Sunday, December 18, 2011

Glorious Nutshells- no Need of Nutcracker

...and i can see why they don't make them least at home. smart, those young Moldovan ladies. Who has the time to stuff nut shells when you can buy a cake from Franzeluta? Thumbs up.

Nah. Every year when I go home I bring some of my mom's cookery treasures, antiques or vintage stuff of the Old World. Some of those gizmos are nostalgically looked upon here in the US, like my manual meat mincer that has a few attachments for cookie making. So it all started somewhere.

But anyways, nostalgia aside, I dared make those and they were simply delightful. The walnuts and rose jam were brought all the way from Moldova, harvested from our very own walnut tree and rose bush....ah....

I must be nuts.... :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum....,

wie treu sind deine Bl├Ątter!
 And moist, nutty, fruity and simply delicious.
 The cake is eggless and dairy free, which makes it a vegan delight-
 a recipe my friend passed on to me when I visited Germany, in 2001. It uses applesauce
in lieu of sourcream and vegetable oil....hence the dense, moist texture- love it while it lasts!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Potato and Carrot Bake- Simply Heaven

Layered potatoes and carrots, plenty of butter and peppery-garlicky heavy cream, topped (and layered) with mozzarella, baked to perfection- a panacea for cold blues. That is, if you do not care for that extra cushion around your hips. Some call them Love Handles!  Come on, it is good for you.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Carrot, Tofu and Peanuts- a Crunchy Monday

Gingery, sourish, sweetish, and a ton of crunch. The roasted bell peppers give great flavour to this simple, but delectable dish. And healthy. Tofu loves it, many great applauds!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gingerbread Spritz Cookies- Dashing Though the Dough

Commercial side apart, Christmas time is fun  for kids and grown ups alike. It would have been unthinkable to commence the Season about end of November in Moldova, but here (we all know why) looks like even June is late. But most of us like cookies, don't we? With or without occasion, I suppose. And why not add a little sparkle to those cute Spritz cookies that always intimidated me- more than the cookie, it was the tool used to make them. Until We tried. And man, did we have fun!!!!

...and the best part of all, is when they GO ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE!

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