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Fruit Mascarpone Tart

Let’s say this has been a tough week to tackle. Not bad, just tough. I was planning to post this recipe on Wednesday. And it will go live today (Monday). Turns out on Wednesday, shortly after coming back from a photo shoot I started feeling short of breath but without asthma.  Slept most of the afternoon, when if I nap it’s on holidays, so definitely it was not normal for me. On Thursday I kind of worked, for a few hours but again, took another nap just before lunch. That’s when we went to the doctor, and after a series of tests… turned out I had the beginnings of pneumonia. I was admitted to the hospital, moving out of the ER. The hospital staff was amazing, from the doctors, nurses, breathing therapy and all… they took care of me and got me back on my feet. On Friday I already had my laptop but the wireless connection was not that good, so I made the executive decision that I was going to catch up on my season finales (Grey’s Anatomy… OMG!) and avoid avoid the frustrations I was having when trying to work on anything. Fast forward to Monday, labs came back 90% awesome, so I am back home, drinking plenty of fluids and following all the doc’s orders to get back to my regular self. See? Tough, not bad. Just tough.

Now, back to the tart. I didn’t cook as I usually do this past Mother’s Day, but I did bake. The past weeks I’ve been talking to grandma Flory about what was she looking forward dessert-wise for the family lunch, and she said that she would rather have a tart than a cake. Her wishes were my command, so I went looking online for a recipe, and bumped into this Fruit Mascarpone Tart recipe on Food52.com.

Have you visited their site? We absolutely love it. Lately I’ve been browsing their site for recipes. And what I love the most, is that almost every recipe has many comments, tweaks, suggestions and different variations of each recipe that we go crazy. The original recipe calls for strawberries on top (with added sugar to make them juicier), but I skipped that additional sugar and combined it with kiwis, a fruit that both my mom and grandma love.

Our family gathering was on the smaller side this year, but I still doubled the recipe. I doubled everything and followed the recipe exactly as it is here. I baked the crusts the day before and on Mother’s Day morning, I assembled both tarts and covered them with plastic wrap so the fruit wouldn’t dry up too much in the fridge. Next time I am adding vanilla beans rather than vanilla extract… And the best thing is that we can play with different fruits – depending on what’s in season in your lil’ corner of the world.

Kitty

Fruit Mascarpone Tart

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Foodies Freebie: May 2014 Wallpaper Collection

With Holy Week in the middle of April, last month went by extremely fast. Between birthdays, weddings and a kitchen flooding, we’ve had our hands full. However, we have been trying some new recipes. For example, a recipe for Canillitas de LecheWe’ve tried to prepare them before (you can see the recipe here). This time, we tried to prepare a recipe but it never hardened/dried up as they should. After a while and a few tweets, we ended up talking with @NuChefGT, and turns out they have a few Guatemalan Candy classes coming up. We will share the info as soon as we have it! Now, today we’re sharing our May 2014 Wallpaper Collection featuring gorgeous blueberries. We love blueberries.

Did you know that blueberries are only second to strawberries in popularity of berries in the US? Here in Guate they are gaining followers (specially since we have them frozen year round!). This little fruit softens dry skin, boosts your brain, and may even prevent cancer. Blueberries have anthocyanins, which give them their blue hue,  attack cancer-causing free radicals and can even block the growth of tumor cells. They also can reverse age-related memory loss, thanks to its abundance of antioxidants called flavonoids. Blueberries contain compounds that help ward off urinary-tract infections (UTI’s). They are just little berries packed with of health.

As usual, you can download our Wallpaper Collection Free Download. Wallpapers for your Desktop, iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone (all Retina and iOS7 friendly).

Kitty & Helga

Foodies Freebie: May 2014 Wallpaper Collection

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Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Mango season is upon us. This is definitely my favorite time of year. We still have tangerines and strawberries in season, and with this little overlap I am happy. Do you have a favorite fruit, or are you like me that changes with the season? Now, I am waiting for some of the mangos to ripen enough to make a blueberry mango smoothie. Or maybe a blueberry mango and tangerine… See? The possibilities are endless. I had to start off with this Strawberry Mango Smoothie. I just had no choice. Too much deliciousness not to share.

Last week was crazy and this week a bit irregular because of Holy Week break, but I have been keeping true to my word: smoothie or sit down for a proper breakfast. Lately it’s been more of taking the smoothie to go, since I’ve been busy at work, but glad also I’ve been going to yoga. Yoga is good. Specially the afternoon class twice a week.

I am working my way through a cookbook to see what goodies I can make for TFK. I think we need a proper cake or cookie soon. Don’t you think so? Let us know if you guys are looking for a particular recipe!

Ok back to our smoothie, this is as always, very easy and I found this recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod. Like Maria mentions in her post, if you want to thin down the smoothie you can always add water or milk. I did add a little bit, but not because it was too thick, but because I like it thinner than the usual smoothie. Enjoy!

Kitty

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

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