NON-ALCOHOLIC HOT ‘WINE’

This drink is a perfect option for a cold winter’s day. And it’s not suitable for children only (adults enjoy it too) ! If you want, you can replace grape juice with red wine.

You will need:

  • 0,25 l water
  • 0,5 l grape juice
  • 0,5 l orange juice
  • 1 orange
  • 0,5 lemon
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted
  • 0,5 cup blueberries
  • 1 tspn vanilla sugar
  • 1 packet (about 40g) hot wine spice mix

In a pot, preheat the water. Add in the spices and reduce the heat to small. After about 5 minutes, pour in grape juice (or and orange juice. Take the orange, peel it and slice into eighths. Take the lemon and cut it into thin slice sideways. Add all the fruit and berries into the ‘wine’ as well as 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar. Let everything simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve in glasses, decorate with colorful straws or however you like!

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If you try out this recipe please let me know what you think!

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PARMA HAM AND MELON SALAD

You will make a big plate of the salad for about 5 people (as side dish) , so you could share with your friends or family.

For the salad:

  • 100 g Parma ham
  • 1 cup melon, peeled
  • 200 g italian salad mix (you can use more or less, depends on how you prefer)

For the dressing:

  • 1 tspn raw honey
  • 1 tbspn olive oil
  • 0,5 garlic clove, chopped
  • pepper
  • 1 tspn wholegrain french mustard (optional)

Preheat oven to 200ºC (392.00ºF). Take a baking tin and cover it with parchment paper. Place thin layered Parma ham on top of the pan and put it in the oven for about 7 minutes (the ham pieces should be crispy, but not burnt) . Take a big plate, place rinsed and dried salad leaves on it. Take the melon and cut into cubes. Put them on the salad as well as the ham pieces. You can make the dressing. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients well. Drizzle it on the salad. Enjoy!

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If you try out this recipe please let me know what you think!

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Hello everyone! It’s December 31st and that can only mean one thing- New Years are just around the corner! I know that some of you might have celebrated New Years already, so I wish all of you a happy year! May all your wishes come true!

For those who have just started preparing, I’ll try to help you by posting two new recipes today! I hope you would find them useful!

Do you have any resolutions for 2015? Leave them in the comments!

I want to thank all of you for reading this blog- it means a LOT to me!

Have a good evening!

PLANNING FOR CHRISTMAS

Hello! Since Christmas is just a few days away, I thought I would write a different post. A lot of people who celebrate Christmas know that feeling, when you think that there’s not enough time for buying gifts, wrapping them, inviting family for dinner, making food… It’s always better to have everything planned so there wouldn’t be any failures that day.

  • Make a list of family members coming to Christmas dinner. It would be easier for you to plan the meals and drinks.
  • Buy most gifts about two weeks before Christmas. You will safe some time and even money because you may get discounts (since a lot of stores have holiday sales). 
  • You should wrap the gifts as soon as you buy them. Again, you will safe some time before Christmas.
  • Try to buy the food a few days before Christmas so you wouldn’t have to queue in the supermarket.
  • Start preparing dishes that don’t need to be today’s cooking. It could be cookies or drinks.
  • Don’t experiment the day you prepare the dinner. If you decided to cook something new this year, try the recipe earlier.
  • When it comes to setting the table- ask for help. You’re probably going to be cooking then. Don’t do several important things at the same time (unless you like to risk) .

It’s time for the dinner. If your family members have already come- make sure you spend as much time with them as you can. Christmas is not about stressing, you have to calm down and be happy. Appreciate every single moment with your loved ones.

I hope you’ll find this post somehow useful! If you have any notes leave them in the comments!

Merry Christmas!

GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Hello! Last weekend it was the first time I’ve made a gingerbread house from scratch. A year ago I build it, but it wasn’t homemade ( though it’s not that bad). I mean, it is always nicier to try new things, recipes including other traditions (unless you live in Sweden haha)! So if you have some free time this weekend, you can make this ginderbread house!

For one house:

  • 190 grams room-temperature butter
  • 110 grams brown sugar
  • 110 ml raw honey
  • 490 grams all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tspn gingerbread spice mix
  • 1 tspn cinnamon
  • salt

For the icing:

  • 1 egg white
  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tspn lemon juice
  • 1,5 tspn lemon zest (optional)

In a small pot melt the honey (do not boil) . Take a bowl, add in butter, eggs and brown sugar, mix well. Add in molten honey. Take the spices, pour them in, add in a pinch of salt and mix everything well. Pour in the flour in small amounts and slowly knead the dough. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (356 fahrenheit). Roll the dough. Use stencils (you can find them online) or molds to make the house walls. Bake for about 12 minutes ir until slightly (but not too much!) browned. Let the walls sit for about an hour. You can prepare the icing now. Mix well the egg white. In small amounts pour in the powdered sugar an mix everything well. Add in the lemon juice and zest (if you want to!), mix everything again. Now you can build the house! For decorations you can use coloured icing, various sweets, peppermint drops- it depends on your wishes!

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I hope you would try out this recipe! If have any notes please let me know!

Have a good day!

CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE TARTS

Hello there! Since it’s December already, I’ve decided to share a bit more wintery and Christmassy recipe. I think it doesn’t really matter where you live- you would probably find cranberries in any larger local store. But it’s a bit difficult to describe the tart filling because many countries have different cottage/ cream cheese. I’d recommend using cream cheese which is sweet already (so you wouldn’t need to add sugar), but if you couldn’t find any, just add some sugar to it.

For 10 tarts (depends on the mini tart pan size):

  • 70 g room temperature butter
  • 250 g flour
  • 1 tbspn honey
  • 1 tbspn greek yoghurt
  • 1 1/2 tspn cinnamon
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • 2 tspns gingerbread spice mix (includes ground ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves)
  • 300 g cream cheese
  • 4 small eggs
  • 120 g sugar (if cream cheese is unsweet)
  • 1 tbspn gelatin powder
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for cranberries) + 120 g (for the batter)

Take a bowl, add in butter, 1 egg, 120 grams of sugar and mix well. Take a small pot and add in honey to warm it. Add liquid honey and greek yoghurt to the egg mix. In another bowl, mix together all the spices, flour and baking powder and pour into the  batter. Put it into refrigerator for an hour. Take the gelatin powder and dissolve in water (follow the instructions on the package). In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, 3 eggs, 120 grams of sugar (if the cream cheese isn’t sweet) and gelatin. Take the cranberries and 1/4 cup sugar and put them into the food chopper. Wait, until the cranberries are chopped into small pieces. Put them into the cream cheese mix and put everything into refrigerator for 30 minutes or until it’s almost stiffened. Take the batter out of the refrigerator and roll it up thinly. Then, take the mini tart pans and brush them thinly with softened butter so the dough wouldn’t stick to the pan. Place the batter on the pan and pierce it with a fork.

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Repeat with all the pans. Preheat the oven to 180ºC  (356.00ºF). Put the tarts into the oven. After 7 minutes, take them out and pour the cream mix on top.

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Again, put the tarts into the oven, but this time for about 30 minutes (keep an eye on them!). Let them cool.

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I hope you will try out this recipe! If you did, please let me know! Good evening!