6.28.2016

Eggplant appetizer


I had never eaten eggplant in different forms besides fried eggplant (which is the way my grandma used to prepare it), and since I’ve discovered the world of baked, steamed and braised eggplants, I included this vegetable in my meals.

Besides being delicious, it can be low fat (depending on how you prepare it, of course), and avoids me to eat meat sometimes. 
I'm not a vegetarian or anything, actually I grew up in a family where a meal is never complete without a piece of meat. Seriously. 
My grandmother would never accept to serve a lunch that don't have meat or chicken or fish included. Sometimes it even has the three options.

But since I left home and started cooking for myself, I like to make meals without meat once in a while. Also, I like the idea of  the "meatless day" in the week.
But I'm not trying to be a vegetarian. This is not an option for me right now. And in fact, I would rather buy all my food from small producers and continue consuming meat, to totally change my diet to exclude this option because of the food industry.

So enough of this crazy talk about vegetarians and small producers. I'm a barbecue person anyway.
And I've come here to tell you guys about this Eggplant appetizer recipe!

This recipe is an adaptation of one of my mother's recipe.

It is soooo good! You can serve as an appetizer, or even as one of the sides or salad.

Eggplant appetizer, serves 6 starving people



Ingredients 
  • 18oz eggplant
  • 7oz red pepper
  • 7oz yellow pepper
  • 7oz Onion
  • ½ cup passes grape (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar soup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Chive

Wash the eggplants and cut them into strips or cubes. No need to take off the peel.
 As you cut, put the pieces in a container with water and vinegar, so it doesn't turn black.
Also wash and cut the peppers and onion.
After you finish cutting the ingredients, drain the water from container where was the eggplants. In an ovenproof dish, mix the eggplant with the onion and peppers.

Add one crushed clove of garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, half glass of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Mix all ingredients well.


Cover with foil and place in oven at 450 ° F for 40 minutes.

Remove from oven and add the raisins (if desired), oregano, parsley and chives. If needed, add more olive oil. Mix and place in the oven for more 20 minutes at 380 ° F.
Remove from the oven and mix it all again. Adjust the salt if necessary.
Let cool and serve as appetizer or as a side.


You can keep it on the fridge for up two weeks. They are even better 24h later.


Hope you like it!

Love, Deborah

5.02.2016

Outfit: Boho dress and watermelon cooler bag


I was going to write “I think this will be the last summer look that I post in this season” but I can't really say it, since we have a crazy weather in here.

It has been a crazy week too. Me and my boyfriend/fiancée/roommate are working hard on a new project plus we still have our full time jobs to keep us even busier. I took those photos a week ago and didn’t had the chance to post until now.

That day was so sunny and so warm. Today seems that the winter really came. (lol)
But actually I love winter, remember me of the time I spent in NYC and everytime I go outside and feel that cold air I kind of smile inside.

Well, anyway it’s not like THAT cold. The minimum we get here is around 8°C and even in the middle of the winter we still have days of 30°C.

But this is not a post about climatology, is a post about outfits! So, focus Deborah.


I love this bag!
It’s from bando and it’s SO CUTE. I was willing to buy it for a while, but it's not simple to buy stuff abroad because of the delay in the postoffice when they have to calculate the tax.
And then I received a promo code from the store and had to buy it!

It’s such a cool bag and also, a cooler bag. (ahá)
It really keeps the stuff cold. I used on the beach and I actually putted some beer and ice in it. But totally worked! Of course it leaked a little, but well, if you are on the beach, it doesn’t really matters.







Dress from F21; Sandals from ModCloth - (similar); Cooler bag from Ban.do; Necklace from F21.

The dress is an old boho dress but I love it. It’s a little short but I wear it with a short shorts and solve this problem.
I love it because I can use it with sandals and boots and clogs and it always look good.
;)

And that’s it. I hope it inspired you a little bit.

Love, Deborah





4.17.2016

Cooked fish / Fish stew recipe - Love and everything blog

Hello guys!
I was willing to prepare a cooked fish for weeks... But I wanted something like those fish stew from the northeast (of Brazil), prepared with red palm oil and coriander (actually I don't even really like coriander - but recently I learned that it's actually good, you just have to know how to use it).

I searched for some recipes but none of them seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, so I kind of made a junction of several of them.

I was in doubt about using the palm oil because I thought it would be too "fatty", but a friend of mine  (Hey Sthe!) who loves healthy stuff and is always watching those healthy cooking programs, told me that palm oil is great for health, because it has many nutrients that are good for our body.
Also, she told me that is one of the best oils to use in cooking, and that my body would be glad if I use it. Yay! It was what I needed.

Well, the recipe!

Brazilian cooked fish (or Brazilian fish stew) - serves 2 people


Ingredients: 
  • 2 big fillets of fish (I used dogfish - the name in Portuguese is cação)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 mediam red pepper
  • 1 mediam yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil palm
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut milk (you can use the light one)
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

First, season the fish with the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper. Let soak for half an hour at least. 
Meanwhile, wash the onion, tomatoes and peppers and cut them into slices. Chop the garlic into small pieces.
In a high pan, add the palm oil, the chopped garlic and the onion slices and leave it until turn golden on medium heat. The onions will be the first layer of the stew.
Then place a layer of tomatoes. Then a layer of yellow pepper and a layer of red pepper.
Place the fish fillets. Add another layer of yellow or red peppers, and add the parsley, the green onions and cilantro. Throw a pinch of saffron, salt and black pepper.
Turn to low heat and cover the pan with a lid.



Let it cook for 40 minutes. The tomatoes will release water, and the fish too. Frozen fish loose more water than fresh fish. If it do not release enough water to cover half of the pan after 15 minutes of cooking, you can add 100ml of water.

After the 40 minutes of cooking, add the coconut milk and cook for another 15 minutes with the pan covered.
Then open the pan and cook for 5 minutes with it open, only to dry a little the broth.


And you are done!
You can serve with rice and vegetables, or as a stew.
It's up to you.

You can adapt this recipe to a healthier version, using coconut oil and without the coconut milk.
You may just need to add a little bit more water. Or you can use other types of fish, like codfish. I rather prepare it with cação because it is a cartilaginous fish. But it's up to you.


You should really try. It is a strong spice, but very tasty.

Love, Deborah

Grass head DIY - Love and everything blog



Once when I was a child I earned a grass head as a gift, and despite it’s such a simple thing, I remember I LOVED the gift!

I watered it so much. Too much actually, because I was very excited to see that green hair grow. I remember waking up in the morning and run to see if it had grown. And despite all that water, I got lucky. Because the hair actually grew. Yay!

The first time I was the “hair stylist” (Lol) of the grass head and had to cut that “hair”, I was like I had accomplished a mission.
And the grass head lasted for months, and had several haircuts.

So, these days I wanted to give my little little sister a gift, and for some reason I remembered this Grass head. I even searched for it to buy one for her, until I think, HELLOOOO, You can MAKE ONE. 
DIY it!

It’s so simple and easy to make. You just need some space. Let’s do this?

Supplies:
  • Old tights
  • Birdseed
  • Soil or Sawdust
  • Plastic eyes
  • Super glue or Hot glue



First. Let the birdseeds underwater in a pot overnight. This will help it to grow faster.

Cut 12 inches (30 cm) of the tights, always using the bottom (where the foot is). And cut two thinner strips too. They will serve to tie and to make the nose.

Take the bottom of the tight and put a bunch of birdseed in it.  Push it well down. Then put the soil or sawdust. I put approximately 20 tablespoons full of soil in each one. But you can add it until it gets the size you want. Remember to press the soil down every time you add more.

Then you use one of the strips to close the bottom. Try to tie the knot as tight as possible. Then press it inside the head to not be visible.
Then pull a little bit of the soil in the middle of the “head” to make the nose. Use the second strip to tie. 



Then you glue the little eyes. And that is it. You have your grass head.



You can customize it too. You can make a pirate grass head. A girl grass head. You can put some eyeglasses on them. You can use colorful pants. It’s up to you! =)

Cute han?

And the little ones love to see the growth of this hair.

Love, Deborah

3.08.2016

Blue Cheese and Glazed Pear Crostini



More crostini recipes? Yes! I can’t get enough of it.

This blue cheese glazed pear crostini recipe is pretty simple to prepare, as most of the crostinis recipes that I share with you guys.
This recipe is great to be served as an appetizer before dinner. But to be honest, I usually prepare it with more one or two different crostinis recipes, turning the crostinis into the main dish of the dinner.

I love blue cheese crostinis in general, but when they are made with the cheese and a pinch of sweetness, to me they became perfection. The blue cheese is a cheese that begs for some bittersweet.
Despite loving blue cheese anyway! 😝

But let's get down to business.

Blue Cheese and glazed pear crostini, makes 4 crostinis


  • 4 slices of Italian bread
  • 1 pear
  • 5,3 oz  Blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoon of sugar
  • ½ cup of water

Preheat the oven to 400 F°
Start putting the bread slices in a baking tray, and placing a slice of Gorgonzola on top of each bread slice.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 °F.

After washing the pear, cut in half and remove the seeds.
Cut the pear from the center to the edges, leaving them in a half-moon shape. Reserve.

In a nonstick pan put the sugar and stir until it melts. At this point, add the water and keep stirring. The mixture will harden, but do not panic! Just keep stirring that it will melt again. Probably a part of it will stick to the spoon. Again, don't panic. With another spoon or a knife, you can just take it off and put it back to the pan.

As soon as it’s completely melted, turn to low heat and place each piece of the pear in the pan. Remember to glaze both sides.




When removing the pieces from the pan, already put them directly on the blue cheese crostini (now with cheese already melted).


Learn with my mistakes. I placed the pieces in a glass cutting table, but as soon as they cool a little, they hardened and the pears were totally glued to the cutting table.

So, don't do it.




I hope you liked it!

See ya!

Love, Deborah.

P.S. The other crostini in this picture is a Roasted grape goat cheese crostini. You can find the recipe here.