30 Sep 2012

Away Days #3: LA CUISINE FRANÇAISE

well well, I promised to post about the french food so here it goes.

all of you who read my last post about france know what I did there other than eat. so if you haven't read it and you'd like to know you can read it now or after.

well of course I ate more than those things that you will read about and see after but they're not all worth posting about or just not french. 
we had some amazing BBQ's with everyone and I really enjoyed it but I wanted to write about french food.



one day we went to this medieval town called Provins and in this little ruelle by the church we discovered a cute little shop which sells all things with honey (miel) and roses which seem to be a specialty of this region.
in this shop they let us try this thing they called honey bread, it's not really bread and to me it tasted a bit like gingerbread (which technically isn't bread either so I guess it fits) and it was really nice so we bought some.
it looks a lot like bread but it tastes sweet and there are spices and honey in it which I really enjoyed, it didn't remind me of christmas as much as gingerbread does so it was fine.

so if you find yourself in this town I recommend you having a look at this shop, they have lovely honey stuff there.


Pain d'Epice au Miel found here


on our first day in Paris we went to the Charlie Winston gig, and before that we went to Hard Rock Cafe Paris for a lovely lovely meal. I love HRC and I love their food, no matter where you go the food is always good there and the people are just amazing.

well I usually have a Burger or something like that because they are just legendary but this time I thought I'd try something else. 
they had this grilled salmon on the menu and it just sounded really nice so I got that.
and it was amazing. it came with this herb and wine butter and lovely green beans and rice. just great! and not too much either. it was a rather big piece of salmon but it wasn't too fat or anything so it was the perfect size really. I could have eaten more rice but I always eat too much rice so it probably would have been perfect for everyone else.

lovely meal and the perfect choice if you don't want to feel too full after a meal at hard rock. we had this apple cobbler as a dessert which was amazing! it was warm and served with vanilla ice cream. I forgot to take a picture because it just smelled so good and we just started eating. but it was gorgeous!


Grilled Salmon found here


the second day in Paris was the day after the gig. we didn't get to bed early and we were pretty tired in the morning.
so once we had all our stuff together and left the appartment it was probably around 10:30 or so so it was a bit too late for a proper breakfast. well we just decided we'd have something french anyway.
luckily, we found this cute patisserie right at the corner of the street we spent the night and they had a lot of stuff there. I chose this lovely little quiche which tasted amazing.
with all the ingredients it probably wasn't completely french more of a french-italian-greek thing but it just tasted amazing! we ate our things on the pont des arts, you probably know it, it's the bridge with all the locks on it. and you can see the eiffel tower too. perfect breakfast!


Quiche Feta, tomate et basilic found here


on the same day, after we got back from Paris we went to Disneyland where we met with everyone to go to this chinese place for food.
the chinese restaurant we went to was somewhere near the Val d'Europe but I don't know exactly because it wasn't exactly the place you'd expect a restaurant to be. but if I find out I'll let you know because it was really really nice there.

they had this giant buffet with all kinds of stuff, not only chinese but sushi and french stuff and ice cream and desserts and fruit and salad...

well a lot anyway. I took this picture of these mussels in white wine sauce with chips because I wanted to talk about french food didn't I? and this is something very french.
not sure if it even is typical for this region (probably not, since they don't have the sea near them) but when I was at the Côte d'Azur last year they had it everywhere and it just reminded me of that. plus I love seafood. 

and I have to say I wasn't sure whether they would be good at a chinese place but they obviously know how to cook french stuff there. I guess everyone who cooks in france knows how to cook french food. 


Moules-Frites
I hope I'll find the chinese soon so I can tell you where.



and last but definitely not least...

I tried my first macaroon this week. I know I am 20 years old and I should have had one before but they don't really make them here in Austria and whenever I'm in the UK there's just so many other things I have to eat.
plus now I can proudly say that I had my first macaroon in france which can only be a good thing because after all that's where they come from, so they have to be good, and everything sweet is good in france anyway.

so I tried my first macaroon off this plate with loads of different little sweets, it was a raspberry flavour I think and it was just really nice. so after that we just had to find more.

well first we tried to find some in Paris, but we didn't really have time so we ran around looking for them somewhere near the eiffel tower and there were just no macaroons there.

(if you know a good place to find them in Paris please let me know!)

then, the day after we went to Coulommiers which was the next town from where we stayed and of course they had patisseries everywhere (one thing I really love about france!) and they did have macaroons!
so we got a few of them there (the blue one, the green one and the light cream-y coloured one).

later that day we went to a supermarket where we found some aswell! (red, yellow, dark and light brown).

well the day we found them was our last day and I wasn't feeling too well so I didn't eat any of them that day, that's why we put them in a box so I could take them with me. I had some at the airport and they were all really nice! the supermarket ones and the patisserie ones (of course the patisserie ones were a bit better).

but the one most important thing I realised was that I had to try and make some myself.
some people seem to think that it's really difficult to make them but I really want to try it anyway because I liked them a lot and I just don't think I can get them anywhere in Austria. plus when I make them myself I can choose the flavour and everything!

so if I find the time my macaroons will be up here soon. fingers crossed!


Macarons found here and here




Magdalena.




26 Sep 2012

Away Days #2: BONJOUR LA FRANCE

bonjour mes amis and everyone else,

if you're following my blog you've probably noticed that I haven't been posting anything for the past week or so and you probably know that this is because I went to France for a week.

well and I promised to bring back some impressions and some french food. and of course I did!

I'll be posting about my culinary impressions and ideas soon in another post but for now I just want to talk about my holiday in general because it was just amazing.

I'd been to France before and I've seen many beautiful places such as the Côte d'Azur last autumn. but I'd never seen Paris.
and Paris is one of those places you just have to see at least once in your life, that's what I thought, I guess now I know that I'm definitely coming back.

we stayed in a gîte not too far away from Paris and pretty close to Disneyland. it was really nice and calm, the only noise were the geese who were living there.
it was called La Ferme Des Près, you can look for it just in case you are looking for a place to spend a family holiday. 

so since we stayed not far away from Disneyland and everyone else was a Disneyland lover (not saying I'm not, I'd just never been before) of course we went there aswell. not only once or twice...but I have an annual pass now anyway so who knows when I'll be back there. I will be sooner or later anyway. 

but the past part about the holiday was Paris, I'd been looking forward to this for so long, and not just because I was going to see Paris, but also because we were going to see Charlie Winston!
we'd found a place where we could stay the night which was perfect because the gig only ended really late so we spend wednesday and thursday in Paris, not enough time for a place like this obviously, but it was amazing and I just can't wait to go back!

so the whole week was pretty much perfect, spend time with some amazing people and tried to speak french again, I'll work on that until next time.
I want to thank everyone who made this week possible and who was there with us. it was amazing and I'm hoping to see you all again soon. 

so here are some pictures for you that I took during the week, and as I said I'll be posting about the food real soon, I promise!




the geese

notre dame

Mr. Charlie Winston

tour eiffel




Magdalena.





14 Sep 2012

Away Days #1: LA FRANCE

hey everyone,

I'm sorry for not posting a lot of recipes and food lately. but I've been busy because I'm going to France tomorrow.
I'm really looking forward to it, I've never been to Paris before and I can't wait to see this wonderful place.

I'll miss posting here but I'll definitely have a lot to post once I get back a week tomorrow.

you can like my facebook page here because I might be able to post pictures there from time to time.

so I wish you all a good week and I'll see you in about a week with loads of french food. can't wait!


Magdalena.

#13 PITA BREAD




I've been meaning to make pitas for a while but I never really got round to it even though it really isn't that difficult. 
I made the chicken korma the other day and we didn't have all the ingredients I would have needed for Naan bread (and it was sunday and all shops are closed on a sunday, when you're in Austria) so I decided to give the pita bread a go. I think there's nothing wrong with mixing food cultures.

all the recipes I found on the internet confused me a little because they were all slightly different. but luckily someone in a facebook cooking group had already made some herself and she gave me the recipe. it was a lot easier and clearer than the others. and that way I used it to create my own pita recipe. I'll improve it again though I hope.

plus I'm going to make a greek food day sometime soon so I'll definitely use it again then. looking forward to it.


Pita Bread

(for about 5 pita breads)
400 g flour
1 packet of yeast
250 ml lukewarm water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil

mix the flour, sugar and salt on the worktop
and make a well in the middle.
mix the yeast with the water and the oil and pour
into the well.

using a fork or your hands carefully
make a dough by mixing all the ingredients
together.

knead the dough until smooth,
place in a large flour dusted bowl.
leave to rest in a warm room
for at least one hour.

preheat oven to 250°C with the
baking sheets inside
(it has to be that hot because originally
pita bread are made in a stone oven thing
with a lot more heat than we usually use.
that's also why you have to heat up the baking sheet)

divide the dough into equal portions
(choose size yourself).
on a floured surface make each piece into a ball.
then cover all of them with a kitchen towel.
leave for about 10 minutes.

flatten the balls and leave to rest
for 10 more minutes under the kitchen towel.

then carefully roll them into circles and
place on baking sheets. (hot!)

bake for about 4 minutes until the puff up.
flip them over after that time and bake
for about 2 more minutes.

bon apeitit! (hot!)






Magdalena.


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12 Sep 2012

#12 LEMON AND SAGE CHICKEN WITH MEDITERRANEAN COCONUT RICE




Yesterday I went for breakfast with a friend in town at Freiblick which is a really nice place on the roof of a big department store here.
I had a really lovely breakfast with egg, ham, muesli, and vegetables so I was quite full and decided not to have anything for lunch, I wouldn't have been able to anyway.

but knowing myself I knew I would be hungry again in the evening. plus there was football on (Austria-Germany) and I always need food for football.
so I knew I had to find something but as I was full for most of the day I only really started thinking about it late in the afternoon (I can't really be creative when I'm full).
I decided to go to the shop and let the stuff there inspire me, which is a bad thing for some people because then they just buy everything they would like. but somehow it really works for me and I ended up getting a chicken breast, two corn on the cobs and some yogurt for the tzatziki I'm probably going to make tomorrow (greek day!).

back at home I still couldn't decide what exactly to do with the chicken and whether I would make rice or pasta as a side dish. all I knew is that I was going to do the corn on the cob in the oven (which turned out lovely by the way!).

I knew I wanted to make something with sage because I just love the taste especially with chicken or pasta in the summer. and standing in the kitchen I knew I wanted rice and I had some coconut milk left from when I made the chicken korma so I wanted to use that too. 

and this dish here is basically what I created. it sounds a lot more fancy than it is, but I just didn't know what to call it basically. enjoy the recipe. it's really easy to make too and you don't even need that much for it.


Lemon and Sage Chicken
with Mediterranean Coconut Rice
(2 servings)
for the chicken
250 g chicken breast (cut about 6 medallions)
1/2 lemon (juice)
1 glove of garlic
6 leaves of sage
1 tbsp oil
4 tbsp flour

for the rice
200 g rice
1/2 courgette (yellow or green)
1/2 red pepper
100 ml coconut milk
5 leaves fresh mint
1 tsp butter
1 tbsp oil

prepare a marinate by juicing the lemon
and mixing it with minced garlic.
marinate the chicken pieces for
about 1 hour in the fridge.

melt the butter in a pot and add the rice,
add water (1 1/2 of the amount of rice)
and lower heat to boil the rice.

in the meantime, finely chop the
courgette and the pepper
to make thin strips.
heat oil in a pan and stir fry the
vegetables for about 5 minutes.

chop the mint and add to the vegetables.
add coconut milk and set aside.

once the rice is done, add it to the pan
with the vegetables and set aside.

take the chicken out of the fridge
and heat oil in a non-sticky pan.
roll the chicken pieces in the flour.
first, fry the pieces of sage
in the pan for about 30 seconds
to develop flavour.
after that, put the pieces
of chicken on top of the sage leaves
and fry in the hot pan for about
3-4 minutes each side (until golden brown)

serve the tender chicken with the coconut rice.

et voila! bon apetit!






Magdalena.








10 Sep 2012

drinks #1 DOUBLE ICED TEA




Today was another lovely september day here in Austria and since I haven't made any iced tea this whole summer I wanted to make some today.
plus I didn't have to cook today because there's still some of that lovely Chicken Korma left that I made yesterday. so all I'm gonna do in the kitchen other than those iced teas is make some rice and a greek salad. not really worth sharing I thought.

but those lovely and simple summer drinks are!

I love tea anyway. and I love british tea and I love fruit flavoured tea as much as I love earl grey or basically any other tea. just like I love a lot of things british and I really miss them when I'm not there. but tea is something I can take home with me. and I do that everytime I'm in London basically.

I use these lovely fruit flavoured teas you can get at Harrods (they're basically the only thing I can afford there but I love the place!). most of you won't have these teas or the exact flavour I'm using but that doesn't matter because you can just use normal black tea and add fruit juice which is just fine and will probably give it an even fruity-er taste.
but I love my fruit teas!

oh and one more thing. I didn't use a lot of sugar because there's sugar in the juice already. but if you want to add some more go for it. I just like it fresh and not too sweet.




Lemon-Raspberry ICED TEA
1 tsp loose leaf lemon flavour black tea/black tea
(or I suppose one teabag would do)
500 ml hot water
1 tbsp rasperry syrup (more if you're using juice)
1 tsp lemon juice (maybe more if you're using lack tea)
1 tsp sugar

simply prepare the tea as you usually do.
add the sugar while it's still hot,
you can add all the other ingredients when it's
cooled down a bit.

leave to cool down properly and serve with ice.

et voila!


Strawberry-Mint-Peach ICED TEA
1 tsp loose leaf strawberry flavour black tea/black tea
(or I suppose one teabag would do)
500 ml hot water
5 leaves of fresh mint
4 tbsp peach juice
(4 tbsp strawberry juice/1 tsp strawberry syrup
if you're using simple black tea)
1 tsp sugar

prepare the tea as you usually do
but add the mint leaves aswell.
add the sugar while it's still hot,
you can add all the other ingredients when it's
cooled down a bit.

leave to cool down properly and serve with ice.

et voila!





Magdalena.




9 Sep 2012

#11 MY CHICKEN KORMA



Chicken Korma is probably my favourite indian dish so of course I had to learn how to make it myself.
I first made it about half a year ago but I have improved it since so I think it's ready for public. I'm probably gonna improve the recipe again and I'll just post it again then.

things like indian food are always something you never think you can make at home. well I used to think that anyway. but I just wanted to try it and I realised that it is really not that difficult to make it at home. of course it doesn't taste exactly like what you get in an indian restaurant but it is still really nice and just something to add to those dishes you make for yourself or your family.

the only thing about it is that it isn't difficult to make but it still takes some time. 
you don't have to spend that much time in the kitchen but you need to prepare the chicken the day before and ideally leave the whole thing to simmer for a while to bring out the whole taste. so it's a good thing for the weekend.
and it's a summer and a winter dish because it keeps you warm in the winter but it's still fresh and coconut-y for the summer. I just love it!

for everyone who likes it spicy, just use one chili instead of the red pepper I used. I use red pepper because I don't like it that spicy but red pepper gives it a sweet taste and adds some colour to it.

I hope you'll love this dish as much as I do.


Chicken Korma
500 g chicken breast
250 g greek yogurt
2-3 gloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 handfull mint
1 onion
1/2 red pepper (or chilli)
1/2 tbsp veg. oil/coconut fat
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
400 ml coconut milk
150 ml water/ground almonds
1 tbsp almond puree
1/2 lemon (juice)

chop the mint, mince the garlic and mix with
the yogurt in a bowl.
slice the chicken to bite-size pieces
and mix with the yogurt marinade.
cover the bowl and marinate
in the fridge for at least 5 hours.
ideally leave in the fridge overnight.

finely chop the onion and the red pepper and puree.
heat the oil/fat in a large pan/wok and add
the spices (turmeric, garam masala)
and stir fry over low heat for about a minute.

turn up the heat, add the onion and red pepper
paste and stir fry for anohter 5-ish minutes.

then add the chicken and marinade and
stir fry for another 10 minutes.

add the coconut milk and the water
to cover the chicken.
stir in the almond puree/ground almonds.
lower the heat and cover the pan.
leave to simmer for at least 40 minutes
(it gets better the longer you leave it)

before serving, add lemon juice and salt.

serve with rice and/or naan bread.





Magdalena.


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#10 AFTER DARK CAKE





This is a very special cake to me. not only because I love mint and chocolate but mainly because of the way I created this recipe.
one of my friends asked if I could create a recipe for a cake she could make for her grandma. and I felt very honoured that she would ask me so I really wanted to make this special.

I think it actually turned out really nice. there are different ways you can do it. my friend wanted a dark chocolate cake because her grandma only likes chocolate with around 70% but you could most definitely use milk chocolate aswell (I'd use less sugar then though). the way I made the cake it is really chocolaty but still juice and soft. 
I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
I aswell used the mint liqueur in the base which means I mixed it into the dough, but if you just want a slight taste of mint you could always just mix it with the chocolate for the icing.




After Dark Cake
300 g flour
80 g cocoa
150 g sugar
150 g butter
200 g dark chocolate
6 eggs
4 tbsp mint liqueur
1 1/2 packs baking powder

250 g chocolate for icing

beat the eggwhites and set aside.

melt the chocolate for the base over steam
(with some water)

beat together sugar, butter and egg yolks
then add the melted chocolate and the
mint liqueur.
mix together the flour, cocoa and baking powder.
mix the dry ingredients to the others
and make a dough.

carefully fold the beaten eggwhites
into the dough and pour into the greased cake tin.

bake for about 40-50 minutes.

take out the cake and leave it to cool down.
melt the rest of the chocolate with
some mint liqueur or water (use mint tea if you like)
and glaze the cake with it.
you can garnish the cake with some fresh
mint leaves.

but in the fridge for at least an hour
for the chocolate to solidify.





Magdalena.




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8 Sep 2012

#9 QUICK MEAL: MULTI-COLOUR PASTA



This is a very simply recipe and you can basically use any veg you like and leave out whatever you don't like of this. I used smoked bacon because we had some at home and I think it goes really well with the tomatoes but you can certainly leave that out aswell or use ham instead or whatever you have.



Multi-Colour Pasta
(for 2 servings)
1/4 red pepper
1/4 green pepper
1/3 courgette (I used a yellow one)

1/2 onion
1 glove of garlic
2 tomatoes
2 strips of smoked bacon
(mint, basil, thyme)

200 g spaghetti (or anything you like)

simply chop all the veg and the bacon
so they're all about the same size bits.
you can choose whatever size you want basically.

bring water to the boil and cook the pasta.
while doing that, heat a non-sticky pan
and stir fry all the veg and the bacon except for the tomatoes.
do that for about 5 minutes.
after that add the chopped tomatoes and leave to simmer
for another 5-ish minutes.
add herbs if you like and salt.

the pasta should be cooked by now.
drain the pasta and serve with the sauce.

voila! bon apetit!





Magdalena.







7 Sep 2012

#8 LEMON CREAM CAKE



the other day, me and my mum were invited to a bbq and since my mum really loves everything lemon-y she asked me if I could make a lemon cake to take to our friends.
I loved the idea and created a lemon cream cake. at first I was just going to make a simple lemon cake with nothing on top or anything. but while it was in the oven I decided to try and make a nice cream to go on top, to make it juicier. I found this easy and fresh cream recipe somewhere, made some changes and it actually worked. 
our friends liked it too so I was really happy. I guess I'll work on it a little more but this recipe should give you a good idea of what I did. 


Lemon Cream Cake
for the base
200 g topfen/greek yogurt or 100 g butter
150 g sugar
300 g flour
3 eggs1 packet baking powder
1-2 tsp vanilla sugar
1-2 lemons (juice and zest)

for the cream1 lemon (zest and juice)
30 ml white wine or fruit juice
3 eggs
3-4 pieces of gelatine

making the base

beat the eggwhites and put aside.
prepare a dough by beating together the topfen/butter
with the sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon zest and the egg yolks.


mix together the flour and the baking powder
and mix it into the sugar mixture along with
the lemon juice.

then carefully fold the eggwhites into the dough.

grease the cake tin with a little bit of butter and
cover it with some sugar until coated.
pour in the mixture and chuck it in the oven!

bake for about 40-50 minutes at around 180°C
until gold.

let it cool down.

making the cream
put the galatine in a bowl with cold water.
put the egg yolks, wine/juice, lemon juice and zest
in a pot and bring to a boil while whisking it.
add the softened gelatine and whisk. let it cool down.

when cooled down but not solid beat the eggwhites
with the sugar and carefully add the lemon-mixture.

now you can put the lemon-cream on top of your
cake and leave in the fridge to set.





Magdalena.



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6 Sep 2012

Eating Out: BACKHENDL

Yesterday was a rather busy day again. I spend most of the day with my dad and some friends of his.
I went to my dads place which is where I grew up. It's a small small small place in Western-Styria called Graggerer. you can see some pictures of it here.

then we went to this lovely austrian pub kinda thing (Mostschenke) close to my dads where we all had a lovely local speciality called Backhendl which is basically chicken parts in breadcrumbs. but it's all juice and flavourful inside and it's just brilliant.
not the most healthy thing to eat I have to admit but we don't have that more than once a year or so anyway. 

we were at the Mostschenke Neumann near St. Josef, for everyone who is planning to go somewhere in this region or who lives there anyway. it is a really nice place with a lot of space and a playground if you've got children. the atmosphere is very authentic and everyone was friendly. the food was perfect anyway, everything was handmade and the prices were absolutely adequate.



"Backhendl"
chicken parts in breadcrumbs. best with some lemon!

"Potato Salad with Pumpkin-Seed-Oil"
self-made potato salad with onions and our oil.
one of the best things ever!


it was a beautiful day. didn't think it would be but it was. and we were sat outside and enjoyed our meal and everything so it was a really good day. I was rather tired after but luckily so full that I couldn't eat anything for the rest of the day so I was able to just chill and do nothing. 

well except for thinking about the cake I'm going to make today. me and my mum are going to a bbq and we agreed that I'd make a cake for our friends and us. so I'll let you know about that later.

it's been quite a busy week. but I'm enjoying seeing everyone and spending time with the people I haven't seen for a while. and all the cooking and baking and eating is amazing anyway. plus it gives me a lot of things to write which is always a good thing.

hope you're enjoying the recipes I've posted. feel free to leave comments and ask me about things if you want to. 

I've recently created a facebook page aswell so you guys can like it and be the first to know about recipe updates. and you can message me on there if you need help with your recipes or anything else. 
here's my page: www.facebook.com/LullabyForPies

feel free to like it and message me as much as you want.



Magdalena.

5 Sep 2012

#7 BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE



While watching Lord Of The Rings, me and my friends felt like we needed something sweet. well we wanted something.
and this idea of making a banana cake came to my mind. I really don't know how or why but that just happens sometimes. probably because we had been talking about making something with bananas before. 
so we paused the film and went to buy eggs (I should really make sure I have everything at home, in case I want to bake).

we had bought some chocolate before and my friend had the brilliant idea to put that into the cake aswell to make it a banana chocolate cake. I loved it!

I guess having more people around for more ideas is always a good thing. 


Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
200 g topfen/greek yogurt or 100 g butter
100 g sugar
300 g flour
3 eggs
1 packet baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa
100 g milk chocolate/chocolate chips
2-4 bananas


beat the eggwhites and put aside.
prepare a dough by beating together the topfen/butter
with the sugar and the egg yolks.
mash the bananas with a fork and add to the mixture.

mix together the flour, the baking powder
and the cocoa and carefully mix it into the sugar mixture.

chop the chocolate into tiny pieces and add to
the mixture (or just add chocolate chips)
then carefully fold the eggwhites into the dough.

grease the cake tin with a little bit of butter and
cover it with some sugar until coated.
pour in the mixture and chuck it in the oven!

bake for about 40-50 minutes at around 180°C
until gold.

you can let it cool down or try it warm,
it's brilliant both ways!




Magdalena.


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#6 BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE





A while ago I started having smoothies for breakfast. there are so many things that make them the perfect breakfast I think. they're healthy. they're easy to make, and just yum and you can put everything in it.

now I just wanted to share one of mine with me, just to give you an idea of how you could make a smoothie.
I like it because it's very fresh and fruity but it still gives you energy to start the day. so it's definitely my favourite one until now.

it would be cool if you could share your favourite smoothie recipes with me in the comments. 


Peach-Banana Somoothie with a kick
1 banana (I use a frozen one but you don't have to)
1 peach (the juicier the better)
1 tbsp almond purée

cut the fruits into pieces and put in the blender
together with the almond puree and blend.

and that's all you need to do to get
your perfect breakfast smoothie!


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4 Sep 2012

#5 VEGGIE LASAGNA



I had some friends over yesterday and we've been meaning to make a veggie lasagna together for ages.
I love lasagna and I love vegetable lasagna but I've never tried it with tofu or anything. 
but my friend is a vegetarian and she had a lovely recipe for tofu bolognese sauce and it's not really difficult to make that into a lasagna then.

so we simply added some peppers, onions, garlic and a lot of herbs.
the most important thing when you make a dish using tofu is to add a lot of taste by using herbs and other flavourful things to it because the tofu itself doesn't really taste like a lot to be honest.

we had a lot of fun cooking and talking in the kitchen and I have to say it turned out really well. thank you girls!


Veggie Tofu Lasagna
(for 6 people, or just eat the rest on the next day! yum!)

500 ml pureed tomatoes
600 g tofu
1 onion
1 courgette
1 pepper

1-2 carrots
4 tomatoes
1-2 garlic gloves
herbs (oregano, thyme, basil)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil

100 g mozzarella or pizza cheese
1 pack of pasta sheets

chop the in vegetables the garlic and the onion
(whatever size you want them).
chop and mash the tofu to make a crumbly mixture.
chop the herbs and add to the tofu.

heat oil in a pan/wok and stir fry the veg until golden.
add the tofu and sitr fry for about 5 minutes.
pour in the pureed tomatoes and add the balsamic vinegar.
add salat and pepper and leave to simmer for
about 15 minutes.

preheat oven to about 180°C.

start arranging the lasagna in the dish.
start with a layer of sauce then a layer of pasta sheets.
you can add white sauce or cheese aswell.

bake for about 40 minutes.



Magdalena.

3 Sep 2012

PIE-ANO

On saturday I went to a friends party. and as always I just felt like I had to get at least a little something. I don't like going to someone's place (especially a party) without bringing something with me.

it was not really a birthday party so a real present thing would have been too much anyway. but to just bring a bottle of champagne or something? like everyone would?
that just didn't feel right either.

so I decided to make a cake. you can't really go wrong with a cake and a party can you? 
people will be there, at least half of them are going to want a piece of cake and the host can always enjoy it the days after the party (probably one of the best things!)
and even though it wasn't really a birthday party, it kind of was (too complicated to explain) so I thought this even needed a cake anyway.

but what cake should I make?

Well the decision to make a cake was made around 1 p.m.-ish and I had to leave for the party at 7-ish so at first I thought, just make a simple cake, it'll only take about one hour and you can just relax the rest of the day until you have to leave. sounds perfect doesn't it?

but when I start thinking about something like that I can't stop thinking about it, and thoughts started coming to my mind.
this party was a piano/birthday party. because my friends birthday was actually in june but he didn't want to have a party then and he had just got himself a (brilliant) new piano so he wanted to invite people so they could have a look at it.
so well, a piano party. well what comes to your mind? well the first thing on my mind was a cake in a the shape of a piano. obviously not possible for me to make. I love my kitchen but I just don't really have all the stuff I would have needed for that.

so what's the closest thing someone with a normal kitchen and a normal cake tin can do?



I have to be honest it didn't look that much like a piano. well how would it anyway. but if you're creative enough you can kind of see it. somewhere in there.
but I guess considering how much time I spent planning it (25 minutes or so) it didn't turn out that bad. I know I could have done better and if anyone ever has a piano party again I will start at least one day earlier. 
but trying things is one of the most important things when you want to get better at cooking and baking, and that is one of the reasons I wanted to share this with you.

The cake itself...
was just a normal base (like my peach cake but with butter) with cocoa and a whiskey-buttercream filling.
and of course the chocolate icing (dark chocolate and white chocolate for the "keys")

the most important thing for me was that my friend was really happy about it and the people at the party said it tasted really good (after 4 hours in the kitchen I didn't really feel like cake).

so maybe one day I'll be able to make a perfect piano cake. I'll let you know ;)






Magdalena.

P.S. I know the pictures aren't perfect. it just never worked to get the real colour. but I guess everyone knows what dark and white chocolate look like.
thanks again to geraintphotography.co.uk for trying to help me.