Meat Croquettes

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Since for about more than a month everything is turning around christmas, my recipes should do to. So much family, friends and work lunches/dinners, and so much leftovers that in some point you just throw away, bored of seeing them everyday in your fridge. Meat leftovers from a soup or a roast are not going to be a problem anymore.

Some years ago I posted a recipe of cannelloni from leftover meat, and today it’s the turn of the Croquettes. Very easy, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They also freeze well so you can store them and deep-fry them whenever you have some friends over, pairing them with some beer and dips.

It’s a typical dish in Spain, well, better said, a tapa. You can find croquetas  in many tapas bars in Spain and most of spanish moms have their own recipe to make them, with many other different fillings. But you don’t need to travel so far for that, you can bring Spain to your home following this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 300 g leftover meat (turkey, chicken, beef, pork, goose… a mixture of all, it doesn’t matter)
  • 500 ml milk
  • 60 g unsalted butter
  • 60 g  plain flour for the béchamel, and some more for the rolling
  • a little finely diced shallot
  • salt, ground pepper and ground nutmeg
  • bread Crumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • sunflower oil, for deep-frying them

Preparation

Heat the butter in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat and, when the butter melts, add the onion and fry gently for a minute until transparent. Turn the heat down, gradually stir in the flour and cook gently, stirring regularly, until it loses its raw flavour – this should take about 8–10 minutes. Gradually stir in the hot milk, beating it in well, until you have a smooth paste. Cook for another 15 minutes until it thickens, then fold through the finely diced meat and season to taste with a grating of nutmeg, some salt and ground pepper. Put the béchamel in a bowl and allow to cool, then put the mixture into a piping bag, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Put the beaten eggs and some flour each separately  into bowls,  and the breadcrumbs into another. On a floured surface, pipe out the mixture into cylinders (5 cm length, 1,5-2 cm o) flour them good, dip into the egg and then roll in the breadcrumbs until well coated.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan to 180 ºC, or until it begins to shimmer. Prepare a plate lined with kitchen roll. Fry the croquetas in batches for a couple of minutes until golden all over, then lift out with a slotted spoon and serve at once (they are also very good on the next day ;)).

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H.

 

 

Christmas Cards 2015. Freebies

Christmas card 2015

 

Once more, even though I’ve been pretty busy, I found the time to design, print, write and send my Christmas Cards. Some of them have already arrived to its destination. It’s a tradition that I would like to keep alive since there’s not much more mail that arrives home that’s personal and that puts a smile on your face, so that’s what I try to do once a year, put a smile on the faces of my friends and loved ones. So if you are one of them and you received yours, please take a picture and post it in Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #merryxmasdressink and of course tag me @dressink so I can see it!

 

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This time I used this icons I found for free, I like simple patterns and I was looking for something in black and white, so they were just perfect. You can download this design for free here or click on the main image, if you also want to surprise your loved ones with a christmas card 😀

Do you have any christmas traditions? Let me know in your comments!

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H.

Christmas Wishlist

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It has become a tradition for me to make this wishlist every year. It started as a fun idea to share what I was looking forward to get for christmas, and now it is a must, my parents are already asking… – Are you not making a list this year? And, yes I am, here you go:

  1. Kitchen Aid Artisan in White, it’s been my dream already for many years to have it. This year is not going to happen, since there’s no space for it in my kitchen (don’t want any trouble with my rommie), but it’s still my dream, that’s why it stays my number one in the wishlist.
  2. Google Chromecast to be able to connect my phone and other devices to the TV,  and more 😀
  3. Nexus 9 – Black, 32 GB, LTE my laptop is not going to last forever and I’ve been looking for a solution, maybe this could be it!
  4. There’s no Christmas without a new Pj’s .
  5. I have just the perfect shoes for this leopard clutch, so, destiny?
  6. Rebecca Minkoff Avery bag because I’m looking for a new everyday bag.
  7. Fancying a new nail polish, my favourite and perfect for this season, Chanel’s Rouge Noir. 
  8. Because it’s time to say goodbye to my beloved Asos Parka, going for this Zara one.
  9. Looking for a replacement for my long-lost winter beanie, this Carhartt one does the trick for sure!
  10. And last but not least… Grace Vagabond boots, my old ones are sadly falling into pieces…

(It got expensive tho :P)

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H.

My holidays in hashtags #

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H.

Spritzgebäck – German Piped Biscuits

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This post may be coming a little late, but well, better late than never 😉

While I was at my parents house in Spain, over the holidays, I wanted to do something nice for them since every time I’m there they do everything for me, it’s like being in a Hotel just, 1 million times better. It was the first time in my life that I baked biscuits and if you ask me, it went really well 😀

I chose this kind of german piped butter based biscuits, first because I like butter biscuits and second, they are easier to make, since you don’t have to knead and roll out the dough for cutting out a shape.

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Ingredients for arround 60 biscuits 

  • 320 gr flour
  • 2 L eggs or 120 gr eggs
  • 250 gr butter
  • 120 gr confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparation

Heat up your oven at 180ºC.

In a bowl, first combine the soft butter, confectioners’ sugar and the vanilla pulp to a fluffy mixture.

In another bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder and the salt.

Break the eggs into another bowl and just mix them roughly. Pour them step by step, and not all at once, into the Buttery mixture and keep on stirring with the whisk or with your hand mixer on a slow number.

Add the flour mix and mix it to a smooth pastry, don’t over mix it!

Grab a piping bag, place a nr. 10 star nozzle into it and fill your bag with the pastry. Put a baking paper over your baking tray. Squirt the dough into different shapes onto the tray (I, C, S, that’s up to you!), don’t forget to keep some space between them.

Place them in the oven for aprox. 10 minutes. When done, let them cool down.

You can decorate them with some dark molten chocolate just by dipping the ends into it, I didn’t have the time but that would make them just perfect 🙂

Now, enjoy!

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My cousin said they were the BEST biscuits he’d EVER tried, I hope you like them too 😉

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H.

Christmas Cards 2014. Freebies

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This year between work and cooking school I’m so busy, that I didn’t have the time to keep up with the tradition I started last year, of doing my own christmas cards. Instead, I made 2 designs that you can download for free. Click on the images to download.

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I plan on printing them tomorrow and start sending them before it’s too late :S Maybe you’ll get one too, who knows 😛

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H.

Easter Time!

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(Bird's Nest Cupcakes I did for Sunday's Easter Breakfast)

I don’t really know what’s been happening to me the last months but I have the feeling I’ve been ill the whole time, back problems, horrible headaches (that no one knows where they come from), cold after cold with a pretty strong sore throat, dizziness… I feel like my body has been playing against me all this time. I’ve just decided, I had enough, and that I’m going to fight it. Positive energy and good vibes it’s going to be my medicine and I hope that does the trick. A change of attitude could be the answer to all my problems.

I’m going to tell you a little about my easter days, there is not much to tell since I stayed home, in Aachen but well it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.

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(cows near the ice cream shop in Camerig, Holland picture via Wingbergerhoeve )

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(Ice cream shop in Camerig, Holland picture via Fleuropean)

Friday, my boyfriend and I picked up a friend that was also staying in Aachen for the holidays. We thought it would be nice just to get out-of-town for a little. Aachen is a German city that borders with Belgium and Holland, so it’s quite easy for us to go in another country to have some ice cream and enjoy the landscape. And that’s what we did. We drove to Holland to have an amazing homemade ice cream and then we came back to Aachen through Belgium. Next time I’ll take more pictures, sadly I couldn’t find any of the gigantic and delicious ice cream.

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(Mones de Pascua, typical pastry for easter at my home town Xixona)

Saturday, started up with a breakfast/brunch at home again with Yara and my boyfriend Philipp. Afterwards we did some wool, flower soil and baking ingredients shopping and after that is where my own trip to hell started. Yara went home to do some laundry, Philipp went to his garage to “play” a little repairing his motorcycle and I stayed home baking. First I prepared the dough for the “Mones” (see Image above) and since it needs to rest 3 hours I started then preparing the cupcakes. I had the cakes for the cupcakes ready and the headache started. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t sleep, I just wanted to pull my eyes out so that the pressure stopped. Any medicine, warm/cold cloth was working. After 2-3 hours of suffering Philipp came and drove me to the Hospital. They couldn’t find anything but at least I got something for the pain that worked.

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(Flower bouquet that Philipp Sister brought for Sunday's Easter Breakfast, beautiful isn't it?. You can find them here)

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(Leftovers from Sunday's Easter Breakfast at Philipp's Mum) 

Sunday, after a hard night I was feeling lot better so I began my day by finishing what I started the day before. Formed the “mones” and baked them, made some chocolate mousse and decorated my bird’s nest Cupcakes with white chocolate and Milka Eggs. By the time I finished Philipp was awake so we hurried up and drove to his mum’s. His family was waiting there.

It was a very nice day, the weather was incredible and the company better. We ate, talked, ate a little bit more and watched how the new-born of the family slept (she usually doesn’t sleep that much ;)) Went for a walk and ate some more for a change xD

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(New family member Mara, she's the cutest girl ever :D)

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(Coffee and Cakes time!)

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(Canola fields on our way home back to Aachen)

It was time to go home again, but this time we didn’t drive through the Autobahn, so that I could enjoy the landscape…

Hope you all had a very happy easter! I did!

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H.