It's been quite a while since I was here...I wish I had time machine...like a pasta maker :) So I could produce some more of it! But before I find one (preferably on sale :)), I'll have to do with these 24 hours per day.
I have sooo many Christmas ideas and inspirations...but I guess I won't be able to share it this year. A bit too late now....time ticking to Christmas. And don't get me wrong - I'm excited :) I just wish I had couple more weeks left.... Oh well...next time!
So now, just quickly lovely cranberry, orange and nuts cake that would be lovely for Christmas.
The general recipe for this cake comes from lovely Joy the Baker. She uses pecans and coffee in her cake. I replaced the pecans with honey covered peanuts and omitted the coffee. And not streusel (sorry Joy - that was too much for me :)). You can either go with Joy's lovely recipe or just change it a little bit like I did.
What I really like in this cake is that is made with orange juice which keeps it very moist and tangy and sweet at the same time.
Today's the time to show you the dessert table I made for my sister's baby shower. The colour scheme was blue and yellow. So check it out:
Above I featured some details of the table. My favourite - lemon cake baked...in the lemon! (I'll post the recipe soon). Then cute small bottles with mix of juices with pretty striped straws. Because it was a baby shower, I couldn't skip these lovely milk bottle sweets. And last but not least tea cupcakes with mascarpone and flower made of dried pineapple.
But that was not all :) I loooooooooove dessert tables...so, there's more :)
Here you can see a bit more overall look and feel of the table. I added some yogurt covered dried fruits and nuts in the apothecary jars. My mum prepared yummy chocolate filled yeast dough cake :) And after a few perturbations and a bit of search, I added two-tone blue jelly with cream. I really like the jeweled tones of it! How do you like the backdrop?
Do you think it's all? Of course not! There's more :) Yes, I wish you were there as well ;)
Here are a few extras: - chocolate dipped mandarins - cotton candy in a biiiiiiiig vase :) - creme brulee spoons
OK, even I have a bit of sugar rush now.... I think it's enough sweets for today. What do you think?
I'll try to post a few of the recipes here in coming weeks. But if you're particularly interested in some of them, drop me a note or comment below and I'll share with you straight away!
Today I wanted to show you savoury table I made for my sister's baby shower.
I kept it quite simple this time.
Snacks included: - Pesto and dried tomato pinwheels - Apricots stuffed with goat cheese and walnuts with rosemary - Mango and salmon bites - Cranberry and herbs buns - Mango and dried ham bites - Mushroom stuffed puff pastry in form of clouds (the main theme of this party :)) - Hot tomato, melon soup with cheese toasts (personally my favourite taking rather cold weather outside)
If you're interested in recipes, let me know and I'll share it :)
In the last few months quite a few of my friends have become mothers or future mums. I don't know if there's something in the air but babies seem to show up like mushrooms after the rain :)
And in our family we have one VIP (very important pregnancy :)) - my sister's! I can't really imagine that in a few weeks my little sister will be a mum...
Because of this special event coming, I was in charge of baby shower...a surprise baby shower. I won't be telling you about all the logistics around it.. let's just say it that it required a lot of work and ideas to keep it secret (special thanks here to Dad, Pawel and Bartek). But we managed!!!
I'll tell you more about the party in the next few posts, but today, I wanted to share quick DIY.
The theme of the party was clouds and I made this cute cloud mobile for the occasion:
All you need to make it is: - wreath - cotton (to cover the wreath) - paper (for clouds) - socks - thread, wool or ribbon
Step 1 Cover the wreath with cotton or wool and secure with thread.
Step 2 Prepare the socks by filling it with cotton or paper and then tie the pieces of thread or ribbon to it. Cut the clouds out of thick paper, make a hole in each of them and tie the ribbon or thread.
Step 3 Tie the socks and clouds to the prepared wreath. Hang it (in my case from the chandelier) using ribbons.
That's the final product. And what's even better, it's the gift at the same time- socks make a lovely gift for future mum. Do you want to make it extra special? Fill the socks with additional gifts - sweets, small trinkets, money etc.
Sorry for silence! I've been busy preparing surprise baby shower for my sister and didn't find time to write anything. As well, as it was a surpsie I couldn't write anything about the projects I've been preparing :) But the party is over now, it was a surprise....and I can finally show you what I've neem up to.
1/2 stick of butter (I used about 50g) 2 tablespoons of lightly packed brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of cake flour 1 good pinch of kosher salt 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder 1 tablespoon of milk 2 pears Pistachios (optional) Preheat your oven to 350F (180 C). Add the softened butter and sugar to a medium-size mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until just incorporated. Using a small whisk, whisk in the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Add the flour mixture to the butter batter in small batches, whisking the mixture until homogeneous. Whisk in the milk.
Peel the pears making sure to leave the steam intact. Using a small knife or melon baller (I used apple corer), carefully scoop out the core of the pear leaving the pear intact. Ladle the batter evenly into 2 individual ramekins. Form a well in the middle of the batter with the back of a spoon and place the pear inside the well. Gently press down so that the batter settles around the pear. (It worked better for me to first place the pears into ramekins and then cover them with the dough) Bake for 20 minutes or until the top of the batter is set. The inside of the batter will be gooey so the toothpick test will not be a good indication here. Let the cakes cool and serve with chocolate ganache. I added some crushed pistachios as well for extra boost and pinch of colour.
If you like gooey, chocolaty desserts - this one is for you. With a little less guilt afterwards - you're eating pear after all :)
Hello! I'm Karolina. I'm happy to share with you my passion for cooking, entertaining, crafts & all things that make life worth living. Feel free to drop me a line: qjamanka(at)yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from you!