Apple peels tea

Don’t throw away your apple peels, they make a nice tea πŸ™‚

Just put the peels in some boiling water, add some spices of your choice, I used: cinnamon, cloves and mint powder and let simmer for few minutes until peels are soften and the spices have released their flavour and you’re done.

Sieve the liquid and add some honey for a sweet taste and some lemon juice, or just enjoy it as it is.

Nice, warm and full of vitamins drink suitable for these autumn days πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

 

Bread Machine Sourdough Bread

I know I’ve been lazy lately writing on the blog but I got preoccupied with knitting, reading and many other DIY projects. But today I have to tell you about my very first bread machine sourdough bread.

I have a sourdough starter that I keep in the fridge and feed and use it once in a while. I played around several times to bake different things so now I thought is the right time to try and bake a sourdough bread in my bread machine.

So I took out my starter and start feeding it every 12 hours for 3 days (it has not been used for a longer period of time and needed to be strong enough to make a decent bread)

When I got the right quantity of starter, I took about 2 cups from it – my starter has the consistency of a soft dough, the one that you can mix with a spoon – added a teaspoon of salt, a tablespoon of sugar and some olive oil, than put about 2 cups of flour and some water just to get a dough that is not too hard, I never measure the things exactingly, but the dough should be a bit softer than the usual bread dough.

After a light mix I put the dough in the bread machine and program it on the white bread setting (about 3.5 hours – with 3 rising cycles)

In the end I got a perfect bread, just like the one made with yeast but a bit more delicious πŸ™‚

Next time I will play more, adding different type of flours, nuts, seeds… πŸ™‚

Happy bread baking!

Five-nuts Mooncakes

When I first saw this recipe I knew I had to do it. They looked to me like energy bars – considering the filling, but in a very pretty presentation. You can read more about them here.

There are many types of Mooncakes, depending on the filling you choose to put in them. I choose the five-nuts version. The original recipe is here, but as you already know me I modified a bit the recipe to suit the ingredients I had.

The most important part of these cookies is the mold, you can make them without it but they wouldn’t be as pretty πŸ™‚

I found mine on amazon

Now for the cookies, there are two parts: the crust and the filling. I made my crust using: 75 g honey, 35 g oil, 10 g water and 150 g flour.

For the filling I used: 45 g walnuts, 45 g almonds, 160 g seeds mix (sunflower, sesames, pumpkin), 75 g glutinous rice flour, 30 g honey, 30 g oil, 25 g sugar, 30 g water.

The filling must be sticky and easy to form into balls

that will be then covered with the crust

This recipe is for 10 cookies, so I formed 10 balls and 10 pieces of crust. Covering the filling balls with the crust require a bit of attention because the crust is a very thin layer.

Then I put the ball into the mold, gently press to form the cakes and then push it out

They already look pretty πŸ™‚

After finishing all 10 cookies I made a eggwash from one egg yolk and a tablespoon of water

I baked the cakes in a hot oven for 5 min, take them out and bush them with the eggwash, put them back for another 5 min but at lower heat and take them out again for a second eggwash, than put them back for another 10 min or until they become golden

Take them out on a rack to cool down

and serve only one ! they are calorie bombs πŸ™‚

but they are so yummmmy

Who need energy bars when you can have Mooncakes made at home πŸ™‚

They are perfect for a sweet treat or to be taken with you on trips.

Happy cooking !

An alternative to incense sticks

Sometime I feel the need to change the “smell” in the house. This is usually after a very “smelly” dish that I cooked or in any other situation when the air in the house is not how it suppose to be not even after a tedious aeration.

Some time I use incense sticks, but for a healthier alternative I use Frankincense. I have a stone recipient big enough to accommodate a disc of charcoal, I light the charcoal than put a small piece of Frankincense on top and let it burn until is over. In no time all of the bed smells are gone πŸ™‚

I don’t use it for religious or spiritual rituals, I just like the smell πŸ™‚

Do you use Frankincense?

Pofta de …

Compot de mere aromat cu scortisoara, cuisoare si cardamom servit cu biscuiti cu miere – yummmy !

First eggs :)

First time chicken growers may ask often when their chickens will start laying eggs. Of course you can find the information on the internet, but every chicken is different, depending on the breed but also on other external conditions.

Well, I am the happy owner of a mature chicken who start laying eggs πŸ™‚

At exactly 5 month – 22 weeks old she start laying eggs. She is a bantam, so this type of chicken are starting to lay their first eggs earlier than other larger breeds, as well as they hatch earlier from their eggs – at around day 19.

The eggs are also smaller but they are so cute πŸ™‚

Happy chickens πŸ™‚

The best garlic press

As you probably know by now I like my food spicy, and using garlic is one of the ways to spice my dishes. Over the years I changed many garlic presses.

The first one I got was large enough to suit 2-3 cloves, but it was made of aluminum and was not suitable to be washed in the dishwasher.

The second one I got was stainless steel, suitable for dishwasher but not big enough, it only crashed one clove at a time.

I bought a bigger one this time, suitable for dishwasher also, but unfortunately, because it is made of plastic is not strong enough to crash the amount of garlic that you can fit in it.

In the end I found the perfect garlic press: strong, large and suitable for dishwasher

In just few moves I can crush a dozen cloves

The best garlic press for me πŸ™‚

Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget?

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