Monday, March 28, 2011

Pies on my mind!

( Pies with meat and onions- a bit of Branston Pickle, and a hint of Heniz ketchup and a touch of Tabasco. The crust is readymade shortcrust. The pies took 10 min to make! A really fast super snack!)

 I have been looking, wishing me, asking for, dreaming of a piemaker for years and years after having borrowed Glyn's fantastic Magic Piemaker from Breville which magically made 2 wonderful pies at the same time at least a dusin times and sometimes for half a year at the time. At some point they stopped making it but I read somewhere that after a lot of protests they starting making piemaking machines again- if' this is true or not I dont know- but when they finally started making it. with 2-4 or 8 slots (!) I couldn't find a place that would send it to Denmark- but finally with the help from Brodock who found it for me on Amazone :my Gourmet Piemaker from Breville wich makes 4 pies at the same time!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A glimse of baklava

I have to say this...I Loooove baklava!

I have been told that there are is a big difference from the Tyrkish and the arabian baklava- the Tyrkish is soaked in syrope water and can be rather wet and sticky- where as the arabian ones are more crunchy and has less syrope. I have made this in my version of the arabian version ( as I love crunchy things) brushed each layer of filo with cleared butter,  filled the middle  with grinded almonds, walnuts and pine, sprinkled them with sugar and cinnemon, placed the rest of the layers of filo on top, brushed with cleared butter..and then cut the whole thing up in little squares/ retangulars and baked it till crispy and golden.
The syrope I cooked from sugar, water, honey, a bit of rose water...when it was thick and the cake wasnt all cooled down yet, I poured some over the cake..especially in the gaps. Sprinkled it with some chopped up fantastic pistachios nuts from Aegina Island ( dry roasted sundried handpicked pistachios Mrs C brought us)

The birthday cake!

She doesnt have it from daughters father is very good with cakes and decorated this birthday cake for our daughter's 12 year old birthday- the roses he formed himself from marcipan...

Regitzes Flowerpot Icecream dessert

My daugther turned 12 this week and made these desserts for her brothers and cousin. We had found the recipy on the internet ( will post the link at the bottum of this ) and she did it all by herself: shopped, planned, did it- and wow, these were really amazing!!

Unfortunately I didnt get pics from the beginning but here is what she did:

She bought some real flowerpots, straws, icrecream, cake ( sandkage) and a lot of Oreos and finally some flowers. 

She covered the bottum of the washed flowerpots with the cake, stuck the straw in the middle, held it into posistion while she scooped icecream on top of the cake bottum- with the straw in the middle. She pressed the icream real tight down ( still making sure the straw was in position)  and filled it to about 2/3 of the height and covered the pots with film and placed them all in the freezer til the next day.

Before serving she then drizzeled the Oreo crumbs she had made ( by putting tons of them in a plastic bag and punched on them with my rolling pin till they were all crumbled and resembeled earth/dirt like you wouldn't believe it!) all over the icecream and packed it real tight but still loose on the top layer- cut the straw down to lvl it..put a flower in the straw..cleaned the pots so they looked clean and neat---and served the pot with flower and all to her guests- with a spoon ofc!

The link for the recipy where we stole this from with many thanks: