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Strawberry choux pastry.

22 Jun

Today is the last day of my little series called “Strawberry fields forever”. I hope you enjoyed it. Although I had most of the recipes planned and shot before this week it was quite a hassle to post every day. That’s quite challenging. So I’m not going to do that anytime soon – unless a great opportunity (which means a muse is kissing me) presents itself and I feel inspired and motivated at the same time. You never know. For today I do some live blogging. What that is you don’t ask? Well, I made and shot and wrote the post right here right now. Normally there are hours, days, sometimes even weeks between an idea and the final blog post. But this time I’m actually eating the first strawberry choux pastry while I’m typing this. And let me tell you: they are good. Really good!

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All you need is:
– 250 ml water
– 1 Tbsp sugar
– 65 g butter
– a pinch of salt
– 125 g flour
– 3 eggs
– 200 g cream
– 1 Tbsp sugar
– a handful of strawberries

Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Bring the water with the sugar, salt and butter to the boil in a pot. Put it off the stove and sieve in the flour. Put it back on the stove and stir until the dough separates itself easily from the bottom of the pot. Put it aside and into a bowl to cool. Once it’s about handwarm add one egg after another and stir them in with a hand mixer. Put the choux pastry into a piping bag and make little roses on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Put them into the oven and bake for about 20 – 30 mins (until golden brown). Take them out and let them cool completely.

Meanwhile beat the cream with the tablespoon sugar until stiff. Cut the strawberries into little pieces and combine those two. Cut the choux pastry into half and add the strawberry cream into the middle. Voilá! Look what a beautiful dessert I made!

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I haven’t made choux pastry in a long time. I just realized that it was 1 1/2 years ago which surprised even me. I used to make them when I was a teenager quite a lot.

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Choux pastry and hot lemon juice. That’s how I impressed the boys. At least I tried. Let me tell you teenage boys are not impressed by your baking skills. Not even a little.

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At least that has changed. I can impress my boyfriend. Impressed might be the wrong word. Let’s call it delight him. At least when I clean the kitchen afterwards as well… this reminds me. I really need to get tidy before he gets back home now.

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So in this case. Carry on!

 

 

 

Look what I found: strawberries!

21 Jun

Strawberry-collection

 

1. A wonderful strawberry themed kitchen towel.

2. The cute strawberry pompoms by Mr. Printable.

3. A Strawberry Daiquiri Mix by Tide and Thyme.

4. Grapefruit and strawberry popsicles by Endless Simmer.

5. A tutorial for these super cute strawberry earrings by Ice Pandora.

6. This most beautiful elderflower strawberry cake by one of my favorite Blogger on Call Me Cupcake (also because elderflower and strawberries are such a perfect pair.)

Strawberry vinegar recipe.

19 Jun

Yesterday I was out and about. Partying if you will. Reminded me why I don’t love going out so much but hanging with friends or going to private parties. There are just too many weird people out there. It’s fun for a night but then? I go home and I’m glad that I don’t have to be out there looking for what the night might bring. Normally it brings nothing but some good stories to tell. That’s something, right? These stories will make me the hero at the next private party.
When I got home at 3 a.m. I was so hungry that I made me some of these. So good and no bad conscious about eating in the middle of the night and having problems sleeping. I slept like a baby – or a toddler because babies don’t actually sleep well. This is a stupid saying.

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Well anyway there was not much I did today but sleep in, had breakfast, go out to eat ice-cream and have a (non-alcoholic) drink with my sister and something light for dinner. Like this fantastic strawberry Mozzarella salad. And do you know what’s best about it? The dressing. Because I made it with my homemade strawberry infused vinegar.

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All you need is:
– a handful of strawberries
– 400 ml white wine vinegar

Wash the strawberries and cut them into half. Put them into a jar and add the vinegar. Close the lid tightly and let it sit for 1-2 weeks.

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Then sieve it through a sieve and fill it in bottles.

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For the salad:
– a mixed salad (with rucola and lambs lettuce is the best)
– a handful of fresh strawberries
– buffalo Mozzarella

Rip the Mozzarella into pieces and cut the strawberries. Mix it with the salad and make a dressing with the strawberry infused vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil.

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Tomorrow I have something great for you: a drink. So stay tuned.

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But now. Carry on!

Strawberry cress sandwich.

18 Jun

Tomorrow is a bank holiday in Austria and you might think that I have a lot of time on my hands with the free day ahead – but en contraire! Do you know the feeling of being overwhelmed with the time at your hand and the things that you’d love to do that you’re (almost) stressed?! That’s me today. So I wanted to spent the least amount of time on cooking dinner. Well dinner might be a strong word for what I made and cooking is definitely not the right term. Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Simplicity is the ultimate sophisticated. Well that’s at least what my boyfriend says. And the book that he loves to read. If simplicity is as good as cress sandwich with strawberries. I’m in. All in.

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All you need:
– some white bread
– a little bit of butter
– a handfull cress
– a few strawberries
– salt and pepper

Cut the bread into slices and toast them slightly. Spread the butter on the toasted bread and cut the cress. Cut the strawberries into slices. Add the cress and strawberries on the bread and season it with salt and pepper. Voilá! All done!

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It’s so easy to make that you have no excuse to try it yourself. Did you ever watch Ratatouille by Pixar? Do you remember the scene where Remy tries cheese and mushrooms together and it’s all fireworks? Well that’s almost how I felt when I tried strawberries with cress. It compliments each other.

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Now. Carry on!

Strawberry chutney recipe.

17 Jun

The story how I made strawberry chutney is quite funny. Not actually the story about making it but what happened afterwards. It all started a year ago when my boyfriend and I collected about 5 kg of strawberries. The thing was that neither my boyfriend nor I like strawberry jam, so we both thought it’s a good idea to make strawberry chutney. And that I did. I cut 1 kg of strawberries for this and when I finished cooking it, I tasted it. And it tasted horrible. Yes, really. You could even say disgusting. So I was bumped (of course). Even more when I let my boyfriend try it and he almost spit it out. That was a little harsh! I have feelings too, you know. And I just spent an hour in the kitchen (plus monitoring time while it cooked for 3 hours). I was so disappointed. But. Because I just invested 1 kg of strawberries, I just couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. So I put it in our pantry (it’s a storage room but pantry sounds much nicer and more appropriate to store the worst nightmare of a chutney). And then I forgot about it. Well, that’s not exactly true. I did see the jars occasionally but I quickly looked the other way not to get reminded of my big failure. Then – after 1 year – I thought it was time to be brave and throw it out. I opened one jar and thought I try it one last time before trashing it and I tasted – and it tasted like heaven! Yes, really. It was soooo good!

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Promise me you’ll make it as well. I want you to have a taste and be as surprised and delighted as I was.

All you need is:
– 1 kg strawberries
– 230 g sugar
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 2 onions
– 1 small chili
– a piece of ginger (about the size of a thumb)
– 200 ml vinegar
– some pepper

Wash the strawberries and cut them into pieces. Put them into a pot with the sugar and salt and let it marinate for about 30 mins. Cut the onions, chili and ginger into small pieces and add them to the strawberries. Bring the pot to the boil and add the vinegar. Let it cook for about 2-3 hours until the mixture thickens and gets a dark red color. Season with the pepper. Wash jars with boiling hot water and put the hot chutney into the jars. Close the lid tightly and turn them upside down to cool. The heat of the chutney will tighten the metal lids around the glass and make it therefore vacuum-tight. Let the chutney rest for at least 4-6 weeks.

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I gave it my boyfriend to try it too and out of the 4 glasses I made there is only a little left. We ate it like crazy with everything the last weeks – our favorite use is cheese and strawberry chutney. Goat cheese to be exact. I could bath in it. So good.

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Have you ever made something that turned out other than you expected?

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If you wonder: I made chutney with another kilogram of strawberries this year. It’s just such a shame that we are about to run out of it pretty soon and I have to wait for so long for it to become this delicious again. Anticipation is the greatest joy, so they say. Right? Well I hope so!

Now. Carry on!

 

 

Strawberry semolina.

16 Jun

Sorry for being so quiet lately. That’s not me. All my friends can assure you that: I’m normally not the quiet type. I just didn’t feel like blogging the past week. It’s not that I didn’t make stuff. Or that I didn’t take pictures. I just find it hard to get motivated to sit down for 2 hours and edit the pictures and write something. It’s weird sometimes. However I’m back. Yeah! Did you miss me? I guess not. Anyway. Don’t rub it in my face. I have to – at least – think that I’m important to you. Yes. That’s better. I have a treat for you, you know. Something special to make up for the lack of posts: it’s strawberry week! (No, I’m not having my period, thank you for your concerns.) I made so many recipes with strawberry the last week that I will share them throughout the whole week with you. That means 5 posts. All about strawberries. Yes, I spoil you. You deserve it.

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First we start with a dessert. Not any dessert! It’s a Make-In-10-Mins-And-Impress-Your-Guest-Dessert. Something special. It’s the recipe for semolina pudding made from scratch with a strawberry compote. It literally only takes 10 mins to make and you can let it rest, while you make your main course. I need more recipes like that.

All you need for 4 servings is:
– 250 ml milk
– 1 Tbsp Vanille sugar
– 1 Tbsp brown sugar
– 1 Tbsp corn starch
– 2 Tbsp semolina
– 3 handful strawberries
– 1 Tbsp dusting sugar

Put 4 Tbsp of the cold milk aside and heat the rest of the milk in a pot with the Vanille and brown sugar. Stir the corn starch into the cold milk. Add the semolina into the hot milk and stir well. Slowly add the starch milk into the hot milk while stirring well. Let it come to the boil and put it into little cups. Put it into the fridge and let it cool for 30 mins.

Meanwhile wash the strawberries and cut them into pieces. Add the dusting sugar and stir well. Put it aside. The sugar will draw liquid out of the strawberries and it will become like a compote. So good!

Turn the cup with the hardened semolina pudding on a plate and add the strawberry compote. Voilá! One of the fastest and easiest desserts I ever made!

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Did you notice that the strawberry compote looks like one huge strawberry?

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I actually made 4 of these. And I ate them all. On the same night. Well, I was all alone and that’s just what I do. I watch series and eat dessert. It was just too delicious to stop eating after one serving.

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Now. Carry on!

Cool breakfast.

5 Jul

Even after the cake roll I had so many strawberries left that I had to create more food. Yes, I know. I’m the poorest. I feel your pity. Stuff that I need to use makes me the most creative. This time I might even call it genious. I’m so proud of what I came up with, I have the  urge to open a window and shout out: “Look what I made!”. Well that’s what my blog is for. My virtual window. Because this time, I think I might even start a food revolution with *drumroll* a breakfast popsicle! Yes, a healthy ice-cream to eat for breakfast. Isn’t that genious?!

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And because you’re my lovely and dearest readers, I share the recipe with you.

All you need is:
– a ripe banana (the riper the sweeter)
– 10 Tbsp strawberry puree
– 5 Tbsp yoghurt
– 3 Tbsp rolled oats

Mix the banana, 5 tablespoons of the strawberry puree, yoghurt and rolled oats in a blender. Put a tablespoon of strawberry puree in each popsicle mold and fill it with the breakfast smoothie. Put it into freezer until completely frozen.

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I came up with this recipe myself because that’s what I had at home and would eat for breakfast as well. Then the day after I created it I found a infographic with smoothie recipes for all occasions and guess what ingredients they listed for a breakfast smoothie?! That’s right: banana, strawberry, yoghurts and rolled oats. That’s like when I invent a joke and I tell it my boyfriend (very excited) and he doesn’t laugh (slightly less excited) and tells me, he knows the joke and it exists already (not excited no more). But this time it’s like I invented a joke that already existed with a much better punch line. (And that’s how I come back to the topic of this blog.) Because I froze it. So simple, so genious, so delicious. (I’m humble like that.)

Now look what pretty, healthy and delicious breakfast smoothie popsicles I made:

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I will try now more recipes from the smoothie chart I found. Selfmade Ice-cream season has started!

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Because I have only one mold, I took the popsicles out once they were completely frozen and wrapped them in cling film. Looks almost like a present. Who would you give it to?

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Now. Carry on!

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