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

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.

PIN IT FOR LATER!

  • 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

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!

PIN IT FOR LATER!

  • 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

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