8/31/2009

The Daring Bakers August Challenge

The Daring Bakers August Challenge: Dobos Torte

I am so sorry I could not post my challenge before but so many things happened, I am still weak but recovering well, we had a beautiful visit for almost two weeks: my brother and his family came from Valencia, unfortunately they could not stay longer because my brother is a professor at the university and director of … I forgot the name, so he has a lot of responsibilities there.
Aaaand soooo many power cuts sometimes more than two per day, we spent three and a half hours without light today….today, that I finally gathered strength and energy to make my august challenge, when I was about making the filling *PUFF* the light went off not without blinking for a minute before definitely left us in the dark. For that reason one of the two refrigerators got damaged. But look the positive side…Venezuela is the only country in the world that is working hard against the global warming, also this situation helps the thieves to work in better conditions, you know, they have a family to care for. I can’t imagine how happy are the ones who work repairing electric appliances, they have a lot of work to do and only work a few hours a day: when there is power.
I’ll say no more for today, I’m tired and I still have to build a huge poster: LEADER/HERO WANTED, VILLAIN IS TEARING DOWN A COUNTRY.
The recipe here and here


I was so tired that I forgot to make the upper layer with the caramel so I used cookies instead, sorry


The August 2009 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonfulof Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular DobosTorte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers' cookbook Kaffeehaus: ExquisiteDesserts from the Classic Caff├ęs of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.
Thank you Lorrain and Angela I loved this Torte

8/15/2009

My First Food.

My First Food.


My first food after being sick, yea I know it sounds kind of super dramatic but boy was I sick and what makes me crazy is that this is due to a bad BAD administration (and you could say: ok Faery here you come again talking about politics…), Ok, the town where I live, used to be ruled by a mayor who has the town like a shiny silver cup although he was not someone I like I cannot deny the fact that he took care of everything here but during the last elections and due to electoral magic the mayor that everybody loved LOST the elections and the one who bows to the president and master of this regime, won….”It’s a kind of magic, maaagiic”.
Well this man happen to be the seven plagues of Egypt, uhm you don’t believe me, listen,: all the sanitation trucks are broken there is only one on duty so the garbage is flooding the town, this has brought a plague of mice and rats , all imaginable sizes of crocoraches and colors…,clouds of flies, mosquitoes and those annoying fruit flies (they not only bite fruits).
Also the water is so dirty and filled with mosquito larvae, besides this: the darkness, we have up to three power cuts daily specially at night.
Due to all these things we have systems to double filter the water, mosquito repellents and we keep the house super clean also we take measures of all kinds buuuut…. It hit me…what? The new virus (that I won’t mention because this is a food blog but you are free to imagine), during the 3 first days I lost 7 kilos of weight and two weeks later I still have that filling of “EWW” when I see food, I spent 2 days laying in my bed, did not eat at all and only could have a few sips of water, second day at night my mom made me a chamomile and tilo tea it was so good, next day she gave me Pepsi with lemon and that helped me a lot , that night she made me white rice and I eat 7 teaspoons of it, I felt great, during the next days I began to recover with home remedies because formal or traditional medicine did not work on this virus.
This is the first time I get in the kitchen after that. I made Tostones which are very good when you have stomach illness, chicken breast, salad and rice.
Tostones are very typical in my country
1-Peel the green plantain and cut it in slices of about 2 centimeters, then fry them in very hot oil on both sides until golden.
2- Smash flat them with the help of the bottom of a glass or plate if you don’t have something like this device I show here, then fry again the smashed plantain until just browned.
3- Place them over absorbent paper and sprinkle them with salt.
For the chicken breast
I cut the chicken breast into strips and season with salt, dried oregano, grated garlic and onion and a few drops of wine vinegar let rest and then cover each strip with corn starch and cook with a few drops of corn oil.
For the salad I cut tomato and onion and added dried oregano, corn oil and whine vinegar.
My drink was Schweppes and orange juice from our tree.









Looks loke gold

See the burnt ones, they are just for me because they are so good for my stomach.