Lemon poppy seed Birthday DONUTS..!

Good morning and have a nice week everyone!! Today we celabrate our 3rd birthday with a sweet sweet recipe.. Lemon and poppy seed donuts!

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Baked, not fried, they’re healthier so you can have 2 or 3 without remorse.. 🙂 At first I thought that baked donuts don’t really count as donuts, but they’re just as soft and fluffy!

More sweet (not only donuts) recipes coming soon..

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Ingredients

For the cake donuts:

  • 80gr unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 110gr caster sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 185ml milk
  • 500gr self-raising floor, plus extra for dusting
  • a good pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest

To coat:

  • 220gr sugar

For the lemon buttercream:

  • 60gr unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 250gr icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

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Happy 2nd anniversary..!

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Hi everyone! I just realised that Urbanzip is 2 years old..!

The past 6 months we didn’t post as frequently as in the past, but this “neverending” transitional period makes it almost impossible to dedicate the time we would have liked.. So today i’m posting some pics from a beautiful stroll two days ago in the center of Athens, while I was searching urban planning material for my thesis. Looking forward to my graduation, than i’ll have all the time to explore my colourful city!

Happy anniversary!

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Xmas mood –> ON!

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Hello everyone! After 2 months of work we finally managed to relax and arrange some things around the house. First thing on the list was to decorate our very first christmas tree! Among old and new ornaments, we made also our own handmade balls and delicious gingerbread cookies that one of our cat totally loves!

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Our cat eating the cookies from the christmas tree. We are now moving most of them on the top of the tree!

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On Saturday it was also Niko’s birthday so some friends came over for drinks and karaoke! I prepared a red velvet cake, but it turned green (!?) so i poured some chocolate over to cover it.

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Chickpeas..

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Lunch time! What are you cooking? I’m eating again the delicious chickpeas we cooked yesterday with Nikos! A really simple recipe, excluding the part where you have to “remember” to put them in the water from the night before.. I always forget that part!

First we boiled the chickpeas and then we cooked it in the oven, in a hull where we also added onions, fresh oregano from the garden, garlic and spinach leaves. After almost an hour it’s ready and you can add the lemon juice! Bon appetit!

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“Unofficial” Goodbye..

The time has come.. I just left my house in Florence and I’m on my way to Ancona and then to my hometown, Athens.

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This change will be really difficult at first. Of course I’ll miss this amazing city and all the people I’m leaving behind. This is an unofficial goodbye not only because I’m coming back soon for my thesis, but because I intend to visit really often! So beware!
Below some photos from this last week in Florence. Have a nice day people!

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Tuscany part 7: My 28th Birthday at Volpaia!

I woke up this morning intending to share with you some moments from my 28th birthday which was definitely the strangest birthday till now. Why? Well this is the last year or better the last week i’m living in Florence after 8 years of studies. I might have 2 exams left but i’m leaving my house here and I move permanently in Athens. So these last days here are so difficult and emotional for me. So many things to do and no time for doing even the half of them. So this morning I ended up looking photos from my previous birthdays in Florence, so many different people in them, dearest friends, friends of friends, some of them total strangers but all of them people i’ll never forget.

But let’s go back to yesterday. Me Nikos, Robert and Elena went for lunch at Volpaia, an amazing fortified village of medieval origin, situated between Radda in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti. So for lunch we went at Bar Ucci, owned by Paola the most welcoming hostess, she will always find a table one way or another, and her mother Gina in the kitchen, the funniest tuscan lady!

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When we got there the weather was good, then it started raining so we were not able to go for a walk outside the village, but seeing Volpaia only was more than enough! On our way back to Florence the weather changed again so we stopped to take a small walk and enjoy our last moments in magical Tuscany.

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Thanks to Nikos for the photo above! Below my improvised 4 piece birtday cake and some pics from my past birthdays in Florence.

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Two steps closer..

Hello people! Yesterday was the last day at the university with my classmates. We were all day at the university’s department at San Niccolò area for our Architecture and Environment Lab exam, my last exam of a laboratory! After that I have only 2 exams left for my masters degree.. Below some pics on my way, during and after the exam. Have a nice evening!

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Sea bream for lunch..

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Hi everyone! Today I took the first exam for this last semester so now i’m 3 exams closer to my degree..!

For lunch Nikos prepared a sea bream fillet with rosemary, garlic and lemon in the oven. Accompanied by french fries and tomato-onion salad is the tastier combination! Buon appetito!

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Earlier this morning..

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Parmesan “keftedakia” surprise..

Hi everyone! Today i’m sharing with you a recipe me and Nikos prepared last week for the  international Parmiggiano Reggiano culinary contest! Check here our recipe and upload yours until July 18th!

To take part, recreate a typical dish from your culinary culture using Parmigiano Reggiano, the King of Cheeses, and then share your recipe! The best 30 recipes, judged and selected by a panel of chefs, will be published in the first Parmigiano Reggiano CrossCooKing recipe book. There will also be a special surprise for the most interesting interpretation!

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Kofta, in Greek κεφτές (keftés), is an Azerbijanian, Balkan, Indian, Iranian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish meatball or meatloaf. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef or lamb—mixed with spices and/or onions. In India, Turkey and Iran, koftas are usually made of lamb, beef, mutton or chicken, whereas Greek and Cypriot varieties are usually made of beef, veal, pork or mixtures of them. In Greek cuisine they are usually fried and eaten with tzatziki or yogurt.

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Ingredients

  • 500g minced beef or a mixture of minced beef and pork
  • 3 slices of stale bread without crust
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1 egg finely chopped fresh oregano, fresh mint leaves, and parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • Yogurt seasoned with paprika and lemon zest

Preparation

Put the bread in bowl and drizzle with vinegar. Add the rest of the ingredients along with the minced meat and the herbs. Preferably grate the onions over the mixture so it gets infused by their juice. Season with salt and pepper. Scrunch and mix up well, then cover and place in the fridge to bind for at least 30 minutes. Remember: the more the mixture remains in the fridge the more aromatic the meatballs become. Divide the meat mixture in small pieces. Mould and pat each piece into comparatively flat meatballs, wetting your fingertips in water every now and then. Add a piece of parmesan cheese in the middle and wrap it. Dust them with flour, shaking the excess away, and stir-fry in olive oil. Dip the meatballs in the yogurt sauce. Buon appetito!

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#INFOODWETRUST

Hello everyone! Yesterday I attended the cooking show and book presentation of “In Food We Trust” by Riccardo and Stefano of Gnam Box held at the new floor of the Central Market in Florence.. They talked about their first recipe book and their popular food blog. They were answering to questions and at the same time preparing a delicious cold pasta which we tasted, accompanied by a glass of prosecco!

Thanks to Riccardo and Stefano for this special occasion!

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A group seflfie!

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Gnam Box meets Boutique Nadine!

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The first floor of the Central Market which opened recently! Soon a post only for that! Have a nice day!

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