#nowreading

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, already know that the #nowreading of this month was “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd.

I’ve decided to draw a little something with a¬†quote from this book and I’m planning to continue doing so with the following #nowreading.

It’s a difficult task to choose just one quote -specially from this emotional, moving novel- but I’ll do my best.

Here it is.

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More of my favorites quotes from this book:

‚ÄúIn the photograph by my bed my other is perpetually smiling on me. I guess I have forgiven us both, although sometimes in the night my dreams will take me back to the sadness, and I have to wake up and forgive us again.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúAfter you get stung, you can’t get unstung. No matter how much you whine about it.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúSomeone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.‚ÄĚ

PS:¬†I’d love to know which one is¬†your favorite from The Life of Bees!

homemade chirashi sushi

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Chirashi sushi is one easy recipe, yummy and pretty healthy. You can use a variety of fresh, raw fish and the veggies that you have at home. What’s key in this recipe is the rice.

After trying several recipes for the sushi rice, I’ve arrived¬†to this one that everyone in my family loves (yes, toddler¬†-approved!)

1 cup sushi rice (I use Nishiki or Kokuho Rose)

1 1/2 cup water

1/8 cup rice vinegar

1/8 cup organic sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

First, you’ll need to rinse the rice well in cold water about 3 times until the water is no longer milky white. Drain it.

Add 1 1/2 cup of water and take it to a boil. When the water of the rice starts to boil, reduce the heat to minimum and cover the pot with a lid. Let it cook for 15 minutes.

Remove it from heat and use a clean cotton cloth to cover the rice. Cover it also with the lid. Allow it to stand for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, mix together the vinegar, salt and sugar on a small pot. Bring it to a low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are dissolved the turn off the heat and let it cool.

Put the rice on a bowl. Stir in the vinegar mix and stir with a bamboo spoon until it’s incorporated. Any wooden spoon but it’s better to keep one just for the rice.¬†Let it cool.

For my chirashi sushi, I used slices of fresh salmon and slices of an organic avocado over the rice. I decorated my plate with some seaweed and sesame seeds as garments.

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chipas recipe

As many of you know, I was born in Posadas, the capital of Misiones, in the north east of Argentina.

The most traditional¬†snack from¬†my homeland is “Chipa“.¬†This is a¬†little cheese-roll¬†made with tapioca flour and it’s also a traditional snack¬†in Paraguay and in the south of Brazil (with some differences).

Today, I’m super happy to share with you my family recipe for this yummy gluten-free delicacy.

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb Tapioca Flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 0.7 lb Gouda Cheese
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Organic Butter
  • 1 Cup Organic Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Aniseed (Optional)

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Make a crown with the flour.

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Add the eggs, cheese, salt, baking powder, butter (which should be at room temperature), milk in the middle of the crown and the aniseed (optional).

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Start making a dough.

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Tapioca flour doesn’t have gluten so it will resemble to corn meal in the beginning because it’ll be crumbly and it will be a little bit difficult to create an homogeneous¬†dough. But keep going, it’ ll be good at the end.

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After 5 to 8 minutes you’ll have a dough like this. If it’s still too crumbly, use more milk. Add¬†tablespoon to tablespoon.

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Once you have an uniform dough, separate the dough and create 4 rolls. Use a knife to create a thin line thru the roll (it will help to cook the inside).

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Chipas can¬†be storage raw in your freezer for up to 3 months. You don’t need to defrost the dough before baking; just put them straight to the oven… Isn’t that great?

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Bake them for 40 minutes at 350F on a non-stick baking sheet. Serve them warm!

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… And enjoy!

DIY mug

I’m¬†very happy that my mother in law is visiting us.¬†One of my favorite moments with her is our conversations over coffee and breakfast. So, today, I’m sharing how I did a special mug for her in less than 1 hour following¬†this tutorial.

First, I decided on the design and wrote it with a pencil over a blank mug.

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With a black Sharpie, I wrote the phrase that I chose. Since she’s such a Beatles fan, I went with one of those well-known chorus…

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When I had the design done, I pre-heat the oven at 350F and “bake” the mug for 30 minutes.

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After it cooled down, I washed it to check that the experiment had effectively worked.

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All you need is love and more coffee.

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This¬†project was so easy and cool that¬†I think I’ll be “baking” some more mugs for Christmas presents!

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Let me know if you try this. I’d love to know what design or phrases you choose!

DIY play kitchen

Today I want to share with you an idea of an easy, cheap and super fun project to do at home on a weekend: a DIY play kitchen.

We used cardboard boxes (free), non-toxic craft painting ($1 each at Michael’s), Silver Sharpie marker ($2.99), blue dot stickers, tons of moving tape ($2.99), and a piece of magnet (free) to keep the door of the oven and microwave¬†closed.

There are tons of tutorials online¬†but… I want to encourage you to¬†do it without the tutorial,¬†give it a try at home with your kid¬†and¬†let your imagination guide you. You’ll see that even it gets messy, it will be FUN and at the end, you will¬†feel great!

This was the way we did it.

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First, I made the oven and then the microwave using the cardboard boxes and a lot of tape.

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Then -this was the fun moment for Marco- we painted the oven and microwave and let them dry for about 30 minutes.

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Afterwards, I attached the microwave to the oven/stove part using a lot of tape and some staples (on the oven door bar).

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Finally,¬†I painted the details with a silver sharpie marker…¬†et¬†voil√°!

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DIY Play Kitchen Done!

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Try it at home and let me know how it went ūüôā