A walk in Girona……

Take a day to walk throug the “barri vell” of Girona!!!!

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You must visit the Jewish Quarter or Call is one of the city’s most emblematic areas. Located within the Força Vella, it consists of a labyrinth of narrow streets and patios that have maintained their medieval atmosphere. It is one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in the world and clear evidence of the importance of the Jewish culture in Girona.

See the incredible Cathedral of Santa Maria de Girona.

In May theirs always a flower festival called “Temps de flors”, you can walk around the old quarters of Girona and see magnificent expositions of flowers…. it’s best to check dates on www.gironatempsdeflors.net

 

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Beautiful spots are: Rambla (carrer Argenteria), Pont de Ferro, Carrer Santa Clara (for shops), carrer Bellesteries, plaça Independència, Plaça del Vi….. and just keep walking!!!!!

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Other great places to check out are:

ROCAMBULESC…… LITERLY THE BEST ICE CREAM IN THE WORLD!!!!

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Or stop by Montse l’Artesana for some hot xurros with chocolate!!!! delicious!!!

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You will also see beautiful shops like these…….

Candela a wonderful shop were you can get Turrones all year and great ice-cream in the summer….they also have tables where you can sitout side and enjoy a great cup of coffee!

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If your in Plaça del Vi, you will also see this beautiful antic shop…..  their is also a great place to have a bite to eat and some fabulous wine!!!  Stop by PLAÇA DEL VI, 7

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ENJOY!

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HAPPY EASTER

Have you already started decorating eggs???? I’m so amazed by the talent people have to decorate eggs… it’s just unbelievable what can be done!!!

If you are like me, you will provably enjoy this egg decor post! I’m so bad when come to crafting!!!!

I have found a few sites where they give us really practical ideas on how to paint easter eggs!!! I’m going to try a few my my son Max!!!

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Antic & Chic

I’ve just discover this great online shop where you can purchase great restored vintage items.

You can start finding many flea markets around the Empordà area, I know of a wonderful one in Celrà (right on the side of the main road) that usually has many stands on Saturday mornings, also I saw one in Verges the other day also on the main round about on Sunday morning.

But I must say, this online shop called Antic & Chic is fantastic, they have small items, furniture, art…..everything You can imagine!

 

 

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Dear readers, I have discovered the most amazing recipe for chocolate cupcakes. I found it on Food and Cook and it’s absolutely delicious.

Enjoy!!!

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INGREDIENTS

85gr Butter (room temperature)

100gr of sugar

75gr of soft brown sugar

2 eggs

185gr of pastry flour

20gr unsweetened cocoa powder

1’5 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

250 ml of milk

1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

120 g. de chocolate

Chocolate Frosting

300 g de chocolate for baking ( Valrhona 61%)

250 ml cream

50 gr butter

2 teaspoons of brandy or any other liquor (optional)

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 Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and line muffin cups with paper liners.

We start by melting the chocolate, we can either do it over simmering water or microwave, just remember to check every 30 seconds.

 In a bowl mix your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

 Then in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract and add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.

Once they are well blended add the dry ingredients in three times, alternating with the milk. Add each part once the other is well integrated.

Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 170ºC or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. (Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. 

Icing

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water or in the microwave but make sure to check every 30 seconds.

Heat the cream in a saucepan and bring to a boil, add to the chocolate in three parts, stir well before each incorporation.

 Finally we add the diced butter and whisk vigorously until incorporated.

 We leave our ganache cool completely before beating (I left it overnight at room temperature).

Place your mixture in your mixing bowl and blender with the paddle attachment, beat until smooth and fluffy.

 You can either spread the frosting on the cupcakes with a small spatula or if piping, use a large 2D of Wilton make lovely swirls. 

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