On Wednesday when my childhood friend visited us she also brought us many more things than the spinach and carrots from her own garden. She gave us two huge zucchini, tomatoes and a deep frozen piece of venison meat. Again, thank you so much. Yesterday I browsed for zucchini recipes, other than soups, on the internet. There are many. I chose one by ‘Valio koekeittiö.’ A zucchini/bacon casserole with risotto rice, tomatoes, onion, cream cheese, cream, dry basil and salt. It was so good. I may cook it again as there is growing many zucchini in my garden too 😉 or I will look for more recipes on the net 🙂What happened ! ? I forgot to take the before eating photo 😦 Not much left.
On Wednesday my childhood friend visited us. She brought us both spinach and carrots from her own garden. Thank you my friend ❤ Today I cooked fresh spinach soup for the first time in my entire life. Usually we buy deep frozen. Surprise, surprise, it was easy, quick and delicious 😉
Last week I made both zucchini & carrot soup. Yesterday the tomato soup I mentioned in one of the two other soup posts. My husband said, OK, we can have tomato soup but I want some kind of meat in my portion. He got his soup with fried bacon cubes. Which he loved. I loved mine without the bacon.
Second time this week I made soup. On Monday it was Zucchini soup. Yesterday carrot soup. Or should I say carrot yellow pepper soup. The recipe said just carrots but as I happened to have yellow peppers in the fridge I added one. Yummy 🙂
With temperatures of about 30 Celsius I avoid going outdoors. I step out into the garden to water the plants and to see if there are any new flowers in bloom. The dahlias and the other one of the begonias are in bloom. On Sunday there was a butterfly on the top of some bushes in bloom. The bushes are tall and the butterfly kept staying high up on the top. I needed a chair the get into position to take some photos. It was a bit wobbly so I had to step down. Also the phlox is in bloom. Almost two weeks earlier than last year. On Monday on the way back home from the supermarket we stopped by the lake. Unfortunately there is a lot of algae. It’s such a pity because you can’t let your dog have a refreshing swim. Yesterday I made zucchini soup which I like but my husband doesn’t 😉 I wish it would not be this warm for too long anymore. There are a couple of events, in the near future, we have planned to attend. I’m afraid I will not be able to go if it’s still 30 C 😦
As last year we also this year had homemade potato salad with sausages (not homemade) for dinner. The potato salad and sausages are common, traditional May Day food. Last year we had a chocolate mint cheesecake for dessert. Yesterday I made a mojito cheesecake. Delicious. I like the taste of lime, mint and rum.
I hope you all had a great First Of May ! Here, rain was pouring all day. Luckily on the last of April was nice and warm and we were able to open the grill season 🙂
I hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve and Day. Here are some photos from yesterday, my first day of the year. A few centimeters of new fresh white snow in the morning covering the remains of the New Year’s fireworks. A new drawing which I’m not satisfied with at all. And, my first time, beetroot blue cheese casserole. It was yummy.
On Thursday morning I made a gluten free cheese cake baked in oven. Everything looked fine until I noticed the recipe probably was a two page one and I had printed only one. I went back to read the recipe, Oh no, in the last sentence on page two it said cool the cake over night in the fridge to set. Over night ! ? ! Oh dear ! We have friends coming in less than four hours. What now ? The cake is steaming hot. OK, I had to figure out something. Quickly I put the cake on the terrace table to cool a bit. Then for about half an hour in the fridge. After that into the freezer for the rest of the time. My husband said what if it’s deep frozen when they arrive. I too was worried . But, it turned out to be delicious and almost set. Only a small part right in the middle was a bit too soft. I also made some egg rice pastries but they were not gluten free.
I guess this fruit is well known to so many of you. These are the first ones we have bought. I had to look up for tips on how to use them on the internet. I used them in smoothie. Next time, if I buy, I will try them in a salad or perhaps decorate a cake with them. One thing, they look nice in photos 😉
For some time already I have had on my mind to bake egg rice pastries. I actually bought a package of deep frozen puff pastry already a couple of days ago. Today is a rainy, bit chilly day. A perfect day for baking. It’s a long time since last time I made them. I cannot even remember when. Perhaps I should make them more often.