Author Archives: Margrèt Jóhanna

About Margrèt Jóhanna

Live in Reykjavík, Iceland with my husband and 4 kids. Love cooking and baking.

Dessert Roses page 391

Today is my 3 years blogging anniversary.

I´m celebrating with roses :o)

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This was quick and easy to make and very delicious.  I had a PTA meeting and took the roses with me and they did not rest on the table for long.  It was the first thing to go.

I thought I bought the original Kellogg’s but was surprised when I came home as how crunchy they were.  Turns out it was Special K.  oh well.

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I used the sweetened shredded coconut and dried cranberries.  Every one loved it.

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This only took 15min to make and then rest for 30 min.

 

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Baked provençal vegetables, page 226

I used the mandolin for everything but the tomatoes.  The tomatoes here are so small that they are no match for the eggplants.

I had this for dinner and after an hour in the oven it was not ready but I could not wait another 30 min. for it to be ready.  Next time I would bake it longer and brush the eggplant with olive oil before putting it in the oven.  I found them to be too dry.

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Double-Corn Tea Cake, page 40

This was a nice surprise.  No fuss and an easy bake.  It tasted delicious with my coffee and nicely moist.

My sons cannot eat corn any more after the chef at the school canteen puts it in everything.  Salad, soups and meat.  So when I put it in the cake they just did not want to have as much as one bite.

Eggplant caviar page 66

I had to talk myself into making burned eggplants I thought it would be messy and a bit dangerous but hell no.  This was a peace of cake.

It did not take long and it was delicious.

I´m back from vacation and I did not do any of the recipes for July.  I did not find andy chick pea flour, nether at home nor in France.  My mother in law makes a killer soup au pistou and she makes it always with sausage and haricot blanc, vert and rouge along with herb de provence.

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France 2017

I´m a soccer for soap

Here are a few things I brought back from my vacation.  Lavender, bay leaves and fennel from my mother-in-law’s garden.  I also brought back some great thymine that grows wild close to her home.   I love sardines as I have said before and brought 1,5 kg back with me.  My DH claims that I brought back 20 kg of soap and sardines but that is not true..  We (not just me) also bought 800 gr of anchovies.  Yes we bought a new suitcase.

I also bought some spices from the market.

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Martine’s Gâteau de Savoie, page 11

 

 

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As you can see it rose very high and did not collapse.

 

What a great cake.  So easy to make and with so few ingredients and no butter and no oil!  I was surprised as how high it rose in the oven with no baking powder.  I was not expecting much but this cake tastes great.  No wonder this recipe has been around for centuries.

I did put of some raspberry jam but it was better just plane.

All my friends loved it  and it tasted great with some rosé.  I bought myself a new cake pan just for this cake and I´m making it again.

Lavender Galettes, page 312

Ready for the oven.

 

Sorry this one is out of focus.

I came back from my vacation with lavender from my mother in law’s garden.  I´m told that this lavender is not for cooking but it was the only one I could find.

This was a lot of fuss in preparation with all this cutting the non stick baking paper.

I forgot to put egg and sugar on my first batch and they did not taste half as good as my second batch.  All in all I´m not making this one again.  It did not taste all that great and took too long to make.  I´m told that the lavender flowers used for cooking are only available in August and they come from the Alps.  So maybe I just did not have the right ingredient?