Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cookie Bitching 2010

Yes Michelle, I'm on it, that is Christmas baking is already done.

There will be a trip to India next week and we will embark to Los Angeles on December 22 to celebrate Christmas and New Year with Toño's relatives. So I was forced to begin early in Advent with the traditional Christmas baking. And yes, I baked exactly the same as last year.

This at the bottom is pear bread and I usually make that in November as soon as the dried figs from İzmir are available. But was a bit late this year so I got a combined baking frenzy.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

There Is a Butcher Deep Down Inside Me

Since the best part of making hamburgers is operating the mincer.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Paupiettes in Autumn

I haven't bored you with a recipe in a while, so I do it again. This time it's for chestnut stuffed paupiettes with mashed pumpkin and potatoes on the side.

I asked my butcher to cut me some thin slices of beef and Toño brought me some roasted chestnuts he got from a street vendor. The slices of beef we smeared with mustard, added a slice of ham, thinly sliced leek and onions, topped it with rough crumbs of chestnut, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Seas Everything was rolled to nice paupiettes.

The paupiettes were briefly fried and then removed, the remains in the pan were used to make the sauce with flour, white wine, beef stock, thyme and rosemary. When the sauce was boiling, the paupiettes and the remaining stuffing was added again and braised for 50 minutes.

For the mashed potatoes, we replaced a third of the mass by pumpkins, which we processed together with the potatoes.

Friday, November 05, 2010

5 on the fifth - Recycled

This month's 5 on the fifth theme is Recycled.

I did a cheap one by just snapping what was being recycled this week.

Glass bottles To be disposed at the glass bottle banks in public places; sorted by colours; blue and red glass in green glass bottle bank; picture glass, window glass, crystal glass, safety glass, mirrors have to be brought to the recycling yards

Garden refuse collection In green containers or in handy bundles before 7 a.m. on the curb; weekly pickups for subscribers from March to December;

Paper collection Every fortnight bundled and tied before 7 a.m. on the curb; no collection boxes or paper bags!

PET bottles To be disposed at the 5000 PET bottle banks in the shops; squeeze the air out of the bottle to reduce space and put lid on; bottles for oil, vinegar, sauces, detergent and beauty products are not to be recycled

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