A couple of posts ago I mentioned that we had invited Baba Danka over for a return visit and we thought it was all organised. I wanted to make something we would have for lunch. while using ingredients similar to what the Bulgarians might use. So instead of filo type pastry I made short crust, instead of sirene cheese (like feta but lighter) I used the last of our precious cheddar, and with eggs and a bit of German ham made a quiche....or should I say egg and bacon flan? With a leek version for me. I opened the last of the pickles Venka gave me, and made luscious chocolate brownies. At the same time doing the biscuits for Venka's party.
Dave saw Baba Danka with her wheelbarrow going down to the village to get her chicken food and after speaking to her he thought she was coming round later, but it was not to be. The sooner we learn conversation instead of just words the better! I have to say the quiches and especially the brownies were simply delicious.
The shortbread recipe is worth passing the link on. It keeps crisp a long time if properly stored...and if it is not eated immediately. For chocolate I substituted some of the corn flour for cocoa. I used double quantity in the Kenwood Chef with the K beater on gentle till it all came together.
And those delicious brownies. I don't add the choc chunks as they are not needed, they are great without.
I also used cheaper chocolate, not high cocoa butter chocolate, and used third milk and two thirds-ish dark.
We had a shower of much needed rain in the early hours of yesterday, which led to a particularly interesting sunrise. No amazing colours but beams of light reaching upwards instead of downwards. Took masses of photos, as you do, but they don't really capture the drama. Here are a few.
All the seeds indoors in their little mini greenhouses are up, some really tiny seedlings. But they are drawing towards the light so while the weather is still good they have gone into the greenhouse where the peas are starting to sprout as well as other veg. I will be clearing the 'craft' table in the spare room in case everything has to come in, and hope it will not be for long. If it is we will have to set up a foil reflector behind them.
The young lad (above) who is causing the problems is going to a new home at the weekend, but there are three more a month younger coming through to take his place, as well as one chick we thought was a hen, and although looks like a hen and acts like one, has a couple of sickle feathers in it's tail and a few glossy feathers on it's neck. It is still quite dainty in comparison to it's hatch mates, but is not looking hopeful and she will be he. Shame as it was earmarked for a friend.
So the older chooks are enjoying a bit of peace, except for Ebony the Shumen who has been fascinated with the chicks all along. She is pacing the fence looking for them.