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la pascua judía

Last week, while I was sick, Dan ventured up to the only place in all of Madrid to buy kosher food for Passover – the Corte Ingles at Nuevos Ministerios.  He came back with a huge box of matzo & matzo meal to last us through many delicious pots of matzo ball soup.  We made a quick batch of matzo ball soup that very first day, but were anxious to make a whole Passover meal like we had done last year in Boston.

Friday afternoon, when I was feeling slightly less sick, we made our own chicken stock, slow cooked the matzo balls and made matzo chicken cutlets.  The dinner was amazing and we finished it off with these flourless double-chocolate cookies (note: I used walnuts) I had had my eye on.  Everything was so yummy and the soup definitely helped with my speedy recovery:)

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paella con bea

  

Feliz Semana Santa!

Last night my roommate Bea showed me and a friend of her’s from class how to make paella.  She explained that everyone has their own ways of going about it, what vegetables to add, what order to add things in, etc, but she sticks to the way her dad has been making it her whole life and it was absolutely amazing!  She even called him in the midst of cooking to check if the chorizo sausage being spicy would change the flavor (it would, so we skipped on putting it).

After dinner we enjoyed homemade torrijas, which are basically slices of french toast toasted in cinnamon & sugar made out of a special type of bread.  They’re so common during semana santa (holy week), so Bea decided to make those too.  We talked about all sorts of things from our different cultures to music festivals.  I always like hearing people’s thoughts and opinions about different things, since we all have grown up in such different environments.

It was the perfect beginning to holy week, and I’m heading to Marbella tonight for the long weekend.  Thursday & Friday are both official holidays here in Madrid, so nearly everything will be closed.  We’re spending the first two days in a hostal by the beach in the old part of Marbella and then Saturday, Sunday & Monday with Jackie’s family.  I’m so excited to meet all of them and relax by the pool & beach all weekend.  It’s going to be weird not being at my house with my family for Easter, which makes me even more appreciative that Jackie’s parents have taken us in to celebrate the holiday with them!  A post with plenty of photos to come on Tuesday.  Enjoy your weekend & Happy Easter, amores:)

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las comidas del fin de semana

This weekend was filled with lots of fun with friends, seeing as we were celebrating the end of our spring mini-semester classes.  It’s so nice to have nothing to do, besides look for a co-op job, and I’m so happy to be done taking classes for a  little while.  I love my program and all of the students in it, so it will definitely be weird not seeing them for six hours every single day.  However, I’m certainly not going to miss all of the hours spent in the same classroom at ICADE.  I’m so happy to have had the experience of taking classes in another language though, and it has definitely helped in improving my Spanish so much since September.  Here are some snapshots of this weekend, and you’ll see that all of the celebrations were accompanied by delicious foods as well!

Homemade blueberry scones & peanut butter chocolate chip shortbread cookies at the Templo de Debod, my favorite spot in Madrid, on Thursday instead of studying.

First brunch & first bagel since I’ve been in Madrid on Saturday afternoon.

 

An assortment of dips and the first cake I’ve made with American baking soda (also made here), which we enjoyed at a surprise graduation party we threw for Kenny.

Amazing Greek food for lunch today from this place at some food markets that have been set up for the past week on Calle Fuencarral.

I hope you guys have eaten as well as I have this weekend!  Ciao, amores:)

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me encantaría aprender frances

  

   
I absolutely adored Paris.  Everything was beautiful: the food, the people, the sites, the culture and especially the desserts!  The city was amazing and I wish I could go back right now to explore even more because even with nearly three full days there, I feel like we hardly saw anything.  It was so relaxing for Dan and I to just be there together; we didn’t have to agree on plans, where and when to eat, or what to do each day with our friends or family.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going on big trips with everyone, but going by ourselves certainly had many advantages as well!

Each morning we woke up early-ish (around 9 or so) for the hotel breakfast of fresh croissants & baguettes, orange juice and coffee & tea.  We usually took the metro over to the other side of the river, like on Friday to start our all-day walking tour of the city at the Eiffel Tower!!  And then walked around from there.  Due to lack of time, I’d rather no go through the day by day of what we did, but I assure you it was all amazing.

  

We saw all of the other wonderful sites like the Champ de Mars, Arc de Triomphe, Musée de L’Homme, Avenue Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde & the Egyptian obelisk, Jardin des Tuileries, Opéra de Paris Garnier, Notre Dame, and Jardin du Luxembourg, We visited two of the great museums, Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay and went shopping on Boulevard de la Madeleine and at the store named after me, Colette (haha).

  

  

We ate paninis, crepes, and cheese plates for lunch in the Latin Quarter at our friend JP’s favorite lunch spot during his study abroad and at the markets near Avenue Motte – Picquet.  We had two amazing dinners at Le Procope and Les Ministeres per the recommendations of Lauriane and snacked on a million different pastries from the rum-honey cakes I ate in Lyon to strawberry shortcake, coffee eclairs, creme brûlée, macaroons from Ladurée and rhubarb pie through out the weekend.

         

    

Though the weekend was short, it was extremely fun and relaxing while it lasted.  Being there made me want to learn French and move to Paris later on, so don’t be surprised if you’re reading my blog la Blonde á Paris in a few years, hehe.  Au revoir, amours:)

{Running to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night}

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hoy: la cena

I just had to share with you what I had for dinner tonight!  After a long day of classes, a co-op interview and running around in the freezing cold, I was in the mood for something warm and delicious, but not very labor-intensive or time-consuming.  Here I present to you, my new favorite (as of 30 minutes ago) go-to super fast and healthy pasta dish: Creamy Avocado Pasta <– click for recipe!

The water boiling and pasta cooking lasted more time than needed to prepare the sauce.  I also just smashed the avocados with a fork and then whisked it all together instead of using a food processor (mostly because I don’t have one), but it was really so easy anyway.  Also, I added some fresh cherry tomatoes, and would maybe add parmesan cheese, grilled chicken, etc. to it in the future or if I wanted to add some depth to the dish for a dinner party.

Do you have any go-to quick but delicious recipes you’d like to share?  Hope you try this one out and enjoy it just as much as I did!  Buen provecho, amores:)

My photo via Instagram.

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superbowl snapshots

{superbowl XLVI hummus}

Just because we weren’t in American to watch the Superbowl, doesn’t mean we weren’t just as excited as we would have normally been.  I actually think I may have personally been more excited than usual, since it was a great opportunity to make all sorts of American Superbowl foods that I haven’t had since I moved to Spain!

    

We enjoyed so many delicious things, and I was absolutely stuffed for the remainder of the night!  Everyone contributed one or two dishes, so we wound up with a wide variety:  spinach artichoke dip bread, homemade hummus, guacamole, buffalo chicken dip (my favorite!), nachos with all of the fixings, Spanish ham & chorizos, salad, vegetable crudité, turkey chili, and cornbread.

     

Since the game started around 1:00am in Spain we were up until after 4:00am!  But, for the once a year greatness of the Superbowl foods, commercials and the game itself, it was definitely worth it!

{my first box pool - no skill required}

How was your Superbowl Sunday?  Did you win any money?  I lost 3 euro in our box pool, but lucky Trent and Gabby won 20 and 30 euro, respectively!  Any delicious favorites you ate over the weekend or in front of the TV?  Hope you all had a great weekend!  Ciao, amores:)

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¡te echamos de menos, bruna!

{Empanada de atún para decir adios}

My roommate Bruna was only here for the fall semester and January exams, so on Saturday she went home to Brazil!  Even though she was busy with her parents being here for the past month, we still managed to get some time in to have dinner with all four of the roommates in my apartment.  That being said, it was actually our first and last dinner all together.  It made the dinner even more fun I think, that we knew we weren’t going to be all together for a long time, or maybe even ever again!

{la mesa, llena de comida}

We enjoyed a tuna empanada made by Bea; macaroni & cheese (me); ham, crackers & pâte from Eva; and Brazilian cheese breads from Bruna.  Bruna also made little mini chocolate for dessert which we enjoyed with a bottle of Cava that her parents bought us!  All of this, we accompanied with lots of laughs and great stories late into the night, despite work and 8am classes the next morning.  I hope we’ll be able to make time to do these dinners more often, even though Bruna is already back in sunny, warm Brazil!

I hope you enjoyed your semester in Madrid, Bruna and that this was a great send-off dinner!  Thanks for all of the great times over the past five months, and hopefully we’ll see you soon… in Brazil!

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