My First Bread! Brazil’s Australian Bread

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I don’t know exactly how long it’s been since I said that I wanted to bake my own bread, the first time I said that, I was still in University, and that my friends, was ten years ago 😮 but hey, who’s counting?! am I right?! haha and what do I say a lot around here, better late than never! So last weekend I decided to try my luck….I went to the kitchen and started all from scratch! To tell you the truth, this is not foreign land to me, when I was in my teens and living with my aunt, I would help her to bake breads all the time, I was always in charge of the kneading! And if I would have continued baking bread even after I moved out, I would surely not have struggled as I did this time by kneading a bread for fifteen minutes, talk about weak arms…hahaha It was hard choosing a recipe, I didn’t want an american recipe because sometimes I just don’t wanna do the measurements conversions, its annoying sometimes (couldn’t we just all use the same measurements for everything?!). So I ended up searching for a brazilian recipe, and chose this one! We, Brazilians, know this bread as “Australian Bread”, but I am almost positive that this bread does not exist in Australia! hahaha it has that name because this bread is served at the famous “Outback” restaurants in Brazil…funny right?! hahaha So to make it simple, it’s a black bread! (but I’ll always call it australian bread! haha).

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Avignon – Part I

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As promised, here is the first batch of pictures from our first day in the charming city of Avignon, Provence. The city is situated on the left bank of the Rhône river, I’ve never seen such a beautiful river in my life, the blueish-green color is amazing! We stayed in the ancient town center, which is enclosed by medieval ramparts, they were built in the 14th century by the popes, and is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. Yes, if you are not aware (like I was in the beginning of this trip..haha), between 1309 and 1377, during the Avignon Papacy, seven successive popes resided in Avignon and in 1348 Pope Clement VI bought the town from Joanna I of Naples. Papal control persisted until 1791 when, during the French Revolution, it became part of France. To house the popes during the Avignon Papacy, a papal residence was built, called Palais de Papes (Papel Palace), which is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. But I will talk about the palace on another post, because I have a lot of pictures to share just about that 😉

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The Beginning of our Adventures in France

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Happy 1st of August, you guys!

Can’t believe how fast this year is going, is it crazy to think that there is just four months until Christmas?! 😮 Is it possible to slow down time somehow?!

Sorry for the last week’s silence around here, it was a crazy week! The renovation in our apartment is finally done…YAY!!! So last week we painted our bedroom and put some things in order around here, also, I did a ultimate cleaning around here, there was so much dust in here after the construction worker sanded practically every wall…that kind of dust that goes into the tiniest little space…I spent two days just to clean the entire kitchen, cleaned every cabinet and drawer, and had to scrub the floors to get every spot of paint out….but it was worth it, now my kitchen is flawless!!! We still have a lot of things we want to do around here, buy some furniture, paint the living room and maybe the entrance hall…we were also thinking of putting a little colour in the kitchen as well…but now I’m changing my mind about that, I think that I want to put a lot of plants and some nice pictures there, but I still don’t know…let’s see how it will turn out. So in the end, it will still take some time to share the pictures around here…baby steps, you guys 🙂

Besides that, I want to finally share the story and pictures from our little trip to France, I was totally procrastinating this post, we uploaded the pictures from the camera a while a go, truth is, I was feeling a little bit lazy to write all about it, since there is so many details and things that I want to talk about….if I knew you (reader), we would probably spend days talking about it…hahaha

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Random: Current obsession – Mistério do Planeta – Novos Baianos

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This week, I’m listening to a lot of Brazilian music, in my opinion its one of the best things about Brazil, and I’m not just talking about samba or bossa nova….I’m actually talking about Brazilian rock’n’roll! Yes, this may sound a little weird for you…but every time that I mention to somebody that I’m from Brazil, they say immediately: “Oh, samba!”hahaha. But what you may not know is that in the 60’s, Brazil had a great psychedelic rock/tropicália band called Novos Baianos, ok, so you may say that their music is a mix of samba rock, MPB or popular brazilian music and bossa nova…but that my friend, is the beauty of it 🙂 Odly, the Novos Baianos were from Salvador, Bahia, but back then the music scene was totally different from today, because nowadays Axé music dominates the city. But also in that time, things were totally different, at a certain point, the band, which had eleven members, lived together in a community at Vargem Grande, Rio de Janeiro, nothing more hippie than that at the time. The band broke up in 1978, due to members leaving to start their own solo careers, but they reunited many times to celebrate special events, like in 2009 for their 40th anniversary. I’m glad that this revolutionary Brazilian rock band left such a rich legacy behind.

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Focaccino

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Wednesday was Rafael’s birthday (yes folks, we are all getting old around here…haha), what better reason to pick a nice restaurant and empty a little bit more our bank account to celebrate one more year of his life?! This year, I chose the restaurant and didn’t tell him which one it was, or what type of food they serve. I wanted it to be a surprise, a good one I hoped….and it turned out to be the best restaurant that we know here in Berlin (until now). Ok, so we don’t know a lot of restaurants here, but we already had bad experiences. I think that I already talked about this on the blog, how hard it is to find a good and clean restaurant here in Berlin (affordable to our pockets). Call us picky, but we like clean plates, glasses, silverware and napkins! People here most of the times don’t see the use of napkins, and I’m like whaaaat?! you crazy?! I always eat with a napkin by my side, but maybe this is a cultural thing…I don’t know…so I was definitely nervous to try and pick a nice restaurant, and photos on the internet can fool you for sure! I ended up on the Tripadvisor website, I remember that we found some great restaurants through them while we were in France, but we also got one bad experience, but in my opinion, they are almost always right. So I decided to trust them once more and booked a table at an Italian Sicilian restaurant called Focaccino, located in the neighbourhood of Charlottenburg.

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Random: Current obsession – Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

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I started watching the Netflix series Gypsy last week, and I got totally seduced by the opening credits, after seeing that smashed bottle of Bulleit whiskey (and also during the episodes, because Jean’s favourite drink is an Old Fashioned), and listening to Stevie Nick’s beautiful voice in the new version of Gypsy….I got obsessed!!! Now I’m listening to that music a hundred times a day, and I also found myself ordering an old fashioned last week when we went to a bar. Obviously it was not the first time I had it, when we lived in São Paulo, Rafael used to do it a lot at home, but I think he never did it here. To tell you the truth, I’m not a big fan of whiskey, at least not “neat” or “on the rocks”, it’s too strong that way for me. But there is something quite tasty about the old fashioned, and when I tried it again last week, I said to myself, maybe this is my drink!

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A little medieval town called Quedlinburg – part II

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Rainy days over here lately, I definitely prefer rain during spring and summer than in winter time. If it were up to me, it would only snow during winter here in Berlin 🙂 But besides the weather forecast…haha the renovation in our apartment is almost over, hopefully all will be nice and done by the end of next week. But it will definitely take time to leave it the way we want, but we are patient! (well, at least Rafael is more than me…hahaha).

I’m here today to share the last pictures from our one day trip do Quedlinburg, what I didn’t tell you in the last post is that the city, in the State of Sachsen-Anhalt, was a capital of the East Franconian German Empire at the time of the Saxonian-Ottonian ruling dynasty (919 to 1024). Following the coronation of Henry I (876 to 936), the first German King from the Saxonian dynasty, the royal residence of Quedlinburg became the capital of the East Franconian German Empire, the “metropolis of the Reich” of the first German state. Because of the close link  between its history and architecture, Quedlinburg is listed as one of Unesco’s world heritage. I love visiting castles, and see how things were in the past, in this case, the representational rooms of the castle offer insight into the living style of the nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries, that reflect their state in the eras of the Baroque and of Classicism.

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