My favorite way to serve and outstanding specialty hot beverages to my family or friends is by introducing them to flavored teas or coffee. We make our flavored spice mixtures in batches, using fresh grinded whole spices and other high quality spice powders, so that the blends stay aromatic and highly enjoyable, without being too artificial tasting.
This special precious like gold and intense flavored blend is based turmeric, cardamom, ginger and enriched with other aromas like star anise, nutmeg, fennel and cinnamon.
It’s delicious with simply hot milk or with black tea or even with coffee! A small quantity in cakes (for example carrot cake) would give a special note in a very simple way.
The first time I used a similar blend was simply with soy milk as a chai latte recipe but then I‘ve discovered how delicious is it with black tea and even with coffee.
I’ve changed the basic recipe a little bit and now I have the blend I need and which is best with the quality of spices I have.
Please don’t forget that each spice can have a very different intensity of aroma (quality, storage and age of the ingredients) and I suggest to check the taste first and if needed adjust to your personal taste.
Only four months ago we tried our fist experiments in catching the night stars and photographing the milky way, but at the end of February the core of the milky way will be visible again and I hope we will got the chance to escape the light pollution, get clear weather and some time for our beginners experiments.
I can’t wait to be again on Crete for a few days, enjoy the milder weather and the bright stars again!
Today we planned two delicious dishes (chicken with balsamic sauce and zucchini parmesan), but I needed one side dish more for some carbs. Checking my pantry I saw some millet which I found perfect for a quick side dish!
In order to make it easy I opted for some ready fried onions and for a special test some preserved lemons from the jar which I prepared last year.
For this preparation I use a double wall saucepot, which retains the heat and I can even turn out the heat, but in general it’s sufficient to use a big pot with will prevent dripping out the liquid while boiling. The cover is necessary!
If don’t have preserved lemons, you may use 1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest.
This is one of my favorites place in the forest. The trees are simply amazing and this by all kind of weather. I love colors and I love the sun, but I also like mystic look where colors seems to be erased and the world only in black and white.
Note: photos without adjustments.
Here is my choux recipe which I’m keeping since years.
I was used to prepare the sweet variation, but now I used them for a savory recipe using them at the place of “vol aux vents” cases with my vol au vent recipe for a Valentine Day suggestion. In this case I omitted the mushrooms and I used instead some diced parley root, but both would work fine!
For this special day I suggest to use either only one piece as entree or 3-4 pieces as main dish. Adapt the quantity of the filling to the needed portions as the empty choux can be kept for a few days or for other preparations.
For decoration I used carrots cut outs with cookies cutters (boil 3 minutes in salted water) and a few drops cream of balsamic shaped with a toothpick to hearth!
This recipe is double recipe: this means that the same ingredients had been used for both asparagus and prawns! The inspiration came from Jumbo Shrimp Parmesan by Marie
Both were amazing, we prepared both at the same time and both went perfectly with spaghetti for a full meal.
Winter days in Iceland are quite short, but it does not mean that it isn’t possible to stop to admire the most important sites along the golden circle. A time schedule would be very helpful in this case so that you know how to manage the time. This country is so beautiful it makes it really difficult not to stop for longer time at this awesome sights.
We were there only one week before the shortest day and the light began to come through at about 09:30, and the dark came just before 17:00.
Between the first light and the sun rise we could calculate about 1 1/2 hours and the same was for the sunset. We got real the best weather for this trip!
The sunny hours are something like a very long sunrise and a very long sunset; this means…WOW… golden hours all the day long!
The first place to visite was the enchanted þingvellir (Thingvellir) national park. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In winter we got the chance to see the frozen lake and the Öxarárfoss waterfall
We continued our trip in the direction of the Geysirs
Some more time for a quick lunch around this steamy geothermal area. From here in only a few minutes we reached the majestic Gullfoss waterfall.
The final stop in a natural hot-sprig just before heading in direction of Hella for dinner and a good sleep.
We’ve been for a few days in Iceland again! Last time we’ve visited Iceland it was in early September and we were so amazed that we found we have to go there.
So we were lucky to find flights for a reasonable time and we could visit our great friend in Reykjavik again and then start our 3 days tour before heading home.
The arrival by plane was breathtaking: many volcanoes covered snow and the Svartsengi geothermal power plant could be admired.
What for an incredible view! We could not wait to start our trip.
Before starting our hiking to the natural monument of the Roque Nublo, we stopped for a while wondering the light spectacle of the sun playing with the clouds. It was late in the afternoon and some rays found their way under the clouds. The golden light unlighted the South while on the top the clouds were playing with the wind.
We were lucky to enjoy a second hiking to the Roque Nublo this time just before the sunset with a cap of dark clouds after letting behind us the sunny southern part of the island. Strong winds and a the end light rain made this hike more adventurous and the landscape dreamy!
In the next days I will present you some of the pictures taken in this short hour, but intensive hour!