Canned Summer or Post aus meiner Küche {PAMK}

Hey Lovelies,

its my third time I am part of the mail from my kitchen (Post aus meiner Küche) happening. This time the topic was “Sommer im Glas” meaning “Summer in a glass”.

Of course it would have been easy to brew up some fancy jam (and I do have a few recipes) but I felt like everyone would be doing that. Then the next idea crossing my mind was chutneys. Weeeelll, while I love the possible combinations I have never understood for what I would use them. So no.

Post aus meiner Küche by craftaliciousme

Then I remembered some hot days in Israel. During the 90’s I had the chance to visit that country three times. But all the wonderful sights, country and history is nothing worth if the food wasn’t lovable too.

We did a lot of picnics when being out with my family and the easiest thing was to go the open air markets or the super markets and grab some hummus, this jar of white cheese and a stack of pieta bread. We all loved loved loved the white cheese called Labané! It had a sour fresh taste to it and was something we’ve never had. We fell in love.

And our mission began – to figure out what that was and how to get/make it at home. One day on my last trips I walked down a spice market and came by a big sack of spice called Labané. So that was this secret ingredient? A blend of spices! I bought a lot. Hauled it back to Germany and my mom started experimenting. Here is the recipe for you.

Homemade Labané

♥ 1 kg Joghurt, 10% fat
♥ juice and grated skin of a lemon
♥ 2 tsp olive oil + lots to cover
♥ 2 tsp salt
♥ 2 tsp Labané spice (alternativly mint, thyme)
I have seen this spice at the market at Maybachufer in Berlin but you might find it in oriantal delis and stores.

homemade labané with pita bread

  1. Mix the yoghurt together with the rest of the ingredients (except the oil to cover).
  2. Line a large bowl with a double layer of sterilized muslin, leaving plenty of material overlapping the sides. Pour in the yoghurt mixture.
  3. Tie the ends of the muslin together. You could hang it up over the bowl. I usually put the muslin in a sieve and have that sit in a bowl. Much easier to handle. Leave to drain, in a cool place such as a larder or an unheated room (6-8°C) for 2-3 days in winter or 2 days in summer. I usually stick it in the fridge.
  4. Shape the resulting cheese into small, 2 1/2cm balls and arrange in a wide mouthed, sterile glass jar. Cover with oil, making sure that there are no air pockets and the cheese is completely covered with oil. The cheese is ready for immediate use and will keep for up to 6 months in a dark cool place. Refrigerate after opening.

homemade labane

And as I have mentioned we also had hummus I figured why not make some homemade Hummus for missgliss my PAMK partner.

Homemade Hummus

♥ 50g chickpeas
♥ 3 tbsp Tahin (sesame paste)
♥ 1 clove of garlic
♥ 50 ml olive oil
♥ juice of half a lemon
♥ 1 bunch of parsley
♥ salt & pepper

homemade hummus with pita bread

  1. Soak the chickpeas over night.
  2. Cook chickpeas in lots of water for 2 hours.
  3. Combine all ingredients (save half the parsley) and put in a food processor.
  4. If mixture is too dense you could add a bit of water. Mix until you have a creamy mixture.

And then you need some pita bread to eat all the yumminess, right?

Homemade Pita Bread

♥ 1 cup warm water
♥ 1 packet dry yeast
♥ 1 tbsp olive oil
♥ 2 tsp salt
♥ 3 cups flour (I used 1 cup of wholemeal flour and 2 cups of all purpose flour)

homemade pita bread

  1. Put the warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle in the yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the oil and salt, and then blend in the flour. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough is soft and elastic.
  3. Let rise in a warm spot for an hour, it will double in bulk.
  4. Put the dough out onto a floured surface. Form your pita breads. I formed a round ball, that way it is easier to roll out evenly.
  5. Roll out one of the pieces of the dough into similar sizes and put on a baking tray. Cover the breads with the kitchen towel loosely and let them rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 250°C.
  7. Bake the breads for approx. 7-9 minutes.

And of course I was lucky enough to get a little something too. Claudia aka miss glass sent me this lovely smelling breakfast kit with coffee and pineapple-mango-coconut jam.

post aus meiner küche missgliss

So here you have it. My canned summer in a glass jar. Let me know if you try one of my recipes.

Happy summer,

Tobia

Jewelry Finds in my archive

It all started with jewelry. This getting back to being more creative. My former work colleague now friend Nicole invited me to a jewelry making session back in 2005 or so and ever since than my stack of beads, wires, ribbons and co just starts increasing.

A bit ago I went through my photo archive and was really amazed even shocked on ow many things I have done over the last years. And even though I don’t wanna seem cocky I am actually quite impressed with myself.

beaded necklaces

And since this blog doesn’t really show much of the jewelry addiction of my real life I figured I share a few pictures today.

beaded bracelets

I mainly do earrings. I feel naked when I forget my earrings before I leave the house.

beaded earrings

These are ones of the early beginnings hence the terrible pictures. sorry. But I got better:

long beaded earrings

Those earrings are my favs. I wear them like every other day.

But then I got enough of beads for a while and started experimenting with cold porcelain for a change.

cold porcelain necklaces

And if you like what you see you might wanna hop over to my Dawanda Shop and check out my stuff there.

jewelry dawanda craftaliciousme

Some pieces made it to Dawanda. But would you like to see something specific in the shop? Let me know I would love to get some hint.

Happy shopping,

Tobia

 

What is happiness {Schreibzeit #6}

Happiness is a hard word. Everyone using it, everyone says I am happy or unhappy, you make me unhappy, I am happy when you do this… But honestly do we know what we are talking about? I usually don’t think twice if something makes me happy or not and most of the times I rather know when I am not happy.

This is the reason why every once in a while I do my little happiness review – to be mindful of the things happening around us.

Most the times (at least for me) happiness is quiet. Happiness comes suddenly. You are feeling content maybe even smile to yourself and suddenly realize … Ahhhh it’s happiness!

happiness at the lake Spitzingsee

So I tried to collect a few of those moments:

  • Listening to rain while sitting on a roofed balcony or patio
  • Eating a yummy cake and really enjoying and tasting it (not just inhaling it)
  • Being on vacation and finally being there in the moment – no worries, no thoughts about work, no tax-laundry-email-to-do-lists
  • Cuddling on the couch with Mr. ♥ when watching a movie
  • Laughing
  • Sitting outside listening to the wind in the trees
  • Hearing nothing
  • Being at the sea/water/river
  • Driving without a destination or a place to be
  • Coloring with the godchild
  • Making jewelry
  • Going on a photo walk just with myself and forgetting everything around

I am sure if I think about it more and be more receptive for quiet moments I would come up with many more. Its all about hearing them.

What is your quiet happy moment?

Happy day to you,

Tobia

Bine has collected more thoughts about happiness in her series “Schreibzeit”.

DIY fabric covered bracelets { Recycle Quick Tip #9 }

I’ve to admit I am not that crazy about bracelets. While I love how they look I find them rather unpractical. But maybe just because I sit on the computer all day typing away.

But every once in a while I totally need bracelets. Like now! But then – of course – I don’t find any I like or they are too small.

DIY fabric covered bracelets

So I came up with a fun idea on how to make me some. And of course I share!

What you need:

♥ Old Pringles package
♥ Fabric and leather scraps
♥ Textile glue
♥ Scissors & cutter

DIY fabric covered bracelets_materials

Getting them done is quite easy. First cut a ring off of the Pringles tube. Make sure it’s the same heights all throughout. I found this was the hardest part of the whole project.

Now cut yourself a piece of fabric with double the width and the length as according to the ring.

DIY fabric covered bracelets_steps

When done just glue the fabric on the outside of the tube. Make sure you place it in the middle of the ring.

When everything is dry fold in remaining fabric and glue tight. You might wanna make some cuts into the fabric s you can glue it without and folds and crinkles.

Depending on fabric you used and how neat you’ve been working you might want to cover up the seam with a ribbon or something fancy. I haven’t done so yet but might go ahead and do that later.

I found working with a woolknit was the easiest and gave the most professional look. Leather (my initial project) did not really knock me off my feet.

Now, let’s see your version!
And while you are crafting I hop over to the DIY Dreamer and check out the other DIYs.

Happy crafting

Tobia

Red Currant Summer Drink {Lemonade Party}

How is your summer treating you so far?

It’s been a while since we had some lemonade up on the blog. And by now you know that I love love love lemonade and that I hardly drink anything else during summer besides homemade lemonade and some iced tea.

So today I have some red currant lemonade for you.

red currant syrup

What you need:

♥ 400 g red currant
♥ 10 tbs sugar
♥ 750 ml water

Clean and wash the berries and put them in a big pot. Add sugar and let sit for a bit so that the berries can get juicy.

Add water and start boiling. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. Berries will loose their color and look very dead.

Put berries in a strainer and catch all liquid. Then put liquid back on stove and let simmer until it’s syrupy.

Wash your bottle with hot hot water. Fill in syrup, close bottle and turn upside down to seal.

yummy red currant syrup

Enjoy your homemade red currant lemonade!

Happy brewing,

Tobia

P.S. For more lemonade recipes check out my lemonade party.