Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Golabki" Polish Style Cabbage Rolls

My mother-in-law was in town so it was time to make some "Golabki" cabbage rolls
here are some quick tips how to make them.

 You can use cabbage or collard greens, 
I felt that the collard greens were stronger and bigger to wrap the meat in

roll up some cooked rice and uncooked ground meat of your choice, 
you can add some mushrooms, onion, carrots and spices to your likening,  

boil the cabbage or collard greens for 5 minutes in some water and drain

when the cabbage is soft place the meat balls on top and roll 

fold the sides first and close it up

your finished roll should look like this

place the rolls in a big pot so they all fit on top of each other 

pour in about a cup of water or broth, place one leaf on top, 
cover and cook for about an hour or so, on medium-low, 

Once finished, take out, cover with ketchup if you like and enjoy.

Since you will be making so many you can always freeze the rest to use for later.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Homemade grapefruit juice

We received lots of grapefruits from a friend of ours
so it was only natural that all my kids wanted to do was 
fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Here is a simple recipe to make it nice and sweet.

Squeeze the juice out or use a juicer

raw honey
vanilla extract
(everything to your taste)

mix in a blender

ad some mint leaves on top and enjoy!!!
It's that simple.

Original idea from my sis-in-law Chasing Butterflies.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Writing and painting with a feather

Recently my kids were very fascinated by a book where pictured 
was a boy writing a letter with a feather.
So naturally they wanted to try.

First collect feathers, (my cousin does "pigeon keeping" so we had lots of those) 

Then, simply give them some paint to dip it in and

magic is made.

As you can see they were super excited.

It was a bit of a challenge because they had to dip the feather in paint lots of times
in order to accomplish what they needed,

therefore, towards the end they just flipped the feather around 

and used it as a paintbrush.

And the beautiful art was created

This is "Swirls"
by: my younger awesome dude

"I love U"
by: my older awesome dude

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

McQueen Cake for my kids Birthday

I know, I know, I am crazy for making a cake like this, but my kids really wanted
a 3-D McQueen Cake for their B-day Party and since they had the party together, it was either $150 at a bakery or about $30-$40 in baking good plus my time of course.

So here it goes:

Oh and there was a request for a specific cake.
The request was chocolate cake with cherries.
So here is the first cake that I made
(then I realized I need two to make the cake look like the car)
Its a recipe for a Devils Food Cake

I used a 9x11 pan

the the 3rd smaller cake I made was on a 11x17 pan this was made for the road of the car 

Since the Devils Food Cake is a bit on a fluffier side 
I stuck it in the freezer for a few hours so it can be easier to cut into the shapes of the car.

Here are the cakes, one chocolate cherry and the other chocolate with chocolate chips

Cut 1/3 of the cakes longer side on both cakes

Make your Butter Cream Icing Mix 

spread the icing and place the two bigger pieces one on top of the other
the icing acts as a glue and makes things stick

then use the one of the 1/3 parts of the cake that you cut before, 
(the other piece you will use for wheels)
cut it in half and place on top top of the cake like so:

Here is the part where you have to shape the car,
cut the back end on an angle, this will give you two triangular looking shapes

and place them in the back as the spoiler

then trim the front of the top again on an angle
to make the lights and place them on the hood of the car

this is how it should look before you cover it with icing
(I got the shape cutting directions from a YouTube Video)

as you see, cover the whole car with icing so the Fondant will stick to the cake

Next are the wheels, I used yogurt cups to cut out the circles for wheels

then you have to take out some cake for the wheels, so make some nice holes

now its time for your fondant, as you see I already purchased mine in red

roll it out nicely so it can cover the whole cake

then gently place in on top of the car and shape it with your hands so all the shapes show up

Next, again using that same yogurt cup, cut out the circles for the wheels

and cover them in fondant.

This is the shaped car with the access fondant cut of
and placed on the road that looked like cracked ground

and the wheels that go in

this time I used black colored icing to decorate the wheels

and some white for the inside

For the decorations on the car I used Candy Decorating Pens
this seemed like a better option 
then buying all the different color fondants to make all the designs.
The Candy pens were sold in one pack with 
blue, red, yellow and white so that worked out better.

Not only did they have thin ends 
it was easier to write and make small designs like the eyes or lights

and here is the finished product. 
The kids loved it and it tasted really good, I was truly amazed that I made it.

Oh and one more thing make sure you keep it in a cool dry place, 
cake like this does not need to be and should not be refrigerated, 
that's why all the ingredients were not made with any milk.