Archive | February, 2011

Making books. And cake.

26 Feb

Well not really. But I have been working on turning a really ugly blank book into a new diary:



Should I add more stuff to the cover? I’m not sure.

Also, I have covered another ugly blank book with some pages from an old atlas from the 1950s (I literally found it on the sidewalk the other day! score!):

Furthermore, I made a cake, cheating majorly (is that a word?) – I used this awesome ‘kagecreme’, a Danish product. Tasted really nice! But there’s really no recipe to speak of.


Have a beautiful weekend!
xoxo, F.

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Khachapuri.

26 Feb

Hello,

I have added all kinds of ingredients to yeast dough before, but I haven’t added yoghurt. So of course, when I heard about khachapuri, I had to give it a try.

It’s a flat bread filled with cheese. Uh, hello? How great is that?
They did turn out fabulously, I’ll definitely make them again. Great for lunch or brunch, or in between. They are pretty filling, slightly salty, and really easy to make.

Ingredients:
makes 6 small flat breads

2 cups flour
3 tsps. dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 cup plain yoghurt
1/2 tsp. salt
about 7 oz. feta cheese
about 3 oz. mozzarella cheese
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. milk

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and yoghurt. Start kneading; add about 1/2 cup warm water one tablespoon at a time (you might need some more water, or a little less). Knead until all the ingredients are combined and you have a smooth, warm ball of dough. Leave it in the bowl, cover with a dish cloth and let sit in a warm place until the dough has risen (to about twice its original size; for about one hour).

In the meantime, cut the cheese into very small cubes, and mix them.

When the dough has risen, knead it once very quickly, and divide it into six equal portions. Roll these portions into circles on a lightly floured surface. Divide the cheese mix onto the dough circles, leaving a rim.
Pull the rim over the filling toward the middle of the circle and press it together. This should result in six oddly shaped balls. Roll these balls back into flat breads super carefully.

Preheat your oven to 400° F.

Place the breads on a papered baking sheet.
Mix egg yolk and milk; brush the breads with that mixture.

Bake the khachapuris for about 25 mins., until very lightly brown.
Let cool, and enjoy!!

See? Melted cheeses inside a light bread. I had expected the yoghurt to weigh down the dough, but it didn’t at all. I thought it made the dough really flexible, and the bread really interesting.

xoxo, F.

Winding down.

18 Feb

It’s a quiet morning around here, which I like. I like how the week comes to an end, the soft grey sky, my cup of hot chocolate.

Off to the weekend!
xoxo, F.

Remember those plaintains I mentioned? Turned out awfully. I fried them, coated with chopped peanuts. Simply awful, no taste whatsoev-ar. What did I do wrong?

Favorite things. And pink cupcakes.

16 Feb

Hello,

two favorite things from around the house this morning:


birdhouse on the window sill


thistles hanging on the kitchen wall (my favorite flowers)

In unrelated news, I made cupcakes the other day. Pink ones. Hooray!

Here comes the recipe.

Raspberry Cupcakes with Frosting
makes 24

Ingredients:

for the cupcakes
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

72 raspberries (I used frozen and thawed)

for the frosting
6 ounces cream cheese
1/2 stick butter, at room temperature
about 3 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In a second bowl, mix buttermilk, oil, and eggs.
Fold dry mixture into wet mixture.
Scoop out the batter into your (paper lined) cupcake pan. Add 3 berries to each portion.

Bake at 350° F, for about 20 mins.

For the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy, then add the powdered sugar gradually, until the consistency you’d like is reached. I colored mine with about 2 tbsps. raspberry juice (which made the frosting a little runnier).

Decorate the cooled cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles. Eat. Be happy.

xoxo, F.

Inside, outside.

10 Feb

Some nature shots.

On our window sill:


A seriously red amaryllis.

From a walk in the woods:

Cool witch trees.

Stacked logs.

Sublime late winter afternoon sky.

Beautiful wood grain.

I’m looking forward to cooking a couple of plaintains this coming weekend, although I’m not sure (yet) how to prepare them. Fry them, I guess?

xoxo, F.