Healthy Cold Summer Soup with Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Garlic and Feta !

Многоточие – это следы на цыпочках ушедших слов

Vladimir Nabokov
Cold Summer Soup with Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Garlic and Feta

Ingredients (3-4 portions):
– 3 cucumbers (270g)
– 1 small red bell pepper (200g)
– 1 small yellow bell pepper (120g)
– 700ml tomato juice unsalted
– 2 garlic cloves (10g)
– 100g wholegrain rye bread pulp
– 20ml virgin olive oil
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 100g Feta for serving

Method:

1 Wash and chop cucumbers and bell peppers
2 Peel, wash and grate garlic
3 Mash with a blender 2/3 chopped cucumbers and bell peppers+bread pulp+olive oil+tomato juice+grated garlic cloves+salt until smooth
4 Serve the soup with the remaining chopped cucumbers & bell peppers and with crushed Feta cheese
5 Enjoy – it’s a perfect soup for a hot summer day !

Simple Morning Scones inspiring a wonderful day !

A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came a loud knock

J.R.R. Tolkien
Simple Scones

Ingredients:
– 225g flour
– 50g butter
– 1 egg
– 100ml milk
– 8g Vanilla sugar
– 17g cane sugar
– 1 dash of salt
– 1/2tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp vinegar

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 220C
2 Bowl1: whisk well an egg with milk, sugar, Vanilla sugar: pour in a Bowl2 1tbsp of mixture for brushing the scones
3 Bowl3: grate butter into the flour, add salt
4 In Bowl1 join ingredients from Bowl1 & Bowl3, add baking soda and vinegar in the same teaspoon: mix everything well until smooth
5 Roll out the dough to 1cm height
6 Cut the scones-to-be with your favourite cookie cutter
7 Transfer the scones-to-be on the baking paper and brush with the mixture from Bowl2
8 Bake the scones for 15 minutes at 220C or until golden
9 Enjoy with a cup of black tea or coffee if you, like me, don’t trade your morning coffee for anything. Serve with blackcurrant jam! 🙂

Light Cottage-Cheese Cake with Plums and Raspberries !

There was a strange rumour in Highbury of all the little Perrys being seen with a slice of Mrs. Weston’s wedding-cake in their hands: but Mr. Woodhouse would never believe it.

Jane Austen
Light Cottage-Cheese Cake with Plums and Raspberries

Ingredients:
– 150g flour
– 140g cottage cheese
– 75g butter
– 2 eggs
– 8g Vanilla sugar
– 60g sugar (you can add more if you like it sweet!)
– 1 dash of salt
– 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2tsp vinegar
– 6 large sour plums
– 200g raspberries
– 50g almond petals for decoration

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 180C
2 Wash plums and raspberries and let them dry
3 Bowl 1: whisk well sugar+Vanilla sugar+eggs+salt
4 Bowl 2: grate butter to the flour, then add cottage cheese: mix everything well
5 Combine content of Bowl1 and Bowl2: add in the same teaspoon soda and vinegar and mix everything well
6 Slice plums
7 Pour the batter into the baking form over the baking paper
8 Sprinkle plums stripes and raspberries over the batter
9 Bake the cake for 45 minutes at 180C, then sprinkle almond petals and bake another 10 minutes
10 Put the cake in the fridge overnight and enjoy the cake in the morning with a cup of black coffee and with the best friend 😉

Kifli Cookies with Dried Apricots, Prunes and Walnuts

Yesterday, I was sad, tomorrow I may be sad again, but today I know that I am happy. I want to live on and on, delighting like a pagan in all that is physical; and I know that this one lifetime, however long, cannot satisfy my heart.

Ruskin Bond
Kifli Cookies with Dried Apricots, Prunes and Walnuts

Dough ingredients:
– 100g flour
– 100g cottage cheese
– 100g butter
– 1 tbsp sugar
– 1 egg yolk
– dash of salt

Filling ingredients:
– 12 dried apricots
– 12 prunes
– 2-3 tbsp grated walnuts

Method:
1 Filling
1.1 Wash dried apricots and prunes, dry them and cut each dried fruit into 3 stripes
1.2 Grate walnuts
2 Dough
2.1 Grate butter into the flour
2.2 Add cottage cheese, sugar, salt, egg yolk: mix until smooth and knead the dough
2.3 Put the dough into the fridge for 30 minutes
2.4 Roll our the dough until 3mm height
2.5 Cut out the dough into 5×5 squares, then cut each square diagonally into 2 triangles
3 Kifli cookies
3.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
3.2 Distribute grated walnuts on the dough triangles evenly
3.3 Put 3 dried fruits stripes in the middle of each triangle
3.4 Fold each dough triangle into the croissant (Kifli)
3.5 Bake the Kifli cookies for 20-25 minutes until golden
3.6 Enjoy 🙂

Summer Strawberry Biscuit Roll !

Donwell was famous for its strawberry-beds, which seemed a plea for the invitation: but no plea was necessary; cabbage-beds would have been enough to tempt the lady, who only wanted to be going somewhere. She promised him again and again to come – much oftener than he doubted – and was extremely gratified by such a proof of intimacy, such a distinguishing compliment as she chose to consider it.

“Emma” by Jane Austen
Summer Strawberry Biscuit Roll

Dough ingredients:
– 60g flour
– 60g sugar
– 4 eggs
– 3 egg yolks

Filling ingredients:
– 250g 33% whipping cream
– 250g fresh strawberries
– 8g Vanilla sugar
– 1 tsp sugar

Method:

1 Dough
1.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
1.2 Mix sugar with eggs and egg yolks and whisk them for 5 minutes
1.3 Add flour and whisk for another minute until smooth
1.4 Pour the dough on the baking paper in the 30x35cm baking form
1.5 Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden: remove from the oven
1.6 Carefully remove the baking paper (place on “new” baking paper sheet and remove the “old” one from top): roll the cake with the new baking paper sheet and let it cool down for 10 minutes
2 Filling
2.1 Wash and dry fresh strawberries
2.2 Mash 70g strawberries with sugar and vanilla sugar
2.3 Chop the rest 180g strawberries into 0.5cm pieces
2.4 Whip the cream until firm and carefully mix with mashed and chopped strawberries – beautiful filling ready!
3 Cake
3.1 Unroll the cake and put the strawberry filling on 3/4 of the cake
3.2 Roll the cake with the filling
3.3 Put the strawberry roll for 2 hours in the fridge
3.4 Enjoy 😉