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

Hello again, Palma

After 7 weeks of the strictest lockdown in Europe, we were finally able to go outside for exercise and fresh air. I have never seen that many people out before 7am. This first walk was strange but felt so good. It screamed freedom!

Sunrise at the beach, palya de Palma

It was blissful to watch the sun rising while listening to the sounds of the waves, along with people chatter and laughter.

Oh, I missed that walk!

Cathedral view from palma Beach

I was so happy to finally be able to see our beautiful Cathedral again. La Seu is definitely my favourite spot. Seeing the flowers around the Cathedral made me realise how much we’ve missed while being locked inside. Spring has happened and we didn’t get a chance to enjoy it.

It was surreal to see the usually busy plazas and streets completely empty!

My mind was blown by seeing how much the trees have grown during the past weeks.

Paseo del Born palma de Mallorca
7 weeks have passed between these 2 photos.

What a strange feeling, to be able to enjoy the beauty of our city again. Never ever taking that for granted, that’s for sure!

I hope you are all enjoying your daily walks by the sea and city strolls!

See you soon for Palma Insta Tour!

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

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

The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 2

We are entering the third week of lockdown in Mallorca. At the moment, we are supposed to get out on April 12nd, but let’s see how the situation evolves in the next couple of weeks.

Some photos of Palma empty streets during the lockdown, taken when I go to the shops:

This second week has been SO MUCH BETTER than the first one. For several reasons. Firstly, I’ve really decreased the time spent on social media. I tried my best to not check my phone before 12pm, and focus on other things in the mornings. Secondly, I’ve given myself tasks and goals for each day. Thirdly, I’ve made myself available for work and clients only between 1 and 6pm so I don’t have to be online all day long. So what do I do the rest of the time ??

Quarantine Activities

  • I’ve kept on doing workout bootcamp on our roof terrace every mornings with my flatmates: it’s really amazing to get some fresh air and exercise in first thing.
  • Doing some over due cleaning tasks in the house (you know like cleaning the shower tile joints with a tooth-brush.. SO SATISFYING!) Who else is becoming a cleaning freak ?
  • Cooking, of course. This week I’ve made: a veggie curry, a leek and cauliflower fondue, quinoa and brocolis balls, sweet potatoes fries; and crêpes. We’re taking turns to cook with my flatmates so I’ve also eaten a tofu and veggie stir fry, chocolate mousses, lime mousses, an apple and cinnamon cake…
  • Writing blog posts, editing photos and drafting the new landing pages I need on my website.
  • Cleaning my computer storage, ordering photos and transferring them onto my hard-drive because I’m tired of the Cloud telling me it’s too full! Never enough space…
  • Making a Monopoly, Palma de Mallorca edition. This is my flatmate amazing idea. It’s been our project for the past two weeks and are hoping to be done soon to be able to play! We are making everything by hand from cards to bills, and even the board. The tokens are a 2 cents coin with a piece of sea glass glued on top. I hope next week I can show you the final result! It’s been so fun. Work in progress… Edit: Palmapoly is now done and you can get all the details to make your own here: www.yellothere.com/palmapoly
  • Watching The Handmaid’s Tale (you can watch it on HBO, there is a 2-weeks free trial). We’ve finished Season 2 and are loving it! We’ve also watched Self Made on Netflix.
  • Reading! I’ve finished ‘Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali’s Hidden Drug’ by Kathryn Bonella. A very interesting book. And I’ve also read ‘The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy’ by Fiona McNeill. Super fun and easy to read.
  • Painting… I’m definitely not a good painter but having fun just doing some water colour paintings, and it made me able to decorate my bedroom a little bit more. I’ve also added travel memories and postcards to escape a little during the lockdown.

Small Accomplishments and Happy Moments

I’ve put on jeans for the first time in two weeks, and it still fits! Just the time to go to the shops but still… Quarantine Fashion on point! Thank God for pajamas.

Hearing everyone clapping every night at 8pm and seeing thank you messages around when going on the streets to go food shopping.

Kids finding new ways to communicate and play together: they’ve sending paper planes and balls from one building to the other (well most ending up in the streets ahah) and having so much fun doing so!

I hope you all add a good week! Remember that it’s okay to feel sad, to feel overwhelmed and to feel lazy! It’s good to have a routine, keep yourself busy and be productive but the most important thing is to keep sane! So if that means spending hours reading on the couch, then let it be!

Adèle xx

The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 1

Disclaimer: photos of the city taken on Saturday March 14th, before the lockdown.

A week has passed since we got the news of Spain entering the state of emergency due to the current COVID-19 situation. It wasn’t a shocking news as we were looking at what was happening in Italy and we knew the lockdown was the only way to prevent spreading the virus more and more.

First days

On Saturday night, knowing that we wouldn’t be allowed outside for a long time, I went on one last walk by the sea to watch the sunset. It felt very strange, many people were outside enjoying their last moments of ‘freedom’. Who knows when we will be able to go to the beach again? …

Sunset on the beach with palmtrees

Sunday was quite a weird day. Many people were still going out as they understood the lockdown was starting on Monday, so the police already started to go around and tell people to go home. There was no running by the sea or exercising on the beach allowed anymore. That was it: everyone inside!

Before the official lockdown announcement, people went a bit crazy and did some panic buying, clearing the toilet paper shelves of the shops (we are all still wondering WHY TOILET PAPER ?!). Quickly, the shops became empty as everyone was stocking up on food. But a few days after the state of emergency announcement, it was almost back to normal.

Adjusting to the current situation

It took me time to adjust to this surreal situation: working from home most of the time, the idea of having to stay home and work remotely didn’t scare me as it’s already part of my daily routine. My main concern was not to be able to go outside for my daily walk by the sea, to get some fresh air and get my 10 000 steps in after spending the whole day sitting and working on the computer. Thankfully, I’m lucky to live with a former personal trainer so she’s keeping us fit during the lockdown as we can’t go to the gym. Every morning at 7.30am my flatmates and I are on the rooftop terrace to do our daily bootcamp: best way to start the day (even if some days I am grumpy and not really into it, let’s be honest!)

As the days went by, we noticed more and more policemen around our square, controlling the whereabouts of people walking: if you have to go to work, you should present your work contract or a certificate from your boss; if you are coming back from the shops, you have to present your receipts to make sure you really went food shopping. If you’re walking your dog, they might ask you the document of the animal to make sure it’s yours, as some dog owners are now renting their dog so people can go on a walk!!! No jokes!

What I should have done differently

I think my biggest mistake during this first week was to spend way too much time on social media: as many people found themselves without jobs, they were so much more active on Facebook and Instagram. I’m a bit addicted to YouTube and watching stories all day long, so content creator and influencers posting twice as much as usual didn’t help me to put my phone down. One week in, I’ve decided to not turn on my phone before 12pm every day, so I can concentrate on other things in the morning without watching the news nor everyone’s accomplishments during the quarantine.

Palma Cathedral and palmtrees

I don’t know how you felt when you started seeing everyone planning to make the most of it and taking the opportunity to do things they never have the time to do, but it made me feel super anxious, overwhelmed and sad.

Well yes: my life isn’t really different because I still have to work online part-time for my clients, and the other part of the time to work on my business, so really no more time than usual to start learning how to sew or learn a new language. I was feeling frustrated because I also wanted to be home and not work and have so much time in my hands to do so many different things.

And then I realized the problem wasn’t not having the time, but more not managing my time wisely. As every bit of ‘free’ time I had, I was spending it on social media looking at everyone living their best lockdown lives (because of course, most people are posting about the benefits and what they are achieving, no one talk about their mental breakdowns or their 3-days in a raw in the same pajamas ahah).

Crafts, water painting

Learning from my mistakes

My goal now is to work on my business in the mornings (writing blog posts, editing photos, planning my social media posts and do some online courses), work for my clients in the afternoon, watch a few episodes of The Handmaid’s Tales with my flatmates (we started it yesterday and omg it’s so good!), and read before going to sleep. And let’s not forget our daily morning flatmates rooftop bootcamp.

Focus on the positive

One thing I really love about being stuck at home is that it gives us the opportunity to spend quality time together: playing games, doing crafts and having home-cooked dinners. Food has become the thing we look forward to the most as we can’t go outside, so cooking and eating is becoming our number one activity. So far, we’ve made French toasts, cinnamon rolls, an orange cake, veggie lasagna, Brazilian risoles, beetroot humus, red pepper and Parmesan dip, veggie curry and fish cakes.

I’ve also loved noticing a rise of solidarity during this difficult first week: at 8pm, every night, people go out on their balconies and clap for all the medical staff and other professions doing such a hard job. As we are young and healthy, our elderly neighbour has been asking us to do her shopping and pharmacy runs as she’s scared to go out at all; and it makes us feel useful.

How did your first week of lockdown go ? How are you feeling ? I’ll leave you with an Instagram post that I really needed to see when I was feeling low and unproductive. Hope it helps!

Adèle xx