Monday, 14 November 2011

One line a day diary

In the past, I started several diaries. Already since the time I was a child. And I did not finish any of them. After few enthusiastic starts, there was always something else that needed to be done instead of writing in the diary. In one of the issues of Flow, one of my favorite magazines, they suggested a genial idea. A one line diary.
This one is designed by Geertje Aalders, and it was for sale in The Netherlands. Well, I hope that this idea for a diary will fit some people; it does appeal a lot to me, and I hope it will keep my daily writing going!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

How to cook panellets

First of all, what are panellets? Those are little sweets that are eaten in Catalonia (the area around Barcelona) on November 1st.

Since we now live in Rwanda, and I have some free time, I decided to make some. Otherwise, my children will grow up without knowing what are panellets! After a quick call with my mother (great source of information concerning any traditional Spanish recipe), I got the proper receipt.

So, these are the ingredients you need:
- 250 gr almond flour
- 250 gr (brown) sugar
- 250 gr potatoes
- Decoration: chocolate powder, almond shaves, candied fruits

What to do next?
- Boil the potatoes until they are soft. Do not peel them!
- In the meantime, choose and prepare the ingredients you will use as decoration. Due to the restrictions I have here, I used what I could find: chocolate powder, almond shaves and candied fruits. But the most typical decoration would be pi├▒on nuts.
- When the potatoes are ready, peel them, and mash them with a fork.
- Mix the almond flour, the sugar and the mashed potatoes.
- Separate one third of the mix, and mix it with the chocolate powder
- Let the mix in the fridge for half an hour. Then it will be easier to make the shapes. Go for a shower and relax.
- Shape the chocolate mix as little pyramids
- Shape one third of the "white" mix in little spheres. Roll them over the almond shaves, so that they stick on the surface
- Shape the last third of the "white" mix in little flat circles. Put one candied fruit on top.
- Spread butter on an over tray and place the panellets on the tray.
- Whisk an egg, and paint the panellets with it.
- Put the tray in the oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees, you can use the grill for the last 5 minutes.
- Check regularly, you will know the panellets are ready when they have a golden color.


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