Tacos de pescado/ Fish tacos

It’s officially Taco Tuesday!! 

Today I’ll be sharing my tacos de pescado/ fish tacos recipe! It’s easy and absolutely delicious! There are quite a few kinds of fish you can prepare the tacos with, I personally recommend tilapia as it seems to soak the marinate better, not having a very distinctive taste itself unlike salmon for example. Feel free to experiment and let me know your favorite “taco fish” in the comments below! Here’s how I make it:

You will need:

A pack of hard taco shells

1lbs fresh tilapia fillets 

For the marinate:

1/4 cup of tequila (I prefer dark kind like Jose Cuervo Especial)

1/2 freshly squeezed lime juice

3 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

1/2 freshly squeezed oj 

1 tea spoon: sea salt, cumin, coriander

1/2 cup of papaya or pineapple cut in cubes (optional)

For the filling:

1 large white onion (finely chopped)

1 cup cut up fresh lettuce

1 cup fresh peeled tomatoes (cut in cubes)

1 jalepeño (finely chopped) 

Bunch of fresh cilantro (finely cut)

2-3 tea spoons freshly squeezed lime juice+ oj

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

1 fresh avocado (sliced)
How to make it:

Mix the marinate ingredients with the fish and let it “soak” in the fridge, covered with foil for 2-3 h (I do it overnight).

Grill the fish in a fry pan on medium heat, occasionally stirring until it becomes golden brown and your kitchen smells amazing. 

Warm up the taco shells in the oven based on the package instructions. 

Mix the stuffing ingredients well.

Stuff your tacos with 2 table spoons of the prepared (chilled) fish and 3-4 table spoons of the mixed stuffing ingredients.

You can serve the tacos with a side of refried beans and/or rice or just enjoy them on their own, which is also the healthier option.

Xo, Silvia Mèlange

  

Winter coats

Happy Wednesday, Lovies! Today I’ll be sharing the coats I’m currently wearing the most.Winter coats are an investment and an essential part of every woman’s closet, so there is no room for cutting corners. It’s something I usually wear more than one season so I don’t always follow the current craze, trending out on the streets.

A few weeks ago I realized I need a new coat! I wasn’t sure what I’m even looking for, just knew I need one. Upon inspecting my closet, I realized I’m a fan of solid, classic colors and designs, black being the dominant color. I also discovered a few pieces I had forgotten all about but I have to wait for temperatures to get a little above zero before showing you. Cold weather sure has its limits!

I took a stroll around town to check out a few of my favorite stores and I even picked out a few pieces. I was reaching for my wallet when it hit me- I had two black coats on my arm! Black! Again! I quickly returned them and left the store. I know black is easy to style up and it’s a classic but come on now! On the way home I decided I’m going to create a little “gallery” in an attempt to figure out what to “hunt” for next time I get out there.

As I’ve said before, you can’t pass on a good camel coat! It’s chic and feminine, fits both skirts and trousers, even the right pair of denim! Below is my favorite one from Zara, worn as a statement and as a fabulous finish to my office look.


Next on the list are my can’t-stand-it-cold aka, the cockroach jackets. I only wear them layered up on days like today (-12°C). I’ll start with the Benetton and how in love I am with this color: pink, red or a gorgeous mix between the two, it’s all about the light, baby!


Next is my Gina Benotti- an Italian designer with many affordable pieces. This cozy light-grey jacket with a pop of color is my current favorite and it never fails to keep me warm. The design compliments the body in a new way, making a cockroach jacket acceptable to wear to the office ❤

My classic black Guess trench coat can be worn as a statement piece because of the gorgeous buttons but also, semi-casual with chunky heels and designer denim (last year’s Gucci, pictured below). Styled up with a scarf or a wool dress, it’s one of my go-to’s:


My cream Zara wind-stopper never fails when it snows! The classic black Calvin Klein adds glam to the urban cold and Esprit does the job even up in the mountains!



Another black one, this time a wool coat. My beloved Jessica Simpson bell-sleeve. Sometimes a girl needs her statement coat and others, just a scarf does the trick.


We all have that one transition coat! You know, the moment when all of your winter gems make you sweat but it’s too early for a cardigan? Well, this gorgeous Zara is exactly what you need in your life!


There are the times when you can’t wait so you have to trust a wool sweather or a dress, in order to wear a Spring-ish Banana republic (black) coat but it’s all worth it!

Can’t help but mention my favorite transition coat- a custom made grey wool awesomeness:


I believe it’s now clear what I need- colors!!  Stay tuned on my coat situation as I’m also doing the 100 Happy Days challenge on Instagram (an explanation material on that is coming up) so you just know a new coat will make it up on that board ;]

Xo, Silvia Mèlange

Homemade potato chips

Happy Sunday, Lovely readers! I’m sure most of us are snowed in whether we are in Europe or the U.S. and what better way to spend the day than food?! I’m all about healthy eating but it would be a lie if I said I don’t get the ocasional junk food craving! Today I’ll be sharing one of my favorite potato chips recipes, I literally just made myself. It’s easy and flavorful and it takes less than 30 minutes to make! It actually tasted better than store bought chips, it has 50-60% less calories and your body will thank you for not feeding it GMO’s.

You will need: 
1 lbs fresh potatoes (sliced)

80-100 ml virgin oil 

2 tea spoons: sea salt, black pepper, red paprika, basil, oregano, lemon grass (optional)

3 garlic cloves (finely chopped) also optional
How to make it:
Preheat the oven to 200° C. Place the virgin oil and the mixed herbs in two separate bowls. Dip each potato piece first in the virgin oil, then roll it around the spices. Proceed by arranging the coated potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake them for 10-15 minutes per side or until they become golden brown and crispy. 

Enjoy! 

  

A casual weekend look

Hey Lovies! I had a crazy week and I’m so glad the weekend is finally here! It’s the end of January and that means two things: winter sales and Valentine’s Day shopping. I took a few pics for all of you on my way to the mall today 🙂

  
 

I’m wearing a berry colored cardigan from S. Oliver, basic black top from Zara, H&M (super skinny, low waist) denim and Guess ankle boots. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Xo, Silvia Mèlange

  

  
 

Chicken veggie risotto

Happy Monday, Lovies! Today I’ll be teaching you how to make one of my favorite risotto recipes. 
You will need:
2-3 cups of rice

1 lbs chicken breast (cut in cubes)

4 roasted red peppers

300 g. mushrooms

3 tomatoes (cut in cubes)

1 large onion

2 minced garlic cloves

1 tea spoon salt, black pepper, v.oil, dry basil

Directions:
Grill the chicken until golden brown then add the veggies and spices, boiling light. Add 2-3 cups of rice and water and mix it all together. Cook on medium heat for about 45 minutes, occasionally stirring. Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese to taste upon serving  ❤

-Silvia Mèlange

  

Winter night out

Hello Lovies! 

I know I’ve been absent this week so to make it up to you I’m sharing a winter party look from this past weekend! I’m wearing a Sisley knit dress I fell in love with while I was supposed to be window shopping, Zara basic top underneath, H&M ankle boots and a bag I found in a vintage store a few years back. Lately I’m into lipsticks, here I’m wearing deep red from Mac   ❤

Love, Silvia Mèlange

   
 
  

Chicken kebab 

Hello my Lovies! I realized lately I’ve only posted vegan or vegetarian dishes so here’s a delicious recipe for chicken kebab. 
You will need: 

2 lbs chicken breasts

3 tea s. virgin oil

2 table spoons dry oregano, sweet red paprika

1 tea spoon salt, black pepper

2 minced garlic cloves

1/2 fresh lemon juice
Directions:

Combine all the ingredients and marinate the chicken for at least an hour prior to cooking ( I like to leave it overnight, covered in the fridge). 

Preheat the oven 180° C. Greace a shallow pan and arrange the chicken, adding a bit extra marinate. Cook for an hour (until chicken is golden brown), occasionally adding more marinate. 

You can combine it with pita bread, rice or fries and a side salad. 

Enjoy! 

-Silvia Mèlange 

  

Yagodina, Bulgaria *New Year’s trip*

When December came around, I realized I have no clue how we are going to be spending New Year’s Eve. My social calendar was getting crazier and crazier as 2015 progressed and by the end of it, I found myself craving some peace and quiet. Turns out my s/o shared my feelings so we got online and found a charming villa in a small village (population 431) up in the southern Bulgarian mountains.

Yagodina, Bulgaria is a gorgeous little village, hidden up in the Rodopi mountains, right by the border with Greece. it’s about 2h with a car from Sofia. The scenery on the way alone is absolutely worth taking the extreme one lane road for the last 20 minutes going up with your ears popping. There are plenty of beautiful towns that offer guest rooms and houses throughout the year but the history and the Mother Nature’s tourist attractions in the area made us choose this one.

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getting off the interstate, going up

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higher and higher

The village of Yagodina dates back to 5th century and it burned down 3 times throughout it’s existence. It’s best known for the two impressive caves located near by: “The devil’s throat”- because it’s so deep (but we couldn’t visit because it was closed due to extremely icy floors) and the Yagodinska cave that was opened. It’s a very unique travel spot, even for a cave! Permanent temperature is 6º С, all year-round, 10 km long, consistent of 3 levels with the remains of a “village”on the first floor that was inhabited by humans around 4000 B.C. Scientists found quite a few clay and ceramic dishes, dating back from the same time frame. The cave is also the home of 11 different types of bats, 6 of which are endangered from extinction across Europe. I was lucky enough to capture the little guy below! Without a flash or sound of course!!

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The Yagodinska cave has naturally forming pearls, unique rock formations and a naturally formed lake inside the cave! Below are some more pictures:

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Naturally forming pearls

 

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cave-woman fashionista

The cave is located right by Byunovska river, revealing a breathtaking view

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river

Our villa was gorgeous, 2 minutes from the town square where there is a huge celebration, with fireworks, music and traditional dances to celebrate the new year.

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It’s like renting your own apartment and you can cook but I also recommend you let the host make you some traditional for the region dishes with homegrown organic ingredients. It’s peaceful and the perfect place to reconnect with nature and recharge from the “big city life”.

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the view from our bedroom

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breakfast in the garden, I made friends with a mountain kitty 

This 3 day trip turned out to be the perfect start to a new year! I’m refreshed, recharged and ready for a fabulous 2016!

Xo, Silvia Mèlange

Monthly Instagram update *December*

Happy New Year, Lovies!

My New year’s gift to you- once a month I’ll be sharing Instagram screenshots from the previous month’s posts. Inspired by the Canadian blogger Arielle (@withallmyaffection), I want to share a bit more from my personal and day to day life with you all! If you don’t follow me on Instagram (@SilviaMelange) or if you just don’t like/use it, now you can stay tuned! Here’s my first update from December, one of my favorite months! There are some meals, party outfits and other Christmas-y stuff!

Here’s to another amazing chapter  in the new 2016!!

Love, Silvia Mèlange

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