Once a week, we don’t count calories and we eat whatever we feel like eating – once a week is ok, right? So, the other day we went to HEB and we were going to buy our favorite cookies, the white chocolate chip macadamia ones, but they were kinda browny and we like underbaked dough so we decided not to buy and instead I’d make my own cookies. When I looked up online for recipes, a million came up but I really liked these from Sally’s Baking Addiction, so I just made a few adjustments.
I’ve seen so many people using and saying good things about Prozis Oats+Whey that I’ve been trying to order it for months but I’ve always been lazy to do so. We use, at home, normal oats and then we add our favorite Quest, Banana&Cream which is great (like everything Quest) but having oats already mixed with protein is very convenient, plus the flavours they have sound amazing so I was really looking forward to order some stuff.
Easter is my favorite Holiday of the year and not for religious reasons – I don’t really care about that – but because of the delicious food we eat on this day. There’s no other Holiday where I enjoy food as much as I do on Easter. In Portugal we have the famous Pão-de-Lo de Ovar, which is a a mixture of eggs, sugar, flour and a lot of egg yolks baked for only a few minutes so the inside is very runny.. and delicious! This is my absolute favorite and it should always be on the table.
It’s our first Easter in the States so we don’t know what are the traditions here. I havent’t seen anything at the grocery store apart from the millions of chocolates on the shelves so I guess I’ll have to bake something and, most likely, will be pão-de-ló – it’s soooo good! You’re more than welcome to share your typical recipes for this day and your traditions!
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One of my favorite dishes is risotto. Either shrimp risotto, mushroom or even squid! Everything goes well with risotto, you just need a little bit of technique and have a lot of patience as this dish requires quite a bit of dedication. It’s true it isn’t an easy dish to make, but with a little practice you will soon master it and from there you can adapt to your preference.
Last Saturday, we decided to have risotto for dinner, it has been a long time since I made it, and Oh Lord it was good!
Since we have our cat that we have been learning a lot about this whole new personality that we have never seen before in a cat. As I mentioned in this post, I’m allergic to cats and I was almost giving up on the idea of having one when we decided to check if the siberian breed is hipoallergenic, as they say. It’s been 7 months and we couldn’t be happier with the fact that we can, finally, have a pet again.
You all know my favorite dishes are desserts – or you can just offer me some bread and I’ll be happy. Although, the most important is to have a healthy lifestyle and this is what we choose to do at home so, whenever I’m craving for something a bit sweet I have to create my own recipes.
One of these days I wanted to bake some cookies but all the recipes called for huge amounts of nut butters and the ones that didn’t use nut butter don’t normally give you the results you’re looking for in a cookie. That being said, I decided to go put some ingredients together and hope for the best. Let me tell you, I was very sucessfull and the hubby even said they were the best healthy cookies I’ve made so far.
On our last day in Seattle, we had to have breakfast at Bakery Nouveau, of course. It was a beautiful sunny day so we sat outside while enjoying that twice baked croissant and dreaming about a Bakery Nouveau in San Antonio.
From here, we headed to one of the many parks in Seattle you should visit: Kerry Park. It is from this park that many photos of the city are taken. A sign in the park, in Queen Anne, says it was offered by Mr and Mrs Albert to the city so that everyone could enjoy the marvellous views. And they are so beautiful.
On our first day in Seattle, we found one of the best bakeries we have ever been to, Bakery Nouveau. We wanted to eat something and when we searched by “bakery” – one of my favorite words – Google suggested this one, what a good suggestion! It became a necessity to stop by a few more times and we chose this place for breakfast on day 3 and 4.
What surprised us the most was the quality of the puff pastry. It’s difficult to have a bad croissant but it’s even more difficult for a croissant to go straight to your top from the first bite. And we already had croissants in Paris! At Bakery Nouveau, everything we ordered was superb but the twice baked chocolate croissant is something out of this world. The puff pastry, the filling, the consistency of the dough that has been baked twice. Never have I had something similar to this and, if I lived in Seattle, this would be the place I’d go when I’m craving for something sweet.
Since the Space Needle was just a few minutes from there, we decided to go buy the City Pass and check if it was going to be possible to visit as, on their website, they said they’d be closed for a few days for some renovations. The lady on the reception confirmed they were closed but would be open on Friday so we could still visit.
We really like to do a city break on winter and we’ve already been to Prague, Amsterdam and Paris. Since now we’re living on this side of the globe, makes sense to go explore what the states have to offer so we decided that our first trip in the U.S. would be Seattle.