Green fried tomatoes inda kitchen

Hi everyone! Today there was a beautiful sun and the energy was at 100%!!! And this morning I was listening to the soundtrack of one of a truly beloved movie to me: “Green fried tomatoes”!! Oooh, beautifully filmed, a lovely, grand cast, a GREAT story (from a great book!) and a killing original soundtrack, by Thomas Newman! So, I went to the kitchen and started cooking a gogo! But not the wonderful green fried tomatoes, since I only had green peppers! But the music was flowing through the air, and the sun was so hot and the mood was so right, that I thoug51R5R13K4VLht: “Oh, total
Whistle Stop Cafè!” So I mad a batch of BAKED CHEESE GREEN PEPPERS and also two scrumptious CHOCOLATE MUG CAKES! With orange and French vanilla flavour!!! Yum!!!

HFried_Green_Tomatoes_at_the_Whistle_Stop_Cafe_8653_Mediumave you ever watched this gorgeous, inspiring movie? From Fannie Flagg’s book, “Fried green tomatoes at the Whistel Stop Cafè“, this movie AND the book are the perfect combination of comedy, drama, family, friendship, history, girl power & food! Poor Evelyn, a WONDERFUL Kathy Bates, is struggling with middle age crisis and finds a new friend and new hope in Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a cute little old lady who lives in a retirement home. And she has a LOT to tell: incredible stories from her youth at the Whistle Stop Cafè, during the Twenties. In particulare the movie will take us to know better the other two main characters of the story, Idgie and Ruth (Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker), two strong, independent, brilliant girls who open the Cafè and develop a powerful, beautiful friendship and love. And of course we get to see the funny and yet moving and life changing days in this small yet so important restaurant.

5877_62The story is set in Alabama, so the food is strichtly typical and we are introduced to a wide range of delightful dishes and meals, cooked à la Whistle Stop Cafè, in a very comforting, real life, no-bullshit kinda way. The book recites:

“June 12, 1929 The Whistle Stop Cafe opened up last week, right next door to me at the post office, and owners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison said business has been good ever since. Idgie says that for people who know her not to worry about getting poisoned, she is not cooking. All the cooking is being done by two colored women, Sipsey and Onzell, and the barbecue is being cooked by Big George, who is Onzell’s husband. If there is anybody that has not been there yet, Idgie says that the breakfast hours are from 5:30- 7:30, and you can get eggs, grits, biscuits, bacon, sausage, ham and red-eye gravy, and coffee for 25c. For lunch and supper you can have: fried chicken; pork chops and gravy; catfish; chicken and dumplings; or a barbecue plate; and your choice of three vegetables, biscuits or cornbread, and your drink and dessert – for 35c. She said the vegetables are creamed corn, fried green tomatoes, fried okra, collard or turnip greens, black-eyed peas, candied yams, butter beans or lima beans. And pie for dessert.”fried-green-tomatoes-6

Take me there. Right. Now.


And this is the fried green tomatoes recipe,  being these the top speciality of the Cafè! That’s how it is described in the book:

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES WITH MILK GRAVY: 3 tablespoons bacon fat 4 firm green tomatoes, sliced ½ inch thick Beaten eggs Dry bread crumbs Flour Milk Salt Pepper Heat your bacon fiat in a heavy frying pan. Dip tomatoes in eggs, then in bread crumbs. Slowly fry them in the bacon fat until golden brown on both sides. Put your tomatoes on a plate. For each tablespoon of fat left in the pan, stir in 1 tablespoon of flour and blend well; then stir in 1 cup warm milk and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper till you like it. Pour over the tomatoes and serve hot. The best there is.

Can’t you feel the perfume of a 1920 Alabama kitchen? The air quivering with fantastic smells, the fire warming the room, the pans sizzling on the stove, all those yummy butterlemon juice hot spices… The sweat from your forehead as you look into a pot of boiling water, the yellow corn on the table… Meat, meat everywhere, waiting to be cooked, or getting barbequed in the open air on hot grills! The chocolate, hot, perfumed, runny, melted dark chocolate covering the wooden spoon, dropping on a white plate, as you taste it… God…! The pies, the apple pies, the cherry pies… strawberries red and juicy, cooking in a pot of sugar on the fire… Gah…!!!!

So let’s take a closer look, just for fun, at Idgie and Ruth’s menu! Taking a look in Pinterest right now! So, you have:

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I mean… What do you think of DAT??? Wonderful kitchen, isn’t it?? And today that’s exactly how I felt, very Alabama kitchen mood!!! So I prepared these! Gorgeous BAKED GREEN PEPPERS! You’ll need:

  1. green peppers
  2. eggs
  3. grated cheese
  4. salt, pepper, paprika
  5. oil
  6. a bit of tomato concentrate

You cut in halves the peppers, take off the core, sprinkle some salt and pepper on them and roast them in the hoven at 180 Celsius degrees (350 Farenheit) for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, you prepare a little sauce with the egg (one egg per pepper), beaten up with the paprika, tomato concentrate and oil. When you take out from the hoven the peppers, fill them with this sauce and sprinkle over them the grated cheese. Put back in the hoven for other 20 minutes. Delish!!!!

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Then I made these lovely CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE!!!

  1. one egg
  2. 1/4 cup of sugar
  3. a pinch of baking soda
  4. 1/4 cup of flour
  5. 2 spoons of melted butter
  6. 2 spoons of cocoa powder, the best you can find!
  7. some syrup or flavouring, I used French vanilla syrup and orange flavour, like one teaspoon
  8. 1 spoon of oil
  9. 3 spoons of milk

Mix all the ingredients and pour them in two mugs. Then put the mugs, one at a time, in your microwave and cook at medium heat for one exact minute. The cake will rise like a soufflè and then it will deflate. Take the mug right out of the microwave and enjoy! It will be a delicious cake dipped in its own chocolatey sauce, thick and irresistible! Very Idgie and Ruth-ey!!!

 

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And if you can, try cooking all these listening to the heartbreaking, wonderful, touching, unbelievably good soundtrack by Thomas Newman!!! FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, everybody, definitely a movie that will make you want to live at your best and be wild and passionate!! I higly recommend this one, watch it and you’ll be very, VERY happy!!!!!!! For a long long time!!! And…

 

Ninny Threadgoode: “Idgie and her friend Ruth ran the Whistle Stop Cafe. Idgie was a character, all right. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.”

Evelyn Couch: “I beg your pardon?”

 

 

Autumn days… getting cozy with a movie

f6d9e4e674cd4859b6f66a3a34b1e973Hi everyone! Today is looking very autumn-like weather in town and though I am at work, I sockswould loooove to stay home with a nice movie and some afternoon tea treats! Mmm… I wish I could snap my fingers and have a beautiful hot chocolate with cream from Starbucks… aaand be in some comfy pajamas… with a nice blanket and … what movie?

 

 

 

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Well, let’s see… 🙂 Recently I’ve been thinking about “Autumn in New York”, with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder. A very sad movie, I know, but I love its new york images (2)sophistication and minimalism… the clothes, the refined food from Richard Gere’s character’s restaurant… The lovely beads and silk hats that Charlotte (Ryder) creates… The autumn leaves landscapes, the chilly, windy, crisp atmosphere… Very elegant, very fall-mood movie. To watch while drinking some stylish New York drink and maybe some savoury treat, like the ones Will (Gere), a great chef, creates: something with arugula, fresh Parmesan and olives tossed in… and some posh hot tea, perfectly suiting the movie mood.

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when-harry-met-sally-original1Or, maybe… “When Harry met Sally”? I have to say, I’ve jimages (1)ust seen this movie, a few days ago, and for the very first time ever! Very nice indeed! Clever, smart, fresh, bubbling with jokes and sparkling with a wonderfully comic couple. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal are just perfectly matched in this one, you just can’t help it but to watch the idiotic things they do and say to sabotage their own lives and happiness and you just smile and shake your head with fondness! You simply have to love them and forgive everything they do, ’cause they are just so clumsy and confused.

 

 

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New York, wonderful as always through all the movie. And for this one, I would say tons of junk food, because I felt that I wanted to fight the miss Goody Two Shoes – Meg Ryan character by indulging in male self destructing behaviour: so, chips, Coca Cola, and leftover Chinese food a gogo! It will be very satisfying when in the end… eheh, spoiler alert!

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Come to think of it, this is turning rather into a New York autumn afternoon, huh? So, inew-york-city-autumn-android-wallpaper-movie-544ff8e864cd5c862e831d8ec121b5b8-big-17615f I have to stay curled up in bed or on the sofa, while eating and drinking and have to choose a fall-feeling movie, well, now… oh!!! “Sex & the City”!!!!!! But not the movie, the tv series!!!! Hell yes!! Perfect! Uuh, so many seasons to chose from, so many feelings and emotions to watch and feel… I’m gonna go with the last season and with the very last episodes and fly to Paris with Carrie, why not? Don’t you want to be with her on those lonely days in Paris, during the autumn? Don’t you wanna be her friend? Have a hot chocolate together in a Parisian cafè? Eating macarons? And go to that Blibrarian guys party that she never attended? And kick in the ass Alexander Petrovksy?? While Big is coming to save the day? 🙂 So, here we are, and for this one I think I’ll chose… hot coffee, maybe a nice frothy cappuccino and some sweet pastries! You know, when she’s in that cafè, smoking and feeding the Dogue de Bordeaux? Adorable, so sad… so nice…

 

 

 

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And so, that’s it! We’re all set, ready for a great dreamy afternoon indoors, no need to get out with all that cold wind and chilly air, just stay home, relax, eat good things and be happy with your beloved movies, which ones will you chose?? Happy autumn!!!! 

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Homameade ice cream very Meryl! part 3

Hi everyone! So today is part 3 from my ice cream experiment and I will tell you how it turned out! Well, it was verrry nice!!!!! SOOOO lavender tasty that it was nearly unbelievable, really! 
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It was smooth yet icy, creamy but deliciously cool and it had this out of this world flavour of freshly picked lavender flowers, it was like having an infusion of lavender essential oil, incredible! But one warning 🙂 while you could eat as much as you wish of a basic flavoured ice cream, such as chocolate or vanilla, this one you cannot! It is so strange a flavour, I believe it would work best served after a meal to refresh the palate. So just one or two scoops of this delicate, flowery, vintage, old fashioned dessert! So weird 🙂 But it is so nice and good you must try it! Maybe at the end of a romantic dinner, or it would be great at the end of a summery, hot evening or at a july party, you will amaze your guests!!!

gelatino1So, if you are in an ice cream mood and wanna try something verrry different, go and make this recipe, you’ll be happy, I assure! And you will definitely will feel very Nancy Meyers-esque while you will be stirring a gently boiling pan of rich, lushious, lavender perfumed cream in your lovely kitchen 🙂 Have a great evening and…

 

 

 

Adam: “This was so nice and relaxing and the lavender ice cream was actually the best dessert of any sort I’ve ever had like… in my life!

Jane: “Aw, thank you! I always make ice cream when I can’t sleep, so I’m glad someone was here to eat it!”

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Homemade ice cream very Meryl – part two

Hi everyone! I did it, I DID IT!!! I made my very first LAVENDER HONEY ICE CREAM!!!! Inspired by Nancy Meyers’ movie It’s complicated, in the cute scene where Jane (Meryl Streep) and her ex husband Jake (Alec Baldwin)Its_complicated_ver2 are chatting together during a lovely bubble bath! And in the meantime he eats that particular ice cream! Yesterday I told you a bit about the movie and today I went and made it, and by the way, very first time that I prepare home made ice cream ever! [click here to read it]

I love gardening and I was so luckhat lavy to be able to use my very own lavender from the garden. Which was filling the air around with an intoxicating perfume, soo good! I took ten, eleven ears. And I needed the cornflour starch and the honey, the rest I already had. So, the recipe!

 

 

 

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Ingredients:

– 2 teaspoons of cornflour starch16649-30346

– 4 egg yolks

– 6 tablespoons of honey

– lavender of course, a few sprigs (2 or 3 is already a LOT, believe me!)

– 2 cups of milk

– 2 cups of cream

 

 

Ok, it’s very funny to prepare this and it gives great satisfaction in the end, seeing the results. And it will be very easy!

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Begin by mixing in a bowl the cornflour starch, the 4 egg yolks and the honey. Set it aside.

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Clean and rinse the lavender sprigs, wash it thoroughly under the running water and break the sprigs a little: this will help all the good, nice essential oils to come out and give off their wonderful and distinct perfume. Put the lavender in a dish, ready to use.

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Now pour two cups of milk and put the milk in a pan.

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Add the lavender and put it on the stove, stirring it kindly with a spoon.

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The milk has to boil. It will take a bit, but you will be able to enjoy the milk vapours and the lavender oil rising from the pan and making you dream and wander far far away with lovely thoughts…

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Then you will see it, the milk all of a sudden will boil.

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Take the pan away from the fire and with a sieve, pour the milk in the eggs-honey-starch mixture. In this way all the lavender sprigs and flowers will be discarded and your ice cream will be nice and smooth. If you want you can leave the flowers, eh, it’s up to you! 🙂

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Once you’ve mixed the two creams, get the pan back on the fire and wait for the boiling point again. Keep stirring it gently. It will create a soft, rich, smooth, shiny, gorgeous, yellow, vanill-y cream that will make you swoon!

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Now turn off the stove and pour the cream in a cool bowl and leave it to cool completely.

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Oh, yes, you must wrap it up with some baking paper, so that the essential oil perfume will remain there and get infused and soak the cream and make it all nice and lovely.

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In the meantime take the cream, pour it into a mixing bowl and with your whisk, whip the whipping whipped cream!!! When it forms soft, firm, high peaks, fold it into the creamy mixture!

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Now put the whole thing in the refrigerator!

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Your ice cream is DONE!!!! Now all you have to do is stay home for the rest of the day watching movies, ’cause the ice cream needs to be stirred every two hours. In this way the ice crystals forming into it will be broken up and mixed well in the ice cream! I am now at this very moment and who knows how the ice cream will turn out?? 🙂

So this is the recipe and though I have not tasted the finished ice cream yet, I assure you it looked AMAZIIING!!!! So let’s wait together and I will tell you as soon as it is ready to be served! Oh, yes, it will take a few hours to be ready! One thing: while preparing the ice cream one thought occurred to me, movie-wise… Jane is preparing the ice cream when she cannot sleep, but there are the girls sleeping at home. And every thing ok, it is a very relaxing and enjoying recipe and procedure, until you get to the whipping cream part and it was like RRRRAEAEEWGGAGAHHZZZZZ!!!! So, I smiled thinking about Gabby (Zoe Kazan) and Lauren (Caitlin Fitzgerald) waked up in the middle of the night by the mixer roaring and buzzing like hell in the kitchen!!

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I hope you will try this recipe and… see you soon for another movie post! Have a lovely day! And…

Jake: And what’s with the “big guy”? Is it because I’m fat?

Jane: …!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Homemade ice cream very Meryl!

Hi everyone! It is full summer here in Italy now and we are all totally bursting out in flames. You can just spend Its_complicated_ver2all day splashing your face and arms with cold water or taking a hundred showers ALL day long! And try to make your home as fresh and cool as possible, creating a little haven of quiet and comforting peace. Out there let the sun burn, into your house, let it go Elsa style! And to chill out a bit, today I prepared myself a pitcher of iced tea, kicked off my sandals and chose… well, one of my top favorite movies! Nancy Meyers’ It’s complicated!!! There is something instantly soothing about every single Nancy Meyers’ movie, don’t you think? 🙂 It’s like entering a world of – well, they funnily call it houses porn (!!!), that’s to say, every movie has such gorgeous, unbelievable settings and houses that you just could die watching those movies! And then the stories are always light, funny, filled with romance, nice feelings and great comedy. And all her actors and actresses are … just … classic! Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep … !! You just can’t go wrong if you chose a Nancy Meyers movie for a quiet evening!

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And today I was particularly in a It’s complicated mood! Because it is summery, it is California style, and Meryl Streep is the adorable owner of an AMAZIIING patisserie and a fabulous cook! She has been divorced from her husband (a simply irresistible Alec Baldwin) for ten years and now, with her three kids all grown up and her shop all under way, she finds herself in a new relationship with… her husband!!! So cute and fun, you have to see it!

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And in one particular scene, they are together in their old, beautiful house, during the night. Jane (Meryl Streep) is taking a relaxing bubble bath, while Jake (Baldwin) is just sitting on the floor and they chat and laugh and think about good ol’ times. And since she is such a great cook, her hous is always filled with mouth watering food and delicious things. And during this romantic scene, Jake is having a cup of delectable lavender honey home made ice cream! Yes, exactly!! Oh my god! When she cannot sleep at night she usually prepares this creamy, wonderful ice cream…

And so, ok, go! Book shelf, Hermes House cookbook, ice creams section, and check: lavender honey ice cream!

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So the recipe will have to wait, in the meantime I went to a beautiful shopping center where, besides great fashion outlets, there are cute little ice cream and crepes shops and since it was so incredibly HOT, I got into this nice, shiny ice cream shop that had the most inviting ice cream flavours, yum! I chose la spécialité de la maison, that’s to say, Bonetti Cream, a rich, vanilla cream filled with chunks of biscuits and dark chocolate chips… Uuuuh!!! Very good, Bonetti ice cream shop, veeery good, well done!!! 🙂 I will definitely go back there and have some MORE ice cream, mh mh! gelatoso

And so, waiting for the ingredients, I bid you good night and I will be back tomorrow with part two [click here to read it] and … the RECIPE and the photographsss!!! Have a lovely evening! And…

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Jake: What ice cream is this?

Jane: Lavender honey…

Jake: Not sleeping again, huh?

 

 

Thoughts on cookbooks

downloadHi everyone, today I was wondering about a thing that happened a few days ago and again today: after the cronuts recipe that I hope you have read about ;), I wanted to try the croissants and then, today, the donuts recipe. Well, I must say that I was a bit taken aback when I used the recipe on the back of the donut cutter that I just had bought.  This because it suggested to use the wrong amount of flour, the wrong amount of sugar…!!! And so did the recipe for the croissants, auuuughh!!! I was there, all happy and cook-like feeling, and then I found myself with this sticky, gluey dough and… wawugh, so frustrating! I grabbed the flour and go go go! Doubled the amount and for the sugar too, then I was able to knead the batter, which had become this soft, deliciously bread&butter smelling, adorable ball of dough. This is how they turned out, I was sooo glad and had a hot, sugar glaze coated donut right away, yesss!!

But then I started to think about the wrong recipes and the next step was Nora Ephron’s Julie&Julia movie. Have you ever seen it? Based on the book by Julie Powell, it tells the parallel culinary story of worldwide famous cook Julia Child and this brave girl who decides to cook All the recipes contained in Child’s great cookbook Mastering the art of french cooking in one year. It is a splendid comedy, so well written and directed that watching it feels like going on vacation… a french, delightful vacation. The movie has it all, the luscious food, the parisian heart breakingly beautiful sets, sweet Amy Adams and a majestic Meryl Streep, obviously playing Julia Child.

simone-beck-actressIn the movie, she gets together with two other female cooks in Paris,  and the three of them decide to write a book to teach to the american the art of cooking the mouth watering french cuisine. Of course writing the book will take so much efforts and time and moments of despair. But one in particular impressed me and it was the moment I was thinking about with my flour and sugar accident today.

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Julia and her cooking partners went to see Irma Rombauer, the famous american cookbook author, best knownfor The joy of cooking book. In the movie she is played by a perfect Frances Sternhager! During their meeting in this nice livingroom, Julia is discussing the book, trying to get some good hints and ispirations for the publishing by mrs Rombauer. Julia talks about the time that it is taking to experiment all the recipes first…

Yes. Julia Child experimented every single recipe she wrote in her book!

…and asks Rombauer how much did it take to her to do this, while writing The joy of cooking.

Well, says Rombauer, none! I didn’t tried out ALL the recipes… Julia and her friends remain practically shocked by the fact.

ee811_the_joy_of_cooking_irma_rombauerThat is what I was thinking about. I was wondering if those who write nowadays cookbooks experiment first the recipes they are going to write. I mean, I hope they do, I like to think about cooks all around the world, or maybe cooking writers, who find themselves in a kitchen, with the ingredients on the table, while they are testing a well known dish, or maybe creating something brand new. How do they know what to do? Where did the first chef take his or her inspiration? Or ingredients amounts? This chef is standing there and … and creates, mixes,smooths, pours, cuts, kneads, and something amazing happens… Something that soothes you, comforts you and inspires you. And at the end of the process, also and most of all feeds you and makes you feel complete.

You remember what Richard Gere says in Autumn in New York: food is the only beautiful think that actually feeds and nurture you.

I like to think that Julia Child took the cooking so seriously and did fight against all the publishers and people who at first didn’t understand what she was trying to do with her book, or that wanted to restrict her efforts and did not give the proper credit and value to her great work. She wanted her book to be perfect, she wanted to create something good and true, real, useful, helpful and guaranteed by her time and hard work. An important, strong, let’s get to business cookbook!

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Cookbooks… I love cookbooks, I am always looking for new ones to enrich my collection and I must say I especially love the Hermes House cook books! They are filled with great pictures, very original recipes and they are a delight to read! And above all they are sooo beautiful to look at, they have wonderful photographs and are so well written, with always an interesting history introduction about the cuisine they are talking about. And then they are very block-like shaped, with nice, smooth paper covers, it is a pleasure to read them and go through the pages! Sometimes I just take one from the bookshelf and go through the pages, admiring the lovely details of the photography, the bunches of lavender near the plates, the white cast iron egg tray, the cherries covered in scintillating dew pearls, the gorgeous indian dishes, the country style french cakes, the soft soups… It is like entering another world…

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But I still do not have a copy of Mastering the art of french food. … Mmm… I always look it up on Amazon, and I never buy it. To me it feels like finally buying a rare piece of jewelry you’ve been wanting for a long time. I don’t know… Someday I’ll buy it, but I like to think about it as the Great Cook Book that in some way needs to be earned and waited for… It feels like something perfect and special, which contains foolproof recipes, filled with thought and scientific precision.

One day I will buy it and I will be finally able to read all those grand recipes. For now, I will try to make more experiences with all kinds of books and recipes, even the one I’ll find on the back of new bought dough cutters…! And…

Julia: “Bon appetit!”

Julie: “Booon… appetit!!!”

 

Cronuts craze & Two broke girls

Hi everyone! This is the very first post ever on my new site, so exciting! Well, let’s begin! I like tv series very much, atwo broke girls posternd I am a Will&Grace, Sex&the city, Big Bang theory kinda girl. I also like to prepare cupcakes and some time ago a friend of mine told me if I’ve ever seen 2 Broke Girls, cause one of the two main characters bakes gorgeous cupcakes. No, I’ve never, but then my dad (the Emperor of tv series!) bought in Austria the first series dvd box and after months (I was very reluctant, I really can’t say why), I watched it. Oh. God. I ….LLOVED IT!!!!! I immediately bought online the second series dvd box and suffered until I could order the third one, which was at the time unavailable!!

I just can’t get enough of this show, it is fresh, modern, unbelievably funny and I love the two girls, but also ALL the other characters, it can’t fail to make me burst out with laughter! The show is created by Michael Patrick King&Whitney Cummings and for the sex&the city addicts it is veeery clear where all the spunk and cleverness of the series is coming, very bright and edgy! The story is about cynical but good hearted waitress Max Black, who works in a rough but funny Williamsburg diner, and Caroline Channing, Manhattan princess who finds herself without money because her multimillionaire dad goes to prison for economical fraud. Caroline gets hired at the diner but while Max is very tough and life-expert, she can’t handle hard work. Max will take her under her wing and under her roof and the two girls will start to complete one another, Max will teach Caroline how to go through life and Caroline, thanks to her education and enterprenurial drive will convince Max, who is a grrreat cupcake baker, to open a cupcake shop together and aim for the stars!

I simply love both of them, exactly because they have all of it: Max is strong, funny, sarcastic and witty, Caroline has the New York fashionista mind, knows all about art, foreign languages, culture, is very refined and cute and so they kinda create the perfect girl being together. And yes, I have started looking for Caroline necklace in bijoux stores and I can say that I’ve found one, and when I am in a 2 Broke Girls mood I can put it on and feel very inspired! And yes, I’ve started baking a lotta more cupcakes, eheh, while thinking about Max’s hilarious quotes.

But then, in an episode, it was more than the cupcakes, a lightning bolt! In the third series, in episode 5, the new trend in town is… CRONUTS!

What? Cronuts? Yes, cronuts! The ultimate, delicious novelty in New York, the amazing combination of croissant & donuts is the cronut!

And so I started looking up online and there were all this mouth watering pictures of crunchy, soft, golden sugared and glazed pastries and I said to myself: “Do it!” And so if you wanna try the grrreat cronuts here it goes, the delicious recipe!

The ingredients are:spoon

1 packet of dry yeast

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup warm water (I always use the same mug for all recipes and it works!)

4  tablespoons white sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 egg

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30 ounces all-purpose flour, more as needed

7 ounces unsalted butter (work it in a bowl before, until creamy and smooth, ready to spread)

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First you put the yeast in a large bowl and add the water, then let it sit for five minutes. It will start to create a delicate paste. Then add all the other ingredients, the flour at the end, but Do Not add the soft unsalted butter. Mix all well and then knead the dough on a board, using some flour to smooth it and make it less sticky and more kneadable. Then form a ball and wrap it in plastic film, then refrigerate it for twenty minutes.

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Then, take it out of the fridge and carefully roll it with a pin. You wanna form a rectangle

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Then you will spread half of the soft butter in the middle of the rectangle, as if it was divided in three parts. Then fold it and put the second half of the butter on the part on top. Then cover with the other part of dough.

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Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then roll it out into a new rectangle and fold it in three, as before. Refrigerate for 40 minutes. Roll it out again, you are doing a croissant kinda dough, which was pretty amazing, I felt like Meryl Streep in “It’s complicated”!, and and fold it and refrigerate for three hours! You may watch eleven episodes of 2 Broke Girls for inspiration to help time pass…!

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Now take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out and cut it with round pastry cutters in donuts shapes. Let them rest in a warm place under a towel for 30 minutes and then, people… HOOOT vegetable oil and then FRY those gorgeous cronuts!

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You made them! Very good! Fry the pastries two minutes circa for side, then put them on kitchen paper to drain and then, well, the sky is your limit! Glaze them, sprinkle some sugar, chocolate drizzles, eat them with custard, lemon cream, jam, whatever rocks your boat!

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I baked these cronuts today for the first time ever and I was so happy, I felt so satisfied and they turned out delicious! So, I’ll see you soon, dear readers, with more films&tv inspired thoughts and ideas! Thanks for reading my first post, have a  lovely day and…

Max: “What’s a cronut?”

Caroline: “A half croissant – half donut!”

Max: “They sound stupid! … Stupid DELICIOUS!!!!

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