9/28/2014

Giveaways, Giveaways - From Kitchenaid to smartphone

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I could really use a Kitchenaid, especially when i don't have a mixer at all and i bet
you would love a new mixer too, right? so come and check out this raffle.

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A 330$ cash prize will be divided between 3 participants ( 165$, 90$, 75$ ) on Hobby
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For a chance to win ZTE ZMAX smartphone, click here.


As before, all raffles are international except those that were stated otherwise.

9/22/2014

California, Big sur and cupcakes

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California is a huge state of course and we have traveled it quite a bit,
but the one place, i think, everyone are passing through is Big Sur.
The region is the segment of California State Route 1 from Carmel south to San Simeon.

Why is it called Big Sur?
Well, it actually derives from the Spanish language "El Sur Grande" ( "the big south")
or from "El país grande Del sur" ("the big country of the south") , which refers to its location south of the city of Monterey.
We were in the area at late September and it was quite chilli.
We stopped at a vista point to see some elephant seals.
There were two sides to try and look for the elephant seals and I've decided to take the right
side, that turned out to be the wrong side, 'cause on the right you could only see three
chubby ones from a distant, not doing nothing.
We went to the left side and they were everywhere! You could not miss them, even if you 
wanted to.
So there they were, this chubby cute giant fellows..

And the breathtaking view..

And how about this cute little squirrel..
 


Except of Big Sur, you can find in California the very first cupcake store founded by 
Candace Nelson ("Cupcake Wars")  and her husband in 2005 at Beverly Hills, California.
Now we Haven't visited there, but i thought what kind of recipe would be more appropriate than a cupcake recipe.
So I've decided to make a cupcake filled with dulce de leche and covered with chocolate.
This Cupcake is adapted from "Cupcake Heaven Vol 2 " of Eric Lanlard.

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Ingredients For 8 cupcakes:

Batter:
2 M eggs
160 ml milk(5.41 Oz)
75 gram melted butter (2.64 Ounce)
225 gram flour (7.93 Ounce)
75 gram sugar (2.64 Ounce)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 Tsp. salt
8 spoons Dulce De Leche

Coating:
150 ml whipping cream (5.07 OZ)
150 gram chocolate (5.29 ounce)

Decoration:
Chocolate cut into stripes

Preparation:
Heat oven to 200 Celsius.
Beat the eggs, then add the milk and butter and stir.
Add the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix.
The mixture will be a bit lumpy and that's ok.
Prepare muffin tins in a muffin pan and fill about a third of the batter
to each muffin. Fill with the Dulce De Leche and pour on top the rest of the batter.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until risen and golden.
Let the cupcakes cool for room temperature.
Melt together the whipping cream and chocolate, Let it cool a bit and coat the cupcakes.
Sprinkle on top the chocolate stripes and bon Appetite.
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9/17/2014

Disneyland and turkey legs

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Do you enjoy going to amusement parks? I really do.
Every time you go into an amusement park, It's like going back to your childhood, when everything appeared so magical.
I've been to a couple of parks including Europa park and Gardaland and for me Disneyland has won the jackpot.
I've been to Disneyland only once and I can't compare it to Disneyworld ('cause I haven't been there yet), but when I entered the park, even with the ongoing lines, I really felt like I'm in a Disney movie.
The atmosphere is great and with those puppets in every corner and the amazing parades, you can't remain indifferent.

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A couple of years ago, I could go on a ride and not be afraid. Nowadays, things really changed.
I am very nervous when only thinking of going on the roller coasters.
However, in most cases, I conquer my fear and get going with it.
As you probably know, in Disneyland there are two parks and the park I enjoyed the most was the "California Adventure park".
One of the famous attractions in California Adventure park is the " Tower of Terror ".
Firstly, I don't get it, why is it called an attraction? it really doesn't attract me to come and try it again.
Secondly, I think I really gotten better on my tones, and why is that? 'Cause I screamed like there's no tomorrow on that ride.
That was so scary, I could not stop screaming, those moments when you're going up and suddenly dropping down, gosh just the thinking of it gives me the chills.

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If you get the chance and visit Disneyland, you should definitely check out the "world of color" show, It is absolutely marvelous!

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Now, I saw some people eating those turkey legs in Disneyland, and I came across this recipe from Sasakitime and tried making it with some changes and it came out really good.
That's how I made those yummy turkey legs :
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Ingredients:
4 turkey legs

Brine:
3 - 4 cups water
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar (or sweetener)
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 Tbsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
Turkey Drumstick spice rub:
1 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
Preparation:
Rinse turkey legs in cold water, pat dry.
For the brine:  combine brine ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Place the turkey legs into the brine. Let soak for about 10 minutes in the fridge.
Remove legs, rinse well, and discard brine. Dry drumsticks well with paper towels.
In small bowl, combine spice rub ingredients. Rub onto turkey legs.
Heat oven to 190C / 375F.
Place turkey legs  in the oven and cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for about two hours.
Enjoy!
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