#bakingnofimdaterra & #cookingnofimdaterra

It’s been so long since last time I blogged! Anyway, with general lockdown back in Portugal, I have been baking and cooking more. I also got a gorgeous Kitchenaid back in November during the Black Friday sales, so lots of dishes now just happen in matter of minutes. Cooking and baking are now a lot more fun!

After seeing one of my #bakingnofimdaterra pictures in Facebook, one of my friends wrote: “you need a blog! I want all of your recipes”. So, here I am attempting again to do regular posts and sharing the recipes I cook to indulge me and my boys (husband and son).

Let’s begin with my latest breakfast treat: Cinnamon Buns.

A while back I discovered in the perfect Bagel Recipe. I found it in Epicurious, a wonderful contribution by Peter Reinhardt. Back in 2016, I wrote a post about making bagels in Portugal, and I have made dozens, and dozens of bagels since them. For my last birthday, I gifted myself his book The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, 15th Anniversary Edition . It is an amazing source of inspiration and tips.

On Friday, I decided that I wanted Cinnamon Buns for Saturday’s breakfast. This is one of those American treats that, already in normal circumstances, are hard to find. Imagine in lockdown! We can’t cross counties during the weekend; and honestly, I rather cook than going on a food hunt.

I made the buns Friday night, and glazed them on Saturday before digging in. I had cream cheese frosting leftovers in my freezer, and they tasted like those I used to enjoy once in a while when I lived in New York.

You can find a transcription of Mr. Reinhart’s recipe in the blog Grace in the Crumbs. You can coat them with sugar glaze, but if you want something more decadent, you should totally go for a Cream Cheese frosting. This is a good one Copycat Cinnabon Frosting.

As you can see, I am not a recipe maker, just a woman who loves cooking. I might adapt a recipe I find in order to suit our taste, or the resources I have around. Nevertheless, for me, cooking is not just feeding my family and friends; for me cooking, is an act of love.

I hope you enjoy making these buns as much as I do!

Summer Landscape Manicure

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Yesterday I participated in my second #fanbrushfriday challenge. The manicure this time was to include the colors: pink, periwinkle blue, and deep mint green. The colors didn’t have to match up exactly to these shades but they should be close. I didn’t find an exact match to what I consider a periwinkle blue, so I ended up using  Kiko Quick Dry Lacquer Nº 832 Turquoise, Kiko Nail Lacquer 343 Spring Green & 376 Candy Pink.

Because I used the blue as a base, the brush strokes were not that prominent. I should had followed my original plan of using pink as a base. The result was not bad, but it was not what I had in mind.I got inspired by a fall design by @wariwi_nails and recreated it as a summer landscape, and I love the result!

For the tree I used Born Pretty Plate BP-L001

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For the birds I used Born Pretty Plate BP-24

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For both images, I used two colors of stamping polishes. For the birds I used Born Pretty Stamping polishes Black and White, while for the tree I used Handy Stamping polishes Lime Green and Brown Maria.

Using Born Pretty Clear Head Stamper makes it really easy to place the images in the right place. It was a lot of fun to create this manicure!

Have a great weekend!

Oh Labdanum!

If I could encapsulate the fragrance of our walks in the rocky coast of this side of the world, it would be with the warm, subtle yet intoxicating aroma of labdanum.

In Portugal there are at least 9 species of the cistus family. My favorite fragrant shrubs are from the ladanifer specie.

They cover the fields with their silky petals, and the bees have a feast with their pollen. Their aroma comes from their leaves though, they exude a sticky resin that warmly inebriates the air. The flowers of the Cistus ladanifer subsp. Ladanifer, has five petals each with a reddish/brown spot on them. Their star pattern reminds me of a starfish. The Cistus ladanifer subsp. Sulcatus, have the same type of leaves and number of petals, but the flower is completely white.

Their common name in Portuguese is Esteva, and a field filled with them is called Estevais. I love the “snow like” look of the flowered plants and white petals all over the field and the ground.

I also have sound some “mutants” plants. The have about double the amount of petals, but the same type of leaves. I still have to find these in the botanical site.

Enjoy the pictures!

 

 

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