Violete confiate/Candied violets

Dupa atat frig si vreme urata credeam ca in sfarsit primavara isi va face aparitia. Din pacate nu e asa…
Am asteptat cu nerabdare sa putem merge pe deal si prin padure, sa culegem flori si urzicute. Duminica trecuta ne-am facut curaj si am mers intr-o scurta plimbare pe dealurile de langa oras. Iarba abia iesise, am gasit si cateva urzici si chiar niste toporasi.
Atunci mi-am adus aminte de o discutie de pe Facebook cu privire la violetele confiate. Asa ca am cules un pumn de floricele parfumate si le-am adus acasa. Apoi le-am confiat si m-am gandit sa vi le arat si voua.

After cold and bad weather I finally thought that spring will come. Unfortunately it is not as I expected …
I waited anxiously to be able to go up on the hills and through the woods to pick flowers and nettles. Last Sunday we took the plunge and went on a short walk in the hills near the town. Grass just got out, I found some nettles and even some violets.
Then I remembered a conversation on Facebook about candied violets. So I picked a handful of fragrant flowers and I brought them home. Then I candied them and I thought to show them to you.

Iata primul toporas pe care l-am gasit. Mirosea minunat!
Here is the first violet that I found in the woods. It smelled amazing!

Florile culese le-am pus intr-o caserola cu putina apa pentru a-si pastra prospetimea. Ajunsi acasa, am scos florile. Apa in care statusera cateva ore mirosea a parfumul lor minunat!
I put the picked flowers in a casserole with water to keep their freshness. Arrived at home, I took the flowers out of casserole. Water in which they spent several hours was perfumed with their fragrance smelled wonderful!

De ce aveti nevoie:
– un bol mic de toporasi parfumati
– un albus de ou
– zahar tos sau pudra

What you need:
– A small bowl of fragrant violets
– An egg white
– Granulated or powdered sugar

Albusul se bate cu o furculita dupa care fiecare floare se va introduce si rasuci pe toate partile in el.
Beat the egg white with a fork and after that each flower will be introduced and turn on all sides in it.

Apoi fiecare floare se trece prin bolul cu zahar si se rasuceste pe toate partile pentru ca acesta sa se lipeasca de petale.
Then each flower is passed through the sugar bowl and turned on all sides so that the sugar to stick to the petals.

Florile confiate se pun la uscat pe hartie de copt intr-un loc fara prea multa umezeala si caldura.
Cand sunt uscate florile confiate se pun intr-un borcanas inchis cu capac.
Nu veti regreta efortul depus pentru a confia toporasii – sunt intr-adevar deosebiti!
Candied flowers will be put on baking paper to dry. Find a place without much humidity and warmth.
When they are dried, candied flowers are being put into a jar closed with lid.
You won’t regret the effort because the candied violets are really special!
Sursa mea de inspiratie/Inspiration sourcehttp://www.traiteur-a-domicile.net/article-28789627.html

Trufe cu migdale si ciocolata / Almond and chocolate truffles

Este inceput de martie. In curand doamnele vor sarbatori ca in fiecare an Ziua Femeii.
Este singura zi din an in care veti zari prietene, mame, colege sarbatorind. Printre ele veti mai zari poate, cativa domni. Sa nu vi se para ciudat! Am cunoscut trei astfel de domni care sarbatoreau in fiecare an impreuna cu doamnele. Da, erau nascuti de “Ziua femeii”. Ei erau capabili sa simta cel mai bine ce inseamna aceasta sarbatoare! Unul dintre acesti domni mi-a marcat viata si mi-a ghidat pasii.
Asadar, acest post este dedicat acelui domn deosebit si tuturor femeilor care vor sarbatori ,ca in fiecare an, Ziua Femeii.
Iata de ce avem nevoie:

       
        Blat
          –  5 oua

       – 5 linguri zahar
-5 linguri faina
–  10 g praf de copt
– 10 g bourbon vanilla

          –100 g migdale

           -150 g unt

            – 250 g ciocolata neagra

          – bombonele decor

March just begun. Soon the ladies from my country will celebrate as in every year International Women’s Day .
It’s the day from year when you can see only friends, mothers, colleagues celebrating. Among them you’ll see maybe, few gentlemen. Don’t think that it’s weird! I met three gentlemen like those ones. They were celebrating in every year with the ladies. Yes, they were born on 8th of March. They were capable to feel the best what this day means! One of those gentlemen had a big role in my life and guided me for a long period.
So, this post is for him and for all the women that will celebrate on 8th of March.
 
What we need:
 Sponge cake
–  5 eggs
        – 5 tablespoons of sugar
        –  5 tablespoons of flour
       –  10 g baking powder
        – 10 g bourbon vanilla
         -100 g almonds
        – 150 g butter
        –  250 g black chocolate
        – candies to decorate 

 Am facut un blat simplu ca si cel de aici.
Daca doriti, puteti adauga 1-2 picaturi de colorant rosu sau suc de sfecla pentru da culoare blatului.

I made a simple sponge cake like the one from here.
If you want, you can add 1-2 drops of red color or beet juice to give color to you sponge cake.

Dupa ce blatul s-a racit, se faramiteaza cu robotul sau cu o furculita. Se adauga migdalele rasnite si se amesteca.

After the sponge cake cooled off, we’ll crumble it with the kitchen robot or with a fork. We’ll add the grinded  almonds and we’ll mix.

Adaugam untul topit si omogenizam.

We’ll put the melted butter and we’ll homogenize. 

Formam bilute din compozitie si le asezam pe o farfurie. Dupa ce am terminat de format bilele, punem farfuria in frigider timp de 20 de minute.
We’ll form small balls of composition and we’ll put them on a plate. After we’ve finished forming the balls, we’ll put the plate in the fridge for 20 minutes.

 

Topim ciocolata intr-o craticioara, la bain marie. Vom scoate cate 3-4 bilute din frigider pe care le vom baga in ciocolata calduta pe rand, cu o lingura. Se scot pe o farfurie pe care am pus hartie de copt si presaram bombonele, migdale sau ce dorim. Se baga apoi in frigider. Procedeul se repeta pentru toate trufele.
Se vor tine in frigider cel putin 30 de minute inainte de servire.

We melt the chocolate in a pan, in bain marie. We’ll take out of the fridge 3-4 balls and we’ll dip them, one by one, in chocolate with a tablespoon. We’ll take them out of the pan on a plate on which we put baking paper and we spread candies, almonds or what we wish. After that we’ll put them in the fridge. This procedures will be repeated for all the truffles. 
We will keep them in the fridge at least 30 before serving. 

Acesta a fost micul meu cadou pentru voi! Sa aveti o primavara frumoasa!
This was my present for you! Have a wonderful spring!