Sometimes it feels so good to bring back summer into our kitchen. The simplest way for this is to freeze some freshly picked fruits in the summer and take it out of the freezer in winter. I have found this time our own grown organic cherry in ours. I have baked a gluten and sugar free cake. I have also used some dried cranberries. It is a great sweet threat for breakfast and for the afternoon with tea or coffee too.
We hardly eat any dairy products and we do not drink any milk, I only use milk for to make a dough with yeast. However, time to time, we like to eat cottage cheese and sour cream coming from the countryside, it is much tastier and fatter than the ones you can buy in a store. If my mom surprises us with sour cream and cottage cheese from a village near Gyöngyös, my home-town, I like to make Hungarian style cottage cheese pasta with bacon and sour cream, dill-cottage cheese sweet pastry, cottage cheese strudel, or sweet cottage cheese cream for the pancake or salty one that I am going to share with you now. We eat the salty cottage cheese cream with toast bread, this time I served it with seasoned avocado (salt, pepper and lime juice). It is a nice combination of three for breakfast, lunch or for dinner and last but not least it is also healthy. Avocado is a great source of vitamin A, B, C, E and D. The oils in their have a beneficial effect on our body, e.g. it helps to keep our cholesterol balanced and also keeps our skin younger. Cottage cheese has a good level of calcium in there. And for those with liver sicknesses, it helps with their amino acids level. I had learnt to make a „kőrözött” (the Hungarian name for the above dish) from my father as a child. So making it, brings back nice memories.
This easy made dessert needs no baking; it can be an excellent finger food dessert for your guests during the holidays. On top of all, I have made them from healthy ingredients.
Apricots with a bit of brown sugar bake like a marmalade with the cake together in the oven. Heavenly good, hard to explain! Of course, I avoided white flour this time too, I am using almond and coconut flour. You can eat it easy without counting calories.
Due to the summer holiday season and to coincidence, this time when I made this wonderful sweet bread I had a tiny help too. The 6-year old neighbor kid was just over by us when I was just kneading the dough. She could smell the scent of the rising bread when I started to stretch out the dough. She came over to me and proposed her help in anything I need. I was more than happy to say yes to her. So we were filling the sweet bread together with my little help on a summer morning. She could hardly wait for the sweet bread to bake ready by that time all the kitchen smelled through gorgeous sweet bread smell. The girl took home so proudly the 10 pieces she filled herself. It was an experience to bake together with her.
Roasted duck leg with red cabbage and apple and nutmeg potato purée.
Summer rainy days make me bake with yeast. I love the smell of the dough baking in the oven. So these days I have to bake. I had in my green garden fresh dill and in my fridge I had fat cottage cheese. So on such an afternoon, I took the opportunity and baked a yeast sweet bread with dill & cottage cheese for my little family I was expecting that afternoon. It is excellent with tea, coffee or any other refreshment. It is a filling tea-time food. Also good for breakfast.
Lemon curd gives an incomparable silkiness and taste experience. It is excellent with custard/pie and can be well combined with any type of fruits or it is also excellent with glass desserts. It is refreshing. It is often served with whipped egg white baked on top (meringue). This time I was using sugar-free coconut whip.
Galette is the pie of the French. You can fill it with basically anything salty or sweet. This time, we are going to fill it with apricots, you will love them! We serve it still warm. We can serve it with coconut whipped cream or home-made ice-cream.