09 January 2015

Music of the day.



Röyksopp feat. Robyn - Monument (The Inevitable End Version)

08 January 2015

TBT.


I don't know what the strongest component that makes this country so beautiful and extra missable is, but I know it has it all.

*throwback on some of the little things of everyday life that make me happy......................................................................history, cold coffee, palm trees, almond & chocolate, food, sandals, sand, bear feet, sanded.

05 January 2015

My new year's eve cake.


Hey you guys! How are you all? Happy, happy 2015 everybody!!!!!!!!
I hope you had a brilliant time during the holidays..I know I had some much needed relax times and some more family getting together moments, you know..honestly who doesn't love sitting around the fireplace and play board games for example among other holiday-ish things..Lots of tasteful food was also included of course ;)

This is what I made for the first day of the year.
It is a cake called "vassilopita" and as a tradition we have in Greece, my homecountry, whoever finds the coin that is hidden somewhere inside the cake, then that's the person who gets lucky for the coming year..or so they say..this year it was Achilleas' turn! yayyyyyyyy...Good for you my love!

I used the following recipe for the first time and it came to be syrprisingly easy (you don't even need a mixer, how cool is that? I love recipes that do not require "machines") and tasty at the same time. It has an intense orange flavor overall, so if you are an orange person, you will absolutely love it! It also doesn't use butter at all, so this is also a good thing, huh?

Here is the recipe:

New year eve's cake (with spices)

ingredients:

for the cake
250gr flour
170gr confectioners sugar
160gr olive oil
160gr orange juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
zest of 1/2 orange
zest of 1/2 lemon
60gr ground almonds

Preheat oven at 170C.
In a large bowl mix with a spoon the olive oil, orange juice, confectioner's sugar and spices until combined. Add the ground almonds, flour and baking powder (which you have previously sifted) and mix gently. Put the batter in a 20cm pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. When it's still hot from the oven, put the glaze on.

for the glaze
150gr confectioners sugar
25gr orange juice

Simply mix the sugar and orange juice until desired consistency.

Good luck!

29 December 2014

Designer of the week: Rie Yamagata.






beautiful clothes by designer Rie Yamagata for RΗΙΕ΄ brand.
this is pre-fall 2015.

28 December 2014

WLIIA.


ok, have you ever watched Whose line is it anyway? you so have to, if you haven't.
this is one of my top favorite comedy series, there are only a few times that I haven't cried to tears from excessive laughing. too good.

26 December 2014

The little things.

/looking through the rain drops/


/christmas packaging/


/this couch/


/this breakfast/



/cloudwatching/


/this snack with this booze/


/this face/


/this view/

22 December 2014

Hot chocolate and christmas plants.


 

these days call for a cup of hot, luscious thick chocolate, don't you think?
what I usually make lately is the following:

1 cup of milk
5 to 6oz of dark chocolate
some ground cinammon (depending on your tastes)
and a pinch of cayenne, to add a bit of spice

I mix them all in a small saucepan on a low heat till the chocolate melts and stirring continuously and in a few minutes you're good to go, sit and enjoy!

18 December 2014

Designer of the week: Johanna Ortiz.



latest fashion crush comes from this lady.
Johanna Ortiz and this is SS15-

15 December 2014

15-minute avocado pasta.


This recipe is so so good you need to add it most definitely to your list of easy favorites. My kids have looooved it too from the very beginning, they are like "leaking" all over their plate at the very end (very rare thing indeed) which makes mama happy..Its base is avocado and what it does is it basically makes a sort of pesto which is then added and mixed with the cooked pasta. You can use whatever pasta you want (I used linguini this time). Just make sure you don't forget to add the lemon zest cause it really gives that extra something to the plate.


15-minute creamy avocado pasta (adopted from here)

Ingredients
9 ounces (255 g) uncooked pasta (use gluten-free, if desired)
1 to 2 small cloves garlic, to taste
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 ripe medium avocado, pitted
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (1 to 2 mL) fine-grain sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Lemon zest, for serving

Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
While the pasta cooks, make the sauce: In a food processor, combine the garlic and basil and pulse to mince.
Add the lemon juice, oil, avocado flesh, and 1 tablespoon (15  mL) water and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. If the sauce is too thick, add another 1 tablespoon (15 mL) water. 
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drain the pasta and place it back in the pot. Add the avocado sauce and stir until combined. You can gently rewarm the pasta if it has cooled slightly, or simply serve it at room temperature.
Top with lemon zest, pepper, and fresh basil leaves, if desired.

Enjoy!

14 December 2014

Play It Right.



latest music crush: Sylvan Esso, from north carolina-

12 December 2014

Shiny christmas-y macarons.


















how yummy are these speculoos macarons? with spiced Valrhona white chocolate ganache and speculoos cookie butter is definitely to have your eyes on for a christmas treat..

find it here along with a variety of other flavor options..you can have it delivered at your door too ;)
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