Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Last Sunday in November was the first Advent Sunday. The weather was so unbelievably awful - rain and strong winds, floods in many parts of the country. I planned to go to woods to find some nice twigs, pine cones and dried berries in the morning. Instead I stayed at home until afternoon, only stepped outside the house to chop ivy, holly, lavender and some greens in our garden. Anyway, I managed to create nice enough advent wreath and light the first candle.Apple gingerbread cake. Lovely smell of Christmas spices filled the house to get me in the right mood.
Apple gingerbread cake
300g self rising flour
225g light brown caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp ground mix spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamon)
300g grated apples
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
150g grated hazelnuts (or almonds)
zest from 1 lemon
1 tsp grated cinnamon
200g cold butter
good quality raspberry jam (of redcurrant jelly)
1 egg yolk for glazing
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
175g caster sugar
175ml thin yogurt (buttermilk or milk can be used)
115g butter, melted
Put the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into the bowl. Make a well in the centre and add eggs, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla essence. Beat everything together being careful not to overmix. Gently fold in blackberries and spoon the mixture into prepared muffin tins. Bake in preheated oven to 190 C for 25 to 30 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on wire rack.
They are delicious of their own, but I quickly whipped simple cream cheese frosting:
70g cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla essence
5-7 tbsp vanilla sugar - according to taste (homemade is so easy - just pop vanilla beans into the jar of icing sugar and leave it for couple of weeks)
Have a bite of real autumn stuff!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Popular outdoor Hungarian snack Langos - almost bread like dough fried and topped with garlic sauce, sour cream and grated cheese. Not really suitable for dinner party, but oh so tasty...
As it was September - the middle of harvesting season - we helped my father-in-law harvest grapes from his vineyard. Grapes were then pressed and left to rest before separating juices from fruit.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Lunch preparation was the easiest thing: I just threw most of our homegrown vegetables - such as potatoes, tomatoes, courgettes, red onions into baking dish, tossed in olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper and baked it in the oven for about 40 minutes. Served with pan-fried salmon steak.
Earlier in week I bought some nectarines which did not look exactly pretty by now. But there was nothing wrong with the taste, so I turned them into simple tiramisu-inspired pudding.
I put pieces of ladyfingers to the bottom of glass, added stewed nectarines (stew them with a bit of sugar and splash of amaretto) and topped with mascarpone cream (whipped cream with mascarpone, sugar and amaretto). Delicious!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
150 g risotto rise
1 small glass of white wine
500 ml hot vegetable stock
2-3 courgettes, grated (if very small, sliced)
handful of grated Parmesan
basil leaves (purple basil looks particularly pretty)
Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan. Add chopped onion and garlic and let sweat. When onion is soft, but not coloured, add rise and stir. When rise is all well coated with oil, add wine and let alcohol evaporate.
Then ladle vegetable stock, stirring continuously. Only add more stock when the liquid has been absorbed. Halfway through add courgettes. You may want to squeeze some water out of them before adding, but it is not necessary as the moisture will be absorbed by rice.
When the rice is cooked, season to taste with freshly grated pepper and salt and add half of Parmesan and half of basil.
Spoon to bowls and garnish with remaining Parmesan and basil.