My Christmas

Helo everyone!!

One more Christmas has gone and I can’t believe it! It went, as always so fast… I just wish I could do it all over again, but I guess that’s why it’s so special, it’s only once a year so we just have to enjoy it as much as possible while it lasts. However, I have good news, Christmas only ends on the sixth of January so, feel free to eat lots of Christmas sweets with the excuse that it’s Christmas😋. Actually, it is whenever you want!! And how was your Christmas?? I’m so curious to hear all the different and amazing traditions that you have in Christmas!!😍

This year my Christmas was completly different… Let’s just say a lot of things have changed in my life and I didn’t spend Christmas, as usual, with my whole family. However, this wasn’t a bad thing at all, it made me realize that Christmas is only Christmas if you are with the people that you really like even if they are family or not because sometimes even family lets you down. You don’t need to be with people that you don’t feel comfortable. 

I’ve always created this huge expectation for Christmas since I was a child, and many times I felt disappointed because I couldn’t feel that huge happiness. However with this change I realized that I had to let go these memories and stop to seek that huge happiness and start to make a new, different and amazing Christmas. Because Christmas it’s all about feeling grateful for everything that you have and even if you don’t feel happy with it, just think that there are lots of people that live way worse than you so, try to feel satisfided with litle things. Because that’s happiness, litle moments of joy, from people that you love or from people that you are not that close but that suprisse you. For me, actions always speak louder than words and the good actions are what make good people not just good talk.

Even thought, in the beginning this change for me looked like the worst thing ever, it made me grow up and it actually turned the best thing ever. I felt genuinely happy, it was magical. I hope that you felt this as well and that you had a magical Christmas.🎄

With love💕

Madie

“Azevias” a portuguese Christmas sweet

Hello kitchen lovers,

Today it’s Christmas eve!! Can you believe it?? I guess we all know what this means… It’s time to start to make some delicious Christmas sweets!! Today I’m going to give you a traditional Portuguese Christmas sweet recipe called “azevias”. This recipe is from one of my favourite cooking books “ cozinha vegetariana para festejar” by Gabriela Oliveira and I totally love it because , it’s vegan and instead of fried, the cakes are made in the oven. Way healthier and in my opinion even more delicious than the traditional ones. For you to understand better, these are like tiny cakes filled with chickpea and almond topped with sugar and cinnamon. Trust me it’s delicious!!

Here is the recipe:

Filling

  • 1 tea cup of chickpea;
  • ¼ tea cup of vegetable milk or water;
  • ½ tea cup of coconut or brown sugar;
  • ½ tea cup of laminated almond;
  • 1 tea spoon of cinnamon
  • ½ lemon or orange zest

Pastry

  • 1 tea cup of wheat or spelt flour
  • ½ tea cup of whole-wheat ;
  • 2 soup spoons of brown or coconut sugar
  • ½ coffee spoon of salt;
  • 1 coffee spoon of cinnamon;
  • ½ orange zest;
  • ¼ tea cup of olive oil;
  • ¼ tea cup of water;
  • Brown sugar and cinnamon on the top

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  1. Start with the filling by mashing the chickpea with milk and sugar until you get a purée. Then add the almond, the cinnamon and the lemon zest and mix it all;

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2. Now, make the pastry. In a bowl, mix the flours, sugar, salt, cinnamon and the orange zest. Add water, mix it all and shape a big ball of pastry;

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3. Put the pastry in some baking paper, cover it with cling film and stretch the dough to a slim layer. Cut circles of pastry and fill them with the chickpea and almond filling. Fold and close well (make sure the ends are well closed);

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4. In a baking dish with some baking paper, insert the cakes and put it in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 15-20 mins. In the end, top the warm cakes with some sugar and cinnamon and it’s ready to the Christmas table!

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Hope that you liked this recipe and that this traditional cake contributes to an amazing and magical Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone,

Madie

Handmade Christmas presents ideas

Hi there,

As we all know Christmas is sooo near, and we all have so many things to do. I mean with all the cooking, decoration, presents… We’re so worried about all of this things that’s is hard to even think about present ideas to give to our family and friends. I get sooo nervous towards this decision. I mean you need to give the perfect present to the people that you love most in order to show them how much you care about and if you are like me, you feel that no present is enough. To help you with this decision, here I have some handmade and easy Christmas present ideas.

1. Hand made post cards

A post card?? That’s so obvious and you can buy them in all shops!! That’s right, but it’s way more personal to do your own postcard. In order to make it special, I normally use some cute materials like cotton to make a Sant Claus bear or red paper to make Rudolf nose or even just some cute sparkles in a Christmas tree draw and, of course, lots of stickers. These are just a few details that give them a special touch.

2. Christmas cookies

Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without cookies and made at home they are even more delicious!! Since they’re handmade, you’re completely free to play with the flavours and forms. They can be so diverse… chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, orange, lemon… And the forms… they can be little mans, stars, toys, Christmas décor… It  all depends on your taste and of course the present receiver’s. Then, the toppings are endless, it’s a completely piece of art you can make bottoms, eyes, noses, sparkles with the ingredients that you like.

3. Cute photos

A cute photo or a mini photo album with your relative or friend, it’s flawless. It always puts a tear in their eye. I mean you’ re remembering a happy moment that you spent with that person. It feels like you are living it all over again!! To describe this present, I only use a word, MAGICAL! And that’s what Christmas is MAGIC. But, of course, you won’t only give a picture, you’ll need to give it a special touch, like make a cute frame or even make a whole photo album  all designed and with cute mini phrases that describe each photo.

4. Personal vouchers

Make your special voucher like, a voucher to the best mom in the world or a voucher for a big hug or to a cinema date, to a massage, a home cooked dinner… Use your imagination!!!

3. Clay sculptures

This is probably a little harder, but the outcome it’s amazing. You can shape whatever it’s on your mind, like tiny soldiers or a big and bright Christmas star. Last year, I made a tiny Christmas crib with some sparkles to my grand-parents and, although it was really hard to shape it, they totally loved it!! But I warn you, you’ll get all dirty!! Be careful with your clothes.

4. Designed crockery

This one it’s easy. Just buy some basic crockery and some propper inks and design the crockery as you wish. You can draw in it or even write cute phrases like ” to the best grandparents in the world” or inspirational quotes … Whatever you feel like.

And… I just ran out of Christmas ideas. Hope that you like them and that I could help you with your Christmas presents. Remember, Christmas isn’t only about expensive presents. Make them special and personal, make them YOUR presents and build YOUR Christmas!!

Merry Christmas,

Madie