and as Portuguese may not be the easiest to learn,
the best way to discover that culturally fascinating country might be through the taste.
One of the things of the Portuguese cuisine that appealed to me the most, along with white wine made of unripe grapes called vinho verde, was rich in aroma coffee with a delicious aftertaste. Surprisingly, there is the whole other heritage and history of the beans, prepared in a specific way, brewed differently from the well-known Italian method.
If you love coffee as much as I do, I highly encourage you to try Portuguese galão, if you’re up for a caffè latte, cafe com leite, which would be something between cappuccino and flat white, or cafe com nata which is an espresso-like coffee served with sweetened whipped cream on top, all so tasty and so tasteful! I assure you, you won’t regret, such a delicious experience!
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!
Valentine’s Day gets closer and closer and makes a great opportunity to prepare a special breakfast or a fancy snack. One of my ideas for that day is to bake, yes, you’ve read correctly, to bake some donuts at home.
100 ml warm milk
50 g fresh yeast
370 g wheat flour (the one used to make cakes)
50 g sugar
3/4 tsp salt
170 g butter
powdered sugar to make iceing
Firstable, make sure yeast, eggs and butter are in room temperature. Cut butter into pieces and warm it up.
Make a yeast solution – mix warm milk, crumbled yeast, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour, leave to rise for 10 minutes, covered with a cloth. Solution should lather quite a lot. Jar, where the yeast is, can be inserted into a pot of hot water, it will help the yeast grow. When the yeast has already filled the cup, add it to the bowl with the flour.
Sift flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Then pour the solution of yeast and stir with a spoon. Gradually add the eggs while mixing the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Then knead by hand for about 10 minutes or 7 minutes with a hook mixer (level 4). At the end of the dough should be smooth. Then, add pieces of soft butter and knead again. At the end we get a flexible and shiny dough. Cover it with a cloth and let it stand for about an hour to rise.
When dough has rised punch it with a fist and quickly knead by hand. Form the dough into a ball. Flatter cake batter to about 1cm high. You can sprinkle the dough with flour if it’s too sticky. Cut circles with a cookie cutter or with a glass. Then, cut out donut holes. Remember that the dough will increase again in the oven, so you should cut bigger holes than you’d like them to be in the end.
Leave donuts for 1/2 hour to make dough roughly double the volume.
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) degrees. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes. Leave your donuts to cool for about 10 minutes.
When donuts are still a little warm, but not hot, glaze them with iceing.
Let’s begin from saying that I love Italy. I love italian language, Italian people, Italian coffee and of course Italian food.
We went on a Italy Tour and we’ve visited many places around northern Italy.
Starting from Venice, living on Lido di Jesolo we moved to Cinque Terre and Genua, then we stayed in Milan. After that we went to Verona an Florence. Finally, on the way home we stopped in Bologna for a while.
I found Venice as a wonderful, mystic place. I’ve beed there once before and I need to say that it looks exactly how I remembered it. It’s an old city, full of narrow streets, bridges and beautiful nooks. Romantic alleys and cul-de-sac’s. I am totally in love with this place.
My friends and I had great time strolling through the heart of Venice. However we’ve visited plenty of landmarks, we took some time just to taste the city. We went for long walks with fresh cappuccini and croissants in hand.
Venice left us a feeling that we have to come back to spend another Italian vacation there, to feel the atmosphere of the city one more time.
Milan, absolute love of my life. Big modern city, where you can easily notice that it’s a city of fashion, design and architecture.
The city definitely showed off it’s beauty. As we spent a day walking through wide well designed streets and gorgeous pedestrian zone full of coffee shops and designer clothing stores. To crown our day we went to see Milan from the top of the cathedral. We went on a roof and admired the view, which was really impressive.
After the day in Milan I must admit that I have absolutely fallen in love with the city. And what’s more, I’ve started considering connecting my future life to this city.
City of renaissance. Artists’ and art lovers’ favorite. The city is really pretty, as you walk down the streets of Florence you can feel history of the place. There are some great museums to visit such as Uffizi museum and Galeria dell’Academia, where we can see masterpieces of Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and many others.
To sum up, I’d like to say that I love Italy to the moon and back and possibility to visit all these wonderful places was something very special to me. During our travel I had innumerable situations as I came across random acts of kindness, which were for instance a question, asked whenever I ordered a coffee, if I’d like some cinnamon and cacao in it. These melted my heart and with my love to this country I need to say that I could spend my whole life right there, in the country of Italy.
Wake up with no alarm clock. Let the smell of coffee and fresh baked muffins get you out of bed.
Go on with your morning routine, but with no rush at all. Dress up comfortably, put on your home wear or just stay in your PJ. Moving to make up, stay natural. If you can’t stand a day with no cosmetics put on your face, make just a little touch of mascara or lipgloss. You have to feel comfortable!
Take your time and enjoy your morning cup of tea or coffee. Prepare breakfast for you, your family or friends who spend the lazy day with you. Have fun making your meals, try fancy recipes which you usually don’t have time to make in the workaday rhythm.
Take blankets and pillows and read a book, watch a movie or just listen to music while sitting on a coach or in bed.
Try meditation, it’s so relaxing and it has influence over your life. Find out which part of the day works best for you. Personally, I love mornings, morning meditation is literally the greatest thing which can happen to my day.
During the day you can take a nap or just daydream while lying in bed, lightening candles and burning a joss stick.
Write a poem, draw, paint, sing, bake, do things you love. Isn’t it often like you love doing something or you have a hobby, but you have totally no time to do it?
A lazy day is the answer. As I said before, take your time and do what you really like.
After a lazy day, just before going to bed, listen to your favourite music. It’ll calm you down and make it easier to fall asleep.
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). ingedients:
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)
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!
Croatia.. the absolute paradise on Earth. Sea, sun, beautiful flowers and suculents everywhere. My family and I lived in an apartment with a small, but still pretty tarese with such a stunning view. Every single morning, after waking up, I’ve been spending long hours on drinking my morning cup of tea, aromatic coffee or fresh orange juice and enjoying the sea views with romantic music playing in the backgroung, which has just accentuated calmness and beauty of the island and of the moment.
All of us have been amused by swimming in the sea sessios, ice-cream-walks, photography trips, watching sunsets (once we’ve even went to see a sunrise). We were having fun from dawn to dusk and from dusk to dawn. We all have fallen in love with the place, so that during next summer we’ve visited exactly the same island, the same town, we have even rented the same apartment. Both of our croacian vacation were perfect. I would willingly come there again and again. Wonderful place.