12.08.2014

RECIPE | Roasted Tomato Soup w/ Cilantro Crema


Have you heard about RED applications on App store? Well, the basic idea is that  when purchasing a RED application or when buying extra features for existing RED apps in your phone, you help the fight against AIDS. Thoughtful, right? 

While browsing around the app store, like I normally do before bed, I stumbled upon this great cooking app. I have to admit I've downloaded several of them and I always end up deleting them after a couple of months they go unused. But this time it was different. 

Kitchen Stories is a very user friendly app, with a great clean interface that allows you to spend hours reading recipes without getting bored. Of course now that the RED campaign is on, everything is red, but Christmas is around the corner so it kinda fits the mood perfectly!


After this introduction, needless to say that this soup is retrieved from the Kitchen Stories application. When I made it I realized how worth buying this app was - not only for the great cause it serves - but in terms of cooking as well!! I'm telling you, this soup is divine. Highly recommended to serve it on this year's Holiday table. 



12.02.2014

myLifebox + Etsy = Birthday

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I cannot believe that's already been a year from the day I launched my Jewelry Collection. It is only like yesterday when I posted this and this here on the blog.

I have to admit I never imagined this day would come. I think it was around early summer when I started having doubts about the shop. Mostly because I'm not a professional or experienced jewelry designer and everything I do is derived from my urge to make things. So it was hard to believe that it would actually work -you know, selling my creations to such amazing women! I always liked fashion and fancy stuff, like most girls anyway. But I could never picture myself involved with it more than just spending half my money on clothes. And yet here I am celebrating my first year as an Etsy seller. A year rather creative and exciting. 

And even after a whole year, every time I hear the notification sound for a new purchase from Etsy my heart beats like the first day. It is amazing. And the idea that my creations are somewhere out there, worn by so many amazing women is so exhilarating. That's why I have to thank all of you for your support, since without you I'd be still making necklaces for me. 

Here's to another creative year :)

12.01.2014

Guest Post | RAW ZOODLES by Fab


I love raw foods. Living in the UK it’s hard to sustain a raw food diet, so I really like to keep it 70/30 with my raw diet. This is probably my favourite dish, as it also reminds me of my Italian origins. As you may get, I am a big fan of simple girl, who likes to mix it up a bit. Seriously, those balls are heaven. Let me know what you think! Raw Zoodles with Sunflower Seeds Meatballs

Ingredients (serves 4)
4 zucchini
4 vine tomatoes
1 bunch of parsley
2 tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil
200g sunflower seeds (soaked for 6 hours)
50g sun-dried tomatoes
5 olives
1 tsp dried Italian mixed herbs
50g linseeds egg (simply mix linseeds with 2tbsp water and let them sit
for 1 hour)
1 tbsp flaxseed

Instructions
Spiralise your zucchini with a spiraliser (or a mandolin will do!), place them in a bowl and sprinkle them with Himalayan salt, one spoon of extra virgin Olive oil and dried Italian mixed herbs. Let them sit for 30mins. Drain the sunflower seeds, combine them with the tomatoes, olives, ‘lindseed egg’ and flaxseed. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the meatballs from the surfaces and repeat for 2/3 times (I like to add a bit of Italian mix too). 
Create 6/8 small meatballs from the sunflower batter, and let them sit in the fridge for 1/2 hours. Chop the vine tomatoes, add a pinch of Himalayan salt, chop the parsley finely and combine them in a mixing bowl. 
Drain the zucchini (the salt helps releasing water) and add them to the tomato salsa. Top with sunflower seeds meatballs. I suggest you to sprinkle it all with some nutritional yeast. 

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11.27.2014

Feeling Thankful (+ Black Friday)

original photo found here 

I have to admit that I've been in better places in my life. But also in a lot worse, so I don't get to complain. Truth to be told, it is just that lately my life seems way too full of chaotic things to do. As the time passes by, one by one things get of the way and let me dream about Christmas and holidays in general. However, as my boyfriend perfectly says, I shouldn't be whining at all. My shop is going unexpectedly great this month and at least one of the things I have to do is this -which brings me money- which is good. But still, there are these times when I feel so bummed out, facing the fact that I don't have enough time, courage or strength to do everything I want to. And again, I guess i should listen to my bf once more when he says that we can't do everything. Oh man!

Anyway, where I'm trying to focus though is on the little things that can make life a lot easier to cope with, even when everything feels like falling apart. The postcard you find in your mailbox from your friend who lives abroad, the photo in your inbox when you wake up from your boyfriend whom you can't wait to see, a nice surprise, song or even a good joke you heard randomly at the post office. Therefore, i couldn't feel more grateful with my life as it is. Because, bottom line, I am healthy, I have the loveliest, most adorable, truly caring and amazing friends I could ever wish for, I have my boyfriend whom I extremely miss but also enormously love so who cares if he is miles away, and last but certainly not least, I have the most amazing and huge family ever, that keeps growing and growing. 

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I feel thankful from the bottom of my heart for all these reasons and many more. Because happiness lays in the little things, we just need to take a deep breath and see them!  

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In other news, tomorrow is the day most Americans wait for in order to buy the hell out of shops. So i thought it would be nice to be a part of it in my own way. If you've been eyeing any of my jewelry pieces on my shop but you were having second thoughts (but why?), now is the time to place your order!! Take advantage of the Black Friday discount and take 20% off your next purchase. (coupon code MLBFRIDAY, typed on the checkout)

11.26.2014

DIY | Paper Ornaments


While Christmas is almost around the corner (only one month left), most of you must have already started thinking about decoration. I know I have. However, many feel it is quite soon to start decorating the house with all the glamorous and sparkling Christmas ornaments most have. Well there is a silver lining between being way-too-early-celebrater and kind of a-healthy-anticipater. And this lining is called monochromatic minimal paper ornaments that don't shout Christmas right away but certainly give a certain HolidayIsComing-touch. 

Materials needed:
6 paper sheet of the color and size of your choice.
glue stick
scissors
twine, thread or ribbon 


Steps to follow:
1. fold each paper in half.
2. design the half of the shape you want - be careful to draw it with the big side on the middle of the paper
3. repeat until you have six same shapes folded in half.
4. glue each right side with the left side of the next sheet.
5. before gluing the last two sides, line the thread with the center of the ornament and then glue them together. 


11.07.2014

Lucky Charm 2015 [ Giveaway ]


How did that week pass by sooo quickly? I literally feel like it's Tuesday! I guess that has its advantages too -weekend is around the corner, yay!! But guys I have so much studying to do that I have to admit I don't particularly love the idea of it during the weekend. Plus I have a ton of orders to make and ship. Oh my !

On the bright side though, aren't these Lucky Charms cute? Well I made them for you!! From now on and until January a little Good Luck envelope with a Charm inside will accompany every order you place at my shop

AND the good news don't stop here. I will give 5 Lucky Charms away too. So if you want one yourself leave a comment below. Open to international readers of course, until 1st of December. 


Have a great weekend!! <3

11.06.2014

RECIPE | Vegetable Soup


So this happened today. The truth is I wasn't expecting my first post after my Eurotrip to be a recipe but I guess people have their weaknesses. First and foremost I wan't to say an enormous THANK YOU to all the kind ladies -and Nathan- who took over my little blog while I was spending some quality time abroad. I am sure you all enjoyed their lovely posts. I, for one, couldn't be more happy with my guest posters :) 

Secondly, I want to show you this soup I made from scratch earlier today! I'm so so excited, it was delicious and extremely easy to make, so I couldn't help myself but sharing it with you on the spot. I'm not entirely sure the photo illustrates the deliciousness but guuuuuuuuys if you are at any level soup persons you will love this one. 

INGREDIENTS (serves two)
4 medium sized tomatoes
4 carrots
a stalk of celery
one handful of broccoli
truffle oil and/or flavored salt
regular salt and freshly ground pepper
pink peppercorn for styling


INSTRUCTIONS
You will either need a steamer or an oven. If you prefer using the oven, preheat it to 200C and add the vegetables, roughly chopped on the top rack. Cook until there are soft. In the steamer case, add the vegetables on the lower level and cook for about 25'. The main difference between these ways is that the soup will have a more roasted flavor in the case of the oven. It's up to your liking though!

Meanwhile, bring 5 cups of water to boil and dilute the salt and pepper in it. If you have truffle salt don't use it now. Just the regular salt. When the veggies are ready add them in the mixer and beat them. Gradually add the water. Do that until the soup looks smooth. 

The last step depends again on your taste. In case you're hosting a dinner party and want to serve this soup as an appetizer I recommend you to follow it, but if you're just making it for yourself it's not that important. Since the soup has no potatoes nor cream in it, it won't be completely smooth. Therefore, in order to make it more appealing in the eye and better in terms of texture, I suggest you to strain it. I repeat it's not necessary. 

After serving, add some truffle oil and salt on top of it, along with some pink peppercorn, which besides giving a nice touch of pinkish red on the dish, it adds something unique to the soup as well! 

Enjoy !




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