Formatjades de carn (a last Easter recipe)

Hey pixels!! Today I’m breaking some rules here, at my blog. The first one is that, for the first time, I’m publishing a recipe that contains meat. Sorry, vegetarians and vegans!

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And, of course, I’m talking about Easter after Easter. I mean, we make this pastries before Easter, but I’m publishing the recipe today. Sorry for everything, my happy pixels. Actually, if you’re interested, you can make this savoury pastries all year, not just for Easter.

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Really, I don’t know how to make this recipe vegetarian. But if someones finds out how, please, let me know. I want to share it with you just because we make them every year; we meet at my grandma’s house to cook this savoury pastries. Like a kind of tradition, you know. It’s that what I want to share: how beautiful is to cook and spend time with your loved ones. It can be any recipe, of course.

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Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 40g yeast
  • 1200g flour
  • 350g pork lard
  • 50ml sunflower oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Filling:

  • 1200 lamb meat, cubed
  • 28g salt
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • saffron, to taste

Directions:

The first step is to make the dough. Just mix all the ingredients and kead for a long time. It has to be consistent and elastic. Let it rise: it takes 2-3 hours.

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Mix filling ingredients.

To know how to mount the pastries, you can watch this video. This orange thing we put inside the pastries is called sobrassada. It’s a kind of sausage, but if you can’t find it, just skip this step. It will be ok.

Bake them at 160ºC for one hour.

Do you make any traditional recipe for Easter, my happy pixels? Do you cook with your family? Please, let me know in the comments below.

My DECASO bucket list

Hey pixels!! Today I’m collaborating with my friends at Chairish to talk to you about DECASO, a web where you can purchase lots of beautiful stuff for your home: rugs, art, furniture…. It’s a wonderful web!

I’ve been asked to make my own bucket list: to choose my favourite items, the ones that I would buy ASAP. I must say it has been a dificult task: everything is so pretty…

But I did it! I managed to choose my favourite ones. I would decorate my home using them right one. Please, visit their web, you’ll love it!!

My DECASO bucket list

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Vintage Fornasetti Appetizer Bowls. Perfect when you have guests or during your Easter brunch.

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Pair of Italian wingback lounge chairs. I wish I had a cozy reading nook, just to seat and read. This couple of lounge chairs would be comfy and beautiful. I imagine myself sitting near my living room window, while reading a good book and having a cup of tea.

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Industrial aluminium floor lamp. To illuminate me when reading. If situated between my pair of Italian lounge chairs,  another person and me can read at the same time. A light is necessary to read at night or during a dark Winter evening.

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Antique Shahsavan Kilim. I would take this beauty to my bedroom, to keep my feet warm and cozy when I get up. Classic and beautiful, its pattern is amazing. Actually it was difficult to choose a rug, because there are lots of nice options.

A couple of art works, to decorate my living walls: Vladimir Lebedev Cubist Abstract Workk on Paper, Constructivism and Lil Tokyo Down by DJ. Again it’s difficult to choose between so many good options. I love rugs and wall art, so I actually would bring everything to my house!!

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Philips 12 inch desk globe, circa 1900. As a globe lover, I had to get one for my list. I love globes, I have one as a nighstand light…

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Stig Lindberg terma tea pot. To make my tea and start reading!! I love its simplicity and flawless beauty.

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Rag Rug Pillows. A house gets cozier when sofas and chairs are covered by pillows. Any kind of pillows. I love this one in particular, the pattern is lovely. And this pretty colours.

Now it’s your turn, my happy pixels!! What about visiting DECASO’s web and start looking for your favourite items?

What do you think about my list, my happy pixels? Do you like my choices? Please, let me know in the comments below.

Easter Bread

Hey pixels!! This Sunday is Easter!! Are you thinking about a nice Easter brunch? Easter eggs? Bunnies? I am, too!! So, today I’ve made another Easter recipe, because I just can’t wait until Sunday!!

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I want to learn how to make different kinds of bread this Spring. I find making bread so exciting! This is the first one, and it’s a great one!  A friend gave me the recipe, and I decide to make it. Besides the time (two hours rising), it’s easy and funny to make this bread.

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I’ve made just one loaf, to try the recipe for the first time, but the next time, I’m making two. I’m in love with this bread. Butter and blueberry jam on top of your bread slice: heaven.

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Ingredients (make 2 loafes):

  • 1 cup milk
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

Heat milk, butter, sugar and salt on the stovetop over medium heat. Stir occasionally and remove from heat once butter has melted (about 5′). Do not let boil.

Prepare the yeast by mixing it with the hot water. Let sit for 5′ until bubbly. If you do it before heating the milk mixture, it will be ready at the same time, so you can continue working.

Add yeast mixture and 2 cups flour to a large mixing bowl. When combined, add in milk mixture, eggs and remaining flour.

Knead for 5-10′ until smooth and elastic. Add more flour if needed. Let rise in bowl for 1 hour.

Separate into 2 loaves and let rise for another hour. I used a bread silicone mould.

Preheat oven to 195ºC. Bake for 25-30′ or until browned. But not burned, it has to be soft. Check at minute 23-25, mine was almost ready.

 Do you make any kind of sweet or savoury bread for Easter, my happy pixels? Do you celebrate Easter with a family brunch? Any special recipe? Please, let me know in the comments below.

Carrot Cake

Hey pixels!! Another Easter recipe is here!! Carrot cake! I love carrot cakes, because they’re still a cake, sweet and yummy, but filled with carrots, so I feel I can eat a giant piece…. You know, vegetables are healthy. 🙂

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My mixer is not working properly lately, so my frosting is a bit liquid, not that consistent. But the recipe is ok, my happy pixels. If you follow it, your frosting will be perfect.

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I’ve enjoyed this cake so much. My relatives, too. It’s great. I’ve been riding my bike this morning, picking up some flowers and having a coffee. It’s nice that you can sit outside the café, on a fresh place, reading and writing. And listening to birds. There are always birds and pidgeons near this place: it’s next to a small park, with trees. Amazing. Perks of living in a smalll town, I guess….

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Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 150ml vegetable oil
  • 285g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 330gr carrots, peeled and grated
  • 200g flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • optional: 90g pecans

Frosting:

  • 150g butter, at room temperature
  • 300g powdered sugar
  • 150g cream cheese

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Directions:

Preheat oven at 180ºC. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
Mix oil and sugar until incorporated. Add eggs, one each time, beating until incorporated. Add grated carrots and mix. Pour flour mixture and keep stirring, but don’t overmix. If using pecans, it’s time to add them, too.
Pour mixture in two greased 20cm round molds. More or less half of your mixture into each mold. Bake for 30-35′; check at minute 30, please.
Allow to cool completely before unmolding. Store cakes in your fridge overnight, or at least, for a few hours.
Frosting: beat butter and sugar for about 4-5′, until incorporated. Add cold cream cheese and beat again.
Cover one cake with frosting, add the second cake layer and cover it with more frosting. It’s better if you have your cake in the fridge.
Are you making a carrot cake for Easter, my happy pixels? Do you like this kind of cake? Please, let me know in the comments below.

One Lovely Blog Award 3

Hey pixels!! Today I was wandering through my favourite blogs, and I discovered that my friend Bea, from BeaFree has been nominated to this award. And she has nominated everyone who reads her amazing answers! That’s  great, because I was reading them! Wow!! So, I’ve accepted the nomination. Thank you so much, Bea. You’re great. Please, have a look at her blog, is awesome!!

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RULES:

  • Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
  • Must add 7 facts about them.
  • Then nominate 15 people!

SEVEN FACTS ABOUT ME:

I want to do more exercise, but I’m lazy…

I’m planning my first crowdfunding!!!

I love French cinema.

I always read books from the library.

I went to Lisbon, and I fell in love with the city.

I don’t like oats.

I would like to be more organized.

MY NOMINEES:

ALL OF YOU!!!  I’m doing like Bea and I nominate everyone who is reading this post. Let me know if you’re doing it; I would like to read your answers!! 😉

Thanks for reading, my happy pixels!! Lots of love,

Sílvia.

 

Baked Eggs

Hey pixels!! Easter is coming, so I’m going to post a few Easter recipes. This one is healthy and egg based, and you know, we all eat lots of eggs for Easter!

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Baked eggs with veggies: this recipe is healthy and yummy. And it’s done in 20′. Are you throwing a brunch for Easter? I recommend this recipe, your guests will be pleased.

You can add vegan bacon if you  want, or mushrooms, to the spinach mixture. It will be great this way, too. Or cook a minced garlic clove with the spinach: a great idea, trust me!!

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Ingredients (serve 2):

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (to grease dishes)
  • 6 tablespoons cooked chopped spinach, squeezed to extract excess liquid
  • 2 eggs (4 if you want 2 eggs for each one)
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream/milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan/Menorcan cheese
  • 12 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 14 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  •  salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat oven at 180ºC . Grease two small round gratin dishes with butter. To each dish, add 3 tablespoons spinach. Using your fingers, make a well in each pile of spinach and crack 1 or 2 eggs into each dish.
Nestle 3-4 tomato slices on each dish. Pour 1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk into each dish.
Sprinkle each dish with thyme, nutmeg and grated cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to oven and bake until the cheese is golden brown, the whites of the eggs are set, and the yolks are still slightly soft, about 5-8′.
Serve warm, but allow to cool a bit before eating.
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Do you make egg recipes for Easter, my happy pixels? Do you have a special one? You can share it with us!! Please, let me know in the comments below.

My 2017 bucket list

Hey pixels!! I’ve been invited to take part on the project Experiences, Not Things!, created by my friends at Eventbrite. Because you’ll always remember the times you had with friends and loved ones, instead of impulse buys!! To look for awesome experiences and events near your area, you can register at Eventbrite’s web.

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For this reason I was asked to create my ideal 2017 bucket list with the experiences I cherish for this year. I was so happy to collaborate, because I have a lot of experiences on my bucket list for 2017. I still have time for everything!!

My 2017 bucket list

Go to a classical music or jazz concert. I love both kinks of music, and I think I’ll have chances to assist to both concerts.

Go to a fim festival. There is a film festival in my town every Summer, so there I go!! It’s a small festival, with Mediterranean cinema. The projections take place on the street or in selected locations, pretty and wonderful.

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Travel. At least I want to travel once, but I don’t know where yet. Maybe Paris or Prague. I’m not sure; there are lots of destinations and beautiful places I haven’t visited yet.

Watch Eurovision. And, of course, make something sweet to eat while watching. Cookies or a cake, for example. Or a complete dinner: a savoury recipe + a dessert! I’ll post the recipes, my happy pixels!!

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Make a picnic at the beach on Summer. Or more than one. Go swimming and eating something good there.

Learn new recipes: macarons or rainbow cake, for example. I love learning new recipes to start making them on my daily life. Healthier recipes, too, of course.

Write my first book. Or at least, try to do it! I’ll make a crowdfunding to help me financially. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, since I love reading and writing: books are the best!!

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Watch a cycling stage, but not on tv. I mean, go to somewhere to wacth the race. That would be great; I don’t mind which race, just watch them. If it’s amazing on tv, I can’t imagine how great it will be!!

DIY Christmas presents, instead of buying them all. I mean, something hand made is always better. At least, a little one for each person.

It’s a long and ambititious list, I know. Actually, I don’t expect to make all this things, but if I manage to make a least half of them, I would be happy anyway!

Do you have a bucket list, my happy pixels? A list full of happy activities that you want to do? Please, let me know in the comments below.