Monday, July 20, 2015

Cheery Cherry Summer

... have just found some cherry tree photos i took this summer when the berries only started giving their first blush. Though the quality is not what i had meant it to be (the pics were taken with a mobile cam), yet the happy summer mood is transmitted anyway... agree? ツ

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lime & Pistacchios Sour Cream Cake

... would like to share this lovely recipe that is especially perfect on a hot summer day! This cake has a soft & light texture and is very juicy. Every bite seems like a citrus bomb blowing up inside your mouth! ... cups of hot chamomille tea make it a piece of heaven!
I guess, if you are not ready for an intense citrus explosion, you might even like to reduce the quantity of limes from 5 to 4, accordingly.
 
5 limes  ❂  100g butter (ghee)  ❂  140g sugar  ❂  1 pack of vanilla sugar  ❂  3 eggs  ❂  200g thick sour cream  ❂  250g all-purpose flour  ❂  1-2 tsp baking powder  ❂  ab. 80g pistacchios  ❂  powedered sugar (vanilla scented one would be even better❂  a pinch of cardamom
1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Beat 100g butter (or ghee), 140g sugar and 1 pack of vanilla sugar into thick paste.
3. Add 3 eggs and 200g sour cream, then, 250g flour, a generous pinch of cardamom and 1-2 tsp baking powder. Mix all together very well.
4. Pour the dough onto a baking tray (use parchment paper too). Cut 4 fresh limes (rather small- or middle-sized ones) into round thin slices and lay 'em out on the dough.
5. Bake ab. 20min. Now is the time to make a syrup: 
6. Making a syrup: Add one lime grated rind and juice into a water-sugar mix and cook for 3 min.
7. Soak a warm cake with the syrup and sprinkle with chopped pistacchios.
8. Once the cake is cool enough, sprinkle it with confectioners sugar.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My New African Violets

Recently, i was given a couple of African violets (Saintpaulias) - one has violet flowers and white, slightly ruffled edges (its name sounds like 'Mirror of Fate') and the other is 'Emerald Love' (E. Kolb) -- a chimera African violet with semidouble creamy white flowers and wide green edge. I've been circling around them with my cam quite enough, opting for most advantageous sides & angles for the shoot. So, here they are!
... since i am having my first species already, i am thinking now of arranging a small African Violets Garden with more sorts as a table centerpiece, or spotting 'em in groups somewhere near the windows.
AFRICAN VIOLETS LOVE: small, not tall pots (6-9cm ⌀), good drainage, warmth but not heat (16-21C), bright light but not direct sun rays and moderate watering, as the soil dries up.
AFRICAN VIOLETS DON't LIKE: water spraying when at bloom, draughts.
When necessary, dust from the leaves may be removed with a fine brush, or some say it's ok to gently showering the leaves with a warm water, taking care not to wet the soil as well. If any of you have saintpaulias, please advice what you do for the leaves to stay fresh and shiny? Is it safe watering them or not?
... i have already choosen some more sorts that i'd love to have, and you may check them up on my Pinterest HERE.