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Sour cherry popsicles

This is that kind of recipe that can be made from one single ingredient. I made it however from 2 because I found the sour cherries being too sour this year. So, I added a some sugar.

Pink lemon bath bombs

Some time ago I have received from a friend a pink fizzy salt for children's bath. My daughter was extremely delighted with it and she asked for more. The problem was that the salt has been brought from Germany and asking my friend to provide me more was a bit too complicated. But why not to do them myself, from healthy ingredients? Anyway, for my daughter anything that mattered was to be pink and to make a fisssss.
Making them was also an enjoyable activity with my daughter who was more than excited to contribute. After that, the difficult part was to be patient until it was the time for bath.

Grilled pepper and mascarpone soup

I would rarely do a soup out of grilled peppers and this is not because I do not like it but because the grilled pepper would not survive, being eaten first in a recipe like Roasted pepper salad.
When I was in Romania I brought some frozen homemade grilled peppers. As they were a lot, I picked a soup recipe with grilled peppers that I would not do myself from the start. It was then the perfect occasion to try it.

The taste of grilled peppers is persistent in the soup and this makes this soup a very special one. It is a rich tasty soup and the combination with mascarpone and basil makes it outstanding.

Charcoal red clay soap

I know, this is not for eating. This is a new challenge I've got as my best friend inspired me to try it. Knowing myself having too many passions I was somehow afraid to try a new one :) :) :) and after some years resisting and being only the user of my friend's soaps, she convinced me so I tried to do it myself. Thanks a lot G. for teaching me how to make soap and for introducing me to the world of natural homemade cosmetics. I never thought of finding so much fun in making your own soap and cosmetics...
I won't start now making a new blog with how to make soap as I am just a beginner in this area and, as I said before, I have other deep passions to follow. However, from time to time, I'll share here the photos of my trials and the recipe I used. For how to make soap or cosmetics, the internet is full of guides and I suggest that if you want to try, give a simple search or start reading sites like soapcalc.net and look for videos instructing how to do it.

This is my very first soap I ever made. It has a nice combination of oils and 2 great ingredients: red clay and activated charcoal. I made it with the idea of creating a facial soap but it is for sure very good for hands and body washing.

Basic country bread (version 2)

There is a love and hate story with this bread. And maybe this is what makes it exceptional. I love the taste, I love how it grows, I love its texture, I love how it sings, I love how it opens its ears, I love its colour, I love everything about this bread except what I hate for it... and that is working with its dough. It is so so difficult to preshape and shape such a wet dough. It is more like a running dough that sticks to everything: the board, the cutter, the hands. When you face this, the only way is to add more flour at the preshape phase in order to get rid of the whole mess.
Remembering the experiences, I have added 50g of flour more straight from the start. This made wonders later in the preshaping phase.
Other changes I made for this version were totally unintentional. The schedule was a complete challenge to fit in the program of the baking day, so I handled the bread phases only between other things.
The unexpected impressive result made me wonder what have I changed so much to make it so better.
Basically, we have the same recipe as for Basic country bread with few differences. Practically, even if the taste is as great as before, the aspect is much improved. Here it is:

Sourdough brioche


After a lot of days during this summer being away from my oven, I was so happy to come back to my sourdough baked breads. During this time, I have tasted a lot of breads bought from supermarkets, restaurants, local shops, from the most cheapest ones to the most fancy ones made with sourdough... or at least labeled like that. I couldn't find even one bread to say it was OK. What a disappointment... and you realize this only when you know what a good bread means.
This is a brioche recipe. Brioche might look sweet or maybe you think it is a kind of cake, but it isn't. It is very common that this kind of bread contains milk and/or butter. It might also contain sugar... well not in my case.
I have to be honest and recognise that this is not my type of bread, but I made it with a purpose: sandwich bread.  My daughter started the school and I wanted to make some sandwiches for her. It is true that for sandwiches what was annoying me when putting the bread in the sandwich maker was the shape. To get the shape you don't necessarily have to bake a brioche, it can be any kind of bread. However, I wanted to retry a brioche recipe (maybe to reconfirm to myself) and ... the bread was fine but.. simply not for my taste. The milk in bread makes it sweet and change totally the flavour of the classic bread. It is not bad, but it is just not the type of bread I prefer.

Sour cherry chocolate cake

I am so proud to make this cake for a very special occasion. My son just celebrated 4 months of life or 123 days. My daughter was the one selecting a chocolate cake for his celebration and she was so happy to blow the candle for him.
With such emotional moments, my small chocolate cake was a perfect choice. Also my husband was delighted to see his favourite fruits inside this cake.

When on top of the ingredients list you add passion and love, the experience of making an anniversary cake turns out to be a magical one.
Of course you can make this cake with fresh sour cherries but when their season is off you can chose to use defrosted. Or maybe you can extract them from compote.

As this cake is heavy enough because of the butter cream, I have kept the sugar at the minimum. Anyway, the chocolate contained enough sugar to make the cake sweet.

Enjoy !