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10.11.2011., četvrtak


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Cooking Made Simple

cooking made simple

  • (cook) someone who cooks food

  • The process of preparing food by heating it

  • The practice or skill of preparing food

  • Food that has been prepared in a particular way

  • (cook) prepare a hot meal; "My husband doesn't cook"

  • the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

  • A medicinal herb, or a medicine made from one

  • any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

  • having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved; "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance"

  • elementary: easy and not involved or complicated; "an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"

  • Made or formed in a particular place or by a particular process

  • (of a bed) having the sheets and blankets set in order; "a neatly made bed"

  • successful or assured of success; "now I am a made man forever"- Christopher Marlowe

  • produced by a manufacturing process; "bought some made goods at the local store; rope and nails"

Life's Simple Pleasures(2)

Life's Simple Pleasures(2)

I usually find baking very comforting however it can be devastating when it turns to a disaster. To avoid this now I only go for simple recipes when I'm doing it just for fun. Sometimes making your own recipe is part of the fun however a bit risky.

Back home there is a sweet bakery shop which I love it's apple pies and really miss them here. Well it's not actually a real apple pie, they call it apple pie. It's just a simple cake with a layer of delicious apple cinnamon sauce near it's bottom.

Last night when I had difficulty sleeping, instead of counting sheep I was thinking of baking something to resemble that so called apple pie. here is the recipe:


For the Cake
100g self-raising flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
50g caster sugar
20g melted butter
100g soy milk

For the sauce
100g grated cooking apple
30g soy milk (or water)
1-2 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spices (optional)
a little bit of butter (optional)
20g crushed walnut or pecans


1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degree
2. line a cake tin with non-stick baking sheet
3. Mix all the sauce ingredients and put on a low heat for a short while to form a paste and let cool before adding to the batter.
4. In a bowl mix well egg, vanilla and caster sugar.
5. Add melted butte and soy milk and whisk together.
6. Now pour the mixture over flour and baking soda, don't whisk too much. just form the batter.
7. Pour half of the batter in the cake tin, add all the apple sauce. Then cover it with the remaining of batter.
8. Place in the oven until baked. It took around 40 min.
9. Decorate with melted white chocolate (optional)
10. Enjoy!

After all, I have to admit it's not a fully tested recipe! Let me explain! I only had 75g of self raising flour and used strong white bread flour for the remaining. I forget to put baking soda or baking powder, but it was fine thank to self-raising flour. I didn't have any vanilla essence left, so I went for lemon zest and some drops of it's juice. My grater is very fine and small, therefor I chopped the eating (not cooking!) apples. I think it's all you should know :D

The result is a good afternoon tea cake but nothing near their apple pie except from smell of cinnamon and taste of apple :)) Their cake is very tender and a bit dry which I think it's a butter cake with no soy milk in! I only use soy milk because I have it in the fridge and I'm not comfortable with using too much butter or sugar in my cakes and usually try to use only one egg in my recipes. All because then I can have the whole cake without feeling too much guilt afterward! One of the disadvantages of not having family around when baking is that you can have it all in one go, all by yourself. Some impatient person like me wouldn't even let it to cool down!

Steak Burrito

Steak Burrito

13th May 2011

From Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers, which is such a fab book. This was absolutely lovely and made all the components that I could myself. I love build-your-own meals and I am amazed there was a single bean to be refried and eaten with this as I spent all afternoon eating cooked pinto beans from the bowl. The only difficult thing was cooking four recipes from one book!

I think we're getting into the swing of Fun Food Friday.

I've set myself a challenge to only cook from books (rather than from internet or memory) for the whole of May 2011.

cooking made simple

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