Saturday, November 8, 2014

Flour (Part I) - The final ingrediënt

So I’ve touched on butter, sugar, eggs and milk. We’ve almost got a full (Quarter) Pound Cake. We’re just missing one very important and essential ingredient: flour. Which baked good doesn’t use flour? Honestly. This stuff is important and you know it.

Components of flour
First if all, what IS flour? To understand the purpose of flour it’s crucial to know where it comes from. Flour is milled from grains such as wheat. The wheat grains are made up of several layers:
 - Endosperm. The center of the grain. It contains starch, protein, carbohydrates and small amount of oil.
- Brain (bran). The outer husk of the grain. Contains mostly fiber, but also adds texture and colour to flour.
 - Germ. The reproductive epicenter of the grain. It contains the most nutrients. Flours with germ are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. It also contains a small amount of fat.
All flours contain the endosperm. Quite frankly, most (white) flours only contain this part. The bran and germ are found in whole wheat flours.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rest of the world in my oven: Sauces & condiments

After all the beverages I wanted to share some condiments. Heaven knows where I got the idea, but I wanted to try making some classic sauces myself - mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup just to name a few. How did it go?

The home made Mustard was the greatest success - soooo easy! I was really surprised by how well it turned out. I completely nailed the Sweet & sour chilli sauce as well - they're a weekly request now! (come to think of it - my mom eats a whole jar of sauce per week?!) The only thing I couldn't do was mayonnaise. Why is that so hard? It turned out as a solid oil which was completely inedible. Do you think you can do it better?

Thank you so much to all the lovely bloggers who let me share their posts! I wish I could taste all of your amazing recipes, but they're on my list now and I'm sure they'll find a way into my kitchen soon!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Busines & birthdays~ (scroll down to see the cake!)

Oh life is so hectic again. Every time I have to put my blog in second place a part of me screams and shouts and halfway dies. On top of that - right now is the most blog-worthy time of the year! Halloween is coming up and I just love the whole theme of pumpkins, bats, spiders & vampires and so on.. It's a pity we don't celebrate it here.

AND it's ALMOST Christmas! Thinking of that literally gives me a near heart attack - that's how excited I am! I feel like a little kid on Christmas eve just DYING to open presents, but I've still got so so sooo long to wait!!

While I'm waiting for Christmas, I'm waking up every morning at 5 to go to work and coming home at 7 in the evening again. I give myself some time to eat and rest, and then it's off to bed otherwise I won't be able to make the crazy time schedule I suddenly have. (That picture was from when the sun just came up at 6 in the morning - there's none of that happening anymore now!) Blogging has suddenly become a luxury like never before...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

An unexpected combo - Pumpkin bread

Not everything in life goes as planned. 

I really wanted to write something on another sauce or condiment - I had my mom's killer-pesto in mind which she serves almost every weekend now. And I wanted to rant about Oktoberfest, through a recipe of the famous German pretzels. But my final batch pretzels failed since I was too busy to pay attention and as for the pesto - we simply ate it.

Which kind of left me writing about something that may not have been my intention but is currently all over my mind - Pumpkins. PUMPKINS! It's autumn: I must bake with pumpkins!! It's been colder for a while now, but finally the feeling hit me: it's autumn, we're heading into winter, it's nearly Christmas. I tried to explain it to my mom. She just looked at me funny. I tried explaining it again: