Friday, October 30, 2015

Banana pancakes - recipe (including photos)

  • 200 milliliters of milk
  • 150 grams of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon with baking powder
  • a bit of salt
  • butter for frying the pancakes

Mix the milk with the eggs and the mashed bananas.

Separately mix the flour with the baking powder and the salt.

Add the flour/baking powder composition over the milk/eggs/bananas and mix well.

Heat a frying pan and add a bit of butter.

Then with a ladle add the composition into the pan. We had small pancakes so we put one ladle of composition per pancake. Fry them on each side at medium fire until golden brown.

They are good with maple syrup or as is.

The original recipe can be found here

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Trip to Leiria, Portugal

Probably the most decaying town we've seen in Portugal.

Don't get fooled by the photos, it's really a waste of time.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Strawberry cake - recipe (including photos)

Ingredients for the dough:
  • 230 milliliters of milk
  • 200 grams of flour
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 50 grams of cocoa powder
  • 40 milliliters of sunflower oil
  • 1 packet of backing powder

Ingredients for the filling:
  • 400 grams of mascarpone cheese
  • 250 grams of strawberries
  • 100 grams of fresh cream
  • 50 grams of regular sugar
  • 4 grams of gelatin foil
  • 2 spoons of powder  sugar

Ingredients for the cover:
  • 100 grams of mascarpone cheese
  • 100 grams of fresh cream 
  • 5 teaspoons with strawberry syrup
  • 1 spoon with powder sugar
  • wild strawberries for decoration

Prepare the dough:

Mix the flour with the sugar, the cocoa powder and the backing powder.

Add the milk and the sunflower oil over the dry mixed ingredients. Mix until incorporated.

 Put the dough in a round oven form and let it bake at 160 Celsius degrees for 30 minutes. Let it cool!

For the filling:

Mix the strawberries with the regular sugar and let them boil for 10 minutes.

Remove from the fire and let it cool a bit. Put aside 5 spoons of strawberry syrup that you will need for the cover/decoration.

Smash the strawberries and add the hydrated gelatin foil.

Mix until dissolved.

In a separate bowl beat the fresh cream with the powder sugar until fluffy. Add the mascarpone cheese and mix until well incorporated.

When the strawberries are cooled add the cheese mixture and mix until well incorporated.

Divide the cocoa cake in two layers.

On a plate, add one layer then the filling and put it in the fridge for 1 hour. Add the second layer and put it again in the fridge for another hour.

Meanwhile prepare the cover:

Beat the fresh cream with 1 spoon of powder sugar until fluffy. Add the mascarpone cheese and the syrup and mix until well incorporated. Let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour.

Take out the cake from the fridge and cover it with the mascarpone/fresh cream/syrup mixture.

Above add some wild strawberries and strawberry leaves. Keep it in the fridge!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hotel review - Hotel HF Ipanema Porto, Portugal

Nice room, comfortable bed and decent breakfast.

Free wi-fi and private parking places at Eur 9/day. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Trip to Badajoz, Spain

No signs to indicate the old city center, but we finally found it.

It's under decay so somewhat sad, but it has great potential if renovated: a mix of Moorish and Spanish architecture that makes it special.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Trip to Merida, Spain

The city itself it´s not something not to be missed, but the Roman ruins are.

Next time you are in town make sure you see them ;) .


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