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Lord Nelson tea

I've always liked tea. It's lovely to have a nice cup of tea in the morning (I don't really need coffee to wake up, usually) or at the evening. The tea moment is sometimes the best moment of the whole day.

I've tried many types of tea and I must say that my favorite is black flavored, vanilla is one of the best! :)
Twinings is a good brand but quite expensive and I never liked Lipton teas, because for some odd reason they taste weird and artificial.

My all-time favorite tea is Hornimans tea, spanish brand with silly name that my dear Sugarcat knows very well since she always mail me many bags of their wonderful tea!

But I recently fond amazingly good teas from the local Lidl store, the brand is Lord Nelson. First I tried the Rooibos Vanilla flavor, and it tasted almost like my beloved Hornimans!!! How happy I was!! :D

Then I saw that new Lord Nelson teas were on sale, in colorful beautiful packages. I grabbed two right away: Strawberry & Cream, lovely tea that taste like bubblegum, and Morello Cherry.

These teas are really good, and also quite cheap! If there's a Lidl store in your town and you're a tea lover like me, I recommend to try them out :)

Choco-Cookie-Coconut Cake! Triple C-Cake! :D

This is a typical cake in Spain, when families were poor and there wasn't much money or food to celebrate special days.
When my mother was young, her family was very poor, too. It was in the moment of the post war here in Spain, my grandmother tried to make a good life for everyone. They didn't had much to eat, but she tried to have enough to make a special dish on birthdays nd Christmas. What was the easiest to gather at that time was old bread, pig fat and sugar. Cake was done with this... layers of bread wet with a bit of water, pig fat and sugar spread on it and more layers.
As the economy was better, the cake evolutionized like a Pokemon: bread became cookie, pig fat became butter, sugar became chocolate. Same procedure.
With the 80's everything became well, but that cake was something that was still done in birthdays, and viewed as something easy, simple, low cost and yummy.

My sister and me, remembering us of my beloved grandmother, made yet another evolution. So here come's Triple C-Cake. Chocolate-Cookie-Coconut Cake.

  • 400 gr of cookies
  • 250 gr of chocolate
  • 150 gr of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 125 gr of coconut flakes
  • 150 gr icing sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • chocolate-sugar-sprinkles

Melt the butter and dissolve the caster's sugar, then chop the chocolate, melt it and mix with the butter. Add the egg yolks. Beat the eggwhites to snow, and add them to the mixture, too. Now, divide the mixture in two parts. 1 part you leave it as it is.
Beat the heavy cream to snow, then add the coconut flakes. Add this and mix it to the 2. part. So 1 part of the mixture is plain, and the other is with cream and coconut. Let them aside.
Now take a plate or pan. Take the cookies and the cup of milk... you start dipping the cookies in the milk (be careful to not let them moisten too much, they just need to assorb a bit of milk, enough to be soft, but not that much to fall apart) and putting them in the pan. When it is covered, you take mixture 1 (plain chocolate) and put some spoons on the cookies, covering them. 1 layer done, you make a second layer, take mixture 2 (with the coconut-cream) and cover them again... then layer 3 (with plain choc mixture), then layer 4 with the coconut one, and so forth...Leave a bit of the mixtures for the end, because after 5-6 layers, you want to cover the whole cake with the chocolate mixture. On the top, you sprinkle some spoons of cocoa-powder, and decorate with chocolate and sugar sprinklies.
Of course there can more and more variations be done: with oreo cookies, using the white icing, with mousse au chocolate, with flan and so on...this is one we like because the flavour changes, but it still remains simple.
Enjoy! <3

Salmon-Tomato Bruschetta

I've never been a bruschetta lover, actually, bruschetta were for me a half sandwich, that's it. First time I went to Italy with my boyfriend I avoided them... a piece a bread with things on it, nothing more, what's special about it?
The dish itself might not be special, true, but what makes it special, is the people about the table eating eat.. and we now, mediterranean people love food, and love social food reunions. So I became a bruschetta-lover, too!

There's of course a special oven used for it, and italians stone ovens are always the best. I don't have one... xD But I have a spanish simple-use grill! Therefore I tried my own interpretation of "friends and bruschetta", I tried a Salmon Bruschetta. :D

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon
  • 1/2 red pepper without skin
  • 3 spoons of olive or argan oil
  • 5 chopped almonds without skin
  • fresh oregano
  • salt
  • optionally Parmigiano cheese
  • friends
 With the magic mix wand (xD) mix the oil, chopped almonds and garlic well together, and drop it on the slices. Peel the pepper bell and chop it very finely, chop the cherry tomatoes in bigger size, chop also the smoked salmon, mix all together with a bit of sald, and put it in portions on the bread. Difficult, isn't it? xD Finally chop the oregano and drop it artistically over the slices. Optionally, you can also sprinkle a bit of parmigiano cheese on top, if desired.
Finally, put it on the grill or in the oven at 150ยบ for 5-10 minutes. Take it out and enjoy with friends on a summer evening in the garden ;)

Rice with shrimps & bell pepper

As Summer finally arrives, it's nice to eat light and easy to make fish-based dishes, because cooking in a hot kitchen is never a pleasure :P

This is rice with shrimps and bell peppers, so it's perfect, since it contains yummy fish and it's super easy to prepare... it can be even enjoyed cold!

For this recipe is used garlic flavoured frozen shrimps and 3 small colored bell peppers.

Ingredients (2 people):
  • 1 bag (about 180 g) frozen shrimps
  • 200 g long-grain rice
  • 1 big bell pepper
  • 1/2 chili (mild or hot)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • rapeseed oil or olive oil
  • salt & black pepper
  • finely chopped parsley
Wash the bell pepper, remove the seeds and chop it small pieces. Chop finely onion and garlic, remove seeds for the chili and cut it in half.
Warm up oil in sacepan and saute onion, garlic, bell pepper and chili. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring. At the same time boil the rice in salty water. When the rice is almost cooked, add the frozen shrimps in the saucepan and let it cook for other 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper up to taste.
When the rice is al dente, drain it and mix it with the sauce. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.

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