Friday, February 26, 2016

Thank you Jamie!

Hello!! :-)

There was this other day (some weeks ago, actually) that there was simply nothing on TV (nothing new until here), so I kept on zapping around. Eventually, I came across one of Jamie Oliver's shows. What really caught my attention (and stomach!) was that he was cooking a long time favorite dish of mine. But that's not all; he was cooking Portuguese food!!!
I had to watch it.

Even though he made his own version off this recipe, in essence, he was preparing an easy but tasty Bacalhau à Brás. As far as I can remember, I have always been a HUGE fan of this dish, to the point I can eat until my stomach hurts or I feel sick.
This time it was no different... LOL

This is very easy to make and serves easily 4 people (or one hungry Miss B... #noshame).

What you'll need:
  • Salty cod fish - I used 2 medium size slices
  • 5 medium size eggs
  • straw crisps
  • black olives
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • onion
  • pepper
  • fine chopped parsley 
How to:
  1. One day prior to prepare this dish, allow the cod fish to get unsalted by dipping it into cold water. 
  2. Punch the cod. Once cooled, rip it apart in small bits.
  3. In a large frying pan, cook the onions chopped in thin slices with the olive oil until translucent. 
  4. Add the cod and the straw crisps. Once the crisps are getting soft, add the eggs, previously mixed. 
  5. Add all the spices to taste and let it cook until you get a stiff but not hard mixture. It should resemble an omelet, but don't let it burn! ;)
  6. Put it on to a plate, garnish with the black olives and chopped parsley.
  7. Try not to eat all at once! hahaha 
Photo with Sony alpha5100 + kit lens

As I said, I am a huge fan of this dish! Brings back so many memories from home...
One of the many powers that food has; it can really transport you through time.

If you prepare this one, let me know how you like it! :-)
I am already looking forward to cook this again... Be prepared, stomach... be prepared!

Bom apetite!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

B takes the Big Apple - part 3

Hello there!!

It has been way too long since I last wrote, but today I am back with another post about my trip to NYC.
Unbelievable that it has already been one month... Time flies!
Anyway, on today's report, I'm taking you along on our (mine and's) 4th day in town. A relaxing, easy going but still full with nice spots and activities.
Come along:

After breakfast and subway ride, we arrived at Chelsea Market.
And across the street....
Lovely slogan inside the Market; wise words some would say.
The Chelsea Market used to be the Oreo Factory!!!!
I felt like eating the wall... Yeah, I'm that crazy for Oreo's....
On our way to Washington Park
Gotham EXISTS!!!! It even has a church...
 At the Park
 Look what's on the background...
 And it seems Gotham also has a Bar & Grill! We didn't find Batman though....
 My first time at an American Dinner. The name felt appropriate! haha
And then, to give our legs some rest, we went to the movies. JLo for starters but we were waiting for the "main course": The Revenant!
WAUW, what a movie....
And then, after the movie, we had a nice drink in a cool pub nearby (can't remember the name). At the entrance, the  security guy asked for ID and already wished me a happy birthday, even though it was two days too early. Funny peeps...
From there, we went to grab food at Jimmies BBQ, where they had a terrible cover band playing as loud as hell... Food was good, but too much noise.
All pics taken with Sony Alpha 5100 with kit lens.
And that was it, for the 4th day!

On the next chapter: Brooklyn Bridge, Cheesecake, Times Square and some more highlights!

See you soon!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Unexpected cravings


Do you know those days that there's this one thing coming back to your mind every 10min?!
I had that a few weeks ago. Since I woke up, I had this thing coming to my mind over and over again; spent the whole day thinking "I have to have it!!" and first thing I did when I got home was to grab the ingredients and off I was to the kitchen!

I HAD to have Brownies.
No chocolate bars, no chocolate cookies, no chocolate cake.
No! It had to be brownies.

I don't know why....

Anyway; I browsed around for an easy but tasty recipe and I came across to the one I am about to share.

This is what you'll need:
  • 2/3 C honey
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2/3 C applesauce
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 2/3 C whole wheat flower
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 Tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
How to:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C and grease your baking tray.
  2. Heat up the honey until it becomes watery. I did it in the microwave for 20s.
  3. Add the cocoa powder and brown sugar to the honey and mix until smooth. 
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the flower, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Combine applesauce, coconut oil, egg and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Then add the cocoa mix and whisk until fully incorporated.
  6. Gradually add the flower mix to the wet ingredients and mix, but don't over do it!
  7. Pour in the batter in the baking tray and cook them for about 25min.
  8. If you can resist, wait for 15min until they are at room temperature
You need this in your life! 😋
I really enjoyed them! So fluffy and smooth. Just like I had in mind the whole day.
Final result: It was gone within 24hrs...
Guilt level: 0! hahaha


Sunday, February 07, 2016

B takes the Big Apple - part 2


The plan for the third day in town was to go to Haarlem which didn't happen because we took the wrong subway. Oops... One for on the "what-to-visit-next-time list".
When we hoped off at 125th street and after checking the map, we realized how closed we were from the Riverside Park. The day had started!
It was soooo windy and cold over there; unbelievable! The blue and sunny sky was so deceiving.
At a point I thought my cheeks were going to shatter to pieces.
Jersey from the Riverside Park
The only private urn in public NYC's ground 
From the Park we took our way to the Columbia University which was not so far away.
Loved the quietness over there and see some students walking around. Brought me memories....
A little break was much needed it; a nice warm cappuccino at The Hungarian Pastry Shop which was around the corner.
And then the "madness" started as we headed to the Central Park.
Amsterdam Av! haha
At the Central Park!!!
At the Strawberry fields; Imagine.
Yes; we walked ALL central Park towards Columbus Circle.... Crazy!
My first visit to the Whole Foods and probably last, because it's so damn confusing that i just rather go somewhere else. A good concept though...
And since we were at Columbus Circle and didn't walk enough (sure...), we headed towards Times Square.
Always impressive to be there and see all those crazy lights!
All photos taken with Sony Alpha 5100 w/ kit lens.

And that was it! :-)
From there, we were wise enough to get a cab to the hotel; the legs couldn't take it anymore and it was getting veeeery cold!

I hope you liked part 2. Part 3 will be online soon!!! ;-)

Have you been to these places as well?

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