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– Vegan Rice pudding – Portuguese way

Hello everyone,

Today I´m sharing a recipe with all of you. Rice pudding!!!



In Portugal is a traditional dessert and here in my home we always have all year around but during Christmas it´s a ´must have´.

When I moved to Ireland ( 9.5 years ago…. what?!?!) I was happy to see rice pudding everywhere…… until I got my mouth on it!!!! Was not what I expected at all, so I kept doing my recipe for family, friends and some intercultural presentations ( in the school that my kids attended). Always with great success so I decide to share with everyone.

The only thing I changed during the years was the milk used. Because we have dairy intolerance in our home I make the recipe with soya milk instead of regular milk.


  •  125 gr  of rice ( rice pudding or Arborio rice )
  •  200 gr of sugar
  •  25 gr of butter ( I use vegan butter)
  •  1L of milk ( I use organic soya milk)
  •  2dl of water
  •  1 cinnamon stick
  • skin of half a small lemon ( optional )

I have a video on our channel, so pop there and check how I make the rice pudding dessert.

The key here is……. stir and let the consistency be creamy!!!


Hope you enjoy the video and the recipe, please leave any comments or if you have any question in the comment section here or on the YouTube.

Thanks for stopping by,



Autumn & Chickpea soup- The perfect combination

Hello everyone,

Autumn is here…

It´s a beautiful season, when leaves fall from the trees, when the days are getting shorter and colder.


Beautiful colours everywhere… browns, oranges, yellows and some reds are all over the nature. I love walking in parks, forests and can be in contact with the nature and enjoying the chiiling wind. Its beautifull!!


It´s a season when we want to have more comforting  foods and a soup it´s one of the right choices.

So today I´m sharing this chickpea and spinach soup. Filling, comforting and delicious for a quick and easy dinner.

Let´s cook??


  • 2 cans of cooked chickpeas ( I use organic, no add salt )- if you want to cook yours chickpeas its ok too.
  • 250 gr of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • water ( until cover all the ingredients )

How to:

Drain the chickpeas and rinse well.

Cut the onions and garlic in smal pieces and place on a pan with the olive oil and let cook on medium heat to soft the onions.

Add all the ingredientes EXCEPT the spinach and let cook in medium heat until is all soft and ready to blend.


Blend until its creamy  and add the spinach. Let cook for about 7/10 min.

Check the consistency and if it´s to liquid for your taste… let boil a few more minutes. If its too runny, add some water and let boil.

Turn off the hob and serve.


It´s delicious !!!

We really love to make  and eat soups..  They are super quick, filling, delicious and full of nutrition!

Hope you like this recipe and give it a go. Let me know what do you eat during Autumn? Any special recipe?

Thank you for stopping by…

See you soon.




Apple crumble on a rainy day!

Hello there,

I´m not a big fan of rain, grey sky…. I´m not!!! In fact I think it´s so depressing 😦

However I think I don´t appreciate this kind of days because here in Ireland the past year( ok… maybe more) have been really bad. But rainy all day, blankets, pijamas and snuggle in the couch, watching a movie with the kids and hubby is so amazing and because of this… I  can see something good on this days.

The good side of this… apart of having a lazy day with my family I love to bake some goods and apple crumbe is on of our rainy days /winter comfort desserts. ( we like to bake cookes and biscuits asweel some cakes to have with hot chocolate or coffee.

So today I want to share how I make my own apple crumble.


Let´s bake 🙂


– 6 / 8 Apples – no skin( depend the size of your pyrex )

–  sugar ( as much as you like) – I use soft brown sugar

–  1 teaspoon vanilla paste  OR cinammon ( as much as you like)

–  Lemon juice( just to prevent the apples getting dark)

For the crumble:

– 130 gr plain flour

–  100 gr brown sugar

–  50 gr of pecans ( use other nut if you prefer)

–  120 gr  of butter – no salt but  I use Stork and works perfect

–  Cinammon if you like.

Now… let´s do it!!

Pre-heat the oven at 180ºc

Cut your apples in bites sizes… you dont need to be perfect and put in a bowl. Put over the lemon juice and just mix.

Sprinkle  the sugar and the vanilla( or cinammon) and fold the apple bites into until you have all the pices with some coating.

Put in the pyrex and reserve.

For the crumble you will need to put the flour, sugar and pecans on a food processor and pulse a fews times just to brake down the pecans in pieces( but not in flour)

Add the butter in pieces and pulse again until you get a crumble mixture.

Pour over the apple mixture evenly and to the oven it goes for about 25 minutes ( depends the oven).  Check the crumble is nice and golden brown or even a little more toast.. but do not let it burn 😀


Enjoy with your family…. we love this with an ice-cream scoop, but sometimes we fancy by it self.

It´s so delicious with the vanilla hint and the warmness of the apple cooked with the sugar- almost caramelised… yummy, yummy!


Hope you like this version with vanilla and pecans… It is really our favourite.

What do you do on the rainy days?

Thank you for stopping by,

With love,







Orange cake!! No eggs? Not a problem..

Sometimes…..(ok many times) we want a slice of cake…. not a fancy one or full of creams and toppings. Just a simple, delicious, comforting  fluffy cake to have with a cup of tea or coffee( coffee for me please :b  ).

This time I decided to bake an orange cake. Its soooo good.



This recipe is a little bit different than usual because I didn´t use eggs.

Why?? Because here we have a dairy and eggs intolerance, so 99% of the time I bake without this. In your case…imagine you really want a cake but no eggs left… so this is a great recipe to try out.

A plus… you use the whole orange…. yes, skin too 🙂

Look at this…. yummy!!!


Here are the ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour ( plain)
  • 2 cups of sugar ( I used brown, feel free to use what you have)
  • 1 whole orange ( biger size)
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 1/4 cup of  boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

How to:

1-Pre-heat the oven at 180ºc.

2-Butter a cake pan ( I like with a hole in the middle) and set aside.

3-Peel the orange skin  and reserve.

4-Take the white parte away from the orange and discard .

5-Put the orange and the skin in a blender with the oil and blend!!! Blend, blend until its smooth.

6-Put the mixture in a bowl,  add the sugar and with a mixer…. whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

7- Add the flour and the baking powder and whisk again until you have a uniform batter.

8- Add the boiling water and whisk until it´ts all smooth.

9- Pour into the pan and ready to the oven for about 40m.( Please check with a toothpick or a raw Spaghetti).

And voila… a nice and delicious cake just in time for  coffee.


Hope you like it as much as we did.






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Raspberry Smoothie – Breakfast is served!!

Breakfast is one of my favourite meals… and here in our home we can have smoothies, porridge, toasts, pancakes or scones.

Ok… pancakes and scones only when its a birthday or weekends 🙂

For our breakfast today we had one of ours quick, delicious and nutritious breakfasts!!

Raspberry Smoothie!! Great way to start the day 🙂


Yesterday morning we spend a couple of hours picking raspberries in a fruit farm, so we have pleanty to use…. They are amazing in flavour and give this smoothie a great taste!

We used almond milk – feel free to add any other non dairy milk or dairy milk if you prefer to this recipe.

Hope this can inspire you and give you ideas for a busy morning !!!

Throw all in a blender, blend and enjoy!!!

Serves 1( usually).


  • 1  bananas
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup of rasberries
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • dash of maple syrup( optional)

Note: if you like more a liquid consistency add more milk… if you like more creamy just add less milk.