Author: The Slow Pace

Poulet à la moutarde

This recipe is arguably the most famous recipe of David Lebovitz, someone you surely know if you love food, cookbooks and wonderful instagram feeds. We are sharing it with you for two reasons: one, because sometimes you just need to spend a little more time in the kitchen, forget coconut sugar and low carb food, get lost in a recipe and dunk bread into thick, scrumptious sauces. And two: because I’m studying French and what better way to get motivated than trying to replicate oh so French recipes? Now that I think about it, there is another reason why we love this recipe (and David Lebovitz): we love mustard. We love it so much than the first time we visited Paris all we brought back was mustard. What can I say? We have always been glamorous. I remember looking at my small trolley back in the hotel and thinking: do I buy more mustard jars or do I bring home a pair of Repetto shoes? Definitely there’s just place for one of those things… And …

My favourite cleansers or how to erase your day from your face

Long time no see? Well, I’m sure you’re thinking that after the last avocado toast post there was nothing more to add to this blog. Well, even though #avotoastsarelife, there are other reasons. Have you ever tried to do your laundry but on the way to the washing machine a sock falls out and then you bent down to gather the sock and then a bra falls out as well and then you try to pick it from the floor and another sock falls out and when you finally have everything in your hands and you try to continue your way to the washing machine because you just want to do your laundry and get on with your life you hit your head with a piece of furniture and that hurts so much that you inevitably touch your head and therefore the perfect pile of dirty laundry collapses and all the socks fall out all over the floor? Well, that has been our life lately. So between work, appartment search, family issues and lots of …

An avocado toast on The slow pace, finally!

Yes, it’s finally here. An avocado toast on The slow pace! The queen of Instagram! The dish that has taken the world by storm! The healthy(ish) way of eating bread with things!  Such a cliché… but since one of our goals for this year was to publish what we want and for the past few years we’ve been having a version of this dish for dinner at least twice a week, we are sharing our favourite avocado toast today. As if the world needed another avocado toast recipe? Well, wait to try this creamy, zingy, delicious toast with fresh, light tomato salad and judge us afterwards. You’ll need (serves 2): 4 slices sourdough or wholegrain bread 8 slices bacon 2 eggs 1 avocado Juice of one lime Pesto Chili flakes Hot paprika For the tomato salad: One tomato, finely diced 1 red onion, finely diced 1/2 teaspoon sugar (we use coconut sugar) 1 teaspoon chopped mint Apple cider vinegar Grill the bacon until it’s crispy. When bacon is done to your liking place it on …

The easiest Winter bouquet

I don’t know about you but I can’t be more tired of this darkness. We wake up and it’s still dark, we leave the office and it’s dark again. This darkness is depressing and, what is more important: we can’t take pictures of anything… DRAMA! Truth is that we are so, so, tired of Winter already. And we still have a couple of months of cold and darkness ahead. So we have no alternative, we have to make the most of it. For that, we trust in Netflix marathons, candles and good food to cheer us up. However there is one thing that lifts the mood at home instantly: flowers. Every week we buy and play with flowers in order to make our home brighter. I’m not kidding when I say that these colourful bundles are the highlight of our weeks, and the proof is that they are the only thing that makes it to our Instagram feed, (exhibit A, exhibit B) and everyone knows that what we show on Instagram is the best of …

Goan turkey curry

After 15 days eating tapas non stop we felt the urge to go back to our normal, light, high in vegetables and low in salt food. It’s funny because, as an expat, one of the things you miss the most is your food, the food your grew up with, the special treats, the flavours that you remember as part of your upbringing. But once you live abroad and you get used to other types of food and once you’ve managed to create your very own mix and match pantry, the food and traditional dishes of your country do feel different and you get tired of them sooner than expected. That’s a little bit sad because it makes you feel cut off from your roots but at the same time it’s a happy symptom of your adjustment to the new life you’ve created abroad. We never thought that we’d be looking forward to stopping eating ensaladilla rusa and solomillo al whiskey, but here we are. Since we moved to Germany we’ve been developing a taste for …

Hello 2018!

Happy New Year! We are back from a crazy couple of weeks in Spain and we are still adapting to our slow-paced life in Germany. We hope you’ve had a wonderful time with your family and friends, we sure did and now it’s time to get back to work and our beloved routine. First of all, this is not a post about New Year’s resolutions, mostly because we don’t have any. We just hope 2018 brings health, that’s all. However, we are quite excited about 2018, a year that starts on Monday has to be a great one, no? And since this year looks so organised already, we want to get this online space all tidy, neat and prepared for the next months. So, here’s what you can expect from The slow pace this year…. What started as a travel blog has turned into a different thing because… well, because we can’t travel as frequently as we would want to, because I am a beauty addict and I love sharing whatever I’m coveting and because cooking …

Merry Christmas!

  Before starting with the preparations of a very special Christmas Eve, we want to wish you a very merry Christmas! This year has been a little bit weird for us but it’s been a great year! We move forward at a very slow but very steady pace and in 2017 we have started lots of exciting new projects. Hopefully this year has been good for you as well! We want to thank you for joining us every week and follow along. Those of you who comment frequently: thank you, friends! And those of you who never comment but always come back here for a dose of simple things, thank you too! So put on your pyjamas, hug your loved ones and enjoy these holidays!

Festive makeup

After a whole day packing, which we both hate, we are about to head home for Christmas. That means we are going to meet our families and friends which we haven’t seen for what it feels like ages. That also means that we will be going out more than usual, which isn’t difficult because we usually go to bed at 10pm. And for me, that also means that I have more opportunities to wear makeup. Yay! You already know that I love makeup so any occasion to rock a red lip is welcome… but only if I can be in my bed by 10pm. So Christmas is perfect because you basically can wear the most insane red lip all day every day without anyone saying: uuuhhh, red lips… what are you celebrating? To which I usually answer: Life, you moron! But during the holidays if anyone remarks that I’m wearing red lipstick (in case I forgot the ten minutes I spent perfecting my lip liner, I guess) I can answer: Christmas! (You moron!) So today …

Capsule wardrobe: one month, one piece. An update

Since the year is coming to an end, I wanted to share an honest update on my capsule wardrobe and the resolution I made in January about buying no more than one piece for my wardrobe each month. Last time we spoke about this it was May and things were going pretty great. You can read the post here if you want to know why I wanted to edit my wardrobe and shop more consciously. In May I did buy something. A pair of Mango trousers. But it was a bad purchase. It was so warm when we visited Madrid and we were going to Ibiza afterwards (by the way, we made a slow-paced weekend guide to Ibiza if you want to have a look!)  and I just wanted some kind of flowy, comfortable pants. So one afternoon, walking around town with my mum, I made that impromptu purchase. The pants are nice and I like them, they were a fun way of incorporating the ruffle pant trend in a subtle way. But in spite …

Baked courgette fries

When it comes to Christmas there are two kinds of people. Those who wear velvet and entertain and those who spend the holidays in pyjamas while eating their weight in sweets.  Are you one of those people who plans lovely Christmas gatherings at home and dresses up? Then we have a lovely, healthy appetizer for you. Are you a pyjama wearer, TV marathon binge watcher? Here you have a delicious snack that will make you eat veggies while leaving more place for chocolate. You will need (serves 2): 1 large courgette 50 g ground almonds 30 g Parmesan cheese, grated 1/2 tsp oregano A small pinch of cayenne pepper 1 egg We found this recipe in this book, that it’s one of our favourite cookbooks ever, as you probably know if you have been following us for a while. Or for two weeks, for that matter. We talk about it all the time and we have prepared almost every single recipe of the book! Anyway, the steps to get these delicious baked courgette fries are …