I draw – you cook! challenge

Few days ago I saw a show where kids were drawing fantasy foods and some chefs were cooking things to match the kids drawings. I’m not a chef, but a crazy mum who wants to try crazy things. So I put my kid to draw something than to cook it together πŸ™‚

She drew something that I wasn’t expected. I was hoping more of something that could be made out of cookies, fruits or veggies, but she drew a rainbow snowflake πŸ™‚

So it took me a while to figure out how to “cook” this. Finally I decided to make a meringue, colored with natural powders.

I printed the drawing to obtain a more accurate shape and place it under a sheet of baking paper

than I started to mix the powders with the meringue.

I used beetroot powder for red, beetroot and saffron for orange, saffron for yellow, matcha tea for green, blue spirulina for blue, blue spirulina and beetroot for violet and hibiscus for pink.

And I got all those amazing colors using only natural powders.

The final product πŸ™‚

And yes, it was delicious πŸ˜€

Next on my list will be a rainbow cake πŸ˜›

Blue ice cream

We all know that when it comes to food coloring, blue is one color that is hard to get in natural ways. Since I got the ice cream machine, my little girl asked me when will we make blue ice cream. After a tedious search on the internet I found the natural solution to make ice-blue ice cream.

The secret is: blue spirulina.

I use a simple base of cream and white chocolate and added like 1/4 of teaspoon of blue spirulina powder. That’s it! Blue ice cream. Nice and delicious πŸ™‚

Nails and cuticles oil

In some of my pictures you could see that I have long nails, I just love having them long even sometimes I have to cut them really short because they break so easily. Keeping them long and healthy is a real battle while gardening, cooking and doing daily jobs around the house. So I tried to find a natural way to feed them to maintain them in good shape.

I found the solution that works best for me and is the most convenient and natural way to feed my nails and cuticles, but also good for the skin of my hands which become very dry after a day in the garden or after keeping my hands in water for too long.

A simple mixture of almond oil and vitamin E is all you need. I added 5 drops of vitamin E to every 15 ml of almond oil in a small glass jar and use it to gently massage my cuticles and nails every evening before I go to bed and every morning before I leave the house to go to job.

I am so pleased with the result, so that is why I share it with you in case you might want to try it πŸ™‚

Ice cream cones

At some point, when making homemade ice cream you might want to serve it in an ice cream cone, not just in a bowl. So homemade ice cream cones are a good choice to match the homemade ice cream πŸ™‚

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To make the cones I use a special appliance

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and the classic recipe that is in the manual

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I keep them in an airtight container to maintain them crisp and use as needed.

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Ice cream everyday

We love ice cream, being summer or winter, sweet or sour, all kind, all day πŸ™‚

I used to buy lots of ice creams, but the so called natural is extremely expensive, and the ones in the market shops are full of chemicals, so I decided to make my own.

I started with an ice cream machine that uses a ball that you keep in the freezer for 24 hours than you can use it to make the ice cream, but the bowl broke after few uses and the other machine that I bought after was at no good, it just did not manage to freeze the ice cream mixture. So I started to make ice cream the classic way, putting the mixture in lolly trays in the freezer or in a bigger container, but this way the ice cream got too frozen and full of ice.

So I decided to make a little investment and buy myself an automatic ice cream machine that uses a compressor to freeze the ice cream in about 30 minutes.

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Now we eat ice cream every day πŸ™‚

The recipe I use is simple, just mix together: fruits, milk and cream and sometime a bit of sugar if the fruits are too sour.

Strawberries ice cream

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Sweet cherries ice cream

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Almond ice cream (instead of fruits I put almond flour)

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The options are limitless πŸ™‚

Summer vacation Journal

To keep my child a bit busy during this summer vacation I decided to make a Journal where she can write down impressions from places where we go together. Nothing complicated, just a funny activity for the summer days.

I made a template (Romanian and English) so you can print it if you like it πŸ™‚

Just click on the picture to open the large file and save it.

Happy Summer Vacation !

Roses

I just love roses, simple, double, wild, colorful and joyful view. Last weekend I managed to get to a nice event hosted by “StaΘ›iunea de CercetΔƒri Horticole – USAMV Cluj-Napoca“.

I don’t have enough word to describe their beauty so I’ll just put some pictures πŸ™‚

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