Chives’ dumplings

Finally, a new recipe to include in our weekly meal plans. This was the second time I made them at home, and I’m pretty sure you can’t fail this recipe. It’s a variation of a family recipe, but a simpler, easier and quicker version.

Ingredients (4 people)

1 dL milk
1/2 tablespoon of sugar
20 g of fresh yeast (or an equivalent of dried yeast)
300 g flour
1/2 tablespoon of salt
5 tablespoons of sliced (fresh or dried) chives (can be modified according to your taste)
1 egg
30 g of melted butter
butter and bread crumbs

To make the dumplings, first mix together the milk, sugar and fresh yeast crushed in small crumbs. Let it rise for a while. In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, chives and egg, add the yeast mixture and melted butter. Mix it all together and make several small dumplings (I usually make 5). Let it rise for about half an hour. You can cook them in a salted boiling water for about 10-15 minutes, or you can  freeze them, and have a quick meal for one of those busy days.

They’re best served covered with  buttered bread crumbs and a bowl of fresh green salad.

 

New year’s resolutions

I’ve been thinking about this year’s resolutions for a couple weeks now, and I’ve come up with the plans for 2016. Based on last years resolution, which was to look for book bargains, and spend less on books, I have bigger plans for this year. The aim is to post more than I did in 2015, and to include the topics I’m tackling daily, in order to reach my personal goals.

2016_2

To start with books, which I haven’t read many lately due to lack of time, my reading wish list keeps growing. I’m planning to stay motivated and find time for reading some leisurely books at least 3 nights a week. Since I’m commuting to work by car now, I no longer have time to read during the drive, as I did before taking the train. I already have a pile of books which I want to start, as soon as I read the P. D. James’ Shroud for a Nightingale (Amazon Affiliate link), which I accidentally found in the local library while searching for the Stephen King’s 11/22/63 (Amazon Affiliate link), which my boyfriend owns, but cann0t find, and unfortunately or luckily, they didn’t have at the library, so I was free to go for the P. D. James’ novel.

As far as recipes go, I have a small number of cooking books, yet I only tried a handful of the recipes (less than 10). My plan for the year is to expand my cooking and baking repertoire, and find some nice and easy recipes to include in our daily lunch plans.

A year and a half ago, I became a homeowner, and since then our flat still has some issues to be solved. I’m constantly on the lookout for new ideas and solutions on how to improve our living space and get the most out of it. Of course, this subject is tightly related to my budget, as I do have two loans to pay off.

Last but not least, there’s always something going on in my life, and some of those moments I’d like to share. Whether it’s my latest LEGO creation or set review, a photograph taken during a walk in the nature, travelling, or something else, if it’s interesting, I’ll include it here.

All in all, the plan is to increase the number of posts and make the It won’t be long blog more interesting to readers.

Cranberry cookies

I don’t bake often, and when I do, I prefer some easy and simple recipes. These Cranberry cookies were actually my first cookies ever baked, and they taste delicious. I got the recipe as a present last year, and I keep making them.

Cranberry cookies and Twinings Winter Spice tea

Cranberry cookies recipe

Ingredients:

– 115 g soft butter

– 1 egg

– 1 tbs vanilla sugar

– 140 g flour

– 40 g oat flakes

– 2 g baking soda

– 3 g salt

– 50 g sugar (I use brown crystal sugar)

– 60 g dried cranberries

– 100 g chopped white chocolate

– 55 g chopped cashews

In a bowl mix the egg with soft butter and vanilla sugar, then add all the other ingredients and mix well until the dough is smooth. Make small balls and bake them in the oven at 175°C for 8-10 minutes (until the edges get brown). Enjoy them with a cup of tea or milk.

Alternatively, when I ran out of cranberries, chocolate and cashews, I mixed M&M’s in the dough, and they taste great as well.

M&M cookies

Hannah Swensen series

Two words are enough to describe Joanne Fluke‘s Hannah Swensen series – easy and sweet. It’s easy reading with just enough twists in the story to make the mystery more interesting and compelling. On the other hand, Hannah, the local baker is an expert on sweets, so in addition to her solving the crimes, she also prepares different types of muffins, pies, cupcakes or cookies in her bakery, and she shares her recipes with the reader. The only disadvantage of the series is that you really want to eat something she’s baking.

Hannah Swensen series