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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Irish bread - recipe (including photos)

Ingredients:
  • 450- 500 grams of flour
  • 400 grams of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 spoon with sunflower oil


Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
Mix the flour with the salt and the baking powder.


Add the buttermilk little by little and mix.


Add the oil and continue mixing until you obtain a non sticky dough.


Spread the dough in an oven pan.
The dough should be at least 3 cm thick.


Put it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes.


Enjoy!


The original recipe may be found here

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Corn flour pancakes - recipe ( including photos)

Ingredients:
  • 120 grams of corn flour
  • 35 grams of rice flour
  • 60 grams of yogurt
  • 200 milliliters of milk
  • 25 milliliters of sunflower oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons with baking powder
  • salt


Mix the corn flour with the rice flour, the salt and the baking powder.


In another bowl, mix the milk with the egg, the sunflower oil and the yoghurt.


Combine the two compositions and let it rest for 20 minutes .Fry each pancake at medium fire for a few minutes on each side.



Enjoy!


The original recipe can be found here

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mutabal (eggplant dipp) - recipe (including photos)

 Ingredients:
  • 1 grilled eggplant (the entire eggplant is turned on each side for a couple of minutes over a wooden / charcoal fire)
  • 80 milliliters of yoghurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 spoon with tahini
  • 1 spoon with lemon juice
  • 1 spoon with olive oil
  • mint
  • salt



Mix the tahini with the crushed garlic, the yoghurt, the lemon juice and the salt.

Separately mash the grilled eggplant and add the mixture above (tahini/yoghurt). Mix until everything is incorporated.
 


We decorated with olive oil, some pomegranate and some mint.

Enjoy!




The original recipe can be found here

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Car review - Wolswagen Touareg

We had it rented for a week a couple of years ago.

The car is very heavy, so it did not accelerate very fast, which can be a problem when you need to overtake on national roads.

It's spacious inside, but the trunk did not have too much room.

The seats and suspensions are not very comfortable for a long route.

Overall, we would never spend the money to buy one - there are better cars out there for the same price.



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mango and avocado cake - recipe with step-by-step photos

I wanted to try something new and for those who want to do the same...this is your chance :)


 Ingredients for the layers :
  • 100 grams of flour
  • 40 grams of sugar
  • 3 - 4 spoons with cocoa powder
  • 3 spoons with honey
  • 3 eggs

Ingredients for the mango filling:
  • 250 grams of mascarpone cheese
  • 3 spoons with sugar
  • 2 grams of gelatin sheets
  • 1 mango

Ingredients for the walnut filling:
  • 250 grams of fresh cream
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 60 of crushed walnuts
  • 2 grams of gelatin sheets

Ingredients for the avocado glaze:
  • 30 milliliters of water
  • 30 grams of white chocolate
  • 30 grams of sugar
  • 1 avocado
  • the juice from a lemon
Prepare the dough:


Separate the egg yolks from the whites.

Mix the egg yolks with half of the sugar and the honey. Beat the composition for a few minutes.


Separately beat the egg whites with the remaining sugar.


Mix the two composition above.


Add the flour and the cocoa powder. Divide the composition in two.

Put one part of the composition in a tray and put it in the oven at 180 Celsius degrees for 10-15 minutes or until ready.

Repeat the process with the remaining dough.



Prepare the mango mousse filling:

Clean and cut the mango. Mash it and put it on slow fire with the sugar for a few minutes. Just until the sugar melts.

Meanwhile put the gelatin sheets in cold water.

When the mango is cooled, but still warm, add the hydrated gelatin sheets and mix until well incorporated. Let it cool!

When cooled add the mascarpone cheese and mix.


Prepare the walnut filling:

Caramelize the sugar and pour it in a thin layer on a baking paper when ready. Let it cool!


Mash it and mix it with the fresh cream, the hidrated gelatin sheets and the crushed walnuts.

Prepare the avocado glaze:

In a pan add the white chocolate and the sugar and let them melt. Add the water and let it simmer for a minute.


Meanwhile, clean and mash the mango. Add the juice of the lemon and mix.


When the chocolate is melted let it cool! Then add the avocado and mix.


Assembling the cake:

In a detachable circle add one dough layer, then the walnut filling, the other dough layer, then the mango mousse and the cover the cake with the avocado glaze.



Above the avocado glaze I put some petals of lavender flowers, just for decoration.


Enjoy!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Red smoothie - recipe (including photos)

Ingredients for 2 big glasses:
  • 250 grams of strawberries
  • 250 grams of redcurrant
  • 250 grams of raspberries
  • 3-4 spoons with honey
  • ice


Put all the fruits together in a blender and run it for 20-30 seconds until you have a nice homogenous thick juice.

In a glass, add half of the juice, 2 spoons with honey and some ice and you have the perfect, healthy drink.

Enjoy!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Smart chocolate cake - recipe with step by steo photos

Ingredients:
  • 500 milliliters of milk
  • 125 grams of butter
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 65 grams of flour
  • 40 grams of cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs


Separate the egg yolks from the whites.

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until they double the volume.


Melt the butter and let it cool!


Add the butter over the egg yolks and mix.


Add the cocoa powder and the flour and mix.


Add the warm milk and mix slowly until well incorporated.


Preheat the oven at 180 Celsius degrees.

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and incorporate them in the cocoa composition.

Put the composition in an oven tray and let it bake at 180 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until ready.

Do not open the oven while baking!


Enjoy!


The original recipe can be found here

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pork forestier - recipe with step by step photos

Ingredients:
  • 500 grams of pork
  • 200 grams of fresh mushrooms
  • 150 grams of bacon
  • 150 milliliters of Burgogne wine
  • 50 grams of flour
  • 30 grams of butter
  • 20 milliliters of cognac
  • 10 shallots
  • 4 spoons of olive oil
  • 2 big onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 garlic head
  • thyme



First you have to marinate the pork:

Chop the onions, the carrots and the garlic.


In a bowl mix the strips of pork meat with the garlic/onions/carrots mixture, then add the wine, the cognac, the butter and the olive oil. Let it rest for 24 h in the fridge.



The next day, in a pot add the meat, pour the flour above and let it fry for a few minutes until golden.

Pour the marinade and add the thyme and let it cook at slow fire for 1 hour, covering the pot and mixing from time to time.



Add the chopped mushrooms, the bacon and the shallots and let it cook for another 30 minutes.



Enjoy!


The recipe from the book:


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