Sunday, January 22, 2017

These modest gifts has great sentimental value

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I felt spoiled last year holiday around Christmas. Spoiled by the good delicious food I get to eat but also gifts that I receive. I'm quite easy to please when it comes to presents because to me gifting comes from a warm place and gesture and that is always positive. Also I don't want to become a person that needed to be pleased. Please I don't.
Small things are usually great things!



 
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Ik voelde me toch een beetje verwend in de afgelopen feestdagen van vorige maand. Verwend met al het lekkere eten maar ook de cadeautjes die ik kreeg! Ik ben een makkelijk persoon en je kunt me blij maken met een simpel cadeau. Cadeautjes geven komt uit een warm gedachte en gebaar en dat is voor mij altijd positief. Ik wil daarnaast niet iemand worden die snel ontevreden word want klein gebaar hebben vaak een groot impact!

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Children with gifts
From work.
Keeping me well fed and moisterized!
My family
The gifts I usually get from family is usually food that I always accept gracefully but not always eat gracefully...

My friends
The presents I receive from girlyfriends are sweet, homey and practical ones.

These plants in glass pots are so minimalistic and wonderful! It makes my windowsill extra alive and perhaps a little bit Spring as well.
Self gift
One of the self gifting is this faux leather camera bag/case for my current camera and I bought it on eBay. I want to care for my camera more and I always wanted to buy a camera case.
The real leather camera cases are super pricey but also a lot bulky as well plus I haven`t a case that I like other than this faux leather one.
The camera case is actually sliiightly to small at the back where the camera edge and corner pops a little bit. Sigh o well life goes on.



Friday, January 20, 2017

Project: mini raspberry eggtart

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I've baked these sweet mini egg tarts with on top cacao powder and fresh raspberry a while ago. They were my last year Christmas desserts! You might have spot them in my IG before. Anyway, I am happily to share the recipe for you because this mini egg tart recipe is not only great for holiday but mainly for parties where you want to treat multiple friends or guests!


 
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Ik heb deze lief en schattige mini eiertaartjes met bovenop een laag cacaopoeder en een vers framboos alweer een tijdje geleden gemaakt. Namelijk vorig jaar Kerst. Misschien heb je ze eerder gezien op mn IG en vandaag deel ik met trots het recept aan jullie! Dit recept is namelijk ook zeer geschikt voor feestjes waar je vrienden of gasten in grote getallen wilt trakteren!

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The Ingredients
Sweet pastry crust

200 gr flour + 5 tbsp. almond flour
70-85 gr icing sugar - sweetened to your choice
120 gr butter
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk

Egg filling

200 milk
50 ml condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tbsp. sugar (optional since the condensed milk is sweet itself already)

Topping

1 packed fresh raspberries (125 gr)
cacao powder
I`ve used the mini muffin pan but you can use the regular muffin pan. You also need baking beads or beans too since `blind` baking is involved. If you don`t have baking beads you can also use dried beans or rice.
Dough play
No need to butter, oil or place a baking paper for the tart shells. The tart shells is buttery and greasy by itself already and should remove from the muffin pan very easily! I promise.
Yes it looks weird but the baking tray with the baking beads/beans that I have mentioned before helps to avoid the tart bottom to rise up. The weight of the baking beans will make sure you have a smooth tart bum! This process is also called `blind baking`

Time to serve & share!
I have 20 of them!

The Steps
1. In a large bowl add both the flour and icing sugar. Then add the butter to combine until it forms a crumbly dough. I used a wooden spoon first and after everything is getting mixed together I used my hand afterwards. Add the egg and lastly the milk to form a solid combined dough. Wrap around in cling wrap and let the dough rest in the fridge for 30 min.
2. Meanwhile you make the egg filling! Add everything in a jug and use a mixer to mixed everything until it`s combined and smooth and set aside in the fridge until usage. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Add some flour on the work surface. Roll out the dough until it has a thickness of around 3-5 mm. Time to cut out circles! I`ve used a round cutter for this job which the diameter has to be bigger than the muffin shell dimension. Cover the cut circle dough in the center on top of the outside of the bottom muffin pan. I managed to get 20 and half of tart shells out of it but it really depends on the muffin pan size and how thick you`ve rolled out the dough.
3. This is an important step. Grab a baking tray that has around the same size as the muffin pan and fill it with baking beans. Cover the tart shells with baking paper and place on top the baking tray with baking beans. This way the bottom of the tart shells will stay flat and smooth and will not rise thanks to the heavy baking beans.

(blind)Bake for 10-15 min.

4. Carefully remove the baking tray with baking beans, remove the tart shells and let it cool down.
5. Pre-heat oven to 200ºC again. Once the tart shells are cooled down pour the egg filling in the shells to 80% full.
6. Bake the egg tart for 15 min. Lower the temperature to 180ºC and continue to bake for 10 min. Let the egg tart slowly cool down inside the oven.
7. Once the egg tarts are cooled down, take the egg tarts out of the oven and top it with fresh raspberries and cacao powder. Then it`s serving time!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yarnfood: Japanese soft serve parfait

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My latest #yarnfood project is this lifesize matcha green tea soft serve parfait! You might have spot it before at my Instagram here.
The inspiration in making todays yarnfood came from a dessert café in Hong Kong called i CREMERiA Café where I had one of the best matcha green tea soft serve also known the 'shiratama anmitsu parfait' in my life. If you like ice cream and green tea this café is the place to be!


 
NL

Mijn allernieuwste #yarnfood project is deze levensgrote matcha groene thee softijs parfait! Wellicht heb je het eerder gezien op mijn Instagram. De inspiratie tot deze creatie was mijn bezoekje aan een ijssalon in Hong Kong genaamd i CREMERiA Café. Hier at ik een van de beste matcha groene thee softijs die ook de 'shiratama anmitsu parfait' word genoemd. Ben je dol op ijs & groene thee, deze plek zal je fantastisch vinden!

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i CREMERiA Café  - Mong Kok - Hong Kong
The inspiration for the yarnfood of today! This was in Hong Kong last summer where I had a ridiculous matcha flavored soft serve parfait also known the `shiratama anmitsu parfait` at the dessert café i CREMERiA Café. The desserts looks gorgeous but also this café interior is just amazing as well.
I will come back someday and try out the rest of their menu. I just hope i CREMERiA Café does not go bankrupt since businesses in HK come and go.
Shiratama anmitsu parfait
The calorie free version

#WIP

Yarn info
- Matcha green tea: Phildar Coton 3 `BAMBOU`
- Red azuki beans: Wibra `Nova` cotton
- Mochi: Søstrene Grene - cotton yarn - color #11-0701
- Chestnut: Scheepjes Catona `Yellow Gold`

Hook size: 2.5 mm - 3 mm

Filling: leftover yarn and polyester filling
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