Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Fall Apple Bake

Beginning of fall this year has been rather busy, and we could hardly squeeze in any time for baking. Luckily, with abundance of our favourite fall produce, namely apples and pumpkin, we can find hundreds of recipes that do not require heavy time investment: our last Apple Bake took us just 15 min in preparation and another 15 in baking time. It's fresh, juicy, yummy and oh-so-easy to make.
All you need is>
- butterdej (butter, or puff pastry dough), 1 roll
- 4-5 apples
- tbsp of butter
- pinch of cinnamon
- 3 tbsp of powdered sugar (which can be replaced with honey)
- a handful of raisins and nuts

Preheat your oven to 200C. Cut apples into small cubes and caramelise them in a large frying pan: add the butter, sugar, nuts and raisins plus cinnamon until they are soft and juicy. Roll out the pastry dough. Spread the apples and roll the pastry. Give it 15 min in the oven and voila!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Holidays: Cote d'Azur

This has been a gorgeous summer, and we continued enjoying fantastic weather, sans heat wave, while taking holidays on the French Riviera mid August. The French are incredible hosts, and we had a beautiful time everywhere we went to: from our hub in Villefranche-Sur-Mer with the best beaches on the coast, to Eze Village with its medieval narrow streets, a castle and Fragonard museum, to Antibes with spectacular emerald sea and a great Picasso museum, and of course Monaco: a perfect, fairy-tale kingdom. Even touristy Nice and glitzy Cannes, although much more crowded and commercial, were still fun to visit for a couple of hours. In Villefranche-Sur-Mer we stayed in a charming, cozy family run hotel La Fiancee du Pirate, with amazing, long leisurely breakfasts, nice pool and breathtaking views. If you happen to visit Villefranche, do book a table at La Belle Etoile (superb food at decent price) and enjoy a cocktail or two at Welcome Hotel. Have a great last week of summer !

Friday, August 08, 2014

Heat Wave, This Time In Kyiv

If we thought +27C in Copenhagen was warm, we certainly felt the difference having travelled to Kyiv last week: the temperature jumped to +36-37C, and it felt like sauna 24/7. Seeing family, godchildren and reuniting with best friends - all that gave tons of positive energy, regardless of the heat wave. And of course, we had lots of good food and visited a few pretty cool new places: italian Vero Vero with a beautiful outdoor terrace on Podil, Smakotella with a strong air-con and the best ginger alcohol-free mojitos, Shoti with authentic Georgian cuisine (mouth-watering) and excellent service, and of course the old favourite, Lvivska Majsternia Shokoladu (Lviv Handmade Chocolate) with mind-blowing ice-cheesecake and chocolate ice-lattes. Thank you Kyiv. Slava Ukraini!