Today started just as any other day: the alarm clock woke me up, I ran into the shower, had a quick breakfast and ran out the door. Destination: WORK. And just as I passed through the door and stepped outdoors I noticed: spring is here and isn't going anywhere for a while.
Flowers everywhere, warmer days, sunny skies. People seem to regain hope and everything seems better with flowers around us. A new season has begun! Welcome, Spring!!
Flower God, God Of The Spring
by Robert Louis Stevenson
FLOWER god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful,
Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles,
Here I wander in April
Cold, grey-headed; and still to my
Heart, Spring comes with a bound, Spring the deliverer,
Spring, song-leader in woods, chorally resonant;
Spring, flower-planter in meadows,
Child-conductor in willowy
Fields deep dotted with bloom, daisies and crocuses:
Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity:
O child, happy are children!
She still smiles on their innocence,
She, dear mother in God, fostering violets,
Fills earth full of her scents, voices and violins:
Thus one cunning in music
Wakes old chords in the memory:
Thus fair earth in the Spring leads her performances.
Well, I told you I would make it up to you during the week. And here I am! Sooner than I expected!
Last night after we safely arrived from our trip we were hungry! Really hungry! And what is quicker and yummier than cooking a pizza?! Especially if you are like me and always have the dough pre-cooked and waiting for you inside the freezer! So I only had to take the dough out of the freezer and while it de-froze in the microwave oven, I prepared the topping.
I just love this pizza topping! A friend of mine once prepared it and since then it has become a must cook whenever I make pizza. It is just so smooth and yummy!
I was tired after the trip so I only took a pic of the mushrooms. And there wasn't any pizza left for me to take a picture later!!
So, here it goes!
Ingredients: butter 200grams fresh mushrooms 50grams scallions 3/4 cups of white wine 100 grams muzzarella cheese (cut into 1" cubes) 1 cup Tomato sauce 1 Pre-cooked Pizza dough
Preparation instructions: Slice the mushrooms and chop the scallions. In a small wok or pan, melt the butter, add the sliced mushrooms and the chopped scallions. Cook them until almost done (about 5 minutes). Pour the white wine and cook until the wine is reduced almost completely. Take the pre-cooked the pizza dough and spread the tomato sauce on top of it. Then add the mushrooms preparation and finish with the muzzarella cheese cubes. Put the pizza in the oven and cook until the cheese is melted. It is then, ready to be eaten.
How the mushrooms and the scallions look after being cooked in the white wine
Hope you like it! If you make it, please come back here and let me know how it turned out!
In bakeries all over my country there is a kind of biscuit called "Masas secas". I do not know what the equivalent of these biscuits in the rest of world is, if there is one. But I simply love them! So with that thought in mind, having found the recipe on hayrecetas.com I just had to try to make them. So I put it on the list.
Well, my boyfriend and I both love sweets but we sure as hell don't want to get fat by eating them all the time. So my boyfriend came up with a brilliant idea: "Treat night!". We cook a treat once a week. This happens on the weekends mostly since during the week we both work and don't have the time. And every time we find a recipe that looks amazing and that we want to cook we put it on our "Do Want" list.
And thus, last night my boyfriend and I spent our night making these delicious biscuits. But we found out that the recipe was not correct. This brings us to the title of this post: Le copycat que ne fonctionne pas! The copycat recipe didn't work! The dough was not the same as those masas secas that we buy. The texture was completely different and the taste, although similar, was not the same. We were a bit disappointed that they did not turn out to be exactly what we were after, but we cannot deny that they really are delicious anyway.
Here I share the recipe and some amateur photos of the different stages of the cooking!
Try them! You won't regret it!
2 cups all-pourpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vainilla
1/4 cup milk
100 grs. soft butter
4 teaspoons baking powder
12 spoonfulls of sugar
dulce de leche (as much as you want)
white chocolate (as much as you want)
Dark chocolate (as much as you want)
crunchy almonds (as much as you want)
Mix all the dry ingredients and then add the butter, egg, milk and vainilla. Mix well until you get an uniform dough. Let it rest in the fridge for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven at 350F. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it until it is 1cm thick. Cut it then with any cookie cutter any shape you want. Take them to the oven and cook them for about 10 minutes.
Melt over bein marie/ double boiler, white chocolate. In another double boiler melt dark chocolate. (you can do both or just one of the chocolates)
After this you can do three things:
1.- you can simply dip half the cookie in one of the chocolates. Sprinkle with a bit of crunchy almonds and put in on a rack so the excess of chocolate drips.
2.- or you can spread some dulce de leche on top of one cookie then cover it with another cookie as in a sandwich and then repeat 1.
3.- get one round cookie make a big big pile of dulce de leche on top of it and then repeat number 1.
I recomend making numbre 2 and 3 the most. Hope you like them! If you make them, please come back here and let me know how it turned out!