December 26, 2016
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2016

Hey guys! Just a quick hello to wish you a wonderful time with your loved ones. I'm spending the holidays with my family getting a well deserved rest. I'll also spend a few days in Cordoba, a city I've always wanted to visit. I'm posting lots of Instagram stories so if you want to stay tuned you can follow me here.

I also wanted to show you what our holiday table setting looks like. Believing that less is more we opted for something quite simple: a Christmas centerpiece and red napkins with adorable rings.

christmas table setting

christmas table setting

christmas table setting

christmas table setting

christmas table setting

How are you spending the holidays?
xo Cristina
December 19, 2016
How to Make Membrillo (Quince Paste)

How to Make Membrillo (Quince Paste)

December 19, 2016
cheese platter quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack
We could say that membrillo (in English quince paste) paired with Manchego cheese is the national snack of Spain. I didn't like it too much as a kid but now you have to stop me from eating the whole thing. It's funny how your likes and dislikes regarding food change as you grow older, right?
I usually buy quince paste from the store and I didn't know you could make it at home. It's so easy, you'll see. It all started when one of my dad's colleagues gave him some quinces. He also gave us the recipe for dulce de membrillo so we gave it a try.

Today I'm going to give you our recipe to make homemade membrillo from scratch using fresh quince. I'm going to guide you step by step to make this delicious treat that will surely become a favorite in your recipe box. Finally, we are going to add it to the perfect cheese platter.
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack
Quinces are a hard fruit that looks like a cross between a pear and an apple. They can't be eaten raw, only cooked. You can make paste, jam or jelly with them. They give off a wonderful floral aroma. Like apples and pears, they’re in season during the fall.

You only need a few things to make your own membrillo. Quince, of course, a lemon, some sugar ... and time. Quince paste isn’t hard to make, but it takes several hours and therefore patience.

INGREDIENTS

2 & 1/2 kg quinces
2 kg white sugar
1 lemon

DIRECTIONS
  • Wash quinces thoroughly (they are covered in some kind of fuzz) and cut in pieces.
  • Place the quince pieces in a large pan, then cover with the sugar and the juice of one lemon.
  • Leave aside overnight. In the morning the sugar will have dissolved.
  • Cook at low heat and stir often for about two hours until the quince pieces are tender and the spoon stands on its own.
  • Blend the fruit until very smooth.
  • Transfer to a mold.
  • To serve, slice the paste into thin rectangles.
  • Keep refrigerated, it lasts for months in the fridge.
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack steps
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack steps
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack
Membrillo traditionally goes with Manchego cheese. Its taste is sweet but not too sweet thanks to the lemon juice. That combination of sweet and salty is delicious. But you can actually pair it with any type of cheese. It's a great dessert together with a glass of wine or a healthy and yummy breakfast with farmer's cheese and some nuts. Here I've paired it with different types of cheese, dry plums, nuts and some fruit. It's a colorful and mouth-watering dish that will be part of our holiday celebrations.
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack cheese platter
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack cheese platter grapes dry fruit
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack cheese platter grapes dry fruit
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack cheese platter grapes dry fruit
quince membrillo recipe spain tapas snack cheese platter grapes dry fruit
If you need more ideas for the holidays, I've got you covered. I suggest you read how to host a tapas party, check out this Greek yogurt fruit tart and this Christmas loaf cake.

Have you ever tried quince paste? What snacks are you including in your Christimas / New Year's menu?
xo Cristina
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December 12, 2016
Scallop Collar Blouse

Scallop Collar Blouse

December 12, 2016
scallop collar blouse outfit fashion

Last Monday we talked about those details that I love in clothing such as bows and tassels. Today I want to show you another one of my favorites: scallop details. You may remember this soft pink scallop dress from last summer. This pretty blouse was love at first sight: it's baby blue, has a silky-smooth fabric and a scallop collar. All the things I could wish for in a blouse. I wore it with bottle green faux leather pants and a glitter belt. You saw the faux fur coat a couple of weeks ago in this post.

el patio restaurante leon españa

el patio restaurante leon españa


el patio restaurante leon españa

scallop collar blouse outfit fashion


tous animal print bag outfit fashion

I wore this outfit for a family celebration last Saturday. We went to a cozy little restaurant back home called El Patio. The dining area is a library. Yes, the books on the wall are real! It looks like paradise for book lovers like me. It has the cutest decor details: every chair is different and the colorful glasses add a playful touch. The dining area is surrounded by a patio which is full of beautiful flowers in spring and summer. The food was delicious so needless to say it has become one of my favorite restaurants in town.


el patio restaurante leon españa

el patio restaurante leon españa

OUTFIT DETAILS
Kaos faux fur coat
El Ganso blouse
Massimo Dutti pants
Des Petits Hauts belt
Tous bag (similar) and bracelet
What is your favorite restaurant like?
xo Cristina
December 5, 2016
Put a Bow on It

Put a Bow on It

December 5, 2016
zara military coat fashion outfit

When I go shopping there are a few things that always catch my eye. They are feminine details such as bows and tassels, fabrics like lace, pastel colors or prints like polka dots. I can't get enough of them. They make timeless pieces and you never get tired of wearing them.

El Ganso grey sweater bow jersey gris lazo

That is the case of this sweater, it will never be out of fashion. Pretty simple front but it has a beautiful bow on the back that makes it really special. It dresses you up while having that cozy feeling that characterizes knits at the same time. It is from El Ganso, another Spanish brand. I've been posting a lot of items by Spanish designers lately such as this cute cardigan or these animal print sneakers.



El Ganso grey sweater bow jersey gris lazo

The coat is made by another Spanish brand. This is the most popular one all around the world: Zara. I usually buy basics at Zara such as blazers, jackets and coats. They are affordable and that allows you to have a wider variety of outwear. I love the military details on the sleeves. 

zara military coat fashion outfit

zara military coat fashion outfit

On another note I'd like to talk about the location where we took these photos. This 16th century cloister is part of a Renaissance building in my hometown. I hadn't visited it for so long! We sometimes forget about the beautiful places we have close by. We take them for granted and fail to appreciate them like they deserve. We dream about exotic locations around the world when we have so much valuable heritage close by. Do you ever feel like this? Are there any historic landmarks where you live?





zara military coat fashion outfit

zara military coat fashion outfit

OUTFIT DETAILS
El Ganso sweater (also available in navy)
Zara coat
Abercrombie & Fitch skirt

If you are looking for a similar look here are some suggestions.

MILITARY COAT
BOW SWEATER
xo Cristina