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May 24, 2016

Find Of The Month - Décor

 I love aesthetics and beautiful niches scattered around the house. This amazing coral piece from ZARA Home inhabits my big bathroom windowsill on top of a nacre jewelry box from the same brand and love both its organic and sophisticated feel. The glass base adds a certain contemporaneity that I appreciate. It is a timeless  piece that is neither overtly feminine nor masculine and works very well for a shared bathroom.


May 23, 2016

Find Of The Month - Fashion

 Hi guys! I hope you'll enjoy this monthly series where I'll corral a fashion and a décor suggestion, all things I have actually acquired for myself and that I'm enjoying the most. As it is no news to you I am a big Massimo Dutti's fan and this sophisticated yet cool coat in a classic beige/ black is the perfect piece for spring days wardrobe, either for work or for a night out, depending on what you decide to pair with it. The kimono like shape and the unexpected veined texture/ pattern gives it a modern twist on an otherwise naturally timeless classic piece and adds a lot of fun and effortless cool to it.


May 20, 2016

In The Mood For

{baking a batch of cake pops for Sunday's birthday party}
It has been such a lovely sunny week that I can't imagine the upcoming one full of rain again!On the agenda I have two birthday parties to attend this weekend and a new series I'm dying to binge on - Preacher.I'm so glad and proud that both my blogger friends Ruth and Linda have recently published books and I cannot recommend enough times you read them as soon as possible , for they are amazing writers, besides super creative and empowering women. Let's celebrate success and life and live happy with what we have already accomplished and hope for what's to come!Wish you a lovely weekend. I'm in the mood for...

{pairing pretty white blouses with cozy grey cardigans}

{this super sexy flawless make up}

{getting my hands on this fantastic strobing/contour duo}

{starting to gather colourful and appetizing salads' recipes and actually make them}

{this haul from HM beauty sales  - in love with the mattes}

{these pretty earrings I got from a friend as a belated birthday gift}

May 19, 2016

Bacon, Mozarella & Veggies "Bola"

"Bolas" have quick become an addiction at home - they take almost no effort, but to be wise in the combination of ingredients so that its flavour is irrresistible. This was the case.  Perfect for an appetizer or even as a whole meal this savory "bola" hides heaps of veggies and chunks of tasty bacon and was a major success to be repeated during summertime. 


Ingredients:

  • 200gr bacon
  • sweet corn
  • red and orange pepper
  • onion
  • olive oil
  • 1 can of mushrooms
  • Flemish cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 flour mugs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • qs salt

Crack the eggs into a bowl and Whisk them. When the eggs are fluffy and bulky add the milk and oil and beat again. Add the flour and baking powder and beat until everything is well blended. Season the dough with salt. Add the flour and baking powder and beat until everything is well mixed.Season the dough with salt. Reserve. In a frying pan sauté  half an onion and add the corn, mushrooms, bacon and let cook a little. Add the cheese and the ingredients of the fryer to the dough. Mix well with a spoon. Place the dough in a mold, greased with butter and dusted with flour. Bake in preheated oven at 180ºC and cook for about 30-40 minutes. After the cake is cooked, remove from the oven and let cool before unmolding it.



Ingredientes:

  • 200gr bacon
  • milho doce
  • pimentos vermelho e laranja
  • 1 cebola
  • 1 fio de azeite
  • 1 lata de cogumelos
  • queijo mozarella
  • 3 ovos
  • 2 canecas de farinha 
  • 1 colher de sopa de fermento em pó
  • 1 chávena de leite
  • 1/2 chávena de azeite
  • Sal q.b.
Parta os ovos para uma tigela e bata.Quando os ovos estiverem fofos e volumosos junte o leite e o azeite e bata de novo. Junte a farinha e o fermento e bata até que tudo fique bem misturado.Tempere a massa com sal. Reserve. Numa sertã aloure meia cebola e junte o milho, cogumelos, bacon e deixe apurar um pouco.  Adicione o queijo e os restantes ingredientes da sertã. Envolva tudo muito bem. Coloque a massa numa forma, previamente untada com manteiga e polvilhada com farinha. Alise. Leve ao forno pré-aquecido nos 180º e deixe cozer cerca de 30-40 minutos. Depois da bola cozida, retire-a do forno e deixe arrefecer antes de desenformar..

Too Good Not To Post It Right Away


May 18, 2016

Homemade Salted Caramel Topping

If you're talking about one of the ultimate indulgences homemade salted caramel sauce has got to be right on top of my list - this lip-smacking, perfect for a myriad of recipes or the nicest hostess gift topping, smooth and creamy with the perfect consistency is actually super easy. The ratio of butter to sugar to cream is perfect and there is just the right note of saltiness from the fleur de sel  [ the subtle punch of salt is so addictive!]. Are you ready to give this luscious, velvety smooth, buttery rich sauce a try?

Ingredients:
  •  350g Sugar
  •  400ml cream
  •  3 tablespoons of butter
  •   fleur de sel qs

Heat granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.In a small saucepan take the sugar light the fire. Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown, amber-colored liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn. Once sugar is completely melted, immediately add the butter. Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added. Very slowly, drizzle in 1/2 cup of heavy cream while stirring. Since the heavy cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Allow to cool down before using. You can refrigerate this sauce up to 2 weeks. (The sauce thickens as it cools, but can always be heated a bit in the microwave if you want to reuse it as topping).


Ingredientes:
  • 350g de açúcar
  • 400ml de natas
  • 3 colheres de sopa de manteiga
  • flor de sal q.b.

Num tacho pequeno leve o açúcar ao lume. Mexendo ocasionalmente com uma colher de pau deixe açúcar formar o caramelo num tom âmbar, mas sem deixar queimar para não ficar amargo. Acrescente a manteiga e mexa vigorosamente até a manteiga ficar bem dissolvida pois irá ferver agressivamente. Cuidadosamente acrescente as natas - cuidado para não se queimar - e deixe o açúcar caramelizado voltar a derreter e incorporar nas natas.Acrescente depois a flor de sal.  Mexa bem para dissolver o sal e coloque no frasco fechando-o de seguida. Pode refrigerar este molho até 2 semanas. (O molho engrossa à medida que arrefece, mas pode sempre voltar a derretê-lo um pouco no microondas caso queira reutilizá-lo como cobertura).