Nougat toffees with nuts

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Nougat toffees with nuts
Based on the recipe of my grandmother

Ingredients:

2 egg whites
150 g icing sugar
70 g of honey
1 dose of vanilla
100 g of nuts (mixed almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, shelled pumpkin seeds)

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Preparation:

Beat the egg whites until stiff peeks with a pinch of salt. Gradually add the icing sugar. Whisk until thick and fluffy. Work with an electric hand mixer. Then add the honey and vanilla.

Coarsely chop and dry roast the nuts (in the oven or in a pan). Butter abundantly a glass baking dish with a diameter of 20-22 cm.

Transfer the egg white mixture into a saucepan and bake in a water bath. When the water comes to the boil, reduce heat. While stirring continuously, gently cook the nougat. This takes about 40 minutes. When the mixture thickens, add the roasted nuts.

Pour the nougat into the prepared glass dish. It is preferable to have a thickness of 25-30 mm. You can decorate the top with whole nuts. Leave at room temperature for 3-4 days until the nougat dries. Then cut into toffee squares. Store in a dry container separating the toffees with baking paper.

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Cold party bites with omelette and cherry tomatoes

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Cold party bites with omelette and cherry tomatoes
Ideal for a party or picnic

Ingredients for 4 people:

4 eggs
100 g of soy yogurt (or cow)
Salt and pepper
12-16 cherry tomatoes
1 sprig of fresh basil

For the sauce:

3-4 fresh basil sprigs
3-4 fresh dill sprigs
Salt and pepper
1 garlic clove
Olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon

For the presentation:

Feta cheese or mozzarella
Black olives
Fresh dill
Toothpicks

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Preparation:

Arrange the cherry tomatoes, washed, dried and cut into halves, in a rectangular ceramic dish (mine was 18 by 26 cm). Sprinkle with pepper, chopped basil and salt.

Whisk the eggs and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper and pour the mixture over cherry tomatoes. Place the latter symmetrically with a fork.

Bake the omelette for 20-25 minutes at 180°C. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

For the sauce, place all ingredients in a blender. Pour as much olive oil as necessary to obtain a thin sauce. Possible to add more lemon juice. The proportions are to taste, including the quantity of salt.

Before the presentation, garnish each omelet square with an olive or a cheese cube and top with green sauce. A pinch of chopped dill can complete the appetizing outlook.

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Baby Scarf 0+

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Baby Scarf 0+

Winter time behind us, I finally decided to show you the scarf I made for my little Ioana. But as the weather isn’t warm yet, she continues to wear it almost every day.

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This scarf is extremely easy to make and suitable for your baby from birth. Personally, I couldn’t imagine tightening a classic scarf around the tiny neck of my baby Ioni. Even now, a year later, this scarf seems more comfortable and safe. In addition, it has two faces and can be combined with different coats.

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For once, I’m not going to draw a pattern, all you need is just to take a medium-sized bib with scratch of your baby and copy it on an A4 sheet. Then reshape it a bit by shortening the length and sharpening the base (so that it doesn’t really ressemble a bib) and enlarge the back so that it keeps the neck warm.

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Cut this pattern and draw it twice on one or two different fabrics. I used fabrics in 2 different colors and types – one cotton flannel and the other thick velvet.

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Then, cut the bib drawings leaving 1 cm margin outside the drawing line and put the two cuttings facing each other. Sew them together with a straight stitch covering 95% of the contour. Turn the bib faces outwards. Iron it and finish sewing the remaining 5% by hand, invisibly.

Finally install a button and make a buttonhole on the machine. That’s all!! icon smile Baby Scarf 0+

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Walnut Tiramisu

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Walnut Tiramisu
For the first birthday of my little Ioana

Ingredients:

2 eggs
60 g sugar
220-240 g mascarpone or cream cheese
1 pinch of salt

40 g shelled walnuts
3 tablespoons sugar

100 ml strong coffee
8 walnut macaroons (with the diameter of the glass)
1 tablespoon natural cocoa coffee

Walnut macaroons for decoration

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Preparation:

Separate the eggs whites and yolks. Then beat the egg whites until stiff peeks with a pinch of salt and whisk the yolks with the sugar until creamy. Use an electric mixer in both cases.

Then, stir in the mascarpone into the egg yolk cream. When creamy, add the whites (with gentle movements). Refrigerate for a moment.

Brown the walnuts in a non-stick pan and pour the sugar over. Caramelize without stirring. When sugar is amber, mix well to coat the walnuts with the caramel. Then spread the walnuts on parchment paper and let cool completely.

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To make the glasses with tiramisu, put a large walnut macaroon in the bottom, dipping it first in coffee. Cover with cream. Place a second macaroon and finish with a few tablespoons of cream. If you want a thicker crunchy layer, it is possible to crush the macaroons into chunks (but you’ll need more of them in this case) and pour over some coffee. Place the tiramisu glasses in the refrigerator until serving time.

Before serving, finish each glass of tiramisu with small walnut macaroons, caramelized walnuts and a shake of natural cocoa (use a strainer).

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Shopping cart cover

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Shopping cart cover

A shopping cart designer did well to invent an integrated seat for baby or young child, but it is still necessary to protect our little angel from sucking the handle or the chain, or from bowing to the side and hurting himself (or taking the opportunity to lick there too). While it is good to let him or her strengthen his/her immunity, personally, I prefer to protect my little princess Ioana from the actions mentioned above icon wink Shopping cart cover Since I have sewn a cart cover, I’m quite happy when I settle her in it icon smile Shopping cart cover It is warm, dry, soft and she has a small toy and embroidery for fun! To sum up, it is very useful and comfortable! If you want one, here’s how to proceed and make one yourself:

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What you need:

- 1 meter of cotton fabric at least 140 cm wide. Or 1 meter of 2 different fabrics, always in cotton. Then 1 meter wide each would be large enough. I chose one thick plain fabric and one thin and patterned.

- 8 cm velcro in the fabric color (or in the color of the thin fabric, if you use two different materials).

- Flat elastic, 4-5 mm wide, about 50-60 cm long

- Sewing thread in the colors of the fabrics.

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If you want a cute embroidery, you need:

- Various fabric cuttings

- All kinds of lace and strings (perfect theeter for my sweet lollipop)

- Some velcro and fabric to fix a teething ring or pacifier

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The shopping cart cover can protect the entire seat, namely the back, the sides, the seat and the handle part (entirely), but the cover can be simpler and only protect the back, the seat and part of the handle ( without the ends).

Here is the pattern for the full version:

 Pattern 1 Shopping cart cover

And the pattern for the simpler:

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Step by step:

1. Iron the fabrics and draw straight lines on the reverse side, about 1.5 cm in two perpendicular edges of the fabric. Respect the direction of the fiber.

2. Guiding you with these straight lines, draw the pattern you chose (always on the reverse side of the fabric). Do this twice, either of the same fabric (if you use only one fabric), or of each of the two (if you combine 2 different fabrics).

3. If you voted for the more complicated cart cover, draw the two trapezia separately. Make two sets (either of the same fabric, or of both).

4. Draw also a restangle of 14 by 100 cm on the thin patterned fabric.

5. Cut your patterns leaving 1 cm margin, ie 1 cm outside the traced lines.

6. If you make an embroidery or eyelets with velcro to attach a small toy or a pacifier, it’s time to do it as shown on the pattern.

7. Then sew the two trapezia to the “seat” of the cover (as in the drawing below) and their sides to the back and front of the cover. Do this with both fabrics.

Pattern 3 Shopping cart cover

8. Make a hem lengthwise (only one of the lengths) and widthwise (both widths) of the 14 by 100 cm pattern. Make pretty wide hem to be able to insert the elastic.

9. Lay the two identical patterns one over the other so that they face each other and pin them together. Insert also the fabric 14 by 100 cm as shown in the drawing, inserting it between both patterns (pinning inside its side without hem).

10. Make a straight stitch all the way round the cover, following the pins. Only make sure you leave about 20 cm (preferably on the folding part of the back of the cover) so that you could return the cover face out.

11. Cut the two rectangles for the legs (those 14 by 12 cm) leaving 1 cm margin to make a hem.

12. Turn the cover face out and iron it carefully.

13. Make a hem on the restangles for the legs, turning the extra centimiter inwards. Sew both layers together.

14. Fold inwards the non-sewn part of the back’s fold and seal it with a straight stitch.

15. Sew 4 pieces of velcro on the back of the cover and on the fold (so as to “lock” the cover on the trolley’s back).

16. If you chose the simpler trolley cover, place the same velcro pieces in the front part of the cover so as to fasten it around the cart handle.

17. By cons, if you chose the complicated model, insert a flat elastic inside the hem (check the drawing). It should be tight enough to firmly hold the cover on the cart handle.

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That’s all! You are ready! icon smile Shopping cart cover

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You can also choose a specific way of folding the cart cover and make a small belt with velcro to fix it easily with it. Sew it to the cover.

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Cake Finesse

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Cake Finesse
With the favorite cream of my Philippe and my favorite cake Agnes

Ingredients:

150 g soft butter
150 g of sugar
150 g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 egg whites
1 cup ground walnuts
2 tablespoons rum or Amaro
½ coffeespoons of natural vanilla extract

For the cream:

250 g of cheese spread, original (such as Philadelphia)
2-4 tablespoons icing sugar (or to taste)
½ coffeespoon natural vanilla extract

½ cup chopped walnuts for decoration

Preparation:

Cream the butter and sugar in a deep bowl. Add the baking powder, vanilla and alcohol. And then the flour and walnuts. Mix well.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff peeks with a pinch of salt. Gently stir into the mixture above. Pour the batter into a square mold, greased and floured. Bake about 20-30 minutes at 180°C. Leave aside to cool completely.

In another bowl, stir the cheese, sugar and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Top the cake with this cream. It is best to let it sit in the refrigerator for some time before cutting, sp that the cream thickens.

Before serving, sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

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Cake Agnes

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Cake Agnes

Ingredients:

150 g soft butter
150 g of sugar
150 g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 egg whites
1 cup ground walnuts

For the topping:

4 egg yolks
1 cup of icing sugar
½ coffeespoon natural vanilla extract

Preparation:

Cream the butter and sugar in a deep bowl. Add the baking powder, flour and walnuts. Mix well.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff peeks with a pinch of salt. Gently stir into the mixture above. Pour the batter into a square mold, greased and floured. Bake about 20-30 minutes at 180°C. Leave aside to cool completely.

In another bowl, stir the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. Stir very well until smooth and creamy. Top the cake with this cream and leave one night at room temperature to dry. If you do not have that much time, you could dry it in the oven, at low temperature. At about 50°C for 5 to 10 minutes.

When reay to serve, cut square pieces with a warm knife (otherwise the topping will crack up.

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Pasta gratin with coconut milk

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Pasta gratin with coconut milk

Ingredients:

200 g couscous-like pasta
20 g butter
Salt and pepper

1 can of coconut milk, 400 ml
3 eggs
6-8 portions of processed cheese spread, type Laughing Cow or Happy cow
1 handful of grated cheese

Preparation:

Bring 2 liters of water to a boil, salt and dip in the pasta. Cook about 10 minutes or according to the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta into a colander and return into the pan to steam dry. Flavor with a few grates of black pepper and a knob of butter.

Then transfer the pasta into a ceramic dish of appropriate size. Mine made 20 by 28 cm. Distribute evenly and tip in here and there processed cheese triangles. In a bowl, whisk the coconut milk, grated cheese and eggs. Season with salt and pour over the pasta. Mix gently to avoid leaving dry areas.

Bake at 190 degrees for 40-45 minutes. The dish is delicious both hot or cold.

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Patchwork cushion – Two owls

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Patchwork cushion – Two owls

Today, my little heart turns 8 months old!!!! I can’t believe how fast she grows!!! And every moment with her is honey and bliss! icon smile Patchwork cushion   Two owls On the occasion, I’ll treat my little beauty with a chunk of persimmon, a taralli cracker, some bread crumbs and whatever she may steal from my mouth icon wink Patchwork cushion   Two owls As for you … I will give you some work;) Are you ready to make another pillow !? icon smile Patchwork cushion   Two owls Two charming owls will grant you with smiles from there and cheer you up!

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As the process of making a cushion is the same, I will avoid the copy and paste of my explanations (quite detailed in my first publication) and refer you to the article when the moment comes.

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What you need:

- Fabric for the back of the cushion – 42 cm by 50 cm

- Fabric for the front of the cushion – 42 by 42 cm

- Light gray linen fabric for the embroidery (or other light colored fabric) – 30 by 30 cm

- 3 buttons or 3 cm scratch

- 120 cm of decorative lace, no more than 12 mm wide

- A bouquet of fabric cuttings

- Felt of different colors (replaceable with normal fabric)

- Spools of thread in the color range of your fabrics.

- This sketch: Sketch – Owls

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You can now follow the step by step of this cushion, leaving just the tree branch on the scene when coming to step 5. And in step 7, alternate the pieces as follows: the bodies of owls (sewing together the paw, tail and wing of the left owl), eyes, legs, beak, wings.

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Then make the tree leaves and connect them to the branch with the embroidery stitch, making it look like thin branches. Finally, make the flowers finishing them with a button in the middle.

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It’s easy, right ?! Do not give up before you start icon smile Patchwork cushion   Two owls Look how nice could be your couch with homemade cushions icon smile Patchwork cushion   Two owls

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Pumpkin pie

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Pumpkin pie
Inspired by Yoli icon smile Pumpkin pie

Ingredients:

1 cup flour (mix white and rye)
100 g soft butter
40 g of finely ground walnuts
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg

1 cup pumpkin (baked or steamed)
½ cup sugar
100 ml of milk
2 eggs
50 g chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon

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Preparation:

Mix the flour, walnuts and powdered sugar. Add the butter and work the ingredients with your fingertips until you make evenly buttered crumbs. Then bind them all with the egg. Knead a soft dough. Cover it with transparent film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Mash the pumpkin into smooth puree. Stir in the sugar, eggs, cinnamon, walnuts and milk. Mix well (with a hand whisk).

Butter a pie tin with a diameter of about 24-26 cm. Roll out the dough on a piece of parchment paper and line the tin’s bottom and sides with it. Pour the pumpkin cream over.

Cook the pumpkin pie in a preheated oven at 200°C about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve slightly warmed or at room temperature.

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