…….waterkefir

Read all the books about pro-biotic I wanted to make my own kefir, and lucky me Maaike had a extra badge of water kefir grains. And also she had a fig and 2 apricot, yes the dried ones. And know the mixture is bubbling and really alive in the kitchen! I can say this water kefir is really well managed, maybe next time I want to make it with tea, or I even saw you can do it with fruit juice……First get some extra grains. Because they will grow very fast! You can give it away or save them in the fridge for weeks in their own water, some sugar like 20 grams on 1 litre, no dried fruit and so on. refresh the water each week!
Why kefir is so good, because it got some good bacteria, bacteria what is really good for the intestinal flora. And when you have a good intestinal flora you have a better immune system! So it makes you healthier! But it is also important to eat pre-biotica, maybe more important then pro-biotica!

Ingredients for the water kefir (to make 1 litre)
90  gram of water kefir grains
water like 900 decilitre
1 dried fig without sulphite (because you will kill the grains otherwise, so use organic dried fruit)
2 organic dried apricots without sulphite
35 grams of organic palm sugar (every time I try to put less sugar)
1/2 organic lemon with peel

Kitchentoolsingr kefir
a sieve without any metallic parts, because it will kill the grains (or some cheese cloth)
a bottle of glass for 1 litre of waterkefir
a bowl not of metallic

 

Ohh lalala……
Lets get ready, get all the ingredients, put them all together (I did water at last) in the bottle and stir softly without crashing the grains. The sugar has to be a little solved.
Now don’t do anything just put on the lid not to tight, because it will go gassy after a couple of hours. When you see the bubbles its a good sign. The bacteria are eating the sugar and the grains will move sometimes and will double themselves.
After 48 hours the mixture will be ready, take of the lemon and squeeze the juice out into the bowl. Take out also the dried fruit, you will see this has no taste anymore, so throw away!
Now get the sieve and put it on top of the bowl (no metal sieve, you will get the ‘water’ in the bowl and the grains in the sieve. The grains you can use again and if you have to much give it away. By putting them in a jar with some water and some organic sugar, refresh this once a week.

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Enjoy the taste and maybe enjoy a better health!

Piano…..pumpkin pizza

Yippie jeeh! We’ve got a piano in tha house. Last week we drove with a rented car to veldhoven to buy a second hand piano with candles. Wow he is amazing, beautiful and now time to hire a professional piano tuner. Because I think he is really false! And after learn to play some piano, the books are already in the house….on the day we got the piano I made a nice pizza with pumpkin, something else then soup or pumpkin with rice. And last time I ate pizza I can’t even remember!

So here you have the recipe of a squared pumpkin pizza

Ingredients Pumpkin pizza (4 persons)ingr pumpkin pizza
for the topping
1 medium pumpkin cut in slices
3 twigs of fresh rosemary
4 tablespoons of pine nuts
150 (or more if you like) grams of black olives cut in tiny slices
1 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar
1 leek cut in slices (very thin) if you can’t handle leek take something else maybe hot chilli pepper
mushrooms something like 100 gram cut in slices also
Some pepper/some Celtic sea salt
4-5 tablespoons of olive oil

for the bottom
2 tablespoons of extra vierge olive oil
150 gram of spelt meal
150 gram of flour
7-9 gram of dried yeast
3 cloves of garlic minced
150 millilitre water

Kitchentools
an oven
a food processor
baking paper
a bowl or 2
a wooden spoon

How to begin………
First we are going to make the bottom, so take a bowl. Poor into the bowl the flour and spelt meal, mix well with a wooden spoon, also poor in the dried yeast and mix again, after you put in the olive oil and mix again. Time to put the garlic in and also very slowly, while stirring, the 150 millilitre of water. There must be now a nice soft dough! When it’s to dry poor in some more water, if it’s too wet some more meal or flour. Leave the dough in the bowl and set aside for 30 minutes.
Time to prepare the topping, wash and cut all the ingredients! The pumpkin is going to be in the oven for 25 minutes at 200 degrees celsius, but before he goes into the oven you will sprinkle the pumpkin with oil (I think like 2 tablespoons, sorry I didn’t count the spoons) some pepper and maybe salt if you like. Just wait till the pumpkin is ready…

TICTAC TICTAC…………PLING

Time to get the pumpkin out of the oven the half of the pumpkin you put into the food processor together with the balsamic vinegar and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil (and maybe some pepper) and you make purée of it. This you will put on the dough. So get the dough sprinkle the table with some flour, make a square of the bottom the same size as you oven plate (maybe 2-3 mm thick). On top you put the purée! Time to get your children so they can decorate the pizza (of do it your own), with slices of pumpkin, mushrooms, olives, some rosemary, pine nuts and leek. Sprinkle some olive oil on top and….yes lets put the pizza into the oven.pizza deco

You put the pizza in the oven like 14-15 minutes on 200-220 degrees Celsius. You can see if the bottom is like a real pizza bottom a little hard but not too hard, the pizza will be ready!
Clean the table, put the candles on some great music and poor in the white wine. Enjoy the pizza when it’s warm! And eat with the hands……….
pumpkin pizza endEnjoy/bon appetit

Working brains………..autumn mash

my brains sometimes cannot stop thinking, can be annoying. They thinking about everything, shall I change my website (because I want pictures where you can click on), how can I spend my time the most efficient in the day, what song do I want to learn next time on singing lesson, save learned information and so on.
Brains are strange things, they can save information, make you confused, can show you things what aren’t for real, they react on things without noticing…..
In my next life I want to learn about this shit, this life is now full of food, music and children 🙂
With this recipe you brains won’t have to work so much, just peel, wash and cook..and follow the recipe and give it your own touch.

Recipe for 3-4 persons autumn mash
Ingredients
750 gram of organic potatoes with peel washed well
300 gram of beet (red, yellow or mix?, I don’t care) cut in little thin pieces (like half moons)
300 gram of butter nut pumpkin cut in little squares
2 medium red onions
250 gram of tofu
3-4 tablespoons of shoyu (soy sauce)
2 medium apples
oil for baking
some pepper some salt

Kitchentools
a cooking pan
a knife
a cutting board
a masher
a baking pan

Lets make it…..
Cut all the ingredients, wash and so on. Put some water in a cooking pan for the potatoes, butternut and beets, bring the water to a boil and boil like 10-15 minutes. (every vegetable has to be soft!). Get rid of the water and mash the ingredients together, if you want it more creamy: stir in some oat cuisine or fresh new water, do this easy and bit by bit otherwise you get a soup.
In the meanwhile you can cut the tofu and bake this in a frying pan till the sides are getting tanned! If this is happening, poor in the shoyu, apples and onion and bake for 2-5 minutes more. This will be the ‘sauce’ on top of the mash.
The mash will be ready at the same time as the ‘sauce’,  time to make the plates, and to eat this autumn dish! Finish with salt and pepper to taste

enjoy

lalalala…….pineapple cupcakes

Yes today it was the baking-day, with my son, cupcakes! I choose together with him a cupcake from the book vegan cupcakes taken over the world. And yes the cupcakes took over the kitchen. The flour was on the floor, on the sweater of Kaya, on his shoes, in his mouth. And that because I was disturbed by the doorbell 🙂 and it was Annelies, and yes when I start talking I cannot stop, so I knew when I came back to the kitchen it would be a hell. But Kaya really enjoyed making the cupcakes. The dough tasted a little strange, but I must say making pineapple cupcakes was for me anyway a way of discovering. I don’t eat pineapple so much and never  bake with it. But when they came out of the oven and the topping was on top the taste become great, and kaya was proud to put the raspberry and blueberries on top of the cupcakes!

So here for you out of the book, but instead of sugar I used agave syrup and half spelt meal and half flour

Ingredients for 12-15 pineapple cupcakes
for the cake
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup spelt meal
1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea saltingr cupcakes pineapple
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup of crushed pineapple (in it’s own juice)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
handful of blueberries and raspberries for garnish

for the topping
1 cup crushed pineapple
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Kitchentools
a bowl
a food processor with s-blade
an oven
cupcake pans
a spoon
a whisker
a cup and a teaspoon
a saucepan

How to make…….
You need a child for mixing the dry ingredients :), and an adult for using the food processor.
So step 1 is putting all the dry ingredients together in a bowl (all spice, cinnamon,flour, meal,ginger, salt and baking powder) Mix it well by hand with the whisker! (yes a typical job for the child)
In the meanwhile step 2 get the foodprocessor, put in the processor, the pineapple, oil, vanilla extract and syrup and purée!boy doing cupcakes

step 3. The sweet child can prepare the cupcake pans by putting them on a plate, and you can mix the wet ingredients together by the dry ingredients, mix well.
And now step 4 preheat the oven on 175 degrees Celsius (I never do but everywhere they say it has to)
Step 5 is filling the pans with the dough, fill them like halfway! Now put them in the oven for about 25 minutes!
Let the child put the timer on and when it rings he can check if the cupcakes are ok, by using a skewer and put the skewer in the cake, when it’s ok the skewer come out clean without dough on it

When the cakes are ready, you can make the topping. In the meanwhile the cupcakes can cool down.
Take the saucepan and put in the vanilla extract, pineapple, syrup and cornstarch. Put on the heat and bring it to a boil, stir constantly for about 30 seconds.
Time to bring the heat down and stir constantly for 1 minute. Get the cupcakes and with a tablespoon you put the topping on the cakes. The finishing touch is the blueberry or raspberry or both on top (your child will love to do this).
The cupcakes you store now for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, yes you learn your child to be patient 🙂 :).
But after all the waiting you have some delicious cakes, they look nice and taste nice

end pineapple cupcake

Enjoy……………….