Plans StarLife

AN AFTERNOON IN THE COUNTRY

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  Today we propose a family afternoon in the country. Wait and see, entering into contact with nature will relax you and make you forget the stress of daily life.   The countryside has endless activities for families and friends. You can go fruit picking and use what you find in recipes later. Depending on where you live and the climate, you can pick chestnuts, look for blackberries and raspberries or find mushrooms, for example. To do so, don’t forget to bring the things you will need: a wicker basket (and never a plastic bag) to allow the food to…

AN AFTERNOON WITH YOUR KIDS AND POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN

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This year marks the 85th birthday of Popeye, the lovable sailor man, infatuated with Olive, who became invincible when he ate spinach. Today we propose that you let your children discover this famous cartoon and spend the afternoon watching his adventures. If you look on YouTube, you will find many of his movies. For food, seize the opportunity and give your kids a good dish containing spinach. Spinach is rich in folate, which is necessary for producing red blood cells and avoiding anemia. Folate is particularly important during periods of growth, and therefore it is recommended to include it in…

A SPANISH BASKETBALL NIGHT

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On August 30, the Basketball World Cup, this year held in Spain for the second time (the Spanish having hosted in 1986), gets underway. The teams from the United States, Argentina, the Philippines, Serbia, France and Spain, among many others, will go head to head for the trophy. If you are not going to be able to attend the matches, we propose enjoying this prestigious tournament from home, preparing a delicious and refreshing Spanish sangria. This is how you make it! Ingredients -        1 liter of red wine -        2 fresh peaches -        1 apple -        1 pear -        Half…

A PARTY WITH OLD FRIENDS

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“Having a friend is having a treasure,” how true that really is! Friends help us, making life much more fun and interesting; they accompany us on our adventures and comfort us when we suffer misfortune. They are the family we choose and the one which ensures we don’t feel alone and help us to know ourselves more deeply. Today we propose a party with old friends, because you don’t need a reason or an excuse like Christmas or birthdays to get together. Don’t worry, you don’t have to prepare everything yourself! Everyone brings their specialty dish, and keep some simple…

A MUSICAL NIGHT

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  This year marks the 40th anniversary of ABBA’s Eurovision triumph with their emblematic song Waterloo, which made them famous around the world. Today we propose a plan which is heavily focused on both music and movies, a night living the musical Mamma Mia!, with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, at home, remembering the group’s hits such as Dancing Queen, Chiquitita, Super Trouper, The Winner Takes It All and, of course, Mamma Mia!.   For dinner, we propose a simple Greek salad, a recipe which will not take you long to prepare and will transport you to the…

AFTERNOON SNACK WITH YOUR KIDS

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 A light snack in the middle of the afternoon is essential for kids and adults alike because it provides us all with enough energy to perform our extra activities. Today we propose a very family-oriented plan, a traditional afternoon snack with your kids which will enable you to recharge your batteries and have an afternoon full of fun and games, in which cakes, sweets and video games will be forbidden. Prepare sandwiches and baguettes filled with cold cuts, and to drink create this crazy shake, a recipe which originated in Mexico and is very easy to make but also very…

HUMMUS, AN APPETIZER WITH GREAT ENERGY

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  Hummus is one of the oldest dishes around: it goes back no more and no less to the times of Ancient Egypt. It is one of the most popular recipes of the Middle East and is made of chickpeas, the exact meaning of “humus” in Arabic.  It is usually served as an appetizer or accompaniment, and the other key ingredient, in addition to chickpeas, when making hummus is tahini, a sesame seed paste.  If you do not have it, you can leave it out, but do not substitute it for another ingredient.  Ingredients – 2 cups of cooked canned…

FOOD ON THE TERRACE WITH FLAVORS OF CAPE VERDE

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  Some say that “May holds the key to the year” because in many places it is of paramount importance to the harvest, although metaphorically this saying also alludes to the fact that it is a month that determines how the rest of the year will go on a personal level.  In the northern hemisphere, the good weather traditionally arrives and the spring is in its full state of splendor; in the south, it is the middle of fall, but the people are still enjoying the last rays of sun before the cold winter sets in. Be that as it…

A DAYTIME PARTY WITH MORNING PUNCH

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 We all love nighttime parties, but sometimes, with the fatigue built up during the day, we are running on empty by nighttime and unable to approach the evening with drive and energy.  Therefore, we propose organizing a different kind of party, which begins at midday and ends in late afternoon, a party that lasts the same number of hours as an all-nighter, but which is enjoyed in full daylight, with all the energy of the guests focused on having a good time and enjoying themselves.  For this kind of party, it is essential that you always have food and drink…

RECIPE: CARAMELIZED FRENCH TOAST WITH MERINGUED MILK

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If you want to enjoy a real Easter, you cannot pass up the chance to eat some good French toast, the origins of which go back as far as the 15th century. Its association with Lent is due to the need to use up the left over bread, which, since it is a period during which Catholics cannot eat meat, was less consumed.  There are as many variations of French toast as there are of Easter. Although traditional French toast is made with bread, milk, cinnamon, sugar and egg, you can also find them made with wine, honey, vegetarian French toast…