10 salad recipes

Do you wanna know what I found most challenging in cooking? Innovation. I mean, it is too easy to end up on a circle of only cooking those things you master. It is reasonable. It is not difficult to make a hash of a “first time recipe” and, I don’t know about you, but I hate when a recipe turns out an epic fail. But… then I think: I didn’t master at first those recipes I master now, I need to keep learning, I need to extend my cooking repertoire and specially, I need to try as many times as it takes.

So lately I’ve been thinking about salads, A LOT. Let me explain here: I’ve been studying too much and I’ve had too much time to think about food. One thing I cannot understand about me is how stress makes me eat so little and, at the same time, I am hysterically obsessed with food.

Anyway, I love salads, that’s a fact, and I like to eat them a few times per week (yes, even in winter) and this final’s season I’ve felt the urge of spicing them up a little bit.  So, in order to indulge myself, I headed to my Pinterest board and began the hunting. There are hundreds of them, of course, but I selected only 10, every one with it’s special twist or main ingredient.

Apple cranberry walnut

Goat cheese

(I know, I didn’t find it on Pinterest but it’s been a while since I cooked it for the last time…)

Goat Cheese Salad

Pesto pasta with sun dried tomatoes and roasted asparagus

Brown rice with cilantro lime dressing

Sorry, no image here

Grilled Caesar

Asian quinoa

Greek yogurt chicken

 

Lentils

Ensaladilla Russa

Honey lime rainbow fruit

 

I cannot wait to give it a try on every one of this salads. My fave is this last one though, I die for fruit! What about you? Is there a special one you’d try?

Happy Wednesday!

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Raspberry Smoothie

Hi yall! How’s your week going? Mine hectic and full of stress… Days happen in a hurry lately. I start my last finals’ season in four days and I only stop studying when I write here. In fact, while you read this post I’ll be probably travelling to Valencia. I’m spending the next three weeks there and at the end, when I come back home I’ll be (at last) a Mathematician.

That said, I have to apologize in advance, the only time I spend without studying is when I write here and maybe I don’t do it with the coherence I should.

A few weeks ago my doctor told me I needed to eat some more red meat and red fruits because I’m still too close to anemia (one of the perks of being sad and eat very little). So I thought: mmmh do I have to eat red fruits? Oh what a shame (wink, wink). And my head began to run thinking what kind of (sweet) recipes I could make up.

The one I bring you today is simple, tasty and a good way of starting your day. This raspberry smoothie consists in grab a few raspberries, some yogurt, milk and sugar and blend it together (well, as every smoothie recipe you can find, isn’t it?).

Ingredients: (5 servings)

  • 300 gr/10.5 oz raspberries
  • 250 gr/8.8 oz yogurt
  • 200 mL/1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • I added five medium strawberries from around the kitchen

Directions:

  1. Wash the berries.
  2. Put everything in the blender.
  3. Blend until everything is well mixed.
  4. Enjoy!

So this is it. Have a nice day! 😀

Coca de Quart de Mallorca – Mallorca’s Sponge Cake


Hello beauties! How have you been lately? My life’s been a complete mess (as always). I started working again, I had bad days, better days, lots of work and (as always) I’ve been postponing writing here… Oh man, I feel so bad about it!

But again, here I am trying to stick to my schedule and write here a few times per week (and… as always, any tips???)

Today I want to introduce you one of my favorite Spanish recipes: Mallorca’s Sponge Cake (Coca the Quart de Mallorca). I discovered this cake thanks to a friend of my Mom and one of the best cooks I’ve ever met.  She brought it to a party at my place two summers ago and I could not stop thinking about it until I learned how to bake the most delicious simple cake I’ve tried.

This “Oh so fluffy and sweet!” cake is relatively difficult to prepare but it worth the effort and once you know how it is done, it is a ridiculously easy recipe (it is a big mystery for me how can this happen… )

So, let’s go to the point and learn how we can cook as a Mallorcan Mom, or at least trying it.


Note: I didn’t post a photo mosaic because the pictures were took in a really bad light and they are pretty lame… Sorry!


Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 200 gr/7.05 oz sugar
  • 100 gr/3.53 oz flour
  • Some icing sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 200ºC/392ºF
  2. Separate the egg whites from the yolks.
  3. Mount the egg whites until stiff.
  4. Add the sugar slowly while mixing it with the whites.
  5. Add the yolks one by one and mix them with the paste.
  6. Add the flour slowly and sifting it. Mix it slowly, with a circular movement and always on the same direction. Don’t worry about the lumps, they’ll make the cake fluffier.
  7. Put it on the mold using some baking paper to prevent the dough from sticking to it.
  8. Bake it at 190ºC/374ºF for about 12-15 minutes.
  9. Cool it on a rack and decorate with icing sugar.

Tips

  • As we are not using yeast, the cake will decrease its size while cooling, in order to avoid this, we should “startled” it (I’m not sure if that’s the correct term, we call it like that in Spanish), that means to strike at the base of the mold with the countertop or the kitchen floor.
  • For best results use a aluminium tray.
  • Make sure the cake is well baked, poke it with a toothpick: if it ends up clean, the cake is ready.
  • Be VERY patient while cooking this cake.

I found this recipe one of the easiest I’ve ever seen and yet it is really difficult to get the best results. Don’t get discouraged if the first time you didn’t get what you expected, it took me three times and see my Mom’s friend cooking it once to have a decent result. One thing I can assure you: once you try this cake (and you get the result you expected), you’ll cook it almost every week.

What do you think about it? Any questions?

Happy Tuesday! 🙂

Banana & Ginger Smoothie

Can you believe it? Two posts in less than 3 days!!! (Me neither, but hey! I’m on vacation).

Today’s post is a simple recipe just to see if this smoothie’s fashion goes with me or not. I wasn’t really sure if this could work because I’ve got an issue with thick textures and purees: since I was a child I am not able of eating anything with puree’s texture. That means, when I read a smoothie recipe I think: mmm this could taste so nice! (banana, berries, kiwi, vanilla yogurt… the mix couldn’t be better). And then the next thought crosses my mind: but the texture… looks like puree, yikes!

So I wasn’t sure if I was able to enjoy one of this recipes. That’s why I decided to start with a not so complicated recipe, with four simple and common ingredients and keep it simple just in case.

Since I finished my finals I’ve felt the urge of an energy boost. I feel tired and sometimes even sad because of this fatigue so when I started looking for smoothie’s recipes and found this one recommended for those people who need an extra energy blast I knew it was the smoothie I needed to try first. Ginger is the perfect supplement for your defenses and banana help you keep active. Let’s get started with this fruits, vegetables, yogurts and blenders’ world!

Ingredients:

  • A sliced banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 125 gr/ 4,5 oz vanilla yogurt

Directions:

 

  1. Slice the banana and grate the ginger
  2. Put it all together and blend
  3. Enjoy!

The result couldn’t be better, I really enjoyed it and now know that I’ll be trying more recipes, let’s see if I can enjoy them as much as I enjoyed this one. Hope you liked this quick recipe. Let me know your impressions!

See you soon!

British Sandwich Week – 7 Sandwich Recipes

Wow, I still cannot believe that I am sticking to this BEDM challenge! It’s hard as hell, I have to say it. It is difficult to find something new to say every day even with the schedule. Maybe that’s because I’m not a word person. I love to write, I love to communicate but I only do it when I have something important to say. As you will understand, it is difficult to find something words worth everyday.

My life is not so interesting lately: I spend my time at home, studying. I don’t see much people, I don’t talk much because my flatmate isn’t around here and well sometimes I feel bored as hell. Fortunately this blog gives me something non-maths related to think about and I’m convinced that  it is keeping my sanity (the little I have left) intact.

This week was British Sandwich Week, and as they work to present some of the benefits of eating a sandwich (a healthy one :P) during lunch break I thought it would be funny to start my own British Sandwich Week. What does that mean? I’ve chosen 7 sandwiches recipes around the internet and I’ll be preparing one of them everyday, I’ll post a photo on Instagram and will use the tag #BSandwich. Everyone who wants to participate is welcome, the only thing you have to do is use the tag. You can prepare the recipes I picked or your own choices. Let’s give it a try with this sandwich thing!

Day 1: Posh bacon buttie

Day  2: Green club sandwich


Day 3: Courgette and Mozzarella Toasties

Day 4: Classic Cobb Sandwich

Day 5: Parmesan and Basil Chicken Sandwich

No picture of this one, sorry!

Day 6: Club Sandwich

Day 7: Brioche Tea Sandwiches

It’s getting me hungry just thinking about this recipes! Don’t forget to let me know if you’re participating on this personal Sandwich Week.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone! Let’s get a little Mexican with this easy recipe and enjoy this day.

Ingredients:

  • An onion
  • 500 gr  /1.5 lbs sliced ​​chicken breasts
  • 100 gr / 0.2 lbs beef steak
  • A green pepper
  • A red pepper
  • 8 tortillas
  • Fajita seasoning
  • Mexican tomato sauce
  • Grated cheese

Directions:

  1. Slice the onion and peppers.
  2. Chop the chicken in pieces about 10 mm thick.
  3. Chop the beef in pieces about 5 mm thick.
  4. Stir-fry the vegetables and when they are well cooked add the meat, stir-fry for 5 minutes at medium heat, add the seasoning, mix it and cook it for 5 more minutes at medium-low heat.
  5. In a tortilla put some meat with a spoon.
  6. Add some tomato sauce.
  7. Add some grated cheese.
  8. Close the fajita as shown in the image: folding the base of the tortilla to avoid ingredients falling everywhere.
  9. ENJOY!!! 🙂

What are your favorite Mexican recipes?

Five fave posts


It’s been a while since I wrote my first post. I like to navigate once in a while around my blog and read old posts, I like to see how the writing and appearance evolved. Today I made a selection with the 5 posts that I’m most proud:

  • DIY recipe box. This project was on my mind for a couple years, since I saw my sister Alejandra with one she had bought. I absolutely loved the idea and wanted to have one of my own, but after a few months of unsuccessful search I decided to DIY it. It took more than a year for me to make it and it was thanks to start my blog. Also I love the result and I’ve been filling it with new recipes.

 Cooking Fridays: Chocolate and Caramel Cupcakes + DIY decorations!

  • Chocolate and caramel cupcakes. This one was very important for me because it was while celebrating my sister’s 18th birthday. The printable and the cupcakes, was everything so lovely!

  • Mood’s Music #1. When I decided to start sharing more with you and also when I learned how to take decent selfies with the camera. (Hard work, you know?)

  • Easy croissants with chocolate. Everyone liked this post, I posted it on Facebook and I got more likes than ever and of course, I’m really proud of them :).

  • DIY photo wall. Last but not least, this is my little baby. The project I enjoy the most, the one I see everyday and makes me smile. My inspiration wall.

It was difficult for me to only choose 5 posts but at last I did. Hope you have a wonderful Friday.

Mom’s recipe: Baked artichokes


Is there a better meal than one cooked by your mom? Oh, don’t bother to answer, I already know what you’re gonna say: Nope.

Everyone loves their mom’s cooking, the way she cooks macaroni or that special soup that you’ve been for years trying to make it taste the same way she does. And the thing is it doesn’t matter how hard you try, there’s no human way of meeting your mother in the kitchen and beat her ass off… But hey! Do you really care about that? Not me.

The truth is I love how she cooks, and I love going home and eat everything she makes, I love not being able of prepare certain dishes and make them taste the way she does and also love the way she makes a meal for 6 people and makes it taste as good as if it was for 1 or 2. That’s what I find trickiest.

Trying to cook all this dishes you’ve been eating all your life with so much pleasure is as natural as eating, just as it is natural to fail doing it and disappoint yourself because it turned out not being what you expected. Is like your taste buds had lost half of they sensitivity. But hey, don’t worry, cooking is an art, and as such, it improves with practice. Sooo the best way of matching your mom is to try again and again and, eventually one day your dish will taste a little bit closer to hers. That’s what I’ve been trying since I moved to Valencia, and now (almost 9 years later) I start finding some of my dishes as good as the ones I ate when I was at home.

I owe my mother my passion for cooking and I wanted her to be around here in some way. She and my grandma are the best cookers I’ve known and so I want to dedicate a few posts to their dishes, or my poorer version of them. So every once in a while I will post a “Mom’s recipe”.

When I was little I didn’t like eating artichokes, I hated their taste and was lazy enough to avoid getting my hands dirty with such an odious vegetable, with this recipe I’m sharing today my mother made me enjoy them, but not only that, she made me love artichokes. In fact, today they are one of my favorite vegetables and I cook them once or twice a week throughout the season.

Ingredients: (2 people)

  • 4 artichokes
  • 150 gr/ 5 ounces sausage or ham
  • 200 gr/ 7 ounces tomato sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180ºC/360F. Cut the artichokes’ tails, wash them and open the leaves.
  2. Dress with some salt, pepper and olive oil.
  3. Bake for one hour and a half .
  4. Meanwhile, stir-fry the sausage or ham until it turns golden brown.
  5. Incorporate the tomato sauce and stir-fry at medium-low heat for 5 more minutes.
  6. Once baked, add the sauce to the artichokes with a spoon, making sure that part of the sauce gets inside them. Bake again for 10 more minutes.

Tips:

  • An easy way of opening the artichokes’ leaves is putting them upside down and gentle press the bottom.
  • To see if the artichokes are cooked enough prick the artichokes with a toothpick. They’ll be cooked if you can do it without any trouble.
  • Baking time depends on the size of the artichokes, I used medium-sized ones.

Make sure you’ve got napkins around you while eating this tasty dish or things will get messy. Have a nice meal!

Easy croissants… With chocolate!!!

Hi! It’s been a long time since I last wrote here, and I said I would be writing for long… but I didn’t. I’ve been tempted to say again that I’m back and all that kind of stuff… but thought it would be better if I just wrote a real post sharing a real recipe or DIY. So here I am again :D.

 Although I have not written any post since July I never stopped working on the blog, I’ve been learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript (yeah, I still have a lot to learn but I’m on it), I changed from Blogger to WordPress (and I made the mistake of not saying anything on the old platform, so guess it’s a new start here), I have a notebook full of new ideas and blog posts I want to share.

I want to make so many changes on the blog (and my life) that I even don’t know where to start, I even thought about changing the blog’s name, as a real and fresh new start but I’m not really sure about it as I’m not sure about start from scratch another blog neither.

There’s one thing that stops me from erase it all and start again, I find it really fun to see how my blog evolved since I first started more than a year ago. Whatcha think? Should I start over?

This last half year has been a complete madness for me, first came the renovation of the kitchen in May, later on came my finals (I had two complete months of exams). Then in June, while I was in the middle of the finals season, a flash flood affected my parents’ house and we almost lose it. In July and August I was working full time from Monday to Friday and I spent weekends helping at the house. September came and I started college again, this is my last year (or I hope so) and I have plenty of work to do and also have to combine it with singing lessons, practices with my band, and some teaching math hours.

The  good news is that this year I get to spend much more time at home and so I get to be more organized. So I spend my days doing mountains and mountains of work but I feel positive about everything that I’m doing ^_^.

A couple of weeks ago I posted on Instagram a picture of some croissants I had made and it was a complete boom, I had more likes on Facebook than ever and had several comments telling me that they wanted some so the idea stroke me… What if I use this simple recipe on my return to the blogging world?

So, here it is, a new recipe! 🙂

Total time of cooking: 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Premade pastry dough (unbaked)
  • An egg
  • Nutella

Tools:

  • Bowl
  • Spoon (I know, I forgot on the photo)
  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray

Directions:

  1. Cut the dough into triangles.
  2. Put some nutella on every triangle.
  3. Roll the triangles (from base to top) and give them the croissant’s shape.
  4. Paint the pastry with a beaten egg (I used a spatula because I don’t have any cooking brush).
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, following the manufacturer’s instructions, or until you see the pastry brown enough.
  6. Let it cool on a rack.
It takes a short time to have just baked croissants for breakfast! So, let me know if you try them and enjoy your day!
It feels nice to be around here again.

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Easy pasta with vegetables

Can you believe it? Four posts on the same week! Yes, I’m trying hard on my goals 😀
It’s been a while since I first wanted to share with you today’s recipe. This dish is perfect on a day you have no much time to cook (pasta as always!) but you still want to have a great meal.

Ingredients: (for 2 people)

  • 150 gr/5.3 oz  macaroni
  • Half a big onion or a small one
  • 100 gr red pepper
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 4 mushrooms
  • grated cheese

Directions:

  1. While you cook the pasta, clean and cut the vegetables.
  2. On a pan, put some olive oil and wait until it’s hot enough to add the vegetables.
  3. Strain the pasta and set aside (you can add some butter when it’s still hot so the pasta will have a better taste).
  4. Saute the vegetables until weel cooked, don’t forget to add some salt and pepper.
  5. Mix on the pan the pasta and the sauce.
  6. Serve with some grated cheese.

Of course, you can change the vegetables and use the ones you like the best. I like to use this ingredients because tomatoes and pepper’s juice help the sauce being more meaty, but the essence of this recipe is tu use the ingredients you can find on your fridge at that moment.

What about you? What do you cook when you don’t feel like cooking? Is there any special recipe?

Have a nice weekend! Love you,

Deborah.