Homemade Vanilla Extract

Originally posted on Cooking Without Limits:
I always wanted to have a homemade vanilla extract. It has only 2 ingredients and is all natural, no chemicals at all. I found so many recipes on the net about the process and all of them had lots of vanilla beans. In my country vanilla beans are very…

Easy and delicious lentil burgers (hambúrgueres de lentilhas)

Originally posted on Cook the Beans:
Lentils, Lentils and more Lentils… they are delicious, yummy, a rich source of protein, fibre, iron, folate, easy to digest and easy to cook, the hard things is to decide what you are going to do with them since there are so versatile.. today I decided to do Lentil burgers,…

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes 

Originally posted on Absolutely Muffin:
I mean, what’s not to love about a recipe with the words ‘Gin’ in it? My tipple of choice (though a decision I often regret the day after a session) works wonderfully in these zesty little cupcakes which are perfect for your G&T drinking partner(s) in crime!? As the saying…

Chocolate Banana Muffins

How often do you have over-ripe bananas sitting on your counter? Is it just me? I swear it happens weekly, yet I continue to buy the same bunch that tends to go partially uneaten every time I do my shopping. Maybe it’s because I love a good challenge? Because Lord knows you can only make […]…

Breadsticks/grissini with rosemary and olive oil

Originally posted on sourdough movement:
Recently I read an interesting story on creation of breadsticks/grissini. They have originated in Torino, Piemonte, a region of northwest Italy. Grissini/breadsticks were invented around the end of the 17th century to cure the health problems of young Duke Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy. The story goes that the duke…

Grape almond cake (gluten free)

?  Season of grapes and my mind is blown! Bad thing is,many people underestimate them and don’t realize how delicious and nutritious (in small portions) really are. My daughter loves them and she,literally,can’t stop eating them! Such a great snack,adds incredible flavor in cooking as well as baking. In Greece,where grapes have been around since…

Canning 101 : You Can… Can!

Originally posted on How to Provide:
Canning is a brilliant way to preserve foods you love so that you can enjoy them year-round. You might be hesitant to try canning; don’t be! From jams and jellies to all manner of pickles, water-bath canning is a simple and safe process. Here is a quick walk-through, which…

Classic German Baking

A great book with a vast range of German dessert recipes. Well explained step by step with amazing picture of both the food and Germany scenes. Sadly not enough. That’s my only complaint about the book. 267 pages full of recipes but the pictures are scarce. Specially for those not used to the German desserts….

Raspberry Ripple layer cake

Originally posted on Absolutely Muffin:
If you watch Bake Off, there was controversy a couple of weeks ago when Paul dubbed Benjima’s naked cake a ‘bit of a mess’ or perhaps the word was ‘untidy’ I barely remember now because it was ridic. I really?love the rustic look of naked cakes and despite other people’s…

Spiderweb Candy

Originally posted on Recipes, Recipes, Recipes:
Spiderweb Candy Ingredients 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon shortening 1/3 cup flaked coconut, coarsely chopped Directions In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chips; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Transfer to a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in…