Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.

Panama

Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.

Canada

Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

Danish Rolls with Walnuts

As a kid I'd wait for my aunt to bring us Danish bread from a bakery near her place. Of late I've been really craving for those delicious low sugar treats. Today we set off to create something similar. These turned out so delicious and made me feel like a kid all over again.

Danish Rolls with Walnuts



Ingredients:-
  • 1 cup of milk, 235 ml;
  • 4 teaspoons dry yeast 10 gr.;
  • 3 1/3 tablespoons sugar, 50 gr.;
  • 1 teaspoon salt;
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115 gr.;
  • 3 1/4 cup flour, 400 gr.;
For the walnut filling:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115 gr.;
  • brown sugar, 80 gr.;
  • ground nuts, 100 gr.;
  • raisins 50 gr.

Procedure:-
  • Heat a cup of milk at 43 ° C (110 ° F). Put the yeast, sugar and salt into the milk and let it stand for about 10 minutes, until the yeast starts working.
  • Wash the raisins and soak them in rum.
  • Put flour into a bowl. Melt the butter and add to flour. Mix the dough together with the cup of milk. Leave to rise for 1 hour.
  • Mix ground nuts with sugar. Melt the butter in a pan. 
  • Roll the dough to 1/2 cm thick rectangle. 
  • Brush with butter and sprinkle with nuts and sugar. Place in some raisins.
  • Roll the rectangle and cut into 2 cm thick discs. 
  • Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Let it rise for a little longer until the oven heats up.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 ° C (350 ° F) and bake for 15 minutes. 
  • Brush with egg and little rum and bake for another 15 minutes or so.
  • Let it cool for 15 minutes before serving.


Home-made Strawberry Crossover Puff Pastries

This weekend we made strawberry crossover puff pastries. We used ready made puff pastry dough this time and will update this post with our own dough recipe in the next attempt.

Home-made Strawberry Crossover Puff Pastries

Ingredients(8 pcs) :- 
  • 2 slices of puff pastry, 450 gr.;
  • fresh strawberries, 450 gr.;
  • 1 egg to brush on pastries.
For the custard:
  • 1 cup of milk, 240 ml;
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch;
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar;
  • pinch of salt;
  • 1 large egg;
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Procedure:-
  • Thaw the Puff pastry before you start.
  • Start to prepare the vanilla cream: Heat the milk in a saucepan. Pour into it corn starch, sugar, a pinch of salt and vanilla and stir well. 
  • Whisk an egg in a bowl and gradually add some of the vanilla cream while stirring. You don't want the egg to cook into lumps. Once a smooth texture is obtained add this egg back to the vanilla cream.
  • Slice the strawberries into smaller pieces and divide them into 8 servings.
  • Divide the pastry into 8 rectangular parts. Fold each rectangle in half and with a knife cut into stripes along the edges.  
  • Open rectangle and fill it with vanilla cream and strawberries. Braid the cut strips of pastry on top.
  • Bake in an oven at 190 ° C (375 ° F) for about 35 minutes.

Cross-country skiing paradise

I'm no skier and have stayed away from the slopes due to the crowds at the lifts and those annoying ice build-ups that are pretty embarrassing for the first timer. We've had abundant snow up north  which ought to make for good trails. We decided to give cross-country skiing a go for the first time and were pleasantly surprised with the conditions available minutes away.  Does this mean I'm going to like skiing. Not sure but lets see..






Happy New Year!

Wishing all my readers all the best in the new year from Toronto! Here are some pictures taken after the record-breaking polar vortex chill across the U.S. and Canada.

Harbour-front


Toronto down-town

Harbourfront