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Κυριακή, 19 Σεπτεμβρίου 2010

Τετάρτη, 8 Σεπτεμβρίου 2010

Apple, Walnut and Yogurt Cake

Apple, Walnut, Yogurt and Olive Oil Cake

makes 1 bundt pan

Note: these measurements are using a 125 ml container of yogurt, which I have found that is the standard size both in Spain and the US. I will refer to the 125 ml container as measure. I really need to give you an exact metric/US measure but in the meantime, I wanted to share this.

1 measure (125ml) plain yogurt
1 measure demerara sugar
1 measure sugar
4 eggs (3 if they are extra-large)
1 measure light olive oil
1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 measures gluten free flour mix or all purpose flour
1/2 tsp xanthan gum if using the gluten free mix
1 Tbs baking powder
pinch salt
handful of chopped walnuts
2 pink apples
2 tsp butter
2-3 Tbs sugar

Butter and flour the inside of a bundt pan.

Slice one of the apples thinly. Heat the butter and 1 Tbs sugar in a pan. Add the slices of apple and cook for a minute on each side. The sugar doesn't have to caramelize. Let the slices cool slightly and then line the bottom of the bundt pan with them, overlapping slightly.

Dice the other apples and cook them in the remaining butter and sugar. Let them cool.

In a bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour mix, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugars, eggs, olive oil, vanilla seeds and cinnamon. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and mix. Fold in the chopped walnuts and sauteed apples.

Pour batter into pan and bake in a 350F (180C) oven for about 30 minutes or until done (depending on the size of the pan)

(By Canelle et Vanille blog)

Δευτέρα, 23 Αυγούστου 2010

Δευτέρα, 24 Μαΐου 2010

Edgar Allan Poe, The lake 1827

The dim lake

In spring of youth it was my lot
To haunt of the wide world a spot
The which I could not love the less-
-So lovely was the loneliness
Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,
And the tall pines that towered around.
But when the Night had thrown her pall
Upon the spot, as upon all,
And the mystic wind went by
Murmuring in melody--
Then--ah, then, I would awake
To the terror of the lone lake.

Yet that terror was not fright,
But a tremulous delight--
A feeling not the jewelled mine
Could teach or bribe me to define--
Nor Love--although the Love were thine.

Death was in that poisonous wave,
And in its gulf a fitting grave
For him who thence could solace bring

To his lone imagining--
Whose solitary soul could make
An Eden of that dim lake

Edgar Allan Poe, The lake 1827

Τετάρτη, 31 Μαρτίου 2010

Happy Easter!

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
~ Traditional Irish Blessing

Παρασκευή, 5 Μαρτίου 2010

Oscar 2010!

This year the Academy Awards have 10 nominees up for best picture. Movies can take you on an amazing journey, but what if you wanted to take the next step and have your own adventure? Well, we’ve decided to list some great hotels that you might love if you are a fan of any of this year’s nominees. And the nominees are ……..

Movie: Avatar
Hotel: Blancaneaux Lodge:
Located in the beautiful lush jungles of Belize, a visit to the Blancaneaux Lodge might make you ask, “Am I in Pandora?” Owned by Francis Ford Coppola and his wife, this near picture perfect resort will make you feel like you have truly transported onto another world. Full of adventure; come and explore the ancient civilization of the Maya, take a canoe trip to Barton Creek Cave or head to Big Rock Falls by Horseback. And yes, this is all in 3D.

Movie: The Blind Side
Hotel: The Cloister at Sea Island:
If you love that home away from home feel, The Cloister at Sea Island is an icon of Southern hospitality and is a place where everyone can feel comfortable. Located off southeastern Georgia’s beautiful Atlantic coast, this resort is perfect for those who love outdoor activities, with enough space to even toss the football

Movie: The Hurt Locker
Hotel: Longitude 131:
Strand yourself in the middle of the desert and relax under the sun knowing you have just left all of your stresses behind you. At Longitude 131 in the Australian Aboriginal site of Uluru, the only mission you need to be on is one of relaxation and enjoyment. But when you feel that itch of adventure coming on, pick up the pace with an amazing helicopter tour of the area or go a little faster with a Harley Ride around the famous Ayers Rock.

Movie: Up
Hotel: Nimmo Bay Resort:
Get ready for a wilderness exploration that only this area of the world can give you. The Nimmo Bay Resort in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is an intimate and exclusive fly-in seaside resort is devoted to all things adventure. Fly-fishing, nature exploration and helicopter tours are only a few of the amazing actives that await you.

Movie: An Education
Hotel: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris:
For those looking to fall in love and discover a world of fun and adventure, what could be better than a trip to Paris? Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris exudes elegance and glamour showcasing French style at its very best right in high-fashion heart of the city. Enjoy classic French cuisine at the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée restaurant, or see and be seen at brasserie Le Relais.

Movie: District 9
Hotel: Morukuru:
Don’t worry, you won’t find any aliens here at this luxury South African getaway. Morukuru is set amongst the raw wilderness of the Madikwe Game Reserve, home to almost every type of big African game as well as over 350 varieties of birds and a spectrum of fish and will surly leave you with a feeling of a greater connection to nature in all its forms. This is truly a luxury destination like no other.

Movie: A Serious Man
Hotel: Blantyre:
If you have ever strived for perfection you will soon realize that the Blantyre resort might just be so. From beautifully landscaped gardens, exquisite decor and absolutely fabulous cuisine, this place is like a little piece of heaven in Lenox Massachusetts. But this resort also knows how to let loose with fabulous activities like hiking, snow shoeing, and tennis, it will make you realize that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Movie: Inglorious Basterds
Hotel: Roomers:
Fortunately for visitors to Roomers in Frankfurt, Germany there are no haters here, just casual elegance, high polished European design and friendly staff. This hotel offers a contemplative respite from the bustling city in which it resides, perfect for plotting out your next plan of action. And after a long day, pull up a chair at their bar, and sit amongst Frankfurt’s who’s who and jet set hipsters.

Movie: Up in the Air
Hotel: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas:
Like the tag line of the movie; “moving is living”, if you are the kind of person who live life on the go the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas might be your perfect vacation destination. This luxury 47-story hotel right in the center of the strip is a revolution of sustainable design and offers guests a non-gaming oasis of oriental calm amongst the excitement that awaits you outside its doors.

Movie: Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Hotel: Hotel Plaza Athenee:
Giving you that inspirational feel, like you are heading somewhere better then where you have been is the Hotel Plaza Athenee. Set in an ideal location in New York City for culture-seekers and only a block away from Central Park, it’s easy to understand why so many people have called this luxury hotel their home away from home.

Σάββατο, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2010

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