torek, 12. februar 2013

Lavender picnic / Piknik s sivko


Yes, I realize that we are in the middle of  blizzard, we can only dream of sun, sea and lavender ... And that's what I'm doing. Dreaming ... dreaming of summer. And nobody can take that away from me. I dream of Tuscany, which I have never seen, but I want to. I dream of a romantic picnic that would pessimists label as something unreal, something that happens only in movies,... but for me..this seems completely real. Why not? I would escape to Tuscany and run to fields of lavender, walk on the paths surrounded by dreamy, sun-drenched nature, photograph, lay in the grass, read books, enjoy the homemade pasta, ice cream, cheeses, prosciutto, cook ... These are the things in which I would really enjoy. The world turned off, romance turned on.
Lavender is not for everyone, it's too strong for some. Only a few months ago I learned that it can also be used in cooking (well, just a few months ago I also started to cook =) ). I wanted to bake simple, granny cookies. Therefore, I now present you this lavender cookies. Lavender tea or lavender lemonade fits perfectly with this cookies. I bought a lavender tea and with this lavender I have prepared all of this. The color of lemonade is not as strong as mine, I used a little blueberry syrup.  Yeeesss, let's dream away to Tuscany!

With love, Neja
Lavender lemonade

Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • 3 Tbsp dried lavender
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
The process
Over medium heat, combine two cups of water and sugar, bringing to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in agave nectar and dried lavender. Cover for about 15 minutes, allowing mixture to steep. Strain lavender, making sure to release all juices and syrup.In a large pitcher, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture and water.

Lavender cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of butter 
  • 1/2 cup of icing sugar 
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp dried lavender
The process
I cut my butter into thin slices directly from the fridge and then beat it with my stand mixer. Using cold butter prevents having to chill the dough.
Beat the butter until smooth but not creamy. You don’t want to over beat it. When smooth, add your icing sugar and cream together. In a smaller bowl I had combined the flour and the cornstarch and whisked them together before adding to the butter and icing sugar mixture. As the beaters are combining the flour mixture with the butter mixture, I added the vanilla. Don’t over mix your dough, just mix on 2nd speed until all combined. Add Lavender.
Then I scraped down the bowl and formed a buttery ball of shortbread cookie dough. Roll the dough and cut the cookies.
Bake for 12 minutes at 150°C.


Da, zavedam se, da nas je ravno na sveže zasnežilo, da lahko samo sanjamo o soncu, morju in sivki... In točno to delam. Sanjam, sanjarim...o poletju. Tega mi nihče ne more vzeti. Sanjam o Toskani, ki je še nikoli nisem videla, a si jo želim. Sanjam o romantičnem pikniku, ki bi ga pesimisti označili za filmskega, torej nerealnega.. ampak meni se to zdi popolnoma realno. Morda ni? Pobegnila bi v Toskano, se zapodila v nasade sivke, sprehajala bi se po poteh obdanih s sanjsko, s soncem obsijano naravo, fotografirala, ležala v travi, brala knjige, uživala ob domačih testeninah, sladoledu, sirih, pršutu, kuhala... To so stvari, v katerih bi res uživala. Svet izklopljen, romantika vklopljena.
Sivka ni za vsakogar, za nekatere je premočna. Šele pred meseci sem izvedela, da se jo lahko uporabi tudi v kulinariki (hja, šele pred meseci sem začela tudi kuhati =) ). Želela sem speči take prave, preproste, babiške piškote. Zato vam danes predstavljam sivkine piškote. Zraven super paše sivkin čaj ali sivkina limonada.  Sama sem kupila sivkin čaj in iz te sivke sem pripravila vse to. Sivkina limonada ni tako močne barve, sama sem uporabila malo borovničevega sirupa. Jaaaa, odsanjajmo v Toskano!

Z ljubeznijo, Neja

Sivkina limonada
Sestavine
  • 480ml vode
  • 100g sladkorja
  • 75 agavinega sirupa (ali med)
  • 3 žlice posušene sivke
  • 480ml sveže stisnjenega limoninega soka
  • 960ml vode
Postopek
Na srednje močnem ognju, združite dve skodelici vode in sladkor, tako da zavre, oz. dokler se sladkor raztopi. Odstranite z ognja in vmešajte agavin sirup in posušeno sivko. Pokrijte za približno 15 minut. Precedite sivko in iz nje izstisnite vso tekočino. V velikem vrču združite  sveže stisnjen limonin sok, sivkino mešanico  in vodo.

Piškoti s sivko
Sestavine

  • 227g masla
  • 63g sladkorja v prahu
  • 188g moke
  • 75g koruznega škroba
  • 1 žlička vanilijevega ekstrakta
  • 3 žlice posušene sivke


Postopek
Maslo narežemo  na tanke rezine neposredno iz hladilnika in ga nato zmiksamo z mešalnikom.
Maslo zmiksamo do gladkega, ne kremastega. Dodajte sladkor v prahu in dobro vmešajte skupaj. V manjši posodi združite moko in koruzni škrob in mešanico dodajte maslu in sladkorju v prah., nato dodajte vanilijo. Ne mešajte na previsoki hitrosti. Dodajte sivko.
Postrgajte maso in oblikujte manjše krogle, ki jih s prsti sploščite in z modelčki izrežite piškote. pecite 12 minut pri 150°C.

ponedeljek, 11. februar 2013

Chocolate nuts / Orescki obliti s cokolado


I was in the supermarket the other day. I had a long list of things I need to buy ... long as the long day that is filled with obligations that you do not like. On the list were mainly vegetables, fruits, nuts, ... When I stood in the middle of a  fruit and vegetables sector and look anxiously into the shopping basket, which I barely dragged behind (ugh, men's hands, where are you?), I noticed an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs.. They talked with sign language, I don't know whether both or only one of them was deaf . They stood there, next to Granny Smith apples and talked. They had quite a discussion about these apples. It strucked me, my God, what a sense of peace they give me. This always happens to me when I see someone communicating  with sign language. It was in the afternoon, around three p.m. ..when the supermarket is full of nervous people who have just came  from work ... it was noisy. But I felt the silence. I felt like I was part of their silence. I stood a little longer next to Granny Smith apples. I wanted to devour this silence. I need silence to hear my thoughts in peace .. to think about things .. quality. How beautiful it would be if people stopped screaming and started to enjoy the silence. Nonverbal communication is the most wonderful thing. Energy between the two, chemistry, touch ... could you live without it?
Who does not like nuts and chocolate? Oh come on, don't be nuts!! =) The ones that are purchased in the store I find too expensive and I wanted to have a larger amount of them, always available at home. This is really the most simple thing to do in this world. Just buy a variety of nuts, melt the chocolate and get them  all mixed together. I made two types of chocolate nuts. The recipe for another type  is below (it's a little softer).

With love, Neja



Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter you prefer) 
  • 1/3 cup of honey 
  • 1 tbl of oil
  • 2 cups oats 
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 cup chopped 
The process
In a sauce pot on medium heat, mix together peanut butter, oil and honey. Heat and stir until completely combined.
Remove from the heat and mix in oats followed by melted chocolate. Stir until well combined.
Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop mixture into mini muffin tins. You may want to line or grease the tin lightly to help with removal. You can also go the more traditional route and press the mixture into an 8x8 pan to be later cut into bars.
Refrigerate for at least two hours before removing from tin or cutting the pan into bars.
Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.


Zadnjič sem bila v supermarketu. Imela sem dolg seznam stvari, ki jih moram kupiti... dolg kot je dolg dan, ki je napolnjen z obveznostmi, ki jih ne maraš. Na seznamu je bila večinoma zelenjava, sadje, oreščki,... Ko sem stala sredi sektorja s sadjem in zelenjavo ter zaskrbljeno gledala v nakupovalno košaro, ki sem jo komaj vlekla za sabo (uff, moške roke, kje ste?), sem opazila starejši par, gospo in gospoda. Pogovarjala sta se z govorico gluhonemih, ne vem ali sta bila oba gluhonema ali samo eden. Stala sta tam, zraven Granny Smith jabolk in se pogovarjala. Kar izčrpno debato sta imela okoli teh jabolk. Presunilo me je, kakšen občutek miru sta mi dala. To se mi vedno zgodi, kadar vidim nekoga komunicirati z govorico gluhonemih. Bilo je popoldne, okoli treh ..čas, ko je supermarket poln živčnih ljudi, ki so ravno prišli iz službe ...bilo je hrupno. Ampak jaz sem občutila tišino. Počutila sem se, kot da sem del njune tišine. Malo dlje sem postala zraven Granny Smith jabolk. Dlje časa sem se zadržala tam. Želela sem se naužiti te tišine. Potrebujem tišino, da lahko slišim svoje misli v miru..da razmislim o stvareh..kvalitetno. Kako lepše bi bilo, če bi ljudje nehali kričati in začeli uživati v tišini. Neverbalna komunikacija je nekaj najlepšega. Energija med dvema, kemija, dotik... bi lahko živeli brez tega?
Kdo ne mara oreščkov in čokolade? Kupljeni v trgovini se mi zdijo predragi in želela sem imeti večjo količino doma, vedno pri roki. To je res nekaj najbolj preprostega na temu svetu. Samo različne oreščke kupite, stopite čokolado in vse skupaj zmešajte. Niti ne potrebujete tega modelčka, ki sem ga sama uporabila. Naredila sem dve vrsti oblitih oreščkov. Recept za drugo vrsto je spodaj ( ta masa je malo mehkejša).

Z ljubeznijo, Neja



Sestavine

  • 125g arašidovega masla 
  • 113g medu
  • 1 žlica olja
  • 180g ovsenih kosmičev
  • 160g sesekljane čokolade
  • 73g arašidov
Postopek
V ponvi  na srednje močnem ognju, zmešamo skupaj arašidovo maslo, olje in med. Segrejemo in mešamo.
Odstranite z ognja in vmešajte ovsene kosmiče ter stopljeno čokolado. Mešajte, dokler ni vse popolnoma zmešano.
Namastite modelčke in jih napolnite z maso. Lahko pa prestavite maso na pekač in kasneje razrežete maso na tablice.
Pustite v hladilniku vsaj 2 uri.