Pear and blue cheese tart

Happy 23rd of December! who’s in the kitchen today? I assume most of us, its the day before Christmas and i have been stressed out these past days doing all sorts of things, from making homemade chocolates, homemade fudge, real food, preparing the Christmas ham, so time to post recipes has been lacking.

Pear and blue cheese tart, its easy and so delicious, interesting. It’s the perfect food for a girls night along with some salad and a lot of wine.

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For the pastry 

200 g (2 cups ) all purpose flour

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

130 g (1/2 cup) butter

1 large egg

For the topping 

2 large firm pears, cut into thin wedges

85 g (3 ounces) blue cheese (roquefort) crumbled

3 medium sprigs rosemary

3 tbsp olive oil

sea salt

peppercorns, crushed with mortar and pestle

Directions

  • for the pastry, combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. add the butter and use a knife to cut it into the flour until there are just small pieces left.  quickly rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until combined. add the egg and mix with the dough hooks of an electric mixer until crumbly. form the dough into a firm disc, wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze for 10 minutes.
  • preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 F
  • on a table countertop, place the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin to roll out into a large disc, large enough to line the bottom and sides of a 12 inch (30 cm) quiche dish.
  • fit the dough into the dish pushing it into the dish, especially along the edges. let the dough hang over the rim a little or cut it off . use a fork to pick the dough all over. bake for 15- 18 minutes.
  • arrange the pear wedges in overlapping circles on top of the warm rebaked pastry. sprinkle with the cheese and most of the rosemary. drizzle with olive oil, season to taste with sea salt and crushed peppercorns.
  • bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and the pastry is crisp
  • enjoy warm or cold!

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Love 

Charlie xx

Charlie’s Advent Calendar: Day 22 – Snowballs

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Christmas is literally 2 days away and we all have probably started to prepare all of the delicious Christmas food.

The food we wait all year to eat and then we stuff ourselves to the point we don’t even want to see it. Ever again, then come February we start to crave it again. It’s a vicious circle that goes around during our whole lives.

Today I though I would share a super quick, super cute chocolate truffle, which one can easily gift an acquaintance if one is out last minute. It takes approximately half an hour. Then I love the fact that they are named snowballs!

For approximately 15 snowballs:

200g / 7oz white chocolate

0.6 cups coconut flakes

1.5 tbsp. lemon juice

0.2 – 0.4 cups of coconut flakes for rolling

 

  • Start by melting the chocolate in a low heat Bain Marie. When it’s melted add coconut flakes, and stir.
  • Add the lemon juice a bit at a time, set a side and start shaping small balls when the batter is at body temperature. Roll in coconut flakes. Let them harden in the fridge.
  • Done!img_7157

 

hohoho

Charlie xx

Charlie’s Advent Calendar: day 20 – DIY Candy cone

img_7000I like to have something sweet in my Christmas tree, that’s a complete, lie – I like to fill my tree with sweet things. I have gingerbread cookies, with our names written on them in sugar icing. I have heart baskets filled with candy, candy cones, filled with chocolates! Why? Because every time I pass the Christmas tree I can nibble on something, isn’t that just the greatest thing ever? I do realize that it might not be very healthy, but can you really be healthy at Christmas? Maybe one can but I sure cant. I want hot chocolate in the evening after a long cold day, I want Nutella filled crepes on Christmas fairs, I want chocolates around the clock so now lets create a Christmas candy cane together?

 

What you need

 

Paper, rather large sheets of a color of your choosing

Ribbon, of your choosing

Glue,

Stapler

A main course plate

 

directions

With the help of a main course plate, draw a circle. Cut it out and fold in the middle so that you have a half circle.

Start rolling the left bottom towards the right. When the paper finishes staple it as high up as possible. Glue a ribbon along the edge of the cone.

On the inside of the cone staple a ribbon as high up as possible and bring it over in a half circle towards the other way towards the opposite side and attach it, now you can hang it in your tree.

Fill it with chocolate truffles and hang it in your tree.img_7004

Charlie’s Advent Calendar: DAY  18 – DIY GIFT BOXES

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Making a gift box might seem a bit much, when you can step out buy one pretty much anywhere.

But there is something with making things by yourself, and giving away things you have made yourself.

I made these out of thick paper and wallpaper (I committed a felony and stole some from my boyfriends company’s warehouse…)

 

To make these gift boxes you’ll need :

  • Paper a bit thicker than your normal A4 sheet
  • Colored paper or wall paper
  • Glue

 

box

  1. Cut a 20x 20 cm (8×8 inches) square
  2. on two opposite sides, make two incisions, 5 cm (2 inches) from the edge of the paper and make it 6 (2.3 inches) cm long.
  3. Fold up the sides of the box and glue it together, fold down the sides so that the box looks nicely and even

 

Lid

  1. Make a similar box but with sides a bit shorter for the lid.
  2.  And it’s done. Not hard at all making a gift box yourself.

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Hohoho

Charlie xx

Charlie’s Advent Calendar: Day 17 – The History Of Santa

 

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St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey). He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He was also a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it, he eventually became a saint and set sail towards england.

In the 16th Century in northern Europe, after the reformation, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas became unpopular.

But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became ‘Father Christmas’ or ‘Old Man Christmas’, an old character from stories plays during the middle ages in the UK and parts of northern Europe. In France, he was then known as ‘Père Nöel’ in Germany, the ‘Christ Kind’. In the early USA, his name was ‘Kris Kringle’. Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle became ‘Sinterklaas’ or as we now say ‘Santa Claus’!

Many countries, especially ones in Europe, celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day on 6th December. In Holland and some other European Countries, children leave clogs or shoes out on the 5th December (St. Nicholas Eve) to be filled with Presents They also believe that if they leave some hay and carrots in their shoes for Sinterklaas’s horse, they will be left some sweets.

St. Nicholas became popular again in the Victorian era when writers, poets and artists rediscovered the old stories.

In 1823 the famous poem ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ or ‘T’was the Night before Christmas’, was published. Dr Clement Clarke Moore later claimed that he had written it for his children. (Some scholars now believe that it was actually written by Henry Livingston, Jr., who was a distant relative of Dr Moore’s wife.) The poem describes St. Nicholas with eight reindeer and gives them their names. They became really well known in the song ‘Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer’, written in 1949.

The UK Father Christmas and the American Santa Claus became more and more alike over the years and are now one and the same.

Some people say that Santa lives at the North Pole. In Finland, they say that he lives in the north part of their country called Lapland.

But everyone agrees that he travels through the sky on a sledge that is pulled by reindeer, that he comes into houses down the chimney at night and places presents for the children in socks or bags by their beds, in front of the family Christmas tree, or by the fire place.

Most children receive their presents on Christmas Eve night or early Christmas morning, but in some countries they get their presents on St. Nicholas’ Eve, December 5th.

St. Nicholas putting the bag of gold into a stocking is probably where the custom of having a tangerine or satsuma at the bottom of your Christmas stocking came from. If people couldn’t afford gold, some golden fruit was a good replacement – and until the last 50 years these were quite unusual fruits and so still special!

 

hohoho

Charlie xx

Charlie’s Advent Calendar: Day 16 – DIY Pine cone ornament

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This is a super easy, cute and very cheap ornament for our Christmas trees, the pinecones I found in the woods and the silk ribbons I had at home, all I needed to purchase was the hemp string.img_6174

 

You need:

Pine cones (I found mine in the woods, the nature is a great source of supplies for a DIY:er)

String of some sort (I used hemp string)

Glue

Silk ribbons

 

img_6176Directions

  • I purchased some hemp string and cut a piece long enough to attach to my pinecone, yet still fit around a tree branch.  I glued the two ends to the top of the pinecone.
  • Tie a bow out of the ribbon and with the help of some hot glue, on the top of the cone attach the bow to the pinecone. And you are done – now you can hang this ornament in your Christmas tree.img_6174

 

hohoho

Charlie xx

 

Charlie’s advent calendar: Day 15 – chocolate biscotti with a hint of orange

img_7149It’s already December 15th! The stress keep increasing and the deadlines are all tomorrow! but when the stress and anxiety hits too much, it is time to take a break, log into wordpress and share a recipe with the blogoshepre, ergo you guys!

This chocolate Biscotti, has a rich and intense chocolate taste with a hint of orange.

Oranges are a fruits, I associate with Christmas very strongly therefore these are a given cookie during the festive season.

 

4 tbsp. cacao

3 dl flour

1 dl sugar

peel of 1 large orange

1tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking soda

2/3 stick of butter / 75 grams butter room temperature

75 grams /1/3 cup dark chocolate chopped

1 egg

A pinch of salt

 

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C/350 F. whisk butter and sugar until it becomes creamy. Add the egg and stir until it’s all combined. Add the peel of the orange.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, add into the butter mixture.
  3. Lastly add the chopped chocolate and mix into the dough.

Divide the dough in three, and make 3 flat lengths (about 7 inch/ 20 cm). place the lengths on baking tray dressed in a baking sheet. .

4.Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Let cool for 2 minutes cut diagonally small cookies, place them in the oven once again and bake on after heat until the oven is completely cold.

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hohoho 

Charlie xx