Thursday, October 30, 2008

Soup and bread

I have got two recipes to share, hopefully you are in cooking mood:)

For the first "Red Soup of Minced Meat" ("Punane hakklihasupp") that i have made very many times by now and that seems to be Märt's favorite as well. You should try it as well:) You need (for 4 persons):
1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
1 litre vegetable bouillon
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon Provance herbs mix (i.e. by Meira)
1 teaspoon seasalt
1 small cauliflower
1 small leek
1 small zucchini
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 onion
500 g minced meat
Heat up bouillon and chopped tomatoes, add herbs. Chop all vegetables in rather small pieces, add to bouillon and let it boil for 45 minutes in not so high temperature. Fry the minced meat on dry pan (do not use any oil either butter) and add to soup. Taste it, maybe you have to add more herbs. Ready to eat!

For the second, "Roasted Garlic Bread" ("Röstitud küüslaugu sai") that I have also baked for several times by now. The recipes comes from a book written by Estonian young woman Anni Arro who is an artist otherwise but she also loves to cook. I don't even have to translate the recipe into English as the cooking book is in 2 languages already:) Here we go (the book says it is enough for 5-6 persons but in my opinion it is enough for 2-3:) Depends how much one eats, heh-heh!):
1 tablespoon of dry yeast
100 ml of lukewarm water
1 tablespoon of farina sugar
125 ml warmed milk
150g of spelt flour
35 g of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 head of garlic
50 g butter
10 fresh sage leaves
olive oil
Preheat the oven to 200C. Remove any loose paper-like pieces of the garlic peel and bake the head of garlic at 200C for 15 minutes. Now peel the entire head of garlic and squeeze the garlic flesh out. Combine the water, yeast and sugar and let it stand for 5 minutes. Mix in the milk, flours, salt and roasted garlic, adding them in small portions at the time. In a saucepan, melt the butter and cook the sage leaves to better bring out their flavour. Add the sage to the rest of the dough and knead hard until smooth, elastic dough forms. If the doug turns out too sticky, add more flour. If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add more water. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and leave it in a warm place to rise for an hour. Place the risen dough onto a flat surface, knead for a couple of more minutes and leave it to rise for another 30 minutes. Then shape the dough into a flat loaf and form a few bulges onto it with your knuckles. Baste the loaf with some olive oil and sprinkle sea salt and rosemary on the top. Bake at 200C for 35-40 minutes (my experience is that it bakes even less, for about 30 minutes, but it probably depends how fat the bread is).

Monday, October 27, 2008

Yellow and green

Recently I made two birthday cards in similar style, one of them has hopefully reached to the happy birthday child already. Another one is still here:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

First socks!

I knitted my very first socks in my life, at least my very first completely-knitted-by-me socks. Many years ago we had to knit socks at school but then my mother knitted most part of them. I was not too interested then. But time makes some changes in us (read: we are getting old).
I am not completely satisfied with my first socks and there are mistakes in them but i also think it is not very bad for the first time. At least they are warm right now when i have cold and when it is storm outside.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Scissors and glue...

Finally i have crabbed scissors and glue (plus lots of other stuff; you would not want to see my desk right now, it is a big mess;() again and i have started a new album to and of Märt. Here are some pages:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Til Anne Marit

I hope Anne Marit has got the card already, otherwise i ruin the surprise to her;( But here it is, a birthday card in autumn mood.

Friday, October 10, 2008

I have got an idea to start a scrapbook about my favorite recipes. I have not come too far yet, but at least i can show you one layout.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

One of my favorite places... our house is in our computer room/study at my desk. Here is where i work with my scrapbooking projects, make the cards and very often write letters. Yes, there is lots of tiny stuff but that's how i love it:D

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

In green

I have finished to crochet a hat and a scarf-collar to myself, they should go well with my green winter jacket. The yarn (100% wool; I prefer natural yarn) was intresting, it had lighter and darker green in it. In general, green is one of my most favorite colors!