Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Homemade gluten free chocolate cake - recipe with step-by-step photos

Ingredients for a 20x20cm tray :
  • 150 grams of dark chocolate
  • 90 grams of sugar
  • 60 grams of butter
  • 6 eggs
  • a bit of lemon juice

Preheat the oven at 180 Celsius degrees.

In a pot, add the chopped chocolate and the butter and let it melt.
Put the pot aside to cool.

Meanwhile, separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.

Whisk the egg whites with half of the sugar and the lemon juice.

Beat the egg yolks with the other half of sugar until they double the volume.

Mix the beaten egg yolks with the cooled chocolate.

Incorporate little by little the wisked egg whites into the egg yolks/chocolate mix.

Pour the composition in an oven pan covered with baking paper and let it bake for 30-35 minutes.

When ready let it cool and then spread some cocoa powder above (don't worry about the aspect from the photos below, because when you slice it, it will look OK - it's normal because it has no flour nor baking soda).

It´s excellent with some ice cream.

The original recipe can be found here

Friday, August 11, 2017

Creamy zucchini soup - recipe with step-by-step photos

  • 200 milliliters of water
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 spoons with sunflower oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 potato
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • some parsley
  • salt and pepper

Clean and cut the zucchini in small cubes.

In a pot, add the sunflower oil and when hot, add the chopped onion and the chopped garlic.

Let them simmer for a few minutes.

Meanwhile clean and cut the potato in small cubes. Add it in the pot and let it simmer for a minute.

Add the chopped zucchini and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes mixing from time to time until the water from the zucchini evaporates a bit.

Add the laurel leaf and the water. Cover the pot and let it boil at slow fire for 20-25 minutes or until the potato is tender.

When ready, take out the laurel leaf and add the chopped parsley, the salt and the pepper.

Mash everything together with a blender.

If you want you can stray the soup and you will have a fine, silky soup. But if you blend well the result it´s the same :) .

You can serve it with some croutons.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Homemade orange liqueur- another recipe with step-by-step photos

  • 200 grams of alcohool
  • 100 milliliters of water
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • the zest from 4 oranges

Mix the zest from the oranges with the alcohol (before that leave the oranges in water for 2 hours, so that the zest is clean).

Let it rest for 1 month in a closed jar.

After 1 month melt the sugar at slow fire until caramelized.

Don´t let the sugar burn otherwise the liqueur will be bitter.

Add the water and simmer for a few minutes. Let it cool!

Add the mix from sugar and water over the alcohol/orange mixture and let it rest for a few days.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Romanian soul cake ("coliva") - recipe with step-by-step photos

"Coliva" is a soul cake from boiled husked wheat mixed with crushed walnuts. It is used in various death-related events (when somebody dies, when somebody is commemorated in church, etc).

Ingredients for a small cake:
  • 700 milliliters of water
  • 250 grams of husked wheat
  • 100 grams of ground walnuts
  • 35 grams of sugar
  • rum
  • salt

For decoration
  • 50 grams of ground walnuts
  • 4-6 smashed biscuits
  • 6-8 halves of walnuts kernel
  • candies 

Wash the wheat 5 times in clean water, each time changing the water, until the water after wasthing remains clean.

Add 700 ml of water, the sugar and the salt over the husked wheat and boil it until the wheat is tender and there is still some water left in the pot. Let it rest in the fridge until the next day.

Add the crushed walnuts and the rum (according to your taste) and mix.
On a plate, add a detachable circle and add the composition. Let it stabilize in the fridge for a few hours.

Pour the ground walnuts and the smashed biscuits above the cake.

For decoration you can add candies, walnuts or chocolate.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Boema cake - recipe with step-by-step photos

Ingredients for the chocolate layer:
  • 200 grams of wheat flour
  • 150 milliliters of sunflower oil
  • 130 milliliters of milk
  • 120 grams of sugar
  • 50 grams of cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • half of a teaspoon with baking powder

Ingredients for the chocolate filling:
  • 150 grams of dark chocolate
  • 150 grams of fresh cream
  • 1 spoon with sugar

Ingredients for the syrup:
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 250 milliliters of water

Ingredients for the glaze:
  • 100 grams of dark chocolate
  • 100 grams of fresh cream
  • 20 grams of butter
  • 1 spoon with sugar

For the decoration:
  • 150 grams of fresh cream
  • 1 spoon with sugar
  • cherry syrup or chocolate syrup
  • grated chocolate

Prepare the chocolate layer:

Beat the eggs with the sugar for a few minutes until fluffy and creamy.

Add the milk and the sunflower oil over the eggs and mix.

In another bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder and the cocoa powder and pass it through a strainer over the eggs composition. Mix well.

Put the composition in an oven pan and let it in the oven at 180 Celsius degrees for 17-18 minutes.

Prepare the syrup:

Caramelize the sugar with 2 spoons with water.

When ready, add the remaining water and keep it on slow fire until the sugar dissolves.  Let it cool.

Prepare the chocolate filling:

Mix the chocolate with the fresh cream and the sugar and let them melt at slow fire.
Let it cool, then put the filling in the fridge for two hours.

Prepare the cream for the decoration:
Mix the fresh cream with the sugar and keep it in the fridge until you use it.

Prepare the glaze, just before using it:

Mix the chocolate with the fresh cream, the sugar and the butter and let it melt over a slow fire.

Assembling the cake:

Cut the chocolate layer in small rectangular pieces and pour the syrup over them.
Put it in the fridge for 2 hours so that the layer absorbs the syrup.

Add the glaze over the cubes and put it back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Add the chocolate filling over the glaze and on top the cream. You can decorate with grated chocolate, chocolate syrup, etc.

The original recipe can be found here

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Risotto alla carbonara - recipe with step-by-step photos

  • 700 milliliters of soup (from boiling chicken or vegetables)
  • 250 grams of risotto rice ("rizo Arborio")
  • 150 grams of bacon
  • 150 grams of fresh cream
  • 100 milliliters of white wine
  • 100 grams of cheese (Grana Padano)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 spoons with olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt

Beat the egg yolks with the cheese.

Add the fresh cream and mix.

Put some vegetables in 1 liter of water and let them boil (carrot, onion, parsley, celery, etc). When ready put the pot aside.


In another pot boil some water and put on top the pot with the egg/fresh cream, mixing continuously ("bain marie").

Fry the bacon in the olive oil. Take out the bacon without the liquid fat.

In that fat left in the pot from the bacon add the rice and let it fry for a few moments at medium fire.

Add the wine and mix until the wine evaporates.

Add 500 milliliters of soup and let it boil until the rice absorbs the broth.

Mix the egg mixture with the remaining soup and add it over the rice.  Let it simmer for a few minutes.

Add the fried bacon, salt and pepper according to taste, and let it simmer for another few minutes and the risotto is ready.


The original recipe can be found here


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