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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Purim

Purim is one of those Jewish Holidays that is impossible not to like. It's our Halloween only without the trivk-or-treating. Instead, we exchange Mishloach Manot. This year the holiday was on a weekend giving us an extra special reason to continue partying and costuming....
Party #1 (with the family) I am Mother Nature




And of course my mishloach manot:
which included hamentaschen, peanut butter cookies, cranberry pistachio icebox cookies, white chocolate chip and cranberry cookies, chocolate chip nutella sandwich cookies and an assortment of chocolates, gummi-bears and candy.

mini hamentaschen




And a poppyseed pie



Happy Purim!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Trix are for kids.....and not for silly rabbits :-)

As a kid I always loved the Saturday mornings when it was completely kiddy time on the TV. HR PuffinStuff, Mighty Mouse, etc. I also loved the commercials. From Lucky Charms ("they're magically delicious) to Rodney Allen Rippy for Jack in the Box.
Saturdays were the best!
As an adult I stopped eating the sugary cereals but my kids love them. Or so I thought....Recently I bought 2 boxes of TRIX (on sale). My kids won't touch them. And we don't throw food....(Every time I want to dump something I hear my mom telling me about the hunger in Africa...)
So - why not scheme the kids?
Why not replace the chocolate chips in the cookies with Trix?
And.....it worked!!!

Trix Cookies
100 grams butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups trix

Beat the butter wuth the sugars till fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
In seperate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Gradually add to the butter mix until blended.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Drop rounded teaspoons of batter aprox 1 cm apart.
Bake 10-12 minutes on 170C.
Cool completely.


Monday, March 14, 2011

When your sick and in the dumpsters...

There is nothing more soothing than soup. Any soup, not just chicken - which is known to be our jewish penicillin. Vegetable soup works too, trust me - I feel better already :-)
With the soup I made some homeade rolls,  the smell from the dough baking is such a homey feeling.

So I woke up this morning, took my sick self to the market and got what I needed for soup:

Vegetable Soup That Makes you Feel Better:

3 thin leeks, white part only. chopped
15 small mushrooms, sliced thin
1 stalk celery, sliced thin
3 small zucchinis, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 packet mushroom soup
olive oil

Saute leeks in the olive oil for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms and sautee till softened. Add rest of veggies and cover, stirring occasionally. Add water will covered and bring to boil. Add the mushroom soup and stir. Cook till tender, about 10-15 minutes. Add salt & pepper.



Easy rolls:

500 grams bread flour
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. sugar
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 cups warm water

Coarse salt, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, oats (use your imagination)

Mix all ingredients and knead for 7 minutes.
Let stand, covered, till double in size.
Divide into 6-7 pieces and roll nto rectangular rolls. Place into a bowl of warm water (this will make the rolls easier to strech). Strech the roll and dip in your toppings.
Cover rolls for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 220C and bake for 10-13 minutes till golden.

Smothered in butter

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

One Word....

Amazing! And realy easy to make.
Brownie Tart

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Sister!

For my sisters birthday I wanted something extra special - like her. What could be more classy than Srawberries and Champage? After searching the web I found these and played around with it. I omitted the strawberry chocolate part, made my own toppers, added some sparkles and voila! Cupcakes fit for a princess and my sister is a princess (in a good way of course!)




Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cupcakes Galore

I love cakes. But I have never been a fan of frostings. Not that I don't like frosting. I think have a frosting phobia.
Until I saw all the beautiful and versatile cupcakes on Love and Olive Oil blog. I swear, her cupcakes make my mouth water.
So, I decided to get over my fears and off to the kitchen I went. Needled to say, my kids are my little taste testers and by now I am sure that they have frosting running through their veins :-) Luckily - they have friends always willing to try out my experiments....

My first experiment was with these chocolate - cheese swirl cupcakes with chocolate frangelico frosting.
 I used the recipe for the cupcakes from "Its Never too Late to Live Happily Ever After" blog omitting the chocolate chips.
And the frosting was made like this:

For Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 1/2 - 3 cups confectioners' sugar
1-2 tablespoons frangelico liqueur
2 tablespoons cream 

DIRECTIONS:

For frosting, cream butter until smooth and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add in cocoa powder, along with 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Beat until combined. Beat in frangelico to taste. Continue adding sugar 1/2 cup at a time, adding cream as necessary, until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.




My next venture were the prettiest ping sparkly cupcakes Tequila Sunrise, raiding the family bar (I am so happy that I splurge on alcohol that we never drink). I did omit the orange zest because 1) my kids hate the zest. 2) my orange looked a little old.

It's my sister's birthday this week...have to think of something extra special for my extra special sister!