Saturday, December 24, 2011

Coconut Christmas Tree

This Christmas Tree is dedicated to all of my readers, family and friends.
May they all have a Merry Christmas!!
Thank you for all your love and support!

Coconut Christmas Tree
Serves 16 small portions

130gr egg white (4 egg whites)
15gr light brown sugar (1 tbsp)
5gr vanilla sugar (1 sachet)
60gr shredded coconut
100gr chocolate (any type you wish)
¼ tsp orange essence

Preparation Method
1) With an electric mixer beat the egg whites with the sugar and the vanilla to form a stiff meringue.
2) Gently mix in the shredded coconut and form 16 small balls (ping pong size balls).
3) Bake in a preheated oven for 5 minutes at 180ºC and then continue baking for another 6 minutes at 150ºC. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
4) Melt the chocolate; mix in the orange essence.
5) On a flat surface form the 1st layer of the tree. Cover with chocolate and continue the process until you form the Christmas Tree. Decorate with candies of your choice.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Stuffed Rolled Chicken

This recipe was made with simple and light ingredients. 
Few years ago I used bacon instead of vine leaves and Halloumi cheese instead of Edam Light cheese. I have to admit that I truly liked this version more than the previous one.  
It was light, very tasty and guilt free J !!!

Stuffed Rolled Chicken
Serves 4
215 Calories per serving

7 large vine leaves
2 medium pieces of chicken breast
2 ½ slices of Edam cheese (low fat)
400g spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Ginger
Thyme, Oregano

Preparation Method
1) Wash and boil the vine leaves for 2-3 minutes. Drain and allow them to cool down.
2) Boil the spinach. When all the liquid has evaporated, add the olive oil and spices.
3) With a meat hammer, lightly beat the chicken. Add the spices and herbs.
4) On a large piece of aluminum foil place the nonstick paper.
5) Spread the leaves on the non-stick paper and on top of the leaves place the chicken. Place the slices of cheese on top of the chicken and then spread the spinach on top of the cheese.
6) Wrap the chicken roll * and place it in a Pyrex. Add 1 cup of hot water in the Pyrex.
7) Bake in a preheated oven at 220ºC for 40 minutes. Add an extra glass of hot water, and continue baking for another 40 minutes at 180ºC.
8) Allow to cool slightly before you cut the roll into slices, and serve.

* The roll should be well wrapped in the foil so that the water will not penetrate the chicken.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bookworm Birthday Cake for Quadruplets

This birthday cake was made for four kids who celebrated their 6th birthday, on the 13/12/2011.

Two boys and two girls. Quadruplets! 

The cake was delivered to their school and they blew the candles having their classmates singing to them. Pupils and teachers seemed excited with the cake design and as I was told later on, they were very pleased with what they tasted as well.

I made a double fudge chocolate cake.

The lollipops were made of melted chocolate and smarties, and they were  given to the kids as a gift.

Instead of using a wooden stick to keep the head and tail in place, I used a spagetti.  The cake was taken to a school so I wanted to make sure that the kids wouldn't hurt themselves...

 I used a knife to create the page effect.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Light Cheesecake with Anari Cheese

As you all know by now I am in a diet for the last three months. How do I feel? What did I achieve up to know? Well, allow me to keep this just for me… I am not ready to talk about this for the moment and I am not sure whether I will be in the future, but from what I realized up to now is that no one can lose weight without sacrifices. I love food, I enjoy food in all its forms and the thought of just having something to survive does not sound good to me. Actually it sounds pathetic to me. Let’s hope that I will manage to reach my goal…

My dietitian, Mr. Ioannis Kerimis, makes his best to help me achieving my goal. In general we negotiate, and finally we agree to what I should eat, but I have to admit that actually he sets the menu. Few weeks ago he asked me to prepare a recipe that he could post in his site, so I decided to try a lighter version of cheesecake.

I used a Cypriot unsalted cheese called Anari and I tried to reduce calories down to the minimum. My dietitian was very pleased with the result, and he said that he prefers this cheesecake version to the original one. I like both, but I have to admit that I truly love the baked New York Cheesecake version, with the 1000 calories per piece :-).
Light Cheesecake Recipe
Serves 10
270 Calories per piece

Base Ingredients
150gr (13) light digestive biscuits
25gr (1/3 cup) organic oats
30gr (2 tbsp) vegetable butter (melted)

Filling Ingredients
2/3 cup cold water
2/3 cup hot water
20gr gelatin powder (2 sachets)
475gr fresh unsalted Anari cheese
200gr Greek yogurt (2% fat or 0% fat)
110gr (2/3 cup) light milk (1.5% fat)
100gr (2/3 cup) fructose sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Base Preparation Method
1) Process biscuits until fine. Add oats and melted butter. Process until combined.
2) Press mixture over base of a 24cm pan, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Filling Preparation Method
1) Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Then add the hot water and allow gelatin to fully dissolve.
2) Beat Anari cheese, yogurt, milk, fructose sugar and vanilla essence for 10 minutes, or until you get a smooth light mixture.
3) Add dissolved gelatin and beat mixture for 2 more minutes.
4) Pour filling mixture over pan; refrigerate over night.
5) Serve plain or with fruits, sugar free jam, nuts or dusted unsweetened cocoa powder.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Birthday Cakes

In this post you can find some of my latest birthday cakes. I hope you like them...
This cake was made for a friend of mine called Andri. She wanted a simple decoration.
This, double tier cake, was made for a gentleman called Henk.  As I was told he looks younger than over, so on the top tier was written "You will always be forever young!"
 Demetrios celebrated his first birthday a few weeks ago.  His mother wanted a winnie thyme cake for him.
My niece, Markos, celebrated his 11th birthday on the 25th of November.

Dream of Cakes


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