Everyday life is the special occasion!

February 18, 2017

In The Mood For

{having a batch of cookies ready for a weekend of hybernation/ series marathon}


{dedicating the time to pamper him}
{in love with this beautiful soft pink lipstick with the msot luxurious packaging}
{totally into red nails, white sweaters and gold dainty rings}
{a vanity corner I keep dreaming of}
{my super warm and romantic thematic sweater I wore for Valentine's - at Stradivarius}
{the cute signs at Loja de Gato Preto that always have strong meaningful messages}

February 16, 2017

Heart-Shaped Pasta & Mozzarella For Valentine's

If you're a sucker either for pasta or Valentine's day or both [I am ] this will come as the perfect basis [since you can accompany it with canned tuna fish, roasted pork loin, spicy steaks, roasted hazelnuts, nuts and spinaches, gratin cauliflower, sauté bacon, chicken breasts in garlic ...- whatever you're into] for a comforting, intimate and delicious meal and romantic night in . Easy to assemble and quick to prepare it is simple but quite satisfying. This delicious pasta really is the total package: hearty, easy, full of cheese, and bursting with carbs. Plus he/ she will find it most loving  the effort you've put into finding heart-shaped pasta! Cheesy much!? ;)

Ingredientes:
  • Massa em forma de coração 500gr [no LIDL's]
  • 2 colheres de chá de manteiga
  • água
  • sal
  • Queijo muozzarella desfiado [400gr]

Ferva a água com sal e manteiga. Adicione o macarrão e deixe cozinhar por cerca de 8m, al dente é melhor. De seguida, drenar toda a água e colocar a massa num tabuleiro pirex de ir ao forno e colocar o mozzarella por cima. Levar a um forno pré-aquecido a 200º até derreter. Sirva imediatamente.


Ingredients:
  • heart shaped pasta 500gr [at LIDL's]
  • 2 teaspoons  butter
  • water 
  • salt
  • shredded mozzarella cheese [400gr]
Boil the water with salt and butter. Add the pasta and let it cook for about 8m , al dente is better. Then drain all the water and place it into a glass baking tray and put the mozzarella all over. Take to a pre heated oven at 200º until it melts. Serve immediately. 

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February 15, 2017

Hungarian Heart-Shaped Cookies

I decided to dedicate this whole week to Valentine's celebration and not only one day so if you're also into it it's still time for you to bake these delicious cookies for a cozy romantic movies night in. In Portugal you can easily find these famously amazing cookies in any given pastry but they are usually in a square or round shape. As one of my favourite treats I've searched for an easy, as closes to the original as possible and foolproof recipe on the internet, bought heart-shaped cutters and went for it. The result were these soft, buttery and chocolaty cookes that truly melted his heart!

 Ingredients:
  •  75 g powdered sugar
  •  125 g margarine for cakes
  •  4 cooked egg yolks + 1 to brush
  •  200 g baking powder
  •  40 g corn starch (Maizena)
  •  1 black cooking chocolate to merge [Nestlé]

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Bake 4 eggs and reserve the egg yolks. In the mixer, put the sugar and margarine and beat well. Add the egg yolks, then the flour. Remove the dough, shape it into a ball and spread it with the roll on a floured surface until you get the desired thickness. Use the heart-shaped cutters to make the cookies and distribute them on trays lined with parchment paper.
With a fork, lightly scratch the surface of the wafers and brush with a beaten egg yolk. Bring to bake about 8/10 minutes. Go peeking out the oven as this dough bakes fast. Remove the cookies from the oven, lift them carefully with a thin spatula and let cool on a pastry grill. Bring the chocolate to melt in a water bath (the water in the bottom bowl should not touch the chocolate containercookies into the chocolate covering half of the cookie and putting it to dry in a tray lined with parchment paper. Then take the tray to the refrigerator so that the chocolate solidifies more quickly.

Ingredientes:
  • 75 g de açúcar em pó
  • 125 g margarina para bolos [Vaqueiro]
  • 4 gemas cozidas + 1 para pincelar
  • 200 g farinha com fermento
  • 40 g de amido de milho (Maizena)
  • 1 chocolate negro de culinária [Nestlé] para fundir


Pré-aquecer o forno nos 200º. Cozer 4 ovos e reservar as gemas. Na batedeira, colocar o açúcar e a margarina e bater bem. Juntar as gemas  e , depois, as farinhas.Retire a massa, dê-lhe a forma de uma bola e estenda-a com o rolo numa superfície enfarinhada até obter a espessura desejada.Use os cortadores em forma de coração para fazer as bolachas e distribua-as por tabuleiros forrados com papel vegetal. Com um garfo, fazer umas riscas leves na superfície das bolachas e pincelar com gema batida.Leve a cozer cerca de 8/10 minutos. Vá espreitando o forno, pois esta massa coze rápido.Retire as bolachas do forno, levante-as cuidadosamente com uma espátula fina e deixe arrefecer sobre uma grade de pastelaria. Leve o chocolate a derreter em banho-maria (a água do recipiente de baixo não deve tocar no recipiente do chocolate).
Coloque o chocolate derretido numa taça relativamente estreita mas onde caiba uma bolacha de cada vez. Vá mergulhando as bolachas no chocolate cobrindo metade da bolacha e colocando a secar num tabuleiro forrado com papel vegetal. Leve depois o tabuleiro ao frigorífico para que o chocolate solidifique mais rapidamente.


February 14, 2017

Coffee With [He]Art

Love is about nice, genuine, affectionate and simple gestures towards others not on a special occasion, but every single day. Nevertheless it would be a great reminder of how much you care for your better half just by surprising him/ her on this Valentine's day even if only with a beautiful artsy coffee. If you're too scared to mess up here you have some simple, easy and cute ideas to put your creativity to the test. Just enjoy!