I am pretty sure, by all means, that cookies don’t count as “serious eats”. They are treats, tiny gifts to receive someone who comes by to have tea; to cheer up breakfasts by the coffee mug, or afternoon pick-me-ups.
So, the first requirement is to be tasty.
Then, to be good looking.

And, goodness, are there varied ways to look good! The print in today’s cookies is made with the rolling pin by In My Wood (customized with the birds from What is in for Today, in a design by my dear Taís Mahs).

I have tested a couple of recipes to find this one, which is free from animal products (that is to say the recipe is vegan and, consequently, dairy free), and also gluten free. Plus, the cookies hold their shape beautifully.
Let’s get to it.


Tea for those who feel cold.

16/08/2014 - 2 Comments - Recipes | Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger

There are people whose body's got the impressive hability to regulate it's own temperature but, unluckily for me, most of the time I am out of that league. At least, regarding cold weather.
It is too comon that I got cold feet, regardless of how many clothes, socks and blankets I have on me - which doesn't help at all when I try to sleep. In times like this what works for me is taking a warm shower, placing a hot water bottle on top of my feet, or food/ tea.

In the case of food, soup is the absolute champion for sure. If it is slightly peppery, then it's even better.
In the case of teas, I have found a blend that is particularly efficient and very simple: vanilla, cloves and cinnamon.
That's because those ingredients favor blood circulation all over the body, even extremities.

I don't know about you, but I am a person who likes food. Really.

It gives me severe bad mood if I get hungry/ crave for food, and have nothing to nibble.

And the plot thickens, as I've been in this healthy-eating-well wave.

Because sometimes I could give it a way having snacks at any bakery down the street, but I haven't been feeling like it lately (besides, each little bite you buy around São Paulo represents a significant percentage of one's monthly budget).

So, in May 2012, gathering information here and there and testing a little, I found myself happy about a recipe/ formula that I came up with for oatmeal granola bars.

You see: they are just the way I like it. Crunchy, and accepting a wide variation of ingredients.

The point is: if I'm hungry, I urge for something savory. And that is just not possible with the recipe mentioned.

There are some options of savory bars being sold out there. But I heard that mostly they taste weird.

Anyway, there are possible.

So, there goes Flora looking in the internet for savory energy bars recipes. But they are not easy to find, not at all.

I want to know how many of you have never eaten bread with banana. You know what? I think there is actually plenty of people who never eaten it. Oh my. Look, you should try. There are millions of possible versions. The sandwich in the picture I have prepared with a soft store bought cornmeal bread, a thin layer of banana chimia (banana sauce? Banana spread? How do I call this thing in English? Anyway, the recipe will be after the jump. It's one I have prepared without sugar, pretty nice), unsalted white cheese, and the banana itself. 

There are some things we learn as small kids, often times through observation, and they end up becoming absolute truths for us.

One of such things I have learned from my grandmother Nelci: everytime we receive a visit at home, or every time someone from home is coming back from a trip, we make something special to wait for that person. Every time.

It happened that 98% of the time the special thing was to bake a cake.

So in my head, receiving a visit is associated to baking cakes.

A few days ago, I received two very dear people (hi Ire, hi mom), so there it is, lemon and poppy seeds cake.

Of course I got this recipe at technicolor kitchen, the kingdom of sweets made with citrus fruit, and for me, the perfect place to find something good to do with my recently-acquired seeds.

Yesterday I had picnic with some friends at ibirapuera park.
I baked some cookies to bring. They were pretty ugly, but tasted nice.
Next time I'll give more attention to they're appearance...