Wednesday, July 13, 2011

trip to Ringsjöstrand


"Look mom! I'm a sloth!!!"

I think I can, I think I can... but I'm scared to death...

My two little mermaids (both called Ariel, obviously)

I am tired of wainting for the marshmallows!
I am almost sure that the whole idea of the GPS came when a very unfortutate drive decided to drive somewhere in the middle of Sweden. I cannot believe that anyone could get the signs so confusing!!! So thank you, whoever you are, for inventing the wonerful GPS and thanks to you who came up with the idea of putting it in a mobile phone!! Brilliant!
Since Nick was going to pick up some pipes for the fireplace somewhere up in Skåne, he came up with the idea of turning it into a family trip to Ringsjö.
In the way we found out that Olivia gets sick in long car trips... not the best way to find out about it but one of the only ones I'm affraid... But mom was very well prepared so she didn't panic and changed the outfit, washed the car sit and sprayed som air freshener.
It was a very lovely day I have to say... I just can't get enough of seeing the girls enjoying themselves and having a good time. They jumped into the lake, climbed and jump in the playgrounds and we barbacued sausages and marshmallows (that should be another post because believe it or not we drove around like crazy just to find a place where barbacueing was allowed and ended up turning the tiny little thing in the middle of a national park...we had to play stupid and ignore the signs since the girls were about to have an hypoglycemic coma) 
Anyway... best day of the year so far... here are some pics... I have one on a curled up sausage but it is far too embarrassing to post it... 

Friday, July 8, 2011

James Martin's profiteroles

Ne-e, NEVER accuse a profiterole of being out of fashion! These things are heavenly!!!
After a very lovely lunch with friends and a whole lot of talking about food I got a craving for profiteroles with custard and dulce de leche; and since I had already whisked for two hours for making dulce de leche I figured it wouldn't hurt to try to make these...

The recipe comes at the end, in case you wanna try them. And I will have to say "thank you, James Martin for the recipe!".

For the choux pastry
  • 200ml/7fl oz cold water
  • 4 tsp caster sugar
  • 85g/3oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 115g/4oz plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 3 medium free-range eggs, beaten

    Preparation method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Place a small roasting tin in the bottom of the oven to heat.
  • For the choux pastry, place the water, sugar and butter into a large saucepan. Heat gently until the butter has melted.
  • Turn up the heat, then quickly pour in the flour and salt all in one go.
  • Remove from the heat and beat the mixture vigorously until a smooth paste is formed. Once the mixture comes away from the side of the pan, transfer to a large bowl and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, until the mixture is smooth and glossy and has a soft dropping consistency - you may not need it all.
  • Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Using a piping bag and plain 1cm/½in nozzle, pipe the mixture into small balls in lines across the baking sheet. Gently rub the top of each ball with a wet finger - this helps to make a crisper top.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Random pics...

I am not the best photographer in the world, (in fact i truly suck at it) and I do NOT have photoshop, (which I really really wish I had and knew how to use) cannot buy it, cannot download it, so it is what it is... Some random photos of the girls.