France and Spain

France x Spain

As the 2017 has begun, you might be strarting looking for a holiday destination for the next summer. Basically, that’s why I decided to finally upload some pictures from my ‘France x Spain’ trip.

Half a year ago, in the end of September my friends and I went on a trip across France ending in Spain, Barcelona. Surprisingly, our first stop was in Lichtenstein, which is a little country in between Switzerland, Austria and Germany. We saw a munumental, but in the same time beautiful castle of Hohenzollern, which looks exactly like as it was caught up in a Disney movie.
The very next place we visited and stopped off in was Strasbourg, le petite France as they call it that way. I liked this place to much, it really appealed to me. After that we’ve seen Clermont Ferrand with its stunning architecture with the amazing cathedral in the forefront. Then as a final stop, we stayed in Barcelona for a couple days. On the way back we’ve visited Narbonne and Avignon, which were just gorgeous in its beauty.

Italy – Elba

Elba

We came to Elba after eight years, when we first visited the island.

Meanwhile, during the time between our trips to Elba, we’ve visited quite a few places inclueding some islands such as Šolta (Croacia) and Malta. Even though we’ve seen a lot, Elba amazed us and we found it really fascinating.

The experience of rediscovering all the places we’ve visited 8 years ago was fantastic. There were a few sea spots which we loved before and found them great this time either, such as ‘Best Beach’ and the black sand beach, which’s name I still can not remember, but yes, it was literally BLACK! According to the topic of beaches, my absolute favorite was the seaside in Chiesi. Such a beautiful area with a few gelateria’s and with the unbelievably aquamarine color of water, warm stones to lie on and relax while sunbathing. Outstanding, what’s more to say. There are also some view terraces, where you can see wonderful landscapes, beautiful mountains, gorgeous sea, deep green forests and stunning red, yellow and purple stones.

Not only was it a sentimental journey, but also a giant blast of visiting such a paradise. This time we’ve spent our vacation on the west side of the island and as it turned out it was even more beautiful than the one we’d already known.

Elba, by local people is called ‘L’Isola dei Colori’ and I can’t disagree, it’s like a drop of rainbow situated on the globe. Plum and lavender colred stones, blue: from deep dark blue to very light turquise tone of sea water, green trees and mint seledine stone which is a fundament of a few mountains, yellow, what to say, sand: from white through yellow and ohra to this previously mentioned black, then orange, red and even pink, colors of all the gorgeous flowers, for instance my favorite bouganvilla and oleander.

All in one word – the actual island of color.

Italy – on my way

Italy - on my way

On the way to Elba, which was pretty long (about 1500 kilometers), we’ve visited a few cities in Italy.

When we were going to Elba, we visited Florence, which was just as beautiful as I remembered it from the last years’ trip which took place in september/october. Also we stopped off in Siena. I have never been there before and I was so surprised that it actually looks like a cinnamon city with the only one white building – the cathedral. The area I liked the most in Siena, was the old town if I can call it this way. It is basically the part of the city where the oldest buildings are.

When we were staying in Siena, if were 2 nights I suppose, we lived in a beautiful B&B guest house named ‘Villa Veronica’. Wonderful place, I’m telling you. The house was situate nearby the main part of the city. The room we got was really pretty with terracse-door, with which we could go out directly from our bedroom to the beautiful garden. There was a nice place to sit and have a cuppa’ coffee, a table with a few garden-armchairs. Then, if you keep walking through the garden space, you’ll find a swimming pool with clear, warm water and a bunch of deckchairs perfect to sunbathe on them. What’s amazing , while relaxing in a pool you’ll be able to see fields and meadows of the tuscanian Italy. Stunning view.

Breakfasts were served in a porche, actually on the veranda there was a buffet and the tables were on a terrace. For breakfast, as the Italians eat, you could have a piece of delicious cake, Mulino Bianco biscuit, some orange juice, but also something salty like for instance a slice of a good quality bread with prosciutto crudo and cream cheese. To drink you could have a cup of tea or great coffee served by the host, who is so kind by the way.

So basically, what’s not to love

From Siena we went directly to Elba, and after a week and a half spent on the island we started our way back to our home in Poland. We had only one big stop and a few gus station ones in Italy, then we stayed in a hotel in Austria and then we got to go to Poland. The big two-hour-lasting stop I mentioned before was in Pisa. I’ve seen the famous tower of Pisa for the very first time and I quite enjoyed our little walk there in the city. We had some delicious gelato, meant ice cream, and we strolled a little around the well known buildings, which were close to the tower .

I am so happy I had opportunity to see so much on the way to the gorgeus island of Elba. All these stops made our route a bit more interesting, hahaha. I hope you’ll like the pictures I took during our trip. Here, I attach photographs from the way to and from Elba. Stay tuned for the next dose of photos made in Italy, next time: Elba!

 

Three days of long beach walks, calm atmosphere and endless relaxation

Right before the vacay season, I went to the Polish seaside. With my family, we stayed in Jastrzębia Góra in a beautiful guest house. It was some kind of a luxary and elegant place, but in the same time it was really warm and very home-like People working there were so kind and so caring that I wanted to shout it out loud and recommend this place to all the travellers from around the world!
The house is called Villa Victor and it’s pretty gorgeuos. Every day, as we wrere there, my grandma, my mom and I, had this amazing routine, which was pretty much like this:
We woke up around 8 o’clock, oh okay, maybe I did get up like half an hour earlier, then, when we were all ready and dressed up, we went to the restaurant downstairs to enjoy the breakfast in this stunning room with a very beautiful sea view. Also there was a very pretty tarace, but as it was this time of the year, it was a bit chilly in the morning, mostly because of the sea breeze.
Then, we would go for a few hour long walk through the beach. That’s the thing which is pretty amazing in Poland, that the beaches are so wide, so beautifully sandy and that they are so long you can walk and walk for hours and there are still many kilometers of the wonderful seaside to walk forward.
Our trip was such a great experience which let all the stress we absorbed during the school/work year go away and when we came back we were all relaxed and full of the interior calmness.

Culinary Book Fair of 2016

Since 2013 there is a ‘culinary book’ fair organized in Warsaw each summer. Despite the name, not only the books are exposed and sold there, but also you can meet some well known culinary bloggers, writters and food stylists. My mom, who is also a great friend of mine, and I found out about the fair during last vacation and as it made us curious, we went there to see how it looks like and if it’s interesting or whether not. We liked it so much, we wanted to come over this year too.
We went to three meetings today. There were talks about the idea of a healthy breakfast, about morning inspirations and also about nutrition facts about seeds and grains. They were all really interesting and pretty much fun to be there.  I think the ‘Culinary Fair’ is a great opportunity to talk to some amazing people out there.
I would also like to tell you about a wonderful gesture of a man at the counter of the Warsztat Woni (meaning: a workshop of scent) stand.
We were about to leave the fair, but the stall attracted us, becuse it was full of beautiful flowers and grassy plants. We came closer and asked the man something about the plants. He anwsered our question kindly and gave us some beautiful meadow flowers in a bouquet for each of us. We were so impressed and our hearts were literally melted. We bought the seasonal magazine of the owner of Warsztat Woni (Marta Gessler) which is called Qchnia Artystyczna (Artistic Kitchen in an unconventional way of spelling in Polish).
After that, we left happy, amused and in a very good mood.

I’d like to let you make a little peek to the event. So here, please feel welcome to see a few pictures of the great products we got today!

here are the links to the books’ authors’ blogs and company pages. also there are linked online book stores where you can buy a copy of each book 🙂

Warsztat Woni, Qchnia Artystyczna – Marta Gessler
‘Dzień Dobry z Małgorzatą Mintą’ (Good Morning with Małgorzata Minta) – Minta Eats – Małgorzata Minta
‘Ziarno’ (a Grain) – Kulinarne Bezdroża – Dominika Wójciak
‘Raw’ – recipes for a modern vegetarian lifestyle – Solla Eiriksdottir

 

Morning Inspiration: summer edition

Italian Style French Toast

Remember last week’s panettone brunch post? Today little hint of what you can do with the leftovers (if there are any haha). Delicious french toasts made of panettone slices instead of the bread slices is definitely something you will fall in love with!
All you have to do is to take the panettone pieces, spread them with slightly beaten egg and coat them with sugar. Then, fry on a normal size pan, add some seasonfruit and voila!

Morning Inspiration: summer edition

Chia Seed Parfait

Chia is known as one of the superfoods, because it contains so many valuable macros. A standard 2 tbsp (24 g) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • calories: 117,
  • protein: 4g,
  • fat: 7.4g,
  • fiber: 8.3g.

It contains all eight essential amino acids and a host of trace minerals and micronutrients. To put it in easy comparative terms, each 2 tbsp serving of chia offers:

  •     Five times the omega-3 content of a 1/4-cup serving of walnuts;
  •     Twice the iron and magnesium of a cup of spinach;
  •     As much calcium as a half-cup of milk;
  •     As much potassium as a third of a banana;
  •     More than twice the fiber of a cup of oatmeal.

Bodybuilding.com says.

To make chia tasty and soften it a little, soak it in coconut milk in the evening and leave it overnight. It will be thick like yogurt and it will taste really good.  To make my breakfast parfait I made mango pure and inserted it into a veck jar, then covered it with my coconut chia mixture and to finish it up, I put some strawberries and kiwi pieces on top.
It made me full for so many hours and it was so good!
It can be all prepared the night before as a to-go snack or as a breakfast in a hurry.

Morning Inspiration: summer edition

Summer Blueberry Smoothie

Great for a hot, sunny morning. Really, I mean r e a l l y easy and r e a l l y delicious breakfast idea.
To make this beautiful and tasty smoothie, you’ll have to take some pre-frozen blueberries (they’ll taste much better if you freeze them by your own than if you buy them frozen at the grocery store) and blend them with oat milk. It will be quite nutritious and very very good!

Easter Sugar Shortbread Cookies

First of all, I’d like to wish you happy E a s t e r ! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, full of joy and laughter.
Here, down below, I’m sharing with you sugar shortbread cookies, which I made yesterday. They are basically shortbread cookies made from our family tradicion recipe and they are coated with delicious icing.

Cookie recipe:

Ingredients

  •     200 g butter
  •     100-150 g confectioners sugar
  •     2 egg yolks
  •     1 tsp vanilla extract
  •     300 g light spelt flour (index 700)

Method

Mix butter and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract, mix till combined. Stir flour in gradually. Remember to sift flour before to avoid lumps.
Devide dough to two parts, wrap with plastic wrap and leave in refrigerator for at least one hour.
After cooling the batter down, roll it to 3-4mm high or even thinner. Cut out the cookies ans place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Don’t forget to leave a few centemeters between cookies.

Bake in preheated oven in 200 Celsius / 392 Fahrenheit degrees for 10-12 minutes. When cookies are golden brown, take them out of the oven and leave the to cool to the room temperature, they’ll become crispier.

When cookies have set and they are no more warm you can start glazing. I made my icing by combining confectioners sugar and egg whites. Proportion depends on a type of icing  you’d like to get. To make thick icing I used 1 egg white per 1 cup of sugar.

So, that’s actually it! Easter updates: very very soon! Have a great day everyone!