Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chocolate salami

Have you ever heard of the site www.foodgawker.com? I like to stare at it sometimes. It has a million pictures of people who cooked, baked or combined loads of different kinds of food. I was staring at it again for a while, which was when I stumbled on this recipe. I’d never heard of chocolate salami and it sounded really peculiar. Obviously you have to try it right?

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Ingredients:
100 grams biscuit
55 grams (milk) chocolate
38 grams butter
40 grams sugar
1 small egg
powdered sugar


1. Crush the biscuits. Don’t leave them to big or to small, about one to a half fingertip will do.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter over a low fire. When melted take it off the fire.
3. Add the sugar to the chocolate and butter and mix it in.
4. Beat the egg slightly before mixing it in as well.
5. Use greaseproof paper or kitchen foil to roll the mixture into a cylinder. If you’ve ever made sushi, it goes exactly the same way except you’re using a chocolate-biscuit mixture in stead of rice and foil in stead of sushi nori.
6. Leave in the fridge until set. This will take about an hour.
7. Roll the chocolate salami out of the foil and cover it in powdered sugar so it doesn’t stick. And done! Cut into slices to serve.

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I made one roll the day before yesterday and I cut it into slices to take pictures of it later, when I came back it was completely gone. I got compliments of the rest of the family that it was very delicious. So I was forced to make it again yesterday to be able to make pictures. Also my mom asked me if I could make more because she really liked it. Obviously I wanted to taste a bit more than just the edges I trimmed off myself too! Guess what happened next? My mom blamed the dogs for eating most of it and asked me to make another one. So I made the roll again today. There you have it! I made the same recipe three days in a row! It’s really easy and doesn’t take long either. You could easily change the recipe to your liking as well. Today I soaked raisins in rum for a while and added them to this recipe. You could also use white or dark chocolate in stead of milk. You can add different kinds of nuts, dried fruits or alcohol. You can even change the shape of the cylinder. I might use this recipe for the dessert table I’m making. I could easily turn make little balls instead and cover them in more chocolate and call them bonbons!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Doughnut muffins with blackberries

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I felt like baking so I decided to make something from one of my cute books about muffins. After drooling over several delicious recipes I decided to make doughnut muffins, because it just sounded so delicious! I added the blackberries myself, because muffins without berries or chocolate aren’t really muffins. Here’s what I ended up with:

Ingredients:
275 grams self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
50 + 100 + 50 grams caster sugar
75 ml sunflower oil
150 grams (Greek) yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 handful blackberries


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1. Wash the blueberries and drop them into the first 50 grams sugar until each blueberry is coated in sugar. Set them aside and leave them to dry.
2. Sift the flour, the bicarbonate of soda and 100 grams sugar together.
3. In a separate bowl add the oil, yoghurt, vanilla extract and eggs together and whisk.
4. Add the flour/sugar-mixture and mix until everything is thoroughly mixed. Try not to beat the batter any more than necessary as the muffins might be dry.
5. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake cups and drop a spoon in each case. Add a blackberry or two and add another spoon of batter. Repeat this until all blackberries are used and the cupcake wrappers are filled for about 3/4.
6. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Fahrenheit and leave the muffins in for about 16-20 minutes.
7. When the muffins are done and have cooled a bit, melt the butter in a small pan. Brush the muffins with the butter and dip them in the last 50 grams of sugar.

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There you go! Covered in sugar like real doughnuts, taste like doughnut, but have lovely extra berries in them like muffins and in the shape of muffins: these are definitely going to be made again! I made a cake tin full of them (12 muffins) and even though we’re with only 5 people at home of which a few say they’re on a diet, they were gone in a day! I felt bad I was only able to eat three.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Tsatsiki

As you might know I’ve been to Greece a while back and I’m going to have to admit that one of my favourite Greek dishes is tsatsiki. I’m not sure if it’s counted as a side dish or a salad or something altogether different, but I love it and that’s what counts. I’ve made it several times before, or someone in the family has done, but I looked up recipes and it seems we’ve been doing it wrong. We ended up with cucumber salad rather than tsatsiki. Hopefully the real Greeks won’t laugh at me! From the recipes I’ve found, basically here’s what you end up with to make real tsatsiki:

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Ingredients:
1 small cucumber 
1-2 garlic cloves
250 ml Greek yoghurt 
2 spoons (olive) oil
dash of vinegar

1. Start with grating the cucumber and draining all the juice from it.
2. Chop the garlic cloves.
3. Add all the ingredients in one bowl and done! Decorate with some basil leaves.

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A note on the garlic: the more garlic you add, obviously, the more garlic you’ll taste. Also try to keep in mind however that the longer you leave the tsatsiki (in the fridge for instance) the more garlic you will taste as well. I’m not quite sure how this works, but it works for every recipe with garlic in it!

I tried the tsatsiki again yesterday and added walnut oil. However, it really didn’t make a good match. I feel using any special oils will be wasted on tsatsiki, unless it’s perhaps garlic or basil oil. If you dislike the taste of the oil, just add more Greek yoghurt. I’m not entirely sure how much yoghurt I used the first time, but it’s somewhere between 250 and 500 ml. In case you don't have any Greek yoghurt at all, adding normal yoghurt with a few spoons mayonnaise will do the trick too.

Note: I've already been told off for my spelling! Apparently it's not tzaziki, but tsatsiki, although I've found translations of tzatziki and even tzadziki. The Greeks I know however didn't say anything bad about my recipe. They mentioned it looked good!