Post Christmas


                       

                          Happy New Year everyone! 

                    I know it's a bit late:)






















I wish you very fun, creative and amazingly sweet and delicious 2013!!
After a massive absence of my behalf, here I am again.
Have been crafting,cooking,baking, working and God knows what else, but in other words - have been very busy and very happy!



Did try to stay healthy with some homemade flapjack


Christmas is over, New year’s celebrations too and we are all back to normal - more or less.





New year’s resolutions don’t really exist for me, except the usual - being and staying positive, try to relax more and not to try to do 1 million things at once...

I absolutely love Christmas and It always means home made food, the aroma of freshly baked biscuits, cakes and lots and lots of smiles, joy and laughter. The whole family getting together and chipping in the preparations for the festive celebrations.

As I used to work till and on the 24th Dec for almost 15 years, I have always dreamed of having some time off and really enjoing the whole Christmas spirit, preparations and celebrations. For years and years I used to just join the rest of the family at the table.

So here I am for 3rd year in a row, I am actually involved, (not to say the main cooking person) in the Christmas madness. Have to admit though, I love it, but it is so tiring too. 
Not complaining, just sharing..ha ha!

Unfortunately I wasn't capable of documenting all of my December creations, as I didn't have a camera for a while ( I am so happy now, I have upgraded it and so, so pleased!), and on top of that my little monkey was running around most of the time..so to say so - was a bit of a mission to take pictures and arrange props)

I hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves.

After such a big build up of preparations and expectations, we ( my husband, my son and myself) did a little trip to Switzerland, where we have our favorite relatives and hoping for some snow - there wasn’t any. Don’t have to mention that in the middle of our stay I got The Flu, then the rest of the female part of the household...Strangely enough, the boys were superbly healthy and looked after us very well.
Despite all that palaver, we had great time, traveled a bit, did see some snow and ate amazing food, drunk beautiful wine and had lots of interesting conversations.
 But about our Swiss trip some other time...

So, as I promised in my other blog: 
melonandpear.blogspot.com, to publish the recipes, here they are in pictures and text:



Apple Roulade

Ingredients:
4 eggs,
1/2 cup sugar,
3/4 cup all purpose flour,
1 tsp baking powder,
2 tbsp hot water,
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon,
5-6 cooking apples ,
icing sugar for dusting.



Preparation:
1. Line a large square baking cookie sheet with a wax paper. Grease the top of the paper with butter.
2. Peel off apples and grate them on a large wholes grater. Add cinnamon, mix it in, and spread apples on the buttered wax paper.
3. Preheat oven to 330F.
4. Separate egg yolks from whites. Put whites in a a large bowl or a stand-up mixer and beat them until almost stiff. Add gradually sugar and continue to beat until all the sugar dissolves.
5. Add yolks to the whites and mix with a spatula. Add hot water and mix again. Sift in flour and baking powder and fold them gently in the batter.
  1. Spread a batter on top of the apples.
7. Put the cooking sheet in the oven and bake the cake for about 40 minutes, or until the top is set and gold.
8. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool slightly, but not completely.
9. Turn it upside down on a smooth surface (wax paper up). Remove gently the paper. Starting with one end roll up the cake into a roulade. Let it cool down completely.
  1. Dust with icing sugar, cut into slices, and serve. 


PS: Thanks to mypotsandfrills.blogspot.co.uk for the recipe.

I did find on “you tube” some more instructions how to make and roll the base.




I will post the recipe for the cookies very shortly ...









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