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Fruity overnight pudding (Pudim overnight com frutas)

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  • 40g rolled oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2tbsp golden flaxseed flour
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 180ml almond milk (or other)
  • 1 apple, diced (peeling optional)*
  • 1 peach, diced (peeling optional)*
  • 2 apricots, diced (peeling optional)*
  • 1 handful of  blueberries or mixed berries (fresh or frozen)*
  • 1 handful of pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1tbsp goji (optional)
  • 1tbsp sweeter (optional)

Mash the banana with the milk. Add all the other ingredients and mix until well combined. Leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight to thicken.

*Please use any fruit that you like 🙂

PT:

  • 40g de aveia enrolada
  • 1 banana madura
  • 2 c. sopa de farinha de linhaça
  • 2 c. sopa chia (opcional)
  • 1 c. sopa de cacau em pĂł
  • 1/2 c. chĂĄ de canela
  • 180ml leite de amĂȘndoa (ou outro)
  • 1 maçã, cortada (descascar Ă© opcional) *
  • 1 pĂȘssego, cortado (descascar Ă© opcional) *
  • 2 damascos, cortados (descascar Ă© opcional) *
  • 1 mĂŁo cheia de mirtilos ou outras bagas (frescas ou congeladas)*
  • 2 c. sopa goji (opcional)
  • 1c. sopa de adoçante (opcional)

Esmagar a banana com o leite. Adicionar todos os outros ingredientes e misture até que fique tudo bem combinado. Deixar no frigorifico por pelo menos 1 hora ou idealmente durante a noite.

* Usa qualquer fruta de que gostes 🙂

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So for the next couple of months, I will be exploring the other side of the world.

I would love to keep in touch with you all, thought Intagram or Facebook, if you want to connect just leave your contact on the comments section below or say “hello” on social media..

When I’m back I will be sharing some inspiration thoughts and tips from my travels, until then,, let’s keep in touch 😊

lots of love xx
AnađŸŒ±đŸ’š

Best of George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia

I arrived at Penang at 4:30 in the morning and was still dark, at this time there’s no public transports so I took a taxi to the city center (30RM), it was an awesome experience to walk around the Old town when the city was empty, calm and quite and the sun started to rise.

I could feel the city coming alive and starting to pulse, and I realised that there were more wonderful and interesting places to visit than I expected. To start with, Georgetown is an architectural gem and a fantastic mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay people. And despite the differences all these ethnic groups have found a way to live and grow together. This cultural pot makes George town a richer place with an incredible exotic melange of old and new.  

Georgetown  is located on Penang island in the north-west of Peninsular Malaysia and it’s listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site like Melaka.

When walking around  town you can explore Penang’s colonial architecture, and also seek for the street murals and wrought iron caricatures.

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George Town is well know for the street art and I can’t recommend it enough. It is a great way to explore the city hunting for art across streets and alleys (more information and photos here đŸ“·)

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The Blue Mansion built in the 1880s, is an impressive piece of architecture and was based on Feng Shui principles.

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The bus 203 and 204 takes you to  Kek Lok Si Temple, a Buddhist temple outside the city centre.  This impressive temple is situated at Air Itam and its huge statue of Guan Yin can be seen from miles away in good weather conditions. The Temple is well maintained and a great place to visit, so reserve enough time to explore it properly, and climb its many levels, and you will be rewarded with a stunning view of Penang island.

The Kapitan Keling Mosque, it’s a monumental structure beautiful from the outside but quite simple inside.

Other temples are abundant around town, the oldest one is a Taoist and Buddhist temple the Kuan Yin Teng  (Goddess of Mercy).

The Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple, it’s an Hindu temple set beside the Penang Bird Park. Curiously the temple is located at the Street of Harmony, called that because it’s home to various temples, including Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, and Chinese.

Little India is colourful and vibrant and is filled with multi-coloured shop houses, and has great places to eat.

Bus 10 takes you to the botanic gardens, a beautiful, clean and well maintained place, more frequented by locals then tourists. Just bare in mind that the garden is packed with monkeys. This immense garden is filled with all sorts of plants from hundreds of species, we also found turtles, snakes, many bird species and lizards.

The Jetties, Weld Quay Clan,  found along Pengkalan Weld are home to many Chinese families, its nice to check out these humble, rickety wooden jetties to see how the houses along the jetties over the water are built.

George Town is probably my favourite place in Malaysia; Penang, is definitely worthy of a visit.. It’s colourful, quirky, multi-cultural and historic… you can’t really ask for more 🙂 I hope you have found this post useful, and let me know  if you have been to George Town! thank you for reading 🙏

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photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha

Street Art – George Town, Penang

Street art is for sure one of the big highlights in George Town, and stroll through different streets hunting for art, can be actually pretty fun. George Town  is located in the North East of Penang, and along with Melaka is since 2008 a UNESCO World Heritage site.

George Town displays huge murals that adorne sides of buildings, interactive art installations that allows visitors to insert themselves into the scenes, and wrought iron structures, that tells the history of various streets, quality of life and historical facts about the city in a amusing way.  Basically the street art in Penang is an art lover’s dream! The street art makes the city more interesting and impossible to forget.

There are almost a dozen of murals done by the amazing Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic (facebook.com/Ernestzachas), that was commissioned to do a series of public paintings in central George Town for the 2012 George Town Festival. Unfortunately some pieces are already fading and soon they might disappear.

All of this add to the city’s architecture, traditional crafts and food, are more than enough reasons to visit and fall in love by Penang. Most of the art is focused in the Old George town Streets.  If you’re serious about catching them all  here’s a map of where to find the murals and caricatures.

Bare in mind that walking around trying to find the street art in Georgetown is an amazing free activity. But renting a bike is also an option.

I will leave here some pictures of what I found around the city… Let me know if you have been to Penang and which is your favourite piece..

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha

Linseed and Sunflower seeded rolls (bolinhas de linhaça e girassol )

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  • 300g vegetal milk (soy, hemp, almond, rice, oat,..)
  • 10g olive oil
  • 1 sachet instant dry yeast 7g or 25g baker’s yeast
  • 60g sunflower seeds
  • 100g linseed flour
  • 300g plain white flour
  • 50g  Wheat bran
  • 5g salt (or less)
  • 10g brown sugar

Warm the milk in the microwave for 1 minute, and then add the yeast, salt, sugar and olive oil and mix well. Add the flours and seeds. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into into 12-16 small  rolls and place them onto an oven tray lined with baking paper. Cover them with a towel and leave in a warm place to rise for about 30-60 minutes.

Heat oven to 180ÂșC, and bake them for 20 minutes. Allow to cool at room temperature before eating.

PT:

  • 200g leite vegetal (soja, amĂȘndoa, arroz, aveia, ..)
  • 10g azeite
  • 1 saqueta de fermento de padeiro seco ou 25g de fermento fresco de padeiro.
  • 60g sementes de girassol
  • 100 g farinha de linhaça 
  • 300g de farinha branca 
  • 50g farelo de trigo
  • 5 g de sal (ou menos)
  • 10g açĂșcar mascavado 

Aquecer o leite no microondas por 1 minuto, e misturar depois o fermento, sal, açĂșcar e o azeite atĂ© que fique dissolvidos no leite.

Adicionar as farinhas e as sementes. Amassar a massa numa superfície polvilhado com farinha até que fique homogénea e elåstica. Moldar a massa em pequenos pãezinhos (12-16). 

Colocå-los num  tabuleiro de ir ao forno polvilhado com farinha, cobrir com uma toalha e deixa-los num local morno cerca de 30-60 minutos para que dobrem de tamanho. 

Levar ao forno prĂ©-aquecido a 180Âș durante 20 min.

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Easy & Healthy Blueberry Oat Cookies (bolachas saudĂĄveis de aveia e mirtilos)

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  • 35g wholemeal flour
  • 200g oat flour 
  • 30g coconut oil
  • 200g dates
  • 3 flax eggs
  • 200 ml unsweetened non dairy milk  (oat/soy/coconut/rice/…)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon optional 

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Blend the dates with the milk until smooth, then add all the other  ingredients, less the peanuts in a bowl and mix well until combined.

Scoop a tablespoon of dough in a baking tray slightly floured, and place blueberries to taste into the dough.  Put the tray in the oven and wait until they begin to turn golden, (+- 15 minutes). Carefully remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

PT:

  • 35g farinha integral
  • 200g farinha de aveia
  • 30g Ăłleo de coco
  • 200g tĂąmaras 
  • 200g leite vegetal sem açĂșcar (aveia, soja, coco, arroz, etc.)
  • 3 ovos de linhaça
  • 2 c. chĂĄ de fermento p/ bolos
  • 1 c. sopa de canela
  • 1 caneca de mirtilos 
  • raspas de casca de meio limĂŁo (opcional)

Pré-aquecer o forno a 200°C.

Liquidificar as tùmaras, com o leite  até que fique cremoso. Adicionar todos os outros ingredientes numa taça, com excepção dos mirtilos e mexer até que a massa esteja consistente.

Colocar uma colherada de massa num tabuleiro polvilhado de farinha e mirtilos a gosto. Levar ao forno até estarem dourados por +- 15 minutos.

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the best Eggplant Dip with Onion (pasta de beringela & cebola caramelizada)

2016-07-11 19.47.19-1.jpgI discovered the Persian Eggplant dip some years ago and it still is one my favourites :)💛 I hope you enjoy it as much as me.

  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 1/2 cm rounds (skin on)
  • 1 large onion (any kind – I used purple)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt + ground pepper to taste
  • pinch ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp Tahini

Preheat oven to 200ÂșC, arrange the eggplant rounds on a baking grid and roast for 5-10 minutes, turning once until  the eggplant is soft and golden brown.

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In a wok put some olive oil (2-3tbsp) add the onion and stir until they are soft and caramelized (low heat). Add the minced garlic at the end and season with salt and pepper and a pinch of ground cumin.

Remove  the eggplant from the oven and let cool slightly, (peel off and discard the skin if you prefer). With a fork  mash the eggplant and mix with the onions and tahini.

Eat this great dip with bread, veggies, crips, crackers , etc.

PT:  Pasta de berinjela.. Espero que gostem tanto como eu 🙂 💛 

  • 1 beringela grande, cortada em rodelas de 1/2 cm (com pele)
  • 1 cebola grande (qualquer tipo – usei roxa)
  • 4 dentes de alho picados
  • Azeite
  • sal e pimenta a gosto
  • 1 pitada de cominhos em pĂł
  • 2 c. sopa de Tahine

Preaquecer o forno a 200ÂșC organizar as rodelas de beringela numa grelha de ir ao forno e assar por 5-10 minutos, virando uma vez atĂ© que a beringela esteja macia e dourada.

Num wok colocar um pouco de azeite (2-3 c. sopa) adicionar a cebola e ir mexendo até que fiquem caramelizadas (lume brando). Adicionar o alho picado no final e temperar com sal, pimenta e uma pitada de cominhos em pó.
Retirar a beringela do forno e deixe arrefecer (retira a pele Ă© opcional). Com um garfo esmagar a beringela e misturar com a cebola e o tahin.

Comer com pĂŁo, legumes, batatas fritas, tostas, etc.

 

no-sugar Vegan apple & cinnamon muffins (Muffins de maça e canela sem açĂșcar)

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  • 35g wholemeal flour
  • 200g oat flour 
  • 30g coconut oil
  • 200g dates
  • 3 flax eggs
  • 200 ml unsweetened non dairy milk  (oat/soy/coconut/rice/…)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tbs cinnamon
  • 3-4 small apples – diced
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon (optional) 
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Blend the dates with the milk until smooth, then add all the other  ingredients, less the diced apples in a bowl and mix well until combined.

Evenly scoop the mixture into a non-sticky muffin pan, and bake for 13-18 minutes. Test to see if toothpick comes out clean. Carefully remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

PT:

  • 35g farinha integral
  • 200g farinha de aveia
  • 30g Ăłleo de coco
  • 200g tĂąmaras 
  • 200g leite vegetal sem açĂșcar (aveia, soja, coco, arroz, etc.)
  • 3 ovos de linhaça
  • 2 c. chĂĄ de fermento p/ bolos
  • 2 c. sopa de canela
  • 3-4 maças pequenas (cortadas aos cubos)
  • raspas de casca de meio limĂŁo (opcional)
  • 1/2 c. chå noz moscada (opcional)

Pré-aquecer o forno a 200°C.

Liquidificar as tùmaras, com o leite  até que fique cremoso. Adicionar todos os outros ingredientes numa taça, com excepção dos das maças e mexer até que a massa esteja consistente.

Colocar uma colherada em cada forma anti-aderente e levar ao forno até estarem dourados por 13 a 18 minutos.

 

Beetroot and Red Quinoa Burger (hambĂșrger de beterraba e quinoa vermelha)

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This Vegan Burger is probably one of my favourites, hope you like it to.

  • 2 cups of peeled, roasted, chopped beets
  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa (white is just as fine)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseeds, soaked in 9 tbsp water
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 cup of chickpeas or rice or oats
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • coriander to taste
  • cumin to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms (shitake, baby bella or white button) optional 

Preheat the oven to 200ÂșC.

Place the chopped beets, the garlic, the onion and the mushrooms rubbed with olive oil, on a parchment paper and let it roast for 20-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

 

In a food processor add all the ingredients, including seasonings. Pulse until combined, without making it to mushy.

With wet or oily hands form the mixture into burgers (they are sticky) and refrigerate  them for about 2 hours at least. If you have the time, leave them overnight.

In a pan over medium heat, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil, and add the burgers, cooking them for about 2-4 minutes on each side, until crispy and cooked through.

Serve and Enjoy!

 

PT:

Estes  hambĂșrgers sĂŁo um dos meus favoritos, espero que vocĂȘ gostem…

  • 2 canecas de beterraba descascada,  picada e assada
  • 1 caneca de quinoa vermelha cozida (branca tambĂ©m funciona)
  • 2 c. de sopa de azeite
  • 3 c. de sopa de sementes linhaça moĂ­da, embebida em 9 c. de sopa de ĂĄgua
  • 1 cebola, finamente cortada
  • 4 dentes de alho esmagados
  • 1/2 caneca de grĂŁo-de-bico ou arroz ou aveia
  • 2 c. de sopa de sumo de limĂŁo
  • 2 c. de sopa de molho de soja
  • Sal e pimenta a gosto
  • Coentros frescos a gosto
  • Cominhos a gosto
  • 1/2 caneca de cogumelos picados (shitake, baby bella ou botĂŁo branco) opcional

PrĂ©-aquecer o forno a 200ÂșC.

Colocar as beterrabas picadas, o alho, a cebola e os cogumelos e regar com um pouco de azeite, num tabuleiro com papel manteiga, assar por 20-30 minutos. Retirar do forno e reservar para esfriar.

Num processador de alimentos adicionar todos os ingredientes, e pulsar até que esteja tudo bem combinado mas não completamente desfeito.

Com as mĂŁos hĂșmidas ou oleosas formar a mistura em hambĂșrgueres (sĂŁo pegajosos) e refrigerar-los pelo menos por 2 horas. Se tiveres tempo, Ă© melhor deixĂĄ-los durante a noite no frigorifico para ficarem mais sĂłlidos e fĂĄceis de cozinhar.

Numa frigideira em lume mĂ©dio, aquecer 1 colher de sopa de azeite, e adicionar os hambĂșrgueres cozinhando-os por cerca de 2-4 minutos de cada lado, atĂ© que fiquem chocantes e cozinhados por todo.

Servir e aproveitar!

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Exploring Glasgow for free, Scotland

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, and a great place to start a trip to Scotland. Despite overshadowed by the famous Edinburgh, this city is at least equally amazing. I need to say that in the end of my visit I was totally in love with this city, that once was a former industrial powerhouse, but now is a cultural hub, with lots of interesting things do do and see.

Glasgow is today a cosmopolitan city, with a rich history,  and a national cultural hub, home to many great museums (most of them free). The museums and art galleries have superb collections, that will surprise you as much as surprised me.

We landed at Glasgow’s airport and got the connection to the city center, using the bus 500, that takes 30 minutes to be on the Queen Street, close to George Square, in this short trip it’s already visible the historic sandstone buildings and modern architecture.

For my surprise Glasgow serves very weird food from deep-fried piza or even fried Mars, but the vegan options just kept surprising me. I need to say that the claims that Glasgow is the mecca in Scotland for vegan food lovers may be very true!

We visit the city by walking around, without taking any public transports (what was probably a mistake, at least is what my legs and feet were saying).

We started our trip, walking around the city centre without a plan towards George Square, that is the heart of the city, and has impressive Victorian buildings and statues paying homage to the Scottish greats. From there we went to the Gallery of Modern Art,  where is the famous statue of the Duke of Wellington wearing a traffic cone as a hat.

While walking around, we just did a stop at Glasgow Central Station, not to take a train but to have a look at the arquitecture and its glass roof. Here you can also join a tour that supposedly  reveals some of the station’s hidden secrets 🙂 I can’t say that’s true, because I haven’t done it.

From the train station it’s only a couple of minutes’ to the Lighthouse, on Buchanan St. This place can be a bit difficult to find but deserves the effort. The building was designed by the Scottish architect Charles Mackintosh back in the 19th century, and is an exemple of Art Nouveau. Today is the centre for Design and Architecture, and has many different exhibits and galleries.  Including a free exhibition on Mackintosh’s work. From the lighthouse, you have an incredible skyline view of Glasgow.

We kept walking till we got to the river side that has a path along the River Clyde great for a walk or even cycle, from where you can see modern buildings like the Clyde Auditorium (known as the Armadillo) and the titanium-clad Glasgow Science Centre.

Then was time to visit one of the city’s most famous museums, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This museum is definitely a must see. But not before a lovely man invited us to take a coffee and some biscuits at a local church, the Sandyford Henderson memorial church.

The Kelvingrove is an immense place with a great a collection, that you will enjoy even if your are not an art person, because part is a art gallery and part history museum. Essentially, it’s an art, life science, and cultural museum rolled into one, with plenty to see, housed in a beautiful historic building.

From here across the park is the  University of Glasgow, an imposing gothic-style buildings that reminds vaguely Harry Potter.

The Glasgow Botanic Gardens are located in the heart of city’s West End by the River Kelvin, and are a short walk from the university, and a must go if you are a nature lover like me. The gardens are lovely and the glasshouses looked like they were straight out of the Victorian Era revealing exotic ferns and tropical plants as you go.

The Riverside Museum,with its Zaha Hadid-designed sinuous curves, is another must. The museum is dedicated to transport and travel. the exhibition is very interactive and even has a recreated street taking you back to 1890s Glasgow, where you can pop in into different shops. From here you can take a tour of the Glenlee, a restored tall ship, If you fancy something like that.

Once in the city center we went to visit the the 15th century house, Provand’s Lordship, the oldest in Glasgow and the magnificent Cathedral.

The  Necropolis, it’s right behind the Cathedral, and it’s a cemetery with distinctive, decorative tombstones which are works of art in themselves designed by major architects and sculptors of the time. The necropolis is located on top of a hill and has great views to the city and the Cathedral.

The People’s Palace and the Winter Gardens are a great museum to have an insight about Glasgow’s history, and t’s located in southeast Glasgow.

Glasgow’s street art is visible over the city, Smug One is an Australian born street artist based in Glasgow that has painted enormous murals.

If you are planning your trip bare in mind that the weather can be very unpredictable so just pack clothes for each of the 4 seasons 🙂 I suggest at least 3 days if you want to visit Glasgow properly but I recommend 4, for the sake of you legs and feet 🙂

If you have the time, away from the city there are plenty of remote places to explore.. be happy and have fun..

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha