A day in Barcelona

It’s been a long time since I last wrote about Barcelona, actually I almost haven’t written anything about this city at all. It seems easier, after visiting some other place, to write and post photos from the trip as I am full of impressions and experiences. But, when you live somewhere, things change a little bit. After a while, you stop looking at it through the eyes of a tourist and, as time goes by, you start calling it home. Then, after some more time, you stop noticing main tourist attractions and they become a part of your every day life.…

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Hot chocolate with hazelnut butter

Do you know what  snow  smells like? No, it’s not just the smell, it is a mixture of scents, colors and a special holiday mood when it looks like you are magically transferred to one of the typical villages from Christmas cards. It smells like snow when it’s so cold outside that everyone is in a hurry to get home, when it smells like wood in the fireplace and when decorated Christmas trees greet us from the balconies. The smell of snow for me is the smell of happiness and childhood, it makes me nostalgic and I start thinking of a far away town and…

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Homemade Nutella inspired tarts

Recently, no matter how many times I explained to people my Christmas wasn’t on December 25th but in January, everybody properly wished me a Merry Christmas on December 25th. So, in the end, I decided to reply:”Thank you!” to their “Merry Christmas,” without further explanation. After several years of living abroad, I think all of us, more or less, get accustomed to the holidays of the country we live in, and begin to celebrate them together with our own. That’s why for the last couple of years, I’ve been celebrating Christmas twice a year and I wouldn’t feel good if I didn’t…

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Healthy carrot cake with cashew cream

Ever since I was a child, I refused to eat carrots even though everybody kept saying how good it was for eyesight, how Bugs Bunny loves carrots, how the rabbits we had adored it. In vain. I never wanted to taste it. I’ve never been crazy about vegetables, which is pretty bad, I know, everybody keeps repeating that to me. I perfectly understand it, the only problem is I can’t bring myself to eat some things, no matter how healthy and good they are. But, I found a way to smuggle some vegetables through the recipes and make myself eat them. You’ve…

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Best wishes for the New Year from Barcelona

Hello my dears, The last day of this year has finally arrived. On this day we all think of the year upon us and make wish lists and New Year’s resolutions for the new year we all have been waiting so much. Generally, all the wishes have been around for many years, going from one year’s to the next year’s list, because they seem so big, that we don’t know anymore from where to start to make them come true. It is so normal, in the era of consumerism, that we all wish for unrealistic things, that we usually forget about the…

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Homemade Ferrero Rocher inspired balls

Did you notice how, as we approach Christmas and New Year’s Eve, all brands start their marketing campaigns to make us shop more and buy our presents exclusively in their shops. Everywhere we look we see glittery decorated shop windows, full of shiny things and pralinés boxes. For some people, December is one of the most beautiful months; everything is shining in a new way, people are nicer and happier because of the upcoming holidays and time they are going to spend with their families. On the other hand, this is a stressful period for some, as, due to long working…

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Coconut raspberry spread

I never liked coconut very much nor I liked cakes with it, I even didn’t like Raffaello. As homemade Raffaello was one of the cakes my mother used to make on our Saint patron’s day, she always had to make it without coconut because no one in my family liked it. In the end, our Raffaello always turned into white chocolate balls with hazelnut inside, and we all loved it. Some time ago, since I’ve changed my eating habits, coconut became an essential part of my diet. First, I started to use coconut oil, then coconut sugar and then shredded coconut. I…

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Adventure called Morocco, part three

I’ll take you on a trip through the Atlas mountains, we’ll visit an ancient Roman city called Volubilis and spend the night in the old Medina of Fes, in a modern café with a group of Moroccan guys who will sing for us. This will also be the end of our trip to Morocco. In case you missed my previous posts, you can read about the beginning of my trip here and about how we started to explore the country and its people here.   25/07/2012 Meknes Volubilis, a Roman flower in the heart of Morocco   “Only 31 kilometers from Meknes, stands Volubilis, an ancient…

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Raw date almond bars with strawberries and chocolate chunks

In Spain, the 6th and the 8th of December are public holidays so this entire week was pretty strange. I worked on Monday, had a day off on Tuesday, worked on Wednesday and again had a day off on Thursday. Today I’m working again and then it’s weekend. If it were for me, I could work like this every week. I think everyone would be more productive if they worked less, and had more time for themselves and their families. Stress would be reduced and everyone would be happier… I love December in Barcelona. The maximum temperature is around 15 degrees, the sky is cloudless and in the Sun…

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Adventure called Morocco, part two

Discover the new and the old part of Fes, how it looks like to be in a Muslim country during Ramadan and what the capital of Berbers looks like. In case you didn’t read the text about the beginning of my trip to Morocco, you can find it here. 22/07/2012 Fes Discovering Fez   “We woke up early this morning. The air in the room was humid and warm but we were excited and happy to start with our project. This day was promising, carefully planned step by step. After a strange taxi ride and a lot of confused and scared…

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