IT’S FINALLY HALLOWEEN!

Good evening! I’ve just wanted to wish you all a great day, whether you’re carving a pumpkin, waiting for some friends to come over or just laying on the sofa and watching a scary movie! I hope you will have an awesome weekend as well!

If you enjoyed reading my blog this week while preparing- please let me know! Maybe I’ll do something similar for the next holiday coming up?

It is just a quick and update here, in my blog, so to inform you!

Good luck and see you next week!

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SWEET PUMPKIN RISOTTO

Good morning everyone! What are you planning to cook on Halloween morning? Nothing special? Then this recipe is here for you! Of course, it is suitable for everyday breakfast. I’m sure that the children are going to love this risotto too!

Serves 2 children or 1 hungry adult:

  • 2/3 cup round white rice
  • 2 medium apples, peeled
  • 100-120 g pumpkin, peeled
  • 1,5 tspn lemon juice
  • 2 tspns lemon zest
  • 2 tspns cinnamon
  • 1/4 raisins or dried cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tspns butter
  • 2 tspns cooking oil or butter

Grate the pumpkin and the apples. In a pot, preheat the oil or the butter. Add in rice and cook them for about 2 minutes or until slightly browned. Reduce the heat to low. Pour in 1 cup of water and wait until rice absorbs it. From time to time stir everything. Pour in another cup of water and pumpkin. After about 2 minutes, add in grated apples, dried fruit, lemon juice and zest. Wait until there is no water left. Turn off the heat. Add in 2 teaspoons of butter and cinnamon.

As you see from the recipe, there's no added sugar in this risotto. Apples and pumpkin naturally sweeten it.

As you see from the recipe, there’s no added sugar in this risotto. Apples and pumpkin naturally sweeten it.

If you try out this recipe, I’d like to see the pictures!

Have an awesome day!

THE HALLOWEEN DAY

Good evening! This post is going to be slightly different. What to do if Halloween is not celebrated in your company. I mean, it’s not about being too old for it, but living in the environment with different traditions. For example, in my country, Halloween is getting more popular these days, but it doesn’t have the same importance as in the USA.

But if you still want something uncommon that day, I’m here to help you!

  • Invite your best friends for dinner. It’s always a good idea to meet these people, especially if you rarely see them. And you don’t need to cook something fancy: you can bake a pie and serve it with some good quality tea. I’ve posted some recipes and you can find them in my recent posts!

Remember: everything depends on the people you’re with, not the environment, not the food or drinks! So don’t panic if something’s wrong- they will understand!

  • Watch a movie. Choose the kind you like- there’s no obligation to watch a scary movie. Personally, I don’t feel satisfied after that genre so I’d choose something like The Nightmare Before Christmas (the younger audience is going to love it!) or The Fox& The Child (totally admired it for the setting). What is your Halloween movie? Because I would like to see something new (since I don’t know a lot) !
  • Stay at home with your loved ones. Whether you live with a husband and lovely children or you are a bit younger and live with parents- it doesn’t really matter. Even if you live alone. Everybody needs some time to stay cozy and warm inside, without worrying about something. Take a blanket, make some tea- you’re all good!
  • Find out more about the Halloween traditions in other countries. In my country, Lithuania, we have slightly different traditions: we celebrate All Saint’s Day on November first. We visit cemetery to light the candles.
  • Remember the forgotten. Find some time to help and show some attention for them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in the form of money. Write them a letter, talk to them, spend some time together and it probably make you think of you and your life. What can you do better? What you should be grateful for?

What are you going to be doing on Halloween? Write me to my e-mail or comment down bellow! I’d really like to know.

Goodnight!

TOTALLY AUTUMN AND HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN PIEng blog

Hello there! If you’ve seen those fresh pumpkins at the farmer’s or at your local store you probably were thinking ‘I should bake something with them!’. But what to do when you have a pumpkin already and no ideas on where to use it? I’m going to help you by sharing this easy pumpkin pie recipe!

The ingredients:

  • 450 g pumpkin, peeled
  • 400 g all-purpose flour
  • 200 g sugar (I used brown sugar)
  • 160 g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tspns baking powder
  • 1,5 tspn cinnamon
  • 1/2 tspn ground ginger
  • 1/4 tspn ground cloves
  • a pinch of salt

Melt the butter in a pot a let it cool for a bit. Grate the pumpkin. In a bowl, pour in the flour, baking powder and all the spices (except for the salt) and mix everything with a dry spoon. In another bowl, add in the eggs and the salt and mix everything until foamy. Pour in the sugar, mix again. Now, add in the flour-mix. Slowly pour the butter (make sure it’s not hot!) and the grated pumpkin in. Mix everything well.

Preheat the oven up to 180ºC (356ºF) and bake for about 30 minutes. You definitely need to look at the oven sometimes because the time always depends on the size of the baking pan!

This pie is not too sweet but perfect with a cup of tea or milk. You can spice it up by adding walnuts or grate in an apple!

This pie is not too sweet but perfect with a cup of tea or milk. You can spice it up by adding walnuts or grate in an apple!

If you try out this recipe please let me know!

Until tomorrow!

PREPARING FOR HALLOWEEN!

Hey guys! Halloween is just 5 days away, so I’ve decided to prepare for it with you by posting every day till friday! I’ll be giving you some tips and recipes every day, so if you want something specific you can write to me or just comment bellow!

Today, I was walking around the old town and I saw Marks&Spencer store. I had a lot free time, so I came in. The store was full of Halloween treats! Of course, I took some pictures just to give you some ideas on what sweets to buy on friday.

These chocolate lollies woud be so great as a treat!  It looks like each one is differently wrapped so the children would be even happier!

These chocolate lollies woud be so great as a treat! It looks like each one is differently wrapped so the children would be even happier!

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Oh just look at these gummy cats! Buy some packs if you feel very generous that day.

Could you tell me, who wouldn't like to get some of these spooky chocolate balls?

Could you tell me, who wouldn’t like to get some of these spooky chocolate balls?

You probably couldn't tell by the package what is this, but it's a package of jelly sweets. Again, a package for the best dressed child!

You probably couldn’t tell by the package what is this, but it’s a package of jelly sweets. Again, a pack for the best dressed child!

So if you found these treats cool and spooky as I did, you can find them at Marks&Spencer store. Yes, they are on the higher price, but they’re totally worth buying! If don’t have a store anywhere near you, look for something similar at your local store!

I know, it could be a bit stressful when it comes to the desire to please the little ghosts and witches, but I hope you got some inspiration on what treats to buy!

See you tomorrow!

OATMEAL WITH APPLES AND CARROTS

Good morning! Today I’ve wanted to share a very quick yet delicious oatmeal recipe.

Serves 2:

  • 1 cup porridge oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 medium apples
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 tbspn honey (optional)

First of all, peel the carrots and the apples and grate them. Then, in a pot, preheat the water and let it boil. Add in the oats. Let it boil for about 1 minute (you need to look the exact time on package!) and turn the heat off. Add in the apples and the carrots. Put the lid on the pot and let the porridge sit for about 3-4 minutes because the carrots need to soften a bit.

You can serve the oatmeal however you like- put some berries on top, add some of your favourite jam or drizzle some honey for the sweetness!

I put some of the grated carrots and apples on top but You can definitely serve the oatmeal however you like- put some berries, add some of your favourite jam or drizzle some honey for the sweetness!

If you try out this really easy and delicious, and healthy , and (could talk for hours) recipe let me know what you think!

Have an awesome weekend!

HOMEMADE PASTA BOLOGNESE

Hello! This week I’m back here with a recipe- homemade pasta bolognese! I know, it is called spaghetti bolognese more often, but I chose tagliolini and it was good too!

Anyway, this recipe is not somehow worse than the bought ones because the cooking process and the products you like adds a lot to the taste.

This recipe serves 2, but you can easily double or even treble if you’re cooking for friends or family!

You are going to need:

  • 250 grams of ground beef
  • 2 small onion or 1 bigger one
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 400 grams canned tomatoes
  • 1/5 cup red vine
  • 1/2 tspn basil
  • 1/2 tspn sweet pepper
  • a pinch of thyme
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • salt, pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil, for cooking
  • 250 grams pasta of your choice

Prepare the vegetables- peel the carrot and grate it, chop the onion and crush the garlic cloves.

In a pan, preheat 1 tbspn olive oil. Add in the beef and let it cook until brown, but don’t wait it’s roasted. Take a bowl and put the meat in it. Preheat another 1/2 tbspn olive oil and cook the chopped onion. Later, add in the grated carrot and the crushed garlic. Take a bigger pot, add the meat and pour the vine in it. Then, add in the veggies, the spices, about 1,5 tspn of salt, and chopped canned tomatoes. Let everything boil for about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat and let everything sit on a low heat for about 30 minutes.

Boil the pasta (make sure to look the cooking time on the package to cook pasta perfectly) .

If you feel extra fancy, you can add some fresh basil leaves on the top of the dish. Enjoy!

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TYPES OF COOKING OIL

Hello! This time I just felt like talking with all of you about quite a significant problem- oils. It may seem a bit strange, but it’s so useful when it comes to the huge assortment which you can find in your local store. I mean, for me it is hard to choose which oil to choose for a specific dish. So I am helping to the similar ones and you probably may be one of them!

  • Olive oil. First of all, this oil has many kinds divided by how virgin it is. The best one, of course, would be extra virgin. It is the most expensive olive oil because it has a low percent of the acidity an the olives are often collected by hand.

The usage. I would choose the olive oil for a salad dressing most frequently because it has a low percent of saturated fats and it has a specific taste I really like. This oil has some specific properties which are just unhealthy at high- temperature so I wouldn’t recommend using it for frying. But there’s another thing right here- you can use refined olive oil for that.

  • Palm oil. It is often used in baking and confectionary industry. Unrefined oil has a lot of keratin and vitamin E in it, but it has a high percent of saturated fats- about 50% !

To add more, palm oil has a negative impact on the environment- deforestation and destruction of biodiversity.

The usage. As I’ve said before, it is used for baking, but you can also use it for cosmetics.

  • Butter. You know that it is a type of animal oil.  The quality usually depends on the price and I wouldn’t recommend buying a ‘lower fat’ one because it has worse chemical ingredients in it.

The usage. I would recommend using a special melted butter for cooking. Use butter for baking or flavoring, also, add it to the sauces.

  • Margerine. Did you know that it was invented in the nineteenth century for feeding soldiers? It was a cheaper and easier to use substitute for butter. These days it is advertised to have less saturated fat and more (about 15 times) unsatured fat. It doesn’t have cholesterol either. The fact is, the fat in it is hydrogenated and it may cause very serious diseases and it stimulates the production of bad cholesterol.

The usage. You can use it for baking and cooking.

  • Coconut oil. It is getting more popular these days, but it is a bit higher on the price range. However, it has more saturated fats, which raises raises blood cholesterol level. I depends on the type of this oil, actually. However, it is beneficial for your skin and hair.

The usage. It is normally used for baking because it doesn’t have any strong taste in it. A lot of people would use it for cooking, too.

I’ve just reviewed just the most popular oils, but there’s also a lot of more oils! Another thing, it is basically my opinion, I’m not an expert there! Actually, I wrote this for all of those, who are not experts there either (he he) !

If you find posts like this somehow useful and interesting-to-read please let me know!

Bye!

CARROT PIE

Hello there! Since it’s officially fall, and it is getting chilly outside, you probably have started to miss the coziness and the warmth.

Who doesn’t love having a cup of tea when it is raining? Oh, so not me! And if you want something fancier- you can always bake a pie. This time I’m sharing with you this carrot pie recipe with little twist.

You are going to need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 200 g butter
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt

Take a pot and put the butter in and melt it. Peel the carrots and finely grate them. Take a bowl, add in the eggs, sugar and whisk them. In another dry bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Pour in the butter, the carrots and drained pineapple. Add in the egg mixture and mix everything fine.

Now, take a baking pan and pour the batter in. Bake in the oven preheated up to 200ºC (392.00ºF) for about 20 minutes.

Serve it however you like: with ice cream or wipped cream. Drizzle some chopped hazelnuts on top.

Carrot pie is such an autumnal dessert

Carrot pie is such a fall-ish dessert!

This pie is simply so scrumptious that I’d highly suggest baking it!

If you have any questions, tips or you want to share your experience leave it in the comments section.

See you soon!