All posts tagged: Slow food

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 …

Broad beans and mozzarella toast

This time of the year is the best to have colourful, bright and light dishes on the table. Going to the farmers market is pure joy and we try to make the most of the seasonal produce we find every Saturday. It’s our very own tradition: on Saturdays we go out for breakfast and then we visit the farmers market. And those simply things make us happy. Like finding the first green, fresh, sweet broad beans of the season. A couple of weeks ago we prepared these broad beans and mozzarella toasts for dinner, inspired by the chef Martín Berasategui. He has been a source of inspiration lately, as you would have seen in one of our latest recipes: this mushroom and Parmesan rice. We loved the result so much, that here you have our take on the recipe: You will need (Serves 2): 150 gr fresh broad beans (the smaller, the better) Mozzarella cheese (the amount depends on how much you love mozzarella) 2 slices of your favourite bread 1 garlic clove, peeled 1 …

Salmon and egg wraps

Last week was quite difficult because after a wonderful long weekend in Lake Como (we will publish lots of post about the most beautiful villages of Lake Como in the next days!) we weren’t prepared to come back to dreadful weather and inboxes full of angry E-mails. But the weekend finally arrived and, miraculously, on Sunday the sun shined, the temperature was perfect and we didn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a very long walk in the park. Sadly, we didn’t have our picnic basket prepared but it made us think about picnic season! When we came back home after 3 glorious hours under the sun surrounded by beautiful nature, we wanted something light, fresh but delicious. And quick! So we prepared our favourite salmon and egg wraps. These could be a great picnic basket option, but they are a fantastic quick lunch or light dinner too. In fact, whenever we are very lazy to cook after a long day at work, we tend to prepare these salmon and egg wraps for dinner. You will …

Sunday lunch

Sometimes we need to spend a Sunday morning in the kitchen and prepare a special Sunday lunch. We always picture it like this relaxing experience, with Instagram appropriate moments, a lovely scent in the air, our favourite music in the background… But the truth is that we always stress about missing some important step of the recipe we are preparing, we never take an Instagram picture, let alone an IG Story, and we have to stop the music because like my nonna used to say: che confusione!  So, real life hits and the process is not as smooth as we imagined. But the result is always worth it! Last Sunday was one of those Sundays. It was freezing outside, so we decided to cosy up at home and roll up our pyjamas sleeves to cook something comforting: a lighter take on a British Sunday roast. To be honest, we cheated from the beginning because we had bought an excellent roast beef in a local fancy supermarket the day before, so all we prepared were the …

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 …

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: …

Caramelised leek tart

These last days have been the perfect mix between visits to the flower market, afternoons sipping coffee and eating cake and long walks enjoying the faded, warm Autumn sun. Autumn is my favourite time of the year and, therefore, I tend to eat my favourite food. One of these recipes that I always prepare when I have people over, when I have to bring something to a party or when we want something really comforting to eat, let’s say after a long walk on a Sunday, is this caramelised leek tart. Actually I don’t know why it hasn’t made an appearance in this blog until today, but better late than never. Everyone loves it and they always ask me for the recipe, so here it is.I make the pastry myself, but you can buy it at the supermarket. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s ok to cheat. But in case you want to prepare the pastry, you’ll need: 225 g plain flour 140 g butter A pinch of salt 1 egg 2 tbsp cold water …

Cooking hacks

Sometimes it seems that we always eat the same things over and over again. So we like to add a few different touches every now and then to spice things up a little bit. It could be something we’ve learnt from our trips, a mistake that turned out to be a delicious surprise or a new twist we’ve read in a cookbook.