Sunday, 26 October 2014

Projects // #TASTEOFTRAVEL

A few days ago, I was contacted by Celebrity Cruises and was asked if I would like to take part to their #tasteoftravel challenge. Food and travelling is two of my most favourite things in life, so how could I possibly resist? 
The idea is to share three courses (starter, main and dessert) that have stayed in your mind for their delicious taste and cherish these food memories by creating your ideal menu.
I went through my old pictures and posts and have finally managed to create a menu that makes my taste buds tingling for travel :) So here's my #tasteoftravel menu (if only I could taste it once again today)..
STARTER
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Mushroom fritatta and roast polenta potatoes are my absolutely favourite starters. I mean come one who doesnt love mushrooms and potatoes, let alone Portobello mushrooms with parsley and grated cheese on top! First time I tasted these I was in London and I remember being so enthusiastic about their taste that I ended up ordering a second round...Yum!
MAIN COURSE
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Moving on the the main course I chose this roast chicken with balsamic lentils, grilled artichoke and sherry reduction that I tasted it almost a year ago in Glasgow. The meat was well cooked and the side sauce was also a new taste for me (they were many firsts that day I can tell you). The lentils were very smooth in texture and the flavour of the balsamic made the sauce so delectable. In fact, there is no word to describe how delicious that was, the only way to understand my feelings towards this taste, is to try it by yourself, it was that good! The baby artichokes were amazingly fresh and in combination with the lentils they created a flavour that was pure perfection!
DESSERT
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What would the world be without desserts I have no clue! Having a sweet tooth I can not fathom the idea of completing a meal without a spectacular dessert. Tentative as I am, I cannot limit myself to one option only, so I always go for the variety. In my latest trip to Barcelona I fall in love with this assortment of mini gourmet home made cakes. The chocolate  and soft fruits tart was made in heaven!
So now that I have completed this mouth watering menu that has made me even more hungry it's high time to nominate a couple of friend bloggers to join me for dinner and here's my list:
Jovanna from The Londonian Girl
Tara from The Style Rawr
Claire from G is for Gingers

Hope you enjoy it girls as much as I did. If you excuse me, now, I'd rather eat something to stop my stomach rumbling...

Love,
Anastasia

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Baking // Chocolate and orange flavoured cupcakes

Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
I love comfort food-and who doesnt you might think? I also like quick and easy food since most of the times I am in a rush. So was quite glad when I found out that I can make these cupcakes in less than 30 minutes! They make the perfect side for your morning coffee and even better the perfect company for meetings. I tried them last week and all my colleagues were commenting on how rich the taste of coffee and orange flavour was, high time to share the recipe on the blog I thought, so here you are! Hope you enjoy them as much as they did :)
For this recipe you will need (serving 8 people):
60 g of self raising flour
60 g butter
60 g brown sugar
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp orange extract
30 g cocoa powder
1 tbsp espresso coffee
20 g grated chocolate
for the glazing:
3 tbsp butter // 4 tbsp icing sugar // 3 tbsp espresso powder
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Preheat the oven at 180 °C and mix in a large bowl the sugar with the butter until smooth.
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Add the beaten egg and the flour...
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
...and then add the cocoa powder, the orange extract and the grated chocolate. 
Whisk all together until the mixture is smooth.
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Last but not the least, don't forget to add the espresso for extra flavour!
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Spoon in the mixture into silicone cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes.
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
While the cupcakes are in the oven, prepare the glazing by mixing all the ingredients together.
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack, before drizzling the glazing on top.
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Espresso and chocolate cupcakes recipe
Wrap them into paper and get them in the office with you. Success!



Love,
Anastasia



Aberdeen // Playing the tourists...

Manos visit in Aberdeen
Three week ago and while I was in the middle of a measurement in the lab, Manny texted me saying something in the lines of:
-hey, I am flying to Europe do you want me to come over and visit you?
My instant thought was is he kidding me?
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
You see Manny is a born and raised in Melbourne friend that I don't have the chance to meet quite frequently as the rest of my friends, mainly due to geographical constraints. So there was never a matter of whether he should question me this on the first place! After all how many times will he visit Europe again?
After jumping up and down the lab we discussed his trip details and before I realised it the time came for him to arrive. I was over the top excited to see his face and listen to his ever gorgeous accent- there is something about the Australian accent that drives me crazy...
Aberdeen was rainy during the whole duration of his stay so I can safely say that Manny lived the real Scottish experience! Well equipped with a pink umbrella that he bought in order to distinguish ourselves from the crowd, we advanced into the streets of Aberdeen city centre, having the Spring Gardens as our first sightseeing stop.
Manny posed for me and I was more than happy to capture the moment.
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Our next stop was The Coffee House Cafe at Little Belmont Street;one of my most favourite spots in the centre.
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
We both went for the walnut gluten free cake; a very wise choice by the looks and taste of it! We spent our time chatting over hot chocolate and tea about our lives, my desire to visit Melbourne, his desire to visit Greece more frequently, our careers and future plans.
Manos visit in Aberdeen
With sugar floating in our systems we visited the Art Gallery.
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
As eager as I was to show him out and about Aberdeen I quickly began to feel fatigue, so Manny suggested we go back home to eat something and get some rest.
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit in Aberdeen
On our way back home, we had a quick stop at Starbucks to say hi to my sister from another Mister, Gwen, and introduce Manny to a couple of Greek friends. He was so happy to be among us-you see Manny might look like Greek but in reality he is just a lovely Australian bloke with Greek heritage. If it wasn't for his ability to speak Greek I wouldn't even think he is Greek unless he would have told me so. He was quite ecstatic to meet my Greek friends and my friends were in turn curious to meet him and see the behaviour and thinking of someone who looks like them but actually is not (if that makes sense to you in any way).
Manos visit in Aberdeen
Manos visit
Having Helena as our own personal photographer we walked down the streets of Aberdeen for the last bits and parts of the city before ending up back home where I cooked him a traditional Greek dish of stew beef and shallots in red wine sauce.
Manos visit in Aberdeen
He was so smitten with the rich taste of it he couldn't stop smiling all night long. It was this time that I realised that no matter where people come from, there are always some things that make them happy; good food, great company and red wine.


Love,
Anastasia

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Weekend // Moments of Life

Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
Weekend in Aberdeen
This weekend was a mixture of sea, sand and pancakes. Helena and I ventured to the Aberdeen beach and had some pancakes and brownies with coffee-is there anything better than having a delicious breakfast in the sunshine? Then, I decided to dip my legs in the sea and pretend for a moment that I was back home- it didn't work pretty well but it still was much fun! At night we went salsa dancing and before midnight we ended up at a welcome flat party. All in all a great weekend!
Happy Thursday :)

Love,
Anastasia

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