26 August 2014

5 Things Tuesday #7

1) I'm back ! Long time no see ! (Pretty sure I say that in every post...) I was on holiday with my family for 10 days and we've been back for a week now, but I'm still not back on "home time". I feel like I still have millions of things to unpack and do and clean up, even though everything's pretty much done. Aaaah !

2) These last few days have been rainy and cold, which makes me want to stock up on comfy sweaters, curl up on the couch with a blanket and watch movies. And...

3) Can you believe Christmas is in only 4 months ???!!!!!!!! Where does the time go ?! I still think 2010 was last year, but we'll be ringin' in 2015 in FOUR MONTHS !! *head explodes*

4) I started watching Once Upon A Time about a month, month and a half ago, and watched the season 3 finale yesterday. I'm already having withdrawal ! This show is soooo good ! I don't know why I waited so long to watch it. Well... I was supposed/wanted to watch it back when it first started airing in 2011, but I'd started uni, which meant I didn't have a lot of time for TV shows, and I had to choose which shows I really wanted to follow... OUAT didn't make the cut. Obviously, every new show that did make the cut was cancelled after one season... Just my luck. Anyway, if you don't watch or know about this show, I suggest you take a look at it. I totally have a crush on Captain Hook, which isn't something I ever thought I'd say. My five year old self would probably laugh in my face if I told her that. I can't wait for it to start again in September ! Speaking of TV...
 
5) Fall premieres are approaching ! Like I said, I can't wait for OUAT, but I'm also very excited for other shows to come back. Grey's Anatomy has always been a favorite of mine, but I'm also waiting impatiently for The Middle (which you should definitely watch, I swear). Lots of other shows, too, but the list would be way too long for me to post. Are you excited about a show (or twenty) in particular ? If so, which one(s) ?

20 July 2014

Snickerdoodles (Cream of tartar & baking soda free)

Snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles.
What a weird fun word. Where did it even come from ? Snickerdoodles. Okay I'll stop now.

These cookies aren't known here in France. I stumbled upon a recipe for snickerdoodles maybe four or five years ago, and I'd never heard about them before. The recipe sounded delicious, so I thought I'd try them, even though I wasn't a big cinnamon fan back then.

 So I made the recipe, that called for cream of tartar and baking soda, without any cream of tartar or baking soda, because I didn't have any. I obviously used baking powder instead, hoping it would have the same effect. Well, 30 minutes out of the oven, the cookies were rock hard. Let's not even talk about the state they were in the next day (they were pretty much break your teeth hard).

But, you know, I'm stubborn, and I re-used the recipe many times, always using more baking powder. Well, it never worked. Then about three or four weeks ago I had a craving for snickerdoodles, but there was NO WAY I was gonna use that recipe, because I wanted to enjoy the cookies without worrying about them going solid as a rock. I found a recipe, divided the quantities (didn't want to end up with dozens of un-eatable cookies), and IT WORKED. They were still soft and delicious the next day ! Hurray !


Here's the recipe :

Snickerdoodles
Makes about 10 cookies
180g of flour
1/4 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking powder
110g of softened butter
150g of granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp of vanilla

Coating :
1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
1 tbsp of granulated sugar

Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
Mix the softened butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg, mix. Add the vanilla and mix.
Add the dry ingredients (a little at a time is easier) and mix until the dough is smooth.
You can now refrigerate the dough or choose to bake the cookies right away.
Mix the coating ingredients in a small bowl.
Shape little balls of dough (I used an ice cream scoop for even in size cookies) and roll them in the coating mixture, before putting them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until light golden brown, and firm around the edges, in a preheated oven, TH4/5.
Remove from oven, and let cool.

Note : adapted from Joy of Baking
Don't put the cookies too close to one another on the baking sheet, as they will spread as they bake.

See other recipes here

05 June 2014

Window Shopping #3

Did anyone watch The Normal Heart ? Because I did, and boy did I cry. Drown-in-my-own-tears cry. I blame the acting. It was exceptionnal. I have never cried so much watching a movie before. Or even a TV show, and I watch Grey's Anatomy, where bad things have happened to good people on a daily basis for the last 10 years, so that's saying a lot. I'm not going to spoil anything in case you haven't seen it but plan to, but Bruce's story about Albert is the one that got me the most. I'd accidentaly read a spoiler about the ending, so I'd prepared myself for it (though it still made me cry some more), but that entire scene with Bruce's story... I actually had to pause because I was sobbing so much.

Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, I went window shopping online. I'm so very bored with all my clothes, so here are a few picks from around the web. If anyone wants to send them to me for free, I wouldn't mind.

26 May 2014

Cookies

 

Today's one of those days.

It's been raining, and it's so windy outside I'm not sure I can let the dog out to pee because he might fly away. Yep, it's that windy.

I don't even know why I bothered doing my hair this morning cause once I step outside I'll look like a crazy person.

I just want to sit on the couch, watch a movie, drink hot chocolate and eat a cookie. Or four.


This cookie recipe is one I've used for years. I can't even remember where I found it in the first place. I've doubled it, added M&Ms, Smarties, cocoa powder, almond powder, white, milk or dark chocolate chips... It's one of those basic cookie recipe. You can add anything you want to to the dough.

The cookies in the pictures have dark chocolate chunks (left), white chocolate chunks (middle), and dark chocolate chunks with pralin, a mix of crushed almonds and hazelnut (right). Need I say they were delicious ? The recipe makes about 8 to 10 cookies, depending on the size of your scoop. 


Basic cookie recipe (makes about 8/10 cookies)
85 g of softened butter
50 g of granulated sugar
50 g of brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp of vanilla extract
150 g of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
100g of chocolate chips

Mix butter with sugars until well combined. Add egg, vanilla extract, beat.
Add flour, baking powder and salt. Once combined, add chocolate chips (or anything you want)
Form dough into balls and put on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 12/15 minutes (Th. 3/4)

Tips :
You can either put the dough in the fridge until you're ready to bake, or put it in the oven straight away.
Use an ice cream scoop to make your dough balls.
If you want to add cocoa powder, add about 2 tbsp, but add less flour.

See other recipes here.

19 May 2014

Homemade Peanut Butter


Do you know how expensive peanut butter is in France ? You can only find one brand (Skippy), one size jar (380g which is tiny, tiny, way too tiny to last more than a day) and it costs like 4€. Is that normal ? I mean I could buy a big jar of Nutella for that price.
So I decided I should make my own peanut butter, because surely it would cost less, and guess what ? It cost half the price for twice as much. Ah !
It only takes about 5 minutes in a food processor to get smooth-ish peanut butter. Process longer if you can wait before eating it. I didn't have that kind of patience so I directly poured it in a jar, took some bad pictures and then made a PB & Nutella sandwich.
If you've never tried it then we can't be friends.


Homemade Peanut Butter
500g of unsalted peanuts
Put the peanuts in a food processor and process until you have peanut butter (about 5 minutes).
Put the peanut butter in a jar and keep in the fridge.