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Sweet & soft almond bites

This is one of our latest and happiest experiments in the kitchen. Lately we’ve been trying to cut down on sugar, mostly because we are scared to death every time someone puts a sugar cube in front of our face (or anything containing sugar for that matter).  In case you don’t know: sugar is the devil. And we thought that the worst thing that could happen to us was gluten… As if! Nowadays sugar is society’s worst enemy. Honestly, we can’t keep up with all the things that are terrible for our health. Obviously, we know that all those food-related hate speeches that periodically take over our society are mostly trends that come and go and, even though sugar is not the best thing for you, the key is moderation. However, I have to admit that lately I’ve been rethinking a few of my recipes, mostly the ones that involve sugar. Baking is not the same anymore. I guess we are easily influenced and as a result we think twice before baking one of those …

Slow roasted pork shoulder

During these last few years we’ve published all sorts of recipes here. However, they all had three things in common: seasonal produce, easy steps and more or less 30 minutes of preparation. Well, in this case we are breaking one of these rules and going crazy with the preparation time: you’ll need  8 to 10 hours. But hey, it’s absolutely worth it! We found this recipe in the last cookbook we’ve bought: A new way to Dinner. It may sound familiar because our latest recipe was a Brussels Sprouts Salad from this book too. Well, if we like something, we use it! And this proves that it is a great book and you should buy it. Anyway, we prepared this amazing slow roasted pork soulder a couples of weekends ago and even though it broke one of our rules, the truth is that you just leave it in the oven so it basically cooks by itself and it’s ridiculously easy.  Besides, the result did make up for the long hours in the oven.  We had …

Brussels sprouts salad

Does any one else get excited about brussels sprouts season? I know, I know, they don’t smell particularly good but I love them: roasted with a mustard dressing are absolutely delicious and now, with this ridiculously easy recipe, we get to eat them raw. The trick to have a better, easier digestion is to slice them very thinly. We found this recipe in A New Way to Dinner, the lovely book written by the co-founders of Food52, a site that you should check if you love food and cooking. We bought the book looking for help since we struggle when it comes to organizing, prepping and cooking our dinners. And that’s what the book is about! We also love the fact that it’s divided by seasons and we love eating seasonal produce. Judging by this scrumptious salad that you can put together in no time, our dinners will get better from now on. But onto the recipe! You will need (serves 2): 250 g. brussels sprouts, very thinly sliced 1 handful of baby spinach Shaved …

Top gourmet moments 2016

This year we’ve had pretty amazing meals: we’ve gone back to our favourite restaurants, like Geist in Copenhagen or Vista in Portimao, we’ve discovered new places, like The Dogs in Edinburgh and we’ve cooked some remarkable recipes that are now on repeat in our kitchen. We love food so we can’t finish the year without a compilation of our favourite gourmet moments. We started the year with the unbelievably good black kale with fried egg and sorrel at Geist, in Copenhagen. If you need a reason to visit Copenhagen in Winter, there you have it.   We discovered a great pizza place in London, Homeslice. Maybe our favourite pizza in London?  Perfect to share with friends and located in the heart of Neil’s Yard. The whole menu at Vista restaurant deserves a visit to Portimao. Oh, and the cauliflower cream of the room service at Belavista Hotel (home to the Vista restaurant) is one of the best dishes we’ve ever eaten! In July we devoured the best paella in the world at La Pepica, in …

Christmas party ideas

These days everyone seems to be either going or coming from a Christmas party. Good food, fun drinks and old friends… what’s not to love? Well, all the mess that comes with it, even more if you are hosting one of those get togethers. But we have you covered: here you have 3 very simple recipes that your guests will love and you can prepare in no time! This is our informal Christmas party menu: goat cheese salad, kale chips and smoky walnut and cumin muhammara. A non traditional yet light and spicy menu that is different from what your guest would expect and is perfect to share. Lets start with the muhammara, that takes a tiny bit more time. We found this recipe in the wonderful book A modern way to eat, by Anna Jones, which we have already mentioned before in this Salted caramel brownies recipe and this Coconut and vanilla cake recipe. You will need: 75 g walnuts (plus a few more to decorate) 1 tsp cumin seeds 3 roasted red peppers, …

Coconut and vanilla cake

This is my favourite time of the year. Advent in Germany is glorious. The otherwise dark afternoons are now full of twinkling lights, poffertjes scent and happy people drinking Glühwein at the Christmas market. Since we have already watched Love, actually there is only one thing to do until Christmas: bake, bake, bake! This recipe is our take on a coconut loaf from this book. You see,  I got a cookbook focused on vegetables for my bithday but all I’ve tried so far are a couple of dessert recipes. These amazing salted caramel chocolate brownies, for instance. So me. However, my intentions are good:  we try to eat healthy most of the time… that’s why I’m munching on spicy kale chips while writing this post and we used coconut sugar instead of refined sugar for this recipe.  If only to spread a good amount of Nutella over this delicious cake afterwards, though. This cake has lots of perks: the ground almonds, spelt flour and coconut sugar make it lighter and easier to digest, the preparation …

Afternoon tea at The Howard, Edinburgh

We love everything British, but Afternoon Tea really deserves a honourable mention. All kind of treats, sweet and savoury, served in beautiful china together with a comforting hot beverage and surrounded by a cosy atmopshere? That is heaven in our books. We’ve already shared with you our wonderful stay at The Howard Hotel in Edinburgh, but we wanted to dedicate a special post to the lovely Afternoon tea we enjoyed in the drawing room of the hotel. With only 14 places available, this Afternoon Tea is an absolutely relaxing, unique, memorable experience. Like everything in this hotel, the menu was traditional but had a few twists that made it even more delicious. Surrounded by tartan, served by the lovely team of butlers of The Howard, with a wonderful soundtrack which included the theme song of Downton Abbey (they got me right at that moment) we enjoyed one of the most relaxing afternoons we’ve had in a very long time. We found the selection of sandwiches and savoury treats particularly delicate and enticing. Our favourites were the …

Mushrooms with spinachs and cream cheese

This recipe is perfect for a nice, healthy Autumn breakfast but it can double as a light lunch or even a side dish.  In any case, it’s marvellously light and delicious. Mushrooms are in season now so it’s a nice way of taking advantage of nature’s resources. However, I warn you: once cooked, the mushrooms don’t look as pretty as pictured above. They look quite ugly, actually. But they are finger-licking good!   You will need: A few mushrooms, peeled and stalks removed Spinach leaves 150 to 200 g cream cheese (we love using garlic cream cheese but you can add any flavour you like) Parmesan cheese, grated Black pepper and olive oil. 1 egg per person (optional) This recipe can’t be easier: Preheat the grill to high. Place the mushrooms on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with black pepper. We don’t add salt because the cheese is already salty and we try to avoid salt as much as we can, but if you want to add salt, this is the …

The Dogs, Edinburgh

When we travel we plan our days around the places where we want to eat. Yes, that’s how we roll. We investigate the best lunch spots and then we plan the routes according to that. Priorities. While planning our trip to Edinburgh there was a restaurant that we knew we had to try. The Dogs, located in Hannover street, which was convenintly close to our hotel, The Howard Hotel. We have read a killer review of this small restaurant in one of our foodie/traveller bibles: Where chef eat. Small menu based on Scottish and British ingredients? Easy vibe? Cosy decor? We booked a table, of course. The Dogs is located in Edinburgh’s New Town and it’s almost hidden in the first floor of a building. Once you enter you are welcomed by an unusual mix of a classic style with quirky touches. And two dogs, obviously.  They have two small dining rooms and we were lucky to have a small table by the window in the main, bright one. And then we felt it again: …

Salted Caramel Brownies

I remember the first time I tried salted caramel. We were in Bruges, spending a lovely long weekend away. I loved the mixture of the creamy, velvety, sweet fudge and the and the crunchy, strong salt. I was surprised and delighted. Since then it has become my favourite flavour after chocolate, that is. Chocolate is my true love. It will always come first. This recipe, however, combines my two loves: the comfort of dark chocolate and the excitement of salted caramel. It’s a match made in heaven. Besides, it’s really easy to prepare (I think I’ve written this sentence in every recipe published in this blog but we love easy preparations with amazing results). At first I was scared of preparing salted caramel myself, but if you have a non-stick pan and a little bit of patience, it’s actually quite simple. Or you can always buy pre-made salted caramel and add it to your brownie mix. No judging here. To make the salted caramel you will need: 50 gr unsalted butter at room temperature 100 …