Saturday, August 31, 2013

Adventures in the kitchen #1

Olá!!!

Recently, I baked a chocolate cake with Blueberry sauce which was a huge success here at home, and at the neighbors too. haha

So I thought I'd share the recipe in case if you like baking something.
It's very easy and prepared in 30-45min, depending on how organized/used to bake you are.

Ingredients:


Preparation:

  1. Separate the yellow part of the eggs from the white one, and put them into two different bowls. On the bowl where you only have the yellow part of the eggs, add the sugar and mix it as much as you can until it becomes creamy. 
  2. Add the yogurts and mix it once again until it gets homogeneous. 
  3. Add the chocolate powder; the quantity it's up to you! If you are a chocolate lover, don't be afraid to add it! haha
  4. Once you have an homogeneous mixture, add the dark chocolate that should be previously melt on a separate pan with a bit of butter. Mix all together.
  5. Add the flour, slowly, and mix it again. This might take some time, but the trick it's not to add too much flour at once.
  6. On your second bowl, beat the eggs white until you create a foam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjuJfkxoATA).
  7. Add this foam to your chocolate mixture.

Finally, just pour it in a baking form with some baking paper on it and put it on the oven (previously heated) at 195 Celsius - this depends of your oven, actually - and let it bake for 40-45min approx. At the end check if the cake is baked on the inside with a tooth pick.

For the blueberry sauce, just follow this easy recipe: http://www.joshuakennon.com/my-personal-favorite-blueberry-sauce-recipe/

And here's the final result:


Bom apetite!! :D

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cola vs Pepsi

Olá!!! :-)

If there's something that I find very annoying is, ordering a "Cola" and get a Pepsi. I mean, to me, they don't taste the same and I personally prefer Coca-Cola.
Over here, in the Netherlands, people at restaurants (R) have the tendency to not make any distinction between the two and they are both called Cola...
I thought it'd be better to find a way to avoid this "misunderstanding". Here's an example:
    
    R: What would you like to drink?
    B: Do you have Cola or Pepsi?
    R: Pepsi.
    B: Then, I'd like to have Ice-Tea.
    R: *Weird look at B as if she's saying the silliest thing in the world*!


If you are a Coca-Cola lover, you will understand me!
To all of you, Coca-Cola lovers: when in the Netherlands make sure you order a "Coke" or "Coca-Cola". ;-)

Miss B.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pedal to the medal...

If there's something that always caught my attention during the many visits to the Netherlands, were the Bicycles.

Not the object itself but what Dutch people are able to do while on them.
But first things first. If you are a tourist in the Netherlands, you will most likely have this kind of view once you step out of a train station.
from: http://thisismyhappiness.com/

If you are coming from a country where cycling is something you do on your free time and only if you feel sportive enough, this is....... Shocking!!! But this is just a start...
I was used to see only one person on a bike, but over here, sometimes it feels like a competition: Who can get more people, at once, on a bike! The picture below it's just a little example....

from: http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com

Almost like those buses in India but then different! LOL
This was just a little example of what these Dutchies can do with a bike. There's more to come about this subject. ;-)

Thumbs up for the Dutchies and their abilities! :-D
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Monday, August 26, 2013

I don't care...

.... I love it!!!
After such a crappy day, here's a song that always boost up my mood! :)

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Happy Monday!!!


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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Clash of Titans #1

Let me introduce you the series "Clash of Titans", episode 1!

Here, I will try to make a comparison between typical Portuguese things (whatever things might be) and Dutch. It can be anything!

Today, it's about snacks. Who doesn't like snacks??
Dutchies (as I always call Dutch people) are big fans of snacks and like to have them at any time/occasion. For us Porties (the plural form of Porty, the nickname I sometimes get from Mr.A), snacks also have a good spot in our "cuisine".

I picked up, one of the most famous snacks of each country, to start with.

Pataniscas de Bacalhau
Frikandel Speciaal
Both of them are fried snacks, so in principal not so healthy but let's have a look to what they are (mostly) made of.
  • Pataniscas de bacalhau: Potato, Cod fish, Flour, Eggs, Onions.
  • Frikandel (according to Dutch Men's Health magazine): 45 percent kinnebak (in the Dutch-English dictionary as lower jaw, or jaw bone), beef and fat. I'm not including the sauces and fries....  
They both look yummy, but once you get to know what they are made of.....

Which one wins this first Clash of Titans?
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Left Lane Affection

In this part of the World, the traffic rules say:
  1. The transit of vehicles must be done on the right side of the road;
  2. When necessary, the left side of the lane may be used to overtake or change direction
Is this clear enough? I think so, but for some drivers not really.

On a random day, while driving on the freeway (the location doesn't really matter), one will notice something very particular: 90% (or more!) of Belgian cars will drive on the left lane, even if the right one is free!!

I wonder: what kind of traffic rules do they teach in Belgium?!
You might think "Oh it's not only Belgian cars!", well... let's say this: over here, they are famous for that! Just a coincidence? Maybe yes, maybe not.
One thing it's for sure: it's annoying like HELL!!!!

Be prepared for more posts about my traffic adventures/frustrations or just remarks. :-)

Miss B, on the road!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Relativity Theory? Yes please!

We all know the famous sentence "Time is relative", but from my point of view that's not the only thing that's relative.
from: http://theartclassroom.wordpress.com/category/think-of-the-week/
On a sunny day, while talking with some colleagues about enjoying the summer and going to the beach, one said:
C: - Oh, you can go to the beach also here!
Me: - Ah no... it's far away...
C: - No way! It's just 200kms.
If you are coming from a city which is 30 minutes (approx.) away from several beaches, 200kms are WAY too far!
Then I wonder:
         Is it only the time relative or everything is?
         Isn't it all about what your reference is?

Till next time!
Miss B.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

I write, you read, we blog together!

On your marks...
Get Ready...
GO!!!

Hello there!
This is officially, my very first blogpost!
Why on Earth would I start a blog? Well, you will find along the way. :)

I hope this will be a fun and interesting experience, not just for myself but also for those who might read it.
A lot of ideas are popping to my mind so please, come check this blog at any time! 

Grts,
Miss B.

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