My all-time favorite summer drink is the elderflower syrup. I find the combination of the thick sweet syrup, soda, lemon slice and two or three ice cubes simply irresistible in the summer heat. This year, for the first time, I decided to prepare the syrup at home, following my mother’s recipe. It`s very quick and easy. We picked the elderflowers from the courtyard of our villa in Batuliya. Instead of white sugar, I used a combination of white and brown sugar, and the syrup gained a nice caramel hue and taste. For my little daughter, I made half a dose and I`ve put coconut sugar in it – it also tastes great. I’m going to use her elderflower syrup in the cake cream for her upcoming second birthday in July. And now let’s see how the homemade elderflower syrup is prepared …
What you`ll need (for one dose):
25 big elderflower heads
1 kg sugar (white, brown or coconut)
1 l water
1 pack food-grade citric acid
How to cook it:
Clean the elderflower heads from dust and insects. Put them in a saucepan and pour the water on top. Press with a plate to keep the elderflowers under water. Leave for 24 hours.
Discard the elderflower heads and strain the water in a large bowl. Add the sugar gradually and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until the sugar is completely dissolved. Finally, add the citric acid and stir again.
Pour the syrup into a suitable bottle and store in the fridge. Keep in mind that the syrup hasn`t undergone thermal treatment or conservation so you can`t leave it for much time. But it`s so delicious that you`ll probably won`t have this problem.
As I`ve already mentioned, my favorite combination is elderflower syrup with soda. In a water cup, pour two fingers of the syrup (or more or less – depending on how sweet you prefer the drink) and add soda. Arrange with a lemon slice and ice cubes. The soda can be replaced with plain water if you don` like the flavor. Enjoy!
Some time ago we made one of the most appropriate purchases for our home – a bread machine. You may know, nothing compares with the taste of a homemade bread. The best part is that the preparation doesn`t take much time, because the machine does all the work. Meanwhile, we`ve found that it`s better to transfer the bread to the regular oven for baking – that way one can experiment with its shape, and it turns better.
I trusted the bread machine when I had to cook a bread for my daughter’s proshtapulnik (a traditional Bulgarian ritual that celebrates the baby first steps). I had to make it myself, but the traditions are not what they were, and the bread turned out perfect. You can cook it for any occasion because it`s really delicious. I took the recipe from here if you want to prepare it the traditional way. And below, you’ll learn how to make it with a bread machine.
What you`ll need:
500 g flour
250 ml milk, at room temperature
2 eggs and 1 egg white
50 g butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
½ tablespoon lemon juice
7 g dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
some olive oil
sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
How to cook it:
Prepare your bread machine as well as a round baking tray for the bread.
Beat the eggs and egg white. Sift the flour. Start to add the products to the bread machine – first the liquid ingredients and then the dry ingredients. Put the yeast last. Turn on the kneading program.
Once the program is over, transfer the dough to the tray. Beat the egg yolk with a little olive oil and if you wish add sesame and sunflower seeds and spread evenly on top of the bread. Put the bread in a warm oven (50°-70°) until rising. Then heat to 180° and bake until golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
We love pasta and Carbonara is one of our favorite sauces, yet we couldn’t get the sauce right when following recipes. By pure coincidence we found a nice mix between a few recipes. So here it`s the perfect recipe for pasta Carbonara…
What you’ll need (for about 4 servings):
any type of pasta (we used fusilli)
300 grams cooking cream
2-3 tablespoons sour cream
1 onion (or 2 if they’re small)
2 garlic cloves
100 grams ham or bacon
salt, white pepper
about a handful of grated cheese
How to cook it:
First off chop the onion, garlic, mushroom and ham/bacon into small cubes. In a small bowl pour the cooking and sour cream and stir well.
Heat up some olive oil in a saucepan and add the onion. When the onion turns slightly bronze add the mushroom and fry for a few minutes. Then add the ham/bacon and fry for about 5 minutes. Stir well and on a slightly lower temperature so they don’t burn. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt and some white pepper. Add the garlic and fry for a minute or two. After that add the cream mixture and put the stove on medium heat. Leave for about 5 to 10 minutes, stir from time to time.
While you’re waiting for that time to pass, heat up water for the pasta, so that the sauce and pasta are finished at the same time.
Then add the cheese to the sauce and stir well then lower the heat some more and leave for another 5-10 minutes. Turn off the stove and take the saucepan off the stove. Add in the 2 yolks and stir, make sure the yolks mix well. After that pour the sauce into the pan with the pasta and mix them well together. After that serve with parmesan and enjoy~ ★!
Fried noodles are great. They are easy and fast, and they taste amazing. So let`s see how you can cook them.
You only need:
A pack of noodles or just any type of pasta you have lying around
1 big onion
2 gloves of garlic
1 big or 2 small carrots
oil or olive oil
How to cook it:
Put the noodles to boil for however long it says on the pack.
Meanwhile cut all the vegetables into cubes, including the ham if you decided to use it.
Put the stove on high and heat up the oil. Once the oil’s heated up, put in the chopped onion, mushrooms and carrots in and fry for about 10 -15 minutes until the carrots soften up. If you have the option, put a lid on the frying pan and leave for 10 minutes. You may also pour a glass of water before you put the lid on. After they’ve fried for a while, add the ham, fry for a bit then add the garlic.
Grab your noodles and start putting them in the frying pan. Add a bit of wine, soy sauce and squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top and start mixing. Fry for about 5-10 minutes on medium heat and keep mixing to make sure your noodles don’t burn.
And that’s it! A yummy meal done in less than an hour.
If you`re a pasta fan check our recipe for pasta Carbonara.