15 June 2012

A Blog I like: "A ervilha cor de rosa"

Quilt inspiration: how beautiful are these?
Rosa Pomar is the author of the blog, and a very active researcher of the portuguese crafts.
Worth checking out here.

13 June 2012

Where's Wally?

When I saw these photos I realized that I was hardly walking around unnoticed as italians don't use red than much.

10 June 2012

Arab sweets

My favorite One is called Sfouf, it is a traditional sweet almond cake from Lebanon.

I asked the the (spanish!) shop owner where I could find a good recipe and she gave me the one bellow. She said this sfouf recipe was easy, delicious and authentic. I'll tive it a try.

1-1/2 cups semolina flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pine nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch round baking pan. In a small bowl, mix semolina, flour, turmeric and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, stir milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add flour mixture and oil and beat with an electric beater at medium speed for 5 minutes. This step is essential, do not use any shortcuts. Pour into a prepared 9 inch round pan. Sprinkle top with pine nuts. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out dry.

Alfama, again

9 June 2012

Mia: watching the pigeons fly by

Mia loves to sit in the back of the house (where we hang clothes to dry, iron them, store or tools etc) and watch the pigeons fly by. The pigeons serem to like teasing her and fly really close to the window. She goes nuts!

8 June 2012

Warm sand & sunset

There is something special about these last days of summer. The beach to ourselves, the cool sea breeze. The best thing to do is to take a nap, just barely awake to savour the moment...

New Addiction: fusion food

A mix of japanese, chinese and thai flavours. So good!

My favorite beach in the world: Guincho

6 June 2012

Patterns rule my house

Mia likes to stretch on this couch, preferably over my clothes (which shouldn't be lying there by the way),

I like this very old fabric so much I can't decide what to do with it. Meanwhile it is the perfect background to organize old photos...