Thursday, 2 January 2020

YUMMY MENUS CALENDAR! 12 MONTHS OF THE YEAR FULL OF HOMEMADE RECIPES :)




WIKI NOTE: A calendar is a system of organizing days for social, religious, commercial or administrative purposes. This is done by giving names to periods of time, typically days, weeks, months and years.  
Ancient documents and inscriptions, such as from Rome and China, include early forms of calendars. The modern calendar evolved alongside others such as almanacs, which collected religious, cultural, meteorological, astronomical and astrological information in a table format; practica, which gave astrological predictions for the year ahead; and diaries for personal and professional use. 
The term calendar is taken from calendae, the term for the first day of the month in the Roman calendar, related to the verb calare "to call out", referring to the "calling" of the new moon when it was first seen. Latin calendarium meant "account book, register" (as accounts were settled and debts were collected on the calends of each month). 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
馃構 FOLLOW US: TWITTER / PINTEREST / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM 馃檶馃徏
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sunday, 8 December 2019

IDEAS TO CELEBRATE HAPPY HOLIDAYS: 4 RECIPES XMAS SWEETS / +VEGAN VERSION


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • RELATED POSTS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
馃構 FOLLOW US: TWITTER / PINTEREST / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM 馃檶馃徏
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thursday, 5 December 2019

APPLE VEGAN CAKE

WIKI NOTE: Apple Cake VS Apple Pie - The apple cake differs from the apple pie in that it is a sponge cake baked with fresh apple pieces in it. An apple pie is a fruit pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apple. The pastry is generally used top-and-bottom, making it a double-crust pie, the upper crust of which may be a circular shaped crust or a pastry lattice woven of strips.



VEGAN APPLE CAKE

YOU WILL NEED:
DRY INGREDIENTS:
1 and 1/4 cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup roughly chopped apple
1 cup walnuts, chopped  (optional)
WET INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup sunflower oil (or veggie oil, any neutral flavored)
3/4 cup vegetable drink (oatmeal, soy or hazelnut to taste)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
NOTE: Put raisins in a glass with a dash of water and the raisins plump up.
TOPPING
Thin apple slices, to decorate
Sprinkle brown sugar on the top

NOTE: Homemade measurement units



LET´S COOK!
1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Grease a bread pan with margarine or sunflower oil.
NOTE: Standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It's the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want,  you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
2.Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and  cardamom) and a pinch of salt until well mixed. Optional: add chopped walnuts.
NOTE: Sift the flour for cakes. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and / or unwanted debris from the flour and also helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients. If you don't have a strainer handy, you can also mix flour with a wire whisk or a fork.
3. Add roughly chopped apple to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix it well with a wooden spoon.
4. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl:  veggie oil, vegetable drink (oatmeal, soy or hazelnut) until well mixed. Optional:  add raisins.
5. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything slowly with a wooden spoon.
6. Pour the mix into the bread pan.
7. Arrange the thin apple slices around the cake decoratively. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top. 
8. Bake for it around 40 minutes, until browned.
NOTE: Don't open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
9.  Remove from the oven. Leave to cool.
NOTE: Serve as is or with vegan custard.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • RELATED POSTS


      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      馃構 FOLLOW US: TWITTER / PINTEREST / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM 馃檶馃徏
      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Sunday, 1 December 2019

      12. DECEMBER MENU



      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      STARTER: WINTER SOUP / VEGAN 


      YOU WILL NEED: 
      2 medium potatoes
      1 or 2 clove garlic, to taste
      A half onion
      1 leek, white part  (optional)
      A generous splash (about 50g) of extra virgin olive oil or olive oil, to taste
      A bunch of parsley
      Salt, to taste
      Black pepper, to taste
      Water (to boil)

      LET´S COOK!
      1. Wash the vegetables well. Peel potatoes, leek, onion and garlic. Cut the potatoes into big pieces. Chop the onion, leek and garlic.
      2. Heat the olive oil in the pot. Saute the onion, leek and garlic until transparent.
      3. Add the big pieces of potatoes. Stir several minutes with the rest of the ingredients.
      4. Cover with water (the water has to exceed a couple of fingers the ingredients) and cook the vegetables for approx. 20 minutes. When the veggies are tender, turn off the kitchen and remove the pot from heat.
      5. Mix everything with the blender until it is the consistency of a soup. Add black pepper and salt, to taste.
      NOTE: If the texture of the soup is too liquid , add a few tablespoons of cornstarch (corn flour refined).
      6. Serve the soup warm. Chop a bunch of parsley and sprinkle it on the top of the soup plate. Add some crunchy popcorns because it makes the soup more yummy, yummy!


      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      MAIN COURSE: FISH P脗T脡 / VEGAN RECIPE: HUMMUS 




        YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe replace fish p芒t茅 for hummus
        1 slice of hake (whiting family)
        1 slice of salmon
        4 crab sticks
        3 eggs
        10 tablespoons of tomato sauce, either store bought or homemade.
        200ml double cream
        Grated nutmeg, to taste
        Ground black pepper, to taste
        Salt, to taste


        LET´S COOK!
        1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Grease a baking pan with olive oil.
        2. Place the slice of salmon and hake fish and bay leaves in a saucepan, cover with salted water.
        3. Bring to boil over medium heat. Simmer over low heat for 5- 10 minutes, until the fish is cooked.
        4. Drain in a colander. Place it in a plate. Remove skin and any bones. Allow the fish pieces to cool.
        5. Put the eggs, crab sticks, fish pieces, tomato sauce and double cream on the base of the blender. Mix everything with the blender, until obtain desired texture (p芒t茅) Season with ground black pepper, grated nutmeg and salt, to taste.
        6. Pour the mix into the baking pan. Place the baking pan in the oven baking tray. Fill the oven baking tray with water.
        7. Bake it around 1 hour. Check it until browned.
        NOTE: Open the oven and prick the fish p芒t茅 in the middle with a needle knit. You can check it many times, until the needle knit is clean. It means that the p芒t茅 is well done. 8
        8. Remove the baking pan. Let cool the fish p芒t茅 for a while.
        9. Cover the bowl with cling film and put it in the fridge for a while. The fish p芒t茅 has to be cold to serve. It is yummy, yummy with tomato salad.
        NOTE: You can also spread the fish p芒t茅 on toasts.
        • LET'S MAKE THE RUDOLPH RED NOSED REINDEER FACE!
        Rudolph the red nosed reindeer face: fish p芒t茅 (face), cherry tomato (nose), lettuce leaves cut into julienne (hair and horn) teaspoon of mayonnaise and raisins (eyes).


        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        DESSERT: TRADITIONAL SPANISH CRUMBLE CAKES "POLVORONES" / + VEGAN VERSION

          YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
          200g plain flour
          100g lard /*vegan margarine
          150g icing sugar /*icing brown sugar, to sprinkle
          Cinnamon powder, to sprinkle (optional)

          LET´S COOK!
          1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C around 15 minutes. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
          2. Add the white flour to a big saucepan over a medium heat. Mix it slowly with a wooden spoon, until brown. 
          3. Put toasted flour in a big bowl and leave to cool. 
          4. Put lard in a small saucepan. Warm gently, stirring until all melted. Set aside and leave to cool. 
          5. Pour cold melted lard into the big bowl. Mix it well with a wooden spoon.
          6. Add icing sugar. Mix it and knead for 10 minutes.
          7. Let mixture dough  rest 30 min. 
          8. Using hands, divide and roll mixture dough into small balls (same size approx.)
          9. Carefully place onto the baking tray and flatt each ball a bit.
          NOTE: balls will flatten out more during baking.
          10. Bake crumble cakes for 30 minutes oven to low temperature (approx. 140 潞 C).
          11. Set aside and leave to cool. Sprinkle icing sugar over crumble cakes.
          NOTE: Mix some icing sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup. Sprinkle mixture over crumble cakes (optional). 
          12. Serve place it on Xmas plate.

          ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
          DRINK: ALMOND BUTTER "SOFT TURRON" MILKSHAKE / + VEGAN VERSION



            YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
            300 g soft turr贸n (turr贸n de Jijona) or almond butter
            350ml of milk /*almond milk
            2 tablespoon of honey /*agave nectar, to taste (optional)
            Cinnamon powder, to sprinkle (optional) 
            NOTE: The soft turr贸n (turr贸n de Jijona) is made with ground almonds. Almond butter instead of soft turron works well for this recipe, just add some honey. 

            LET´S COOK!
            1. Chop the soft turr贸n into small pieces. Put half of it into the measuring cup of the blender. 
            2. Add half milk. Mix everything with the blender until foaming.
            3. Mix everything well with the blender, at the same time add the remaining milk and pieces of soft turr贸n, until foaming. Rectify the taste by adding honey.
            4. Serve it in a glass with straw. Sprinkle cinnamon on the top of the glass.
            NOTE: Put the glasses in the freezer for a while, the soft turr贸n milkshake have to be cold.

              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                馃構 FOLLOW US: TWITTER / PINTEREST / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM 馃檶馃徏
                -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



                Friday, 15 November 2019

                CHURROS + HOT CHOCOLATE / VEGAN



                WIKI NOTE: The origin of churros is unclear. One theory is that the churro was made by Spanish shepherds, to substitute for fresh bakery goods. Churro paste was easy to make and fry in an open fire in the mountains, where shepherds spend most of their time. Churros are popular in Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal, Ibero-America and the United States. In Spain, churros are thin (and sometimes knotted) and porras are long and thick. They are normally eaten for breakfast or merienda (meal between lunch and dinner) dipped in hot chocolate or caff猫 latte (¨caf茅 con leche¨). Specialized churrer铆as can be found in the form of a shop throughout the streets or a trailer during the holiday period.

                CHURROS 
                YOU WILL NEED:
                200g wheat flour (plain or all-purpose) 
                A pinch of salt
                1 teaspoon of baking powder
                320 ml water
                Olive oil, for deep fat frying
                Caster sugar, to sprinkle /*panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
                Cinnamon, to sprinkle (optional)

                LET´S COOK!
                1. Put water in a saucepan, add baking powder and a pinch of salt. When the water is boiling, add the plain flour and stirring it with a wooden spoon until it comes off the saucepan. If you see that it is very hard, you can add a little more water.
                2. Let the mixture stand until lukewarm.
                3. Fill the churrera or pastry bag or piping bag (asterisk or star shape - plastic tip) with the pastry. The good thing is that the pastry bag avoid the air gaps in the pastry.
                4. Heat the oil in a deep pan (wok type pan) to 170潞C. Put a lid on the pan. 
                NOTE: Use a fryer machine for home, if it is possible. 
                5. Cut and place the churros, 2-3 at a time, carefully into the hot oil on a pan and cook for 3-4 mins with the lid on, until golden. Turn them over and cook for a further 2-3 mins, until they are an even golden colour. 
                NOTE: It is really dangerous once you are frying the churros, especially because sometimes the churro could explode and hot oil could splash everywhere. Kids are not allow in the kitchen. 
                6. Lift on to kitchen paper to drain. Toss them in the caster sugar until evenly coated. Shake off any excess. Sprinkle over a little cinnamon (optional).

                HOT CHOCOLATE (OPTIONAL)
                  YOU WILL NEED (6-8 PEOPLE):
                  Dark chocolate *Vegan recipe
                  400g of dark chocolate
                  1.200ml of milk or soya / *almond milk
                  60g of cornstarch (corn flour refined)
                  A pinch of salt
                  50g of caster sugar or brown sugar (optional)
                  Cocoa powder *Vegan recipe
                  500g of cocoa powder
                  1l of milk or soya / *almond milk
                  Caster sugar or brown sugar, to taste

                  LET´S COOK!
                  Dark chocolate
                  1. Put the milk in a saucepan and warm gently.
                  2. When the milk is warm, add the chocolate chunks, sugar, cornstarch and salt.
                  3.Stirring until it's all melted (consistency of a soup)
                  NOTE: If the texture of the hot chocolate is too liquid, add a few tablespoons of cornstarch.
                   Cocoa powder
                  1. Put the milk in a saucepan and warm gently.
                  2. When the milk is warm, add the cocoa powder and sugar (optional).
                  3.Stirring with the whisk until it's all melted (consistency of a soup)
                  NOTE: If the texture of the hot chocolate is too liquid, add a few tablespoons of cornstarch.

                  • DIP CHURROS INTO HOT CHOCOLATE!
                  Serve the hot chocolate into mugs with teaspoons. Place the churros on the plate with a sugar jar.
                  NOTE: It is better to know the amount of churros per person.

                  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  • RELATED POSTS
                  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    馃構 FOLLOW US: TWITTER / PINTEREST / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM 馃檶馃徏
                    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------