Liebster Award – April 2014 –

Cu putine detalii vin azi in fata voastra cu dorinta de a impartasi un premiu de blog pe care l-am primit de curand. Am fost foarte placut impresionata de aceasta surpriza si ma bucur ca prin regulile acestui premiu il pot da mai departe. Alegerea blogurilor pe care le nominalizez eu a fost total intamplatoare si aleatorie dintre toti acei care isi fact imp sa mai citeasca ce scriu sis a incerce poate, ce gatesc. Va imbratisez cu drag, si sa dati premiul mai departe!

L-am primit de la: http://fallenforfood.wordpress.com/

 

Raspunsurile la intrebarile celei care mi-a dat premiul :

1 . Ai o porecla ?
Porecla mea este KMP ( vine de la Oana Campioana : P )

2 . Ce te-a facut sa iti creezi un blog?
Am inceput blogging-ul , ca o cura de vindecare in urma unei mici pierderi dar si pentru a vedea daca sunt suficient de buna pentru a tine un blog, si ma bucur ca am luat aceasta decizie .

3 . Daca azi ar fi ultima ta zi , care sunt cele trei feluri de mancare pe care le-ar gati, manca, cumpara?
Ciocolată , ciocolată , ciocolată și poate niște … ciocolată

4 . Ce iti gateste mama de ziua ta?
Ceva dulce, cum ar fi o prajitura sau clătite sau „ceva bun”.

5. ( Doar pentru ca acesta este intotdeauna printre primele intrebari pe care le pun oamenilor ): Ai un animal de companie ?
Da ! Iubesc caini … dar si alte animale

6 . Blog culinar sau cartea de bucate ?
Ambele . Cartile de bucate tind sa fie plictisitoare, dar sunt mult mai precise, in opinia mea.

7 . Ce te face sa admiri o persoana?
Daca rade, daca ii place viata, si se bucura de a tot ce face.

8 . Exista un fel de mancare pe care il urasti, desi nu l-ai gustat niciodata?
Da, gandaci, greieri si alte creaturi similare.

9 . Spune despre tine trei adjective negative care te descriu cel mai bine .
Impulsiva, uneopri lenesa , imatura (imi place sa fiu un copil )

10. Doar pentru ca eu sunt interesata; ce carte e preferata ta?
” Papesa Ioana ” (si ” Eat, Pray, Love ” )

 

Iata si intrebarile mele pentru cei pe care i-am nominalizat:

1. Ce alte interese/ pasiuni ai in afara de gatit?
2. Care este primul lucru pe care le-ai gatit sau copt?
3. Daca ai putea lua cina chiar acum cu cineva mort sau viu, care ar fi acea persoana?
4. Care este micul dejun preferat?
5. Care era cea mai frumoasa vacanta pe care ai avu-o vreodata si de ce?
6. Cum ai ales numele pentru blog-ului?
7. De ce anume esti cel mai mandru/mandra?
8. Ai vreun talent ascuns?
9. Care este lucrul care iti place cel mai mult la tine?
10. Blog culinar sau carte de bucate?

Acest premiu trebui onorat cu urmatoare reguli:
1. Un link catre persoana care te-a nominalizat
2. Raspunsurile la intrebarile de la acea persoana
3. Nominalizarea altor bloguri
4. Enuntarea a 10 intrebari noi pt cei nominalizati
5. Sa ii anuntati pe cei nominalizati

 

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Here I come before you today with the desire to share a blog award that I received recently. I was very impressed by this surprise and I’m glad the rules of this award ask me to give it away to others. Choosing the nominees was totally accidental and random from all those who take some time on reading what I write and maybe to try what I cook. Love, kisses and hugs, don’t forget to give away this lovely award!

From where I received it:

http://fallenforfood.wordpress.com/

The answers to the questions I’ve been asked:

 

1. Do you have a nickname?

My nickname is KMP (stands for champ :P)

2. What is it that made you blog?

I started blogging so I could heal from a loss and to see whether I am good enough to blog, and I am glad I took this decision.

3. If today was your last day, what are the three dishes that you would cook, eat, buy or order?

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and maybe some… chocolate

4. What is the dish your mum has always cooked/baked for your birthday?

Something sweet, like a cake, cookie, crepes and others similar

5. (Just because this one’s always among the first questions I tend to ask people): Do you have a pet?

Yes! I absolutely love dogs… and other animals

6. Food blog or cookbook?

Both. Cookbooks tend to be boring but they are more accurate, in my opinion

7. What is it that makes you admire a person?

If they laugh, if they love, if they live and enjoy doing it

8. Is there any kind of food that you hate although you’ve never actually tasted it?

Bugs, crickets and other similar creatures

9. Give me the three best and worst adjectives that best describe you.

Impulsive, lazy-ish, immature (I like being a child)

10. Just because I’m interested: what’s your favorite book?

”Pope Joan” (and “Eat, pray, love”)

 

My nominees:

http://rantingchef.com/

http://rubenbudau.wordpress.com/

http://laurafrunza.com/

http://foodandeverythingelse.me/

http://dulceiutesarat.wordpress.com/

http://mccallumsshamrockpatch.wordpress.com/

http://allthatcooking.com/

http://myfavouritepastime.com/about/

http://www.lisasmatblogg.se/

http://sweetsbymia.wordpress.com/

My questions for the people I nominated:

  1. What is/are your other interest/s aside from cooking and baking?
  2. What is the first thing you’ve cooked and baked?
  3. If you could have dinner right now with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  4. What is your favorite breakfast?
  5. What was your best ever holiday and why?
  6. How did you choose the name for your blog?
  7. What are you most proud of?
  8. Do you have any hidden/not so hidden talents?
  9. What is the thing you like best about yourself?
  10. Food blog or cookbook?

 

The award’s rules:

1. Link to the person who nominated you
2. Answer their questions
3. Nominate new blogs for the award
4. Ask them 10 new questions
5. Let the nominees know they have been nominated

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Baclava / Baklava

Maine e zi de sarbatoare pt noi, Sf Mihail si Gavril, o sarbatoare a ingerilor asa cum spune Biserica Ortodoxa. Multi dintre noi sarbatorim ziua numelui, onomastica. In familia mea o verisoara are numele de Mihaela, in rest doar prieteni, mai noi si mai vechi, colegi de munca sau vecini, poarta acest nume. M-am gandit sa ii ajut pe cei care isi sarbatoresc oamenii dragi, si sa le dau cea mai simpla reteta de ceva dulce pe care am incercat-o pana acum, si anume baclava. E o prajitura de origine otomana, cu multa nuca si draga noua, care se regaseste si pe mesele grecilor.

Avem nevoie de:

  • 400 gr nuci macinate
  • 1 pachet de foi subtiri de placinta
  • O lamaie
  • 4 linguri pline de zahar
  • 3 linguri de miere
  • 1 litru apa

 Procedeul este cat se poate de simplu. Dupa ce ati spart nucile si le-ati dat prin masina, felicita-ti-va pt munca depusa, credeti-ma ca se merita si acest pas foarte important va aduce si mai multa satisfactie in timpul degustarii prajiturii!

Apoi ungeti cu mult ulei tava de copt, si cand spun mult, ma refer la foarte mult, sa balteasca asa putin in tava, cam 5 linguri de ulei la o tava de 30/30 cm, apoi puneti o treime din foile de placinta.

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Peste ele puneti jumatate din cantitatea de nuca, apoi o alta treime din foi, iar nuci si la final ultima parte de foi. Stratul superior de foi trebuie si el imbaiat bine cu ulei. Dupa aceaasta taiati prajitura in portii mici, de 5/5cm, inainte sa o bagati la cuptor.

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Focul la cuptor nu trebuie sa fie mare. Bagati tava la copt maxim 25 min, poate chiar 20. Intre timp, amestecati apa cu zaharul si mierea, pe foc, pana se topeste bine zaharul si obtineti o zeama foarte dulce. Lasati siropul sa se raceasca in voie si stoarceti in el lamaia, toata. Cand foile s-au copt la cuptor, peste prajitura fierbinte turnati siropul racit. Veti vedea ca prajitura vocifereaza si va cearta, insa se merita. La final daca mai aveti cum, radeti coaja de lamaie peste prajitura.

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Se serveste cu gura larg cascata, cu balutele in coltul de jos al gurii si repede, caci dispare repede din farfurie.

Pofta mare si La multi ani sarbatoritilor!

English version:

 

Tomorrow we celebrate St. Michael and Gabriel, a celebration of angels as the Romanian Orthodox Church teaches us. Many of us celebrate the name day, a second birthday if you wish to call it like that. In my family a cousin is named Mihaela, otherwise I have only  friends, new and old, work colleagues or neighbors with one of the saints name. I thought to help those who celebrate the people they love, and give them the simplest recipe for something sweet that I tried so far, namely the famous baklava. It’s an Ottoman cake with plenty of walnuts and honey, which is found on the tables of the Greeks as well.
We need:

  • 400 g ground walnuts
  • 1 pack of thin sheets for pie
  • A lemon
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 liter of water

The process is quite simple. After you have cracked the walnuts and you grounded them, start by congratulating yourself for your hard work, believe me, is worth it and this important step will bring more satisfaction during the tasting of the cake!
Then brush with lots of oil the baking pan, and when I say lots, I really mean a lot, about 5 tablespoons of oil in a 30 /30 cm tray, then lay over the oil a third of the pie sheets. Then put half quantity of the walnuts, then another third of the pie sheets and the rest of the grounded walnuts and finally the last part of the pie sheets. The top layer of sheets should also be bathed thoroughly with oil. After this round, cut the cake cut into portions of 5/5cm , before putting it into the oven.
The fire in the oven should not be very strong, or if you have an electric oven, a medium temperature you use for a cookie. The baking should last about 25 min, maybe 20 . Meanwhile, mix the water with the sugar and honey, heat them, until the sugar melts to get a very sweet juice. Allow the syrup to cool down and squeeze the entire lemon in it. When the baked sheets from the oven, will see you pouring the cold syrup over them you will see a real battle zone, arguing and disagreeing, but it’s worth it. Finally, if you can add the lemon zest over the cake.
Serve with the mouth wide open, with some drooling in the corner of your mouth, and quickly, as quickly as possible as it will disappear fast from the plate!

Enjoy!

Tort ciocolatos cu masina din fondant / Chocoholic cake with fondant cake topper

Inca din copilarie, ciocolata a fost preferata mea in materie de dulciuri. Imi aduc aminte de fiecare data cand luam sau primeam o ciocolata o imparteam cu parintii, bunicii sau cine mai era cu mine si era o mare placer sa savurez fiecare bucatica. Numai un om caruia ii place ciocolata asa de mult poate sa ma inteleaga. Recent iubitul unei college si-a sarbatorit onomastica si a vrut un tort cu ciocolata si cacao, fara nimic altceva, doar multa ciocolata. Asa ca am facut un tort ciocolatos la care sunt cu gandul si acum.

Am folosit mousse de ciocolata pt crema si blat de cacao.

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Ca décor dorinta sarbatoritului a fost sa aiba o masina cu telecomanda.

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Ei bine aici am avut ceva de munca si dezsi am imprumutat marca BMW ce-a iesit e ceva unic, un model nescos pe piata inca, de nici un producator auto. :))

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Sper sa va placa!

English version:

Since childhood, chocolate was my favorite in terms of sweets. I remember every time I bought a chocolate or received one, I used to share it with my parents, grandparents or whoever was with me at that time and it was a great pleasure to savor each piece. Only those who like chocolate so much can understand me. Recently one of my colleague’s boyfriend celebrated his name day and wanted a cake with chocolate and cocoa, with nothing else, just a lot of chocolate. So I made him a chocolate cake that is still in my mind now.
I used the chocolate mousse for the filling and a cocoa sponge.
The birthday boy desired a special decoration, a remote control car. Well here I had a real challenge and even if I borrowed the BMW trademark this unique market model is not yet produced by any car company. :))

Enjoy!

Inghetata cu nuscoara / Nutmeg flavor icecream

Vara s-a terminat pe acest an. Este greu sa te desparti de zilele calduroase, culorile vesele ale naturii si mai ales de plimbarile lungi pe racoare de ploile scurte si de visele noptilor de vara. In amintirea acestor zile m-am gandit sa sfidez racoarea diminetilor de septembrie cu o reteta de inghetata. Recunosc, un alt motiv este si acela ca nu am avut timp in vara sa va impartasesc reteta insa este buna de incercat si acum pana nu fuge caldura de tot de pe la noi.

Pt 2 portii aveti nevoie de:

  • 100 ml lapte
  • 50 gr ciocolata
  • Putina nucsoara
  • 3 albusuri de ou
  • 3 sau 4 linguri de zahar

Procedeul este cat se poate de simplu. Topiti ciocolata cu laptele si adauati nucsoara.

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Apoi bateti albusurile de ou cu zaharul pana devine o spuma pufoasa.

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Cand laptele s-a racit putin amestecati-l cu albusurile spuma si puneti amestecul in forme la congelator cel putin 12 ore. Eu am servit deliciul aceste ciocolatos cu felii de para si putina miere.

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Pofta mare!

English version:

Summer has ended this year. It’s hard to break up from the hot days, the bright colors of nature and especially the long walks with fast rains and cool summer night’s dreams. In the memory of those days I thought to defy the cold September mornings with an ice cream recipe. I admit, another reason is also that I have not had time this summer to share the recipe with you but it is good to try now until it runs away for half a year the heat of the fall days.
For 2 servings you will need:

  • 100 ml of milk
  • 50 gr chocolate
  • bit of nutmeg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar

The process is quite simple. Melt the chocolate with milk and the nutmeg. Then beat the egg whites with sugar until it becomes fluffy foam. When the milk has cooled down a bit mix it with egg whites and place the mixture in the freezer, in forms, for at least 12 hours. I served this chocolate delight with pear slices and some honey.

Enjoy!

Tort de botez pt Andi / Baby shower cake for Andy

Venirea pe lume a unui copilas a fost pt vecinii nostri cel mai frumos eveniment din viata lor pana in acest moment. Inca de cand i-am cunoscut ne intrebau curiosi daca noi avem copii caci ei abia asteapta sa devina parinti. A trecut ceva timp de atunci si iata ca in aceasta primavera barza a lasat un pui mic si frumos la ei acasa, pe Andi Eduard. Bucuria a fost intr-adevar de nedescris in familie insa petrecerea cea mai importanta avea sa vina luna aceasta, botezul micutului. Cu ceva emotii le-am propus tinerilor parinti sa ii facem si noi un cadou deosebit tanarului membru cu un tort pe masura la petrecere. Au fost de accord imediat desi nu stiau ce torture pt sa fac si acest accept m-a onorat profund. Cu o zi inainte de petrecere am dormit doar 4 ore si am muncit pana la epuizare pt a face ceva frumos pt Andi. Tin sa mentionez ca singurele figurine modelate de mine din fondant pana la acest tort au fost cativa trandafiri, ursuleti si botosei. Fiind in panica si in criza de timp figurinele de pe tort mi-au iesit de la prima incercare insa numai eu stiu cati sfinti am ridicat la cer si cate rugi fierbinti pt a reusi sa fac ceva deosebit. Si iata rezultatul.

Blatul a fost simplu, cu aroma de vanilie.

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Crema a fost crema Chantilly cu fructe din compot, pt a-i da prospetime.

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Tigger a fost animalutul preferat al verisorului lui Andi care la cei 5 ani ai sai a rezistat eroic pana seara tarziu si nu s-a mai dezlipit de figurina de pe tort.

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Rasplata muncii mele a fost de neegalat.

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English version:

The birth of a baby for our neighbors was the most beautiful event in their lives until now. Ever since we met then we were asked if we have children because they cannot wait to become parents. Some time has passed since then and this spring the stork left a beautiful little baby boy at their home, Andy Edward. The joy was indescribable for this young family but the most important party was to come this month, the baby baptism, the baby shower party. With great emotion I dared to ask these young parents to make them a special gift for the young member, a cake at the party. They have agreed immediately though they did not know what cakes I can bake and so this confirmation deeply honored me. The day before the party I slept only 4 hours and worked up to exhaustion in order to make a special cake for Andy. I can only say that I modeled fondant figurines for training my dexterity, a few roses, some teddy bears and baby bootees. Being short of time I kind of panicked and making the figurines on the cake was a challenge which I passed successfully as they came out great after the first attempt. But only I know how many saints I raised towards the sky and how many prayers to be able to finish this job. And here’s the result.
The sponge was simple with vanilla flavor.
The Chantilly cream was the filling, with fruits to give the cake more freshness.
Tigger was the favorite pet for Andy’s cousin who at his five years he heroically resisted till late in the evening and never separated from the figurine he took from the cake. The reward for my job was unimaginable.

Briose cu surprize / Surprise cupcakes

Am promis ca in fiecare luna a anului va delectez cu un tortulet. In aceasta luna a fost si ziua de nastere a dragului  meu sot. Schimbare prefixului este un moment important in viata omului ca trebuie sa mai astepti 10 ani ca sa il traiesti si de cele mai multe ori nu este tocmai motiv de fericire maxima caci realizezi cum trece vremea.

Sotul meu este dintre acele personae care nu se da in vant dupa dulciuri asa ca am deviat putin de la cursul lucrurilor aceasta luna si in loc de tort am facut o serie de briose cu surprize pt colegii sai de serviciu.

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Reteta este aceeasi pe care vi-am prezentat-o déjà in iarna. De data aceasta insa am pus o mica surpriza alcoolica in continut adaugand visine din visinata si crema din belsug.

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Din prea mult exces de zel gustul a fost schimbat de bicarbonatul din reteta asa ca am decis sa salvez momentul insiropandu-le si peste crema am adaugat un strat serios de zahar pudra.

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Pofta mare!

English version:

I promised that every month of this year I will enjoy you sight with a cake. This month was the birthday of my dear husband. He changed the prefix (of his age) which is an important moment in one’s life for which we have to wait 10 years to live it and it often is not a very happy moment  because you realize how time passes.

My husband is one of those people who are not that crazy about eating sweets so I deviated a little from my promise and this month instead of creating a beautiful  cake I baked a series of surprises muffins for his work colleagues.
The recipe is the same that I have presented to you already back in winter. But this time I had a little surprise adding alcohol cherries in the content and cream in abundance. A I got overzealous the taste has changed because of the baking powder so I decided to save them and I added over a sweet syrup and a heavy coat of cream over which I layered powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

Tort carte / Book cake

Pentru cei mai multi dintre noi perioada liceului este cu totul deosebita si marcheaza intr-un fel sau altul drumul nostru in viata. Acum cateva zile am avut reuniunea de 10 ani cu fostii colegi de liceu. Cei putini care am fost la reuniune am trait din plin momentul revederii cu domnul diriginte, si cu 2 profesoare dragi. Timpul a trecut peste toti cei prezenti dar a trecut frumos. Am pastrat putin din frumusetea varstei acelor vremuri si am adaugat evenimente, emotii si momente fericite si mai putin fericite si ne-am intalnit dupa un deceniu sa povestim doua cuvinte despre noi si sa calcam pe aceleasi holuri unde parca ieri ne credeam buricul pamantului.

Un asa eveniment nu putea sa nu aiba un tort pe masura. Am zis ca un tort in forma de carte, o carte peste care a trecut timpul, cu imperfectiuni dar in culori vesele si cu un gust dulce si fin, este un altfel de descriere a timpului trecut de la absolvire.

Am facut blatul care m-a cucerit si pe care l-am prezentat deja, cu oua de la gainile din curtea parintilor.

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Am facut mouse de frisca si visine si am pus si cateva capsuni ratacite ca sa pun accent pe diversitatea gustului.

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L-am imbracat cu fondant si la décor am considerat ca nu poate fi nimic mai potrivit decat o scrisoarica pe care scrie numele clasei, o palarie de toga si un pansament pe tocul cartii, care sa accentueze faptul ca timpul a peticit cartea amintirilor.

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Sper sa va placa!

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English version:

For most of us the high school is something special and marks in one way or another, our path in life. A few days ago I had the 10-year reunion with my former high school classmates. Those few of us who managed to join have lived to the full the emotions of this meeting with our senior teacher, and two teachers who we loved during the high school. Time went by so fast but those few hours were so beautiful. We all kept a little of the beauty of that age and we let the time to add events, emotions and happy moments or less happy moments and we met after a decade to tell each other two words about ourselves and to walk again on the same halls as we did 10 years ago, thinking the earth spins only around us.
An event like this could not have a cake to match its importance.

I made a book-shaped cake, a book that shows how time went by, with imperfections but in bright colors and with a sweet and soft inside, to be a description of the time elapsed since the graduation.
I made the cake with the same sponge I always use out of the very eggs from the chickens in my parents backyard.

I made a cherry mouse and put some strawberries as well to emphasize the diversity of taste. I dressed it in fondant and decorated it with a toga hat and I added a book bandage on a side, to emphasize how time always adds a patch on our memories book of life.

Enjoy!