Cooking with Love

Sunday, March 20, 2011


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? 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