Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Daring Bakers #8 Macaroons... disaster...

The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macaroons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.

OK, so it's another DB challenge and what a disaster for me. I was so looking forward to this - as I ALWAYS wanted to make macaroons, but... It's officially first challenge that didn't work for me, or maybe (which is more possible) I didn't work well enough for the challenge. I was waiting till late with this month's challenge - did it only yesterday... If there's anything that could go wrong with it - it did go wrong. I don't even know where to start...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Round pound cake...

I've heard about that cake many, many times and finally decided to bake it! I got recipe from a great blog Eat my cake now - and it was a success. The only change I made was that I didn't add Cognac, as I didn't have any handy (and buying a whole bottle just to add 15 ml to the cake wasn't really a good idea ;) ). Oh, my pound cake was round rather than loaf shape - but that didn't change the taste at all :P



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Thursday, October 22, 2009

First Birthday!...

OMG can't believe that my blog is already 1 year old. Time passes so quick. Many things happened during that year. I have learned so many new things, discovered new tastes, met new people - some of whom become my friends :)


This blog opened me for the whole world and opened the world to me!
When I started this blog I had NO idea how many of other fellow foodies are out there. It's so good to know that I'm not the only one ;) That I'm not alone in my kitchen success - but also some kitchen failures (which sometimes you just can't avoid).
I would like to thank you all who are reading Anula's Kitchen regularly (or who just pop in from time to time) and who support, inspire and encourage me every day.
Of course I can't write this post without mentioning fantastic Daring Bakers and Cooks! The challenges are great fun and the people couldn't be any better! Thank you for making me Daring in the kitchen! :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Autumn's evening warmer...

I'm not lucky lately... First the operation (and to all those concerned about my health, everything is almost back to normal, just those ugly scars...) and now I got a flu! Luckily not the swine flu... I'm into comfort food, kind of warm and not too complicated dishes. This is quite popular in Poland, particularly in Silesia region - actually a little different version than mine but very similar. I used what I actually had in my fridge and cupboard. It's quick (besides baking...) and soo good. I know that it may not look too beautiful (and sorry for the quality of my photos...) but it tastes amazing! Hope you will try during, long, dark, cold winter evening.
In Poland this kind of dish is called 'pieczonki' and the potatoes, bacon and beetroot are a must! It was traditionally 'baked' in an open fire. There is even special cast-iron dish, especially designed to make 'pieczonki'...



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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Daring Cooks #5 Vietnamese Chicken Pho...

This month's DC challenge is hosted by Jaden from Steamy Kitchen. She choose the Vietnamese Chicken Pho and another additional recipe of Sweet Wontons (which unfortunately with my operation and lots of other things going on I didn't have a chance to make, but I'm going to do so!).
The soup was very good indeed. It's perfect especially now, when the days are shorter and much cooler. It's very warming and have a nice kick ;) It's sort of 'comfort food' for me.



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Thursday, October 08, 2009

A porridge that may look pretty?...

I already wrote about how I eat my porridge (you can find it here) but I want to share some more ideas with you. That's how I eat it recently. As the days are shorter and weather is cooler (it's basically raining here constantly, it's really miserable...) I'm choosing what's 'comfort food' for me. A nice scent of cinnamon, apples, sultanas on a hot porridge - can you have a better start of the day?
P.S. Sorry for the photo - taken very early in the morning ;)



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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Mushroom sauce & I'm back for good...

After some time of neglecting my blog, which had lots of reasons (my trip to Poland, surgery after which I'm still recovering and didn't have a strength to stand in the kitchen and cook or bake). Anyway, I'm back for good now and full of new ideas, with some new cooking books on my shelf and very eager to share all that with you.

This mushroom sauce was actually made by my Dad, back at home. As it's mushroom's season there right now, mushrooms are everywhere and in quite reasonable price. We (Polish ;) ) love our mushrooms - pickled, fried, dried, sauce, soup, in a scrambled egg etc. Of course there's nothing better that your own hand picked mushrooms, but sometimes it's not possible so... you just go to the market and buy some. This mushroom sauce is great with plain mash, pearl barley, buckwheat, potato pancakes or courgette cakes (and that's what we had). I believe that each family has their own version of a mushroom sauce, this one is very simple and delicious, so I hope you'll try it!

P.S. Just remember when you're hand picking your mushrooms - go with someone who knows mushrooms very well or... it can end badly for you. Mushrooms can be very poisonous and you have to be careful with them!



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