Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Peanut butter & chocolate cookies...

I really haven't planned to bake last weekend. There's so much going on in my life now that I actually never thought of it! How bad is that.... But having two little girls at home made me remember our "mummy's day off routine" very quickly! But what now... with almost an empty fridge and 2 eggs in the house... Thankfully there are recipes out there that won't require much - both in regards to the ingredients and time.
Those peanut butter cookies turned out to be easy and quick to make, and... they hardly lasted one day... Vanished within few hours! So, I'm sorry, but I can't say how they'll be on the next day ;) On the first day though - perfect! Light, crunchy with slightly soft/cakey centre, not too sweet and just perfect with a cup of strong coffee!


YES! Still going strong with my plan to bake through the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook "Life sweet life". This is another one from the list, I'd say another... 100 to go... :P at least I won't run out of anything sweet to go with my coffee anytime soon ;) This time - I haven't change a thing with the recipe, in regards to the ingredients. Those cookies need all the sugar that's there!


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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Lemon drop cookies...

I'm really not keen on any lemony bakes. Don't know why, but they all taste to me like a washing up liquid... I just had bad experience with all I tired up to date, yes - I've never made anything "lemony" myself. I was quite worried when making those. I wasn't sure I'd like them... But then I thought - well, no "fake" lemon scent, no artificial ingredients that may indeed taste like lemon washing up liquid, so... I might as well try it.

How surprised I was! These Lemon Drops are quick to make, soft, slightly spongy and sooooo addictive! I was eating those cookies as well as my words! They taste fresh and zingy - no "fake" flavours, pure lemon! They are light so it's very easy to just keep eating one by one, especially when you have a cup of nice coffee on the side ;)

lemon cookies

This very easy and quick recipe comes from "Life is sweet" by The Hummingbird Bakery. This time I haven't change the recipe at all, as normally I would reduce the amount of sugar in Hummingbird Bakery recipes. I was afraid that the lemon taste will be too tangy, too prominent, so I kept to the recipe very rigorously - which rarely happens in my case... ;)



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Sunday, August 02, 2015

How to make your own Ribena / blackcurrant syrup...

I know some people can drink water, just plain water, I'm afraid I'm not one of them... Give me wine anytime! ;) Or coffee! But water... and yes, I know we should, we probably even have to drink such and such amount of water everyday, but I simply can't... I almost have to force myself do drink a glass of water - unless I was running, training etc, but that really rarely happens, that "training" part...

To try and drink something besides coffee (of which I usually consume something in a region of 3-4 cups a day...) I'm trying to flavour my water. Just recently I took an advantage of fresh strawberries and dropped 4 of them into my bottle with water - amazing result! I really didn't think it would make such a difference and that the strawberry flavour would be so distinctive - at this point I should probably stress out that I just can't stand water with lemon... just can't!

We're all familiar with probably one of the most famous syrups - Ribena - which is simply a blackcurrant syrup. So... being an owner of two big blackcurrant bushes in my garden, which were full of fruit this year (and somehow no birds found them before me!) I decided to make my own Ribena. It's super easy and you have only two ingredients! What you're waiting for - make your own! :)

home made Ribena


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