Sunday, 28 February 2016

Super healthy vitamin drink

Some vitamins to end the week always sounds good ;)

Ingredients (for 10 portions)

1kg beetroot
1 lemon
1/2kg carrots
1kg oranges
1kg apples
300g honey
cranberry juice
optional - chia seeds

Grate all the raw fruits and vegetables and then puree them until smooth. Take 4 big spoons of mash, add a spoon of honey and about 300 ml of cranberry juice. Puree until you have a juice consistency. At this point you may want to add a tea spoon of chia seeds into your drink.

PS: you can keep this mixture in fridge for about 5 days, but normally its gone by that time :)

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Weekend food - best home made pizza!

When I talk to my friends about cooking most of the times I get replies it's too complicated, takes a lot of time, there is complete mess in kitchen, ... Pretty much any excuse possible. So for today I want to show you a simple, easy and super tasty recipe for something everyone loves - pizza.
To do it correctly we need to prepare dough as first and then let it stand for couple hours. Yes this may sound time-consuming but its only needed 10 min of your time and afterwards you can do whatever you wish until you get hungry.
For the dough you will need:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup luke warm water
  • 1 pack of dry yeast
  • 1 table-spoon salt
  • 1 tea-spoon sugar
  • 2 table spoons olive oil

As first you need to mix pack of dry yeast with luke warm water and let it stand for about 3-5 min until it reaches creamy texture.

In mean time prepare your dry ingredients and mix them all together. When yeast did its magic add it to remaining ingredients and start mixing everything. I would really recommend using any of kitchen appliances for making a dough - you will need about 3 min on medium speed and then you can leave it for another 10 min on low-speed.

Once you have soft, non sticky dough you are ready to pack it and let it rest. Take it first out on any kitchen surface which you sprinkled with a bit of flour and just shape it into nice round ball. Grease any of your bowls with a bit of olive oil and place the dough in middle, "bad" side down. Use another couple drips and grease the top of dough so it can not dry out and crack while rising.

Cover it and let it rest on warm, non windy place for minimum of 2 hours (I had days where I took it out even after 4-5 hours and it was perfectly fine). My best practice is to put it in non heated oven, it stays nicely out of way and has peace to rise without anyone / anything disturbing it.
Once its done it will double or even triple its size. Take it out of bowl and place it on floured surface again and then stretch it until your desired shape/size is reached. With some practice you can do it simply with your hands or you can help yourself with rolling-pin.

Put a parchment paper on your baking tray or use pizza stone and transfer rolled dough onto it. Now you are ready to prepare your pizza!
Toppings you can select depending on your favorites, this time I used tomato sauce, corn, salami, olives, cheese, bacon and shortly before finish added freshly cut tomatoes. Don't forget to season everything with a bit of oregano, salt and pepper. Leave it in oven on 220°C for about 30-35 min, in last minutes you can put on grill function.

Enjoy it :) 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

DIY Concrete molds

Here I am again, with another DIY that might interest you.

I have been wanting to create concrete molds since quite long time, but never had a space where to put them on end. For now I have made just a little tealight holders, hoping once there will be enough space to create also some flower pots, some outdoor deco and who knows what else :)

For this project you will need:
- concrete (you can find it in any hardware store or order online)
- water
- wooden stick
- silicon forms
- old tea lights
- spray paint or acrylic paint
- Vaseline (optional help)

To start mix concrete with water, instructions should be written on your packaging. Be sure to mix it well enough so there are no lumps and on end you have consistency of a thick sauce or something like wet mud.

Fill your forms almost until the top and then let them dry for about 5 minutes. On end it should still be form-able, something like clay.

While you wait you can put some Vaseline on old candles - then its easier to get them out on end. I have also made it without this step - had no real problem of getting them out. So this is totally up to you if you wish to do it or not.

Once concrete starts getting its thickness but its still soft enough - clay consistency  start pressing old tea lights into it. Just go slowly and straight down. How deep you wish to go its again completely on you, I like to see part of tea light still looking out.

After this step let everything rest for at least some hours, best is over night. You will be then sure concrete has completely hardened.

Once this is done start removing your molds from silicon form, due to Vaseline I have managed to get just the candle out first, metal form after and then I could actually remove my mold out of forms.

At this phase I went over the holes with an old tea light again, just to remove any edge there might be left as well as using some sand paper on outside edges to smoothen them out. Like this your molds are ready to be painted - I have used silver and black spray paint, but you can also use any kind of acrylic color. In that case I would recommend sealing them with some transparent lack.

My final result turned out like this:

Hope you like them and would love to see what have you created :)