Everyday life is the special occasion!

November 21, 2014

In The Mood For

{sunshining Fall mornings that feel like a balm to body and soul}

Though it's not a typical Portuguese tradition I have somehow been craving Thanksgiving flavors [pumpkin, spicies, chocolate, apples, nuts] for the past week and dreaming about the festivities other nations have ahead due to this celebration. It's sad that such a meaningful tradition doesn't make part of everyone's culture, because no matter how much hard time life often makes us go through, there is always something we must be grateful for,despite which religious beliefs we follow. It saddens me that my house STILL is not fully ready by now so that I would attend at least a Friendsgiving [my current place is too tiny to receive more than four at a time, though I believe I have been blessed with the natural hostess gene], but that's for certain a tradition I mean to instill in the future in my life as a family tradition. Wish you a cozy weeknd. I'm in the mood for...


{adding a bit of colour to my cheeks to fight dull looking days}



{getting dressed up to work from home gives a great inspirational boost of energy - love this look}



{mettalics on eyes are always sophisticated even for daytime}




{hues, fabrics, details - all is perfect in this super sleek, chic décor}




{casual brown boots with gold accessories always make my day}




{persimmons -simple or with nuts - are always my go-to afternoon snack during Fall}

November 20, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes


Ever since I'd seen pumpkin pancakes featured  at some of my favourite  instagram accounts I knew I had to bake them as soon as possible. This past weekend was the case. Adapting this recipe here with the ingredients I had at hand soon they were at my table. Light, thick, fluffy, tasty and moist, for those who love pancakes these will surely become the ultimate treat to grab for on chilly autumal or wintery mornings or the perfect snack to have around while cozily and lazily lounging on the sofa with a great movie and the fireplace at full gas. The pumpkin twist flavour mixed with the bitter chunks of dark chocolate make it irresitible and makes it the epitome of a cozy Fall breakfast...at least for me!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 300g pumpkin [boiled and turned into purée]
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs sungflower oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
















November 19, 2014

Quiche Lorraine

 
This quiche has quickly become one of my favorites - I love its rich and creamy inside, with generous chunks of fresh and tasty ham and the crispy puff pastry on the outside. I think the key to the success of this quiche is simplicity - the ingredients are few and the flavors are all there, in every bite! This one was made with ham and I assure you that in no way you'll be disappoint by it, but I will make the classic of the French cuisine, with bacon, very soon. I'm already drooling just thinking about it!

Ingredients:

  • 350g  - 1 thick slice of ham
  • 1 package Emmenthal cheese 
  • 5 peppers mill
  • chili
  • 1 onion
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cottage cheese
  • 1 Greek yogurt
  • 1 sheet puff pastry


Esta quiche rapidamente se tornou uma das minhas favoritas - adoro o seu interior rico e cremoso, com generosos pedaços de fiambre fresco e saboroso e a massa estaladiça exterior. Penso que a chave para o sucesso desta quiche é a simplicidade - os ingredientes são poucos e os sabores estão lá todos, a cada dentada! Esta fi-la com fiambre e garanto-vos que em nada os desiludirá, mas hei-de fazer o clássico da cuisine francesa, com bacon, muito em breve. Já estou com água na boca, só de pensar nisso!

Ingredientes:
  • 1 fatia de 350g fiambre da pá
  • 1 pacote queijo emental
  • moinho 5 pimentas
  • piri piri
  • 1 cebola
  • azeite virgem extra
  • 3 ovos
  • 1 queijo fresco
  • 1 iogurte grego
  • 1 folha massa folhada