Ricotta Cheese Apple Pie

Every dish has its own story. Don’t you think so?

I started cooking not very early in my life. Since childhood, I had seen my mother, aunts, grandma cooking – it was mostly observation with a few hands-on adventures. Every dish has a narrative side of its own. In my case, most of the time the narration was about mess :). I did not understand the ease behind my mother, aunts’ or grandma’s cooking skills came from years and years of experience. Thats why my first few attempts were pretty much predestined to fail. My first cakes turned out soggy, breads disastrous, sad rice dishes and equally sad vegetable dishes with inherent imbalance of salt and sweet.

Over the years, I observed other great (household) cooks, shared tips and tricks, researched (ahem!), took little steps and sometimes even leaps of faith  (wich not necessarily always ended up in a dryland – read soup :)), incorporated my own nuances here and there to make a dish mine.

For quite a few times, rose apple thing is a rage over internet. At the first glance, I admit, it looked quite intimidating with intricate detailing.  Still, I wanted to give it a try.

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Here is my version. I used Ricotta cheese filling for the pie. I have a thing for this ricotta cheese. Its lightweight and can blend in ease with both sweet and savoury flavours.

My ingredients :

  1. For pie crust: 12 digestive biscuits, ground.
  2. 80 g butter for the pie crust.
  3. For filling: 125 g  of ricotta cheese
  4. 75 g  all purpose flour
  5. 80 g butter
  6. 2 eggs in room temperature
  7. 100 g sugar
  8. 2 apples thinly sliced
  9. 1 tsp baking powder
  10. A pinch of salt

Grind the dgestive biscuits and mix butter. Grease a baking dish and spread the biscuit- butter mix in a layer. Press with a spoon. Bake the layer for about 15 minutes in a prehated oven at 175° C.  Keep aside and let it cool.

Now, for the filling, combine all other ingredients except the apple slices. Pour the filling over the crust. Now arrange the thin apple slices as rose petals on the filling surface. Don’t worry, the roses may not always look like roses :). Sometimes, imperfection is perfection.

Bake the pie for about 40 minutes or till toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Here is the end product :

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Bon Apetito !!

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Silent Sunday

After a long hiatus, I am back 🙂

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DIY beaded watch strap

Hi there! Hope summer is treating you grand!

Couple of years ago I saw a watch from Swatch with a pearl stretchable band. I looked for it or anything similar a lot. But couldn’t find one. A few days back, I was looking for some DIY watch straps and saw a few with beads. Instantly, I had an idea of making one for myself.

My supplies:

1. A watch face: I picked up one from the local market in 3€, so that if it results to be a craft fail, it won’t hurt my pocket much 😉
2. Fresh water pearls
3. Random beads.
4. Elastic thread.

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I decided to do two strings. First I tied the elastic thread to the watch face and went on with the beads.

Here…. In progress….

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I have a rather narrow wrist, so I kept all the contrast beads near the watch face so that they are visible. I tied the other ends of the thread when it reached desired length.

And voilà…

It’s ready..

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Cheers!!!!

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Crochet hair embellishment

Santa: what do you want for Christmas?
Girl: a unicorn.
Santa: be realistic!
Girl: ok, a boyfriend.
Santa: which colour of the unicorn do you want?

I read this once in Pinterest.

No doubt, unicorn is a rage among young girls! And unicorn hair too! Before you question my sanity, let me clear the fog. Unicorns are fictitious, so are the unicorn hair. But, thanks to some cartoon ( I guess, it’s – my little pony ), girls are mad about hair accessories called unicorn hair. It’s nothing but a thick bunch of colorful nylon ‘hair’ dangling from a hair clip. My girl saw it in school and insisted on buying one, I bought her three such things – in orange, red and pink – each one an eyesore. So, I decided to make one myself. At first, I thought of making strings from yarns, but then changed my plan (happens always!! In other words – improvisation of thoughts !!!).

I used
Pink crochet yarn
A 2 mm crochet hook
A hair clip
And three pearl beads.

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I made a simple flower, a circle and a half flower, all connected by chain stitch.
For the flowers: I made a circle of 3 chain stitches and joined them with a slip stitch. Half double crochets stitches, then, to make a circle around the initial 3- chain circle. For the petals, 5 double crochet in the same chain stitch, then a slip stitch in the next one…and it goes on.

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Cheers!!

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Homemade lemon extract

If life gives you lemons, make lemon extract out of it 🙂

Literally!!

I did so 🙂

You will only need lemons and vodka.

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Roll up your sleeves and lets get started. Make thin slices out of the lemon peels.
Put them in sterilized jar.

Pour vodka until the lemon peel slices are fully submerged.

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Let it sit for two weeks and the lemony flavour will be infused in the alcohol.

Use it in tarts, cakes or any other preparations you like.

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Cheers!!

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Rock paperweight – three ways

Summer breeze
makes me feel fine
blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze
makes me feel fine
blowing through the jasmine in my mind

– Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts

It’s summer… And it’s time for summer breeze too!

I was sitting by the window and had a hard time controlling the papers.. who had a strong wish to go with the summer breeze!!!!

Well… The solution was within reach…I had three rocks lying for sometime, I collected them during my weekend stroll.

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And, then….. They transformed to….

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This….

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And….

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Oolong tea foot soak

Civilization came with a bane. It’s called tension. We are always tensed and concerned over the important issues as well as trivial ones.

And our body reflects our mind.

Rarely we let the shoulders drop, or settle in harmony with gravity, into their most comfortable position.
It isn’t too difficult to do this for a moment, but to sustain this condition unconsciously in our lives is another matter.

Let me tell you a way to relax … Even if momentarily….With an aromatic and energizing foot soak…

You will need
1. Oolong tea
2. Dried flowers: use flowers of your choice. I used pansies, lavender and rose
3. Dried fruit pieces, I used dried berries and peach
4. Sea salt
5. Lavender essential oil

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First, mix the 1,2 and 3 numbered ingredients. Spread sea salt. Add drops of essential oil in random places. Mix. Now add the oolong tea mixture to the salt. And you are done.

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Cheers!

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Shoe makeover part ii

I told you how I did manage to cover up the damage in my daughter’s shoes (read makeover). Here is the link.

But that’s not the end, I have several shoes lined up to be repaired.

Here is an example

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The damage is comparatively less than the previous one. I decided to add some blitz to it.

The age-old method…glitter and glue!

And the result was pretty satisfying. Here, have a look…

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Cheers!

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Carrot cake

There are sometime, you really feel low.
I felt like that yesterday, I felt über sensitive, reacting over very small issues and was always ready to snap! I mean, I was acting pretty über-the-top.
Then things changed. During dinner, my daughter said ‘my mum is the best cook in the whole world.’ And it changed everything. I almost cried out of gratitude. I made a simple dinner of salmon and vegetable, but she liked it most. I felt calmer and by late evening I was on a roll. Sometimes you need the little ones too for emotional dependence.

I made a carrot cake, which is her favourite.

Ingredients:

All purpose flour 250 grams.
Sugar 150 grams
Milk 100 ml
Carrot 200 grams
Baking powder 1 tsp
A pinch of salt
2 eggs
Butter 125 grams

I generally pick up a 200 gram pack of sliced carrots from salad section and run it through food processor for a fine mince. First mix all the dry ingredients and then add milk. Next add butter and eggs. Mix very well. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 175 degree Celcius . The cake goes into the oven for 40 minutes and you get a super moist carrot cake.

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I kept aside some spoonful of the cake batter to make some bite sized cakes. I baked them in mini cupcake silicone molds.

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A summer afternoon and doodling

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

Mine too 🙂

In such a lazy summer afternoon, I decided to get rid of my daughter’s old junks – that includes her very old toy remnants et al. Suddenly, some wooden pieces caught my eye, as far as I remember they used to be a part of a Winnie the Pooh train. I thought I could doodle something on them and wear them as summer pendants.

The supplies: colored pens and the wooden pieces.

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I did some doodling, and the result ( drumroll…..) ….

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Cheers

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