My First Bread! Brazil’s Australian Bread

IMG_8585

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).

Continue reading

Focaccino

photo 5 (1)

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.

Continue reading

Tarte au Citron

photo 2 (3)-2

Despite our very messy house because of the renovation (seriously, we are living in the bedroom, but no complaints here!), I’m trying to cook as much as I can, because eating out everyday can be expensive, and also confusing, like where are we gonna eat today?! And as much as I complain from time to time for cooking every single day, I really miss my food! hahaha Now, I’m craving my rice and beans, the most traditional brazilian food ever! I’m a big rice addict, and it’s been a week that I haven’t made it, we’ve been eating a lot of different style pasta lately. During the weekend, I managed to squeeze a little dessert, because I already had the pastry in the freezer, which I did a few weeks ago, and I don’t want them to go bad, I’ll probably use the last one this weekend. Rafael saw me browsing for desserts a while ago, and asked me to do this whole lemon tart. I’m a big fan o lemon sweets, a love key lime pie, and also a lemon merengue pie that my cousin does in Brazil. If you know me, you already know that I’m not that crazy for sweet stuff, and with lemon you can get that perfect bittersweet balance, that I love!

Continue reading

Blueberry Cheesecake

photo 5 (2)-2

Tuesday, cloudy and windy day in Berlin, I’m sitting at my living room table. Rafael is sitting across me having a meeting through skype, and a construction worker is in our little hall starting our apartment renovation…YAY!!! To tell you the truth, it’s not a big renovation, the apartment doesn’t need that much work…there are some walls that need to be smoothed out (hall, kitchen and living room) and the floors in our bedroom and living room will be changed, can’t wait to get rid of this green laminate! hahahaha I took some photos earlier today of the apartment, because I want to share the before and after 🙂 at least I hope that in the end everything will be good…haha I want to buy more plants for the living room and also a nice carpet, I have never bought a carpet in my entire life, let’s see how this goes, just hope that Rafael and I can come to a mutual decision when choosing one! We also want to change the furniture display, today our wardrobe stays in the living (weird right?!), our bedroom is kinda small and squared, we are going to move the bed in order to fit the wardrobe. Rafael also wants to buy a proper table for work…you can see that we want to change a lot of things around here, let’s see how it goes, especially with the $$$$!

In spite of all of that, I’m really here today to share a recipe that I did recently. As a matter of fact, I did it for Rafael, he requested a dessert for a “just dudes” dinner and since the market is exploding with berries, I decided to do this blueberry cheesecake 🙂 In my head, I always thought that cheesecakes were hard to do, but they aren’t! For me, it’s harder to find the right baking point, I made a cranberry cheesecake last Christmas, but I ended up under baking it. Minutes later after I took it out of the oven, the filling cracked in two places in the middle, and it was also a bit jiggly. So this time I made sure that it came out a bit golden brown, and think that it worked!

Continue reading

Treat of the week: Fudgy Double-Chocolate Brownies!

IMG_8105

Second post of 2017, I’m on fire! hahahaha Honestly though, I’m trying at least to write one post per week, let’s see how that turns out! I don’t know if I have already said this on the blog (probably yes, but short memory over here…haha), I am not a big chocolate fan, crazy right?! Even more for being a girl (I know maybe three guys tops who love chocolate hahaha), what if I also told you that I don’t like Nutella?! That’s right, I don’t! You can call me crazy,  I am that person who always runs away from Nutella crepes, I don’t know…for me it’s just too sweet! And even if I found the golden ticket, I would probably never be selected by Willy Wonka to take care of his chocolate factory….haha But do not lose your hope, I do have a weakness….they are called brownies!!

Continue reading

Gingerbread Cookies

img_8160

Why, hello December! It seems like  you just started yesterday, and here we are, already in the middle of the month 😮 Time sure is flying around here, is it like this everywhere?! We are pretty busy around here lately, especially with holiday things (we are hosting dinner for 8 this year on Christmas eve, yay!!!) and also trying to figure out all the things we need for the apartment for when our friends and family come to visit.

It has been a long time since I wanted to bake gingerbread cookies. In Brazil we don’t have this kind of tradition, I only remember eating them when I was a child, living in the US. But gladly, we moved to a country where there are big Christmas traditions that we like, and one of them is baking cookies! I bought a few Christmas cookie cutters last month, and couldn’t wait to use them. I decided to try my luck two Sundays ago with this recipe. You already know how I get nervous baking sweets, and since it was my first time making this cookie, I sure thought that something was going to go wrong….I’ll explain with the photos…hahahaha

Continue reading

Berry Clafoutis

img_7937

If you are planning to throw a dinner party this weekend, I know just the right and very, very easy dessert for you! Berry clafoutis! I first became acquainted with clafoutis in the beginning of the year, but it was actually a salty version with zucchini, but it was still very easy to make. I came across this recipe after looking up dessert recipes that were easy to make, both times that I did it, I didn’t have much time in my hands. And may I say that it may be simple, but it’s very delicious and light…the perfect dessert for us, because we eat quite a lot…hahahaha!

Continue reading