Happy Monday everyone! I hope getting up was not too much of a drag and the beginning of the work week is treating you well so far! Last night I had a strong cookie craving and decided to whip up some home made cookies for this mornings breakfast. Nothing better than to start your work week with a special treat! And since they turned out super yummy and really easy to make I though I would share! (more…)
Need a last minute dessert to take to a holiday party? Or just feel like adding to the general food coma? I have just the thing: chocolate mousse! This is an egg free version of the French specialty, and easy to whip up! (more…)
This week has been busy busy busy. Since I came back from Washington, I hardly even had time to sort all my pictures and write about my trip. Since I have been back, every day has had a new challenge and surprise in store for me. But more about that next week! 🙂
I am also writing up a Washington travel post, which I hope to be able to put up by Monday. So make sure to come back to read about my travel adventures soon!
After such a crazy eventful week, I felt like getting some down time and decided – after a nice long nap – to make cheesecake! I have been asked in the past to put up such a recipe and today just seamed to be the best day for baking!
Base and crust:
Grind the graham crackers or substitute to fine crumbs. Melt the butter and mix with the crumbs as to moisten evenly.
Butter your cake pan and press the crumb mixture into the pan using a flat backed glas to even it out. Set in the refrigerator to cool.
Preheat the oven to 325 F (160 C).
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and has no more lumps. Add the sour cream and sugar and beat again until smooth. Add 3 eggs, one by one. Beat again. Rasp the zest of the lime and add a dash of vanilla bourbon extract. Stir it into the blend.
Take your cake pan from the refrigerator and pour in the mixture. Place it in the middle grid of the oven. Place a small bowl or baking pan of water at the bottom of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. If you are using a spring-form pan make sure to wrap the bottom of it in tin foil, as not to dampen the cake with the water steam.
When you remove it from the oven it will still be jiggly. Set aside to cool for 30 min before taking it out of the form. Refrigerate for 4 hours and decorate with fruit. I sugared my fruit before decorating!
Have a great sunday and happy baking!
You might have heard about it, but this past week big hats and pin stripes have found their way into daily life of Louisville, to celebrate this years most famous 2 minutes in sport: the Kentucky Derby! I was so excited about it, since I had never experienced such an event. Just to be clear, I did not actually attend the Derby itself, nor the Oaks – the local Lousiville Derby before the actual Derby – but did however experience some of the craziness around it. And that was …kinda somethin’!!
On Friday my aunt took me along on her yearly volunteer job at the Derby Festival, a local food, rides and free live music festival that takes place in the week leading up to the Derby. She volunteers as a runner each year – basically driving ‘rock stars around’ as she calls it. I was just going to join in on that chore and help her out if I could, and wanted to take the chance to get down to the water front and experience some of the Derby Festival. I had the BEST of times! Enjoying my first corn dog (a very southern thing – basically a sausage on a stick, coated in dough and deep fried), sipping on freshly made lemonade and enjoying local live bands at the water front. But ounce I came back to backstage from my little errands, the festival producer asked if I wanted to help sell merchandise for the bands. Of course…why not!!! First job in Louisville – nailed it! It was fun! I got the sell shirts, CDs for two country bands, Greg Bates and Kix Brooks. I even got the chance to have my picture taken with Kix…I know…I am starting to sound reaaallyy country being all excite about that, but he is kind of a big shot in country music down here!
Anyhow…if you do ever end up spending time in Lousiville around Derby, make sure to hit up the Derby Festival down at the Waterfromt. It’s kinda cool! 😉
So yes…Saturday was THE day…Duuurbayyyy! We were invited to a Derby house party for great food and communal race watching on TV. I cannot tell you how short those two minutes of race seamed after all the frenzy going on in Louisville leading up to that one short race! Really…that was it? Wow! I guess next year I will need to follow some of the qualifying races to get more of an impression. It was however a really fun little party and I got the opportunity to wear a truely outrageous hat! Worth it!!
It is tradition in Kentucky, especially around Derby, to sip on Mint Juleps. Since I am a HUGE Bourbon fan, I was excited to taste this mixed drink for the first time. I liked it very much and think it’s the ideal summer drink, so I though I would share the recipe! (Well at least one recipe, since the correct mixing procedure is very debated upon!)
– Crush or muddle a few leaves of fresh mint and a small spoon of sugar at the bottom of a glass until the mixture resembles a paste. Add two tablespoons of water.
– Then fill your glass 2/3 with crushed ice, add bourbon and a shot of mint syrup.
– Stir until the drink seams well mixed. Add sugar to taste.
Serve with a sprig of mint!
Cheers y’all and happy Mint Julep drinking!!
Life is a journey, spread those roots!
Sunday is my favorite day of the week! Not only because I get to sleep in until I can’t sleep no more – but also because it is the day of the week my husband and I take time to prepare a brunch-like breakfast!
I love the slow-pace, musik filled rooms and cozy stay-at-home moments we cherish so much on sundays.
What do you like to do most on a sunday morning? My favorite is making american style pancakes. Yes even for Easter!
I thought I’d share my favorite pancake recipe for normal and chocolate-chip-buckwheat pancakes.
– 1/2 to 3/4 cups of milk (about 120ml)
– 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (about 25 ml)
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of white flour (140g) or
– 1/2 cup of buckwheat (70g) and 1/2 cup of white flour (70g)
– 2 teaspoons of baking powder (10g)
– 2 tablespoons of sugar (30g)
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt (2pinches)
– Beat the milk, oil and egg lightly in a mixing bowl.
– Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt separately
– then add the mixture bit by bit to the liquids by stirring just enough to dampen the flour. Do not over mix!
– If wanted, add some chocolate chips to the batter.
Pre-heat a pan and add half butter half vegetable oil to bake the pancakes. Make sure the pan is hot before pouring in the batter. I like to check by sprinkling some drops of water on the pan. If they crackle it’s hot enough!
Bake light brown on both sides, whithout turning them more than once.
Serve with a piece of butter and maple sirup!
Enjoy your Easter Sunday lazy ones – have a happy one and don’t forget: life is a journey!