed the blog during its first year, my happy pixels. Thanks again for reading me!! But keep in touch, more posts are coming.

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Ingredientes (para 5 unidades individuales):

  • 150 gr. de chocolate negro intenso para postres
  • 50 gr. de mantequilla
  • 3 huevos
  • 1 cucharada de harina
  • 80 gr. de azúcar
  • decoración: azúcar glas

Instrucciones:

Precalienta el horno a 185-190ºC. . Funde 100 gramos de chocolate con la mantequilla (al baño María o en el microondas).

Monta los huevos con el azúcar hasta que tripliquen su volumen y agrega la harina tamizada. Vierte el chocolate fundido y mezcla bien.

Vierte la mezcla en los moldes llenándolos hasta 1/3. Reparte el chocolate restante entre los moldes y luego termina de rellenarlos con el resto de la mezcla.

Hornea durante 9-12 minutos. La pieza de chocolate de dentro debería ser líquida.

Servir con azúcar glas espolvoreado por encima.

Espero que hayáis disfrutado del blog durante este primer año, mis felices pixels. ¡Gracias otra vez por leerme! Pero mantened el contacto, hay más posts en camino.