Friday, 28 September 2012

Office Outfit of the week!

Office Outfits 13 

Even though you don't easily make the connection between
grey and yellow gold, it is a combination that I find
elegant and interesting!

Daring Bakers - September 2012

For the September Challenge we had a really good concept. It was chosen by Patriv from Asi son las cosas.

We were given a few options on the dough and the filling choices were suggested, but pretty much left to our appetite!
So I made ground beef and cheese empanadas with a corn flour dough!

I made the ground beef sauce.
I left the dough to rise.
I put the dough in the pan using my hands, because it is not the type that can be rolled.
The cheese I used is Gouda.
Then the layer of beef (I strained it a bit, so that there wasn't much liquid).
G. is helping!
Ready to bake.
This is how it looks inside.

So easy to make and so good!!!!!!

Thank you for the Challenge Patriv!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Sugar Cookies!

I don't know why I love sugar cookies so much...

Any taste, any shape, any size... They are so versatile and you can play all you want with them.
I have a basic recipe and I work from that.
I like experimenting with flavours, icings and anything else I can think of!

I have made cinnamon flavour and I painted on them to resemble Dutch Porcelain!

One of my favourite is the Very vanilla sugar cookie, because I double the amount of vanilla essence. On these I used sugar paste tinted in assorted colours.
And I made them double deckers for double pleasure!

I also made apples, oranges and pears with vanilla flavour!
I decorated them with royal icing.

These "2"s are lemon sugar cookies, for which I used lemon zest, a couple of lemon juice drops and lemon enhanced vanilin.

As you can see, the "left overs" from the "2"s were filled with red & pink crushed candy and then baked, because I wanted to get this window glass effect!

Well, these are very cute. Honey sugar cookies!
I substituted some sugar for honey, cut small strips, rolled them and voila!

These are what I call, the healthy sugar cookie, made with dark brown sugar.
These are the ones I bake for Ioanna.
You cannot believe their smell!

These are a little strange. They are Green Tea sugar cookies. I tinted the dough green and the aroma of green tea comes from the sugar. I put a couple of green tea bags in a container with plain white sugar and left it closed for about a week. When I opened it, the smell was great!
The green tea taste of the cookies was not so intense, but I liked the result, so I will make them again, using a different technique, using green tea butter!

These are Ioanna's cookies!!!
I made the dough a little softer than it is normally, we rolled them and shaped them (both Ioanna and I), put some coloured RI roses on top, small pieces of marzipan (no, I didn't give her any marzipan, she is too young for nuts) and homemade pink sprinkles!
Oh, they were a hit!

I have many more ideas that I can't wait to try!!!!

I know I haven't mentioned any cocoa or chocolate. This is because I haven't tried to make my sugar cookie recipe using cocoa powder yet and also because I have found a chocolate cookie recipe that I think I like best.
I will come back on that subject!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Office Outfit of the week!

Office Outfits 12 

I really like grey.
It is a colour for every season, versatille and easy to
Therefore it is used often!

I like it with yellow. It brightens everything in the outfit!

Friday, 7 September 2012

Office Outfit of the week!

Office Outfits 11 

This week my favourite outfit was again my black dress!
I added a few details in pink and voila! Ready for the office!