Pastry

Breakfast Of Champions # 52 – Glutton’s Delight

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” Cinnamon/Pecan Roll- Cake With Strawberries, Mocca And Yogurt”
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I am still not sure if I should be proud or ashamed of this concoction…….. Not that it is terrible, on the contrary, it is so delicious that I could eat this everyday .
The problem is that once I had started eating , I could not stop until it had been completely devoured. It was just too yummy to stop.
If you will prepare this, make sure that there are at least five people present to share, otherwise the ensuing binge-eating will be hazardous to your weight ! 🙂 😦
It is really a “one pot meal”, combining a complete breakfast in a single dish: Coffee, yogurt, nuts, fruit, pastry, cream, and marmalade.
(If I would still consume alcohol, I would have mixed the coffee with ameretto or rum) If you do enjoy a good drink, go ahead and add another layer of sin in the form of your favorite booze!
All in all, this was a great joy to eat and I will surely prepare it again, but only if guests are on the way with whom I can share 🙂
A good thing can be good for you – too much of a good thing can kill you !
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Breakfast Of Champions # 52 – Glutton's Delight

Breakfast Of Champions # 52 – Glutton’s Delight

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Breakfast Of Champions # 52 – Glutton's Delight

Breakfast Of Champions # 52 – Glutton’s Delight

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Preparation :
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Easy Does It # 27 – Strawberry Croissant


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 I was shopping early this afternoon, I was nostalgically remembering the old German tradition of  “Kaffee und Kuchen”.
In Germany and Austria, between lunch and dinner, there is traditionally a short break for a social gathering around a piece of cake or two (or any other Pastry) and a hot steaming cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea. This ritual is referred to as Kaffee und Kuchen, Kaffeetrinken, or Kaffeeklatsch. Even these days, it is still quite common to get together with friends and family on Sunday afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. to share some cake/pastry and good conversation. Well, I was certainly not going to run home and start baking a cake just for my self, but I had an idea for a simple solution for my craving, so I bought a couple of freshly baked croissants, two small cups of sugar-free chocolate pudding and some fresh strawberries. To assemble these sexy beauties took only about as long as it took to brew a cup of strong Java and both the Java and the pastries were absolutely delightful. I was even able to enjoy the added bonus of having my  Kaffee und Kuchen  outside by the pool, since the sun was behind dark clouds and there was a nice breeze blowing, keeping the temperature pleasant 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Live is Good !
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Strawberry Croissants

Strawberry Croissants

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Strawberry Croissants

Strawberry Croissants

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Preparation :
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Phyllo & Pork Cigars

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Many  years ago, when I went to Istanbul for the first time, one day my friend’s and I went to a port side restaurant which had the day’s menu displayed as actual food on a table outside.
One of the things that caught our eyes where wonderful pastries, rolled up like cigarettes and obviously stuffed with ???  We could not find out from the waiter what it was stuffed with (nobody at  the place spoke english ), but because they looked so appetizing we ordered a bunch. When they were served, much to my disappointment the first bite almost made me gag, because they were filled with  feta cheese  amongst other goodies. My friend’s loved the “cigarettes”, but sadly, I could not eat them. Although I am a fanatic cheese lover, one of the few cheeses I can not eat is feta cheese. But over the years, these pastries vividly stayed in my memories of my first visit to  Turkey  and I have since then created many different versions. ( None of them containing goat cheese ) but using fillings made of lamb, shrimps, lobster, vegetables, fish, as well as a number of sweet fillings, chocolate, strawberries, bananas, etc. They are great as party food, snack, appetizer or, as here, a main course .
Here is a version of  Turkish Sigara Boregi I concocted earlier today. Because they served as dinner, I made them much thicker then the usual Sigara Boregi, so instead of cigarettes I call them Cigars  🙂
I just loved this dish, Bella and I pigged out and eat the whole tray for dinner, all eight of them.
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Ingredient’s :

Pork,  ground
Vegetable stock,
Onions,  diced
Peppers,  diced
chilies,  diced
( I like my filling VERY spicy. If you don’t,
you might want to hold off on the scotch bonnet’s )
Tomato,  chopped
Garlic,  paste
Kosher salt,
Smoked paprika,
Parmigiano reggiano, finely grated
Butter, for phyllo
Olive oil,  to saute
Red wine,  to deglaze


Method :

Saute the meat in the olive oil until it start’s to brown.
Add the vegetables, continue sauteing until the onions
are translucent. Deglaze with red wine, add stock and
seasoning. Let simmer until meat is done and liquid
has mostly evaporated.
Brush each phyllo sheet with butter before topping with
the next sheet. In this recipe I have used three layers of
phyllo. Put some of the pork on one end of the phyllo sheets,
sprinkle cheese on top, roll up into cigar shape, cut to desired length.
A variation would be to sprinkle the pork loosely over the
entire surface and the roll them into cigarette sized rolls.
As dipping sauces I had sweet Thai chili sauce and dill-yogurt.

 Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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