yorkshire puddings

Today, I’m sharing a British cooking recipe and one of my husband’s favorites things: Yorkshire Puddings.

The main “secret” to get this recipe right is that the oil in the muffin pan (in this case) has to be HOT. So please, prepare this with caution!

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 4 large organic free range eggs
  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • canola oil, for cooking (about 3 tbsp)
  • salt & pepper

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Heat the oven to 400F.

Pour a little bit of the canola oil in a 12-whole non-stick muffin pan and place the pan in the oven to heat through.

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You need to make the batter quickly because the muffin pan is getting ready in the oven.

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To make the batter, pour the flour into a bowl and beat in the eggs until smooth.

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Gradually add the milk and carry on beating until the mix is completely lump-free.

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Season with salt and pepper. Pour the batter into a jar or a batter bowl.

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Remove the hot tins from the oven. Handle it with caution because the oil might be VERY HOT!

Carefully and evenly pour the batter into the holes.

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Place it back in the oven and leave undisturbed for 20-25 mins until the puddings have puffed up and browned.

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Take a picture and serve immediately!

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I also made an additional and different version adding some ground beef that I cooked before in a skillet with onions, red bell peppers, raisins, olives and oregano.

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For this version you’ll need to pour a little of the batter.

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Then, add a spoon full of the beef mixture and cover it with a little bit more of batter. Remember that they will grow in the oven so cover just about 3/4 of the whole in the muffin pan.

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Enjoy!

why routines are good for my whole family • por qué las rutinas son buenas para toda mi familia

LÉELO EN ESPAÑOL

If you’ve been reading my blog, you might already know how creating a routine helped me with Marco. Today I want to share a little more about this.

When I used to work as a Children’s Psychologist at a Psychiatric Hospital in Buenos Aires, I had patients with very severe pathologies. During that experience, I really learned the extreme importance of creating and keeping a routine and how this helped kids -families and professionals- to go through their days the best they could.

But then, in the private practice with adults patients (not severe pathologies as in the hospital), I also noticed that, at the end, we all benefit when we have a routine (even-though there were some important differences like the rigidity and exact repetition).

Since this blog is not about my Psychologist’s experience but my parenting’s, I’m not going to expand on the explanation, but just think about how routine affects us, i.e. how many times we say something like “I don’t start my day until I have my coffee” or things like that?!

“If you spend your entire work day mastering new tasks, you appreciate your regular coffee breaks” (Dr. Karp)

The issue is that when we have a new baby at home, the routine that we used to have… is gone and we try to do all the tasks that we have to do whenever we can do them, even without a schedule.

But friends, routine can be our ally!

In my experience, routine was useful for:

  • having less meltdowns during the day
  • less drama when changing from one activity to another (specially on that 1-2yr stage)
  • bedtime got easier
  • soothing him when an unexpected situation was present (specially when moving, this is our 4th new place!)

Now, let’s be honest. We don’t have the same activities during the day, neither the same time and that’s fine. Let’s embrace our differences 🙂

Each family has its own rhythm but, we all can create routines according to our own rhythm! We can all organize our day so it’s easier to navigate thru and not ending the day stressful, tired.. exhausted. You might see it now, not having a routine affects everyone in the family 🙂

That’s why, for me and in my experience, it’s important to create a routine, a schedule that fits our own time. Because at the end… Happy parents help to have happy kids 🙂

*There’re tons of books about the importance of routines, but my favorites are still Dr. Karp’s books (“The Happiest Baby on the Block” and “The Happiest Toddler on the Block”)


ESPAÑOL

Si siguen mi blog, ya sabrán cómo el establecer una rutina en el día me ayudó en la crianza de Marco. Ahora quiero contarles un poquito más acerca de las rutinas.

Cuando trabajaba como Psicóloga con Niños con patologías severas en un Hospital de Buenos Aires, aprendí la extrema importancia que tenía la rutina en la vida de esos pacientes (incluso para sus familias y para los profesionales). Pero después, trabajando con adultos en la práctica privada, me daba cuenta que a pesar de algunas diferencias -principalmente en la rigidez y repetición exacta- al final es a todos que nos hace bien tener una rutina.

No voy a explayarme aquí acerca del tema porque esto no es mi blog como psicóloga sino de mi etapa de mamá, pero si quieren piensen en todas aquellas cosas que hacemos que ya están casi “naturalizadas” y que nos hacen emprender nuestras actividades. Piensa en las frases como “hasta que no tome mi café/mate no arranco la mañana” por ejemplo.

El tema es que cuando nace un bebé, la rutina que teníamos… desaparece y empezamos a tratar de hacer las actividades que tenemos que hacer cuando podemos hacerlas, ya sin llevar un orden o ritmo a veces… “tapando agujeros“.

¡Pero la rutina puede ser una gran aliada! En mi caso y experienca, encontré que el hecho de tener una rutina nos ayudó a que:

  • hayan muchas menos rabietas/berrinches
  • la hora de ir a dormir sea más fácil
  • pasar de una actividad a otra sea algo más llevadero, con mayor fluidez y menos stress (sobretodo en la etapa entre 1 y 2 años)
  • pueda estar tranquilo durante una situación inesperada (por ejemplo en nuestro caso, mudanzas… éste es nuestro 4to hogar)

Ahora, es bueno que nos sinceremos. No todos tenemos las mismas actividades ni horarios y eso está bien porque cada familia tiene su propio ritmo. Pero todas las familias tienen un ritmo con el que puede ordenarse… Sea que en mi casa se cene a las 6pm o en la tuya a las 9pm, todos podemos organizar nuestro día para que sea todo más fácil de llevar y no terminemos exhaustos, cansados, agotados al final de la jornada. Tal vez puedas ver ahora cómo no tener una rutina afecta a todos  en la familia 🙂

Por eso, para mí y en mi experiencia, es importante crear una rutina, la que sea más acorde a los tiempos de nuestra familia. Porque al final de cuentas, padres felices… ayudan a que haya niños felices 🙂

*Hay muchísima bibliografía acerca de la importancia de las rutinas en el desarrollo de los niños, pero mis libros preferidos siguen siendo “The Happiest Baby on the Block (El bebé más feliz del barrio)” y “What To Expect: The Toddler Years

introducing: summer deliciousness

In the last weeks, I’ve been studying a little bit about creating patterns and today I want to share with you a new product that I have for sale: scarves! (a *must* for our Northern California weather!)

The illustration is a simple line drawing inspired in the summer deliciousness: cherries & strawberries.

It’s available for sale here.

Soon, it will also be available as a fabric, wall or gift paper here.

*I’d love to have your feedback on this! Feel free to leave your comment below!

We have a winner!

Congratulations

Thank you everyone for participating in this special giveaway! I deeply appreciate your support, it means a lot to me 🙂

Congratulations to @diegosubovsky who won this cute art-print from a list of 201 participants! I’ll send you a PM to send you your prize.

Thanks everyone! Have a great week and a very happy Mother’s Day!

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