In the last days I’ve been cooking and baking so much, and even making my own milk (almond milk, peanut milk, tiger nut milk…my latest discovery), I finally decided to make my own food blog and share some of my favorite recipes with you. And I decided to write the posts in English so that everybody can follow it (at least more or less). For those who don’t know it: Can Caramelo is the name of our flat in Barcelona, the neighborhood we live in is the “Carmelo”, and -slightly changed- “Caramelo” means candy in Spanish. And “Can” means something like “at” in Catalan and is usually used for the name of village or countryside mansions. So that is my way of tricking myself making me feel I live in a beautiful house on the countryside and not in a building in Barcelona. (On the “About” page you see the view from our terrace.)
When I say we, that is me and Sebastián, who doesn’t like to cook and isn’t the best eater either, but I still love him and he’s also my favorite dish washer (if not the fastest), and it was him who had the blog idea in the first place.
I’m in the process of buying a nice camera so you’ll hopefully get beautiful shots of the food I will be creating (as soon as I manage to learn the basics…). I’ve also never had a blog or website, so it might take some time to get it all working and beautiful, I hope it will improve with time and practice.
On saturdays we go on long bike rides. To survive several hours of pedalling we take energy bars with us. I’ve been told there is a brand called Lärabars making all natural energy bars. Well, these are Lenkabars. Today I have tried a new variant: cranberry-coconut. They are raw, vegan, and there is no fat or sugar added. Great for exercising, but also if you get hungry and need a little snack. Stored in an airtight container in the fridge they stay well (almost) forever.
For having them on the bike I wrap them up in recycled pasta packages or similar, closing them with a pulse sealer and then cutting the ends with zig-zag scissors, so you can easily open them with one hand.
Makes 16-20 bars.
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dissecated coconut
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 oats
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- a pinch of seasalt
- Juice of 1 lemon
Start putting the almonds in the food processor and grind them. Add the oats and grind them too. Add all the remaining ingredients and process until achieving a sticky dough. Put the dough on a parching sheet and use your hands to form a square. Put in the freezer for at least 30min. Cut in bars and store what is left in an airtight container in the fridge.