All posts tagged: Cosy

Orange, Ginger & Cranberry Cupcakes

A little something to cheer things up…It’s grey and cold outside, the perfect excuse to bake some cupcakes. If you feel like joining in, then get your spoons spinning! Ingredients 125g/4.4oz butter 3 eggs 125g/4.4oz sugar a pinch of salt 1 orange (zest and juice) 1tsp ginger 100g/3.5oz cranberries 250g/8.8oz flour 1 sachet (1tbsp) baking powder Preheat the oven at 180°C/ 356°F. Mix the ingredients together. Fill the mixture into your cupcakes (the mixture is just enough for a dozen) and put in the oven for 28 minutes. As an extra treat you can top them off with some icing. Delicious!

Happy 1st Birthday!

Today it’s Meeko & Mitsi’s 1st Birthday. It’s already a year ago since our Kittens were born at the Waldhof (check the link) farm in Schneisingen (a little village about a 10 minute drive from here). How time flies! And look at them now! Our adorable, exploring (especially Meeko, he keeps us on our toes with his runaways), hungry (are always very interested if there is anything fishy our rubbish bag), cheeky (try to take over our Labradors bed by lying right in the middle of it as soon as she gets up for a drink or a walk) , sleepy (definitely the thing they do best), playful (anything that catches their eyes is in danger, even if it’s someone asleep under a duvet, that seems to be absolutely irresistible and has to be pounced on)… …but we wouldn’t change them one bit and it’s hard to image a life without these two tumbling around us.

Soul Soothing Celery Soup

After an eventful week…one of the cats went missing for 5 days, our younger son bruised his arm badly and had to wear a sling for a couple of days and our youngest caught Scarlet Fever…all that next to the usual organised chaos. I definitely need a little bit of soul food. If you feel the same give this a go! The Ingredients 1 onion 400g/ 1.7cups celery Root 2tbsp olive oil 4dl/ 0.8pint cider or apple juice 5dl/ 1pint  vegetable stock 1,5dl/ 0.3pint cream salt and pepper half a bunch of chervil Chop up the onion and celery root, fry until the onions brown slightly. Add the cider and vegetable stock. Leave to simmer for about 30 minutes. Purée and pour in the cream. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chervil and there you have it… …perfect soul food.  

Coconut Cupcakes versus Winter Weather

It’s foggy, very cold and generally just gloomy (and it’s been like this for at least a week or so). I definitely need to cheer things up! And nothing works better for me, than a run (yes, even if it’s freezing) and some baking. Since I’ve been already been out for my run, I can now indulge in some baking… The Ingredients 2 banane 13oz/360g greek yoghurt 2tbsp honey 2tbsp coconut oil/fat 4tbsp grated coconut 4tbsp quinoa flour or plain flour 2tbsp coconut flour 2tsp baking powder 1 pinch of salt 8 handfuls of blueberries Preheat the oven at 356 °F/ 180°C. Mash up the bananas with a fork, add the coconut oil/fat, the honey and mix. Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir. don’t add the blueberries until the end and only mix slightly (otherwise the dough becomes a purple mess). Bake for 25 minutes. Now all you need to do is make yourself comfortable and enjoy!

“Doei”, We’ll Be Back…

We’ve had a great two weeks windsurfing, long boarding, swimming, canoeing, stand up paddling, building sand castles, playing beach volleyball, feeding the ducks and geese in our garden, sight seeing….and in between all our activities I’ve still found time to sketch, read a book (that’s quite an achievement) and relax.   So for now it’s “doei” (bye) to holland but I’m sure we’ll be back. MerkenMerken