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Morrocan stew with apricots

Morrocan stew with apricots Another one of the recipes from my heart friendly cook book. It's amazing and full of yummy recipes. Easy to make and even suitable to prepare ahead for a quick lunch at work. To give proper credit: This lunch was made by G. the only male in our Lunch Club@work and he did an awesome job! Don't you think?! So here is how it is made:
400 gram cubed turkey breasts (or chicken if you prefer) 1 onion, diced 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon Tabasco 240 gram chickpeas (canned) 600 ml chicken stock 12 dried apricots 40 grams cornstarch 75 ml cold water 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
Put turkey, onions, cumin, cinnamon, Tabasco, chickpeas and chicken stock in a big pot and bring to boil. Then reduce heat and bring to simmer for about 15 minutes. Add apricots and let simmer for another 15 minutes. Mix cornstarch with water and mix with all other ingredients carefully. Stir for a few minutes till everything is combined well and the soup begins to thicken. Reduce heat and let simmer for about another 5 minutes. Lastly add half of the cilantro and stir well. Serve with cous cous. or baked sweet potatoes. Top with fresh cilantro and enjoy! Morrocan stew with apricots We loved it and it was really easy to make. All in all it takes about an hour to prepare in the evening and you can easily warm it up the next day in the microwave. What makes this dish very heart friendly is  the added cumin.
Cumin is considered to be an herb in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is commonly referred to as xiao hui xiang. In herbal medicine, cumin is classified as stimulant, carminative, and antimicrobial. Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz): Energy 370 kcal 1570 kJ Fat 22.27 g (saturated 1.535 g), Protein 17.81 g, Water 8.06 g, Vitamin A equiv. 64 mcg, Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.327 mg, Niacin (Vit. B3) 4.579 mg, Vitamin B6 0.435 mg 33%, Folate (Vit. B9) 10 mcg, Vitamin B12 0 mcg, Vitamin C 7.7 mg, Vitamin E 3.33 mg, Vitamin K 5.4 mcg, Calcium 931 mg, Iron 66.36 mg, Magnesium 366 mg, Phosphorus 499 mg, Potassium 1788 mg, Sodium 168 mg, Zinc 4.8 mg. Source: USDA Nutrient database

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Roasted Lime Chicken

Roasted Lime Chicken

Doesn't this chick look pretty? *sfg* Some time ago I read a recipe for Roasted Lemon Chicken in one of my Donna Hay book.  I liked it since it seemed to be pretty easy and no fuss - perfect for a Sunday Lunch with friends. Since I do not like lemons too much but always have some lime on hand I decided to have a Roasted Lime Chicken instead of the lemon version. It was pretty easy as I said: One average nice little chicken (washed) get filled with halfed or quatered lime, I added some branches of fresh orange and lemon thyme and rosemary as well. Salted and pepperd on the outside. Put it in the oven at about 200°C. Then I mixed some extra lime juice with honey and olive oil. Every now and then brush the Chicken with the mixture. This makes the outside crispy but also makes sure, that it still remains juicy inside. After about an hour and a half  (depends on the size of the chicken) your chicken should be ready to serve.

Roasted Lime Chicken

As you can see I served it with some potato wedges and a blue fenugreek sour cream dip. I simply put the potato wedges into the oven half an hour before the chicken is due. For the dip I just whipped some blue fenugreek into some sourcream and seasoned it with salt, pepper and some lime juice.

Voila! Lunch's ready! Enjoy!

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Best Pizza dough ever!

Best Pizza dough!

When my family was visiting for my Dad's Birthday back in April I made a big pizza for all of us. 'CCause Dad loves pizza (he is a little bit of a picky eater you know *snickers*), it's easy to make and always a sucess in our family.

I based the pizza dough on Jamie Oliver's basic recipe from his book "Jamie at home" but tweaked it a bit tho.

800g white spelt flour
200g whole spelt flour
1 level tablespoon fine sea salt
7g sachet of dried yeast
1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
650ml lukewarm water
fresh basil, thyme and rosemary (finely chopped)

Put the flours and salt on to your kitchen counter and make a well in the middle. In another bowl, mix the yeast, sugar and olive oil into the water and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well.

Bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl it into the liquid. Keep mixing, drawing larger amounts of flour in, and when it all starts to come together, work the rest of the flour in with your clean, flour-dusted hands.

Lastly work in the herbs. Knead until you have a smooth, springy dough.

Place dough in a large flour-dusted bowl and flour the top. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm space until the dough has doubled.

Remove the dough to a flour-dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands.

You can now use the dough to make your pizza - I made this in advance the day before and at this point placed the dough into a bowl covered it with clingfilm and put it in the fridge over night.
The next morning I took it our of the fridge, let it sit on my kitchen counter until it had room temperature again and then rolled out the dough.

I gave it additional 20 minutes (brushed the surface with olive oil) before I placed my toppings on it and put it in the oven at 200°C until everything was nicely browned and smelled divine....

I can tell you the pizza was a big sucess!! It tasted really good. Best I ever made!
The crust tasted wonderful herby and soft and crunchy just like we all love to have our pizza!

The big pizza above was gone within a few minutes. Leaving behind only an empty tray...

Hmmmm this reminds me: I should go make pizza this weekend again, watcha think?

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We are thinking of you Mazie Grace

Mazie Grace

Our sweet little friend Mazie Grace of the Whiskers and Purrs Gang is having her eyeballs operation today to make hers see better. We are all crossing paws and sending loving thoughts and purrayers all the way to you darling!

love alla us, Kashim, Othello, Sally and Momma Astrid

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Carnival of the Cats #272

Carnival of the Cats #272

Welcome to the Carnival of the Cats, this week you will spend in Vienna, Austria with us: Kashim, Othello and the pain in the neck our little sisifur Salome aka Sally! We hope you all have fun! love, alla us! You might ask yourself who joned us this weekend? Well here they are: This concludes this carnival for now. If you sent in a link and are not included please leave us a quick note and we will add you. If you haven't yet sent your link you can still send it in and I will add you as soon as the sekretary is cooperating again. Othello willl be hosting Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos later this evening here (or tomorrow evening, depends on the cooperating Sekretary again) so stay tuned or come back later for more fun Peee Ess: I do apologize for the rather short festival but the Momma is a bit under the changing weather and not up to cooperate very much. At least we got the carnival up in time this once...

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Tabby Tummy Tuesday

The Tabbies I love... I am a tabby, this is mah tummeh, so I think this qualifies perfectly for Tabby Tummy Tuesday, no? The Tabbies I love... Anyone wanna snorgle a tabby tummeh? Ladies? *teeheeee*

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Italian Knot Bread


Oh yes, the Bread Baking Babes did it again: Challenge us with a new bread! This time Ilva is serving as the Kitchen of the Month and came up with a wonderful bread: PANE DI PASTA TENERA CONDITA or ITALIAN KNOT BREAD Hey and guess what? This time I really sticked to the recipe. Since I was supposed to bake several small "free formed" breads I figured this would not easily possible with spelt flour anyway and decided to abandon my beloved spelt flour for wheat. *g* The dough was so easy to work with and the "knots" turned out to be a big hit! We loved them. I did half the recipe tho and it left me with 12 knots. (divided the dough into 100 gram  parts), the shaping I was a little scared of was done in no time and even after the final rising I had wonderful formed little knots. *puffs chest proudly*


See? aren't  they just lovley? I think next time I'll go with 80 grams each tho instead of 100 grams to make them a little smaller...


This is the final result: A nice chewy crust outside and soft inside. I loved them. I will play around with the recipe next time tho and try to find a way to bake them with spelt flour too... :) Thank you Ilva for this wonderful bread experience! :) Now go visit all the other Babes and see what they were up to with this bread this month:

Bake My Day (Karen) | CanelaYComino (Gretchen) | Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn) | Grain Doe (Görel) | I Like to Cook (Sara) | Living In The Kitchen With Puppies (Natshaya) | Living on Bread and Water (Monique) | Lucullian Delights (Ilva) | Notitie van Lien (Lien) | The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick) | Thyme for Cooking (Katie) | My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna)

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Weekend Cat Blogging #207

Weekend Cat Blogging #207 Happy weekend to you all! We kitties have been hunted by the flashy thingy by Momma all weekend. *sigh* Our handsum man borrowed Momma hims Nikon D40 flashy thingy he gotted for his Birfday last year and she has been making pikshurs of us alla time ever since then... *sigh* Other than that we hadded a wonderful looooong weekend with Momma (whole 4 days!!) with lots of snuggles and kissies and stuff! I need to go back to snuggle and kiss Momma! Bye Bye for now! purrrrrs, Kashim Peee Ess: Our FL furriends Samantha, Mr Tigger and Maverik are hosting Weekend Cat Blogging this time, be sure to visit them and leave your link in comments!

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Easy like Sunday...

The Tabbies I love...

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Wordless Wednesday

May 2009

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First Barbecue 2009!

You know, since I live in a flat in the city, I do not have to many opportunities to barbecue. I have a small balcony but it would not be a very good idea to start a barbecue there, hehe.... So I am always happy when I am at home with my family during the summer days where we have a huge garden and a wonderful patio. Last year our first barbecue was Easter Sunday I believe. This year we had it on Mother's Day. We all love to barbecue and neither of us wanted to fuss too much with cooking lunch on Mother's Day so we decided it was the perfect time to start this year's barbecue season.

First Barbecue 2009 - Mother's Day 2009

Above you can see my Dad - the barbecue chef himself - it always amazes me how much fun men have when they get to barbecue. The more because you definitely would not see my Dad cooking in the kitchen... In fact most of the preparing cores, like seasoning the meat, cutting the potatoes and making the side dishes such as salads is done by my Mom and me anyway. He is the best barbecuing chef tho and the world best crepe maker!! ;o) Did I mention that I love my Dad?!

First Barbecue 2009 - Mother's Day 2009

As you can tell by the pictures tho there is not much of a recipe to tell you tho... We just took some steaks (beef, pork and chicken) and seasoned (olive oil, gralic, thyme, rosemary,...) them. Cut potatoes in thin slices tho make them crunchy and prepared some cucumber salad and a yoghurt-garlic dressing. Very basic but aaaah so yummy!

Happy Barbecue Season!!

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Weekend Cat Blogging #206

WCB #206 Hi there it is me Salome speaking again, Blogging has been light again this past week, though The Ladey has made some pics of us but didn't help us blog tho. She also worked in the kitchen lots and maded yummy smelling things. Maybe she will get her lazy butt into more blogging about what she cooked soon.... Other than that ME and the boys have been lounging on the blacony lots. Sleeping, chilling, snoopervizing. You get the idea.... ME and Kashim are getting along a bit better too since The Ladey gives him somethings she calls "Bach Flowers"- she specially mixed it for him, he does notseem to like it too much tho. She saided next step is to mix some for ME too..... ME is not sure if ME is happy about it... If you are looking for Othello this weekd he might be on a weekend vacation with his wifey Gree. We haven't seen him much here for sure! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! purrrs and sandpaper kissies, Salome Peee Esss: Amar and Luna are hosting this weekend's WCB be sure to visit them for all the other wonderful kitties or to leave your comment!! Pee Pee Esss: Please go and leave a purrayer at Miz Mog's please, she is still feeling very sickly from MS and other stuff... ! hehee another Pee Ess: Kudos to our FL friends Samantha, Mr Tigger and Maverik who are steppingin for Miz Mog in hosting BKCFoC this weekend! Thanks so much friends!

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Authentic Ethiopian Injera

Ethiopian Injera

I tell ya! This month's Bread Baking Babes' had me in the corner! Not even the Challa desaster was nearly as bad as this! Why you ask? First I could not find very easily teff flour. I even thought I had to pause on this one. I was very sad but well what could I do? But then I mamaged to even find an Austrian Webshop were I could buy teff flour and since they were in Vienna we even could drive there the same day to get it. Then I happily started to make the starter. First it worked out quite well and it went all bubbly and active after a few hours... but then on day two, three and five it did not behave like Mary said and it started to smell real ... um lets put it mildly: not so nice! There was no way I could use it and the deadline kept crawling nearer and nearer... So a second try I started... and all got was some brownish backish water and something that reminded me of wet sand underneath. Nothing bubbly, happily foaming like a starter, not even with my wildest imaginations. Great huh? Well while I stood in my kitchen whining I told myself to give it one more try. I got myself a new packet of yeast, the flour and started one more try. And it behaved! I got my starter and so I was finally able to make the Injera. TODAY! I thought the deadline for being a buddy must have been gone by long now when I got back to Mary's blog (who is serving as The Kitchen of the Month and provided us with this wonderul bread and even some correpsonding recipes to make a real feast!) that she had extended the deadline to 13th of May. YAY! SO maybe I still can be a Buddy *smile* So here is my final result: Injera For tomorrows lunch at work I made some of Mary's recipes she said would be eaten with the Injera: First I prepared Nitter Kebbeh and Berbere: Nitter KebbehBerbere Then I made Ethiopian Lentils with Yam and Key Wot: Ethiopian Lentils with YamEthiopian Key Wot I also made Ayib be Gomen but disturbingly I have no picture of this one on hand :/ I already tasted the Injera and liked it very much. I also tasted the foods and liked them too although I didn't use chili with them like the recipes said cause neither I nor Babs like chili. I am very curious how all will taste together and if G. and Babs will like it or not. Thanks for the challenge Mary! Please do visit the Bread Baking Babes:

Bake My Day (Karen) | CanelaYComino (Gretchen) | Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn) | Grain Doe (Görel) | I Like to Cook (Sara) | Living In The Kitchen With Puppies (Natshaya) | Living on Bread and Water (Monique) | Lucullian Delights (Ilva) | Notitie van Lien (Lien) | The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick) | Thyme for Cooking (Katie) | My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna)

Update: Oh and I already got my Buddy Badge YAY!!!

Bread Baking Buddy April 09

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Weekend Cat Blogging #205

Weekend Cat Blogging

Hi this is me Salome, The boys said that ME could do WCB with The Ladey today 'CCause it is Mother's Day - ME  cannot remember my furmom but ME guesses The Ladey is some kind of Mom to ME too since she cares for ME really well. The Ladey has been working on the balcony quite much and we have lots of blooming and smelling plants there now. She even made a big box for us with a huge catnip plant and lots of catgrass additionally to our big pot of catgrass we already have. So ME guesses she is a quite nice Mom... Here you can see ME playing with the nip. ME loves playing with the fresh nip plant. The Boys not so. They prefer dried nip. Othello likes to lick the leaves of the fresh nip sometimes tho. The Ladey is quite frustrated somehow - she tried to make a funny called bread but did not succeed  yet. Her first attempt to make a starter totally failed and the second one went bad too. Let ME tell you people this thing smelled bad!! Even worse than when you go to the litterbox after Kashim was there... *ssshhhh but don't you tell him!* So now she is frustrated because the deadline to participate and earn a Buddy Badge ended on Friday (and it was even extended by then..) and so she will not earn any Buddy Badge. ME wonders what do you need a Buddy Badge for anyway? Can one eat it? Can you play with it? Anyhoo: Please do stop by The Ladey's foodie friend Mary and her most handsome mancat LB (ME wonders what LB stands for??!) who are hosting WCB this weekend to leave your link ifn you want to participate. LB worte they will have a round up ready after his Grandma leaves by tomorrow evening. Last but not least The Boys wanted ME to wish all Mommies a Happy Mother's Day! sandpaper kissies Salome

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Lynne's bread

Lynne's Bread

Lynne's Bread

original recipe see here at Cooks with Love (I cut down the recipe for just one loaf instead of six) 250 ml milk 57 grams butter 42 grams maple syrup 1 tbs salt 8 grams yeast 40 ml water 2 eggs 32 grams powdered milk 32 grams soy flour 448  grams white spelt flour In a saucepan heat milk and butter until warm. Add the maple syrup to the milk mixture. Proof your yeast: Add the yeast and a tablespoon of sugar, stir to blend, then cover with a baggie and let the yeast grow. While the yeast is proofing, beat the eggs together in a separate bowl. When the yeast has proofed, add it to the bowl with the eggs and flour and mix together. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead, using a dough scraper if necessary. Add flour as needed. The dough is ready when it won't absorb more flour, is spring-y, becomes a ball and it bounces back when pressed lightly. Place in a large, buttered bowl, pressing down, then turn it over so the entire surface is covered. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set in a warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk. Punch the dough down. Turn the dough over, cover and let rise again.  Punch down again. Let rise again. Shape into loaves. Place in lightly greased pan. Cover, and let rise. The dough should be popping up just above the edge of the pan. When the bread has risen, you may want to beat an egg with a bit of water and brush this over the tops of the loaf. This makes it shiny. Bake the loaves in a preheated 190°C oven for about 35 - 45 minutes, or until the loaves sound hollow. I bake it until it smells done. Turn out the loaves and let cool on a wire rack. My thoughts: The dough is lovely to work with. Very easy and I was very impressed by the ovenspring it had. The Bread turned out to be very yummy: Moist and yet dense. A perfect breakfast bread. Not too sweet but tho. If I'd use it for dinner or lunch or to make sandwiches I'd use a tad more salt tho. The bread keeps fresh several days. It's amazing, I made this one on Monday and had the last slices this morning. It still was moist and nearly as fresh as on Monday! Note: When I first read Lynne's post I thought: "Oh my what shall I do with 6 big breads?!" But the recipe and the looks of the breads at her blog were so tempting that I worked out a way to cut the recipe down to one (big) bread. It took my 2-3 tries 'till I got the recipe to work tho. So what you see here is the result that worked for me. Please keep in mind that I always work with spelt flour and that spelt is not to compare with "normal" wheat or bread flours. You might want to go and try the original recipe tho! It definitely is worth a try!

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Carnival of the Cats #268

Welcome to the 268th Carnival of the Cats!

This is Mrs Othello speaking here: Since Miz Mog was sick and in hospital and my dear husband Othello and his fursiblings did a kinda emergency WCB on Auntie Astrid's bloggie I will help my dear husbandcat do the CotC this week. We know it is furry delayed again but Mom Robyn is feeling sickly too wif some kinda virus and could not help as much as she wanted to. Here we go with the participants of this - light - Carnival of the Cats. To make it a more pleasant stay here we brought over some beverages, so feel free to help yourself to the goodies along the way...





  • Finally Furiendly Friday with Victor Tabbycat and Nina the Torbie. Nina claims, "Victor said I look cute enough for the Carnival! Then he tried to bite me..."
  • Undercat! Protector of Pussydom Assembled! at Nikita's Place. The story of a Flying Chihuahua inspired me to poetry. ;-D
  • The food bowl... Outside anything slathered in Catnip, this may be the most favorite thing in the daily life of a Cat. But what happens if your human forgets to fill it when scheduled, or for a whole day, or...? Oh, and don't worry! This song is not about me!! Daddy is good to me! ;-D



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Cabbage Ground Beef Stew

Cabbage Ground Beef Stew

Cabbage Ground Beef Stew Serves 4 500 g ground beef 1 onion, medium size 2 garlic cloves 1 leek 400 g cabbage oil, for frying 2-3 tbsp soy sauce 2-3 balsamic vinegar 1-2 tbsp brown sugar salt, pepper Chop onion and garlic, and slice the leek and cabbage finely. Fry the beef, garlic, leek and onion in a heavy pan with a little bit of oil. After a few minutes, add the cabbage and leave to fry for five more minutes or so. Add soy sauce, vinegar and sugar, and let it cook for five minutes.

Cabbage Ground Beef Stew

When I read Anne's post a while ago I knew I wanted to make this one since I love fried cabbage. It is easy to make, could easily be prepared the day before and even gets better if you warm it up the next day. We had it for lunch at work and I served fresh country style bread with it. In the evening at home I had the leftovers with warm potatoes. YUM!

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Weekend Cat Blogging #204

wcb #204

We kitties love to accompany Momma in the kitchen when she is cooking. Sometimes she says lots of bad words from the Bad Words List but most of the time it is very interesting to watch what she is doing. When we are real good kitties we sometimes even get a treat or two too. She has not been cooking much lately but we helped her blog some of the things she made a while ago so yall can read about it. Most of the time we are very patient and sit there and wait for Momma to finish and give us a treat or some scritches. Well, ... most of us are...:

wcb #204 Weekend Cat Blogging is hosted by Miz Mog and the kitties at Mind of Mog this weekend. There is no post up yet to leave your linkies but we are sure it will be there soon... We wrote Miz Mog if she is feeling better from bad MS but if not we will do a roundup here Sunday evening, so you can leaves your linkies here too in the meanwhile... UPDATE Sunday 07:05 pm (CET +1): We did not hear back from Miz Mog so we figure she still is not feeling well. So we are doing a round up here now with all the linkies we could find.

  • First we are sending all our healing thoughts to Miz Mog for getting better real soon. Sally sends purrs and nosekissies to Meowza too... hehe Please go by and send sum nice purrs too, will ya?
  • Our friend Cheysuli came by and told us her sister Georgia is always interested in cookin' and eatin' too. Oh and be sure to check out who is Chey's Sunday Guest Star!
  • Momma's cooking friend Rosa came by too this weekend she has some real purrty pics of her kitty girl Maruschka up. Isn't Maruska a purrrrty house panther?
  • Our friends Amar and Luna are planning some home improvements aka cleaning on a dreary day in an Francisco (Momma stop singing this stoopid song alla time when someone mentions SF, I am sure noone wears flowers in their hair there!!). Guys thank you so much for stepping in for Megan and BKC by hosting the BKCFoC this weekend!!
  • Katie Kitty Too came by to report there is a new Squillion raffle up. Don't miss yer chance to get a gorgeous Squillion and have another kitty in your house!
  • Hey Katie and Puddy we are so very happy to hear from you! We missed you lots! Aehm, Katie! Puddy is no crazy at all. None of your evidence proofs are right! *seesh*
If any of you still wnats to participate or we missed you please drop us a line and we will add you as soon as we can. Okies?
  • Hey kitties, you know what? It is Ramses' 6th Birthday today and we didn't even know!! Ramses is the big brofur of Isis (who recently became a Mommycat again) and hims Mommy tolded our Momma on Facebook that it is hims Birthday today! Finally Facebook is good for SOMETHING! LOL
So that's it for now! Have a nice Sunday evening! Some late comers rushed in after we went to sleep yesterday so we are adding thems now, you are always welcome!!
  • Our FL furriends Samantha, Mr Tigger and Maverick are abandoned by ther Mom Chandra and are having a House Trash Party for this reason. Come by and hlep them trashing the house for good!
  • The Hotties are introducing us to their furriend Fin, she is a Grannycat but what a purrty one! I whish all Grannys would look like that! Wowie!
  • Butch, Vincent and Jules are cellebrating Cinco de Mayo! Wow what a party! You can tell from theis pics that they had fun!
  • AND of course we will continue to pray and purr and send healing thoughts to ML and all the Sherwood family!
hugs and purrs Kashim, Othello and Salome

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225 g  flour 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon dried active yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 55 ml water 275 ml of milk Butter to serve Cooking rings
Heat 55 ml of water and all of the milk and the sugar in a small pan until it is 'hand-hot', no more of you will kill the yeast. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle the yeast onto the milk. Whisk the mixture well and leave in a warm cupboard for 15 minutes so it can start to ferment. It should be frothy if everything is going well With a wooden spoon, fold in the flour and mix well so that eventually you have a smooth, fairly liquid batter. Cover with a damp tea-towel and leave in the warm cupboard for 50 minutes. If it's not started to foam after an hour leave it a little longer. It won't come to any harm. Cooking the crumpets Heat a lightly greased, heavy basedfrying pan, oil your egg rings and spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into each ring. Use a high temperature oil such as rape or groundnut oil. After a while they will start to bubble and form the holes in the crumpet. Allow them to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Once the surface dries, they are ready to be turned. Carefully lift off the rings, flip the crumpets over and cook on the other side for just a minute. If you knock the rings while the crumpets are cooking it tends to break the seal around the ring, making it less likely to stick.


Enjoy warm with butter and jam or honey! We all love these little thingies for breakfast. They are not too much fuss to make and are a really airy and yummy treat for Sunday Brunch too....

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Cheddar Soup & Irish Soda Bread

Cheddar soup

Cheddar Soup (from Soup's On!)
2 T unsalted butter 3 scallions, chopped 2 stalked celery, diced 1 large carrot, diced 2 T all-purpose flour 2 1/2 c low sodium chicken  or vegetable broth 1 medium russet potato, peeled & diced 1/2 c half & half 4 oz white cheddar, aged but not super sharp 1/2 t Tabasco sauce 1/2 -1 t Worcestershire sauce salt
In a soup pot melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the scallions, celery & carrots. Cook about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with flour & stir while cooking for 3 minutes. Slowly add the broth while stirring. Add the potato & bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer & let cook for 20 - 30 minutes, until the potato is tender. Blend the soup to desired consistency. Whisk in the milk, cheese, Tabasco & Worcestershire. Serve immediately.

Cheddar soup

Irish Soda Bread
574g plain flour sieved 1/2 teaspoon bread soda 15 fl oz buttermilk or sour milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg Small drop of fresh milk 1 rounded teaspoon baking powder 25g sugar
Heat the pot/oven and grease with a little lard. Mix all the dry ingredients in a basin and make a well in the centre. Pour in nearly all the milk and egg; gather in the flour and mix to a loose dough, adding more milk if necessary. With floured hands, knead lightly on a floured board or table and flatten out. Cut a cross on top. Place dough in pot/oven; cover with heated lid. Place hot coals on top to give all round heat. Alternatively bake in a greased round pyrex dish with lid, pre-heat oven (220°C or gas 7 for 40 minutes). To keep the bread soft, wrap in a clean damp tea towel when it is taken out of the oven.

Astrid 01.05.2009, 04.01| (0/0) Kommentare | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Irish Smoked Salmon Salad

Irish Smoked Salmon Salad

St. Patricks Day Dinner 2009: Before we snarfed down the Guinness Cupcakes we went for a light dinner and had a very very yummy

Irish Smoked Salmon Salad

recipe source
12 oz Irish smoked salmon
4 cups mixed field greens
6 oz goat cheese, divided into fourths
1/2 loaf of cubed day, old French bread
1 each: lemon, lime, and orange, peeled and sectioned (reserve juices for dressing)
4 Tbsp reserved citrus juices
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toast bread cubes for croutons. In a small bowl, whisk together the citrus juices and olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Toss the greens with the dressing until lightly coated and mound about a cup of the salad in the center of each plate. Arrange slices of the smoked salmon on top. Place the fruit sections on top. Arrange goat cheese and croutons around the plate. We loved the salad. It was light, refreshing and very very tasty. And it was really easy and quick to make. I will sure make it again this summer!

Astrid 30.04.2009, 15.28| (1/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Guinness Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Guinness Cupcakes

For St.Patricks Day this year (I know, I know it's been a while since St Patricks Day, but I haven't had the time to blog all the things we made then till yet) we had a cozy Irish dinner at Babs' home. On of the goodies we snarfed down were these gorgeous cupcakes...

Guinness Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson
Cupcakes (makes 12) 125 ml Guinness (at room temperature) 75 ml sour cream (or thick plain yoghurt works too) 125 grams unsalted butter 1 egg 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract 40 g unsweetened cocoa 140 grams spelt flour 200 grams caster sugar 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180°C, and butter and line your muffin or cupcake tin with papers. Melt the butter add Guinness at room temperature and whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the pan and whisk in the flour and baking powder. Pour the cake batter into the cupcake cups about 3/4 of the way up, it will rise up a little but not too much. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and remove to cool on a rack.

Guinness Cupcakes

Icing 150 g Philadelphia cream cheese 65 ml heavy cream 75 grams icing sugar
Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sift over the confectioners' sugar and then beat them both together. Or do this in a processor, putting the unsifted confectioners' sugar in first and blitz to remove lumps before adding the cheese. Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cupcakes so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint. As you can see the frosting was not 100% cooperative but it tasted gorgeous tho. We loved the cupcakes! I sure will make them again together with my Guinness Potato Bread.

Astrid 29.04.2009, 15.48| (5/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Kitchen improvements ... YAY!


Ever since we moved into our new home last year and I got my dream kitchen I wanted to have shelves to put my cookbooks and kitchen related books on. It is much more convenient to have your most favorite books on hand when you are working in the kitchen. As you can see my kitchen is rather big and open. To the left you can directly go out on our small balcony, which is handy too because you can put stuff out there and shut the door so the cats would not get near it (sorry boys hehe). In winter all my grocery and beverages live there too. I was thinking back and forth where to put my books and finally decided that they would go right next to the big cupboards, above Sally's favorite sleeping spot. A trip to IKEA provided us with the necessary equipment and for less than 30 EUR I got 2 shelves to put my books on. I am very pleased.


Doesn't it look very neat? These are only a few of my cookbooks but the most used and most loved who now live happily in my kitchen.

Astrid 28.04.2009, 05.47| (5/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Jubiläums-Blog-Event XLV: Dessertbuffet

Jubiläums-Blog-Event XLV - Dessertbuffet (Abgabeschluss 19. Mai 09)

Zorra says:

Alle sind also recht herzlich eingeladen ihr liebstes Dessert aufs Blog-Event-Jubiläums-Buffet zu stellen. Kuchen, Torten, Cakes, Tartes, Crèmes, Mousses,Puddings, Sorbets, Eis... erlaubt ist alles solange es süss ist. Abgabeschluss ist ausnahmsweise - da ich diesen Monat unterwegs bin - der 19. Mai 2009, 24:00 Uhr. Maximal zwei Dessert-Beiträge pro Blog, neue Rezepte keine aus dem Archiv bitte und Link zu diesem Beitrag nicht vergessen. Weitere Regeln können in der Blog-Event-FAQ nachgelesen werden.
4 years BlogEvent at Kochtopf already! Wow! Zorra is celebrating this anniversary and wished for us to bring along some desserts for her buffet. All are invited to bring their favorite dessert to the anniversary buffet. Cakes, pies, tartes, creams, mousses, puddings, sorbets, ice cream ... everything is allowed as long as it is sweet. Simply make your most favorite dessert and submit it here. Deadline is May 19th 2009.

Astrid 27.04.2009, 07.55| (0/0) Kommentare | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Weekend Cat Blogging #203

wcb_203 2008 12 08 Hi, it's me Salome and ME is hosting WCB here this weekend. ME hopes many many of you will join us with their WCB posts. The Ladey purromissed that she will update with ME troughout the weekend. 'till later & sandpaper kissies Salome To participate please simply leave your link in the comments below and ME will add you to the round up as soon as The Ladey helps me... Happy Weekend! ************************* Thank yall for joining in to this week's Weekend Cat Blogging:
  • Jules and Vincent are having some serious snuggling time this weekend. What's better than snuggling on a weekend anyway, huh? Way to go guys!
  • Amar and Luna have important information about endangered wild cats on their blog. Thank you guys for reminding us about our feline relatives in danger!
  • Gemini is crabilated because her Mom forgot about her birthday and she gotted no attention and no party at all. Oh man that's hard when Moms are too busy and forget all about the important things in life!
  • At Sam and Mr Tigger's it is all about ptrotection this weekend. Purrtection is impawtant! You rock guys!
  • Our brofur Pepi reports on heavy mancat duty: looking after Mom Robyn. She is healing fine but very impatient. *sigh* MOMS!
  • Oh oh what a gorgeous picture of Patchouli and catnip! The Ladeyt  brought home some small catnip plant lately and ME can't wait to have it all grown up like Patchouli's.
  • Our good friend Kitikata-san hasn't a WCB post in particulat but had to say goodbye to a woofie friend. Maybe yall could go and send som comforting purrs? Please?!
  • Rosa yet again has so wonderful pics of Fridolin up at her blog. *sigh* what a purrty mancat!
Yoa can still submit your post, we will update later today again! ~ purrrs, Sally
  • Gattina's cats Arthur and Rosie want to join in too, welcome friends!
  • OHMIGOSH! The Bengal Brats had birthday and we missed it! Happy belated Birthday gorgeous Boys! Hey Miz Pet we hope you are feeling better, we kepp purring for you and love you lots!!
  • Samawow introduces us to Kara, the purrty kitty of her daughter! Oh and congratulations to your grandson!!

Astrid 25.04.2009, 06.17| (12/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Taste & Create

Earlier this month I ran across an interesting site called Taste & Create and I initially loved the idea behind it:
Taste & Create was started as a food event by Nicole from For the Love of Food. It's whole purpose was, and has been, to create a community of bloggers who test each others' recipes and share links. It has also been to help new and not so well known bloggers get their foot in the door of the foodie community.
So I decided to participate and was paired with Melissa and her blog "The Kitchen Canister". I really had lots of fun reading through her blog and recipes. I really lilked her recipes too and one totally caught my eye and mind: Shredded Chicken Ceasar Salad Pizza. You know I like Ceasar Salad and I love pizza. It sounded like a perfect combination. My friend Babs was a bit suspicious about how it could taste and looked doubtful when I mentioned it for our Sunday lunch but then siad to give it a go anyway... There I went preparing Sunday's lunch... I made the pizza's and the chicken the day before so we would have less stress cooking on Sunday, knowing the little one and the chitter chatter we alsways have on Sunday would not let me work too much in the kitchen anyway... The original recipe from Melissa called for (I made some additions/substitutions as usual): Pizza Shell Ingredients 1 cup water 2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil 2 cups bread flour  (1 cup rye flour, 1 cup spelt flour) 1 cup whole wheat flour  (1 cup whole spelt flour) 2 teaspoons dried basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning, crushed 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon active dry yeast Combine all ingredients and knead for about 5 minutes, until firm. Let rise for 15 minutes. Roll dough out onto a pizza pan. I  worked with the dough as Melissa's instructions said: I made 3 larger round pizzas and 1 small for the little one. Then I topped the individual pizzas with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella and baked then for about 10 minutes at 180°C.  Took them out of the oven and let cool, wrapped in tin foil and stored away in a cool place. I also prepared two chicken breasts: season with salt and pepper, place on a baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes at 200°C until golden brown on the outside. Let cool and then cut them into bite sized cubes. Store away for further use in fridge.

Ceasar Salad Pizza

Unfortunately I only have pics from the pizza shells (unbaked above, baked below), as I prepared them. The finished pizza was gone too quick to catch a pic ... :(

Ceasar Salad Pizza

On Sunday I made a salad dressing: 2 egg yolks (cooked) 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard some capers, chopped 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar juice of 1 lemon 3/4 cup olive oil Mix well until smooth. We heated the pizza shells in the oven for about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile I washed the salad and cut into bite sized pieces. Placed the pizza shells on a plate, topped with salad and chicken and drizzled dressing on top - ready for YUM! Hey we loved that pizza! I loved the combination of warm pizza and salad on top. I will certainly make it again! Many thanks to Melissa for this idea! Be sure to visit her blog, I personally found some very interesting recipes there I want to try!

Astrid 23.04.2009, 15.18| (1/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

A Birthday cake for Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!

Astrid 23.04.2009, 15.08| (1/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Coccodi... Coccoda... Coccodrillo lalala


This is the last of the BBB's breads from last year I missed baking and it was quite challenging too.

First I needed to find out what durum wheat fllour exactly is,  to find out how to substitute it since it is wheat and I try to avoid wheat in my baking. I googled a lot and read some posts of fellow foodies to find out that some of them say you can also use semolina or use normal flour instead... Might be as well totally wrong but since Lien also told me she'd probably go with normal flour I went forward and decided to get some experimenting going....

I was even considering to buy some durum even if it is wheat! But I could not find it anywere to buy here tho so I had to think of a plan B anyway!
I bought spelt semolina and began to grind it in my mortar... a kinda tiring work but I think it worked out quite well. Next time I am home at my parents I take some of the semolina with me and ask my dad to process it through their flour mill for sure...

This is what I used:

First starter:
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast or 1/6 small cake (3 grams) fresh yeast
1 cup warm water
35 grams finely ground spelt semolina
90 grams whole grain spelt flour

Second starter:
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast or 1/2 small cake (9 grams) fresh yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 1/4 cups water, room temperature
70 grams finely ground spelt semolina
140 grams spelt flour
20 grams rice flour

35 grams finely ground spelt semolina
100 grams spelt flour
40 grams rice flour
15 grams sal

When I twittered I was preparing to bake the Coccodrillo Ilva told me to be careful 'CCause it bites. I have to admit this did not encourage me too much but since I had already started I kept going....
Thanks Ilva ;o))

The 1st and 2nd starter weren't a problem at all and all went pretty well, considering that I was using spelt which is bound to react unexpectedly anyway...
You can find the original recipe and all instructions on Lien's blog.

I was prepared to work with a non cooperating dough but to my big surprise despite of being very wobbly and quite wet the dough was not too hard to work with.

The result?
I have to admit I am quite pleased with the result. Tho it does not seem to be as airy and with as much holes as it is supposed to be (might be due to the tweaking I had to do) but I like the taste!
I had some slices for dinner with butter and jam and it was really pretty tasty, a little chewy but I liked the texture. Kashim, my bread tasting kitty approved it too and nearly ate half a slice himself!


Don't forget to go visit the Bread Baking Babes who did this bread in March 2008!

Bake My Day (Karen) | CanelaYComino (Gretchen) | Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn) | Grain Doe (Görel) | I Like to Cook (Sara) | Living In The Kitchen With Puppies (Natshaya) | Living on Bread and Water (Monique) | Lucullian Delights (Ilva) | Notitie van Lien (Lien) | The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick) | Thyme for Cooking (Katie) | My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna)

Astrid 29.03.2009, 20.34| (6/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Weekend Cat Blogging #199

funny pictures

Vote for Sally on I can haz cheeseburger, pleeeze?!

Hi yall, We are a little bit late for this week's Weekend Cat Blogging. Momma again was very busy this week and ifn she wasn't busy she was really really tired and gotz to nap with us very early (Sorry Mom Robyn, that we didn't chat to yous so often but we neede to makes sure Momma gets sum rest!). Yesterday she waz working on yet anofur bread named Coccodrillo and she said so far she is pleased wif it - whutever that means anyhoo! She says you might can read a post abouts it tomorrows... Oh oh and yesserday was the "Respect your Cat Day" - Momma was very very nice and broughted home lots of real dead fresh beef for us to nom. The boys like them better than me, they love to eat it real life dead raw, but for ME Momma cooks it in yummy soup and then gives em to ME. YUMMMMY!! Oh and KC posted a song and asked all kitties to join in singing, we are a little late with that but are singing along anyway:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me

I's not gonna do you wrong while you's gone Ain't gonna do you wrong ooooooh 'CCause I's don't wanna ooooooh All I's askin' ooooooh Is fur a little respect when you comes home... just a lil bit Beans... just a lil bit... when you gets home... just a lil bit Yeah... just a lil bit

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me

ME loves the Momma Ladey! We all hopes you had a wonderful weekend, please go over to The Turkey Cats who are hosting WCB this Sunday and see all the other wonderful kitties! love and sandpaper kissies, Salome aka Sally Weekend Cat fun:

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