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‘All you need is Love…and Chocolate’ Day #4


A great start to the week for my Photo 101 assignment – Treasure & Close-up

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It’s hard to find only one thing you treasure…

But it’s easy to choose, when it has chocolate:)

Enjoy my journey through the Secret Cupboard filled with Temptations!


I am also posting for Day 4 in my ‘5 Day 5 Photo’ challenge, initiated by kyrosmagica!

Thank you for the nomination:)

It’s my turn to nominate…so, Amanda from Surprising lives, if you wish to take the challenge…ready, steady…snapshot:)

Your Chocolate Lover,

Julia

xxx

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‘Your Savoury Fromage’


Another Beautiful Day to share tasty food!

Join me and step into my Secret Kitchen Corner:)


Today I’ve decided to keep it simple and share with you something I love very much!

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Cottage cheese spread

Ingredients: 900 g cottage cheese, 6 spring onions, fresh coriander, sea salt, homemade mayonnaise (1 medium egg, 2 tsp mustard, oil, lemon juice).

Method: When cooking, I always make mayonnaise, it is healthier and the taste doesn’t compare with the one you buy in store.

Separate the egg white from the yolk, you will only use the yolk. Add the mustard and use a hand mixer to make the mayonnaise. While you’re mixing pour slowly the oil, there is no specific quantity, use as much oil as you need. As soon as you have enough mayo you can stop adding oil. When done, add  1 tsp of lemon juice.

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Chop the spring onions and add them to the cottage cheese.

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Mix the mayonnaise, cottage cheese and spring onions with a wooden spoon, add a bit of sea salt and finely chopped coriander.  Place the spread in the fridge for about 15-25 minutes.

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This is one of the easiest and most savoury snacks I make as often as I possibly can:)

Serve on crusty bread with fresh coriander!

Let me know what you think:)

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Bon appetit 🙂

Your Girl with the Apron,

Julia

xxx

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‘Hello Blogging 101’


We always need a challenge, a reason to step forward and get to know the best version of ourselves.

This month I am taking part in Blogging 101 and Photo 101…I am excited of learning new things but most of all I am eager to grow this amazing family of bloggers and discover brand new worlds:)

First assignment of Blogging 101 – “Introduce Yourself to the World”

Most of you know me really well already but I might still have a couple of things to pull out of my invisible hat:)

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This is me…

Your author who, just recently, felt comfortable in saying it out loud that she is a writer and that maybe someday she will have the honour to sign a book with her name on the cover:)

But until then…

I am a fashionista…I love the catwalk, the art and design and I’ve created this blog as the first step in this amazing journey of self discovery. I am in love with photography and every picture I take creates a whole new world that feeds my imagination:)

My favourite colour is Red…

It’s not just a colour to me…it’s a state of mind, “a mirror to my soul”, if you want…

Red is passion, creativity and love…but it’s also the colour of blood, fire and danger!

So here I am, caught in the middle and finding the balance quite beautiful and terribly intoxicating…

My blog it’s my own way of loving life as it is, constantly learning, dreaming and pursuing happiness!

I love baking…

The luxurious taste of dark chocolate and salty caramel…I indulge myself in sweet temptation every time I open the door to the land of endless desserts:)

Also, I am not a stranger to savoury and the beautiful flavour of herbs and spices…

Did I make you wonder? If I did, join me in my little secret ‘Kitchen Corner’ every week and discover what is that I call scrumptiously tasty!

Movie adoration…

I grew up with these amazing stories on the big screen that opened up the world of fantasy and fable but also created a fantastic collection of movies…which I am sharing with you in the hopes that it might bring to life the same emotions I’ve lived while watching them:)

Follow my short reviews that are mostly teasing my readers to go out and watch these movies:)

A little secret

I am completely, irreversibly, entirely, utterly, absolutely in love…

My Red World

Thank you for joining me on this journey and I hope that together we can go out there and paint the town red!

Paint the town red!

Love,

Julia

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‘The Pastry Lesson’


Welcome to The Sweet Corner:)

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Today’s post is somehow a more detailed addition to one of my previous posts about chocolate tart!

The recipe had such a good response…obviously because it’s absolutely delicious:)…and some of you asked for more details about making your own pastry, so here we go…your pastry lesson!

For the full recipe just click Chocolate tart🙂

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I’ve always believed pastry is something that only experienced chefs make…I was so wrong:)

The first time I had a go, to be honest…it turned out great…but the second and third, it was awful! I wanted to give up and never make pastry again:))) I’ve researched some of the best recipes out there and came to the conclusion that I will have to find a recipe that works by combining some ideas.

Pastry recipe:  225g plain flour, pinch salt, 2 tablespoons icing sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 140g unsalted cold butter, chopped, 2 tablespoons iced water.

Method: For the  pastry, place flour, salt, sugar and cocoa in a food processor and process for 15 seconds until combined. Add butter and process until butter is finely chopped. Add iced water slowly until it forms a dough that just comes together when pressed. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

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The secret here is to work really fast…do not handle the dough too much with your hands; make sure you roll it out until it’s still cool! From my experience as it gets warmer, it will be more difficult to roll it and place it into the tart tin.

What I found really useful…if you cannot roll it and it’s sticky and breakable just place it back into the fridge for another 5 minutes:)

Roll pastry out between two sheets of baking paper to 3mm thick. This is probably the most important lesson I’ve learned when making pastry:) Rolling it out between two baking sheets will prevent it from breaking and stick on the rolling-pin.

Remove one sheet of baking paper and lay pastry over a 23cm round  tart tin with a removable base or 6 small ones.

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Press into tin especially into sides. Remove baking paper and trim pastry. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Use baking beads to prevent it from rising. Blind bake for 10-15 minutes until sides are crisp. Remove baking paper and baking beads and bake for a further 5 minutes if your filling does not need more baking; if it does once you’ve removed the baking beads, pour the filling and bake until ready! 

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I usually make a filling that needs more baking, so once I’ve removed the baking beads I will leave the tart to cool for about 3-5 minutes, then pour in the chocolate mixture and bake until ready, which in this case it’s about 10 minutes.

Your tart, once removed from the oven, should look like this:)

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Don’t worry about the edge where it’s a bit split, it will look smooth and even once it’s completely cool:)

In a nutshell, here are some basic tips:

  • Do not handle the dough too much once it’s out of the fridge
  • Roll it out between two baking sheets
  • Don’t worry if it breaks, you can always re-touch it while it’s in the tart tin
  • If you’re using a filling that does not need more baking, once you’ve removed the baking beads your tart will need another 5 minutes in the oven
  • Before decorating leave the tart to cool completely
  • If you want just a simple tart, remove the cocoa from the ingredients but make up the quantity with more flour

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This weekend I’ve made a caramelised pistachio and chocolate ganache top for my chocolate tart and it turned out to be a very delicious combination…

On hot summer days I would definitely make a light berry curd and some fresh berries next to it!

…on how to make a tasty berry curd, more next time:)

Enjoy your weekend and the sunshine!

Your Pastry Lover,

Julia

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Writing 101 – Day Ten


…now I can say it…I am half way on this amazing course and it’s been one of the best things I’ve set up to do:)

Today’s assignment: ‘Happy’ – Today’s Prompt: Tell us something about your favorite childhood meal — the one that was always a treat, that meant “celebration,” or that comforted you and has deep roots in your memory.

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Oh, sweet childhood memories:)

Remember the Friday feeling…

The excitement of the weekend,

The morning sunshine on your cheeks…

The kitchen table full of flour,

The taste of sugar and cocoa powder…

The touch and the love of her hands,

The dough rolling back and forward…

The journey to the cookie land.”

To my wonderful mum, who is my sweetest inspiration!

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Picture, courtesy of The Daily Post, Writing 101

Note from the author:

This assignment brought back memories that are with me every time I open the baking recipe book.

I didn’t realise until today how much those weekends with my mum in the kitchen developed my love for sweetness, how in the back of my mind I still taste her Christmas biscuits and how proud I am to share her love for desserts.

Thank you for taking a short journey into the past along side my love for baking:)