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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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Candy Cake 11/10/2010

Although we are not capable of understanding the miracle and wonders of birth and life, but we have watched with joy and amazement our lovely and beautiful daughter growing from newborn to one year old.

At birth everyone at the hospital adored and treated you with utmost care. We gave you the finest care and love enduring many sleepless nights, watching over you, our concern being at every turn your well-being and comfort. We sang you many nursery songs and read lots of stories and your gift back to us was, at first, a heart melting smile followed by your first “mama” and later “daddy” .

We have witnessed your fighting spirit at every turn. On November 2009, although you knew you are going to be loved unconditionally, you didn’t want to leave the comfort of my belly, panicking us and the hospital stuff. Despite the numbers of  stories you are read at bed-time, you let us know with no uncertain terms you are not satisfied going to bed. You have even protested by eating away at your crib :)))

At lunch or dinner time you are also a fighter, pushing my hand away with food you find distasteful. We often watch with laughter as you discard food from your tray, dumping the fruit and vegetables onto the floor. To our surprise, you made a great connection with the nature, and by saying this I mean eating flowers, grass and leaves.

Above all, we are amazed that you posses the gift and appreciation for the zest of life. At every turn you make your eyes take notice, something new to discover, something not yet touched and experienced. The inquisitiveness and interest for like you show will prove to be one of your greatest findings.

It was a year full of firsts, you’ve learned so much and had lots of fun.

Happy Birthday out dear Tiffany, may all your dreams come true

love,

Mom & Dad

Candy Cake

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

10 tbsp butter

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

few vanilla extract drops

 

Directions

Melt the butter and set it aside. In a big bowl mix well the flour, sugar and coconut

 

add the melted butter

 

 

buttermilk

 

 

eggs, one by one

 

 

and vanilla extract. Pour the batter in a 9 inch springform pan and bake the cake in preheated oven at 350F for 55-60 minutes.

 

 

Let it cool for few hours and then slice it in two.

 

For the coconut mousse you need

 

1 8oz package cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup heavy cream

 

 

Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl and slowly add the heavy cream mixing until stiff

 

Assembling the cake

 

In a foiled springform pan place the first layer. Add the coconut mousse and spread

 

place the second layer on top and cover everything in foil. Put the cake in the fridge for few hours or overnight

 

Remove the cake from the and place it on serving plate

 

Cover with a chocolate ganache made from 2/3 cup chocolate chips and scant 1/2 cup heavy cream.

 

 

Let the ganache set and start decorating the cake

 

welcome to CandyLand :d

 

An inside view

In the end, I’d like to apologize for being away these last couple of days  and not visiting your blogs. Now that everything is back to normal I’ll do my best to catch up with all those wonderful recipes you shared.

 

This recipe was featured on Foodbuzz

The recipe goes to Your Best Recipe @ Spicie Foodie http://spiciefoodie.blogspot.com/p/your-best-recipe.html

 

Asparagus and Pea Soup 11/03/2010

Filed under: Cheese,Lunch,Soups,Vegetarian — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 19:57
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The weather is such a funny thing. If yesterday I could have sworn spring is coming, today I take my words back. The bloomed flowers call your name but the wind makes you stay inside and enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows or/and a bowl of soup.  I’m happy at least on Halloween it was sunny, I even saw a butterfly on the side of the house

 

I can’t say I like winter, last year was the ugliest of all, it snowed up to 26 inches in less than 24 hours, and to top it, the power went out. All the hotels were jam-packed that weekend. The next day we went out for brunch and enjoyed a warm bowl of soup. I know you rarely eat soup for brunch but I felt i just need something to warm me up and give me strength to go on despite the cold weather. Don’t you agree that a warm bowl of soup  may brighten your day ? I do think so.

Back to my today’ soup, Asparagus and Pea soup with shavings of Asiago cheese

 

 

Ingredients

 

1 pound asparagus

lit less than 1/2 pound frozen peas

2 onions

2 carrots

2 tbsp butter

parsley

~ 1/2 cup heavy cream

Asiago cheese

1 bay leaf

salt, pepper

 

 

Directions

 

Cut the wooden parts of the asparagus and chop them roughly. Chop the carrots and 1 1/2 onions. Add them to a pot, add the bay leaf, pour over 6 cups of water, bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes.

 

Melt the butter in another pan. Add the remaining chopped onion and cook over low heat 2-3 minutes.

 

Add the chopped asparagus stems (reserve some tips for garnish if you want), peas and asparagus stock.

Bring to a boil and simmer until the vegetables are tender. When almost done, add the parsley.

 

Cook for further 3-4 minutes and let in cool slightly. Puree the soup in a food processor or blender. Return to pan, add the heavy cream and heat it gently; do not boil.

 

Serve hot with blanched asparagus tips and shavings of Asiago cheese.

 

 

Chocolate – Peanut Butter Cake 06/09/2010

Few days ago was my princess anniversary and again i spoiled my family with a cake
Ingredients and directions
Filling
2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

340 gr  bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/2 cup  chunky peanut butter

Bring cream and sugar to simmer in saucepan, whisking to dissolve sugar.

Remove from heat. Add to chocolate; let stand 1 minute.

Whisk until smooth.

Whisk in peanut butter. Chill uncovered overnight.

Cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

450 gr golden brown sugar

4 large eggs

1 sachet vanilla sugar

1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 9-inch-diameter cake pans

Sift first 4 ingredients into medium bowl.

Using electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until blended.

Beat in sugars.

Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.

At low-speed, beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk.  Start and finish with dry ingredients. Add 1-2 tablespoon buttermilk if needed.

Divide batter among pans and spread evenly.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cakes 5 minutes. Turn out onto racks. Cool cakes completely.

Frosting

340 gr cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup powdered sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 sachet vanilla sugar

3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in large bowl to blend.

Whisk whipping cream and 3/4 cup powdered sugar in bowl until mixture holds medium-firm peaks.

Fold into cream cheese mixture in 3 additions; chill until firm but spreadable, about 1 hour.

Assembling the cake

Place 1 cake layer. Spread with half of filling. Place another layer. Spread with remaining filling. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake.

 

 
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