Author: The Slow Pace

Sautéed green beans with potatoes and mushrooms

This is a simple recipe. It’s nothing fancy, nothing innovative… just a traditional, easy, good old dish that tastes delicious and goes perfectly with meat and fish mains. The inspiration for this recipe comes from the crazy transitional weather that we are suffering lately and this dish represents those Summer vibes, with the green beans and the young potatoes, but has an Autumn feeling, with the earthy, warm mushroom flavour. In fact, mushroom season is just around the corner and we are excited about it. But before diving into the world of mushroom soups, creams and richer preparations, we used the first mushrooms that we found in the market to prepare this lighter dish, that we like to serve with a grilled sirloin steak for a nice Sunday lunch. Simple but effective. You will need: 200 g green beans, ends trimmed A few small potatoes, peeled and sliced 200 g mushrooms 3 garlic cloves, minced Extra virgin olive oil Black pepper Salt to taste 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley First, bring …

The T-shirt edit

Before Summer ends, and here in Germany it’s supposed to end today, we wanted to dedicate a post to our T-shirts.  One would think that as years go by our wardrobes would change into sophisticated collections of suits, heels and pencil skirts. But nope, we still go crazy for a nice, comfortable, soft T-shirt. There’s something about the comfort, the effortless look and the cuteness of a T-shirt that made us wear them again and again. You can say they are a staple in our wardrobe together with blue shirts and jeans. We usually pair them with blazers for an upgraded T-shirt look and this Summer I’ve been wearing tees with long or midi skirts on repeat. That combo has made me feel a little cool, even more when combined with sneakers. Anyone else stalking Jeanne Damas’ Instagram this Summer?  Well, wearing cute T-shirts + flower printed skirts has been my way of recreating some of her looks. The constant rain has made espadrilles impossible, but white sneakers were a nice substitute. At least in …

Yellow bird coffee

We love breakfasts and since we moved to Bremen, finding the best breakfast in town has been one of our hobbies. Honestly, there’s not much you can do in this little town, but the breakfast scene is getting quite good.  In fact, breakfast in Germany is really special. Maybe the terrible weather is the reason why so many people get together for a nice breakfast out instead of dinner but meeting for breakfast is really popular and most restaurants, bakeries and cafés offer different options and usually booking a table is necessary. We discovered The Yellow Bird coffee, a hipster style, Instagrammable goldmine café at the beginning of the Summer and we’ve been going back almost every weekend. The coffee is spectacular, the atmosphere is lovely and the breakfast options are healthy-ish and absolutely delicious. Plus, we finally have avocado on toast in Bremen!! Yes, I know, that’s so 2015 but hey, the trend just arrived to Bremen. We doubted about sharing this place in the blog for a while, but we realized that if …

Feeling beautiful, feeling fine

I have to admit that during most of my life I’ve been ashamed of being a beauty addict. Of course I know that watching Lisa Eldridge’s makeup tutorials and getting excited about the latest Charlotte Tilbury lipstick doesn’t make me forget all the books that I’ve read, all my working experience and, under no circumstances, erases any neuron of my brain. But forgive me, I doubt about myself and feel stupid if I get passionate about a new eyeshadow palette or a friend laughs at my obsession with smooth hair. What can I say? Maybe I’m stupid, maybe I’ve been influenced by a society that encourages women to be ultra girly/ feminine only to make fun of them for it afterwards. Notice that just as I was writing this I’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking whether in this context the words feminine and girly could be understood as an insult/offensive/ chauvinist. Or if by saying feminine here I’m implying that other women who don’t like makeup or skincare are less feminine. Obviously, they …

Ca Na Toneta

Ca Na Toneta is one of our favourite places in the world. To understand why, we have to walk down memory lane a little bit. In 2009 we started planning our wedding and looking for venues and vendors in Mallorca, where our destination wedding would take place. Food has always beeen really important to us and we were determined to have the best food we could afford for our small wedding. We started looking for caterers but finding what we were looking for turned out to be a nightmare. Lots of caterings offered really snob, fusion style, neon-coloured finger food options… but we were looking for delicious, authentic, natural food without any artifices. Our wedding was simple, rustic and very relaxed… just how we like our food! And then we found Ca Na Toneta. A small restaurant where two sisters were revamping traditional local food. A couple of mails later, they agreed to prepare our wedding menu. In February 2010 we visited the restaurant and met them. We LOVED the food, but we also fell …

Gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Last week we told you that we were obsessed with Madeleine Shaw and, well, this post proves that we were not lying. Here you have another delicious recipe from her book Ready, Steady, Glow. And yes, it’s another dessert/snack. What can I say? I have a sweet tooth and every time we purchase a new cookbook I tend to start trying out recipes with the dessert chapter… Even if it’s a healthy/ clean eating kind of book. If there’s something sweet in it, I will go for that first. It happened with this book as well (Killer salted caramel brownies, by the way). This recipe is fantastic because you can prepare a couple of batches of mouth watering, soft, chocolatey cookies in no time. Since you will be using rice flour and coconut sugar, the glycemic index will be lower and, therefore, you won’t get that sugar coma feeling. At least not if you eat just one or two. If you eat them all in one sitting (which can happen because these cookies are utterly …

The pink pepper tree hotel, Mallorca

A few years ago we fell in love with the rural, central area of Mallorca.  It epitomizes everything we love in life. The landscape, the proximity to the sea and the mountains, the subtle golden light that warmly lits the beautiful traditional houses… everything emanates serenity. Since then we’ve dreamt about buying a little house in the area. However, it looks like that dream isn’t coming true anytime soon, but we’ve found a little boutique hotel that feels like our very own home in Mallorca.    The pink pepper tree hotel is hidden in Lloseta, a really small village off the beaten track. This hotel is a home hotel. This means that you are welcome to the kitchen to grab freakfast, that you will receive the keys to the main doors, that you can use the yoga room, the gardens and the swimming pool whenever you feel like it, that the owners will wave goodbye when you go and that, in general, you will feel that the stunning finca is your very own home in …

Raspberry and pistachio brownies

We are addicted to cookbooks. Our Amazon orders usually include at least a couple of them. In fact, I will dare to say that the cookbook section in Amazon is our favourite shopping spot. Usually when we get a new cookbook, we feel the urge to prepare all the recipes in one week. We get excited, choose the most appealing recipes and then cook, cook, cook. And eat, eat, eat, of course. If after that week we repeat most of the recipes at least three times, then the book is a success. If not… well, it  will sit beautifully in our little kitchen library. We never throw books away! So let’s say our kitchen library is not that little anymore… However, there is a cookbook that we’ve been using on repeat during the last few weeks. Right after tasting the first mouthful of the first recipe we made (icnredible chicken burgers with a delicious courgette and chilli salad), we knew it was going to be one of our favourites. And indeed it is! If you …

The blue shirt edit

Blue shirts are like striped tees for us. You can never have too many and there’s nothing more versatile. However, now that we are trying to edit our wardrobe and be more conscious about what we shop we’ve had to reduce our purchases, donate those pieces that didn’t spark joy for us (any Marie Kondo fans out there?) and keep just our favourite items. These five blue shirts passed the test and have proved to be essential to us. That means, we wear them all the time! Starting on the right, this Equipment shirt is one of my capsule wardrobe: one month / one piece purchases, in fact it’s my favourite so far.  I’ve worn it at least once a week since I’ve bought it. With black pants and boots in Winter, under a suit for meetings, with skinny jeans and Stan Smiths… It’s really versatile. And the fabric is so soft that it feels like wearing pyjamas. You can find a similar version here. Then we have a classic blue shirt with a twist. …