DIY: Spring Flower Jars

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Happy Good Friday, or just happy Friday if you don’t celebrate Easter.

Today’s recipe is a DIY. Its very easy to make and takes about 10-15 minutes a jar to make and is perfect to place on your Easter table during the festivities, and if you don’t celebrate Easter, remove the chicken and it will be a beautiful spring flower arrangement.

What you need:

Jar(s)

Water

Tree branches

Small decorative chickens (optional)

Moss

Wild flowers

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Directions

  1. Start by making a tree crown, intertwine several tree branches and bind them together with
  2. Start by filling your jar with a bit of water on the bottom.
  3. Cut a couple a tree branches into small pieces the same length as the bottom of the jar. Place the cut tree branches diagonally inside the jar, one across another so they make up a “net”.
  4. Cover the branch construction with moss.
  5. Place a couple of spring flowers in the jar. Place the tree crown around the upper part of the jar. Place the little chicken on the moss.

 

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Love, 

Charlie 

Saffron, Smoked Salmon And Red Chicory Risotto

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Happy Wednesday peeps.

It’s almost Easter time, which means its time for Easter egg hunts, lots and lots of candy and food.

I’m not a massive Easter fan, but I am a fan of every opportunity given to indulge in some good food. Hehe

This recipe I made a couple of weeks (!) ago and it was received with great success.

So I though this could be todays recipe here on Charlie’s world.

This risotto, by now you all know I love risotto, can easily be a fancy week dinner or a simple dinner to share with ones friends a Saturday night. It can easily go as a first course or as well a main course.

 

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Ingredients

 

½ head of red chicory

1-teaspoon saffron

7 oz. /200 g smoked salmon

¾ cups /1,5 dl chardonnay wine

1 -1 0.5 vegetable stock

1 ½ cup / 280 grams Risotto rice

1 garlic clove

½ chopped onion

Butter

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Parmesan (Optional)

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Method

 

  1. Heat the vegetable stock in a large pot. Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel garlic.
  2. In a large pan heat about 1 tbsp. of good quality olive oil over a low heat, add the garlic clove and the chopped onion. Fry gently for approximately 5- 10 minutes.
  3. Add the rice ad turn up the heat – the rice will now begin to lightly fry, so keep stirring it. After 1 minute it will look slightly translucent. Add the wine and keep stirring.
  4. Once the wine has cooked into the rice, add your first ladle of hot stock. Turn the heat down to a simmer so the rice doesn’t cook too quickly on the outside. Keep adding ladleful’s of stock, stirring and almost massaging the creamy starch out of the rice, allowing each ladleful to be absorbed before adding the next. This will take around about 15 minutes. Taste the rice – is it cooked? Carry on adding stock until the rice is soft but with a slight bite.
  5. Add the saffron and stir it around! It will become bright yellow and oh so colorful. It will also have an incredible smell.
  6. Chop the salmon and red chicory into small pieces and add them to the risotto. Give it a good stir. Taste with salt and pepper, add a tablespoon of butter to the risotto and give it a good stir around. If one wish, add some freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Love, 

Charlie 

 

walnut chocolate chip cookies

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Happy Friday peeps,

I’m extremely tired today. I’m having a full day in front of me and I’m functioning on less than 4 hours of sleep. But who am I to complain.

I’m happy to be welcoming the weeend and some down time.

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30 cookies

Ingredients

2 sticks / 230 grams butter

2 1/5 cups/ 5,5 dl flour

10 oz. /300g chocolate

4/5 cups /2 dl walnuts

1 egg

4/5 cups / 2 dl sugar

2/3 cups/ 1,5 dl brown sugars

1,5 tbsp. baking soda

0,5 tbsp. salt

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C / 375F
  2. Chop chocolate and walnuts roughly
  3. Mix butter, brown sugar and sugar until white and fluffy
  4. Stir in the egg to the butter mixture.
  5. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl, add into the butter mixture work it until it becomes a dough.
  6. Lastly mix in chopped chocolate and walnuts.
  7. Divide the dough in roughly 30 small pieces, roll into small balls. Distribute one inch apart on baking trays dressed in parchment paper.
  8. Cook for 10-11 minutes, until the cookies have gotten a bit of color.
  9. Done!

Love ,

Charlie xx

carrot cake

 

Carrot cake is one of my absolute favorite things in this world.

It is one of the few things that have always remained a constant favorite of mine, it’s the perfect cake to enjoy with a cup of tea, when one feels a bit sad and needs cheering up or even for desert after dinner. It’s the simply the best cake, according to me.

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Carrot cake

3 eggs

1 ¼ cups/ 3 dl sugar

1 & 2/3 cups / 4 dl flour

½ tsp. vanilla extract

4 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ginger

2 cups /4 ½ dl grated carrots

1 cup/ 2 ½ dl sunflower oil

Frosting

7 oz. / 200g cream cheese

3 ½ oz. /100g room temperature butter

zest from 1 organic lemon

2 cups / 4.5 dl of icing sugar

Decoration

Chopped hazelnuts

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Method

cake 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 175°C
  2. Whisk eggs and sugar until fluffy and light light yellow.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Carefully fold them into the egg batter.
  4. Add oil and grated carrots. Stir until a even batter.
  5. Dress a spring form with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  7. Put a side and let cool. When its cold start with the frosting

 

Frosting:

  1. Whisk cream cheese and room temperate butter until soft. Zest one lemon and add it. Add icing sugar mix until you get your desired consistent of frosting.
  2. Spread the frosting on top of the cake.
  3. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts on top of the cake.
  4. Done!

 

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Love 

charlie xx

Beef Meat Stew

hello my lovely peeps!

I thought winter was gone, like most of us did. But winter hit us yet again. The grass outside my window is once again white and the spring jacket has once again been shoved into the back of my closet and my winter jacket is currently hanging on a prime spot.

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What’s better than a warm and hearty Meat stew as the winter has decided to make reappearance into our lives. My lovely grandma inspires this recipe, she used to make the best meat stew when I was growing up, and what’s better during this cold and prolonged winter than a traditional family stew to keep us warm.

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Ingredients 

2.5 pounds /1 kg boneless meat chunks

2 yellow onions

4 carrots

1 garlic clove

1 Rosemary branch

2Cloves

10 whole allspice seeds

3 bay leaves

1 cup/ 2,5 dl good quality red wine

4.2 cups/ 10 dl beef stock

Salt

Pepper

Butter

1 Tbsp. Flour

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Peel and chop onions in large chunks. Peel garlic and cut it into small pieces. Peel carrots and cut into one- inch chunks on a diagonal.
  • Brown meat in butter in a pan.
  • In a cast iron pan, melt 1 table spoon of butter, add onion and garlic let cook for 5 minutes or until soften and golden. Add the carrots and stir.
  • Add the meat and powder with 1 tbsp. of flour. Give it a good stir.
  • Add the wine and let cook for 3-5 minutes on low heat.
  • Add the meat stock and spices and rosemary.
  • Cover with a lid and let cook on a low heat for 1-3 hours or until the meat is tender. Stir occasionally.
  • Taste with salt and pepper
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Love  

Charlie xx 

Brick oven cooked lamb stew

 

Today’s recipe is a lamb stew that has been cooked in my brick oven for 24 hours; it requires minimal work and has an amazing taste to it, it’s a great hearty comfort food.

We have a brick oven in our backyard and to say that it is used frequently is a big lie. But every now and again we fire it up, and we fill it up, we make pizza, legume stews, bread, vegetables and much more.

This stew one can make both in cast iron pot/dish on low heat or in a brick oven.

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2.2 pounds/ 1 kg of lamb meat

1 onion

2 potatoes diced

2 garlic cloves

½ dried chili pepper

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 carrot chopped

½ bottle of a good red wine

2 cups/4.5 dl of vegetable broth

Rosemary

Sage

Thyme

Cumin seeds

Fennel seeds

Olive oil

 

  1. Start by chopping the vegetables (not the garlic cloves). Place in the cast iron dish with a bit of olive oil.

(if you are cooking on a regular stove. Let all vegetables cook together with a bit of olive oil for about five minutes.)

  1. Add the meat.

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  1. Add spices and chili pepper. Cover with wine and broth. Cover with a lid.
  2. Place cast iron dish in brick oven.
  3. Stir every 4-5 hours, if you notice that the liquid starts to evaporate, add some more.
  4. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Enjoy.

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Love 

Charlie xx