This is a very easy and fast recipe. I found it in one of the many French food magazines I buy every time I visit this beautiful country. And even though my French skills desperately need some updating, it turned out surprisingly well. I changed and adapted this recipe a little bit, but I’d still like to give full credit to the lovely French “Elle à Table” magazine.
Ingredients: 200 g dark chocolate, 200 g butter, 200 g sugar, 4 eggs, 100 g flour, 80-100 g ground almond or hazelnut, icing sugar and lavender flowers.
Melt butter and chocolate in a pot over low heat and let it cool. Beat eggs and sugar until the mass turns almost white, or at least 4 minutes. Add the chocolate butter mix, flour and ground almond or hazelnut and mix well. Use a square brownies tin and bake for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees. Decorate with icing sugar and Lavender flowers.
This is my favourite quick and easy summer dessert. It is made of only 3 healthy ingredients and you don’t have to add any sugar. All you need is bananas, yogurt, and frozen berries. The berries have to be frozen to get the icy effect, but if you have fresh berries in your kitchen you can add some as decoration, as I did.
Just put 250 g yogurt, 2 ripe bananas and about 350 g frozen berries in a blender. Add the berries in small portions, and make sure your blender is hard core enough to crush ice cubes. Adding more berries will create a sorbet or even ice cream effect and if you use blueberries as well you will get an amazing colour.
My daughter loves soup. Make her a soup and she is happy. It is a pleasure to watch her eat. She is also the one who spends the most time in the kitchen with me. Even if she just sits on the workbench, which is the only place to sit in my tiny kitchen, to watch me.
Here is her first recipe that she came up with all by herself when she was five. It is very easy, and you can either use stock or cubes and it works well both with fresh or frozen herbs.
Dissolve 1 cube of vegetable stock in half a liter of boiling water. Add about 8 large potatoes, peeled and cut into similar sized chunks. Cook until they are soft, but not too soft. Remove from stove and add 50 g of butter, 150 ml of cream and 50 g of cream cheese. Puree with a handheld mixer until smooth. Then all you need to do is add a little bit of cracked black pepper and some of your favourite herbs.
My daughters really wanted to buy me some presents for Mother’s Day. They wanted to buy me books, because they know how much I love them. However after thinking about the commercial side of Mother’s Day, I didn’t want them to fall into such a consumer trap so early in their lives.
So I told them I didn’t want anything from a store for Mother’s Day. I said I would be happy to just sit on the balcony, in the sun, and drink coffee with daddy, while I watch them play downstairs in the garden (that really is my favourite way to spend any free time). They were a bit confused, but quickly accepted my request.
And then they went off to make me the sweetest gift. A handmade heart and and a written invitation to the lovely new cafe down the street, which they know I really want to, but didn’t have time to go to yet. It really made me happy.
This year I’m totally hopeless with Easter. Unexpected work, travel and a long lingering flu prevented me from doing the preparations I normally love to do weeks in advance. So, when I went to the Supermarket yesterday to do my last minute Easter shopping I still had not thought about what I would use as Easter egg nests.
The little baskets I used in the previous years were somewhere in a box in the attic and finding them would have probably taken me at least an hour, which I didn’t really have to spare. But then I saw these little watering cans in the flower section – reduced to 50 cents- and I instantly had the idea of using them instead of the baskets.
So I went home, cleaned them and filled them for my little nephew and my daughters. The nice thing is the watering cans can be used during spring and summer to water little freshly planted seeds, or they can be used as little flower pots to plant cress, or other small sprouts or herbs. A perfect gardening toy for little children. Happy Easter to you all !
I always wanted to be able to build a nest like a bird, just to put it on the table or somewhere else as a decoration. Maybe that’s why I always start to collect the little twigs from the birch trees in front of our house, as soon as they come down with the first spring storm.
So far I have decorated presents with them or made wreaths with spring flowers, but today I had a different idea. I was inspired by all the beautiful things I had seen on pinterest, especially this one.
I used Haribo Pico-Balla because of their nice colours and their perfect small size. Their soft centers can be gently pushed onto the little protruding bits of the twigs and they just stay there like magic.
Here is a little tip for everyone who loves making popcorn the traditional way, without using a microwave. To avoid any burning and to make sure as many kernels as possible pop, just use this simple trick.
Cover the bottom of a saucepan with sunflower oil. Heat the oil just a little bit, then put in 4 kernels and wait until all of them have popped. Quickly add the rest, which shouldn’t be much more than a handful and listen to the beautiful sound of the bursting kernels. As soon as the popping slows down take the popcorn away from the heat and immediately pour them out into a large glass bowl. Add your favourite seasoning and voila!
I love to make them as a little afternoon snack when my children have visitors. To add to the fun use a glass lid and let your children (carefully) watch how the kernels explode.