Malta, a mediterranean Island and a country itself. Culture seems to be a mix of Italian, Arabic and British influence. My first culture shock was the language. The Maltese can speak Maltese, Italian and English. While talking to each other they usually use all three dialects and they create a cocktail language. Malta is really exotic. Not like a village in tropical forest, exotic by the different, specific way, but still. Visiting this country is an amazing expirience. Totally unforgettable. My morning routine during the trip was one of the best things in my life. My mom and I woke up about 8 o’clock. We got ready in an hour. Next move was a walk to the beach. Although, beach was propably so much different from the one you imagine. It was a rocky beach. Huge stones, with which the island is made of, forming a surface, which was a great place to delight in the sea and apriciate the Sun. After that, we normally went to the nearby cafe bar “Bocci Klabb” where there was also a Bocci Game Club (as the name of the place says). Then, the Baker’s, local pastry store, Donut Factory for a little sweetness in the morning, Green Grocer’s and finally our apartment. There, all family had a relish of tasting local pastries, and fruit. While eating brunch, we were deciding what to do later, if we want to go sunbathing and swimming, have a walk and get some natural and delicious ice cream or to enjoy the day by doing other summer activities. In the evening, several times we went to the city (we lived in a small village). The city of Mdina, the previous capital or the current one – La Valletta. During our vacation we have visited some stunning places, like Mediterranean Aquarium, Dolphin Park, where I have literally been swimming with the dolphins (such an amazing expirience), some beauty spots with beautiful sea views, caves, which we crossed by boat, gorgeus cliffs and more. I absolutely loved our maltese travel, all the places we’ve seen and all the landscapes we’ve crossed. Malta has just stolen a tiny piece of my heart.
Banana Raspberry Pancakes
As the weekend is forthcoming I wanted to share with you a delicious breakfast idea.
Today I’m going to tell you a recipe for a kind of healthy pancakes. If you love pancakes, as much as I do, you will love this recipe endlessly!
To make Banana Raspberry Pancakes you will need:
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp caster cane sugar
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 1 cup (or more) raspberries
- any oil or cooking spray to spread the pan
Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Stir sugar. Make a well in center to put wet ingredients by following step.
Whisk milk and egg together in a bowl. Add pre-mashed banana. Stir to combine. Pour wet mixture into the well. Stir to combine. Add raspberries to your dough.
Oil your non-stick frying pan. Heat over medium heat. Use about one tablespoon of batter at time, cook your pancakes for a minute or until you can see bubbles of air on a pancake. Carefully turn. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Pur a ready pancake on a wire rack to cool down.
Well done! Your pancakes are ready to serve! Enjoy!
One the most important of my morning essentials is a cup (sometimes a pot) of Green Tea. Green tea is definitely my favourite kind of tea, but still, I do love white tea and the ones made of hibiscus and fruit.
Talking about benefits of drinking this kind of tea, it’s good to know that it is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Also it can lower risk of many diseases like cancer, infections, diabetes.
It is thought that green tea can help you with weight loss or with maintaining your weith. Also it can improve brain functions and help you with concentration or in eldery age it can protect you from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Personaly, I love green tea. It gives me a boost of will to live, my life energy every single day. In the morning, as it is not that warm (especially when the fall and winter season comes), the cup of my favourite drink warms me up and makes me feel cozy and relaxed, which is very important for me in the morning.
I absolutely recommend drinking green tea after waking up, it makes mornings a little nicer 🙂
Rugen, a very little german island surrounded by the Baltic sea. The island is so natural, so pretty and it has had a fascinating historical impact. During middleages lot’s of cities were built there, so it is really amazing to see that old architecture treasure. Also the island is full of beauty spots as long beaches, cliffs, turquise blue sea, hiking paths and even more nature goods. Perfect lace to get some rest, relax, spend a few days on sightseeing and enjoying the nature.
All of us, Coffee Lovers, would drink such a cold, sweet, coffee dessert with pleasure during these long hot days. To assume control of what’s hidden on the inside, I’ve decided to create my own frappe drink at home (I’m sure it’ll be a little healthier then the one ordered in a popular coffee shop).
- two or three esspresso shots (depends on how strong your frappe you’d like to be)
- whatever milk you’d like (I’m using a coconut one, it’s fantastic because it adds a bit of a beach flavour by the coconut aroma)
- ice cubes
- one scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- cane sugar, if you’d like your frappuccino to be a little sweeter
- homemade whipped cream
- sprinkles, jamies, chocolate chips, desiccated coconut or any other thing to scatter the frappuccino over the whipped cream
Start from brewing espresso shots. If you would like to sweeten your coffee drink, it’s the best, to do it right now, when shots are still warm.
Fill your blender with ice and crumble unill it’s very fine. Add espresso shots and milk. Blend it all together. Add vanilla extract and mix again.
Now, pour the drink into your fancy frappe glass. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream into the glass. Create a topping with whipped cream and decorate with your sprinkles and chocolate chips.
Put a straw into the glass and voila! Enjoy your delicious coffee drink!