Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bon Bon Birthday Cake {Giveaway}

This Birthday Cake was designed by Tiyana, a beautiful eleven year old girl who celebrated her birthday early this month.  I was so surprised to see the detailed work she did on paper, that I was worried whether I could be able to translate that into fondant creations.  Fortunately she loved it!
Happy Birthday Tiyana!!
(Only 3 Days Left!!)
If you would like to participate in my Giveaway please visit the post: Student Ideal Organic Energy Bars!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Makeup Kit Birthday Cakes (Giveaway)

The idea came from Debbie Browns' Book "50 Easy Party Cakes", which I find a very good source for birthday cake ideas.  The design was slightly different than mine.
I used Gumpaste for all the makeup accessories and the eye shadows were made with sugar and edible powder.

 This is a second version of the same cake idea.
If you would like to participate in my Giveaway please visit the post: Student Ideal Organic Energy Bars!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Chicken with Veggies and Sesame Seeds (Giveaway)

Another guilt free recipe... This chicken dish is very easy to make and is super delicious! I just used the vegetables I had in the fridge and a tiny imagination.
You can use the veggies of your choice. I am sure it will be equally tasty!
Chicken with Veggies and Sesame Seeds
Serves 4

2 tbls Greek olive oil
10 medium mushrooms
2 spring onions
1 large carrot
1 small zucchini
1 yellow pepper
150gr sweet corn
400gr skinless and boneless chicken
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp sweet paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp of dark soy sauce
2 tbsp of sesame seeds

1) Cut all vegetables into thin strips; using 1 tbls of olive oil sauté vegetables in the order those are given to the ingredients. Do not overcook.
2) Cut the chicken into strips and season with the spices; cook it by using one tbsp of olive oil.
3) Combine chicken with vegetables; Add soya sauce and sesame seeds.
4) Serve hot. 

If you would like to participate in my Giveaway please visit the post: Student Ideal Organic Energy Bars!

Monday, February 13, 2012

“Love Bites” for my Valentine, a Giveaway and an Award

These small heart bites were created for my Valentine...!!!
Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!
“Love Bites” for my Valentine
Makes 48 small hearts

½ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup caster sugar
1 medium egg
¼ cup full fat yogurt (Greek type)
¼ cup evaporated milk
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 vanilla sachet
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt

Preparation Method
1) With a hand whisk combine oil and sugar; add the egg, yogurt and evaporated milk.
2) Sift flour, vanilla, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt.
3) Combine the wet mixture with the rest of the ingredients.
4) Fill the silicone heart pan and bake at 170ºC (338ºF) for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 160ºC (320ºF) and continue baking for another 5 minutes.
5) Allow cakes to cool completely before any decoration.
On the 9th of February 2012 I was awarded the "Liebster Blog Award" from Sudha from Wit, Wok and Wisdom.  A wonderful blog with delicious recipes.
"Leibster" means dearest in German and as with any award, there is bit of a ceremony involved.These are the rules if you accept the award:
  • Copy and paste the award on your blog.Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.
  • Pick your five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers who deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
  • Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.
Please do visit their interesting blogs and the mouth-watering recipes! In no particular order they are: 

Please do accept the award and spare some time to send it out to your favorite bloggers and help this yarn of affection weave a lovely circle of friends in blogland!

In order to participate in my Giveaway please visit the following link and act accordingly...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Student Ideal Organic Energy Bars (and a Giveaway)!

This post is dedicated to the students of BMCC: Borough of Manhattan Community College.

I remember when I was a student, especially during the mid terms when I was pilled up with exams, I was craving for sugar and the easiest snack I could find back then, was a chocolate or ready made cookies.  Nowadays I crave for a sweet bite regularly, most of the times because I feel tired or stressed, but I try to control it with healthier choices.  An article that was written by my dietitian, Ioannis Kerimis, “Stress and Emotional Eating”, made me realize that most of the times the reason I end up eating sweets is mostly because of what I feel.

I tried to create a snack that can give the receiver a sweet taste, without the guilt that usually accompanies similar snacks, and at the same time to offer energy and nutrition, something that it is essential for students.  In this way we can satisfy our need for a sweet bite and control our weight too. Another article that gave me useful information about my eating mistakes is “Factors that negatively affect weight loss”.

These bars are made with organic ingredients and they contain approximately 125-130 calories per bar. They are very easy to make and they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months.

As a Thank you gesture I wanted to make a Giveaway of a purely Mediterranean Cookbook.

My dearest friend Ivy from was kind enough to offer us the 1st Volume of her excellent e-Book “MINT, CINNAMON &BLOSSOM WATER”.
Volume 1 includes all Savory dishes, mezedes, side dishes and salads.

In Volume 2, you will find Breads, bread products, Pites (pies), snacks, almyra (savory pastries), traditional and modern Desserts, Glyka tou koutaliou (fruit preserves), marmelades (jams), drinks, etc.

The winner of the Giveaway will be announced at the 29th of February 2012 after a random draw. ( will be used).

Due to a blog problem leaving a comment might take 3-4 minutes, but finally it works. 

In order to participate in this Giveaway please do either or both of the following:
- Share the post in Facebook and/or Twitter and Copy/Paste the link to my blog letting me know that you've done so.
- Leave a 2nd comment on this post stating your thoughts about emotional eating.
- You can leave up to two comments. 


Student Ideal Organic Energy Bars
Makes 20

Ingredients (all Organic)
1 cup oats
½ cup Oatbran (Mornflake)
½ cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
¼ cup whole-wheat flour
½ cup powdered nonfat dry milk (Regilait 0%)
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon mixed spices
12 dried apricots
10 raw pecan nuts or 40 raw almonds (60gr)
8 pitted dried dates
½ cup raisins
1 pealed and shredded apple
¼ cup mountain bee honey (80gr)
2 egg-whites (medium eggs)

Preparation Method
1) Place all ingredients except egg-whites, honey and apple in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped.
2) Add the egg-whites, honey and apple and pulse until the mixture is well combined.
3) On the bottom of a square pan (25cm x 25cm)  place a non stick baking paper, and spread mixture evenly in the pan.
4) Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170ºC (350ºF), for approximately 20 minutes.
5) Allow to cool and cut into 20 bars.
6) Wrap with clean film and store in the fridge.

Dream of Cakes


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