The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 7 & 8

This will be my last lockdown diary. Today, cafés and shops are starting to reopen again, and life is slowly getting back to normal! Many people are walking by the sea every morning and evening. I find it quite overwhelming as it’s a walk I used to do daily before Covid-19 happened, and I’ve never seen that many people out and about! But it still feels so good to hear and smell the sea. So lucky!

First walk outside

You can read all about my first walk here. I’m so happy to be able to go stare at the cathedral again. Doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, I still find it so beautiful!

Home activities

We’ve had some rainy days during the past 2 weeks, so I’ve ditched sunbathing sessions for piano lessons. My flatmate bought a piano a couple weeks ago and I decided to have a go, I’m learning through Simply Piano app and it’s so intuitive and fun, I’m making progress quite fast!

rain drops on window pink building in backdrop

I’m also taking the time to work on my business with Pink Flamingo Marketing: 6 Weeks to Confident Marketing course; and to improve my photography skills. Here are some shots I’ve taken last weekend. I love the vibe! What do you think?

I’ve also adopted some plants! I needed some greens in my bedroom so this plant is no sitting on top of my -broken- wardrobe and it makes me really happy to wake up and look at her (I feel like an crazy plant lady saying this). I hope I will manage to keep her alive! Her name is Pandemica (thank you Jana for the hilarious idea). I’ve repotted my cactus as well and I feel like buying more plants on our next market adventure!

Another addition to our home is this beautiful print of Cap Formentor by my dear friend Maja of Travel Palma. She will be releasing new prints soon (with sea views 😍). Contact her if you’d like your own Mallorca print!

Mallorca prints by travelpalma

Recipes of the week

  • Cauliflower Nuggets

Easy to make and very tasty, it’s a great veggie alternative to chicken nuggets. You can find the original recipe video in French here.

Ingredients
– 100gr flour
– 30gr butter
– 50ml water
– 1 cauliflower
– Breadcrumbs
– Herbs and spices (thyme, paprika, garlic…)

Mix the flour, garlic, thyme, salt and paper and add the water little by little.
Cut pieces of cauliflower and dip it in the dough to have it all around the cauliflower piece. Then dip in breadcrumbs.
Cook in the oven for 15min at 230·C.
Melt the butter and add paprika: pour it on the nuggets and put back it into the oven for 10min.
Tada, ready!

  • Tomato Cake

This might sound strange, but it’s my favourite childhood cake!

Ingredients:
– 125gr of sugar
– 50gr of soft butter
– 50ml of water
– 125gr of flour
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
– 2 eggs (white and yolks separated)

Mix all ingredients apart from egg whites in a bowl. Beat the egg whites and add to mixture. Pour in a baking tray and bake in the oven for 35min, medium heat.

  • Crêpes with integral flour
crêpes

As a typical French person, I love crêpes! These ones are only 3 ingredients: 3 eggs, 175gr of flour and 300ml of milk. You can also add a pinch of salt.

  • Mushroom and truffle risotto
mushroom and truffle risotto
  • Salmon tourte
salmon tourte

Another of my childhood dish! This is easy and yummy!

Ingredients:
– 2 puff pastry
– smoked salmon (1 packet 200/250gr)
– 150gr of soft creamy cheese with garlic and fine herbs (Boursin is the brand we have in France)
– 150 gr of fresh cream
– 150gr of grated Emmental cheese
– 1 egg yolk

Roll out the first dough. Place salmon all over it. Mix the cream cheese, fresh cream and grated cheese. Pour the mixture over the salmon, all over the pastry. Add the second dough on top. Weld the edges. Make a hole in the middle and brush egg yolk all over. Cook in the oven fro 35min at 180·C.

  • Sun-dried tomatoes and olives bread loaf
sundried tomatoes and olives bread loaf

We were finally able to find the fresh yeast at our local supermarket. We are petty happy with how our bread turned out!

Ingredients:
– 500gr of strong white flour
– 15gr of salt
– 55ml of olive oil
– 20gr of fresh yeast
– 275ml of water
– 170gr of pitted and chopped black olives
– 55gr of sun-dried tomatoes

Mix all ingredients, apart from the olives and tomatoes, in a bowl. Be careful not to put the yeast in direct contact with the salt when they are first added to the bowl.
Knead until the dough is elastic, smooth and shiny. Leave to rise for one hour.
Divide the dough into two and add half of the olives and sun-dried tomatoes into each.
Shape the dough how you want your bread to look like, sprinkle white flour lightly over the top and mark them with a cross.
Place them on a baking sheet land let it rest for one hour in a warm place.
Bake at 220·C for 30 minutes until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and cool.

Yum!

I hope you’re having as much fun as I have in the kitchen!

Adèle xx

The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 6

6 weeks locked inside… I’m starting to feel like a fish in a tank! Fingers crossed from next weekend we will be allowed out for walks and outdoor exercise!

Work, Work, Work

home office

This week has been super productive in terms of work, and it felt so good! I had to put together a Yoga video and it was so relaxing to look at them. You can find the final result here.

I took the time to do a quite overdue cleaning of my mailbox! I’ve used Cleanfox to help me sort out all my newsletter subscriptions. So easy to use! Click here to find out more about it and plant a tree together!

I’ve attended an online networking event organised by Mallorca Expats (a great Facebook group for anyone looking to relocate to the island).

Fooooooood

  • Best cookies ever!

I’m always disappointed when cookies are not moist and soft enough. But these ones were absolutely perfect! It’s the recipe from my favourite coffee shop in Lille (France), called L’Impertinente. They always have delicious cakes and I’m a big fan of their millionaire shortbread. Here is the original recipe (in French, translated in English below):

– 2 eggs
– 250gr soft butter
– 300gr chocolate (I only used 200 and it was more than enough)
– A pinch of salt
– 125gr white sugar
– 125gr brown sugar
– 350gr flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder

1. Mix soft butter and sugars
2. Add eggs and mix
3. Add sifted flour and baking powder
4. Add chocolate (chocolate chips or bar broken in small pieces)
(I recommend leaving the dough in the fridge for a bit before making the balls, it will be easier and less sticky!)
5. Make ‘ping-pong’ balls
6. Bake for 10 min at 180°C

  • Leek and Mushrooms Pie

Recipe by my amazing flatmate Jess ❤︎
1. chop 2 big leeks, a bunch of garlic and about 500g mushrooms and soften in pan with oil/water/butter whatever (this would be super delish with some chicken too!). season with salt/pepper and herbs (maybe mixed herbs, thyme, sage, rosemary, whatever really)
2. make about a cup or 2 of bechamel sauce and add to the leeks/mushrooms (1tbsp flour, about the same of melted butter, mix on stove to make a paste then whisk in milk until thick) OR, if you prefer dairy-free, sub milk for soy, and butter for oil
3. put some baking paper in a pie dish and then put in shortcrust pastry and bake for 10 min or so until golden
4. add pie mix and cover with a sheet of puff pastry
5. bake in oven for about 30 min

  • Cauliflower base pizzas

Surprisingly really good! You can find a recipe here.

  • Sushi night!

That was our first food delivery since the beginning of the lockdown! We got them from Sushi Chet, if you register on their website you get a 50% discount! This was 30€ for 3 people and we were full!

  • Banana Bread Delivery

My friend Vili from The Workshop Café surprised me with these yummy banana and chocolate chips muffin, delicious! They are doing deliveries of banana bread, carrot cake and even pancakes! Thank you again xx

Creative Week-End

Jess got a piano! I might try to learn how to play. I’ve never played any instruments because I couldn’t be bothered learning how to read music sheets.. But if I could wake up one morning knowing how to play an instrument it would be either the piano, guitar or violin!

piano

She taught me how to crochet! I’ve only learnt the basics at the moment but I hope I can manage to crochet around a jar soon! We have them all over the house and it’s quite cool!

Sunday was one of the only sunny day of the week, so I went on the rooftop with my paints and book and I spent a few others doing that. And then to keep me busy without going on my phone, I cleaned our balcony and blinds and reorganised the dining room shelves… My inner cleaning freak is really coming out during this lockdown ahah!

painting

I received another gift this week (quite spoiled!), by my friend Eli from Sunvibes. She sent us beautiful scrunchies and tee-shirts transfer to celebrate Fashion Revolution Week. You can read more about that in my last blog post: Fashion Revolution – Switch to a Sustainable Wardrobe. Thank you Eli for the sweetest surprise!

I hope you all had a good week!

Adèle xx

Fashion Revolution – Switch to a Sustainable Wardrobe

Today’s post is inspired by my dear friend and client, Eli from Sunvibes. She wrote Loved Clothes Last, a blog post about clothes, sustainability and family heirloom pieces.

This week is Fashion Revolution Week which “encourage millions of people to come together to campaign for systemic change in the fashion industry.”

I’m trying as much as I can to reduce my fashion footprint. Let me share with you some of my tips on how to have a wardrobe that brings you joy and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, without turning to fast fashion.

Sustainable Fashion Day

This inspired me to share with you memories of Sustainable Fashion Day Sunvibes organised 2 years ago. At that time, I was an intern for Eli so I helped her creating this amazing event. Eli is an Italian fashion designer based on Mallorca, each of her design is made of Italian fabric, printed with her original hand drawn designs, and treated with love. Her dresses are absolutely gorgeous.

We had different station: sewing a passport holder by using the leftover pieces of fabric of the dresses, dyeing clothes with natural fabrics (more info here) and screen printing a tee-shirt with Sunvibes caravan design.

We had amazing music by Christina Jones and lovely delicious healthy food by Vitanja.

You can read more about this day on Sunvibes Blog.

How to Switch to a Sustainable Wardrobe

fashion revolution who made my clothes

“We are living in a climate emergency and the fashion & textiles sector is one of the most polluting and wasteful industries. The industry continues to lack transparency, with widespread exploitation of people working in the supply chain. Never before have there been this many people on the planet in slavery, and fashion is a key driver of this reality. Brands and retailers are still not taking enough responsibility for the pay and working conditions in their factories, the environmental impacts of the materials they use or how the products they make affect the health of people, animals and our living planet.” Fashion Revolution

Second Hand Shopping

I’ve always been used to buying second-hand clothes since I was a kid. Let’s be honest, when I was a teenager I hated it because I couldn’t have the latest trendy items that all my friends at school were wearing. When I first earned a bit of money I did go a little crazy with shopping. That lasted for a couple of years I’d say, while I was at University. Even if at the same time I was still buying things at flea markets (we have a lot of them in France from Spring until September). Nowadays, my wardrobe is 90% pre-loved and I avoid going shopping as much as I can. I love going to second-hand shops and vintage markets and try to find piece that I’ll love for years to come.

My three favourite items from flea-markets in France: high quality leather boots for only 5€ (bought in 2015), a Moroccan bag that cost me 1€ only (bought in 2012) and these cute summer shoes bought for 3€ (bought in 2019).

Then in 2017 I spent a few months in Northern Ireland and there I discovered amazing second-hand and charity shops. I had not much money but needed warm clothes to survive the Irish weather, so I was happy to not spend hundred of pounds on items I’d only needed for a season.

Here is the only item I kept: a blouse bought in a charity shop in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, for 3 pounds. I gave back all my warm sweaters to a charity shop before I left as I was going to Australia and then moving to Spain, I didn’t have space for so much winter clothes!

When I moved to Palma de Mallorca, I was a bit disappointed with the second-hand and charity shops. I’s nothing compared to what they have in the UK! Click here for a guide to pre-loved fashion in Palma.

However, there are a couple of good vintage markets in Palma de Mallorca. My favourite is Mercadet Tira´m Els Trastos in Santa Catalina (Glorieta Pau Casals), every last Saturday of the month, organised by In Progress. Check their Facebook page to know when the next one will be!
It’s such a nice atmosphere, with live music. You can also enjoy a delicious breakfast and drink at Mama Carmen as they have some tables between the market stalls. One of my favourite piece from this market is a super cute cactus shirt.

Clothes Swap

In Mallorca I’ve also discovered the most amazing way of getting new clothes without spending money nor contributing to polluting by buying new items of fast fashion: CLOTHES SWAPS!
My first one was with Mallorca Girl Gone International and I couldn’t believe what I saw! Dozens of women bringing all their pre-loved items that they don’t want anymore and swapping them for new pieces! You have to bring minimum 1 piece, and you can leave with as many pieces as you want. All the leftovers clothes are then donated to charity. I organise these events with GGI, we try to do one every season. Join Mallorca GGI on Facebook to know when the next one will be!

Look at all the gorgeous new pieces of clothing I got for free! Summer dresses, sweaters, casual tee-shirts and more formal jackets: a new wardrobe without spending a cent!

Shoes and bags, too! In my opinion, you never have enough pair of shoes or bags… But I’ve stopped buying them new unless I really need a specific piece. I’m always super happy with my finds at the clothes swap as they are not necessarily things I would have bought if I saw then in the shops, but they bring so much joy to me when I wear them!

Tell me what are your favourite second hand pieces you own! What changes will you make to switch to a more sustainable wardrobe?

A Sweet Surprise

As I was finishing to write this blog post, a lovely surprise package from Eli arrived at my door. Of course, it had an upcycled theme to celebrate Fashion Revolution Week!

Scrunchies made from the leftover fabric of her dresses, and a textile transfer paper with Sunvibes Caravan illustration to upcycle our tee-shirts!
Thank you so much!!

If you want to know more about Fashion Revolution and how to be part of the change, visit www.fashionrevolution.org. Here is also an Instagram post that explains what you can do to take action now:

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The overriding reason I started FROM Clothing was to make people understand how their activewear, from typical high streets brands, was made ⏬ By disadvantaged people in faraway countries who are paid a pittance. People we don’t see 🙈 In factories we don’t see 🙈 In conditions, we don’t see 🙈 I wanted to do it differently. So without any background in the fashion industry, I set off with my Mum’s inheritance to start an activewear brand that would show the world we could do things better. Better for people, better for the planet 🌍⠀ It was an extremely steep learning curve. Back in 2011, there was very little talk about ethical fashion & where clothes came from.⠀ People were resistant to change. They wanted the ’shiny’ leggings, the cheaper leggings 🧘‍♀️ And then 7 years ago today, 24 April 2013, Rana Plaza clothing factory, in Bangladesh, collapsed 🏤⛑😵 1100 people were killed & 2500 injured.⠀ Most of the victims were young women making fast fashion clothes for some of the biggest brands in the world. So finally the true cost of cheap fashion was revealed. I had more fuel for my purpose. I was doing things differently. I was doing things better. I had my WHY. ⠀ So today, join the #fashionrevolution use your voice & social platforms to demand transparency from the fashion brands you buy from:⠀ – Repost these images⠀ – Tag a brand⠀ – Ask them #whomademyclothes and #whatsinmyclothes⠀ ⠀ Keep the pressure on. Don’t let them off. We need transparency more than ever now to help people and the planet.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #whatsyourwhy #yourwhy #simonsinek #passionpurpose #makeadifference #impactbrand #consciousbrand #sustainableliving #philanthropy #alturism #ethicalfashion #sustainablefashion #consciousclothing #fashrev #fashionrevolutionday #greenbusiness #bizcoach #businessmentor #leadbyexample #serialentrepreneur #femalefounder #femaleleader #ethicalbusiness #sustainablebusiness #ecowarrior #smallactscount #covidisolation

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Have a lovely week-end,

Adèle xx

The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 5

This 5th week of COVID-19 lockdown was quite uneventful! It is starting to feel like living the same day over and over again! I totally spent too much time on my phone AGAIN this week, so trying to cut down on screen time (yeah I know, I said that before, but it’s really hard, especially when you work in social media!)

Food

Here are all the food we’ve made in the past weeks, in case you need recipe ideas! Big shout out to my flatmate Jess for cooking for all of us!

  • Banana Bread

Ingredients:
– 3 ripe bananas, mashed
– 1 cup white sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup melted butter
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 165°C. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and butter together in a bowl. Mix the flour and baking soda together in a separate bowl; stir into the banana mixture until the batter is just mixed. Stir the salt into batter. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. You can add banana pieces on top of the batter to decorate the bread. Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour.

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  • Caramelised onions and goat cheese quiche
caramelised onions and goat cheese quiche
  • Homemade burgers and sweet potato fries with truffle mayonnaise

We had been craving burgers since the beginning of the lockdown, so we finally decided to make our own! Well it’s not that easy, you have to cook everything at once and be fast, but it was worth it in the end! Mercadona now has vegan burgers, and it really felt like eating a meat burger (texture-wise). In the burgers we put: cheese, pickles, beetroot, tomatoes, a fried egg and bacon (for the non-vegetarians), plus ketchup and mustard.

We decided to make sweet potato fries as they are our favourites, and we made the most delicious truffle mayonnaise. So simple! We found this truffle paste at Mercadona (2€50 for 80gr, next to the spices) and we mixed a bit of the paste with normal mayonnaise, and it was like eating fries at Badal Corner! Yum!

truffle paste truffle mayonnaise truffle sauce

We still have a lot in the jar, so expect more truffle recipe in next week’s blog post!

  • Missing Brunch at my favourite cafés

I’m craving a good brunch from Cafè Riutort or La Finca, and pancakes from The Workshop Café (they actually did a pancake delivery on Saturday, and they also deliver banana bread, check it out here). I’ve made a list of my favourite cafés and brunch places in Palma de Mallorca to visit after the lockdown, find it here and tell me what are tour favourites ones!

Podcasts

I’ve started to listen to podcasts again, in my ‘normal life’ I listen to them while I walk by the sea every evening, so it had been a while without turning one on! My favourites are (sorry all in French): Bliss stories (pregnancy and birth stories); In Power (entrepreneurs interviews) and Build Yourself (tips for entrepreneurs and online businesses).

An amazing podcast in English I can recommend for female entrepreneurs is Sheree Murray’s one: The Side Hustle Movement.

I love that Sheree is using one of the photo we’ve taken on her Palma Insta Tour photo session!

Quarantine view

It’s really hard to stare at the same buildings everyday, over and over, and always go to the same shop once a week… But it taught me to really appreciate what I have in front of me. I love the pink and orange colours of the neighbour’s buildings, it is quite a nice view we have from our balcony!

It’s so lovely to see how the kids are getting more and more creative everyday to stay in contact, they are now sending each others letters and presents through the bag and strings they set up between 3 flats.

Home workout

Here’s a workout video we made with my flatmates (one used to be a personal trainer so she’s planning our morning workouts (so lucky I know). We do it every morning at 7.30am Monday to Friday. It’s the best way to start the days and really help me keeping sane.

Missing the sea

This week I’ve really been missing my walks and the sea… maybe because I was hoping we would be allowed for walks outside our house from the 26th, but they have just announced that only kids will be allowed on the streets for fresh air and a bit of exercise… But well, I’ve been looking at photos from hikes and beach days, and have been tanning on our balcony, at least it’s something!

Palma Insta Tour

This weekend was really productive as I released the landing page for Palma Insta Tour on my website! You can check it out here:

Don’t forget that you can buy a voucher now to do the tour at a later date! I really can’t wait to show you around the city again, and take some photos!

Big shout out to Jess for helping me with copy writing and to my web designer, Octave.

I hope you all had a good-enough week! Here in Palma de Mallorca the lockdown has been extended until May 9th now.

Stay safe everyone!

Adèle xx

Best cafés and brunch spots in Palma de Mallorca

Gorgeous latte arts, tasty matcha, delicious panckaes and yummy cakes… Here are (some of) my favourite cafés and best brunch spots in Palma de Mallorca.

La Finca

My number one! La Finca is located not far from Plaza España and Puerta de San Antoni, and it’s nice to have such a great café in this part of town. The owners are the sweetest guys you’ll meet, and they do great food and coffee. I love the cakes there, and their empanadas and quiches are to die for. I always go for a matcha or a chaï latte, but occasionally I get tempted by their pink latte: a coffee with beetroot.  

Address: Carrer de l’Escola Graduada, 5, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears

La Molienda

A new location has opened in Carrer de l’Arxiduc, again, it’s great to have one of this trendy café opening in this part of town. The new location is quite big but gets quite busy in the mornings (it can also be a bit noisy, so it might not be the best place if you’re looking for a quiet place to work from or have a meeting with someone). That being said, La Molienda has a good breakfats selection. I’m a big fan of the simple ‘pan con tomate’ and the delicious cinnamon rolls. The other location, off La Rambla in Carrer del Bisbe Campins, is much smaller and cozier, but the best part of it is the outside terrace.

Address: Carrer del Bisbe Campins, 11, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears /
Carrer de l’Arxiduc Lluís Salvador, 9a, 07004 Palma, Illes Balears

Cafè Riutort

They are the masters of latte art! From hearts to swans, I always feel like it’s too pretty to drink! They have a great brunch selection. Located just off La Rambla, Cafè Riutort is where I start my Instagram tours of Palma, it can get quite busy as it’s a popular spot with only a few tables, but it’s worth the wait!

Address: Carrer del Carme, 25, 07003 Palma, Illes Balears

Rosevelvet Bakery

This is the place to be if you love amazing cakes. Rosevelvet Bakery always have a broad selection of cakes from brownie, to red velvet goodness. I’m also a fan of they ‘Sweet as hell’ neon sign!

Address: Carrer de la Missió, 15, Local 1, 07003 Palma, Balearic Islands

The Workshop Café and Cycles

Located on the other side of the town, I love The Workshop Café and Cycles especially for their chia seeds and berries pancakes: they are the best pancakes I’ve tasted in Palma! They also do amazing toasts with poached eggs, and their juices are fresh and tasty.

Address: Carrer Magalhaes, 1, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears

MALA the Café

Photos taken for Solstice Blends (superfood lattes)

If you’re looking for the best, tasty avocado toast, this is the place to go! Their avocado toast with cream cheese and toasted hazelnuts is so delicious, just writing about it makes me want to go there immediately! I also love the interior and ambiance of Mala the café.

Address: Carrer d’En Morei, 1, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears

Ben Trempat

For some simple but delicious tostadas, you can trust this place! Located in Plaça Llorenç Bisbal, this is a small and not to expensive, local café to enjoy breakfast with friends on their sunny terrace.

Address: Plaça Llorenç Bisbal, 3a, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears

Can Joan de s’Aigo

This one is quite typical of Mallorca. If you want to taste all the Mallorquin specialities, don’t hesitate, go there! From sweets with ensaimadas, coca de patata and their signature hot chocolate (literally melted chocolate, not mixed with milk or water!), or if you prefer savoury: coca de trampo, empanadas and more.
They have a few locations around town, my favourite has to be the oldest one: I love the charm factor once you step inside. Perfect breakfast spot after a morning stroll around the old town.

Address: Carrer de Can Sanç, 10, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears

Panaderia S’Estació

They do some delicious carrot cake and coca de patata, but let’s be honest, the best part of this Café/bakery is their glass floor as you come in! The first time I got quite surprised and thought I was falling, ahah. From the shop you can see the bakers making all the goodies below you and it’s quite fascinating to watch.

Address: Carrer del Sindicat, 66, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears

What’s yours?

Tell me what are your favourite brunch spots and best cafés in Palma de Mallorca!

Adèle xx

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The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 4

And just like that.. it has been a month of lockdown already! The highlights of this 4th week of COVID-19 quarantine were prepping for Easter by cooking a lot of food and celebrating with an indoor Easter egg hunt!

Let’s start with the most important: FOOD!

  • Orange Cake

Original recipe by Nicook (in French) here.
– 115 gr of sugar
– 115 gr of soft butter
– 115 gr of flour
– 1 packet of dry yeast
– 4 oranges
– 2 eggs
Combine sugar and soft butter. Add the eggs. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well. Add the zest of 3 oranges. Add the juice of 3 oranges.
Bake the cake 20min at 200°C (to check). Take the cake out of the oven, and before removing from the tin, pour the juice of the 4th orange. Leave to stand for 15 minutes. Remove from tin. Taste!

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  • Easter Feast

We stocked up on veggies to have enough to cook for the long weekend. We attempted to make olive bread but we had a bit of misunderstanding with Spanish levadura (we wanted yeast but ended up with baking powder as they are both called the same in Spanish…). But we ended up with a delicious focaccia instead and it went greatly with dips. We even had the last pieces as sandwich with all the leftovers from Friday dinner and Easter lunch and it was delicious!!

So, what was on the menu ?
For Friday dinner we made stuffed Aubergine with lentils, a kiwi and cucumber curry tzatziki (literally just cut up kiwis, cucumber and mix Greek yoghurt with a teaspoon of curry powder, a bit of coriander and salt, and it’s done!) , and dips (hummus, beetroot hummus and coriander pesto).

And for Easter Sunday lunch my flatmate made a yummy lamb roast, with roasted veggies (carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin), and it was delish’! And for desert, a lemon cheesecake, and of course, a lot of chocolates!

Hot Cross Buns

Find a recipe here. Same problem with the yeast/baking powder here, and we didn’t put enough sultanas. But warm with melted butter on it it was still super good!

Spring Cleaning!

Spring is here. And when we get out, it will deficiently won’t be cold anymore! So it was time to switch the winter and summer wardrobe! I’ve also continued my big cleaning spree by washing all the pillows and sofa covers, and continuing to scrub the bathroom tile joints, so satisfying!

Movies & Series

This week we watched the limited series Years and Years. The trailer will speak better about it than me, but seriously, watch it!!

If you’re looking for a romantic drama, Life Itself (on Netflix) is really well done. “A love story spanning generations and continents is connected by a single, heartbreaking event with results that none of those affected can imagine.”

Happy Moments

As I live in the city centre, I usually wake up with the sound of cars and bin trucks, what a joy it has been waking up to the sound of birds.
We took advantage of the gorgeous weather we had last week to spend Saturday sunbathing on our roof terrace, oops got burnt!
We played our second game of Palmapoly and it ended better than the first attempt! Hurray! You can find all of the details about our DIY Monopoly here.

Dress by Sunvibes

Online courses

I’m still going through Pink Flamingo Marketing online workshop about FOPY (Fear Of Promoting Yourself). My goal is to be done with before April 27th, as on that day starts Chloe’s new online programme: 6 week to confident marketing. You can find mire information about the course here: https://pinkflamingomarketing.com/confident/. I highly recommend Chloe’s course, she’s a great teacher and mentor!

Supporting small businesses during the lockdown

If you’re in a position where you can still spend money (because let’s be honest, most of us have very little to no income at the moment), it’s time to support smaller businesses. Buy your fruits and veggies at the market instead of the supermarket, order wine from a bar that had to close down but offers deliveries, buy vouchers now for treatments or sessions to be done at a latter date… You can find a directory with many businesses still operating during the lockdown here.

Unfortunately, I cannot run my Instagram tours of Palma at the moment, but you can still buy a voucher now and we will do the session as soon as all of this craziness is over us! Email me at adele@yellothere.com to arrange something!

I hope you all had a good week!

Adèle xx

Palmapoly – DIY Monopoly Palma de Mallorca edition

Stuck at home during the COVID-19 quarantine and I discovered that one of my flatmates had never played Monopoly before! This was unacceptable! But what to do – we didn’t have Monopoly at home and the shops were all closed; the only solution was, of course, to make our own one!

Maybe you’re stuck at home during the lockdown, maybe the virus is over and you just want a crafty project to do – whatever the reason, here is a tutorial for you to follow to create your own personalised Monopoly game: Palma de Mallorca edition!

activities kids indoor DIY make your own monopoly

1 – The theme

The first and most important step is to think of a theme for your game. Maybe it will be based on your family’s hometown, or where you grew up, or even your favourite movie or series (i.e. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones etc.). Whatever you decide, keep in mind that you will have almost 30 property and chance/community chest cards to create, and so you’ll need to choose something with enough options for all of these.

2 – The Board

The second most important part of the game is to get yourself some cardboard for the game board. A good, big, flat piece is ideal, if you don’t have anything at home you can scour the local supermarket for empty boxes. A standard Monopoly board is about 50x50cm (20×20 inches) and that’s just the actual playing area. If you struggle to find a piece of cardboard big enough, that’s ok, but ideally you want it as big as possible, otherwise you’ll run into trouble when it’s time to fit all the properties on the board.
Once you have the board, you need to cut it to size. I drew the outline and then used a sharp knife to score along the lines, then folded the board and used a serrated knife to finish (remember, we were short on options here!) If you’re going to want to fold the board for storage later, then you will need to score lines dividing the board into 4 quarters, cut one of the lines just to the middle, and then carefully fold the board along the scored lines so it folds as you like. Store it under something heavy for a few hours to really embed the folds.
The next step is to decide how you’d like to decorate the background. This could be with decoupage (our choice), paints, stickers, drawings, whatever your heart desires! Get creative and make it personalised to the theme of your game.

3 – Show me the money!

So we decided to do the money right at the beginning, because – honestly – it’s the longest and most mind-numbing part of the whole project. We decided to scrap the 1 Euro bills for this game (everyone hates them!) and made 30 of every other note (500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5) by cutting them out of plain white paper. Decorate them as you like, but remember you will have a LOT of notes to decorate so don’t go too overboard!

4 – Properties

Now you just need to decide the names you’re going to give your properties, what the stations and utilities will be, and, if you’ve decided not to use 1 Euro bills, adjust the rent costs accordingly. There are 28 property cards, with 8 different colour groups, plus stations and utilities. See below the excel table for a list of each of the properties for Palma de Mallorca and pricing.

When the names are decided, it’s time to make the cards. Ideally using heavy paper/thin card, cut out 28 property cards (maybe with a few extra just in case!). When you’re deciding on the size, write out one or two test cards to make sure you’re happy with them and can fit all the information on there. Choose your colour theme and make sure you can tell which group each property belongs to! With the stations, get creative! Choose four local beaches, or parks, or something related to your theme.

5 – Chance/Community Chest

This is where you can really get funny and creative! There are 17 Community Chest cards and 16 Chance cards. For me, I felt that the cards tend to be similar, and so I just went with one pile of 32 Chance cards all mixed together. You can keep these as similar or as different as you like, and get creative with linking them to your theme. You can cut these cards out of heavy paper/thin card, and remember to decorate the backs of the cards as they will sit face down on the board. The cards should be about the same size as the property cards.

Here is a list of our Chance cards, Quarantine edition:
– Get out of paying rent (keep card until needed). (x2)
-Get out of Quarantine (keep card until needed). (x2)
– GO TO QUARANTINE! Go directly to Quarantine. Do not pas GO, do not collect 200€. (x2)
– Payday! Advance to GO, collect 200€. (x2)
– Advance to nearest beach. If unowned, you may buy it. If owned, pay the owner double their entitled rent.
– Advance to nearest utility. If unowned, you may buy it. If owned, throw dice and payowner 10x amount thrown.
– Take a walk down Calle Oms. If you pass GO, collect 200€.
– Take a walk down Paseo Maritimo. If you pass GO, collect 200€.
– Beach Day! Take a trip to Playa de Palma. If you pass GO, collect 200€.
– Police fines you for being outdoors. Pay 150€. (x2)
– General Home Repairs. Pay 40€ per house and 100€ per hotel. (x2)
– Government subsidy package. Collect 150€.
– Gym membership refund. Receive 25€.
– Happy Days! You find money blowing down the deserted street. Collect 100€.
– Communal household dinner. Collect 50€ from each player.
– You receive rent assistance. Collect 150€.
– You’re infected – GAME OVER! Just kidding. Roll 1 dice. If it’s even, collect 100€. If it’s odd, pay 100€.
– Holiday cancelled. Receive refund of 100€.
– You sell your old vacuum. Collect 50€.
– You avoided getting coughed on at the supermarket. Collect 10€.
– Quarantined with full pay. Collect 200€.
– Good deed! Go shopping for a neighbour. Collect 10€.
– You forgot to sanitise! Pay 50€ to each player.
– Get tested for Coronavirus. Pay Doctor 50€.
– Stock up on toilet paper. Pay 15€.

6 – Houses/Hotels/Tokens

This is where you can let your imagination go wild, and go as simple or as detailed as you want! The original Monopoly has:
– 32 houses
– 12 hotels
– 8 playing pieces/game tokens

Think about the theme of your game, and what you have lying around the house that you can use. Some ideas are buttons, coins, beer bottle lids, pebbles, or even homemade clay you can bake in the oven and then paint/decorate. Just remember that the houses need to be small enough to fit four at a time on each property space on the game board.
We decided to use pieces of sea glass that we had collected at our local beach; small ones for houses, bigger ones for hotels, and we glued 8 different pieces on coins to make the game tokens.

7 – Finishing the Board

Now that all the cards and pieces are ready, you must be getting excited to finally finish! For the final part of the Game Board there are three main parts;

  1. Measure the game board and cut out four strips of paper to make the playing area.
  2. Draw the borders of all the playing spaces and decorate
  3. Glue the strips to the board and finalise the decorations

When measuring the paper for the playing area, make sure you do this carefully ensuring that all the strips fit together, you have enough room to write all the properties, and that you leave enough space in the middle (and outside, if you choose) for decorating.

The next step is to carefully measure the spacing and draw the borders for each playing space. The four corners are taken up with “GO”, “Jail” (replaced by “Quarantine”), “Free Parking” (replaced by “Free Delivery”) and “Go to Jail” (replaced by “Go to Quarantine”) and there are 10 spaces between each corner. Once you’ve drawn all the borders, it’s time to fill in all of the spaces with the property names, stations, and other details – really personalise it to link in with your chosen theme!

The very last task is to carefully glue, or decoupage the strips to the Board (making sure you put them in the right order!) and finish off any other decorating you want to include. Maybe put a fun title, or you may want to draw an outline of where your Chance/Community Chest cards will go.

Finally, once everything is dried and decorated and you’re happy, all you need is a couple of dice (unless you’re super keen and decide to handmake these too!) and you are ready to enjoy your masterpiece!

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The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 3

And another week has passed… Spain has announced the extension of the lockdown until April 26th, so we have at least 3 more weeks to go!

Food, food and more food!

  • Cookioches (a mix between cookies and brioche)
    Original recipe here (in French). Recipe for 9 cookioches:
    – 180g of T45 wheat flour
    – 1 egg
    – 10g of sugar (optional)
    – 1 bag of baking powder
    – 100g of chocolate chips
    – 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
    – 2 ripe bananas
    Mix everything until the dough becomes sticky. Make 9 balls and put them on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 180°C. Enjoy!
  • Vareniki (Ukrainian raviolis)
    Our flatmate treated us with one of her childhood dish. Inside the ravioli are mushrooms and potatoes. And on top you can add cream and/or fried onions. very yummy! Here‘s the recipe.
  • Veggie curry
    Not a week goes without having this ahah. I just cook whatever veggies I have in the fridge, and I had coconut milk and curry paste.
  • More treats
    Lentils loaf (a great veggie option to meat loaf). And bread sticks (so YUMMY: made with pizza dough, Italian spices and seeds).

Palmapoly

We’ve finally finished our Palmapoly, you can find all the details by clicking here. We played our first game on Saturday night but let’s say it didn’t end very well 😂 I actually think it was more fun to make the Monopoly rather than playing it, so might just make another one to keep busy during the next 3 weeks.

If you can’t travel, read about it

This week I’ve read Enjoying Mallorca, by Pamela Legge. I have mixed feelings about it. I think back in the time when Google wasn’t our best friend, it was quite a good resource to know about expat life on Mallorca. I liked to be familiar with all the places and events she talks about, but it was a bit long and sometimes boring… I quite liked the illustrations though.

It’s series time

We finished The Handmaid’s Tale on Thursday, and we are sad to have to wait for the 4th season (which will be postponed due to the COVID-19 situation).
On Friday, the 4th season of Casa de Papel (Money Heist) was out so I’ve spent the day in bed watching it…now just have to wait for the next one ahah. I like this series because it’s my Spanish practice: I watch it in Spanish (with Spanish subtitles).

Weekends are for ‘beach’ days

We are so lucky to have a rooftop terrace, and to be honest, it’s the first time we’re making a good use of it after more than a year of living in our flat. It’s our new gym for mornings bootcamps, and on the weekend we’ve decided to set up a little ‘beach’ and enjoy some sunshine ans sangria.

I hope you all had a good week! Do you do anything special on the weekends to make the separation between week/work days and weekends?

Adèle xx

Morning Stroll around Palma Cathedral

The best time of the day to go for a walk and watch the gorgeous cathedral is definitely at sunrise.

Sunrise cathedral Palma de Mallorca

I can’t get enough of the sky turning all shades of orange and pink.

No one in the streets, just you and the beauty of nature.

Such a peaceful moment.

“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
― Roman Payne

And soon after, it’s Golden Hour…

Oh, I miss it. I can’t wait to go on a morning walk again when all of this is over (aka COVID-19 lockdown).

What’s the thing you miss the most about having to stay at home?

Adèle xx