My biggest Passion

Since I was a little girl I knew what I’d like to do ‘when i grow up’. I wanted to take care of those beings that make this crazy world we live in so worth preserving and ‘saving’.

I wanted to hold them tight in my arms and never let go, to never let them suffer any kind of pain or agony, no matter what shape, size or colour they were.

I wished with all my heart that I could save them all, in one way or another.

Those beings, for me, are the Animals.

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I’ve always been an electric person, but even more when I was just a child.

One certain day, when i was around 3 or 4 years old, my parents were at home with me, and they noticed something was wrong. At first they didn’t realize what it was, but then it hit them. I was shut up and not only was I shut up, I was not making any fuss. They rapidly started looking for me, worried that something might have happened. That was when they found me.

I was fascinated, blatantly staring at the tv, with my eyes wide open and as focused as they’d never seen me before. Something I’d never seen put a sparkle in my eyes (and in my heart).

Can you guess what was on? A BBC Wildlife documentary.

They say it was particularly since that day I started developing a certain ‘fondness’ for the animal kind. I say that was just born with me, it’s good either way 🙂

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Needless to say, every year, at least once a year, I had to drag my parents with me to the Zoo.

What I loved was there. My passion was there. I could, literally,  just sit for 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours and stare at the tigers, the lions, the giraffes, and wish I was like them. Free.

Now I know that Zoos are far from ideal to keep animals, but I’ll leave that to another post, some other time 😉

Years have gone by since I was that little girl, sitting in front of the tv, blown-away by the amazing creatures I did not understand , and my Love, my Passion, has only grown stronger.

The past year, I’ve started a Biology course and I could not be happier.

To know that I might have the opportunity to spend my life taking care of them, whether they are fishes, birds, mammals or reptiles, fills my heart with such joy and warmth.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nothing less than True Love could do, or feel like, this.

To end this post, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes of all time, that, I think, is both wise and true.

” It will come a day when men will deeply know the animals… and on that day, a crime against an animal will be considered a crime against humanity itself.”  (Leonardo Da Vinci)

I hope this day will come soon.

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Beach break

Two of the best advantages of living in Portugal are a) the weather and b) the beaches! At least, those are the ones I enjoy the most 🙂

Today was a really good and sunny day, and I’d been longing to go for a swim ever since the weather started to become warmer, and today was the day!

I took some pictures so I could share one of , I think, the best beaches we have in Portugal.

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The next ones were later in the day, hence why the cloudy sunset.

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And finally, the name of the beach!

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The beautiful Comporta beach!

Cooking Adventures: Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova

 Cooking is a big passion that I have since I was a child! Particularly, desserts. Cakes, cupcakes, pies, brownies, anything! 

So, I’ll share with you guys some of my favorite recipes!
Let’s get started 😉

Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova 

from here

Ingredients

For the Meringue Base:

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

For the Toppings:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups raspberries
  • 1 to 2 ounces dark chocolate

 

Directions

Prepare the pan: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176.6 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment. Draw a 9-inch(22.9 cm)-diameter circle on the paper with a pencil, tracing a round cake tin that size.

Flip the paper over so your meringue doesn’t touch the pencil marks – you’ll still be able to see the circle.

 Make the meringue: Beat the egg whites with a mixer until satiny peaks form, and then beat in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the meringue is stiff and shiny.

 Add the chocolate: Sprinkle the cocoa, vinegar and then the chopped chocolate over the egg whites. Gently fold everything with a rubber spatula until the cocoa is thoroughly mixed in.

 Shape the meringue: Secure the parchment to the baking sheet with a dab of meringue under each corner. Mound the meringue onto the parchment within the circle, smoothing the sides and the top with a spatula.

 Bake the meringue: Place in the oven, then immediately turn the temperature down to 300 degrees F(148.8 degrees C) and cook for one to one and a quarter hours. When it’s ready, it should look crisp and dry on top, but when you prod the center you should feel the promise of squidginess beneath your fingers.

 Let it cool: Turn off the oven and open the door slightly; let the chocolate meringue disk cool completely in the oven. When you’re ready to serve, invert onto a big flatbottomed plate and peel off the parchment.

 Decorate the Pavlova: Whisk the cream till thick but still soft and pile it on top of the meringue, then scatter the raspberries on top.Image

Coarsely grate the chocolate haphazardly over the top so that you get curls of chocolate rather than rubble, as you don’t want the raspberries’ luscious color and form to be obscured. You want the Pavlova to look like a frosted cake.

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This one tastes as good as it looks! It is chewey, chocolatey, and just simply delicious!

Give it a try 😉