GOOD FOOD FRIDAY: TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

It’s been a while since I posted a  recipe on this blog, so I think it’s high time for Good Food Friday to make comeback! (Hopefully a lasting one!)

Today I’ve decided to share with you a easy-peasy summer recipe: Tomato Bruschetta!

 

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DAY 20: 5 TYPES OF FAMILY MEMBERS DURING CHRISTMAS

Ah, Christmas… the time of year that you spend with friends and family members. Some of them are great, some not so much, but what would be like without them.

Being one of those people who spends Christmas with her family (and loves it) I kind of noticed a pattern among relatives. So today I want to share with you some types of family members during the holidays.

1. The one that loves Christmas

This person is the one who goes over their head with decorations, gifts and food. You’ll see him/her wearing Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and reindeer antlers.

2. The one who hates Christmas and all family gatherings

This is the one you can see wearing ironical Christmas sweaters and siting alone either drinking or complaining about something. Basically the Grinch.

3. The one who’s there for the drinks

A.K.A the person who’s always with a drink in his/her hands and after a couple of drinks is the loudest and chattiest person around.

4. The one who’s there for the food

Also known as the person who either is a student and is home for the holidays so he/she eats as much as possible or is one of those people who would either eat at someone else’s place than at their home.

 

5. The one who plays with the kids

This the “cool” aunt/uncle who is accepted by children and teenagers. You will always find them playing with the young ones or talking with the older ones.

What other types of family members do you know?

Alex D.

 

DAY 16: DIY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND GIFTS

Today I want to share with you some ideas for home made decorations and Christmas gifts. But, as much as I love watching tutorials or reading posts on the subject, I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I don’t have the patience or the talent to make them. However, nonetheless, I want to share with you some of my favorite DIY tutorials.

Do you make any DIY decorations or gifts or do you prefer to buy them?

Alex D.

21 things to do at 21 *UPDATED*

Last week I turned 21 and since I was busy with uni and of course, celebrating, only now I got around to writing this post. But, before I share with you  the 21 things I want to do while I’m 21, I just want to thank all my friends for the lovely gifts and for making my birthday so special. Love you all!

  1. Travel somewhere/anywhere abroad.
  2. Go to at least five four movies at the cinema. (Cause I don’t really go to the cinema.)
  3. Cook more.
  4. Learn how to bake properly.
  5. Cook Christmas dinner for my family by myself.
  6. Read more books.
  7. Watch more movies.
  8. Learn how to make home-made chocolate.
  9. Learn to speak German (at least a little) (I learned Portuguese so I guess it counts)
  10. Stay up until the sunrise.
  11. Watch at least one sunrise.
  12. Watch at least one sunset.
  13. Change the color of my hair.
  14. Eat something new.
  15. Drink something new.
  16. Go out and eat at a restaurant.
  17. Learn to dance bachata.
  18. Do something out of my comfort zone.
  19. Have a picnic. / A barbecue party with my friends.
  20. Spend more times with the people I love.
  21. Be more positive!
  22. Maybe get a tattoo?

What is one thing you want to do this year? Or the following since this one is almost gone?

*I guess I cross almost everything off of this list. Let’s hope this year I’ll do at least as many things as last year and create more beautiful memories.*

Alex D.

TAKING A TRIP TO PORTUGAL, FROM CLUJ

Today I attended a really interesting event, here in Cluj. It was called “Casa Portuguesa” and it was a more or less like an exhibition but more interactive.

You could learn about their history, listen to some traditional Fado music, taste some traditional Portuguese dishes and interact with the organizers of the event who were obviously Portuguese.

My favorite thing at the event were this really cute paper-made roses who had quotes (by Portuguese writers, of course) attached to them. The one I felt I had a connection with was: “We leave a little piece of us behind whenever we leave a place. We are still there although we left.” – Vergilio Ferreira

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Have you ever been to Portugal?

Alex D.

GOOD FOOD FRIDAY: APPLE COMPOTE

This is an easy peasy recipe that will make your chilly autumn days a little bit warmer and sweeter.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 big apples (or more if you like)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Peel the apples and cut them in small pieces.
  2. In a pot, melt 6 big spoons of sugar until caramelized.
  3. Add the juice from the half lemon and some of the lemon zest.
  4. Add 7-8 cups of water in the pot and stir until the caramelized sugar is melted again. (Be careful how you add the water.)
  5. Once the sugar is melted again and the water is almost boiling add the apples. (!Don’t forget to taste sugared water to see if it’s sweet enough. Usually, once they’re boiled apples get a little sour.)
  6. Let the apples cook for about 10 minutes or until they’re slightly done. (Don’t let them overcook.)
  7. Add a little bit of cinnamon for more flavour.

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ENJOY!

Alex D.

Good Food Friday: Green Peas Summer Salad

This recipe was mostly an invention. I basically took whatever I had in the fridge and put them all together.

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Here’s how you do it!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 big onion
  • 5 small cucumbers
  • 1/2 small bowl of corn
  • 1 small bowl of peas
  • 5 spoons of mayonnaise (or as much as you like)
  • condiments: salt, pepper, ground ginger, curry

Instructions:

  1. Chop the tomatoes, the onion and the cucumbers.
  2. Boil the corn and the peas if they’re frozen or fresh out of the garden.
  3. Mix them all together.
  4. Add the mayonnaise and the condiments.

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Enjoy!

Alex D.

Good Food Friday: Veggie Spaghetti

Time for the weekly recipe! Now, this recipe has no exact amount of ingredients. It’s just about how many vegetables do you want in your sauce.

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Ingredients:

  • mushrooms (fresh, frozen or jar)
  • a handful of frozen corn (or fresh if you have it)
  • a handful of frozen or fresh peas and carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tomatoes
  • half a pepper
  • tomato sauce (I used home made)
  • condiments
  • spaghetti

Instructions:

  1. Boil some water with a pinch of salt for the spaghetti. Once the water is boiling add the spaghetti, stirring from time to time until they’re cooked. Strain the spaghetti.
  2. Chop the onion, the garlic, the pepper and the tomatoes and the mushrooms if they’re fresh.
  3. Add the chopped onion and the garlic in pan with olive oil in it. Let them cook until for 1-2 min.
  4. Add the chopped pepper and stir.
  5. Add the mushrooms, the corn and the other veggies and let them cook for 5 min. Stir from time to time.
  6. Finally add the chopped tomatoes and let them cook again for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour 1 liter of tomato sauce or juice and half a cup of water.
  8. Add the condiments of you choice and let them cook for 15-20 min or until the sauce thickens and the veggies are cooked.
  9. Put the sauce on the spaghetti. Enjoy!

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BON APPéTIT!

Alex D.

Good Food Friday: Huevos Rancheros

I first tried this recipe yesterday, but it was so good that I had to share it with you!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 big tomatoes
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper
  • some chilly (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • 400-500 g of sausages (of your choice)
  • condiments
  • 2 tbsp of tomato juice

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Instructions:

  1. Slice the sausages and fry them for 2-3 min. After that take them out of the pan and put them in a separate bowl.
  2. Slice the onion, the garlic and the pepper.
  3. In the same pan fry the 3 ingredients together for about 8-10 min.
  4. Slice the tomatoes and add them in the pan along with 2 tbsp of tomato juice. Let them cook until the tomatoes have burst.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, chilly, some curry and ginger.
  6. Add the sausages and and the cherry tomatoes and let them cook for 2 min.
  7. Make 4 indentations in the mixture and crack an egg into each one.
  8. Cover the pan with a lid and let them cook until the eggs are well made.

Your Huevos Rancheros are ready!

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Enjoy!

P.S. I know these are not the best looking “Huevos Rancheros”, but it’s the first time that I made this. I guarantee you, it’s delicious!

Alex D.

Good Food Friday: Curry Carrots

I found this recipe some time ago and it seemed so simple and easy that I decided to give it a try and it turned out quite good. So I decided to share it with you.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 carrots (you can use more if you like)
  • olive oil
  • curry
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

  1. Peel the carrots and slice them.
  2. Put some (very little) olive oil into the tray that you’re going to use.
  3. Put the sliced carrots into a bowl. Add as much as curry as you want or until the carrots are all covered in it.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and put the carrots into the tray.
  5. Put the tray in the oven for about 40 minutes at 180°C (356°F), or until the carrots are cooked.

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ENJOY!

Alex D.