Wednesday, July 4, 2018

France Revisited

The majestic, snow covered Alps,
the views so green and bright,
the people, the peace, the pastries - 
France, you've been a delight!

Would you believe that first photo
was taken from the veranda of 
our chalet? The first thing I saw
each morning. An Enchanted April
sort of moment.

Friday, June 22, 2018

An Apple A Day...


A few days ago I posted a photo of my mother's 
apple strudel on my Instagram
and quite a few people wrote to ask for the recipe.
I don't usually post recipes and this one
involves a bit of work. But it is heavenly
and I hope you enjoy it.

5 big green apples (my mom uses granny smith)
3/4 cup suger
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup slivered almond + a bit more
a little lemon juice
a teaspoon of cinnamon
very little nutmeg (optional)
a sheet of puff pastry
a teaspoon of butter + a bit more

Peel the apples and slice them. Add lemon juice.
Cook the apples for about 15 min. (until soft but not mushy)
with the teaspoon of butter, the cinnamon, 
the nutmeg (if using, I like!) and the sugar.
Let the apples cool and add raisins and almonds.
This can be done a day ahead, if you like.

My mom's top tip:
It is important that the mixture doesn't have too
many liquids or it will tear the dough.
Cooling overnight helps or just leave some
of the liquid in the pan if you have too much.

Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).
Defrost the puff pastry and roll into a rectangle
of about 25*35 cm (10*14 inch).

My mom's top tip:
spread a bit of melted butter and breadcrumbs on
the pastry to absorb the liquid from the apples.

Now, put the apple filling on one side of 
the pastry and roll into a strudel. 
Spread a bit of egg or milk on top.
Sprinkle the remaining slivered almonds.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until nice and brown.

My mom dusts with powdered sugar
just before serving.

I'm leaving for France today,
the alps this time,
I'll miss you all.

Monday, June 11, 2018

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

A cup of tea
when you're taking a break,
a favorite magazine
when you want to escape,
that happy feeling
that crafting brings - 
these are a few
of my favorite things.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time Flies

You don't have to be
especially wise
to recognize that
time simply flies.

Have you lost a day,
a week, a term?
I think there's a time thief
but I've yet to confirm.

Featured: Summer is here already
and I've yet to show you
my new-ish winter blanket.
Time flies.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vive la France

The beautiful azure sea
that amazing southern light,
the markets, the scents, the people,
Provence, you've been a delight.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Let Her Have Cake

A little girl
was taking a break,
preparing to enjoy
a nice piece of cake.

A squirrel jumped on her
giving her a fright,
he was actually hoping
to get a small bite.

A bird flying by
was horrified by this,
but the squirrel didn't care
and blew her a kiss.

The oak tree sighed:
"well, he is young",
and the naughty squirrel
stuck out his tongue.

A yellow butterfly
who was always so kind,
sided with the squirrel
if the girl didn't mind.

Other animals arrived
drawn by the chatter,
and all wanted to know
what was the matter.

Some had an opinion, 
some had a laugh,
when the little girl
finally had enough:

"You are all lovely,
but for heaven's sake
let me have a moment
to enjoy my piece of cake"!

Featured: My picnic blanket is finished!
My lovely niece Dana
is the first to use it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I Dream My Dreams in Pink

Pink said to black:
I love you to the moon and back,
black answered pink:
I hope it's as far as I think.

Featured: I've rediscovered
my passion for doilies.