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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Treat of the Week

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This week was a very special one, Tuesday was Rafa’s birthday!! I wanted to surprise him, since I wasn’t able to give him the present that I had in mind, so I decided to bake him a cake! Some of you may be thinking…really, a cake?! Yes! I do not have a great history with cakes, I cook a lot of good things around here, but I always had trouble with cakes…some of then didn’t grow, some weren’t baked right…so you can imagine the level of anxiety I was feeling when I decided to bake a cake, it couldn’t go wrong! And guess what, it didn’t! A big HOORAY for me!! hahaha

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Sundays are for Homemade Pasta

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Now that I am fully equipped with a pasta machine (yes, Rafael gave it to me as a birthday present, I can totally see second intentions there…hahaha), my Sundays will be for homemade pasta! Yesterday, Rafael and I spent the afternoon making pasta from scratch for our late lunch, or would it be an early dinner?! (our typical Sunday around here). In the end it doesn’t matter, what matters is that we ate the most delicious pasta! Seriously, we wanted to eat it all at once, if it would’d been possible we had probably done it…hahaha

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Stuffed Conchiglioni with Spinach and Feta

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If there is one thing that I love in this world, is pasta! Any type, any kind…no prejudice here! I love cooking pasta at home, and for my luck, so does Rafael….we make an awesome pasta duo! hahahaha. I already told before that when I was a teenager I used to spend my Saturdays helping my beloved aunt to cook pasta. She would mix the ingredients in a bowl and I worked the dough, then she opened the dough using a pasta maker and cut it in the right size to make lasagna, cannelloni and rondelli, and after that I would cook the dough and sometimes help to make the dish. But with conchiglioni it was different, it’s not an easy type of pasta to make, so my cousin would buy it ready and you just needed to cook it and then stuff it. I usually did the stuffing part, with a delicious combination of three cheeses, that I never resisted to…so I would stuff a little and eat a little…hahhahahha

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White Cheese Quiche

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It’s been a while since I posted some recipes on the blog, I enjoy cooking very much, but since we got here in Berlin, we are cooking basic stuff, nothing different or special, especially because our kitchen isn’t fully equipped. We pretend to buy ourselves a blender this week or the next, its really something you’ve gotta have in your kitchen, I’ve been missing it a lot! Continue reading

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

photo 3Here in Brazil we don’t have the tradition of baking cookies. You can find some brands in the supermarket, but for me it’s not the same thing, usually they are dry and hard…not good for me! So yesterday afternoon I adventured myself in the kitchen and tried to make my first oatmeal raisin cookies, and after a little research on the web, I came across this recipe on Smitten Kitchen…thick, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies? Yes please!

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Leek Quiche

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Yesterday I was looking for a light recipe to cook for dinner, I have this brazilian cook book, Dona Benta, and it has a lot of recipes. I came across the section of tartlets, pizzas and pies, and I finally decided to make a leek quiche. This recipe is very good, you can have it for dinner, brunch, lunch…just pick a meal!

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