Tenerife - Part 2

Monday, April 22, 2013

Heya! I am back in London Town, and looking back on these holiday pictures makes me realize how fast out-of-term time flies! So unfair! 

Tenerife consisted mostly of swimming, and tanning, more swimming, running around and throwing small kids into big pools.

The Hotel's huge infinity pool was amazing to train for the 5k Swimathon I'll be doing! It's for the Marie Curie Foundation and is happening on Sunday, I'll keep you posted!

Sponsors are welcome! It's for a great cause, hint hint nudge nudge :  http://my.artezglobal.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=434450&langPref=en-CA 

The kids were fascinated by the fresh fish stands... but I'm more of a meat kinda gal!

I never missed one sunset... It's the one thing I haven't found in London yet, the perfect sunset spot. I'll be searching though! If you have suggestions please share...

It was so fun to dress up every night, go to nice restaurants and wake up next to tiny bundles of (mostly) joy!

Now the clock's run out, time's up over (bloah)... So snap back to reality! 
(finish the lyrics?)


Tenerife - Part 1

Monday, April 15, 2013

Ola! I'm writing to you from the beautiful island of Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands.
We arrived yesterday and the little ones pounced with joy as soon as the spotted the island!

The Hotel we're staying at has a huge infinity pool. Like 300m long huge. It's amazing to swim laps and the center of the pool has little huts and a bar and some hot tubs! No need to ever get out! 

When our skin became all wrinkly we decided to go explore the sea front and the small village surrounding.

The owner of this house must've been missing the grass from his hometown...

After our walk in the hilly village and a couple Mojitos we wandered back to the hotel in time to catch the sunset... 

 Yup. I could get used to this. 

More to come!


How to - Open a Pomegranate

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Today I'm giving you a super cool trick to open a Pomegranate, the fast way!

Step 1

Choose your pomegranate. It's gotta be a vibrant red, have as little bruises as possible and be nice and heavy. Such as this:

Step 2

Slice your pomegranate open like so: (watch for spillage!)

Step 3

Grab your tools (aka a big bowl and a sturdy metal spoon) 

Step 4

Let out your frustrations! Tap the outside of the pomegranate to let the seeds fall in the bowl! 
(Disclaimer: If you're very frustrated don't wear a white t-shirt.)

Now back to work!

The One and Only - Apple Pie

Friday, April 5, 2013

Apple Pie is such an overlooked desert. It seems "old fashioned" and "passé" in the world of chocolate souflés and fondants, molecular cuisine, and wasabi kit-kats (true story). But really, its amazing. The perfect combination of tangy apples, cinnamon, caramelised sugar and buttery crust.

When I want to make apple pie, I don't need to look very far... this is my grand-mas recipe and the one I go to!

The first step is to make the crust. There are two schools of thought on the subject. One says that vegetable shortening should be used instead of butter and the other thinks plain old butter is best. I go with butter. If you're gonna indulge might as well go all the way! 

Pâte Brisée (pie crust) Recipe:
(makes one big pie or three small ones)

  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup (225g) very cold butter, cut into 3cm small cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 6 to 8 tbsp ice cold water

In a big bowl whisk the flour, salt and sugar to make sure there are no lumps. Add the cold butter cubes and with either a pastry blender, if you're cool like that and have all the tools, or cold fingers if you're like me, rub in the butter with the flour until it resembles big breadcrumbs. 
Add the icy water one tablespoon at the time and mix with a fork. There will be enough water when you're able to form a ball that's not sticky. 

Transfer the dough onto parchment paper and shape it into a ball by using the sides of the paper. Chill the dough for 1 1/2 hours.

Once the dough is done, time to assemble!

Apple Pie Recipe
(for one or three small ones)

  • 1 portion of pâte brisée
  • 3 Apples (I use Granny Smiths but Golden Ladies work well too)
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar (muscavado if you can)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • milk
Heat your oven to 180C.

Cut the apples into small cubes, mix in the cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice. Leave aside.

Roll out the chilled dough into circles on a floured surface, place them in the pie tin gently and press the edges so that they stick to the sides. With a fork make small holes at the bottom to prevent soggy bottoms (Mary Berry would be proud..)!

Tip: I use the rolling pin to cut the edges off, makes a cleaner and simpler cut!

Add the apples:

Brush the edges with milk so that the top will stick. Add the top layer of dough, press the edges together and brush the whole top with milk. You can use leftovers and cookie cutters to make decorations, stick them on top with milk.

Using scissors or a sharp knife make small cuts in the top to let steam out when it's cooking.

Voilà! Pop them in your warm oven for 20 min. Check that they are nice and golden brown... eat warm!

Club 55 - St-Tropez

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I'm back home! For study break before exams, fair enough, but home none the less! I do love London, but I can't say I'm upset to come home to sunshine and leave snow behind...

For easter Sunday we joined family friends for a bit of an easter tradition. Club 55 in St-Tropez is really famous and hip in the summer, but in April it's filled with locals, families and good friends all around.

We had (in my opinion) the best table, feet in the sand, sun beaming overhead and rosé wine flowing. For starters we got a whole bunch of veggies! Really family style, everyone picked and asked for bits and bobs.

Even the easter bunnies picked on some carrots  I had my eyes on those bunny ears all through the meal! Drove me mad... We followed with the traditional easter roast lamb.

We had our own version of the boat race filled with just as much excitement, promise! (way to go Oxford by the way!)

We ate (too much), laughed (never enough) and took walks on the beach.

I'd recommend it to anyone! It does get hectic in the summer with DJs blasting music and people dancing on tables... and even for easter we had to reserve back in January! Crazy.

It's worth it though... Wouldn't you say?
Happy Easter!

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