Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Fast apple croissants

 Milan turned grey again so I needed something to cheer me up a bit, especially since I just got back from sunny Madrid. I had some apples stashed away in the fridge that had to be used for a sweet treat and I came up with this simple recipe. Hope you like it!

What you'l need:
- 2 small apples (or 1 "regular")
- half a lemon juice
- a teaspoon of cinnamon
- brown sugar (approx 1 tablespoon)
- 1 round puff pastry sheet

Peel and grate the apples (or you can jut cut them into small chunks), squeeze lemon juice over them and add cinnamon and sugar.
Take the pastry sheet and cut it in half until you get 8 slices.
Place a spoon of the apple mix on the bottom of each slice end roll it up towards  the peak.
Poke holes with a fork to let the steam out.
Oven it for 15 min on 180° or until golden brown.
Sprinkle with vanilla sugar and serve warm.

Monday, 24 September 2012


 Last week I went to visit a dear friend of mine and to see the beauty of the third biggest city in Europe. Despite my high expectations, because everyone spoke so well of the city, I was positively surprised.
 Madrid is huge but neat and surprisingly, well-organized. There are quite a few things to visit, monuments, museums and important historical buildings but if you are not into sightseeing, people watching from a coffee shop will do as well (tip: please make sure you don't have coffee, in Madrid they don't know what that is).
 Such a vivid and colorful city, full of green as well (it has the highest number of trees and green surfaces per inhabitant in Europe).
 Here are some snaps
A bear and a madrone tree, the symbol of Madrid
The Royal Palace, only used for state ceremonies
The park behind the Royal Palace
Buen Retiro Park, an oasis in the middle of the city, you can even rent a boat
Almost perfect public transport, always on time, clean, spacious
Believe it or not, the best coffee I had in Madrid