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 So today I baked vanilla and hazelnut biscuits! They were yum. I also made a creamy spinach stew, which I tested on my husband and his mum. Both liked it :-)

I am pleased with myself.
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I made Strukli a couple of days ago, using this recipe. I didn't do it entirly by the book, though, which is why they probably didn't turn out as good as they should have. For one thing, I used wholemeal plain flour instead of white, and I forgot the vinegar. They turned out almost how I remember they should be, but not quite. I couldn't get the pastry thin enough so there wasn't enough filling. But I plan to make them again soon, and this time I plan to poach them :-)

Today is my husband's birthday so I'm baking a chocolate chip cake! I got the recipe from my mother-in-law and the batter is amazing, so the cake itself should be pretty good too! Unfortunately, I've given myself bliters with all the stirring I've been doingl Ouch.

I still want to make Croatian vanilla biscuits with hazelnut meal in them. Those will either come tonight or tomorrow, depending on how I feel :-)

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This weekend, I'm going to try to make Strukli:


This food is so awesome that the first song you hear is a rock version of a folk song about it. I used to help my grandmother make these, and I haven't had them since I was 9.

It looks hard, so wish me luck! :-)

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Made a recipe for a leek stew today. It's better than it sounds, I promise!

The instructions I had were incomplete so I had to improvise and try to remember how my mother did it. It turned out pretty good, though not as good as her's. I think I know which bit needs improving, and I may have added too much water. In general I'm pretty happy with it, though. This was always one of my favourites so I'm glad I can eat have it again :-)
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 I haven't cooked a lot of new recipes lately. I've generally been feeling uninspired with my cooking, and I've figured out why: The only foods I've wanted to eat we're the ones I haven't had since I moved out of home. I miss Croatian cooking.

So I've decided to go back to my roots and learn some Croatian recipes. I'm starting out with the familiar as I miss my mother's cooking the most. I hope I'll be able to do some of her more complex recipes this winter. Last night I made a Crioatian mushroom soup for my in-laws and it proved very popular. This weekend I hope to make vanilla biscuits, rum balls, and an entreé that requires insane pastry skills. 

Wish me luck!
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I realise I haven't been very diligent with this, and I sort of feel justified with all the cooking I did when I first got the slow cooker... And I've used it again!

This week's recipe involves a new ingredient: RABBIT. I slow-cooked it with potato, sweet potato, onion, garlic, verjuice, and chicken stock (and some rosemary sprigs) for about 6hrs. I have no idea what it will taste like, but hopefully it will be delicious :-)

Hooray!

Jan. 14th, 2012 04:14 pm
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I have a slow cooker of my very own! XD My brother-in-law gave it to us as a belated wedding present. I've already used it and it is AWESOME. Tomorrow I'm going to try out the Women's Weekly "Best Ever" bolognese sauce. It takes 10hrs to cook. I'm expecting deliciousness :-)

I think I'll scrap my themes for now - the slow cooker is too awesome not to use and count as new recipes :-)
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I cooked something new tonight: Creamy mushroom soup. It's not in line with this month's theme of almonds, but I'll need a reserve recipe eventually (times do get busy, after all), so I'll keep this as a spare just in case I don't have time one week :-)

I'm also particularly proud of this one because there is only one ingredient in there that I didn't already have in my fridge, and that's cream! So I'm getting to my objective of basing recipes on stuff I already have :-)

Cake!

Jan. 9th, 2012 04:19 pm
nimthiriel: (Stirring)
My birthday is tomorrow, but we're having dinner with my husband's family tonight. So I baked a cake! It is almond cake, which I got from The Cake Bible.

I was extremely thankful for my mother-in-law lending me her hand mixer. It made this a lot easier. I also found that the time guideline of 50-60min in the oven was off by about half an hour. Might depend on the oven, but in mine it took a lot longer than expected. I also found that I could have probably made about twice the amount of mixture because I had plenty of room in the cake tin.

Should the cake tin be half empty when the cake has risen?

Here is a picture of my finished product! It's sitting on the rack that was a Christmas present from my husband's aunt, and I also got the cake tin from her.

I tried some of the crumbs, and it is utterly delicious!


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I've also decided that, given this month's ingredient is almonds, I may hold off the "one dessert per month", given that I'm yet to find an almond recipe which isn't a dessert... See how I go.

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First recipe for the year is home-made marzipan! I got the recipe from a friend of mine, and it is SO GOOD. I used raw caster sugar, and I had to use icing "mixture" because I didn't have any icing sugar, but it still came out great.

Now I just have to not eat it all at once...

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