Not too little, not too much

Chocolate Walnut Candy Box 01/05/2011

Filed under: Baking,Chocolate,Cookies,Desserts — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 05:40
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Many of us made the same old resolution: throw away the chocolate and candies and eat way much healthier, lots of fruit and vegetables and yet, here we are, few days later blogging about our latest cookies, cakes, muffins you see where I’m going.

Of course, I said the same as I do every year : if only I could give up chocolate. I never did, at least till now, and to be honest I don’t see this happening soon.

yeah, I did it again, couldn’t help myself not baking something sweet, well at least this time I used just a little bit of chocolate.

Later today, I’m going to another MOPS meeting and I just could not go empty-handed. Keeping that in mind I had to make some treats. Who doesn’t enjoy a small cookies while chitchatting?

Chocolate Walnut Candy Box

 

These buttery cookies are so soft, just melt in your mouth. Almost half of the flour i substituted with ground walnuts, for a slight crunchy bite. You can make them small, as i did, or even cut out cookies, the decision is all yours, but trust me, you have to make these.

Forget the resolution, let’s get baking 😀

Ingredients (makes 4 1/2 to 5 dozens)

10 tbsp soft butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 cup ground walnuts

vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

* If you decide to drizzle some melted chocolate on top, you need about 3 to 4 oz

Directions

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Add vanilla extract, egg yolk and ground walnuts. Mix them.

Add flour and mix just until combined.

Take the dough out of the mixing bowl and shape it in a ball. Cover in plastic foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, even overnight if not in a hurry 😛

When the dough is chilled, take small pieces and shape them into balls

Bake in preheated oven at 325 for 15 minutes.

Let them cool and drizzle with melted chocolate, if using. (on some I used colored sugar)

Let the chocolate set and store in airtight containers

 

I know you’re anxious to see how they actually look inside, so I ate one, here’s the proof 😛

Thanks for your support, I appreciate it.

Always,

Roxana

 

 

Cheesy Squash Soup 12/27/2010

Filed under: Cheese,Lunch,Soups,Squash,Vegetarian — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 18:02
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Christmas is over. I hope everyone had a wonderful time and receive plenty of gifts.

Our Christmas was white as I wished for, plenty of laughs and lots of good food. The only sad part is that my camera broke down and we don’t have any pictures 😦

Until I get my dream camera (Easter Bunny, I’ve been really really good) is going to be a while   😛 . I can’t stay that long without a camera so meanwhile I have to improvise. I was looking at a cheaper Canon, something to hold me over for 3-4 months but still haven’t decided yet. If you have any suggestions, I’d be more than happy to take them into consideration.

Lucky me, I still have some recipes I haven’t shared with you yet. Today I’m going to post a delicious creamy soup made from one on my decorative Halloween squashes :)). I still have 2 peanut squashes waiting to be cooked. Yummy.

For this soup I used an Australian heirloom Blue squash, correct me if I’m wrong.

The idea of this soup came from Maya‘s  Creamy Patisson Squash Soup with Reblochon Cheese but I just couldn’t find a Patisson squash anywhere so I took matter into my own hands and came up with Creamy Blue Squash Soup with Comté Cheese or Cheesy Squash Soup 😛

Ingredients

2 lbs winter squash (mine was bigger, the rest was baked and mashed)

2 carrots

2 leeks

2 celery ribs

3 tbsp butter

6 oz Comté Cheese

stock

salt, pepper, nutmeg

Directions

Melt the butter and add the chopped carrots, leeks and celery ribs . Pour 1/2 cup stock over them.

Cook until soft.

Meanwhile clean the squash

When the vegetables are soft, add the chopped squash and cover with stock

Simmer until the squash is cooked. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper and let cool slightly.

Puree the soup

Return the soup to the pan, add the shredded Comte cheese and heat gently.

Serve hot sprinkled with more cheese (optional).

closer view

 

Few days before Christmas I submitted my blog to AllTop and they already listed it, yeeee

 

 

This recipe goes to

hearthandsoulgirlichef

Thanks for reading, appreciate your support,

Roxana.

 

Chocolate Candy Cookies 12/23/2010

Since this is my last post before Christmas I’d like to start by wishing you a Merry Christmas

And hoping this Christmas enriches your life;
May each day be happy and bright,
Overflowing with pleasure and love;
May your Christmas be filled with delight.

 

Tonight I’d like to share some chocolate cookies I made earlier

The photos are not so great, I’m sorry 😦

By now, most of you know I love chocolate so when I saw this recipe I knew I have to make them .

Minding my not so perfect photos, aren’t they cute? They look like they’ve come out of a box of chocolate. These bite size cookies are perfect wrapped as a gift.

 

Let’s make some Chocolate Candy Cookies

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 package vanilla sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

Directions

There are two ways : or you rub the flour, cocoa and butter with your fingers or place them in a food-processor and pulse few times 😀

Mix in the sugars and the eggs (pulse few more times)

Place the dough on your working area and knead for 1-2 minutes until it can be easily shaped in a ball.

Now, take a deep breath and shape small balls, about 11-12 grams each. I had 38 small balls.

Place the trays in the fridge (or in the garage like me) for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile heat the oven at 425 F.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until slightly risen and start to crack.

Transfer them to cooling racks.

Now, to decorate them I used around 6 oz chocolate chips (60%) and some Christmas sugars

Dip the top of the cookie in melted chocolate and sprinkle with some sugar.

At the end I melted about 1 oz white chocolate and played a little on some 😛

 

a bite just for you 😛

 

Merry Christmas everyone !!!

 

 

 

Brussels Sprouts au Gratin and Green Vegetable Soup 12/11/2010

As much as I love green, no, I didn’t cook both today, just the soup.  The Brussels sprouts au gratin I baked the other day just didn’t have the time to resize the photos and post it.

I like Brussels sprouts, mostly roasted sprinkled with a pinch of nutmeg but lately that’s the only way I had them so I decided to make a gratin. Sounded good and tasted way better than I imagined. I know lots of people who don’t like these tiny cabbages and I don’t understand why. Brussels sprouts are high in vitamin C and are a good source of folate and vitamin A (beta-carotene). They are cruciferous vegetables and contain phytochemicals that may help prevent cancer.

 

Brussels Sprouts au Gratin

 

Ingredients

lit over 1 pound Brussels sprouts

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

few garlic cloves

1 oz grated Parmesan

1 Tbsp butter

salt and pepper

 

Directions

Mix the milk, heavy cream, Parmesan, finely chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Slice the Brussels sprouts

Butter 2 casseroles, divide the sliced Brussels sprouts between them and pour over the milk/cream mixture.

Bake in preheated oven (350 F) for about 45-50 minutes or until they are soft and start to brown on top.

 

 

Now, the soup.

 

I have a problem with my fridge. If  the vegetables are left outside the fridge drawers they freeze although the thermostat is set as low as it can be. The same goes for eggs if I don’t place them on one of the door’ shelves.

Last night my husband decided to make himself a salad and trying to get everything out of the drawers he put some vegetables on the fridge shelves and forgot them there. This morning when I opened the fridge to make breakfast, surprise, I had 3 frozen zucchini and 2 frozen broccoli crowns. Well, what was I supposed to say, nothing would make them fresh again. While we were enjoying our breakfast I remembered a broccoli-zucchini soup I had once and since we were out of soup the memory came in handy.

I melted some butter and sauté 2 chopped leeks and 2 celery ribs.

 

Meanwhile I chopped the zucchini, broccoli and 5 Brussels sprouts. Added them to the pot and covered with stock.

When the vegetables were cooked I let them cool slightly and purée the soup. Returned it to the pot and added 1 cup Greek yogurt.

Serve warm to hot with more yogurt.

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hearthandsoulgirlichef

 

Dinner Rolls (tutorial) 12/05/2010

Filed under: Baking,Breads — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 22:44
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Thank you for all the wonderful comments you left on my guest post and thank you once again Chef Dennis for the invitation. Tonight I’m not going to write much since my post has 28 photos, yes 28, I do apologize for the length.

Today I’d like to share with you a photo tutorial on how to shape dinner rolls.

 

The dough is the same one I used for these dinner rolls (you can use whatever dough you are familiar with). I’m  going to start my tutorial from the moment the dough is divided in 12 balls.

(How to make) knots

Roll the ball into a 12 inches long rope. Tie a knot by pulling the ends through.

 

(How to make) spiral rolls

Roll the ball into a  20 inches long rope. Shape into a tight spiral tucking under the end.

 

(How to make) two spiral rolls

Roll the ball into a 24 inches long rope. Shape into a tight spiral from both ends.

 

(How to make) twisted rolls

Roll the ball into a 24 inches long rope. Twist in and shape it into a spiral roll.

(How to make) twisted braids

Roll the ball into a 20 inches long rope. Twist it. Pinch the ends together.

 

(How to make)  braids

Roll the ball into a 30 inches long rope.  Divide it in three and braid them neatly but not too tight. Pinch the ends together and tuck them under the braid.

 

(How to make) epi

Shape the ball into an oblong. Using scissors, make alternative diagonal cuts halfway through the dough.

 

(How to make) bagels

With your thumb poke a hole in the center of the ball. Pull gently to enlarge hole.

 

(How to make) cottage rolls

Divide the dough into 3/4 and 1/4. Shape them into balls. With your thumb, make a small well in the middle on the big ball. Place the small ball on top.

 

(How to make) clover leaf rolls

Divide the ball into 3 even sized balls. Place the three balls together in a triangle shape.

 

How to make baguettes

Roll the ball into an oblong. With a knife cut through the dough diagonally.

 

(How to make) cross-cut rolls

With the tip of a knife cut a cross through the dough.

 

 

Fresh from the oven.

 

Soooo good

 

 

 

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 😛

 

Butternut Squash Soup 12/01/2010

Filed under: Awards,Soups,Squash — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 22:43
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I have so many things to share with you today.

Lately it seems I’m the most awarded person around here. My latest reward comes from Dimah , my friend from Syria, she makes lots of delicious cookies.  Thank you so much for thinking of me.

One of the rules of this award is sharing 7 things about yourself, so here are 7 things about me :

 

1. I was born and grew up in Romania.

2. I start cooking when I was almost 30.

3. I could eat chocolate all day long.

4. Love all kinds of flowers.

5. My favorite color is green (I think you all guessed)

6. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

7. My favorite season is spring.

 

my list of 7 blogs out of 15 ( if you want to see more blogs added to the list let me know and I’ll edit the post)

1. Droopi’s everything but the kitchen sink

2. Guvi’s

3. Aphextwinz’ Blog

4. Laura Laurentiu

5. Pansy’s recipes

6. Life and coffee beans

7. Culorile din farfurie

 

Today Romanians celebrate 92 years of national unity.

December 1st, 1918 – the National Union of all Romanians

 

LA MULTI ANI ROMANIA !!

 

Today was the first time I attended MOPS meeting. I’ll talk about it tomorrow.

 

Finally, the recipe of the day 😛

Butternut Squash Soup

 


Ingredients

~ 2 lbs butternut squash

1 big potato

1 onion

3 tbsp butter

5-6 cups stock

1/2 to 3/4 light cream

paprika, salt, pepper

 

Directions

Melt the butter and cook the onion until soft

 

Add the chopped squash, potato, stock, paprika, salt and pepper.

 

Bring to boil, cover and simmer until the vegetables are cooked. Cool slightly and purée. Return to pan and add the cream. Heat gently. Do not boil.

 

Serve warm to hot.

 

 

This soup goes to Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays

 

 

 
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