All posts tagged: Lunch

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 …

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 …

Gasoline Grill, Copenhagen

This is arguably the best burger we’ve ever had. And we bought it in an old petrol station. During our recent stay in Copenhagen we discovered THE BEST burger place that had been hidden in plain sight the whole time. Every time we visit Copenhagen we choose hotels or rent apartments in the same area, between Nyhavn and Kings Garden. This neighbourhood is fantastic because we can walk to almost every sight, we can have breakfast at Atelier September or dinner at Geist, it’s nice and quiet but still lively… In short, it’s perfect. One day, having lunch at Sticks and Sushi, which happens to be one of our favourites and it’s also located in the area, we spotted a long queue of people waiting to pick up burgers at a tiny burger joint inside an old petrol station. We were shocked. We had seen the place lots of times but we never thought about trying it.  A short google search afterwards and we found out that Gasoline Grill was named one of the best …

Chickpea curry

After two posts dedicated to resolutions for the new season, we are ready to jump into Autumn like a child jumps into a puddle. And this recipe is perfect for that. It’s ridiculously easy, it’s light but comforting and, well, even its colours scream Autumn. This chickpea curry is going to be our go-to for those days when we want something naughty after a long day in the office followed by a gym session… but we still want our dinner to be good for us. We talked about this kind of dinners in our meal prep 101 post last week, go have a look if you don’t have read it already.  In 30 minutes you’ll have an amazingly delicious dinner and, if you double the amount of ingredients, you can freeze a couple of bowls for busy days or lunches at work. You’ll need (serves 2): 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 1/2 tbsp grated ginger 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp water + 200 ml water 400 g …

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 …

Quesadillas, two ways

Can a tablecloth inspire a recipe? Absolutely! After buying a colourful tropical tablecloth this weekend, we decided to use it for the first time with a fun, spicy, colourful recipe. Because we love celebrating small things! If you follow us for a while you’ll know that we love our rustic minimalism, but we’ve been following Erica Davies on Instagram lately and she has infected us with her enthusiasm for colourful decor. Hence the tablecloth, which we bought on sale at H&M (you will find the direct link in our shop!) But onto the recipe. Today we bring you a turkey and cheese quesadilla and a sautéed mushrooms and cheese quesadilla, with a side of green salsa and guacamole. Sounds good? Both recipes are so easy that basically they only involve assembling things! Well, the vegetarian option needs a little bit more work, but you can have everything prepared in 15 minutes. You will need (serves 2): Turkey and cheese quesadillas 2 tortilla wraps Thinly sliced turkey (or ham, if you prefer) A big handful of grated …

Beef and bacon stew

Today’s recipe is dedicated to those of you who aren’t lying on a turquoise beach or jumping into a plane today. Because while everyone and their mothers are on holidays according to Instagram, we know that there are lots of people working from 9 to 5, preparing their meals on Sundays and suffering from cold, rainy weather. Today’s recipe is for you. What we love about this beef and bacon stew is that you can prepare a big amount, freeze it and use it for different kinds of lunch: accompanied by a salad (healthy), with a side of rice (fulfilling and comforting), as a ragout for your pasta (buono!) and once you have reduced the sauce you can use it to prepare the most amazing leftover sandwich. You will need (serves a crowd or makes quite a lot of Tupperwares to freeze): 200 g unsmoked bacon, chopped 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) 2 large onions, finely diced 1 kg minced beef 4 garlic cloves, diced 2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika 1 tablespoon fresh …

Roasted tomato tart

This weekend two very exciting things happened: we discovered an amazing breakfast place and we bought new baking supplies. That’s us, #livinglavidaloca. So we did what one normally does after a great new discovery: posting a picture in Instagram. And, to welcome our new baking supplies, we baked a delicious roasted tomato tart with goat cheese and pesto. Oh, what a weekend! Granny style! This recipe is our take on the Avoca tomato tart, which is absolutely delicious. We’ve used whole wheat and changed the pastry a little bit. You can always buy the pastry in the supermarket, it’s absolutely fine and it will save you some time, but we wanted to prepare the tart from scratch. If you choose to make your own pastry, you can find the steps here. If, like us, you substitute the white flour with whole wheat flour bear in mind that the result won’t be as flaky and it would be difficult to remove from the baking tin. Once you have your pastry baked, you will need: 800 g …

Spring vegetables salad

We love a good salad. It’s been years since we forgot the boring tomato and lettuce “I’m on a sad diet” kind of salad and we started incorporating lots of delicious ingredients that made salads complete meals full of nutrients and flavour. In this blog we have shared with you a few salad recipes, always seasonal, including our very favourites like this mango, avocado and chicken salad, this white beans and tuna salad or this amazing peach and chicken salad. Now that Spring is here and Summer is around the corner there are lots of great vegetables in season and that means colorful, delicious salads with juicy vinaigrettes. Today we bring you a recipe with one of our favourite Spring ingredients: asparagus. Lately, we’ve been having grilled asparagus for dinner every other day and while we love this simple way of eating our veggies, we wanted another alternative to enjoy them. We’ve already shared with you this wonderful asparagus and potato tart and this brunch salad, but we wanted something different. Enter this spring vegetables …

Mushroom and Parmesan rice

As much as we love rice ( and we do love it) we don’t cook it that often since we try to eat mostly protein and vegetables and cut the carbs. But sometimes you just need a warm, comforting meal. Specially if it’s Sunday, it has been raining the whole weekend and you are just tired of seeing Instagram pictures of palm trees, lively beaches and drinks al fresco while you are wearing a fleece-lined jacket over your pajamas. I know that comparison is the thief of joy but it’s hard to believe that we live in the same hemisphere as half of the population currently wearing bikinis in social media.  Silver lining? This mushroom and Parmesan rice. This recipe is our take on a light risotto version by Martín Berasategui, our favourite Spanish chef. He actually has 7 Michelin stars (fancy!), but he has lots of books with simple traditional recipes that are very easy to recreate. This one, for instance, gives you the illusion of eating risotto but doesn’t have as much cheese, …