10/21/2014

Oreo cheesecake grave cupcake

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I love cheesecakes, i especially love New York cheesecake.
I haven't been to New York yet, but when i ran into Good Food Magazine recipe, i had to make it, and I did as you can see over here.

So, now was the time to upgrade the recipe just a little bit and add to it Oreo,
but what can be more fun than making it an Oreo cheesecake grave cupcake?!
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The recipe is just like before, but the baking times are a bit different.
For the Oreo cheesecake cupcakes, you need to set the oven for 180C and bake the 
biscuits for 6-8 minutes, then remove it from the oven and set the oven to 240C.
Make the batter and pour on top of the biscuits. 
Bake for 10 minutes and then lower the heat to 110C and bake for 15 minutes.
When done, let the cheesecakes sit in the closed oven for 2 hours, so they won't crack.
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Very important, if you're not using paper tins, then cut small circles out of a 
parchment paper, spray the muffin tins with oil, place the circles and spray again.
Then add the biscuits crumbs and continue baking as mentioned above.


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After that, prepare the glaze and spread evenly between the cupcakes.
Crumble Oreo cookies stuffed with chocolate filling and sprinkle on the cupcakes.
Take an Oreo and with melted white chocolate, write "R.I.P Oreo" OR
 whatever you feel like and stuck it on the cupcake.

Good Luck :-)

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10/19/2014

easy and tasty chocolate cake

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I found this chocolate cake in a Facebook group, and just by seeing how it looks
i really had to make it.
The cake itself is quite dry, but with the chocolate cream on top it's so delicious and rich.
This cake is really easy to prepare and you can make it in no time.
If you decide to bake this batter in a large oven pan, then you'll have a lower cake but
plenty of slices to everyone :-) .
I stored the cake in the pan I've baked it and covered it with aluminum foil and left it outside of the fridge. The cake was really delicious and lasted for 5 days, before someone took
the last piece.

Ingredients:
Cake:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 packet baking powder (10g/0.35ounce)
1 packet vanilla sugar (10g/0.35ounce)
1 cup sugar
6 eggs, separated
4 Tbsp. cocoa
3 Tbsp. powdered chocolate drink ( i used Nesquik )
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cup orange juice

Chocolate cream:
100g/ 3.53ounce margarine/butter
100g/ 3.53ounce dark/bittersweet chocolate
3 Tbsp. cocoa
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup water

optional: sprinkles

Preparation:
Heat oven to 180C/ 356F.
For the cake:
Beat the egg whites with the sugar until stiff.
Add the entire ingredients by folding.
Grease a large oven pan and pour in the batter.
Bake for about 40 minutes and then sit aside.

Prepare the chocolate cream:
Place all of the cream ingredients in a pan and cook on a lower heat,
until the margarine as melted completely and the mixture is well blended.
Pour on top of the cake and let it set.



10/07/2014

Dracula's castle, Romania and a vampire bite

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In 2009 we decided to be spontaneous and book tickets to the cheapest flight
out there, and the cheapest destination was Romania.
At first we thought there won't be anything to see in Romania, but after some searching
we came across many interesting places.
One of the places that seemed very intriguing and beautiful was the ruined castle of Vlad Tepes, AKA Dracula wha ha ha (you know i had to make a ghoulish laughter :-) ).
Vlad the third was very vicious and cruel and the author Bram Stoker wrote the Dracula
novel about him.
Why was Vlad the third called Dracula you ask?
I'll tell you exactly why :-)
Vlad Tepes's father was named Vlad Dracul the second, thus the name Dracula.
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Poenari castle is a ruined castle , which was used as one of many fortresses of Vlad the third.
According to the author and the storyline, that is not Dracula's castle, however it is a very beautiful place to visit.
The castle is located on a cliff, near the Fagarsh mountains.
Before we even got there, we read on the net about many stray dogs in Romania, which 
can have rabies, so be careful. We didn't come across any stray dogs thank god.
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Poenari castle on the cliff

To get to the castle, you need to climb 1480 steps, so you should be in shape, although it's possible to the less active, and up there, you'll have to pay in order to walk through the ruins and see the gorgeous views.
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We didn't know it cost money to enter, we thought there's a possibility, but we took the chance anyway.
We climb the 1480 steps and saw there was a guard to the fortress.
He told us we need to pay some Lays (local currency) that we didn't have, so we turned back and before we even started to decline, the guard called us and let us in for free.
I think he felt sorry for us three, after all we looked kinda exhausted.
We entered the ruined castle..
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The guard's cabin
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And the views from the top
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Romania is a very beautiful location and i have plenty of stories to tell, but one thing that is really worth mentioning is the people living in the countryside, they are so nice
and welcoming.
Every time we drove in the rural areas, the villagers were waving at us and it was so nice and warming.


I decided to make a vampire bite.
A Vampire bite is more like an appetizer, but instead of calling it an appetizer,
i thought calling it a bite would be more appropriate, don't you think?
The Vampire bite is a face - carved cucumber filled with a hummus - ketchup spread
and a pastrami as a mantle.

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Ingredients:
cucumber, cut into 2-3 slices
hummus spread
ketchup
pastrami
toothpick
knife

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Preparation: 
Discard cucumber's edges and cut into 2-3 slices.
With a knife, carefully, remove the inside of the cucumber just till the end, leaving a base.
Mix together hummus (approximately 1 Tbsp. ) with Ketchup (approximately 1 tsp.).
Carve with a sharp knife, a face to the cucumber.
Fill the cucumber with the hummus mixture and tear a slice of pastrami to wrap
around the bottom of the cucumber for a mantle.
The pastrami slice should be long enough to place the two edges one on each other
and with a toothpick press to the cucumber, so it will stay still.
To make the Vampire look a bit more like a vampire, spread a bit of ketchup on the
sides of his mouth.

And there you go, your very own Dracula / Vampire bite appetizer, What do you think?
Please leave a comment and if you like it, do share :-)

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10/02/2014

Giveaways - from Estee Lauder to iphone6

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Today i've spotted some awesome giveaways, that you should definitely check out:
Iphone6, Macbook air, slow cooker, Lomo camera etc.

Estee Lauder giveaway, open Worldwide and ends Oct 20, click here.


Havit Bluetooth giveaway, click here to enter the raffle. - US only, Ends Oct 16.

For a chance to win a Macbook air , click here.- Open Worldwide, Ends Oct 5

Does this scenario sound familiar?
You need to send a letter, a real one :-), but of course no envelopes in sight, so
what do you do? Enter this giveaway and Win 5 luxurious envelopes :-),
Click here. - Raffle Ends Oct 10, Open Worldwide.

2X Lomo camera giveaway, click here.Open worldwide, Ends Oct 17.

Care for a new slow cooker, click here. Open worldwide, Ends Oct 31.


Now this is a crazy giveaway, iphone6 raffle, click here. - Open worldwide, Ends Oct 15.

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