Summer List 2016

Hello you, hello Summer,

After I did pretty good on my Spring Bucket List I feel like I need a Summer list too.

Summer List Summer Waves

Hoping for lots of fun experience this summer:

  1. Enjoy the heck out of my balcony. Did that!
  2. Have a day trip with hubby, maybe even a weekend trip. Mhm not really like I wished for but have been in Munster for one weekend.
  3. Make a big batch of rhubarb lemonade too last till fall. I really missed the opportunity as I couldn’t find any rhubarb when I was looking.
  4. Visit grandpa and enjoy the garden. Did that twice. Check out the pic on instagram.
  5. BBQ with friends. Yeah to that!
  6. Go to a drive-in cinema with hubby. Unfortunately not.
  7. Making ice cream. I am thinking almond caramel or lemon buttermilk or one of the million recipes. Made a couple batches and came up with an awesome chocolate almond variation.
  8. Eating fresh caught fish while sitting at the sea, river or lake. Nope.
  9. Riding my bike to work every day. Yes as long as I had a job…
  10. Meeting friends in a beer garden. One from far away… Yeah… 

I am liking summer. I love seasons. I couldn’t really live in an area were every day is kinda the same and a blurr. How about you? Do you have a summer list? What fun things are you planning? Let me know maybe I need to update mine a bit.

Happy Summer,

Tobia

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 yoghurt, 10% fat
♥ juice and grated skin of a lemon
♥ 2 tsp olive oil + lots to cover
♥ 2 tsp salt
♥ 2 tsp Labané spice aka zataar (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

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.

Cucumber Potato Salad :: Perfect for Summer

Hey lovelies!

wow this salad blew me away. Seriously! And I came up with it in a whim. On a hot hot summer day. One of those days where you just don’t feel like eating but than late afternoon you realized you are getting really hungry. Well this is for you.

Cucumber Potato Salad

A wonderful yummy cold cucumber potato salad!

What you need:

♥ 1 kg potatos
♥ 1 cucumber
♥ 200 g sour cream
♥ scallion
♥ salt & pepper

1. Wash, clean, cube your potatoes and then boil them in salted water. When they started to boil I added a bit of instant vegetable stock for seasoning. Let potatoes cool down.

2. Peel cucumber and cube it. Thinly slice the scallion.

3. Mix potatoes and cucumber. Add sour cream and mix well. Add scallion, salt and pepper to taste.

4. Let sit in the refrigerator for a while so the flavors can develop.

5. Enjoy this yummy salad.

Cold Summer Cucumber Potato Salad

I bet this would be a wonderful alternative zo the regular BBQ salads and I imagine it would go great with grilled fish or chicken.

What’s your favorite summer salad?

Happy cooking,

Tobia

Homemade candles for the summer BBQ

So who has some Christmas candles left over?! Or who is gathering used, half burned candles in some weird place? Or who never finds the right color anyways?

I sure raised my hand for all and yelled yes.

Ever since my dad introduced me to candle making about 25 years ago (holy crap…) I keep collecting candle remains. The other day I came across my designated candle box, trying to fit in more and realized it’s time for candle cooking.

homemade candles

And with BBQs coming up and long nights on the balcony or one or two invites it’s good to stock up.

I usually have a very old pot I use. Unfortunately due to decluttering I brought it back to my dads workshop. But I had seen this idea of using a regular can and was intrigued.

How to make candles

Supplies:

  • Old candles and wax
  • Candlewick*
  • Old pot or can
  • Tetra packs or plant pots
  • Spit of wood / wooden kebab stick

1. Gather your stuff. Boil some water.

candle making supply

2. Break up your candle and wax pieces so they fit the can. As smaller the pieces the faster they melt.

3. Remember how color works! If you put all colors together most likely you end up with brown candles. Maybe not what you have in mind for summer candles. I started with plain white for the first ones so I could go darker. Other way around will leave you with a faint color.

4. Pour water in your pot and place can inside. Make sure it doesn’t tip over and water gets into the pan. (No I have not tried that…)

5. Wait till all wax is melted.

melting wax for candle making

6. While you wait, cut up tetra packs. They should be a bit higher than your candlewick is long. Push your wooden sticks through your tetra pack. They will support the wick from moving/drowning once the wax is filled in.

homemade candle mold

7. Fill melted wax into your mold. Be sure not to drown wick. Some wicks will melt, the good ones won’t. You never know when buying.

Bonus: if you want to add some special effects do it now. I added some glitter before pouring wax and sprinkled some on top. You could add all materials that won’t rot like coffee beans, dried flowers, glitter, toys and what not. Just make sure they don’t start a fire.

Now have some fun!

bbq candles

Things I’ve learned:

  • Using a can in a water bath takes much longer, but you can throw it out
  • Using a can gives you the possibility of doing more colors
  • It still kinda makes a mess
  • I need to figure out how to avoid this hole at the wick when candles start to dry. Any ideas?
  • I found using tetra packs as molds are genius. They come off in a second.

Have you ever made candles yourself?! Will you going to?

Happy wax cooking,

Tobia

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