December 06, 2013
Each time I change the city I live in, there is a period of craziness, when I don’t cook much. I simply eat around and want to try as many local treats as possible. This is what’s been happening for the past month and a half. It was difficult to concentrate on making delicious breakfast, when just 200 meters away from my apartment is a local market with a bar full of amazing tapas, seafood, organic vegetables and fruits. I used to get up in the morning, buy a cup of coffee in my favourite spot, I was supposed to go back home and work and in the end… I came back several hours later. Ups. But a girl needs vacations from time to time. This year was very busy with work, so I can rest a bit, right?
This was also a period of going back to recipes I love, but never wrote about over here (yes, it happened). I made apple crisp, that is something in between a breakfast and an apple pie (so it has to be delicious). You may think that it’s too sweet, but when you add a big tablespoon of greek yogurt, it will be just perfect. This is an amazing recipes that I’ve found some time ago one of my most favourite blogs - Smitten Kitchen. This amount is ok for four people, or for two very hungry ones.
You will need for fruits (for 4):
- 3 apples
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
For an oat topping:
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup flour
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp sliced almonds
Heat an oven to 200*C (400*F)
Cut apples in small cubes (I did not peel it), place it in a medium bowl, add sugar, flour, spices and mix it well, so cubes are equally covered. Place it into a baking dish.
Melt butter and add sugar, mix it, then oats, mix it, flour, mix, salt and almonds and mix again. Place it on a top of fruits. Cover the dish with a baking silver and bake for 40 minutes (after about 20 minutes take off the silver).
Serve with thick natural yoghurt and a bit of cinnamon on top.
December 03, 2013
I didn’t know if I should make a post about it or not. Café Bombón is so easy to prepare that it doesn’t need a recipe. But also, I love coffee and I had to come to Spain to discover it. If there’s anyone who likes sweet coffee, this is a recipe for you. It is supposed to be exactly in 1/2 strong coffee shot and 1/2 condensed sweet milk proportions, but if it’s too much sweetness for you, just add less milk.
As I have a typical sweet tooth I enjoy this version, even though I do not usually add anything sweet to my coffee. I wasn’t sure if other people like it as well (except for Spanish of course), but I had friends over for few days and they kept asking me to make it again. That’s why I assume you may like it too.
You will need:
- 1 shot of espresso
- the same amount of condensed sweet milk
Brew your coffee, pour into a small glass and add condensed sweet milk. That’s it :) Mix it before drinking.
November 25, 2013
I have a small dilemma related to Granja Petitbo. I’ve been there twice. The first time I loved the atmosphere. It’s a cozy and quite specious place with an old school vibe. I ordered eggs on toast, coffee and a freshly squeezed juice and everything was delicious. I enjoyed lovely service, had a small chat with a waitress and spent good time over there with my book. You may say the best impression that a place could give.
And then I came back again few weeks later. This time it was a bit of surprise. It took me an hour to place an order. I had to wait 20 minutes for menu and it wasn’t that busy (maybe 3 tables were occupied with people drinking coffee). After this time I asked if I could order, the waitress acted surprised as if she didn’t notice me (by this time in the restaurant there was only me and a couple sitting next to me). I was very polite and asked for menu with an honest smile, she gave it to me and left without a word. This time for 30 minutes. I had some work to do, so I didn’t mind. The clock was ticking, I kept doing my stuff. After an hour of just sitting there and working one lady came and asked if I am going to order something. Of course I did. I asked about different kind of coffees they serve and wanted to take eggs Benedict, but it turned out that she gave me a wrong menu and I can only take eggs on toast with some extras. I ordered scrambled eggs with bacon on toast.
My coffee served with condensed milk was interesting, strong shot of tasty blend and sweet milk, kind of a thai style, and I did appreciate it a lot. Scrambled eggs with bacon - most probably the best I had so far in Barcelona. They use only organic ingredients and you can taste the difference. I took twice the same meal. The first time my bread was too toasted, I tough that maybe it’s the Barcelona style, but the next time it was perfect.
Well, in the end I don’t know what to write, so I’ll leave choice to you. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a friendly service, if you’re not, a moody one as I had today. But one thing I must admit, both times my breakfast was delicious. So don’t cross the place because someone wasn’t in a mood to work ;)
Granja Petitbo, Passeig Sant Joan 82, 08009 Barcelona.
Mn-Fri 8:30am – 8:30pm, Sat 10am – 9:30pm, Sun 10am – 3pm
November 24, 2013
Big portions, fresh and high quality ingredients, lovely full of light interior and great service. Isn’t it enough for recommendation? Oh yes, one more thing, prices are ok as well. Brunch & Cake is simply delicious spot.
I went there with a friend who knows every delicious place in Barcelona, so whenever he starts to write about it, I’ll let you know.
When I entered Brunch & Cake cafe I felt at home, maybe because it reminds me somehow about The Barn in Berlin. Each employee has a characteristic uniform and they are very friendly (I mean very very friendly). I love eating in nice environment, food is important obviously, but when you can look on flowers while eating, it is not disturbing for sure. I did not take many pictures, as place was very busy and I had a great chat with Karol, I promise to take few more with my next visit.
What you can find over here is a rich brunch menu and something to satisfy your sweet tooth. I made it simple and chose bagel with eggs and ham plus coffee. It was awesome and portion was so big, that I wasn’t hungry for a long time afterwards.
Brunch & Cake, c/Enric Granados 19, 9.00am - 10:00pm
November 20, 2013
Love comes with a price, in a situation I will describe literally with price. I adopted a street cat in Barcelona - sweet little Lola. Ryszard (our little treasure) fell in love with her and accepted her straight away, she was the one fizzing around for first few days. After a month we are a happy family of four. But, as a responsible owner I had to check if she’s healthy, give her some medicines, vaccinations and make a passport, as little Lola will be flying to Berlin with us in few months. And O MAMA, it’s so expensive. I feel like adopting a fancy cat, as I spent a small fortune on her. I love her already, Ryszard has companion to his night runs, Mr. T. carries her around and they share secrets. And when we all go to bed and she sleeps next to me, I know it was all worth it. Then Lola and Ryszard wake me ten times during a night and I have doubts. Is it an introduction to motherhood?
PS. She eats like a tiger as well ;)
I found this recipe on Yammie’s Noshery and it looked so good, that I had to make it
You will need for bread rolls with cheese:
- 25g active yeast or 2 tbsp yeast in powder
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, squeezed
- 1 tbsp mixed herbs (optional)
- mozzarella cheese
- mix of cheese or cheddar cheese for topping, grated
Mix water with yeast and let it work for few minutes. Meantime melt butter and mix it with oil. Add yeast with water, mix it, then add 1 cup of flour, sugar, salt and and squeeze in garlic. Mix it and then add second cup of flour, mix it, add third cup of flour and knead the dough for 10 minutes. Place it in a bowl brushed with an oil and put in warm place for about an hour (You can warm up an oven to 50*C and place bowl with the dough inside).
Put some oil on your hands and start to grab small pieces of dough, flatten it, place a nice piece of mozzarella inside and cover it by combining edges, so cheese is hidden inside the dough. Do it well, so cheese won’t leak. Place it on a baking tray covered with paper. You should make around 20 of them. Each one sprinkle with pieces of grated cheese.
Bake in 180*C (375*F) for about 15 or 20 minutes (depends on an oven), until nicely brown and cheese on top is baked.
I served mine with a tuna spread. You can use this recipe or try something new:
You will need for tuna spread:
- 1 can of tuna in oil, drained
- 2 eggs hard boiled
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 2 small pickled cucumbers
- pinch of salt and pepper
Chop eggs and cucumbers and mix with the rest of ingredients in a bowl. If you like your spread more sweet, add 1/2 of small apple.
November 13, 2013
Time passes by, I keep forgetting about it, but it doesn’t make it stop. In 2006 I married Mr T - it was a good year that has totally changed my life. In 2007 I left Poland. Since then we were living in 7 different countries and visited many more. For the past few weeks we’re living in a small 6th floor apartment with no lift in Barcelona. This is also a place where Ryszard met his new life partner Lola (but not a love of his life as I’ll always be the one). We enjoy a beautiful warm weather and the city. But during the weekend we rent a car and made a three day road trip. It helped me remember how much I love my life. Of course I miss my wooden table, kitchen, cups and blender in Berlin. I also miss my race bike and what I’d love to call “my city” - I am not sure if I am allowed to call it so after only 1,5 years in Berlin. But I also love changes, living in different countries, new experiences, people that we meet on our path and the way that all of this helped me to enjoy a good cup of coffee. I love to be on the road, to see sunset, to wake up early to welcome sun rise and to do it with Mr T.
We came back home and discovered that Lola doesn’t like her food, as her two bowls were full and Ryszard’s totally empty. The next day we got up, had a nice breakfast on our terrace, enjoyed a morning coffee and came back to our reality. And for now I love each bit of it.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup chickpea
- 1/2 cup thick yogurt (like greek one)
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or a big pinch)
- salt and pepper for taste
- few fresh basil leaves, chopped
- poached egg
This recipe is super easy. The only thing that will take time is preparing a poached egg. You can check over here how to make it easier.
Place chickpea in a bowl or a glass, cover with a mix of yogurt, lemon zest, cayenne pepper and basil, then put a poached egg on top and season with salt and pepper for taste. Remember to go dip with a spoon, so you will get each ingredient on a spoon :)
November 08, 2013
We went to Tarannà during one of this lazy Saturday afternoons, when you wander around the city for half of a day, trying to walk each narrow little street you see. I needed coffee, Mr. T needed a beer (it’s still hot in Barcelona). I was a bit hungry, Mr T. wanted a small snack.
November 04, 2013
Homemade granola is special, not only healthier and tastier from the one you buy in a store, but also you can create something special out of just few ingredients.
October 30, 2013
Federal Cafe is a perfect place for breakfast or brunch. Owners made it feel special with a beautiful interior and flowers all around. It’s full of light and I liked the place even before trying their coffee or food.
October 27, 2013
Two and two is a special place, where french homemade yummies meet japanese stationery and other goods that coffee lovers will enjoy. I went there on a rainy day, while trying to avoid being completely wet. I saw the place a few times on my way to Burger International located just next to it, but never went inside. Now I know that it was a mistake. It seems to be a small place, but there is an additional room on the back, that is so lovely and comfortable, that I asked if it’s their living room after hours. It is not, they just love the place and make it special for everyone.