Monday, December 11, 2017

Bug & Berry Cake

Made this cake for my sister and thought I would post even though I did not make the cake, it is a mix.   I called it my bug berry cake. 


  • 1  Chocolate Mix Cake. 
  • 1 Chocoloate icing.
  • A small box of gooseberries (grosellas).
  • 2 boxes of raspberries.
  • 1 small of fresh cranberries.
  • ladybugs candies.
  • Marmalade.


So I was in a rush for this cake so I had to buy the mix and the chocolate icing. So ....

  1. Step one: Make the cake with the mix cake. 
  2. Put the frosting on top. This frosting really works like glue with the fruit.
  3. Wash the berries and dry them a bit so that they stick to the icing. 
  4. Distribute them evenly, don't just throw them without any has to look varied and the cool thing about this cake it's the many red tones that go from bright red till almost black.
  5. Place the ladybugs or whatever cool candy you have on top.
  6. Stick in on fridge so that it solidifies.
This cake really worked I have to saved me big time, cause it looked awesome and very elegant and fun, perfect for December. My nephews couldn't stop looking at it and kept looking for the ladybugs. 

Also the combination of rich dark chocolate and acidic fruits really worked, as it balanced it out.   Lastly, try to find reasonable berries because they are expensive. I bought the canadian fresh cranberries in El Corte Inglés (posh supermarket of snobbish Madrid) but the rest I got them in LIDL and was just glad for the extra walk there.

I should probably cook like my hero Julia Child. How cool is that outfit?  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Garlic&Ginger soup with fish

I am going to make this recipe tonight for my Bible Study based on the recipe of the Jaden from Steamy Kitchen. Jaden, you are awesome!


-1/2 yellow onion, finely diced.

-1/2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger
-1 garlic of glove, crushed through a garlic press.
-2 tablespoons of soy sauce
-1 litre of vegetable broth.
-Half a lemon squeezed.
-Fish, half a kg of frozen fish, like cod.
-Some shiitake mushrooms
-1 or 2 carrots
-Some cilantro if you have some
-Some green onions if you have some. 


1. Sautee onion, garlic and ginger.

2. Put 1 litre of vegetable broth onto the work.

3. Now add the soy sauce and squeeze half the lemon.

4. Now put the fish and let it cook in medium heat.

5. After 10 minutes of cooking, add the carrots and mushrooms, and green onions, and cover another 5 minutes. 
6. Voila, done, beautiful gorgeous dinner, that is warm and easy to make perfect for a cold dinner.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Crunchy Chicken Salad

Hey readers!

I skipped an entire season! but my spring has been so crazy full!

Here is a great salad for summer time that I had been wanting to do for about a year, and finally got round to doing it on tuesday for my Bible Study! 

The original recipe comes from A cup of Jo, thank you Joanna! I love your blog! My Bible study really loved this salad, and so did I!

Here are the ingredients:

-1/4 shredded cabagge.
-1/4 red cabbage.
-5 carrots sliced.
-1 cup of mint leaves.
-1 cup of cilantro leaves.
-500 grs of chicken in stripes.
-1 cup of cashew nuts.

For the salad dressing:
-1 can of coconut milk.
-1 lemon or lime.
-2 teaspoons of sugar.
-2 teaspoons of fish sauce.


1. Just chop up the cabbage, slice the carrots and break in smaller pieces the mint and cilantro  ingredients and then add everything into a bowl.
2. Cut the chicken in stripes and saute it.
3. Do the dressing and add to the salad.

Honestly this is one great recipe. 

I understand it is a bit annoying to have to buy mint and cilantro (here they are 1 euro each bunch), but it is a great recipe so colourful and with so many flavours and textures: crunchy, soft, coconuty, acid, fishy, it really has everything and you can also add a little bit of cayenne pepper to the dressing to give it a spicy kick! 

Don't you love summer???? I sure do!

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Happy new year friends!

A comforting recipe for these cold months ahead. Crepes a classic from all over Europe, but especially every time I go to France, it's like...duh--crepes, how amazing are they and why do I not make them, like everday of my life?


1. 2 large eggs
2. 3/4 cups of milk
3. 1/2 cups of water
4. 1 cup of flour
5. 3 tablespoons of melted butter
6. 1 tablespoon of sugar.
6. butter for cooating the pan


1. Mix all the ingredients together and then distribute evenly in a saucepan thinly.
2. When the sides gets golden turn it around.

3. Enjoy! ahhhhh they are so good with Nutella, jam, cheese and a good book.

Happy new year sweet friends and readers.

These pictures are France, Paris on the left, Strassbourgh to the right.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Parmesan meatballs with creamy sauce

I did this recipe the other day inspired by these two recipes in A Cup of Jo.

This one and this one. This was a very flavourful recipe. But it did take a long time let's be honest, so I'd only recommend it for those days when you are feeling  creative and have a long saturday morning ahead of you...

But it was very tasty and fun too.


1. 300 grs. of pasta
2. Some parmesan cheese.
3. Requeson, creamy cheese (200 grs).
4. A brick of tomato sauce (200grs)
5. 2 cloves of garlic.
6. Some cherry tomatoes.
7. Minced chicken.
8. Pepper and salt and some italian herbs.


1. Mix the grated parmesan cheese, the herbs, the salt, and the pepper in a plate.
2. With the chicken mince, create mince balls and make sure the meat is properly mixed with the parmensan cheese and herbs.
3. hen set them up in a sauce pan and fried them, evenly.
4. Now put the tomato sauce with the creamy cheese together and mix it up. I added two cloves of garlic for extra flavour.
5. Now add the meatballs to the tomato sauce, the cherry tomatoes and the garlic and let it simmer for a little

6. Add it to the pasta and voila. Pretty pretty tasty. The sauce is real awesome friends.

Monday, December 5, 2016

American chocolate chip cookies

A classic here from the US.
I did this recipe while living in San Joaquin 3 years ago with my roommates and Nicole. It was a fun time. These are the ingredients and pictures will tell the rest of the story:
1 cup of margarine
3/4 cup of white sugar
3/4 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 and 1/2 of chocolate chips


1. Mix it all.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes, until it is all lightly golden.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Chile con carne

Another great recipe tonight from Paloma de la Rica for cold winter days. Mind you the other day I was in Strasbough and froze to death. This recipe is awesome for winter days.

All you need is:

-400 grs of mince.
-1 red pepper.
-1 green pepper.
-3 cloves of garlic.
-1 onion.

-1 can of 500 grs of peeled tomatoes.
-400 grs. of red beans.
-1 teaspoon of sugar.
-1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
-salt and black pepper.
-4 cayenne pepper.
-some oregano.
-some garlic powder.

1. Dice up the red pepper, green pepper and the onion and the garlic.
2. Throw it into the saucepan until it all becomes soft.
3. Add the meat and then you will have migas of meat.

4. In a deep pot, put the tomato sauce and throw all the spices, sugar, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, etc...and add the beans.
5. Add the meat with the veggies and let it all simmer for at least 30 minutes.
6. Voila, done! a great dish, acommpanied by rice. 

Great recipe. I made mine pretty spicy and loved it and my Bible study too. By the's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

American Meat Loaf

Yesterday it was election day in the US!

So whether you are feeling suicidal or elated by the results, try out this awesome american recipe and gather some loved ones around you to share dinner.
So my american friend Amy brought to our B. Study this awesome dish that I want to share. My kind of recipe, good, easy and fast. Loved it. I love americans and their Starbucks and their amazing marketing, on the left.

Of course I needed to try it:

-500 grs. of hamburger meat.
-3 eggs
-200 mil of ketchup or 1/2 american cups.
-1/2 onion chopped.
-30 crackers.
-salt and lots of black pepper.
-garlic powder.


-Mix it all up.
-Set it on a loaf pan and spread ketchup on top of it all with a spoon, like with icing on a cake.
-Bake it in a loaf pan in 170 degrees for an hour.
This is such a gret recipe, perfect for when you dont have time to make works of art, but will make you look like you actually know how to cook.
Great to serve with salad and bread.

So friends, cheers to America, democracy, creativity, dreams and great great recipes that they make up!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Carrot Cake - Tarta de zanahorias

An awesome carrot cake that is so easy and so works!!!!!!!!

I've been meaning to post this one forever but never got to it, but thought, next time I do it, I will post it.

I did it for my birthday and brought it to work and also did another one for my Bible Study. EXITO ROTUNDO, as we, the spanish say.


-225 grs. of flour.
-2 teaspoons of baking powder.
-2 teaspoons of grounded cinammon.
-1/2 teaspoon of salt.
-250 mls of sunflower oil.
-200 grs. of sugar.
-3 eggs
-4 carrots.
-2 handful or 60 grs. of wallnuts.

And for the icing:

-125 grs of cream cheese.
-75 grs of butter.
-100 grs of sugar.
-1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.


1. Just mix everything together! Basically that's what you gotta do. The only thing you have to add at the end it's the wallnuts.

2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and then set it on the medium tray to 175 degrees. Leave it for about an hour in the oven until a toothpick comes out dry.

3. Leave the cake outside and let it cool off before adding the icing. 

4. For the icing, mix the cream cheese, butter and sugar. I cut the sugar of the original recipe in half because it was way too sweet for my taste, but the original recipe says you should do 250 grams. Way too sweet....perhaps for american taste.

5. You can also add another layer of frosting in the middle of the cake, to make it more glamourous. And of course, top it off with something fancy and fallish decoration.

I hope you enjoy it. 

Copyright: Paloma de la Rica, your recipes are just amazing from another world and they ALWAYS work...thank youuuuuu you make our lives better.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Wedding Cheesecake

Wedding weekend in the South of Spain!

My sister had a destination wedding in Cordoba, Spain. We headed down and I was surprised to see that we could put a cake together in a matter of 15 minutes. Cheese wedding cake! 

Basically we stacked them together, different cheeses of different sizes and it ended up looking pretty good as you can see!  We just made sure it was not going to fall over because it was kinda tipping over at some point. 

Totally great idea for a beautiful weekend with beautiful sorroundings and with beautiful people. I want to copyright my sister because it was totally her idea and I asked her if I could put it up on the blog. She said,  heck  yeah.  :)