Smart Home Manager Parental Controls | AT&T

With AT&T Smart Home Manager Parental Controls, you have the freedom to choose how your family uses your home network even when you are away from home. Help reinforce homework, dinner and bedtimes and decide how and when your family accesses the Internet. Parental controls give you peace of mind knowing you set the rules. The free AT&T Smart Home Manager App is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play or go to and sign in with you AT&T user ID and password. Parental controls uses profiles you create for family members, so you can control how and when your home network is used.

Profiles are easy to setup, here’s how. Select the Tools tab in the Toolbar, select “Profiles” and then select “Create Profile”. Now enter the name of the person you are assigning to this profile. You will be shown a list of available devices on your home network that you can link to this profile. So for example, if you are making a profile for your teenage son John, you can link his Smartphone, laptop and game console to his profile. Once you’ve selected John’s devices, just choose “Save” and you’re set. Great! That’s all there is to creating a profile. Now we will show you how to manage the settings for the profile. Starting at the top of the Profile screen, the Internet Access switch allows you to either quickly Block or Enable Internet access for all of John’s devices to your home network whenever you want. Lower on the Profile screen, a Time Limits feature controls when a user can access the Internet through your home network. You can decide the number of hours a day someone is able to access the Internet, for specific days of the week, or even set a bedtime.

It’s all up to you and you can easily change the times or override the scheduling set. Do you have a mix of younger and older kids? No problem, you’re able to set different time limits and access for each. Your Profile screen displays everyone’s profile in an easy to view layout. Finally, if you ever have a device on your home network that can’t access either the Internet or specific websites, check your Smart Home Manager App as a first step in troubleshooting. The Network Health Check screen gives you an overview of all the devices on your network. A device may be set as Blocked in parental controls and you didn’t mean to restrict it, with Smart Home Manager Parental Controls you can set it, forget it, change it on the fly, it’s super easy, and free.

Download the Smart Home Manager App and see how it can improve your home Wi-Fi experience. Thanks for choosing AT&T! .

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Smart Home For Beginners – IoT Security

This is a series on home automation basics. I’ve been covering some of the essentials like scenes & modes, automations, voice assistants, and in this one, how to secure your smart home devices. In the last video I walked through voice assistants and how to use them to make your smart home more accessible. If you haven’t seen that one yet, I’ll include links in the description. You can also jump back to the beginning of my home automation basics playlist to see topics like scenes, routines, and geofencing. But as I mentioned, in this video I’ll be jumping into securing your smart home. With each smart home device you add, it’s like adding another tiny door into your home for someone to hack open or take advantage of. While I will be giving examples from different systems like SmartThings, Google, Amazon, and others, this is meant to be a platform agnostic view on home automation. These core concepts apply no matter what system you’re using.

If you’re just getting started, then this is the series to watch. If you’re already building out your smart home, this may still spark some ideas. Before we dive in, take a moment and hit the subscribe button, so you don’t miss out on the full series and other future videos like this one. I’m Matt Ferrell … welcome to Undecided. It’s enticing to save some money and buy a no-name brand for $5 vs.

Paying $25 for a brand you’re familiar with. The problem is that each of these devices are little computers running basic operating systems. Not every company takes the time to build out their computer systems with the care and attention they require, so they may be running outdated software that has security vulnerabilities that were never patched. Or have default administrator usernames and passwords, which make it easy for a hacker to take control of the system and then run amuck inside your home’s network. Internet of Things manufactures aren’t spending enough time securing what they’re building, so it’s on us to make sure we’re buying reputable devices and taking steps to secure our homes. If you don’t think this is a wide problem, then you should check out an HP Research Study that found 70% of IoT devices were vulnerable to attack. Or watch Ken Munro’s Ted Talk where he talks at length about how easy it is to hack a lot of smart tech.

Twitter suffered a denial of service attack in October 2016 that was run from 300,000 hacked home security cameras. This isn’t a problem that’s going away on its own. Here’s a few rules I strongly recommend you follow: Don’t buy IoT devices from a vendor unless it has proven security. The old saying that, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” is sometimes the case. Don’t jump on the cheapest options you find without doing a little research first. Look up a manufacturer to see if there are any customer complaints or issues reported with software problems. See how long they’ve been in business and what their track record is for pushing updates to their products. Have they been in business for multiple years or are they brand new? Reputable companies will have details on their terms of service and privacy policies, so you can often find out where the servers are located and what countries and laws will be protecting your privacy. It’s important to know as much about the company before you plug in any company’s device in your home.

Put your devices on a separate network Try your best to limit the number of devices you put onto your home WiFi network. On a practical level, too many devices on a WiFi network can end up causing instability in your network. A rule of thumb is to not go over about 50 devices on a single consumer grade router. There are some that can handle more, but it’s generally not a good idea. Every device that you add to your network can see every other device on your home network. So one path to secure things would be to get a separate WiFi router that you can run a secondary network isolated from your main system. Put all of your home computers, smartphones, etc. onto the main WiFi network. And then put all of your IoT devices on the second WiFi router running a completely separate gateway.

This will make it impossible for any IoT device to see your home PC, Mac, or smart phone. Another option that many routers include is a guest network. For instance, I use the Eero mesh WiFi system for my home network. I can run a completely separate guest network, which isolates anything on that WiFi network from seeing not only my main WiFi devices, but from seeing any other devices on the guest network. It’s like putting a tiny firewall around every single device on the guest network. And for Apple users, Apple announced a new secure WiFi setup as part of Apple HomeKit ( It’s basically Eero’s guest WiFi technique brought to HomeKit. Any supported HomeKit router will be able to automatically firewall off HomeKit accessories, so they can’t access your full home network. Linksys, Eero, and Spectrum are the first companies signed on to support that new feature. Make sure you’re devices are running the latest software Many devices have firmware updates that come out from time to time to fix bugs, add new features, and to plug security holes.

My Philips Hue hub has received numerous updates over the years, but you often have to keep an eye out in that devices mobile app for those updates. I’ll often see a notification icon on my Hue app that there’s an update to apply. Be sure to check your Hue app, or iHome app, or fill in the blank app, from time to time to see if there are any software or firmware updates available. So that’s the last of this initial set of videos, but keep an eye on this playlist and the channel because I’ll be adding more to it over time. Be sure to drop any questions or aspects to smart homes that you’d like to see me cover in the comments. You can also reach out to me on Twitter, Instagram, and my website. And if you liked this video, be sure to give it a thumbs up and share with your friends because it really helps the channel. There are some other ways you can support the channel too.

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Echo Smart Home Hub – Setup Echo Show 2 and Echo Plus Hub

In this video we’re gonna look at using the Echo Show second generation as a Smart Hub. I’m gonna use this Sengled smart bulb to show you how to connect devices. Hi my name is Craig. Here I do tech videos. This is part of my weekly Echo series. Check out the description if you want to learn more about the Echos. I’ll also include a guide on how to set up devices using it as a smart hub. Please, use those links they definitely help the channel out. This is episode 4 of my 2019 echo video series. If you haven’t, check out this playlist if you want to see 2018 videos. Also, I’ve changed the name of my device to echo so hopefully I don’t trigger your device at home. The second generation Echo Show can be used as a Smart Hub. You can also apply this to the Echo Plus 1st generation and the Echo Plus 2nd generation.

This Show and the Echo Pluses have a ZigBee hub built into them. With the second generation Show and the second generation Echo Plus you can also use local control in the event that you lose an internet connection. So what is ZigBee? ZigBee is a low powered low cost wireless mesh network standard. With ZigBee protocol you can control smart bulbs, smart switches, smart plugs, sensors and other devices. Some of the devices that use the ZigBee protocol include Philip Hue bulbs, Samsung Smart things, Wink Hubs, IKEA bulbs, GE appliances, LG Smartthinq and a lot of others. This here is the a Sengled bulb. It’s a reasonably priced bulb that you could find on Amazon. I will do another video talking more about this bulb. It uses the ZigBee protocol. So we’re gonna get this set up, walk you through the steps and see how easy it is. Also, something to note before we get started, the echos that have a ZigBee hub will only do smart lamps, smart plugs and smart bulbs. Some of the other ZigBee sensors and things will not work with the built-in hub. There are two ways to connect device to your echo.

The first would be using the app and the second would be using your voice. I’m gonna walk you through using the app first. But, no matter what method you use you’re gonna have to first power up your bulb. So let’s start with that. Once your bulb is powered up the next thing you’re gonna want to do is open up the app. Go to the smart devices in the bottom corner, hit the plus sign and then choose add a device.

From here you’re gonna pick what kind of device you’re adding. You can see there’s some popular brands listed on top. We’re going to add a light. If you scroll down you can pick what kind of light you do want to add. We’ll choose one of the Sengled lights. The next step would be to put your light into pairing mode by powering it off and then back on. From here you’ll press discover devices. At that point it’s gonna look for your device and now it’s found the device. So wait the 45 seconds till it does connect up. A new lights been discovered we’ll set up the device. Let’s go ahead and choose a group to add this into. We’ll add it to the office group. Add to the group. First light is setup and ready to use. We’ll hit done. This is now called first light.

If we want to go in and change the name of it we’ll go under our lights. Find the first light, select it, go to the corner, will edit the name of it. We’ll call a new light for now. Hit done. This tells you a little more about the light it’s enabled now we can back out of this. If we use the app here we can adjust the brightness of it.

Set it to whatever level we want. You can also turn the bulb on or off using the app. Now it’s finished. You can leave the app. Let’s use our voice. Echo turn new light off. Okay. Echo, turn new light to 25% . Okay. Echo turn new light to full. Okay. That’s it. it’s easy control. Also a note, in here if you don’t want to hear okay after everything. You can go into your account settings and turn on brief mode. I don’t use brief mode because in my house the confirmation is good for the rest of the family and brief mode affects all your device’s globally.

But, it will get rid of that okay. But you see it’s that easy to set up a device. Let’s look at setting it up using voice. Now I’ve reset the bulb so it’s no longer connected to the hub. So it’s as if I just pulled it out of the box. Echo discover new devices. Starting discovery this will take 45 seconds to connect your lights or plugs just turn them on now, for sensors power them on by removing the battery strip. For locks and other products, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to put them in pairing mode. We saw the light flashed there letting us know that the it’s starting to discover it. We just have to wait now for it to recognize that it did find it. I found first light and you can control it by saying turn off first light. To rename it tap the name on the screen. Okay, let’s rename it. If you don’t have… Let’s wait, let’s just add it to a group now.

I’m using my screen to try to do this. Let’s add it to the office group. It’s got a checkmark next to it so it has been added to that group. Let’s back up now. We could have used the menu on the echo show, but if you’re using an Echo plus you could use your voice to rename it. Echo rename first light. Okay, what’s the new name? Test. You want to rename first light to test right? Yes. Okay I’ve renamed first light to test. Echo add test to living room group. I couldn’t find anything named living room. Did you mean living room lights? Yes. Okay, I have added test to the living room light group. See you can use your voice to add it to a group.

But, now let’s just call up the light again. Echo test off. Okay. Echo test at 50%. Okay. That’s how you set it up. Weather you use the app or use your voice. Let’s look at the pros and cons of using the built-in hub. The pros. One you don’t need to buy any additional hubs. Such as the hue hub, smart things, or wink hub. Two, you have local control in the event that you lose an internet connection.

Three would be all your devices can share the common hub or if they don’t require a hub you can just use Wi-Fi and it’s all still controlled under your show. Now there are some cons in my eyes. The first would be your devices are tied in to the echo show hub. So that means you’re not going to be able to use homekit or Google assistant to control the devices that the hub is controlling through the echo. The only other real con that I see and using the built-in hub versus a manufacturer’s hub is you don’t necessarily get all the same features when you’re using the echo hub. You can change the color of your lights at their color changing bulbs. You can dim them, turn them on and all of that.

But in the case of my other lights around here that are philip hue bulbs and they’re using the hue hub, i’m able to use the hue app and i’m also able to get deeper into some of that functionality and create scenes and sync it up with music and other options there. I’m not limited to what the echo can do. So in my case I like having the manufacturers hub instead and that manufacturers hub also keeps it open so at times I could use my home pod and Siri. I could play with it with Google assistant. I think some of it comes down to a personal preference. If you know you’re not going to use other devices to control your lights and sensors and plugs this makes perfect sense. You use the built-in hub. It does give you that local control in the event of an internet outage. One less thing to power up and one less thing that needs an internet connection. Those are my thoughts on using the echo show as a hub. That’s how you set it up it works the same way for using an echo plus.

Nice and easy like most things echo related. What do you think of this? Do you use an echo device with the built-in hub? Do you prefer manufacturers hub or do you avoid them all together and stick with Wi-Fi only devices? Let me know in the comment section. If you like this video, please hit that like button. If you haven’t consider subscribing and click that Bell to be notified at the next video. If you’d like to help support the channel check out the Amazon link in the description. If you use it Amazon will kick us back a little. there’s also merchandise store and Patreon account if you’d like to help support the channel.

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Smart Home Hub – Hubitat Review

I’ve been on a quest. A quest for the perfect smart home platform. Something that can bridge the gap between Z-Wave, Zigbee, and WiFi smart home devices. Something that’s platform agnostic and can work with Google, Amazon, and Apple. Something easy to use and yet highly customizable. And even more important, a system that I have complete control over and has my privacy and data secured. Does that system exist? No. I might as well be hunting a unicorn. Is there anything that comes close? Yes … sort of.

Today I’m going to be taking a look at the Hubitat Elevation hub, which is a crazy customizable smart home hub that can bridge the gap for a lot of different devices and services. And it comes really close to that mythical unicorn. But before I dive in take a moment and hit the subscribe button, so you don’t miss out on future videos like this one. I’m Matt Ferrell … welcome to Undecided. I’ve got a pretty extensive smart home setup, which has used Smartthings as the backbone for most of it for some time now. But ever since Samsung bought Smartthings, they’ve been slowly absorbing and integrating Smartthings into Samsung’s systems. While the platform has been pretty reliable, it was the nudge I needed to make sure my smart home is as platform agnostic as I can make it. If you’ve watched my other smart home videos, you know my first rule is to buy gear that’s as cross platform as you can get.

The benefit is that if you aren’t happy with one service you can switch to another fairly easily. Kind of like my jump from Amazon Alexa to Google Assistant for voice commands. And now, jumping from Smartthings to something else. And before anyone jumps into the comments and shouts, “just use Home Assistant!” I know. I have. It ticks most of the boxes I’m looking for. It supports almost all of the major services and voice assistants. It’s self-hosted with privacy and data under your own control. It’s open source, so it’s free … and has a vibrant community making constant improvements. But … it’s got a ways to go with usability and stability. In the 6 months I’ve been trying Home Assistant out on multiple platforms, it’s crashed numerous times; had odd bugs; and while I didn’t have trouble getting things up and running, it’s got a steep learning curve that prevents me from recommending it to the average Joe.

That’s where Hubitat enters the picture. I reached out to Hubitat a few months ago and they were kind enough to send me a hub and a couple of devices for testing, and for the past 6 weeks I’ve been kicking the tires. What do I think? The short answer: I think I found my Smartthings replacement. The long answer: it’s great … but I’m not sure it’s for everyone. The biggest selling points for Hubitat: Self-hosted and local automation processing. No reliance on cloud services to make things work … unless you want to integrate them.

This makes it super fast and secure. Affordable. It only costs $for the U.S. version and no subscription fees. Works with August, Ecobee, GE, Ikea, IFTTT, Lutron, Iris, Philips Hue, Smartthings, Sonos, and a lot more. And finally, extensive customization options. The biggest downside: The extensive customization options. It’s literally a blank slate when you plug it in for the first time. And if you aren’t familiar with setting up a smart home, it could be daunting. I know the idea of a hub really turns some people off, but not me. Especially for something like this, which is incredibly small and low power. In fact, it’s small enough to tuck into a closet and stash it out of view. The initial setup process requires you to register your hub and visit a web portal to complete the setup process. It’s a pretty simple procedure with naming your hub, entering your location, and ending up on the main dashboard. It even helps nudge you in the right direction by adding your first devices to the system. But this is where most smart home systems, just like Home Assistant, really struggle. With the wide variety of supported devices and different technologies like WiFi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave, it puts the pressure on the novice to understand what technology their device is using to understand how to proceed with the setup process.

From my experience, the instructions for individual devices, like smart outlets, are all over the map. It’s like the wild west when stepping out into the untamed smart home frontier. If you do have a good device with decent instructions, the process can be pretty straight forward. Like adding the Zigbee smart outlet Hubitat provided me, which starts with putting the hub into Zigbee pairing mode. Then plugging in the smart outlet and waiting for Hubitat to find it. Once it does you click on the device to finish the pairing and name it. This is where things get … interesting. The Habitat’s first time user experience gave some brief explanations about needing to setup “Apps” to make things work and give your hub the controls you want and need. This is where the blank slate issue starts to show up. There is absolutely nothing preinstalled, so you can’t automate devices in any way yet. Now, if you’re not familiar with your typical smart home systems and terminology, you’ll probably feel a bit lost here. You need to install a handful of apps just to give the system a baseline of smart home functionality, like the Mode Manager, Rule Machine, and Dashboard manager.

These really should be installed by default or included as part of an extended first time user setup experience. You need the Mode Manager in order to set up things like “I’m home” or “I’m away” modes for your house. Rule machine is necessary in order to do things like automatically turn lights off when you leave or turned on when you return home. You can then have a Rule Machine rule for turning off every light in the house and dropping the temperature when the house is in “I’m Away” mode. See where I’m going with that? The two apps kind of go hand in hand and are essential for setting up smart home automations.

The next essential thing you have to setup is the Dashboard manager. And yes, it’s another thing that’s essential and not really an option. Without Dashboards, turning things on and off with your phone or computer is pretty difficult. I ended up creating Dashboards for each room in my house, as well as a high level “Home” dashboard. Dashboards surface a series of buttons, switches, and indicators for your selected devices that let you know what’s on or off at a glance. With a single tap you can turn on a light or activate a scene, which is a setting for a group of lights and devices. And that leads me to the mobile app. If you install the Hubitat app on your phone, you can use your phone as a presence sensor to let the hub know when you’re home or away. Since the hub is built to not rely on cloud services and be completely local and secure, you can’t access your system when away from home out of the box.

That is, unless you set up dashboards and link them to the Hubitat cloud. With your Dashboards syncing and accessible with remote access, you’ll see those shared Dashboards in the mobile app. Without those Dashboards, you’ll have zero control of your smart home away from home. Another reason why the Dashboard manager should be pre-installed and a key part of the first time user setup experience. I didn’t have any major roadblocks when adding dozens of devices, setting up modes, and automation routines. Also, no problem linking Hubitat up to a handful of cloud services like Google Home for voice assistant support and IFTTT. But to be fair, I’m pretty well-versed in smart home setups and knew what to look for as I was setting up the system. A novice would have a bit of a learning curve getting this going. Here’s where I think Hubitat starts to shine. I was able to replicate the majority of core modes and automation routines that I’ve been using on Smartthings for years. It means that from a day-to-day perspective, you wouldn’t know that I changed anything at all. The speed of the local automations is blazingly fast.

I have Z-Wave light switches, Lutron light switches, and Philips Hue lights sprinkled around my house. With a Lutron Pro Bridge, Hubitat is able to issue commands locally to my Lutron lights just like it can for my Philips Hue and Z-Wave switches. The lights all turn on and off instantly. There’s no noticeable delay at all, which is one of the major strengths of having a local automation powered system that doesn’t have to issue commands over the internet.

Both my wife’s iPhone and mine have worked reliably as presence sensors for the Hubitat system, which automatically triggers home mode changes and a cascade of automations for changing our Ecobee temperature, turning lights on and off, and activating security cameras. Like I mentioned before, I’ve been able to seamlessly flip over a sizable portion of our Smartthings devices and routines to Hubitat. I’m still slowly porting things over or figuring out a few workarounds for things that don’t cleanly port over, but it’s been rock solid. No system crashes. No outages. Hubitat software updates have been applied without any hiccups or issues. Again, rock solid. In most cases, you shouldn’t have to use your phone much to use your smart home setup. Once modes and routines are setup, the system should take care of itself the vast majority of the time.

One-off controls can be handled through smart switches, buttons, or voice commands, but the Hubitat dashboard controls in the mobile app work fairly well. It’s not a pretty interface, but it’s functional and gets the job done. The quirks are that it’s not responsively designed, which means the buttons and interface elements don’t scale to fit the size of the screen. On your phone you’ll have to scroll side to side to see all of your buttons. On desktop, you may have a lot of dead space. I’ve spent years designing and developing user interfaces that display well on any size screen, so I’m not sure why the Hubitat system was built out this way. Hopefully it’s something they can address easily in an update and it doesn’t take a lot of refactoring to pull off. I love systems like this because they can act as the backbone and glue for your smart home. I can have Lutron lights working as part of the same scene as Philips Hue and Osram lights. I can have both Amazon and Google voice assistants linked into the system at the same time if I wanted.

If I run Homebridge, I can even link everything into Apple’s Home app, which is something I’ve been working on recently. Hubitat reminds me of the Smartthings platform and community before Samsung bought it. There are a lot of people in the community that are porting Smartthings apps to the Hubitat platform, or writing their own apps and sharing with everyone. It’s an extremely reliable system that’s fast and secure. The data-privacy-first user experience design creates some challenges you have to work around, like not being able to interact with every element of your smart home away from home. You won’t be able to change things like system settings or rule machine setups through the app, but you can activate any modes, routines, and devices that you’ve shared within a Dashboard. And the blank slate setup experience can be daunting, but once you have the dashboards set up and accessible through the mobile apps, you should be good to go there too. It’s tightly locked down for privacy by default, but you can open it up in limited ways to get the best of the local and cloud services worlds.

So who is this system for? People who want a reliable and data-privacy-first smart home solution. I think it’s a great option for the technically inclined or people that have some familiarity with smart home systems, like myself. I would not recommend it for a smart home newbie, but then again, if you’re a newbie you should be starting small and simple. Buy gear that’s as widely supported as possible and add in the Hubitat later when you want more controls and integrations than simpler solutions can offer you.

Hubitat would be like jumping into the deep end of the pool, but for those of us already swimming around, it’s definitely worth a look and consideration. And for folks just getting started with smart homes, stay tuned because I have a smart home 101 series of videos coming that should help. Anyone else used Hubitat? Jump into the comments and let me know what you’re experience has been. And let me know if you’d like to see more details about Hubitat setup and use. And if you liked this video, be sure to give it a thumbs up and share with your friends because it really helps the channel.

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Smart Home Overview

Control is a touch away from managing your security to adjusting your thermostat, you can conveniently control what goes on in your home on the go. A smart home gives you remote access to appliances electronics even your lights using a computer or a mobile device. You can keep your indoor and outdoor spaces safe and secure. Lock and unlock your doors for contractors and guest. Monitor your kids and pets from another room or anywhere in the world and receive electronic alerts if an emergency arises. Protect, conserve, save time, and money with your smart home.

You can program your sprinkler system to handle those routines garden chores—a good way to cut down on your water bill and water consumption. For other ways to conserve energy or cash, automate your blinds and lights from anywhere you want. Adjust the temperature in your water heater when you’re away from home. Set your heating and air system according to your schedule allowing you to keep your home cozy. Enjoy easy setup in the convenience of a smart home with leading brands at the Home Depot. .

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The BEST DIY Smart Home Tech – Full House Tour 2019!

– So, we’re here – million views later. I’m sure that all of you guys have seen when we were invited around to Tom Syndicate’s house to overhaul his home’s network. If you didn’t manage to catch that one, we’ll leave the video linked right below that like button but for now, on to this video. What’s the crack and what’s it got to do with Syndicate? So, this is my house. Welcome. And inside, a fairly smart network of things going on. A smart home means a lot of things to a lot of different people but for me it’s lights, music and security mainly. You can add things like heating and so on and so forth. The reason that I mentioned Syndicate at the start is because I’m actually going to go in to his house and rip out his current home system because some company installed it and put Android tablets on the walls and it’s just all fallen to pieces and doesn’t work anymore. With my system, it’s modular, it can always be updated and it’s smart, very, very smart.

Oh, and here’s the best bit, everybody can do it at home. Let’s start with security. So, the Nest doorbell – the number one item you need for security or any sort of security doorbell. You need a doorbell that is smart, that can tell you when people are at the front door. Honestly, this is something that you need, need, need, need. The amount of parcels that haven’t gone back to the depot because of that thing is absolutely amazing. Push notifications right through to your phone as soon as somebody taps the doorbell. And also, you need cameras – lots and lots of cameras. As you guys can see, I’ve got one right there. So, I use the Nest doorbell. I like it because it recognises people’s faces.

It will actually tell you who is at the front door, so, for example; Alex is at the front door. Alex is my name – hello if this is the first time that I’m on your screen. Please click that subscribe button – welcome to the channel. This is a smart lock – it’s really, really cool for a few reasons. A perfect example of this is this morning. I actually took my car to the garage to get a service and I gave them my entire key set – I didn’t have to take off my front door key – and that’s because I actually don’t have a front door key. I can open this lock with my phone. Now, we do have a dedicated video on this lock, so check it out, right below that like button, but simply, I can tap to unlock on my phone and then tap the lock to wake it up and then when this lock finds my phone, and it knows it’s me, green light, and I’m straight in and then you lock the door by simply just lifting up the handle and walking off.

So essentially, all of this smart tech boils down to security and making things easier to use. It shouldn’t be a hassle, all of this. It shouldn’t be “more trouble than it’s worth” which are words that came out of Tom’s mouth the other week when I was with him. I’m currently looking at all of my cameras right now and I can see that everything is absolutely fine – there’s no one currently trying to break in. This is an awesome system from Ubiquiti (we’ve also done a dedicated video on this) and I can see all of my security cameras anywhere I am in the world on my phone too.

So guys, everything that we’ve looked at so far like the lock and the security system are super easy to install – DIY if you like, if you’re sort of a little bit competent with tech and DIY sort of things. But there’s one thing that everybody overlooks and that’s the home network. All of this stuff like the Ring doorbell, the security cameras and smart connected lights, all use a network of some type. So you need to make sure that you have a strong WiFi signal everywhere that you want to put smart devices and that you have a fast internet connection coming to your house or you will find, and trust me, that devices will fail – you’ll go and load your cameras and it won’t work because your network isn’t strong enough.

So, get yourself a nice router and a couple of access points around your house and you should be good to go. Now, you need something to base your smart system off. For me, Google Home. So, this is the Google Home display. Now, it’s the basis of my entire smart home. I can do everything on this display like view all of the cameras, have two way communication with my doorbell so that if somebody is there I can see them and speak to them and hear the response and I also use this Google display a lot differently to a lot of other Google products. A lot of people talk to them and use the catchphrase “Hey Google.” Sorry for setting off your Google assistants.

I use mine in a different way, called “routines.” You click on here and then I’ve set up all of these different routines that literally do whatever I want, like kitchen lights relaxed mode, kitchen lights on, kitchen lights off. I can turn on the cinema room lights – this is how I use my smart home. It’s like having a tablet on the wall but this actually works, like, 100% of the time. Oh, and here’s the kicker: If I do want to use my voice, I can activate any one of these scenes via my voice in any of the rooms because I’ve got Google Home minis in the cinema room and in my bedroom and there’s actually a Google Home Max on the floor in my office, so literally anywhere that I am, I can control my house. So every bulb in my house has been replaced with a smart one of some kind.

So I’m currently in my bedroom and I’ve got GU10s in the roof, so I can say: Okay Google, set the lights to red. – Okay, changing six lights to red. – And as you guys can see, they’ve changed to red. It’s pretty simple. You can also have them to pretty much any colour you want and then you can also set up groups of lights, so by me saying “Okay Google,” turn on the bed side lights… – Okay, turning on two lights. -…Two lights come on. The bed side lights – exactly what I asked for when I want it. And then with these lights, or any smart lights, you can set up things called scenes which were available, like I showed you guys earlier, on the main Google Home downstairs and you can also control it with your voice.

Really, really simple and I do that in every single room. Right, smart home hack time. So, as well as inside, I wanted outside doing. I wanted all the lights in my garden to be on some sort of smart circuit so that I can turn them on and off from my phone. As well as it just being convenient, it’s also really good for security and peace of mind and to make sure that the lights don’t stay on all night and waste energy and there’s a really, really awesome hack that I and a friend sort of made up, that you can put entire lights on a smart circuit and control them from your phone or Google devices or your Alexas or whatever, and that’s this.

So, this is a standard smart plug right here. It’s one from TP Link, one of the more expensive ones on the market. You can get cheaper Chinese models. I have this one and some cheaper ones linked in the description. Essentially, in this is a plug which I can toggle on and off from my phone or from my assistants in the house. I have named this “back garden light” and as you can see, this yellow-orange cable goes in to what’s called a fused spur. Now, to legally do this the proper way, you need a fused spur to convert lights to a plug socket.

So now we have this fused spur – if anything goes wrong, it can then fuse here and not up here. That way, when this is toggled, my outside lights come on and off. Very, very simple smart home trick. And you may have noticed, below that fused spur, on a shelf is a Sonos connect amplifier. That moves us from light to music. So, we are currently outside in my garden listening to a bit of Disarm by Allta, one of my favourite songs, and I’m playing it off of my phone to that Sonos player which is then piping it out to these speakers. I’ve got multiple rooms on my Sonos app like “Garden”, which is this zone, and then I’ve got “In There”, which uses my Kef speakers, and I can literally join all of these rooms together and play music in all rooms at the same time, like, sort of party mode, or you can have a different song in each room.

Sonos is absolutely huge. It’s big for a reason – because it works and it works well. You can control it with things like Alexas and Google Homes. I really recommend Sonos – that’s what I mainly use for music. So, there’s a couple of last things that I need to cover and a couple more things that I need to show you. Okay Google, blinds down please.

Whilst that’s happening, let’s sit here and have a chat. So, the one thing that I don’t do in this house is smart, sort of multi-room, TV. To do multi-room TV and have sort of a HDMI going to every single room, and you can have, let’s say whatever you want on in every single room, TV, a games console, in any room, the bedroom, the kitchen, you need something called an HDMI matrix. Number one, these things are really, really expensive and number two, if you’re like a quality freak like me and you like 4K, and 1080p just doesn’t cut it for you, then a 4K HDMI matrix system is even more expensive than a 1080p one and essentially, the HDMI matrix takes an input, so let’s say an Xbox, and then it can throw it out on any TV or all of the TV’s at the same time around the house.

It can be implemented with Google Home and Alexas and different things like that, so you could say: Show me the Xbox on the kitchen TV; the HDMI matrix will switch to that input and put it on that TV. But I just don’t mess around with that – it’s expensive and it’s hassle and apparently, they break quite a lot. Well, Tom’s do, so I’m going to be taking his out. But that is my smart home.

Everything seems to work really, really well and I hope you guys have enjoyed this video. If you’ve got any questions, put them down there in the comments. A like rating would be awesome and I’ll see you guys in the next one. .

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Learn Spanish: The basic food in Spanish. 🥘🥗Vocabulary Class. 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸

Buenos días, Good morning Buenas tardes Good afternoon Buenas noches Good evening Como estaís? How are you? Me, I am very good. I am very happy to be with you in today’s class. Let’s learn Spanish. Los Alimentos Basicos The Basic Food Let’s learn a lot of new vocabulary so please be very attentive to the pronunciation. After the class you can download for free in our website the summary of all the words we are going learn and its translation in English very well then we’re all set Let’s start with the class. tomar (to take) Paella (typical Spanish dish) La paella se hace con arroz. The paella is made with rice.

Nos gusta mucho el pan. We like bread a lot. La fruta Fruit La verdura Vegetables now let’s continue with Productos lácteos (Dairy products) Leche de oveja (Sheep milk) El queso tierno (soft cheese) el queso semicurado (semi-hard cheese) el curado (hard cheese) el tierno and semicurado cheese have a mild taste El queso curado tiene un sabor fuerte. Hard cheese has a strong flavor. Let’s start with La tortilla now let’s go to Los condimentos (The Condiments) alright for example Está muy salado. It is very salty.

Demasiada sal. It has too much salt. Está muy dulce. It is very sweet. Demasiada azùcar. It has too much sugar. Pastel de Chocolate Chocolate Cake Well done! We’ve learned a lot of new words and that concludes our class for today. You can download it for free in our website, and it’s totally free Thank you very much I’m sending you a big, big hug and let’s see each other soon in a new class.

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Spanish Cooking – Salmon and Onions From 1750

Welcome to 18th century cooking. I’m Jon Townsend and today we’ll be going into some eighteenth-century Spanish cooking. We’ll be doing a poached salmon. Thanks for joining us today. (Theme music playing) (Music continues) (Theme music playing) For the next few episodes we’ll be concentrating on recipes that are not necessarily British cooking. So, a lot of what we’ve done in the past is specifically English cooking or British cookery. It’s very easy to research. There are lots and lots of English cookbooks and so we’ve been doing a lot of that along with some other cookery, but for these next few episodes We’ll be looking at some other cultures, specifically Spanish, French, Swedish – hopefully – and Native American recipes or dishes. Today we’ll be doing a couple of recipes out of The New Art of Cookery by Juan Altamiras and this was printed in about 1750. 1750. This book is a reinterpretation or … let’s say translation by Vikki Hayward. Excellent book. Let’s get started. So, let me read to you this translation of Altamiras’s recipe. This was just salmon. He says, “Fresh salmon is best boiled and served with a little fresh olive oil and sharp citrus juice or fried onion and salt.

Salted salmon needs soaking in clean running water for a full day and a night, like tuna, then scoured with new esparto grass before cooking. Such cleanliness, though learned, not natural is enough to make you a fine cook. Serve this salmon with a dusting of pepper and a jug of fresh olive oil.” Very very interesting recipe for what it’s got there and what it doesn’t have there. And of course, we’ll be using fresh salmon, not the- the salted salmon, which I’m not sure where I would get salted salmon from these days, but that in the time period was the inexpensive alternative to fresh salmon. This recipe we’re gonna to start off with the onions.

This one’s pretty simple. We’re gonna take about a pound of onions, cut them nice and fine, and these are gonna go into a pan with four tablespoons of olive oil. Now, this is meant to cook very slowly over a very low fire. So, I’ve picked here a cast-iron pan to cook these in because I want something that I can control the heat with. If I had a nice thin pan – boy – it can get hot or cold very very rapidly.

So, I want something with a lot of body to it. In the time period they might have used – say a – ceramic pot or a ceramic kind of pan that would cook these very slowly. So, we’re gonna- we’re gonna brown these onions – actually, not brown them, but very slowly fry them for about an hour. So, about half way through here I’ve added some saffron water and some salt and pepper. So, what’s happening here is it’s a kind of boiling off the the water that’s in the onions and kind of cooking that off and now I’m gonna add a little bit more water back in with the saffron water and let it cook for another half hour. Very very low, very slow, and stirring it so that it doesn’t burn.

So, my onions are still cooking. They’re gently cooking and I’m gonna keep my eye on them and keep them stirring. Now we can start the next part of this recipe which has to do with the salmon. Now, I’ve already got some pre-prepared, cut-up, beautiful salmon steaks that were going to be cooking. Now, he calls them- he just says “boil them”. Of course, in other parts of the cookbook he actually kind of goes into more depth about cooking fish and he references boiling these very gently. That’s one of the tricks with these old recipe books, is that they they weren’t- their vocabulary wasn’t as big for cooking as we have today and we will, of course, poach these salmon steaks. He just used boil. They probably would have understood it in the time period as a very gentle simmer. Now, many times in these cookbooks or in these situations in 18th century cooking, if they wanted to cook something very gently they would actually use a ceramic vessel.

They had all kinds of different kinds of cooking vessels and something that’s very common in the 18th century for English cooking and especially for French and other continental cooking is to use a ceramic vessel for cooking things very gently, very slowly. So we’re gonna actually poach our salmon in this clay cooking pot today. So I’ve got my pot – my ceramic pot – here on the low fire and I just let it heat up just a little bit. If we put this on on a fire without having anything in it it’ll probably bust and crack. These kinds of things are really meant to be heated very evenly. So, once this kind of gets up to a simmer – since I poured boiling water into it – once it comes back up into a simmer, I’m gonna slip the fish in here and get it cooking.

So, while our fish is poaching, let me tell you a little bit more about this particular cookbook and why I find it so very very interesting. So, published about right there about 1750 or so. And the very very interesting thing, beyond the fact that this is Spanish cooking – and there are these very very interesting similarities and differences between English cookery and Spanish cookery at the time period – the interesting thing about this cookbook is that this author doesn’t just pick out the high-end cookery, which is very easy to find in cookbooks, especially say early or 17th century cookbooks. Those were generally court cookery or, you know, cookbooks for people with a lot of money and so they would have fancy cooking in it.

This particular cookbook by this friar is full of things that were – let’s say of – modest means. So, inexpensive cookery and those can be very difficult to find. So, it’s got a different glimpse into cookery than we might find in a lot of different period cookbooks. Excellent, excellent book and this particular author, this modern author who reinterprets these things, does a really good job of connecting them with modern Spanish cookery. It might not be perfect if you’re trying to understand exactly what it was like in the 18th century, but when we try to incorporate these into our modern palate she does such an excellent job. So excellent, excellent cookbook. This book is a reinterpretation or let’s say translation by Vikki Hayward. Excellent book. Let’s get started. So, let me read to you this translation of Altamiras’ recipe. This was just salmon. It says that (copied text from book appears onscreen). Very, very interesting recipe for what it has there….for what it doesn’t have there and of course we will be using fresh salmon not the salted salmon which, I am not sure where I would get salted salmon from these days.

But that back in the time period was an inexpensive alternative to fresh salmon. For this recipe we are going to start out with the onions. This one is pretty simple. We are going to take about a pound of onions, cut them nice and fine, and these are going to go into a pan with 4 tbls of olive oil. Now this is meant to cook very slowly over a very low fire. So, I have picked here a cast iron pan to cook these in because I want something that I can control the heat with. If I had a nice thin pan boy it can get hot or cool very rapidly. So, I want something with a lot of body to it. In the time period they might have used say a ceramic pot or a ceramic kind of pan that would have cooked very slowly. So, we are going to brown these onions. Actually not brown them but very slowly fry them for about an hour. So, about 1/2 way through here I have added so saffron water and some salt and pepper.

So, what is happening here is, it’s kind of boiling off the water that’s in the onions and cooking that off. Now I am going to add a little more water back in with the saffron water and let it cook for another 1/2 hour very, very low. Very slow. Stirring it so that it doesn’t burn. So, my onions are still cooking. They are gently cooking. I’m going to keep my eye on them and keep them stirring. Now we can start the next part of this recipe which has to do with the salmon. Now I’ve already got some pre-prepared cut up beautiful salmon steaks that we are going to be cooking. Now he calls them he just says “boil them”. Of course, other parts of the cookbook he actually kind of goes into more of the depth about cooking fish and he references boiling them very gently.

That’s one of the tricks with these old recipe books. There vocabulary wasn’t as big for cooking as we have today. We will of course poach these salmon steaks. He just used “boiled”. They probably would have understood in the time period as very gentle simmer. Now many times in these cookbooks or in these situations in 18th century cooking if they wanted to cook something very gently they would actually use ceramic vessel. They had all different kinds of cooking vessels and something that is very common in the 18th century for English cooking and especially for other continental cooking is to use ceramic vessel for cooking things very gently, very slowly. So, we are going to actually poach our salmon in this clay cooking pot today. So, I’ve got my ceramic pot here on the low fire and I’ve just let it heat up just a little bit. If we put this on a fire without having anything in it will probably bust and crack. These kinds of things really meant to be heated very evenly. So, once this kind of gets up to a simmer. I pour boiling water into it and once it comes back up into a simmer I will slip the fish back in here and get it cooking.

So, while our fish is poaching let me tell you a little about more about this particular cookbook and about why I find it so very, very interesting. So, published right there about 1750 or so and the very, very interesting thing beyond the fact that this is Spanish cooking and there are these very, very interesting similarities and differences between English cookery and Spanish cookery for the time period. The interesting thing about this cookbook is that this author doesn’t just pick out the high-end cookery which is very easy to find in cookbooks especially, say earlier 17th century those are generally ‘court cookery’. Cookbooks for people with a lot of money. So they would have fancy cooking in it. This particular cook book by this friar is full of thinks that were let’s say of modest means. So, inexpensive cookery and those can be very difficult to find. So, it’s got a different glimpse into cookery that we might find in a lot of different period cookbooks.

Excellent, excellent cookbook and this particular modern author who reinterprets these things doest a really good job of connecting them with modern Spanish cookery. It might not be perfect if you are trying to understand exactly what it in the 18th century. But when we try and incorporate these into our modern palate she does such an excellent job. So excellent, excellent cooking. (Theme music playing) Well, there’s our salmon on top of our bed of onions. Looks wonderful. I’ve got a little bit of lemon here. I mean he talks about several different ways that you could actually serve this with just fresh olive oil and a little bit of lemon or serve it on this on- bed of on- yeah, bed of onions.

And we’ve got a little bit of parsley here which was mentioned in the recipe. Let’s give this a try, see how it turned out. Let’s see here. Whoop Mmm. Boy! That is tremendous. The The onions are just really good with this dish. What a wonderful combination of these wonderful sweet onions, this really interesting texture on the onions, and was so softly, you know, gently cooked and they’ve got a little bit of spice in there, you know, the pepper.

You could add a little bit of garlic to it or whatever that’s in some of these recipes along with this gently cooked fish which is so wonderful and tender and that isn’t, you know, fishy flavor didn’t in the least, especially the way this was cooked. Gently poached. So, a just a great combination of flavors. So, make sure to stay tuned for the coming episodes that are coming up. We’ll do another Spanish one and some other cookery that’s outside of English cookery that really connect with North American cookery.

So, it’s going to be really great. I want to thank everyone out there for all your wonderful support: Patreon and checking out the merch on our website – all that kind of – sharing our videos. Thank you so much for that and thanks for coming along with us today as we savor the flavors and the aromas of the 18th century. Mmm that’s good. (Ending theme music playing) That was good. .

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HI! welcome to Spanish cooking. Today we will prepare the classic churros those are perfect to eat with hot chocolate in winter and, by the way: is one of the easiest recipes ever all you need is to bring water to a boil with a pinch of salt and once it is boiling you turn off the heat and then you add all at once the flour all at once: that’s important. Then mix it thoroughly until you get a kind of homogeneous dough. It will be quite sticky so don’t don’t worry it has to look like this now you can transfer it into plate. Let it cool a bit you can also work it with your hands a bit to get a homogeneous though; some people add also to the water a bit of oil to get the dough more soft to soften the dough but is not completely necessary. I like to do it like it is its up to you; other recipes also combine water with milk as well, this recipe here is the basic one you can combine it or leave it out up to you now transfer the dough into a piping bag to make the churros if you want to achieve the classic churros shape you need to use a star tip that’s important.

You need to push quite heavy to make the churros come out of the bag actually. It’s quite heavy so therefore I like to prepare them before frying them. And now once you get the shape you see it takes a while because the dough is it’s quite hard so it requires a bit of energy. I like to cut them with the tips of my fingers as well, you can do it by hand as I do or with the tip of the knife as well or with scissors, it’s up to you but the dough is quite dry, so you wont get problems doing it by hand now heat a big amount of vegetable oil. Normally sunflower oil or the one you like the one you prefer but olive oil is too strong for this recipe I guess so heat it, it’s important that the oil is very hot before frying the churros as we want to keep the churros fried in a very short time and getting nice golden brown color.

My oil here was a bit cold for the first batch and therefore it took longer to cook so the shorter they take for cooking the softer they will be and the more delicious so you really want them to be for a short time in the oil, and once to get a nice golden brown colour you can put them on a plate with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil and then finally, as you want them sweet, you add some cast sugar and of course you have to eat them while they’re still hot; with chocolate is the best and of course don’t forget to enjoy them! see you soon! .

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Spanish Cuisine: Madrid Food Guide

So it is three thirty PM in Madrid, which means it is lunch time. So we’re outside at a little patio right across from our hotel. And we’re going to be doing a battle of the soups. We plan on trying two different soups that are from the region of Córdoba, Andalusia in southern Spain. And they are called Gazpacho and Salmorejo. And there is some similarities and some differences between these two cold soups, so we’re going to be showing you what those are.

So our two soups have arrived. I’m having Gazpacho, Sam is having Salmorejo. And at first glance they do look quite similar. The same color because it is a tomato base but the topping is a little bit different. Now we’re going to be actually tasting them and telling you about the ingedients and what sets these two apart. Okay, so time for the first spoonful of Gazpacho. Oh ho ho, baby! Mmmm. That is so good. It is tangy because of the tomato. It is served cold so it is really refreshing. And this one has a lot more ingredients than Salmorejo. So I just put in some chopped bell peppers, green and red peppers. It has also got a bit of onions in there. And it was drizzled with olive oil on top. So a great combination on a hot summer day.

I’m just going to keep enjoying this over here. It is so good. So two more things I’ll mention about Gazpacho. If you don’t want like a full bowl of soup you can actually get it as a drink in a glass and that is cheaper because it is a smaller portion. And also Spanish Gazpacho is really different from Moroccan Gazpacho, which is what I was used to. The Moroccan recipe has chickpeas and beans so don’t be surprised if you come to Spain and there are no chickpeas in your Gazpacho. And Gazpacho also comes with a basket of bread on the side. So if you don’t want to drink it like a soup you can just dip some bread in there. And almost treat it like a dip. Great either way. And you are having Salmorejo. Tell us what that is like? And that is a little bit different than the Gazpacho. If you look down here you can see that it is a thicker tomato puree.

So basically it is thicker. And you’ll also notice that there is some egg here. So I’m going to have the first bite to see what it tastes like. You have some egg, ham and olive oil as your toppings. Yeah, it is almost a bit more like a cold stew than a soup. It is definitely thicker. I really like the taste. I like the olive oil drizzled on top too. It just.

It is a really awesome dish to have in the summer to cool down. And apparently there is a mystery ingredient here. What is it? Yeah, there is something cool that we discovered upon research. And that is that stale bread is in both of these. In both of these soups. So they soak it in water and then just mix it in with the Gazpacho and the Salmorejo. But you wouldn’t be able to tell at first glance. No, you wouldn’t. And price point for this meal.

So as an appetizer here in Madrid you can pick one up for about five Euros. Or if you want the smaller portion you can get it in a glass for about two to three Euros. Two fifty usually. So it is dinner time in Madrid and today we are here at a local restaurant where we’re going to be trying two different dishes. We are planning to eat Paella and something called Fideuà. They are two dishes from the region of Valencia. And there are some similarities and some differences between the two so we’ll be showing you those as soon as the plates arrive. The food has arrived. Yes, some I’m going introduce mine first. I am having the Fideua, which is kind of like a noodle Paella, and it is made with Vermicelli noodles which are super thin and mine has mussels, prawns and squid as well as artichoke hearts so let’s take a big bite of this.

It’s hot. That is really nice. Wow. You can really taste the seafood. It is super flavorful. And I also like that the noodles are a little bit overcooked. Like they are nice and soggy, which is how I like them. So I’m quite happy with my meal so far. Okay, so your mixed Paella has arrived. Tell us about it. Yeah, the Paella is finally here. So the mixed Paella has a whole bunch of different things. Let’s take a look down at it. So you can see that there is chicken, we’ve got shrimp, we’ve got other kinds of seafood, we’ve got peas and it has got kind of a looks like to be a yellow type of curry sauce.

Nice. So let’s take the first bite here. This is my favorite Spanish food. The thing I like about it so much is that you have all of these different ingredients and it just has such a flavorful sauce on top of the rice. It is just so good. So if Sam were to try the traditional Paella from Valencia that one would actually have chicken and rabbit because that is what the original recipe calls for. But we’re not really used to eating rabbit so that is why we went with the mixed one that has chicken, some seafood and chorizo. So quite a few restaurants in Madrid, and all throughout Spain have Paella on the menu, but the ones that really specialize in it have a special kind of pan. Some come take a look here.

And you can see that it is made right in it and brought to your table. And they have the wooden guards on the end that basically probably protect you from getting burnt. Exactly. Well, we certainly polished that off. So now let’s talk about the price. Yeah, that was nice and filling. So in terms of price it can vary widely. In more expensive kind of like gourmet restaurants that really specialize in it we’ve seen it go up to thirty or thirty five Euros. We’ve never actually ate somewhere like that.

The place we went to was eleven Euros. And we thought it was a really good value. We’re both really full now. And I’ve also seen it as an appetizer in some smaller types of restaurants and you can expect maybe to pay seven or eight Euros for that. So it is breakfast time here in Madrid. We’ve just rolled out of bed at 10 am. Which is a bit unusual. But we’re here at a local cafe and we’re going to have a traditional Spanish breakfast. So we have ordered a hot chocolate with Churros and Porras. So we’re going to show you what those are like in just a few minutes. So this is something that is completely new for me. This is called Porras. And it is basically like a giant sized Churro. Like I’ve never seen anything like this before. I know, look at that, it’s like. It’s wider than your shoulders.

Hahaha! Alright, so we’re going to dip it in the hot chocolate because that is how things are done here. Oh ho ho baby. Mmmmm. That is delicious. It is nice and greasy. And sweet. It is probably not the healthiest way to start the day but ‘hey’ when in Spain. Hey we’re doing it the Spanish way. That is delicious. I’m loving it. What are you having? I’m actually having the proper Churros. This is a deep-fried dough. And what I’ve found interesting is that when I’ve had this in Canada it is more of a dessert but over here in Spain it is a breakfast.

And it is very popular breakfast item. So let’s dip that right in the chocolate. Show us how it is done. Break off a piece here. And that hot chocolate is as thick as it gets. It must have some kind of special ingredients that make it especially thick and rich. It’s like mud. It’s like chocolate sludge. Wow! Let me just say I could get very used to having this as my normal breakfast. It’s that good. So what I find unique about the Spanish Churros is the shape. When we had these in South America they were usually like long little strips. And also there is no filing in these. I still haven’t come across any Spanish Churros that have fillings. Whereas in South America they were stuffed with chocolate, vanilla pudding, dulce de leche. So that is another difference. Now let’s dip this. Oh la la. This is so good. Mmmm. It is like a wishbone. Hahahaha. So show us what you do with the leftover hot chocolate. You know what.

This is a breakfast that is like a gift that keeps on giving. What is left over is a hot chocolate and it is amazing. It is so thick. Like we were talking earlier. It is almost like a sludge but it is really rich and creamy. I think there is extra condensed milk or something. Wonderful. So this is a super affordable breakfast. I’ve got the menu right next to me. And basically it is two Euros and fifty cents and you get your peach juice, your hot chocolate and either three Churros or three Porras.

And yeah, I’m stuffed after all that food. Surprisingly. So it is time for another breakfast here in Madrid. Today we are having the madrileño, which is the local breakfast that everybody likes in this city. And if you look down here you’ll be able to see this is Tortilla. Which is a potato and egg type of dish. So it is kind of like a potato and egg omelette. And it is delicious. It comes with a side of bread. And I can’t wait to dig in. Oh la la. Look at that. It’s so good. It is so good. This is your favorite breakfast. It really is. I’ve been eating it daily. And on my birthday I had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

That is how much I like it. Okay, so apparently how this dish is made is that the potatoes are first cooked in olive oil and then the egg is added and then it is just flipped over several times until it is done. It really is just like an omelette in a lot of ways. So the Spanish Tortilla has nothing to do with the Mexican Tortilla. The Mexican one is just like one of those big round wraps that you use for Quesadillas and Burritos. But the Spanish Tortilla is completely different even though it shares the same name, so keep that in mind. And also while we’re talking about the Spanish Tortilla it can be prepared a few different ways. Like the most simple one of them all is potato and egg but you can also start adding onions, peppers, ham, so you can get a little bit fancier.

Okay, so what is the price for this delicious breakfast. This tasty breakfast comes in at around four Euros and usually it comes with a juice. They didn’t have any today but it did come with a coffee and bread. And it is a filling breakfast. It is a great way to start our day. And it is definitely one of the things we have the most while we’re here in Madrid.


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