This is a family breakfast or breakfast for one, or for a couple that know and like each other strong enough not to care about a huge amount of garlic in it.
I made focaccia many times, but this one is based on Nigella’s recipe. It is brushed with a delicious mix of roasted garlic, chilli flakes and cilantro. I made it mostly because good food may heal you plus I hoped that garlic will influence my cold. I definitely smell like it now, but it was worth it. We had this great morning with Tomasz, eating focaccia, drinking coffee and making plans. I have a feeling that this year will rock my world, as if our plans work out, two of my big dreams will come true. So fingers crossed.
It is a very easy recipe, you need to wait for a dough to grow and for garlic to roast, otherwise it would take a moment to make it.
You will need for a dough:
In a cup mix water, yeast and sugar, cover and leave for few minutes on a side. Meantime in a bowl mix flour, salt and olive oil. Pour the yeast with water on it and knead for about 10 minutes, until dough is elastic. Place it in a bowl brushed with a bit of oil, cover and keep in warm place for about an hour.
Meantime cut off top of a garlic head, place it in a silver foil and bake in 175*C (375*F) for about 45 minutes. When ready, squeeze it to a blender, add cilantro, chilli, oil and blend well.
When your dough doubled it’s size, place it on a baking tray covered with a paper and form an oval shape. Cover with a towel and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
When ready press top of the dough with finger all over it, then brush with a garlic mix and bake in 200*C (400*F) for about 25 minutes.
I could not run away from it. With a first snow a first cold came. I like to stay at home in my pyjama, reading and drinking hot tea with lemon and honey. But I don’t like being in a half dream state. It’s difficult to think and organise myself. It’s just a short post as it’s hard to write as well. This omelette is easy to prepare and original in taste. Perfect as a morning treat for a sick person.
You will need (for 1):
Start with a peas. Place it in a small pot with a salted boiling water and boil for about 1-2 minutes. Drain it and place in a bowl with an oil, salt, pepper and a lemon zest.
In another bowl whisk eggs with salt, pepper and parmesan. On a medium size frying pan heat a butter and pour the egg mix. Fry over a medium heat until the egg is not runny. You can make few small holes in the omelette to speed the process. Place an omelette on a plate, spread peas, goat cheese and mint on it and roll it or fold it in half. This recipe was adopted from Saveur.
Hallo Berlin! We’re back! On Friday I’ve experienced the first snow in this winter and I felt like a 5 year old child. I wanted to make angels and a snowmen. Berlin is amazing, but I also enjoy being back in my apartment, especially in my kitchen. Is it strange that I missed my table, plates and mornings in the kitchen? I truly did.
To say a proper “hallo”, I made delicious and healthy muffins. The beauty of this recipe is, that you’re making only 4, so you’re not tempted to eat 10 at once (believe me, you will want it). I found an original recipe on Whole Living site and I had to add avocado.
You will need (for 4-6):
Heat an oven to 175*C (350*F). In a bowl mix everything except from apple and walnuts. When everything is mixed, add apples and walnuts. Place papers in a muffin form (4-6 depends on a size of a form) and fill them with a batter. Bake for about 30 minutes, make a toothpick taste after this time and if not baked well, bake some more.
I spent in Barcelona beautiful 3 months and I can honestly say that I know 1/1000 of the city ;) It’s full of cafes, restaurants, markets and beautiful places everywhere you go. Unique architecture and loud locals make you feel like in a land of an adventure. I’ve been asked far too many times for tips about Barcelona, so here is everything I have to share. Just few places I enjoyed a lot, hopefully you’ll like them as well.
To start with, I must say that Barcelona is not an easy city. Why? Because:
- you have people walking in different directions at once in all places all the time. They use each side and centre of a sidewalk, there’s no rule to control it. Walking around the city is like constantly going through a labyrinth of people and I wasn’t there during the season.
- you have to get used to new lunch and dinner time. Eating lunch at 12 - not possible, as everything is closed, eating dinner around 6 pm will be problematic as well.
- as not a local, you can be charged more on markets. But if you’ll stick to one vendor, you’ll be rewarded after some time.
- you need to talk to locals to discover great food spots in good price, they know what’s good and where to find it.
- there’s too many delicious things to try, to much of cava and …
- if you’re moving to Barcelona in winter you must know, that it may be freezing in your apartment. It’s not that cold outside, but is inside, as most of apartments don’t have a heating system.
Brunch and cake - the best breakfast and brunch in the city, the best service, the best experience. I fell in love with their waffles with eggs Benedict. More here.
Dolc i Salat - a small place with a big atmosphere. They serve italian sweets, sandwiches for breakfast and some other snacks. I went there three days in a row and a friend said that I am truly dedicated to testing the place, but the truth is, that I simply like it. More here.
Taranna - interior is great, people working over there very friendly and have a positive attitude. I definitely recommend this place for a relaxing breakfast or an afternoon chill out. More here.
Federal Café - good 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. More here.
Cosmo - is two in one - Cafe and Art Gallery. Specious and nicely designed interior plus interesting exhibitions are worth a visit. You can expect wooden tables, comfy chairs and even a big sofa, just like in Central Perk from “Friends”. More here.
Granja Petitbo - cosy and quite, spacious place with an old-school vibe. They use only organic products and know what to do with it :). More here.
En Aparte (C/ Lluis el Piados 2)- nice place for coffee and to do some work. They share wifi and serve great roscon de reyes. In the evening you can enjoy good wine and french cuisine.
Petit Pot Café (Bruc 84) - Lovely little place with good coffee and wifi. Busy in the morning and lunch time. They have wifi and you are welcome with your laptop. Try focaccia with brie and sobrasada.
Satan’s Coffee Corner - over here everything is about a passion for coffee. When you try a cup, you’ll know what I mean. I can honestly write that they serve the best coffee in Barcelona.
Mundial Bar (Placa Sant Agust’ Vell 1) - we are in love with this place. Seafood tapas in a good price, with a lovely and helpful service, it’s fresh and delicious. We took navajas, tallarinas, prawns and we wanted more and more. It’s a family business and you can say by the pictures on a wall, that they love box there.
Mosquito tapas (carders 46) - great Asian tapas. The only challenge is a catalan menu, but it’s fun to translate it or you can ask staff for help. Very busy during lunch time, so be ready to wait or reserve a table ahead.
Taktika Berri (València 169 ) - imagine having dinner in a place full of locals, who are fighting to get next piece of tapas coming from the kitchen. They open at 8:30 pm and at 8:35 pm it’s packed. You will probably stand, unless somehow you’ll be able to take a seat next to a bar. But it’s all worth it. The best tapas in the city. Hang out in the bar area, as tables are pricy.
NAP (Carrer Gombau 5-7, El Born) - Neapolitan Authentic Pizza - the best pizza I had in Barcelona! It’s full of locals start from the moment they open the door. You’re in Spain, so better eat something local, but if you have craving for pizza, this is the place.
Bar Central - is in a heart of Mercado de la Boqueria. If you’re curious about this popular place and would like to eat there, you won’t be disappointed. A bit pricy (it’s Mercado de la Boqueria) but yummy.
Maccaroni (Carders 6)- best pasta in Barcelona. It’s a new place and the main idea is that you can choose whatever you like. You start with a type of pasta, than sauce and some extras. The owner knows what goes together well and will advise you if you got too wild.
El Vaso de Oro (C/ Balboa 6) - they make their own beer (awesome!). A typical and popular place among locals. I had an amazing solomillo con foie (steak) served as tapas and you want to try it. Sandwich granger is sin worthy as well.
Churrería Manuel San Román (Banys Nous 8) - the best churros I had in Barcelona. Take a bag or two and go next door to La Granja for a hot chocolate. Combining these two is a heaven for your mouth.
Rufian (Nou de la Rambla, 123) - A place for an evening and Sunday’s afternoon vermut. The owners create a unique atmosphere and seems like they’re friends with every guest. Try homemade hummus and pastrami.
La Champañería - Can Paixano (Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7) - This place is always packed and everyone drink cava per glass (1.20 -1.40 euro each). My personal favorite is the pink one. You can get cheap tapas, nice bocadillos and a very energizing atmosphere. You need to push yourself through the crowd to get to the bar, but it’s worth it. You will leave with new friends and a great experience. They close at 10pm, so better hurry ;)
Bar Pasajes (Sant pere més alt 31) - great spicy vermut and some nice tapas for a bite. This bar is located in a corridor of a building and has a good vibe.
Creps al Born (Passeig del Born 12) - cocktails made by professionals, it’s a pleasure to watch them at work.
Búnker del Carmel - I’ve climbed the hill after two glasses on vermut served by a friend. we were in hurry, as the sunset was almost there and we did not want to miss it. Step after step on a steep way and then I saw it. And the world stood still. At least for me. Because what I saw was beautiful. More here.
Port Forum - We were supposed to spend there maximum an hour as it was raining, but instead we’ve been there till sunset. Maybe because of Christmas, but area was totally empty and we could experience the place just for ourselves. Walking in a rain and getting more excited with each step is a good way to spend Christmas. More here.
Cementiri de Montjuic - 138 acre of cemetery located on a hill with a sea view. It’s one of this places that you want to see in Barcelona. Beautiful, peaceful and full of an unique art. You will see it while driving from an airport to the city or in Almodovar’s movie. It is truly beautiful spot. More here.
Fundació Joan Miró - Not only Fundació Joan Miró contains an amazing collection, but the building designed by Josep Lluís Sert is awesome. I want to live on it’s terrace and wake up each day to the view of Barcelona. More here.
Parc de la Ciutadella - I like parks, but I don’t usually recommend them. This is a magical place with a beautiful fountains, lake with boats, big mamut, glass house and much more. I used to spend there hours reading or knitting.
W hotel area - just behind the W hotel is one of my favorite spots. I like to sit on stairs facing sea and look at it.
The day to pack and clean our apartment in Barcelona came. It is amazing how many think you’re able to collect during only 3 months, like too many too good magazines, far too pretty plates to leave behind, fabric with black heads of cats and a real cat. We came with one cat, we’ll be flying back with two. Can’t wait! But I must tell you that except for few days with a total sleep deprivation when I wanted the world to end, I do not regret having Lola in our life. I hope that she won’t regret it while in a plane.
We had to clean a fridge, so I made empanadas. I found recipe for a dough over here (there’s an interesting filling as well, so you should check this out). It’s not a typical breakfast meal, but if I can put my left overs in it, it works fine for me.
Just one tip - glue your empanadas well, otherwise the filling will swim out of it. It will still be very tasty though. I did not have an additional egg at home, so I brushed it with an olive oil.
You will need for a dough:
Start with a dough. In a medium bowl mix flour, pepper, salt and butter, use your fingers to do it. In a small bowl mix an egg with sour cream, then pour it to the flour mix and again, using your hands, combine it. Do not knead, it’s ok if there are pieces of butter in it. Form a ball, cover with a foil and place in a fridge for minimum 15 minutes.
Meantime shred an onion and place it on a heated frying pan with 1 tbsp of oil. Fry for a minute or two. Add shredded tomatoes, rosemary, salt and pepper and fry over a medium heat for about 5-10 minutes, so tomatoes will get soft. Leave it on a side to cool.
Heat your oven to 170*C (350*F). Roll the dough and cut out circles with a glass. In the middle of each piece place a bit of cream cheese and tomato mix. Glue it well, brush with an egg and cover with sesame seeds. Bake for about 30 minutes.
When you move between different cities and have a chance to live in them for a while, you are a happy happy person (I am). But each action goes with reaction. What do I mean? There is a small chance that I’ll come back to Barcelona any time soon. I have not even a week left and I am wild. If you’re from Barcelona and you see crazy lady running around, eating as much as possible and telling everyone how much she likes this city, this may be me. So just ignore me and move on, hahaha.
I made a lemon and rosemary loaf today, not too big, just for me and Tomasz. We were supposed to grab a thermos with hot coffee at 7 am and see the sunrise while eating this loaf for breakfast on a beach. There is just one problem, it’s already gone. Yes, it didn’t have a chance to cool down. I found this recipe on a lovely blog Amy messenger. I really enjoy reading good blogs and am always happy to discover ones.
It is my last Friday over here so I need to run to Champaneria, it’s open only to 10pm, crazy city. Big hug to you all and have a perfect weekend!
You will need:
Preheat your oven to 170*C (350*F). In a bowl mix butter and sugar. You can use mixer but I don’t have it so I used fork. When ready add the rest of ingredients and combine them. Grease baking form with butter, place the dough inside and bake for about 45 minutes. Check it after 35 minutes with a toothpick :)
I am following my New Year resolutions. For the first time in my life. I honestly do and I am very proud of myself. I know that it’s just 8th of January but I’ve started in a middle of December 2013th. And I rocked it!
Time passes so fast, 2013th is gone and in a week I’ll be leaving Barcelona. I’ve seen so many beautiful places over here, that I feel that my batteries are charged for a whole year. You can see some pictures on my not food related blog if you like.
Today’s recipe is an awesome one. I saw something similar on Food52 some time ago and it sticked to my memory. It’s healthy, easy to make and yummy. Polenta cakes are a good base for a breakfast. I made mine sweet, but sour with fried onion or mushrooms or rucola and salmon will be perfect as well. So many possibilities that you need to try it. You could add some raisins to polenta while it’s cooking, to make it more sweet as well.
You will need for polenta cakes:
It is all very easy to make. In a pot place polenta, milk, water, salt and bring it to boil. Then reduce the temperature to low and cook for about 10-15 minutes until it’s thick and water evaporates. Place polenta mix in a baking dish (like 20cm on 20cm, but each medium dish will be ok) and leave it to cool down. When it does it will be thick and will achieve a texture of cake already. Cut it in squares, heat a frying pan with an olive oil and fry on each side until golden. I served mine with mascarpone, apple, nuts and a bit of honey.
Dolc i Salat is a small place with a big atmosphere. They serve italian sweets, sandwiches for breakfast and some other snacks. I tried cannoli and it was delicious, not too sweet, just perfect. I went there three days in a row and a friend said that I am truly dedicated to testing the place, but the true is, that I simply like it.
The first time I was sitting next to a small wooden table, that composes well with grey walls and other minimalist furnitures. The place is located on a busy little street, always full of people. Just opposite is a place selling cooked beans and locals are always queuing there. If you sit next to a big window, you’ll have a good spot for observation.
The second time I’ve met there with Ani, a lovely New Yorker who’s following her dreams and is a great spirit. Meeting creative and positive people is definitely a good start of a new year. The third time there was me and Tomasz, drinking coffee, getting crazy about cannoli and reading. The Doors LA Woman album was coming from speakers and I felt happy. I haven’t heard the whole album for a very long time, since the secondary school I’d say. It made me feel young and free. Small things like this one create a place and are very important.
So if you’re in the area and you need a place to sit with your book or over a coffee with a friend, go to Dolc i Salat and enjoy.
Dolc i Salat, Álvarez de Castro 5-7,
Tue - Sat 8am - 9pm; Sun 9am - 2pm
It was a magical year. I had this sweet opportunity to avoid winter twice. In February and March I was living in San Francisco with a group of an amazing people. Then I spent cool spring and summer in Berlin and again was trying to avoid winter, what took me to Barcelona for three months. It was a good year full of great moments. I wish each year will be as good as this one. Well, we’ll se, won’t we.
I’ve also learned few things and changed my dreams. Oh yes, I do it from time to time. I used to have a fantasy to live in a house with many people. I used to think that it’s all fun. Then I had a chance to spent 2 months in one house with 8 guys and it was a very interesting experience. As an only girl I was waiting in a bathroom line forever each day and kitchen was not my kingdom at all. I also think that after this period I am not as feminine as I used to be, hahaha. I’ve also learned that life with fridge in your kitchen is much easier, that two cats are better than one and that friendships made through internet are priceless.
Beginning of 2014 was sweet as well. What is a perfect day for you? I had one yesterday. For the beginning one handsome guy served me a breakfast in bed, then I went to a small lovely cafe to have a second breakfast and to read a book. Later I spent some time in MACBA, then I met with the handsome guy from the morning and we went to Champagneria to have some cava and tapas and in the end we had dinner in delicious seafood tapas restaurant. Life is good in 2014th!
I found this recipe on Pinterest few days ago and I was very excited about discovering something new and amazing. After I’ve posted a picture of it on my Facebook it turned out, that it’s not as original as I was thinking. Well, it is for me and I must thank Melangery for posting it! It should spend few hours in a fridge, so you can prepare it a night before and simply grab it in a morning.
You will need:
Preheat your oven to 180*C (350*F).
Place spinach in a pot with 1 cup of water and bring it to boil, then let it boil for about two minutes. Drain the spinach, cool down with cold water, squeeze it and then shred in very small pieces (you can use blender if you have one). Mix spinach with eggs yolks, chopped basil, salt and pepper. Whisk egg whites until they’re thick and add slowly to a spinach mix.
Cover baking tray with a butter (you can leave it in a hot oven for a minute, so it will melt), then spread the spinach mixture on it and bake for about 15 minutes.
Meantime mix cream cheese with dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
When spinach roulade is ready, let it cool and then spread cream cheese mix over it, top with salmon and roll it. Cover it with a foil and refrigerate for few hours or overnight.
Today is the last day of 2013! It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow we have a new fresh year to have fun with. 2013 was super good for me and I’ll miss it. But it seems that I’ll experience so much more in 2014th, and I am ready.
I don’t know what are your plans, but I know that whatever you’ll be doing, it will have an impact on your morning. And it will be a special morning - 1st morning of a new year. Soooooo, if you’ll be tired/hangover/fresh/still awake/ready to serve a breakfast for family, french toasts will be a good idea. It goes especially well with a hangover ;) It is sweet, caramelised bananas are delicious and your stomach will be grateful. So buy bananas, orange and eggs today, and have a fun yummy 1st January 2014 morning tomorrow. Happy New Year!
I adopted this recipe from Williams-Sonoma and they have a nice collection of yummies there.
You will need for toasts (for people):
For caramelised bananas:
Preheat an oven to 175°C (350°F).
Place eggs, milk, sugar, zest and nutmeg in a bowl and mix it. Cut bread slices in half, place each piece in a bowl with an egg mixture and then place in a flat dish like a baking dish and pour the egg mix over it. Leave it for a minute or two, so the break will soak the mixture. Heat a frying pan with a bit of an olive oil and fry toasts on each side until golden (about 2 minutes each side). Then place toasts on a baking tray covered with paper and bake for about 10 minutes.
Meantime cut bananas, melt butter on a frying pan and start to fry bananas, so it’s golden brown on each side. Sprinkle sugar over it and fry for 1 more minute, then add an orange juice and fry for 5 more minutes, so the juice becomes thicker.
Serve toasts covered with caramelised bananas.