[what I ate.] 22-28. October 2018

22. October – Venom

A banana.

Some vitamin water and a doughnut after working out. I took the second doughnut to Kerttu at her work place.

Coffee with my love in my favourite café The Living Room Café.

Popcorn. We went to see “Venom.” While not a perfect movie, it was still really fun and enjoyable. Not sure why most of the internet seems to be complaining over it. I had a blast and wouldn’t mind watching it again.

Salmon soup at my parent’s house.

Some cookies and tea.

23. October – from Tallinn to Girona

An almond pastry.

Quite crappy pelmeni with sour cream. The pelmeni were flavourless. I hadn’t bought this brand before, so it was a disappointment.

A grilled sandwich with cheese and sausage.

A latte and a chocolate croissant at KOHVer Café. Both were mediocre. I was disappointed, because I had over the top good memories of this place from the last time I was at the airport. No exquisite latte this time 😦 I mean it wasn’t bad, it was alright as far most coffee drinks go in Estonia, just I was hoping for a repeat wonderful experience.

Coffee on the plane. This was something new for me. They prepared this coffee by pouring hot water over fresh grounds in the cup. I mean I have made coffee like that at home many a time, but never have I seen such coffee being served in an establishment and with specialized disposable cups like these. Interesting and the coffee was good.

Some bread and ham late at night.

24. October

Fried eggs and bacon, some tomato, toast with cream cheese and ham. Coffee, a walnut-cereal yoghurt.

Coffee and a banana with a magnificent view. The kind of bananas I ate in Catalonia tasted different from the ones we usually can buy at home. I loved the flavour a lot and I hope I can find similar ones in Estonia too. Perhaps I should try to look in some organic food stores.

Pasta carbonara for dinner. There was also salad and baked chicken-vegetable skewers. I only remembered to take a photo midway dinner xD

Beer and ice cream.

25. October

An omelette and pa amb tomata which is a traditional Catalan breakfast staple. Basically it’s “bread with tomato” xD First you rub the toast with garlic, then with tomato and then pour some olive oil on top. Quite a tasty breakfast 😀

Some yoghurt, orange juice, coffee and cake.

Some orange and tomatoes, toast with hazelnut-milk spread and a cup of coffee.

Some cookies, brioche and a lemon muffin.

Beer.


Roast chicken with onions, plums, garlic and cinnamon, with a side of some salad and garlicy potatoes. Apparently, this type of meat dish is a typical Catalan Christmas food, but it was made for us as a special occasion 🙂 It was extremely delicious!

Yumyum!

A French style apple pie for dessert.

26. October

Orange juice, yoghurt, coffee, pa amb tomata, fried eggs, bacon.

A cappuccino and some complimentary olives. I almost never eat olives in Estonia, because most of the ones sold here taste gross. These were quite lovely tasting!

Bread and anchovies. I am not too sure about the anchovies, they weren’t bad, but I can’t say that I particularly liked them either.

Snails in spicy sauce. These were yummy!

Beer and a banana.

Vegetable puree soup with croutons and some funky French bread other guests from France shared with us.

Salad, some fried sausages (a bit too salty for my likes) and a macaroni dish with pork ribs that was oh so delicious.

Nice chocolate cake with crappy canned whipped cream.

27. October – going back to Estonia

Coconut yoghurt, coffee, omelette, bacon, pa amb tomata.

Some orange juice and chocolate chip cake.

A sugar doughnut and some coffee.

Roasted giant corn. So yummy!

Some potato chips and a cappuccino on the plane. I like the text on the cup: “Please attend to your own cappuccino before attempting to steal your neighbour’s” xD A funny twist on the airplane safety tips xD

Chicken tikka masala. It looked and smelled awful but tasted alright.

28. October

Coffee, chocolate chip bread.

Buckwheat with beef liver, sour cream and some salad.

Pocari Sweat. Good hydrating drink :p

Rough times… 31. January 2018

 Oatmeal porridge with apple-lingonberry jam and a cup of coffee.

 Olive oil chocolates. These were nice with black coffee. Shared them with the boyfriend.

 Tomato and red rice soup with sour cream, rye bread with ham.

 Onigiri senbei. These were super delicious, I wish the bag was bigger. Shared with boyfriend.

The night was rough. I didn’t sleep very well as on top of my cold symptoms I got a terrible stomach ache and had to run to the toilet quite often. I guess it must have been something that we ate the previous day as my boyfriend suffered the same. Perhaps the curry we had for dinner had gone off :/ Thankfully we recovered from the extra torture during the day.

[Recipe.] Banana Bread with Raspberries

This banana bread is awesomely moist and the raspberries add a pinch of tartness to the overall sweet taste 🙂 Technically, I’ve made a version of this banana bread with and without the raspberries and one time I made it with pumpkin puree and nuts instead. So if you wish, you can leave out the raspberries or substitute them with whatever suits your fancy 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 235 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Half a tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 ml of olive oil
  • 3 big ripe bananas
  • 200 g of raspberries

Directions:

Shift the flour into a bowl through a sieve, add baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Whisk the eggs and the sugar into a thick foam with a mixer. It will take about 10 minutes in a medium setting to get the proper result. Add the oil and stir it in.

Mash the bananas with a fork and add them to the egg mixture. Then, add in the flour bit by bit while mixing gently. Finally, tenderly stir in the raspberries without breaking them too much.

Set the oven to 175°C and bake for 1 hour. Keep an eye on the bread during the last 15 minutes and if you think it’s starting to brown too much, you can cover it with aluminium foil to stop it from happening. Poke the cake with a toothpick and when it comes out clean it’s ready 🙂

Let it cool before serving. Enjoy!

[Recipe] Chicken and leek soup

I wanted something simple for dinner the other night and this hearty chicken and leek soup caught my eye in the “Kööginurk” magazine (2015/5). What I especially liked about it was that it didn’t require me to use any stock cubes or pre-made stock of any kind. Sure the cooking time was a bit more than I am used to thanks to that, but I say it was worth it as it tasted really delicious.

Preparation time: about 1,5 hours.

Ingredients:
4-6 skinless chicken thighs (depending on how meaty you want your soup)
400g of leek
3 thick slices of pork ham chopped into small cubes (or any ham of your choice)
1 bay leaf
2 liters of water
Some olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped parsley and sour cream for serving

Directions: Chop the green and the white parts of the leek separately into tiny shreds. I left the green shreds to be too long, so don’t make the same mistake as I did and try to chop them smaller so they wouldn’t dangle awkwardly off your spoon afterwards and get stuck to your chin when you eat.

Take the white part of the leek and stew it in a pan with a couple of spoonfuls of olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add in the ham bits and fry for another 5 minutes.


While the leek is stewing quickly brown the chicken on a hot pan with some more olive oil. When the leeks and ham have been cooked for the appropriate time, add the chicken into the pot with them. Also add in 2 liters of water and the bay leaf, cover the pot with a lid and bring it to boil.

Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat and scoop out all the foam that may appear on top of the soup. Boil for 30 minutes, then add in the green part of the leek and boil for another 30 minutes on low heat.

Remove the chicken from the soup, cut it into smaller pieces and add it back into the pot again. Add some salt and pepper to taste and remove the bay leaf from the pot.

Serve the soup with some sour cream and parsley. Yum!