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Sweet Cranberry Breads 12/02/2010

Filed under: Baking,Breads,Breakfast,Christmas — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 21:46
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It’s already Thursday night and I don’t know when this week went by.

It started with some touches on the Christmas decorations, followed by a ruined afternoon at the doctor’s office while waiting for a blood test, the MOPS meeting and child care center volunteer work. The time flew for me this week.

Yesterday I told you I attended my first MOPS meeting. It was such a great experience. I met new wonderful moms and amazing mentors. As i said, we celebrated Romania’s anniversary so I thought it would be nice to share with them a Romanian cinnamon swirl bread and they all loved it. I came back home with just 2 slices. Now I have to make it again and I share it with you, well, at least the recipe, I’ll be thinking about you while eating it 😀

While I was at the meeting, I dropped Tiffany at the nursery. It was the first time we were apart for more than 5 minutes.  Needless to say how stressed I was for leaving her with strangers. But she was fine, she loved it. When the meeting was over and had to take her back home she start crying, she wanted to stay longer.I felt so helpless.

Getting home I went quickly through my mail and found a letter from the child care center asking me if I’m still interesting to volunteer. Yeeee I was so happy. I knew this way Tiffany gets to play with other kids while we are still together.

She was so happy to see the kids again. The big smiley on her face melt my heart.

 

Today, I’m not going to post any recipe, just tease you with a photo

 

Hungry for some more? Head over to Chef Dennis blog to read my guest post.

http://www.morethanamountfull.com/2010/12/its-guest-post-friday-with-green-girl.html

 

I can’t even describe how honored I was when Chef Dennis asked me to be a guest on his blog.

 

And if you think my day could not get any better, you’re wrong, hihi, Nancy from Spicie Foodie just let me know I won $75  yeeeeee

http://spiciefoodie.blogspot.com/2010/12/giveaway-winner-2011-calendar-and.html

Thank you once again Nancy.

 

Enough about me, let’s go over Chef Dennis blog and enjoy a cranberry bread

 

 

Later Edit – adding the recipe

Sweet Cranberry Breads

 

 

Ingredients

4 cups bread flour

1 1/3 cups lukewarm milk

1 package dry yeast

2-3 tbsp honey/sugar/agave syrup whatever fits your taste

3 tbsp butter

1/3 cup dried cranberries

 

Directions

In a bowl pour the lukewarm milk and add the yeast

honey

stir well and leave until the yeast dissolves (is not going to foam, don’t worry)

add the cubed butter and cranberries

start mixing slowly adding the flour

continue until dough cleans itself off the sides of the  bowl and forms a smooth ball

place the dough in a buttered bowl, cover with foil and leave at room temperatures until it doubles in volume.

when the dough has risen divide it in 12 small balls. place them on baking tray and leave another 30 minutes at room temperature.

heat the over at 400 F. brush the breads with egg wash and sprinkle some sugar (brown in my case) on top

bake them for 16-17 minutes

anyone, care to join me?

I don’t want to hear I didn’t ask 😛

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Buttermilk Crescents 10/25/2010

Filed under: Breads,Breakfast — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 20:15
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About two weeks ago Monet from Anecdotes and apple cores wrote about croissants and french bakeries http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/1/post/2010/10/croissants.html . Reading her post i remembered that as much as I love buttery croissants i hate making buttermilk biscuits. I know probably are the easiest thing to do but I hate making them. Few days later I was thinking why not combining croissants with buttermilk? The thought put a smile on my face and start browsing in search for a recipe; after reading few recipes i decided to go with the one from Taraduff’s crochet and other stuff http://taraduffstuff.blogspot.com/2009/09/buttermilk-crescent-rolls.html but changing it a little bit to suit my taste.

Ingredients (my way)

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 sachet dry yeast

1/3 cup milk

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1/2 cup + 2-3 tbsp butter

1 tbsp sugar (optional)

1 tsp salt

Directions

Sift the flour and mix it with the salt and sugar and make a well in the center. Cream the yeast with the lukewarm milk and pour it into the well. Leave it about 5 minutes.

Add the eggs, 1/2 cup soften butter and lukewarm buttermilk.

Mix well for few minutes adding a little flour or milk if needed.

In a greased bowl leave the dough to raise until it doubles in volume.

Divide the dough in 2 balls and roll it out using a rolling-pin.

Brush it with melted mutter and cut it into 12 triangles.

Roll each triangle up starting with the wide side. Place them on baking trays and leave them to raise again.

Bake in preheated oven at 350 F for 15-17 minutes.

inside view 😛

 

Stuffed Mushroom 10/21/2010

Filed under: Appetizers,Breakfast,Eggs — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 12:52
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? How often do you hear that and how often do you skip breakfast or have it on the run? I’m not the pancake lover so for me breakfast meant a slice of cake or granola/cereals with milk. Lately I started to eat eggs in different combinations : poached, fried, omelet, scrambled even baked, like today. Most of the time I like my eggs with mushrooms or with lots of cheese, and I mean a lot.

I may have already said that my husband is the pickiest eater I’ve ever seen, mushrooms are one of the NO, NO, NO type of food. Few months ago he wouldn’t even accept the idea of buying them but as our daughter grew and she stared eating solid foods I talked with her doctor and came up with a list of what and when to give her. Mushrooms were on the list along with chicken, beef and turkey. Since we are pescatarians, only the thought of having meat in the house was a little too weird, but after few days we got used that our daughter might eat meat. Now that the meat problem was solved (I thought back then, later I discovered that Tiffany doesn’t like meat either) what about mushrooms, I asked. My husband wasn’t too thrilled with the idea, but, in the end, he gave in :P. This is how i started eating mushrooms again.  Now don’t jump with joy, I don’t eat mushrooms when we all are having breakfast together, but only when he is way too busy (lately it does happen a lot) and his main meal of the day is taken in a rush and consists of a cup of black coffee and a fruit.

Few days ago I bought some Portobello mushrooms thinking of stuffing them for me and Tiffany. Some of them were sautéed along with other vegetables and few magically became my breakfast.

 

This complex recipe 😛 I made it few days ago and again today.

Ingredients

1 Portobello mushroom

1 egg

salt, pepper

 

Directions

 

Clean the mushroom

 

Break the egg

 

 

Season with salt and pepper and bake at 400F for about 5-10 minutes depending on how you like your egg (I’m not a big fan of runny eggs)

 

 

 

Honey Crescents 05/28/2010

Filed under: Breads,Breakfast — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 21:12
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These rolls go hand in hand with milk or coffee in the morning.

Ingredients

1 sachet dry yeast (7 gr)

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp honey

250 ml lukewarm milk

2 tbsp butter

500 – 550 gr all-purpose flour

1 egg for brushing

In a bowl cream the yeast with 1/4 cup milk. Let stand about 10 minutes.

The rest of the milk mix it with the melted butter and honey.

Mix the flour with salt and make a well. Add the yeast mixture.

Gradually add the milk-butter mixture to make a soft dough, kneading for 3-5 minutes.

Put the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it double in size, about 45 minutes.

When the dough doubled, place if on the working table and flattened it. Cut it in (almost equal) 12 – 16 triangles.

Roll them and place on 2 baking sheets. Leave another 5 – 10 minutes at room temperature. Brush them with the lightly beaten egg.

Bake them in preheated oven at 350 F  for 15 minutes.

 

 
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