Monthly Archives: November 2014

Coconut Cookies

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On Friday I made coconut cookies (in Swedish kokostoppar = coconut peaks) I was not happy with the way the chocolate looked. Too thick in my opinion. But yummy. Very much like Bounty coconut chocolate bars. Neither were the cookies peak like. The recipe also suggested grated lime or lemon peel of which I didn’t have at home. I decided to make new ones the next day. This time I made them look like peaks. I also added grated lemon peel. Yes, now I am happy. They look more like I think they should. And the taste of lemon is nice.

50 g butter
2 eggs
1 dl sugar (or 0,5 dl) I used one
200 g coconut flakes (unsweetened) I’m not sure mine were
grated lime or lemon peel

Melt the butter. Stir the eggs and the sugar. Add the coconut flakes, the grated peel and the butter. Use tablespoons to form peaks. Bake at 175 C for about 15 minutes.

Oh, by the way I just found a recipe on home-made Bounty Bars ! Hmmm, should I or should I not ? We’ll see ūüėČ

White chocolate fiasco

Not only once, but twice ! I had no idea how tricky it is to melt white chocolate ! The first time I tried was for the Halloween chocolate cake. The dark chocolate with 70% cocoa melt nicely and was easy to cover the cake with. I wanted to decorate it with a spider web in white chocolate. Too bad I had not read about how to melt white chocolate. It burned, turned brown and hard.

Date Balls Date Balls

Yesterday I, again, made date balls. I wanted to coat some with white chocolate. This time I would be very careful, not make any mistakes. I read so many tips on how to do and how not to do it. Well, at least, it didn’t burn this time. But was too thick and hardened too quickly. I gave up after “dipping” eight balls in it. The rest I rolled in coconut flakes and cocoa powder.

Last night I was convinced, no more melted white chocolate for me. I’m done with it for good !

But, again this morning I have surfed the web for even more tips on how to succeed in melting it. Maybe I still sometime will give it a third chance ūüôā After all, the balls with the white chocolate coating are¬†delicious ūüėČ

A Two Hour Walk

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Such a wonderful day for a long walk. Sunshine, no wind, temperature plus one degree Celsius. Even my favorite cat in the neighborhood was out for a walk. I do see him from time to time. I fell for him at first sight. He is absolutely adorable and so beautiful. He reminds me of a picture of a Turkish Angora in the Royal Canin Calendar of 2006-2007. ¬†I still have the calendar because of the picture. Once or twice I have tried to take photos of him but every time he saw me lift my camera he turned his back to me and slowly walked away. Yesterday he was sitting on the road watching me and Canelo coming closer and closer. He didn’t move so I stopped and told him to please sit still and let me have a picture taken. Oh how happy I was as he didn’t move. After the first picture I said let me take one more. But nope. I could feel him saying, you said one. He got up and with a lot of dignity he walked away. I can’t remember when was the first time a saw him but it is¬†already several years ago. I wish him well and hope I will see him around here for many more years to come.Pitk√§j√§rvi lake IMG_8262C

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Oh the lake looked so nice. Click ! I know, I already do have plenty of pictures from the very same spot that look exactly the same but I every time find the view beautiful and can’t resist taking new pictures.
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Mushrooms ! ? I had to look twice. Yes. I have no idea what kind of mushrooms they are. There are so many in the Mushroom book that look the same so I just don’t try to find out what these are. Neither do they look delicious. But still, we are in the middle of November and there are mushrooms !
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I could hear something in a tree. I stopped and so did the squirrel. I think he thought he was invisible for as long as he didn’t move. Again, slowly, slowly the camera out from my pocket and even more slowly lifting it. Click. Yes, I got a picture. Not a very good one but a picture. I didn’t shoot an other as I didn’t want to keep him in the freeze position for no longer. I put the camera away and he hopped away.

It was a lovely, enjoyable walk on a lovely November day.

Winter Mushrooms

The other day when I was out walking Canelo we went the same route we always walk. The road along the lake. I saw something yellow on the other side of the ditch. Small yellow mushrooms. They grow on a rotting tree trunk. I really don’t know mushrooms well at all. Back at home I looked for the mushrooms from an old book we have. The book is from 1952 with nice drawings in colour. According to the book and after browsing the internet I think¬†it is¬†winter mushroom [Flammulina velutipes, Collybia velutipes]. I may, of course, be wrong. Anyway. The mushrooms look very nice. They lit up the already gray nature. I think I have, long ago, seen some, maybe even photographed, but then¬†didn’t think more of it. I read an article in a Swedish news paper saying the winter mushroom is unknown to many and that it’s edible. But, since I’m still unsure I better not pick and eat of them.
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