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Our Easter

Yesterday was the Orthodox Easter. For us, the religious celebrations mean traditional food, spending time at home, having quality-time as a family and getting presents. This year we got a lot of chocolate eggs, taking advantage of the offers we found before and after the British Easter.oe_01

I dyed eggs again. This time I had 4 colors, so I boiled 16. A lot of eggs for 2 people, but we’ll finish them in 2-3 days.
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I baked cozonac. It’s a Romanian traditional sweet that it’s made at special occasions. The cozonac is a loaf, similar to the cross bun, made with milk, eggs and sugar. In the interior I make a special dough with cacao and I put raisins, Turkish delight and walnuts.
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Another idea I’ve “stolen” for this Easter. Chocolate eggs in a black-muffin nest with some lemon curd. A strange combination, but I love it.
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This is one of the presents hubby got for me. A flower-cake tray. On Saturday we went shopping in the Center and I saw this at Aldi, so hubby got it for me and I had to use it.
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My first flower-cake. I’m so pleased with the silicon mould, I think the cake looks great.
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British Pie Week

5th – 11th march is the British Pie Week!

Hubby insisted we should celebrate this great holiday by eating pie every day. So today I’ve made apple pies. Enjoy!

I decided to update the old post as the pie I made a few years ago didn’t look as good as the one I made this year, 2015. The recipe I’m using now is slightly different than the old one, as I added 1 egg in the pastry. The flavour is so much better.
For decorating I usually cut the dough into long strips to make a woven lattice on top. Now I’ve tried something different with leaves and it looks amazing. I don’t want to make the pies too doughy as I prefer to taste the filling. Another aspect is that I feel I would add calories. This pie had 1580 calories (without the custard) and I would say there are 6 good size portions. This means that a slice of pie had only 263 calories, almost half the calories that are in 1 shop-bought cupcake.

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Make the pastry with 75g butter, 150g flour and 1 egg. Mix the soften butter with the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg and knead the dough. Leave it for 30 minutes in the fridge.

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Roll the dough with a pin and place it in the baking tray.

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Wash and peel the apples. Grate them on the large holes, add 50g of sugar, 1 spoon of flour and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Fill the pastry with the apple mixture.

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For the decorations, roll the remaining dough.

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I wanted to use my ivy cutter, but I didn’t find it, so I made freehand leaves instead. Using a pizza cutter, for a more smooth finish, cut the dough in the shape of a leaf.

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With a knife, make a visible dent in the middle of the leaf and continue to make dents for the veins.

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Make a branch from the remaining dough and add the leaves. Bake it for 40 minutes at 180C fan.

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I served the pie with vanilla custard.

What’s cooking part II

I cook daily, so it’s natural I share my new and old recipes with you, especially when I’m so proud of my dishes.

Brussels sprouts in the oven. I really love them. I tried this recipe for the first time last month and this is the 5th time I’m making it, it’s very easy to make and it’s very savory. I put the washed sprouts in a tray with 2 spoons of oil and condiments and leave them in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

It’s a nice dish with different flavors, the exterior it’s crisp and the interior it’s moist and a little bitter.
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The soon-to-be-famous dish from Laura & Mihai’s wedding: pasta with warm rocket and goat cheese. I liked it so much… I’ve done it twice. I left out the mushrooms because the 1st time I forgot and after that I thought it’s better this way. The caramelized the onion it’s mixed with the pasta and on top I put goat cheese and the rocket. I warmed the rocket in a pan for less then a minute.
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Mashed beans with caramelized onion. This is a traditional Romanian dish. The beans are mashed with condiments, garlic and some oil. On top I put caramelized onions mixed with tomatoes and tomato puree and, of course, condiments.
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Potato salad with soy in a red sauce. The regular potatoes and the sweet potato were covered in a sauce of butter and Rosemary. I fried the soy in a drop of oil in a non-sticking pan, after it was done I put tomato puree, a little olive oil (I used one from a can of olives in oil and it had a better flavor, more intense) and tarragon.
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Tomato soup, it’s hubby’s favorite soup. Just plain soup with some basil and pasta.
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Mini-pizzas. I made 2 different versions, as usual. The dough was for a diet: flour, baking powder, 1 spoon of oil and water. For hubby I put different kind of cheeses, mushrooms and olives.
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For me I made a vegetarian quattro stagioni: spinach and cedar – mushrooms – brie and olives – goat cheese. It was lovely, I will try something similar again.
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For desert: upside-down cake with apple. It’s easy to make and we enjoyed it very much. I greased the silicon tray with butter (1/2 a spoon) and I sprinkled sugar. I put the fruits on the sugar. Now I used apples, but it’s very good with different fruits: apricots, plums, nectarines, peaches, pears, seedless grapes. On top of the fruits I pour the dough made from 3 eggs, 1 cup of flour, 3/4 cups of sugar and 1/2 cups oil (or less). After I get it from the oven I flip it.

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Enjoy!

What’s cooking

One of my biggest hobby is cooking. Considering I get bored very easily, I always want to try different things or make the old recipes in a new way. I’ll show you a few dishes I’ve made this past weeks.

Crepes with mushrooms, mozzarella and grated cedar. Very good and easy to make. I make the crepes, after that I stir fried the mushrooms, I put some spices (parsley, thyme) and salt. I fill the crepes with the mushrooms and grated mozzarella, and I put them in the oven for a few minutes. After I get them out of the oven I sprinkle grated cedar on top.wc_01

And, of course, spicy oil.
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Another dish is cauliflower schnitzels with mash potatoes and a mix salad. I boiled the cauliflower. I made a paste with the mashed cauliflower, eggs and a bit of flour. I fried the schnitzels in very little oil, flip them over a few times, until they were done.
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Today I’ve made a potato salad and fried mozzarella. I boiled the potatoes and purred a spicy butter sauce (thyme, marjoram, rosemary, salt). I cut the mozzarella, powdered it with flour and cornmeal, then fried it in a drop of oil (in a non-stick pan).
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