Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Recipe: Greek Galaktoboureko


Galaktoboureko is a very typical Greek desert. You can read more about it on Wikipedia but on a nutshell it's semolina and milk based desert topped with phyllo pastry baked and coated in a clear syrup. It's relatively easy but has some tricky bits. You can eat it warm straight out from the oven or cold (my choice usually). I also like Galatopita which is a version of it without the phyllo on top. 


Ingredients

For the Cream (filling)
1 litre milk
1 cup semolina
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cold butter

For the Phyllo Pastry
500 gr phyllo pastry
1 cup melted butter

For the Syrup
500gr sugar
300 ml water
Juice of 1 lemon
1 stick of cinnamon

Instructions

Start by preparing the syrup
Put all your ingredients in a pan and place on the hob. Cook it for 12 to 15 minutes from the moment in starts boiling. Drain and set aside.

Prepare the custard/cream
Heat your milk over medium heat, be careful not to burn it. Add slowly the semolina and whisk all the time, you don't want the mixture to get sticky. Boil for about 5 minutes while mixing, you will get a thick mixture. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large bowl (or in your stand alone mixer bowl) mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat until it's light coloured and fluffly. Add the semolina/milk to the mixture and keep beating until all is well beaten and the mixture is homogenised and thick. Now this is the funny part. Stick your butter to your fork and melt it all over your cream. The butter will create a protective thick barrier on top of the custard. Cover your bowl with cling film and let is rest.

Prepare the Phyllo
Spread your pan with a bit of melted butter. Place 3 layers of phyllo in it, spread each sheet with butter. Leave the borders of the phyllo outside the pan (as in a little gift). 
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Mix well your cream with your whisk (you don't want any lumps in your mixture) and empty it in your pan with your phyllo. Make sure it's evened up in the pan. Cover the cream with the phyllo that you left outside the pan. Cut the rest of your phyllo sheets and spread with butter. Place on top of your cream. I would say to use about 3 sheets at the bottom and 3 on top more or less depending how crusty you want it. Make sure you spread each sheet with  melted butter. Also spread the top layer. 
Place in the oven for about an hour. When cooked, take out from the oven and coat it all with your cold syrup (while your pastry is still burning hot!).
Eat warm or cold. Enjoy!


recipe adapted from here

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Weekend Wear


I'm one day late, sorry about that. I'm back from my Easter trip to Greece and I'm definitely behind schedule. I had a really really lovely time, I would love to post more about my trips to Athens, but I never carry a camera with me which would make any posts a bit bland, but if you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen my snaps from here and there. 
I think I have finally found my perfect boyfriend ripped jeans for this season, they aren't too baggy and have the right amount of ripping to avoid being a Kardashian and they go with all sorts of types of styles. Have you embraced the look?

PS: Come tomorrow for a Greek recipe!



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Top: Queen's Wardrobe | Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Sperry Top-sider c/o Sarenza | Clutch: Vintage Christian Dior | Necklace: Marianna Petridi in Athens



Friday, April 25, 2014

It's all about the pink peonies


Over the Easter break I spent some days at my mom's village, up in the mountain in the Peloponnese in Greece. A confidential source told me that I could find peonies (what!?!) at a certain place. Off I went with my mom, who is a lot braver than I am, and we find a massive peonies tree (that's what they are called?!). These gorgeous blooms have me completely and utterly mesmerised, their beauty is beyond words. Happy weekend lovelies!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ideal Closet


Do you love stripes as much as I do? I'm sure you do! This dress is perfect for spring-summer, lovely with a light jacket and super gracious with sandals. I'm uber gutted Gap doesn't have these sandals in my size anymore but if you don't wear a UK 4 (US 6) you should definitely get them, I think they could become a proper value per wear item!


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recipe: Crumble Tiramisu


A couple of weeks ago I went to have lunch to my friend Cristina's house and for desert she offered the most amazing Tiramisu ever. Cristina makes the yummiest sweets ever and holds baking courses (cookies, cupcakes and lots more!) for little ones in Barcelona with her company Mamis Kidsen (Barcelona friends with little ones, make sure you check it out because the li'ones love it there!) Back to the tiramisu, while I know I have already shared a tiramisu recipe some time ago this one is far far superior so you should definitely see it here. 


Ingredients

1 packet Savoiardi biscuits

For the Cream
5 eggs
120gr confectionary sugar
500 gr mascarpone cheese

For the Coffee Syrup
100gr sugar
100gr water
200gr espresso coffee 
15gr amaretto

For the Crumble
100gr cold butter in cubes
100gr sugar
100gr ground almond
100gr sifted flour

Instructions

Make your syrup.
Boil the water and add the sugar.  Prepare your coffee and add it the water/sugar syrup and the amaretto. Se aside and let it cool. 

Then make the cream
Separate the yolks from the eggs whites and beat the whites  in a bowl until fluffy, you should be able to turn around the bowl without the whites falling down. Set aside. 

Set up a double boiler (Bain Marie) and mix the yolks with your sugar. Keep mixing with a whisk and make sure your heat temperature doesn't go higher than 85ºC (use a thermometer, this step in important). Whisk until your mix whitens and is well emulsified (this cream is called Pâte a Bombe). Set aside for the heat and let it cool completely. 

When your white cream is cold mix in the mascarpone cheese (it has to be fridge cold) slowly by hand with a spatula. When all is well mix add in the eggs white to the mixture and combine. 

Tiramisu Setting
Quickly dip your biscuits to the coffee mixture and arrange in a single layer in either a large pan or individual little pots like mine. Spread evenly a layer of cream on top then add another layer of dipped in coffee biscuits and finally more cream on top. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. 

Crumble
Mix all the ingredients together, preferably with your hands or in a food processor (whizz quickly all your ingredients). It has to look like small pebbles. 
Layer in a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes at 175ºC.

When your tiramisu is ready serve with fresh strawberries and crumble. Enjoy, enjoy and thank me later


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekend Wear


For those who celebrated Easter this past weekend I hope you had a lovely time with family and loved ones. 
This outfit is what I would have worn if my Easter wasn't incredibly low key and super freezing up in the Greek mountains. My Easter was much more laid down and I liked it like that but I do love this pastel coloured outfit. These sandals are killers and as comfortable as they can be thanks to the strap and the hidden platform. Definitely recommend them if you are in the lookout for a nude sandal! I bet it will look pretty nice with anything you wear!



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Blazer: Zara (similar) | Top: H&M | Jeans: Topshop | Perfume: Tom Ford Violet Blonde | Sandals: L.K. Bennett c/o Sarenza | Clutch: Love Moschino c/o Sarenza

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ideal Closet


When I travel I like to wear something comfy, usually it's my favourite pair of jeans, sweater and boots or trainers. Typical I know. This outfit today is what i would wear for a longer plane trip, comfortable joggers, soft but classy, and gold trainers, because who can go wrong with gold, right?

I'm signing off early this week. I'm spending some days in my mom's village in Greece with family, follow me on Instagram if you want to follow along. Happy Easter to those who celebrate and happy long weekend to those who don't. See you next week. 


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An apartment in Copenhagen


Apparently it took 3 men to carry this long oak table to this Copenhagen house and for about a year the owners heard the wood crack. What really caught my eye here is the fantastic book installation, colourful and joyful and full of knowledge. This home has some many elements that make it attractive, if I had to pick it would probably be the mix of different elements and concepts, I love how new and old are seemingly intermixed and how it all blends harmoniously. And that headboard is incredibly gorgeous! 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recipe: Pink smoothie


This is BY FAR the easiest recipe I have posted so far, but it's also one that I have been making and drinking for many years and one that I really like. It's a fruit juice with only three ingredients, sorry all but this is no green juice, only yummy sugar full fruit (I know shame on me, but if you want to take fruit somehow, your 5-a-day, this is a great way!)

Ingredients 
(makes juice for 2)

2 bananas
Juice of 2 oranges
5 strawberries
Ice cubes


Instructions

Juice your oranges.
Peel and cute your bananas, cut your strawberries in half and place everything in your blender. If your blender is powerful enough place your ice cubes in it and blend. Serve with a straw. That easy!
I'm sure you can add some seeds, or protein, or something healthy like that, I don't and it's yummy which I like. But feel free to add and let me know what it tastes like.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Wear


I love biker boots, I have included many of them in my Ideal Closet posts for a while now. I had a cheap pair I bought two winters ago from Topshop and wore to death, well they were cheap for a reason, they only lasted that one winter I bought, this means that this winter I didn't have biker boots. I put off buying a new pair for months but finally and after seeing this Zara ones all winter long in store and on my friend's feet I finally succumbed. They are not expensive either (which means once again I ended up buying cheap boots which annoys me a bit but these are a lot more sturdy and well made so I hope they last longer!). Anyway, this is definitely an in-between outfit with fave Boden stripes and my new super beloved bag. 



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Bag: Michael Kors c/o Sarenza | Top: Boden | Jeans: Topshop | Boots: Zara | Brush: Real Techniques | Blush: Guerlain | Perfume: Eau de Rochas

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's all about a monkey


and more specifically the Kay Bojesen little wooden monkey that can hang anywhere for you. This little toy was designed by Kay Bojesen in 1951 and is a staple of Scandinavian design. He looks cool and chic anywhere you put him and is very well behaved.
In one of the pictures below you can see this little one with its creator Kay Bojesen who was an apprentice of another big master, Georg Jensen (I love this tray of his very very much). You can read more about his story and his creations here. Any of the members of his wooden family would make a fantastic gift for young and old alike.


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Images Via: 1|2|3|4|5|6

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ideal Closet



Another Thursday and another Ideal Closet with my favourite combo: Denim, cool top and trainers! You must see it coming I'm sure, but I love this type of outfits. They are of course what I tend to wear too on a daily basis and one that I think flatters most types of bodies using a few tricks. The classic Converse are a must in any closet and a pair of shoes that every girl should own, they are great with jeans and shorts and look super cute with skirts and girly dresses too. I know there are many trainers out there but if you have to buy a pair, consider these ones!


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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A London home by the canal


This massive photography caught my eye on Pinterest, I have been looking a lot lately at aerial, beach and pool art, I'm sure you have been too, after all it's a trend. Then when I clicked through I found a lovely reformed house in London in a neighbourhood I lived for a little while (granted in a not very pretty apartment) and so I have fond memories. This typical West London house has been a project realised by the architectural firm Dos Architects and it features incredibly lovely details and a kitchen and patio extension that make me drool. What is your fave bit of this house tour?


Photos Via: OOTD Magazine
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