Monday, August 27, 2012

babovka / marble cake / poop balls ;)

don't worry, this recipe has nothing to do with poop - the name "poop balls" was made up by 2 silly 14 yr old girls.....who accidentally added too much cocoa, which made the batter too thick, so they decided to make balls out of it. and guess what it resembled? they ended up eating the "poop"/cocoa balls raw and never got to any baking. but i definately recommend baking it, it's delicious!

this is the first recipe i learned from my wonderful mom(...her plate on the photo :) and i am dedicating it to my old childhood friend Erica :)...dobrou chut!

300 g medium-ground flour (polohruba)
150 g sugar
1 vanilla sugar (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
250 ml whipping cream
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tbsp dutch cocoa

- excluding the cocoa, mix everything together until the batter is smooth
- put about 1/ 4 of the batter into a separate bowl and mix in the cocoa
- then pour the batter into a greased and floured form - first vanilla, then cocoa, then the rest of the vanilla (you can play around with the proportions ;)
- bake for approx 45min at 150° C (i always test with a toothpick). i also add a small oven-safe pot of water on the oven rack to keep the cake moist. tip: sometimes when the top of the cake is starting to brown but the inside is still raw, i turn down the temp and let it bake slower
- when finished, take out of the oven, cover with a tea towel and let it cool down. then put plate on top, flip, sprinkle some powdered sugar and serve :)!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

colored pencil on wood

Ji drew a pine tree and a mushroom on a
wooden "cup" for Sl for his name day today

... when it comes to small art, i like using colored pencils
more than paint - nicer detail and a lot less messy :)!!!
after, give it a coat of translucent paint so it won't smear.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

black current syrup

i'm not that fond of black currents to eat fresh off the bush, but this is THE BEST berry syrup i have ever had and i finally had enough black currents to make make it this year :)

the recipe is form a different friend than the aronia syrup recipe, so it's a little different :

- 4 kg of black currents
- 2 liters water
- 50 g of citric acid
- sugar - for every 1 liters of current juice 1 1/2 kg of sugar

- MUSH the berries by hand (try to mush all of them), ADD citric acid, cover and let stand for 2 days to ferment
- STRAIN the juice from the berries and try to squeeze out all of the remaining juice from berries (do it over the strainer).
- in a pot combine juice with SUGAR and bring to a BOIL and remove from burner.
- GATHER and discard the foam from the top (so it doesn't go moldy).
- FILL bottles and cap. (my friend also recommended before putting the top on, dipping it in the citric acid to help preserve).

p.s. my friend uses this recipe for all kinds of berries.
p.p.s. you can recycle and use empty glass bottles with twist-off tops.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

sandwich napkin-bags

made some cloth sandwich napkin bags for my nephew, who is starting kindergarten in a couple of days :)
(inspired by ikea pillow cases, only with the flap on the outside!)

really easy...
- cut desired size (plus flap)
- with the fabric heighth-wise, sew a top and bottom seam,
- fold over with what is going to be the outside facing in with the flap folded in and pin sides,
- sew the right and left sides together + zigzag edge stitch,
- turn inside out (you will have the flap open), put sandwich inside and flip flap closed! yay!
- after you finish eating, you can use it as a napkin ;)

p.p.s. when washing make sure you rince well and don't use fabric softener so it doesn't get into your food!