Baby cheesecake

 Baby cheesecake

Baby cheesecake
For the 2nd birthday of our little Ioana icon smile Baby cheesecake

Ingredients:

200 g crispy baby biscuits (but not boudoirs) or shortbread
100 g butter

600 g fromage blanc au lait entier
250 ml of coconut milk
200 g baby apricot compote (100% apricots)
8-10 dried apricots
18 g gelatin (or as specified on your package of gelatin, for 1 liter of mixture)

To decorate:

Dried apricots
Coconut flakes
1 baby biscuit

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Preparation:

In a bowl, mix the crushed biscuits and butter. Work with your fingertips until you get evenly buttered crumbs. It is faster, of course, to mix everything in the food processor. Then tranfer the crumbs in a 20 cm diameter cake pan with removable base. Spread in an even layer, then flatten well (use your fingers or a wooden roller). Refrigerate.

In a deep bowl, stir the fromage blanc, the apricot compote and the dried apricots. Mix with a hand blender until smooth (or almost). You may also add a handful of  dried apricot cubes to change the smooth consistence.

Soak the gelatin in 100 ml of coconut milk. When it doubles its volume, mix well with the rest of the coconut milk. Dissolve the gelatin, while stirring, in a water bath (no need to boil on the stove, just soak your bowl in boiling water). Stir it into the cheese mixture and pour this over the biscuit base. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. One night is always better.

Before serving, decorate to your taste. My Ioana’s cake had a layer of coconut flakes, a baby biscuit and several dried apricots.

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Two ingredient velouté

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Two ingredient velouté

Ingredients for 2 people:

1 vegetable (pumpkin, cauliflower or broccoli), approx. 600 ml volume in small cubes
1 type of cereal (oats, rye, buckwheat or a mixture of several cereals), 1 handful
1 tablespoon butter
Salt to taste (without salt, if it is for a baby)
Black pepper (without pepper, if it’s for a baby)

Preparation:

Boil some water in a pan and cut the vegetable in dice. Dip them in the boiling water, which should cover the vegetable with about 1 cm. Boil over low heat for 10 minutes, then add the cereals and spices. In the broccoli version, I add some fresh mint, for the cauliflower version – a pinch of dried onion and carrot. Adjust the quantity of cereals according to the preferred thickness of the soup. We prefer it more creamy. Boil for an additional 10 minutes. Away from heat, flavor the soup with a knob of butter.

Blend until smooth consistence and serve the velouté warm with croutons or cubes of favorite cheese, such as Gouda, feta, Gruyere, blue cheese.

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Chocolate and walnut cookies

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Chocolate and walnut cookies
On the recipe of my Philippe, as well as made by him icon smile Chocolate and walnut cookies

Ingredients:

50 g soft butter
1 egg
50 g of sugar
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
150 g flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
100 g chopped dark chocolate (or chocolate beads)
50 g crushed walnuts

Preparation:

Whisk the butter, sugar and vanilla sugar in a bowl until creamy. There is no need to use an electric mixer. Gradually add flour, salt and baking powder. Finally, stir in the walnuts and chocolate.

Cover a large baking dish with greaseproof paper. Shape small balls of dough using two spoons. Leave enough space between them.

Bake in a mild oven, at 180°C, for about 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are nicely browned. Leave aside to cool on a bamboo mat or on a grill.

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Honey bread

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Honey bread
On the recipe and preparation of my friend Albena icon smile Honey bread

Ingredients:

300 ml hot water
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons sunflower oil
20 g fresh baker’s yeast
Wheat flour (approximately 600-800 g)

To brush:

Sunflower/Olive oil
Salt
Several cloves of garlic (optional)

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Preparation:

Pour the hot water into a deep bowl. Crumble and stir in the yeast. Then add the oil and two tablespoons of honey. Mix well.

Gradually pour in the flour, stirring with a spoon. Do this until a smooth ball of dough wraps the spoon.

Then place the dough on a well floured surface. Knead it at least 10 minutes. When the dough is smooth and soft, divide it into 4 equal balls and then each into 4 pieces.

With well-oiled hands, shape each small ball into a wick (15 cm long), then make a loose knot. Do the same with all 16 balls. Arrange the knots, a bit spaced, in an oiled and floure my girlfriend used a rectangular baking dish about 21 to 32 cm.

Let the dough rest and rise in a warm place, until the knots fill the width and height of the dish. My friend Benny does in a low-heated oven while juggling between the oven temperature (on/off) and the close/open the door.

Bake the honey bread at 180 degrees until golden. Remove from the oven, brush the entire surface of the bread with oil, mixed with a little salt and the pressed garlic cloves. Serve warm with butter and feta cheese.

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Tarator with pesto and avocado

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Tarator with pesto and avocado
Bulgarian cold soup

Ingredients:

For the pesto:

1 bunch of spinach
150-200 ml olive oil
2-3 tablespoons parmesan
Salt
1 garlic clove
1 handful of walnuts (raw or roasted without salt)

For the soup:

500 g plain yoghurt
1 large cucumber (long and thin, if possible)
1 medium ripe avocado
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (optional)
Olive oil and salt to taste
1 garlic clove

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Preparation:

First, prepare the pesto. For this, gather all ingredients in a blender. Grind to a smooth sauce. Adjust the amount of olive oil and parmesan cheese or walnuts to obtain a relatively thick pesto. Cover and refrigerate. The quantity is more than necessary. Serve the rest with a salad or pasta.

In another bowl, prepare the soup tarator. Whisk the yogurt with 4 tablespoons pesto (you can put more, it’s a question of taste) and dilute with fresh water. It’s up to you to determine the thickness of the soup by adjusting the amount of water. Then add crushed garlic, salt and olive oil. Stir. Finally, dip in the fresh herbs, and the cucumber and avocado into small cubes.

Serve the soup cold. If you give this soup to your baby (12+) as well, put less salt in the soup and pesto, and replace the tap water with bottled.

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Baby smoothie 10+

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Baby smoothie 10+

Ingredients:

1 ripe fruit* (or a slice of different fruits)
120 ml of dairy, such as yoghurt, baby milk, breast milk, oat milk **
2 tbs cooked cereals (like oatmeal, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, wheat, etc.)***
1 drop vanilla (optional)

* I always choose ripe and sweet fruit. Sometimes, I combine less sweet fruit with dried fruit – prunes, dates, etc. My little 16-month-old Ioana has already tasted smoothies with pear, apple, banana, mango, kiwi, nectarine, apricot, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, melon, pineapple. If your baby hasn’t been introduced to raw fruit because of his young age (between 6 and 10 months), it is possible to replace raw fruit with a fruit compote (100% fruit, with no sugar and starch added).

** Since Ioana is 1 year old and if she has already taken a bottle of baby milk early in the morning, then I replace the baby milk in the smoothie with oat “milk” (find it in the organic section of your store). It tastes nice and only contains oatmeal, olive oil and a little salt.

*** These can be replaced with baby crackers, baby porridge (without added milk) or baby biscuits.

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Preparation:

That’s the favorite breakfast of my sweet Ioana! As the consistence is thick enough, choose a correct teat, in case your baby prefers the smoothie in a feeding bottle.

Preparation is quite fast, though you need to soak some cereals for several hours, such as amaranth, wheat, buckwheat. In addition, it is better to dip the fruit for 1 hour in cold water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda.

Boil the chosen cereals in a suitable volume of water (without salt).

Then gather it all in the blender. Mix well, then strain through a sieve. If the fruits are not very fragrant, add a little vanilla. Warm to the preferred temperature of your baby.

Always prepare the smoothie just before giving it to your little heart. Do not save the rest for later.

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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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