Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Daring Bakers #7 Vol-au-vent and puff pastry...

So, as every month, on the very same day :) here we go: The September 2009 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon. She chose the French treat, Vols-au-Vent based on the Puff Pastry recipe by Michel Richard from the cookbook Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan.

"A Vol-au-vent (French for "windblown" to describe its lightness) is a small hollow case of puff pastry. A round opening is cut in the top and the pastry cut out for the opening is replaced as a lid after the case is filled. Vol-au-vents can accommodate various delicious fillings, such as mushrooms, prawns, fruit, or cheese, but they are almost always savory." - by Wikipedia.org



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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Julie & Julia... what a great movie!...

I finally saw it! I went on a date - with my Hubby. He wasn't very keen at the beginning because of the movie itself (let's face it - it wasn't his first choice). But... he liked it a lot! He likes food, likes to eat and cook so I knew he will like it at the end. OK, so now my thoughts and my opinion about Julie & Julia ;) It's different, interesting and if you're 'foodie' - you can't miss it! I loved it from the very beginning :) It's funny, real (yes, we all have some 'accidents', better and worse days in the kitchen...) and it's full of gorgeous food!

The life of Julia Child, the journey to become one of the most famous and loved cooks - I never knew lot of those fascinating things about her. You can 'feel' her passion, determination and fearless approach to cooking. She didn't believe in 'half-ways' - and that's also why I admire her so much! She made French food available to all of us - rich or poor, amateur or advanced cook, French or English - as long as you want, you will do it! She gave us basic 'tools', toughed what to do to be successful (not only in the kitchen...).



Julie Powell - an ordinary woman living in NYC. Wanted to do something with her life, wanted to persuade her passion (writing) in a profitable career, so she doesn't have to work in a dead end job anymore. Her journey through "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" was amazing! She was determined, brave!, passionate - 536 recipes in 365 days! OMG, I don't think I could be such devoted and stubborn as she was! But, that paid off - she's realising her dream right now - she's a famous writer and a person to follow. She showed us that if you really want - you can. If you want to read the original blog it's here.



I think that both lives, both stories are actually very similar. Both began from the love of food, both ended with a success!

Unfortunately, I don't have my own copy of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" - and I would love to have it! Tried to find it here in the bookshops, but couldn't get it... You don't have a spare copy by any chance? ;)

To sum up! If you'll have a chance - go to the cinema! Just one advice - reserve a table in a nice restaurant, so you can go and eat something after the movie... Believe me, you will be hungry ;)

P.S. All photos from the official web site Julie & Julia.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Daring Cooks #4 Indian Dosas...

It's already this time of the month - time for Daring Cooks challenge! The September Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Debyi from Healthy Vegan Kitchen. She choose Indian Dosas.

I must admit that it was my first time eating Dosas, never mention making them! I love all kinds of pancakes, so I was very excited by this challenge. Also, I'm eating vegetarian dishes from time to time, but I've never eaten anything vegan. I must admit that I was very surprised how it turned out! When I was chopping, mixing, cooking I thought - OMG it will be bland and weird consistency... I was soo wrong!Lots of work - but worth it :) They were very delicious - everything!




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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Vegetable risotto? ...

I didn't plan to put that recipe here on my blog - so I didn't write anything down and I didn't have exact measurements. But... when I tasted it I changed my mind ;) My Hubby loves it to, so I decided to share it with you :) I don't know if I can really call it a risotto, as that wasn't my aim to make one. Just had a fridge full of veges, risotto rice on the cupboard and had to prepare lunch for next day. So, without any further delay, here it is...



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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Yogurt honey muffins...

I have this 'phase' lately for making muffins. I have no idea where did it come from - but I like it and enjoy it a lot ;) As I had 2 big packs of Greek yogurt I thought of these little, fluffy things. I found this recipe in one of my many cookbooks - 'The cookie and biscuit bible'. The are perfect for a nice breakfast, necessarily with a cup of coffee, or as a treat for lunch during busy day at work.


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