Breakfast, Brunch, Chicken, Uncategorized

Long Weekend Specials

We celebrated Victoria Day this Monday, so we had a long and relaxing weekend. The weather was not friendly, and I had in mind a weekend with smoothies and salads, but it did not turn as I wanted.

The strawberries that I bought for the smoothies ended up in a melt-in-the-mouth goodness: Strawberry Clafoutis. I know I have another post about Clafoutis, which you can read here.  This time I used strawberries ( abut 250 grams) but they were giant in size, so I cut them into pieces.

Ingredients :

  • 250 g strawberries 

  • 4 eggs

  • 400 ml cashew milk (warmed up)

  • juice from half of lemon

  • 1/4 cup of grape seeds oil 

  • 3 tablespoons of sugar 

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour

Preheat the oven at 350. Oil a baking dish. Wash, drain and cut the strawberries.  Place the strawberries on the baking tray.

Lightly beat the eggs; add the sugar and whisk together until smooth. Stir in the flour.

Add the milk ( warmed up ) and the lemon juice. Pour into the baking dish over the fruits.

Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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I know my last post was about a nomination and here I am again posting about a new nomination. This time Jessica from DaringtoJess thought about me. I am very humble and accept her nomination. Please check out her blog. I promise you won’t regret it. She is a wonderful, talented and inspiring young person.

Here are the Rules

  1. Display the award.
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate bloggers.

The seven things about me

This is my favorite part of any nomination. Trying to say something new every time. LOL

  1. I studying piano when I was younger for about 7 years and I performed in the City Concert Hall once 😉
  2. My father thought me how to swim. I can make 30 lapse at once on my own speed LOL
  3. I had to give up cheese. I haven’t had any in six months. Do I miss it ? A lot ! I cannot eat vegan cheese either. 😦
  4. At work my colleagues are calling me : Miss Good 😉 I am wondering why ? LOL
  5. I saved all the plants from one of my colleague from my office when she was on sick leave for about one year but I successfully kill all of mine. 😦
  6. I love to walk. My record is 15 km a day. I made it only twice.
  7. Recently I discovered I have gluten intolerance. 😦

 

The Nominees Are ( not in a particular order but these are blogs that I just love visiting almost daily 😉 )

  1. Bea from Beafreee.com
  2. Frida from Fridayfrida.com
  3. Love and umami
  4. Kleopatra from kitchenfabits.com
  5. Schnipelboy.com

Congratulation to all the nominees and I really hope you will enjoy this nomination.

I hope that all of you that celebrated  Easter had a happy one and lots of delicious food and family and friends around the table 🙂

And I am going to end my post with a picture from my sister-in-law’s garden from back home:  Romania, where spring has arrived and green is marked by colorful flowers

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Knitting and Croche, Uncategorized

Hats

Along with cooking and photography I have another hobby that’s very dear to me, even though I never seen to have enough time to actually do it. However, this winter I decided to change that.

I started knitting again. I made myself and my daughter a few hats and scarves. Two of my coworkers were really impressed and I promised I will make them a few hats as well. For two weekends, all I did was: coffee-knit and repeat 😉 LOL

Here are a few of  my results I thought I would love to share them with you:

Red Hat, Red and Gray scarf and a curious visitor during the photo session 😉 

Blue hat:

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Multicolored Hat:

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Crochet Hat: 

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Let me know if you liked my hats 😉

Wish you all a great week !!! 

 

 

 

 

 

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ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD

Hi Everyone! I and so happy to let you know that I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award !!! I know I am a bit late but I finally found time to send a big Thank you to my nominee, Elsie from ELSIE L.M.C. and to complete my nomination. Check out her blog. It is so interesting and funny and diverse!!!

The Rules for this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Post about the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate, at most, 15 people.
  • Tell your nominees the good news!

Seven facts about me

1. I love chocolate way to much. Any kind: dark, milky or white. I try to stay away from milky and white ones but I cannot be that good. I sometimes even get grumpy if several days pass without tasting just a bit of chocolate. My hubby and daughter often hear me say: ” Hand me the chocolate and no one gets hurt ”  😂😂

2. I love to cook for my family and friends. I can’t wait for someone to say: there will be a party, brunch, etc and I’ll already be thinking of several dishes that I could do. LOL

3. I haven’t learned to bake yet my favorite dessert: eclair/ chou a la creme. After I got married with no baking experience at all I was so eager to try make them. Such a disappointment. It was a complete failure. I have yet to find the motivation to try again. However, they are still on the list! I’ve not completely given up yet!!

4. I love swimming even though I do not do it as often as I would like to.

5. I don’t like nor drink alcohol. On occasions I tried a glass of red or white wine or sometimes I tied my hubby beer but it’s just not for me. I would rather eat an eclair or two than drink a glass of wine 😉

6. I love taking pictures of pretty much everything: food, nature, buildings, cars, peoples…

7.  This might sound strange but I like to clean the house. I just enjoy the smell of fresh,  clean spaces. Sometimes my husband will say ” looks like no one lives here ” LOL

I nominate:

  1. Lucy from lithianianintheusa
  2. Bernadine from bernbakes
  3. Linda from thedutchbaker
  4. Bea from beafreeblog
  5. Priya from Indiankitche

Thank you one more time ELSIE and good luck to all nominees.

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2016/2017 Tag

So I’ve been tagged in by Jess ( Thanks, Jess 🙂 ) and I decided to go for it. The tag was created by David from The Guy Who Said Always No.

Here are my answers to the questions:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

Stressful, restless and yet blissful.

2. Write the name of 2 people who have characterized your 2016.

Every day I am characterized by my mother.

Also I am impressed and inspired daily by all of the wonderful bloggers out there sharing their story, their life to inspire others 😉

3. Write about the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

Sandbanks Beach; we haven’t traveled too much in 2016 due to work and school duties 🙂 but my better half and I discovered a beach not too far from our city that really made our summer: Sandbanks Beach: best beach in Ontario, Canada.

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4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

As  you might know by now I love curry so in 2016 for my birthday my husband invited me to a Indian Buffet: Tate of India, so all I could eat was curry. LOL

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5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

Donald Trump getting elected. 😦

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want, link a photo.

  • Ninja Blender, 1000 Professional. ( Cashew milk in the making 😉 )

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7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.

  • Try to make a new recipe each month ( sweet and/or savoury )
  • Be more active
  • Write more on the blog

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

I don’t have a new place in mind but I would love to go back to  Cabot trail, Nova Scotia.

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9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017. 

  • Pavlova (a personal challenge for me)

Here are the lucky tagged 9 people 🙂

  1. Snapshotsincursive
  2. lapetitepaniere
  3. cookiesnchem
  4. Milanka’s Fine Food
  5. TiTaNiUm
  6. alittleswissalittlecanadian
  7. arusuvaiunavu.wordpress.com
  8. elsielmc.wordpress.com
  9. gypsybus28.com

Here are the Rules

  • Use the image that you find in this article.
  • Mention the blogger who has chosen you: Jess
  • Answer the questions.
  • Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

Thank you Jess fro thinking of me. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cakes

Butternut Squash Coffee Cake

In the previous post ” Homemade Almond Milk” I found inspiration on “pastryaffair.com” website.  I decided to give it one more try after making the successful Almond milk ;). This time my inspiration was for a dessert: “Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake”.

I guess it was another success if I consider that my daughter who does not eat pumpkin or butternut squash ate several slices and even she said ” really is this a pumpkin cake ?”  She just loved it 🙂

Ingredients 

For the  Cake

  • puree from 1/2 of a large butternut squash
  • 4  eggs
  • 3/4 cup grape seed oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 For Coffee Filling 

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut instant coffee NESCAFE
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate bites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lined a backing sheet with backing paper.

Wash and cut the butternut squash in pieces. Place the pieces on a backing sheet and bake them for about 30 minutes. I like to cut the squash in pieces as I always like to enjoy a few pieces. Yummy 😉 Of course you don’t have to do this, you can cut the butternut squash in  in half or quarters if it’s too large and bake it. Let the squash coll it down before using it in the cake.

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For the cake, in a large bowl beat together the squash, eggs, oil, brown sugar,  and bourbon. In another  bowl mix together the two flours, baking powder and cinnamon . Add the flour mixture to the squash mixture and mix well until all ingredients are combined.  Set aside.

For the espresso filling, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and instant coffee. Set aside.

In a prepared baking pan, add half of the cake batter. Sprinkle half of the coffee filling and add the chocolate bite. Press lightly just to be sure the bite are sticking to the batter. Spoon in the other half of the squash batter and even it with a spatula. Sprinkle the coffee filling  left.

Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes depending on the oven. check the center of the cake with a toothpick; if it’s coming pit clean the cake is ready. Let it cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cut it in small pieces and enjoy it.

I know I have 😉

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A special evening with my co-workers …

After I failed three times to post the pictures directly on FB, I got frustrated and I was thinking to try like this …

At the beginning when we haven’t started to fill up our plates …

 

Like always Noor with her smiley face …

Eating time !!!!

Shomari  is back …

Maybe is time to show you some of the plates …

Of course we left some room for desserts …

… the last one is Shomari’s dessert …but I an sure you would guess it …

Again some smiley faces ….

Hope you are going to enjoy the pictures guys …. and hope you had a good time !!!