end Of an Era

Hello peeps!

The time has come, to say goodbye to Charlie’s world!

many of you have followed me since the start, when I was a recent high school student and were about to take that big leap and move across the continent and stand on my own two feet for the first time, thousands of miles from my home and my family. I now have a masters degree in my hands and I’m about to begin a new chapter of my life. I have had the most wonderful readers, who have cheered me on as i struggled in my studies and in doubt.

The end of charlie’s world however do not mean the end of me in the blogosphere. I have set up a new blog and a new start, something that will suit me better as the person i has grown into in these past couple of years, so come on over to : https://charlieskitchenstories.wordpress.com

With Love 

Charlie XX

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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 

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 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 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 6 – DIY Christmas Stockings

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Making your own Christmas stockings is a craft and art that isn’t especially hard, but gives you satisfactions when you actually have sewn one. I prefer to keep my stockings simple with only a letter but you can add whatever you wish, polar bears, penguins, santa claus, snowballs, igloos – the opportunities are endless my darlings!

This is going to be a rough guide, not an exact one with measurements  and all those annoyances. Probably because I have never fully followed instructions or a recipe for that. I make things I see them put, the only people you need to listen to are policemen, because they can actually arrest you.

 

STEP 1 :

Start by on a felt or (other material) draw the outlines of a stocking, of a size you see fit, and cut it out, keep the texture double and you only need to cut once.

 

STEP 2 :

Add your decorations, either you can glue them on with texture glue or sew them on (like meee, tone down the charlieness).

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Put front towards the back. ergo both outer fronts towards oneanother, you will have the inner sides facing you.

 

STEP 3: 

Sew it all together, either bbybhand or by machine. Then last by not least add a ribbon or string of some sort (this is very essential, how would you ever hang it up otherwise?!)

 

STEP 4: 

AND YOU ARE DONE! NOW FILL IT WITH PRESENTS, CANDY AND LOOOOOVE!img_6287

hohoho

Charlie xx