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A typical breakfast in the UK

A typical breakfast in the UK

The last breakfast around the world took us to the UK. We had sunny fried eggs, sausages, mushrooms, bacon and white peas. I am sure a true British will find many flaws in this arrangement, but we found it delightful 🙂 And very energizing. There […]

Delicious and easy lettuce soup

Delicious and easy lettuce soup

I didn’t even know you could make lettuce soup until I found myself with a big bunch of curly lettuce on it’s way to waste. This is an easy, tasty, lazy soup that you can make in less than half an hour. For 2 portions, […]

The easiest bread recipe on the Internet

The easiest bread recipe on the Internet

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Making your own bread is easy. It´s a beautiful process, that can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Because I like simplicity, I also tend to simplify all my recipes and leave room for experimenting in a conscious way.

To make a loaf of bread you need

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 25 grams of fresh yeast
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 spoons of olive oil for kneading

Start by mixing the sugar with the warm water, then dissolve the fresh yeast. Wait for 10 minutes until it forms a bit of foam on top. In a bowl, add the flour and salt and mix well, then pour in the warm water and yeast. Knead until you have incorporated all the flour.

Then, on a clean surface, add a bit of olive oil, add some on the bread and start kneading. The more you knead, the more layers and holes you´ll have in your bread because the yeast will mix well with the flower and it will make it raise. You can knead from 5 minutes (if you´re really lazy) to 10 (makes a nice medium fluffy, bread) or until you start sweating a little bit (Grandma dixit!). Then put it back in the bowl, cover it with a clean towel and let it rest from 1 to 2 hours.

Some people swear by plastic wrap, but a towel works just fine and you can reuse it as many times as you want. Hmm, here´s a crazy idea, why not have a special ¨the bread is rising, don´t disturb¨ tea towel? Ok, let´s focus…

When the dough has doubled it size, start warming up your oven to high heat.

You can bake your bread in a mold or make round buns, you can hide little pieces of cheese, crunchy bacon, anchovies, olives or whatever you want. There is no limit, really, just try things that sound good to you.

Bake it at high heat, in the middle of the oven for at least 30 hour (buns) to one hour (loaf), checking it after the first 30 minutes every 10 minutes or so. It´s done when the toothpick you push through the middle of your bread comes out clean and dry.

When warm, try a bit with butter and salt.

Enjoy the bread you´ve made!

Lemon and banana muffins: an illustrated recipe

Lemon and banana muffins: an illustrated recipe

Today I had an idea of illustrating all my recipes and binding them into a book. This could work, as I am a visual learner and I’ve always been amazed how much easier it is for me to remember things that I’ve seen written or […]

Freckled Mini Cheese Buns

Freckled Mini Cheese Buns

We had some salty hard cheese left over the other day and we wanted to make a some quick-bake buns to go with the sunny day outside so we mixed the crushed cheese with a fork, added some fresh cheese and corn flour and a […]

Easy Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

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This is an easy and delicious recipe that’s great to employ when you want to save those forgotten, overripe bananas.

What we really like about this banana bread, is how soft it is and how well it preserves for up to a week (depending on your own eating habits:)

You could change this recipe up in several ways: you could cover the loaf in sugar icing or chocolate or swap the sugar for honey.

You will need:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • less than half a cup of oil or melted butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • a teaspoon baking powder
  • walnuts or raisins

This recipe is quick to prepare so I’d advise you to turn your oven on before starting to mix your ingredients, to make sure you have the perfect temperature(170 degrees Celsius, or 330 Fahrenheit) when you’re done.

Firstly, mash the bananas with a blender or a fork, until a smooth puree is formed. In another bowl, mix together, until soft and foamy, the sugar, salt and oil or butter.

Once your mixture is soft and airy, add the smashed bananas and the eggs and mix well, until homogeneous. Add the walnuts (you can use any kind of nuts you want) or raisins. To change the mix of flavours you could add in a bit of orange peel, but be careful not to put too much, as you’ll lose the soft, comforting flavour of the banana.

Mix the baking powder into the flour, the pour into your existing mixture. Pour the mixture into a bread pan, that’s been previously dresses in baking paper.

Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked in the middle and enjoy!

How to Make Traditional Romanian Mucenici (Soft Honey Bread)

How to Make Traditional Romanian Mucenici (Soft Honey Bread)

Mucenici is a traditional holiday in Romania and Moldova on the 9th of March; it celebrates spring and the new spring brings. The legend says that the Martyrs (The Mucenici) were soldiers drowned by the roman emperor Licinius and that the 8 shape symbolises the […]

How to Make Delicious Fresh Pasta

How to Make Delicious Fresh Pasta

My grandmother never bought noodles or pasta, it was simply not something you would buy. A mother and a daughter would meet and make fresh pasta together; sometimes it given as a gift, but never sold, never bought. Sometimes my grandmother would take a still-warm […]

The Importance of a Good Sushi Rice

The Importance of a Good Sushi Rice

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One of the most important elements of good sushi is a good sushi rice, says Jiro in Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The rice should have the right temperature (body temperature), texture (not too sticky, not too watery, not to dry) and the right amount of vinegar, salt and sugar.

It’s easy to cook bad sushi rice. I’ve done it more than a couple of times. I try to skip steps, I hurry, I don’t take it seriously enough. One thing that I learned from JP (the photographer behind this blog) is that when it comes to sushi rice you have to take your time and enjoy.

It all starts with washing the rice. You can wash it 4, 5, 6, 7 times, as much as your rice needs until the water runs clear. Then let it rest in cold water for 45 minutes in the same quantity of water, as rice. Then pour into a saucepan, cover the rice and bring to boil on high heat. When it boils, turn the heat low and cook without lifting the lid for another 20 minutes. Turn the heat of, then let it rest for another 10 minutes.

In a bowl, prepare your sushi vinegar with salt and sugar. Prepare this to your taste, but start with the proportions of salt and sugar 1/2. One teaspoon should be more than enough for a 250 ml mug.

Put your rice into a glass bowl and start adding the vinegar,a little bit each time, then taste it, all this while fanning the rice to help it cool faster. The rice shouldn’t be hot when you start adding it to makis or nigiris.

Now you are ready to make sushi.

Easy Cheesy Buns Recipe

Easy Cheesy Buns Recipe

What’s nicer on a Sunday morning than the smell of freshly baked bread? And what if you could cut the preparation time by 80% by using baking powder instead of yeast and making small palm-filling easy bake buns? These cheesy buns are super easy to […]