Tofu “mexido” com cogumelos e espinafres

(Update das fotografias: 12/06/2016)
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Embora não goste particularmente de receitas que mimetizam pratos que utilizam ingredientes de origem animal, até gosto bastante deste, por ser facilmente posto em prática no dia-a-dia. A receita não demora mais do que 15 minutos a ser feita, e não requer muitos utensílios para além de uma frigideira e uma faca. E quanto aos sabores, já se sabe que esta proteína vegetal embora seja versátil, não prima pelo sabor, e por isso podemos, e devemos, adicionar uma variedade de especiarias e condimentos a gosto. Eu gosto particularmente de envolver orégãos, colorau, salsa e pimenta preta, mas podem ser feitas muitas outras combinações, tais como, por exemplo uma pitada de açafrão, gengibre, e 2-3 colheres de sopa de leite de coco, que resulta num tofu “mexido” muito cremoso, mas também gosto muito de uma versão mais mediterrânea, com azeitonas, tomate seco, manjericão fresco, orégãos secos e uma pitada de alho em pó e cominhos.
Considero que esta receita também é prática pois permite a adição de vegetais ao refogado, e, dentro destes, gosto de juntar espinafres, cogumelos, couve Galega, cenoura em palitos, pimento doce em tiras, e tomate cereja.

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Travelling: Barcelona

Travelling is probably one of the best ways to open our minds, see new cultures and ways of standing in life, so, the wish of travelling plays a main roll in humans existence, so that they can get access to more and different knowledge. This allows us to achieve a personal knowledge and a better understanding of the world that only traveling, connecting with different people and cultural means can offer.

(The view from Park Guell)

Barcelona was my first trip after turning 18 and starting to travel independently, and I guess I couldn’t have chosen a better destination having in consideration my interests, money, time and company.

My partner and I rent a apartment in the area of Poble Sec, which was practically near the city center and had a metro station with the line L3 that was very useful in our discovery of Barcelona.

In those 5 days, that past so, so quickly, we saw some of most beautiful monuments that we have ever seen and which I highly recommend everyone to visit during their lives.

One of our first visits in the city was the port and the beach. We had a walk in the Ronda del Litoral and Rambla del Mar in the end of the afternoon and it was so pleasant to see such beautiful fusion between the Mediterranean Sea and the downtown of Barcelona. Here we found many restaurants with traditional food, which we had to visit in our last day.

(Casa Batlló)

In the next day we visited La Rambla and Barri Gòtic where we found a lot of commerce. We stopped in Plaça de Catalunya to eat our sandwiches and delicious fruits that we bought in a huge market called Mercat de la Boqueria. Then we headed to Passeig Gràcia to visit Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “La Pedrera”, both design by Antoni Gaudí, with an architecture considered to be completely innovative by the time their were built.

The following day was spent appreciating the beauty of Picasso’s paintings in Picasso’s museum and the huge and spectacular Sagrada Familia, a church that I recommend everybody to visit because of its grandiosity and unique architecture.

I also have to refer a small bakery we found close to the Picasso museum called “Barcelona Reykjavik” that sells organic bread, and some sweet treats like cookies and muffins, so delicious, so natural and pleasant to our palate. (This is their website http://www.barcelonareykjavik.com/ca/)

Barcelona, besides the distinctive architecture has impressive parks like Park Guell that contains amazing stone structures and stunning tiling designed by Gaudi and the evolving natural beauty of trees and plants chosen to be part of Park Guell.

In our last day we visited Montjuïc, Joan Miró Foundation and some of the many parks that we found in this hill.

At night, we went to a typical restaurant in the area of Barceloneta, and had a pleasant and romantic Saint Valentines dinner. We wanted to try traditional food, so we started with a potato tortilla as a appetizer, and as a main dish my partner ordered a seafood paella and I ordered a vegetable paella. The vegetable paella was completely mouth-watering, so I advise everybody to try it when visiting Barcelona!

A final note, if you are vegetarian it might not be easy to eat in Barcelona. There are some health food stores all over the city, like Veritas, and you can easily find Maoz Falafel near La Rambla and “Organic” in La Boqueria, but it’s hard to find more than that, so if you are planning to dinner out in a veg restaurant you should do some research before.

Bolachas de aveia com pepitas de chocolate // Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Se há doce que me deixa momentaneamente contente são as bolachinhas. Ligeiramente doces, crocantes e compactas, estas bolachas rapidamente se transformaram nas minhas preferidas. Adoro a presença e o sabor do chocolate, mas também ficam maravilhosas com frutos gordos ou frutas secas como passas.

E não há nada melhor do que juntar os benefícios da aveia com aquele doce que nos faz não conseguir controlar a gula.

Bolachas de aveia com pepitas de chocolate

Bolachas de aveia com pepitas de chocolate

½ chávena (45g) de flocos grossos de aveia
½ chávena mais 2 colheres de sopa (80g) de farinha de trigo integral
½ colher de chá de bicarbonato de sódio
1 pitada de sal
3 colheres de sopa de água morna
1 colher de sopa de linhaça moída
2 colheres de sopa de mel (ou outro adoçante líquido)
3 colheres de sopa de açúcar natural de cana
2 colheres de sopa de óleo de coco (ou outro tipo de gordura)
¼ colher de chá de canela
1/3 chávena (40g) chocolate de culinária picado ou pepitas

Numa taça média, misture a água morna com a linhaça moída, e de seguida o mel, óleo e açúcar, misturando bem. Junte agora a farinha, a aveia, o bicarbonato de sódio e uma pitada de sal. Por último, junte o chocolate picado ou frutos secos.
Com o auxílio de uma colher de sopa, coloque pequenas porções da massa, aproximadamente do tamanho de uma noz grande , numa forma untada ou num tabuleiro com papel vegetal, e achate um pouco as porções. Leve ao forno durante 15 minutos a 175ºC. Depois de retiradas do forno, deixe arrefecer mais 10 minutos no tabuleiro.

Bolachas de aveia e chocolate

Recipe in English

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

½ cup (45g) rolled oats
½ cup + 2 tbsp (80g) whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
3 tablespoons of warm water
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
2 tablespoons honey (or other liquid sweetener)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons natural cane sugar
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1/3 cup (40g) chopped chocolate or chocolatechips

In a medium bowl, combine water with flaxseed meal. Then put in honey, oil, sugar and cinnamon. After preparing the wet mixture, add flour, oats, baking soda, a pinch of salt and chocolate chips.
With the help of a tablespoon, place small portions of approximately the same size of the spoon in a baking tray (lined with baking sheet), and try to flatten the cookies. Bake approximately 15 minutes at 175ºC (350ºF). After removing from the oven, let cookies cool more 10 minutes in baking tray.Bolachas de aveia com pepitas de chocolate