Saturday, 7 February 2015

Cosy evening on Friday and early morning walk on Saturday

Friday evenings are usually lazy evenings in our family. By lazy I mean, very very relaxed, with no much activities. After all the running around over the week, we are looking forward to a cosy evening with some comfy food and dessert which we usually would have at the sofa, while watching a movie. This is our interpretation of being relaxed and coming down from the busy week, preparing our self for a weekend.

So the dinner we would have on Friday needs to be comfy, easy to make and to eat...preferable with hands. What is more cosy as eating your dinner with hands, wouldn´t you agree? There are many variations of what you can eat, one of my specialties is Pita with chicken, which is always a hit as it is bit exotic, because of the special spices and herbs I am using. The preparation does not take longer than 30 minutes and the fact that you can prepare your pita the way you like it the most,  makes the whole dinner experience very special. The vegetable can vary from what your refrigerator offers, you can use sliced cucumber, sliced bell pepper, avocado, rough grated carrots, sliced radishes and much more....



Pita with chicken and two kinds of salsa

  • pita bread
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 tomatoes
  • iceberg lettuce salad
  • 8 tablespoons yogurt 
  • 1-2 teaspoons harissa paste
  • garlic powder
  • some mint leaves
  • some coriander leaves
  • salt and pepper
Cut the chicken breast in small stripes, season it with salt and pepper and fry in the pan with some table spoons of olive oil. Wash the tomatoes and the iceberg lettuce, cut the tomatoes in slices and iceberg lettuce in stripes. 
Divide the yogurt between 2 small bowls. Chop coriander and mint leaves. Put garlic powder, salt, pepper and chopped coriander and mint in one of the yogurt bowl, mix well. Add 1-2 teaspoons harissa (depending on how hot you like it)  to the other yogurt bowl and mix it together. Prepare the pita bread as described on the package. 


The dessert could not be easier either...the ingredients are as simple as the whole preparation, they taste delicious and look gorgeous, are good with cup of tea in the evening and perfect for a quick breakfast with cup of coffee. 

Cinnamon sugar doughnut muffins:
  • 1/2 cup sugar (100 g) - I take a bit less
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (60 g)
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk (120 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour (130 g)
Sugar coating:
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or vanilla sugar)
Preheat the oven to 180C. Mix together sugar, butter, nutmeg and milk in a bowl. Sift flour and baking powder, add to the butter-milk mixture and whisk till all well combined. Butter your muffin form (I am using the form to make french caneles), fill the molds to the half with the batter and bake for 20 min or until golden brown.
Mix sugar with cinnamon (or vanilla sugar, if you do not like cinnamon) in a small bowl. Brush the top of the muffin with melted butter and dip it in the cinnamon sugar.


It was an early morning for all of us today, it happens to be that all three of us were awake before 9 o´clock already...something like this is very seldom, so I asked my boys if they would like to join me for a small morning walk to the city center to buy some fresh vegetable and fruits. After short pre-breakfast with a cup of tea and a cinnamon doughnut, the three of us were walking towards the city center...well Pablo was actually driving his bobby car, which is our constant companion these days....

The morning was cold but sunny. On the way to the city center, we passed the shops we needed and also one of the flower shop, which was selling tulips already. A sign of a spring, and so I decided to take a bunch of them to have a little bit spring in our appartment too...



Enjoy!
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