Slice the leek and onion and cook over medium heat with the olive oil. When soft start adding the wine and stir.
Add the Rice and keep stirring. Slowly start adding small amounts of water (1/2to1cup) never stop stirring. When the rice is cooked add the beetroot, salt, fresh cracked pepper, and the nutricional yeast.
2 c. de sopa de azeite
1 alho-francês grande, cortado finamente às rodelas
1 beterraba média/pequena (descascada e picada)
1 cebola, finamente cortada
1 caneca vinho branco
1 caneca de risoto (+-250g)
3 c. de sopa Levedura nutricional
Água (ou caldo caseiro de vegetais)
Sal e pimenta a gosto
Cortar o alho-francês e a cebola e saltear em lume médio com o azeite. Quando estiverem macias e mais transparente começar a adicionar aos poucos o vinho e ir mexendo.
Adicionar o arroz e continuar a mexer. Começar lentamente a adicionar pequenas quantidades de água (1/2 – 1 caneca), sem nunca parar de mexer. Quando o arroz estiver cozido adicionar a beterraba, o sal, a pimenta moída e a levedura nutricional.
Turkey it’s an amazing country, that I visited twice. It’s arqiteture, culture, natural wonders, food, music and dance really appeals to me.
This post is about Cappadocia a semi-arid region located in the heart of Turkey. Cappadocia is a place out of other world, it has overwhelming landscapes that will leave a mark in our heart. While I was there, it felt like I was living in a different planet.
Was also in this region that I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, riding in a hot air ballon. Experience the sun rise and flying in a balloon in such an unique place is indescribable. From the air you have a different perspective of the volcanic rock formations and the ancient settlements. This was truly a “once-in-a-lifetime” kind of experience.
To visit the region I ended up renting a car for a few days, to be free to go everywhere without worrying about public transports. The roads are pretty good, easy to navigate and well sign posted. Using public transport is possible though.
Cappadocia has plenty to do and see, the Göreme Open Air Museum, is an UNESCO-protected site from the 10th to 12th centuries, when Cappadocia was an important Byzantine religious center. Göreme itself is also incredibly beautiful, the village is half buried into the hill, with stunting stone houses. Walking around the streets is a must and also to walk to Maze Caddis to see the fresco-adorned El Nazar Kilise (Evil Eye Church) and Saklı Kilise (Hidden Church).
Red and Rose Valleys are beautiful intertwining valleys between the villages of Göreme and Çavusin that extends as far as the eye can see. The landscape here is out of other planet and great for hiking, there’re dozens of them with many hidden treasures like the Kolonlu Kilise (Columned Church); Haçlı Kilise (Church of the Cross), and the Uç Haçlı Kilise (Church of the Three Crosses).
The Monk’s Valley,Pigeon Valley and the Deviant Valley also also great for hiking and to see the breath taken fairy chimneys and other natural rock formations.
Visit one of the underground cities, it’s an unmissable experience, Kaymaklı is the largest example, with a labyrinth of rooms connected by tunnels that extends for eight levels. Derinkuyu is the deepest and just like Kaymaklı, was used by the early Christians to hide from attack. There are many subterranean settlements but these are the most famous.
Paşabaǧ has one of the most famous landmarks of the region the fairy chimneys. A trip to Paşabaǧ valley is easily combined with a visit to Zelve Open-Air Museum.
when I say the most popular I also mean that is kind of a tourist trap with by far to many vendors.
The village of Uçhisar is the most elevated town in Cappadocia and home to the Uçhisar Castle. It’s also a good starting point for valley walks. Like Pigeon Valley and White Valley .The river side town Avanos is the Mecca for pottery, which makes it a fantastic place to purchase handmade ceramics or just watch a pottery demonstration.
Ürgüp is bigger and more developed than Göreme and Avanos and has three of the most remarkable fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, known as the “three beauties of Ürgüp” but despite that is only worth it if you are into shopping.
The village of Çavusin has the most amazing Byzantine churches, including the oldest cave church attributed to St. John the Baptist from the 5th century.
Hope you enjoy the photos, and please share your experience if you have had visited Cappadocia.
This is without a doubt one of my favourite recipes and I do it for breakfasts and my morning break.
1 cup of vegetal milk (almond, coconut, rice, oat, hazelnut milk, etc) or water
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
(optional) 1 tablespoon of sweetener (maple syrup, honey, agave)
In a jar or a glass container mix the milk and the chia seeds and leave in the fridge overnight. Serve chilled with desired toppings, such as fruit, granola, coconut, nuts, cinnamon, seeds, etc.
PT– Esta é sem dúvida uma das minhas receitas favoritas. É fácil de fazer eperfeita para o pequeno-almoço ou para comer a meio da manhã.
1 chávena de leite vegetal ( amêndoa, coco, arroz, aveia, avelã, etc) ou água
2 c.sopa de sementes de chia
(Opcional) 1 colher de sopa de adoçante (mel, agave, ou outro)
Num frasco ou num recipiente de vidro misturar o leite e as sementes de chiae deixar no frigorifico durante a noite. Servir fresco com a coberturas desejada, como frutas, granola, coco, nozes, canela, sementes, etc.
Num processador de alimentos triturar completamente as amêndoas até que fiquem em farinha. Adicionar todos os outros ingredientes à farinha de amêndoa e combinar bem. Adicionar algumas gotas de água até atingir uma consistência de massa de biscoito.
Com as mãos moldar pequenas bolas e colocar num tabuleiro de ir ao forno com um tapete de silicone (tipo Silpats) ou com papel manteiga. Colocar e pressionar uma amêndoas inteira em cima dos biscoitos achatande-os ligeiramente e polvilhar com sementes de sésamo.
The Yucatán Peninsula has literally hundreds of cenotes that are fed by subterranean rivers, these natural pools are incredible beautiful, and theres something mysterious and enchanted about the light and colours they have.
The Cenotes of Chunkamán were the first ones we visited, and we couldn’t really ask for anything more beautiful and peaceful. From Mérida to the small village of Chunkamán is an hour trip by bus.
Where the bus stops there are a couple of tuk-tuks waiting, they charge 10 pesos to go to the cenotes area to locals, but they will ask more to tourists. You have two options, negotiate the price, or walk (+-3km). We chose the last options, because the day wasn’t to hot and we love to walk.
The admission fee is 400 pesos ($22) for 1 to 4 people (non-negotiable) and believe me, we tried :). We arrived very early in the morning (around 8) and the place was absolutely empty. We were the first visitors that day, so we had the canotes just for ourselves. It was amazing to explore and swim with no one else there, BUT…. to reach the cenotes your only option is going by horse-drawn railcart, along an old railway track. This is an huge negative point about this place, the poor horses look rough, and very thin, they don’t give them any water during the journey, some have visible injuries, diseases and open bleeding wounds 😦 it’s truly a shame and I rather much prefer to go to a place that doesn’t use or mistreat animals.
Unfortunately I didn’t know that before hand, otherwise I would go to a different one, and there are plenty to choose from, you don’t really need to finance any business that have abusive behaviour towards animals.
And again don’t get me wrong the cenotes are amazing, but please don’t make the same mistake as we did and just choose a different one, until they change their ways, and again there are literally hundreds of cenotes throughout Yucatan, all different but equally beautiful in their very unique manner.
The path to the cenotes is surrounded by dense vegetation and had thousands of colourful butterflies flying around. The 3 cenotes are the Cenote Bolonchojol, Cenote Chelentún, and Cenote Chacsinicché.
The first stop was at the smallest but very picturesque Cenote, the Bolonchojol. To go in, you enter through a very small hole in the ground, once inside you discover an amazing cave with a small area with crystalline and refreshingly cool water.
The other two cenotes are bigger and have ropes-like roots descending with the light. The Cenote Chelentún has a long wooden ladder to a a concrete platform. The water is deep blue and has a fantastic light, this was my favourite one.
The last one, the Cenote Chacsinicché has a mirador with a 15 metre drop down into the water.
To accesses this one theres metal steps. This was by far my least first wasn’t empty and because this is the more accessible one, some people don’t end up going to the others. And unfortunately there was lots of jumping going on, shouting and screaming.. as a teacher I get that all year round..and I like peace and quiet 🙂
The visit takes around 3 hours, and you will get 30 minutes to swim at each of the cenotes.
Miso soup is something that you love or hate, some people can’t stand the taste others find it delicious.
Miso soup is a great dish to do when you don’t have much time, and you need something healthy, nutritious, comforting, and warm.
I probably never did the same recipe twice, because I always play with the ingredients I have at home. I will share here a very easy and basic recipe, that you can use as a base and then adapt to your taste and ingredients in your cupboard!
Miso soup can be made in 10 minutes! so lets go..
(for 2 servings)
4 cups water
2 tablespoons miso paste
1 tablespoon dried seaweed (soaked in water) or 2 sheets of Nori
1/2 cup firm tofu, sliced or cubed
1cm piece of ginger (grated)
1 clove of garlic (finely sliced)
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 tsp soy sauce or a pinch of salt (optional)
Place the water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a low simmer. Add the grated ginger and garlic and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the miso paste, add the tofu and seaweed and simmer for one more minute ( you don’t want to boil the miso past). Turn the heat off, taste the soup and add more miso paste if necessary. Top with green onions and serve.
A sopa de Miso é algo que se ama ou se odeia, algumas pessoas não conseguem suportar o sabor enquanto outras acham-no delicioso. A sopa de miso é um ótimo prato para se fazer quando não se tem muito tempo, e se quer algo saudável, nutritivo, reconfortante e quente.
Eu provavelmente nunca fiz a mesma receita duas vezes, porque sempre acabo por usar o que tenho à mão em casa naquele momento. Hoje vou partilhar uma receita muito fácil e básica de sopa de miso, que podes usar como base e adaptar ao teu gosto e aos ingredientes que tens no armário! Porque essencial essencial é mesmo ter a pasta de miso 🙂
A sopa de Miso pode ser feita em 10 minutos! então vamos lá.. (para 2 porções)
4 canecas de água
2 colheres de sopa de miso
1 colher de sopa de algas secas (demolhadas em água) ou 2 folhas de Nori
1/2 caneca de tofu firme, cortada em fatias ou cubos
1cm de gengibre (ralado)
1 dente de alho picado
2 colheres de sopa de cebolinho (cortado ás rodelas)
1 colher de chá de molho de soja ou uma pitada de sal (opcional)
Colocar a água numa panela em lume médio/brando. Adicionar o gengibre ralado e o alho e cozinhar por 2 minutos. Acrescentar a pasta de miso e adicionar o tofu e as algas e deixar cozinhar por mais um minuto (não queremos que a agua esteja a borbulhar). Desligar o lume, provar a sopa e adicionar mais pasta de miso, se necessário. Adicionar o cebolinho e servir.
Uxmal its a great day trip from Merida, and its easy to reach by bus, about an hour drive south of the city.
Uxmal is the biggest architectural site of Mayan Ruins in Yucatan.The entrance ticket is 203 pesos (11$), and is open from 8am until 5pm.
The complex at Uxmal is less commercial and popular than Chichen Itza, and is an UNESCO site. Uxmal was constructed around 700AD so it’s older than Chichen Itza. If you plan your visit early in the morning, it’s not crowded at all.
Having a guide helps to understand and contextualise what you are seeing. The Ruins are beautiful and imposing. This place truly deserves a visit.
We truly found the Mayan city of Uxmal amazing despite the fact that we end up in the hospital urgencies later that day 😮, nothing serious, just another experience 🙂
After climbing one of the pyramids, I saw a stream of blood on my partner’s leg.. it was already dry but you could still see two tiny holes. He didn’t feel anything, and didn’t have any pain, and because the blood was already dry when we saw it, we just thought “can’t be to poisonous….”, so we just carried on enjoying the ruins.
Later after dinner his leg was very swollen and the place where he was bitten was getting very infected, so we took a bus to the public hospital. Everybody was nice and helpful despite our little Spanish. The doctor couldn’t tell which animal had bitted him and gave him some pills, and luckily he got better.