Spiced Apple Bundt Cake

Friday, 2 December 2016

Dear Quique,

You are five.

It sounds like such a big boy age.  This year you´ve started school.  I don’t understand how time went by so quickly. It seems like yesterday when we found out that I was pregnant, and I cried, and dad cried, because we were so happy that you chosen us as your family.

Since that day, I love you in this almost painful, indescribable way. I love to kiss your soft cheeks and smell your head. I love the way you talk to me. I love your crazy games that can take for hours to finish. They are absolutely amazing and I would like to play them every single day of my life.

Apple, Capers & Anchovies Potato Salad

Friday, 25 November 2016

I am and have always been an eager reader. I think I learned to read before I could walk, and I have been swallowing book after book since I can remember.

I enjoy reading pretty much anything with pages. But if I had to choose a literary genre I would choose children's literature without a doubt.

Over the years, I´ve put together a huge collection of children´s books. And I must admit that most of times I pretend I´m buying them for the boys (although then I write "Paloma" in the "this book belongs to...." page).

Goat Cheese Nibbles

Friday, 18 November 2016

Life always brings the right people your way.

One way or another the right people will find you at the right time. There is supportive people that will hold your hand without asking questions. This is the people you need to keep close to you. But sometimes, you could also find the kind of people who is able to tell you what you need to hear but don´t want to. This kind of people is also good to keep. Even if we cannot see why.

Bakewell Tart

Friday, 11 November 2016

I loved traveling when I was single. I loved traveling with my husband just after we were married.

“Get your traveling in now, because you won’t be able to do it once you have kids.”

I heard this statement many times while my husband and I were backpacking around the world. And, sadly, the more I heard these words, the more I started to believe them to the point that when our eldest son was born, we resigned ourselves to the idea that family and travel don’t mix.

But soon after that, I just went and impulsively booked a flight to Rome. We wanted to prove that the idea we had internalized was wrong and that our days of travel didn’t have to stop.

And oh how glad I am we did so.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Friday, 4 November 2016

I think everyone should give themselves a daily little treat. It could be anything you like.

From eating a piece of chocolate to barefoot on grass. We should do something that makes us happy everyday.

For example, I love going to the beach and look for sea glass. Or having vanilla custard for dinner. Or getting a free coffee from Waitrose.

Roasted Pumpkins

Friday, 28 October 2016

The warm and sweet nature of pumpkin makes it one of the most delightful comfort foods to be enjoyed roasted, steamed and smeared with butter, or blended into soups in the cooler months.

Did you know that pumpkins are not vegetables but fruits? They come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colours. There are yellow, red, green, white, blue and even multi-coloured striped pumpkins. They can be huge, tiny, flat, short, tall, round, pear-shaped, long-necked, smooth, ribbed and even warty. Pumpkins are amazing for culinary uses. Inside the hard orange or yellow skin, the bright orange flesh is soft, sweet, smooth and honeyed. They are a good source of fiber, as well as providing a range of vitamins and minerals.

Kale, Quinoa & Mango Salad

Friday, 21 October 2016

Why do kids who have hard time waking up during school days, wake up early during weekends?

We live quite close to my son's school, so I normally wake them up by around 7.45 am which is not bad. It is really hard for the, to wake up at 7.45 even though they go to bed around 8pm. That is almost 12 hours' sleep!! I can't even remember the last time I slept more than 7 hours in a row...

It’s a different story over the weekends though. They wake up and get up at 6:30 like an atomic clock, every Saturday and Sunday. No matter how late they go the bed. It’s a futile effort to try to convince them, by saying ‘they can sleep as much as they want on weekends’ at bedtime. On the other hand, I am programmed to wake up when I hear them and really have hard time going back to sleep.