Friday, April 12, 2013

FABBY: New Gorgeous English Tea Pot!

Hello sweet friends!

The other day I went by the window of the European shop and dropped dead!...Ok, no I didn't die, but had the need to go inside and buy the gorgeous tea pot I had seen! Isn't she just to gorgeous? It just says: made in England, in the same white porcelain, so you can hardly see it...anyway, I didn't care what it said, I just totally loved it and mother seconded me on my purchase, since we were together...and here she is!
My granddaughters, 8 and 6 will be staying with us for two weeks, therefore, be patient and be sure that I will  visit you and leave you comments, even if it takes me somewhat longer! Thank you my dear friends for understanding.

My daughter Sofia came for the long weekend herself and to drop off the G'girls for a couple of weeks to spend with us. Therefore, the new teapot will contain hot chocolate  for us four, (the girls will use pretty children's mugs), along with some Madeleine French cookies, I made for them. One side of the tea pot has hand decorated vessels.

The other side has hand decorated English soldiers... and maybe they're arriving in American shores?

The peak has a gold lion's face..or something I'm not sure what it is yet.

I did a small setting for the hot chocolate with the Madeleines and the two Polish teacups my daughter Alexandra gifted me two birthdays ago.

On one side the teacups have yellow birds and in the other, blue ones.
Here you can appreciate the pretty blue birds on one side of the teacups.

The other side of the pretty teacups with the yellow birds.

My small setting is done in our alabaster breakfast table.
The Madeleines are yummy and the recipe is from Martha Stewart.

The friends that have followed me know I bought in January lots of sale things, among them, the Madeleine-pan.

The English soldiers in the "American shores...hubby made the joke..hehee..I'd love it if I knew it was a certain thing!

The hand decorated English vessels. As you can see, I am in love with the darn teapot! Hope you liked it too.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

FABBY: Apple Pancake in the Kitchen Nook

Hello sweet friends!

I made an up-side down Apple Pancake, for an afternoon coffee or tea time..which is very easy and so yummy, because it's very fast to make. I also serve it with vanilla ice-cream on the side; it's great for an after dinner dessert and everyone loves it!  I hope you like it too. The recipe is at the end of this post.
Hubby also made a country Artisan Italian bread recipe, but only he knows how to make it, since he learned it from an Italian cook that worked at his grandparents house. I haven't learn how because he enjoys making this bread very he takes the credit alone, lol.. I arranged our afternoon, tea or coffee setting at our kitchen breakfast nook... for my mother, Alejandro and me. Ok, here it is.

I hand embroidered this blue linen tablecloth in orange leaves, several years ago...specially to go with this china, made back at our former ceramic company, Monte the china has lots of blue and orange. Here is my afternoon coffee/tea setting, with my upside down Apple Pancake, home made bread and some cheese for the bread.

I used these pretty brown chargers, my everyday Spanish dinner plates, the hand decorated cake plate, made by us and ivory color flatware to match.

The complete place setting.

Alejandro made this great Artisan Italian bread, he enjoys making it for the family. We are all fans of it, as it's wonderful with cold-cuts and almost any kind of cheese, butter and marmalade, etc..

My Apple Upside-down Pancake. (recipe is at the end of this post). Very easy and fast to make.. aand yummy!

The entire place setting and the pretty teacup. Here you can appreciate the embroidery in the blue linen table topper; it's even showing through the amber glass, lol..

Here you have it..our afternoon tea/coffee time in our kitchen nook.

Thank you so much sweet friends for stopping by and making my day! 

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                                                           "Apple Pancake"

2 small Granny Smith apples, or 1 big apple
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, (not margarine)
1 tsp. of ground cinnamon 
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
4 eggs, separate
1/3 cup sugar (for the egg whites)

Peal, core and slice apples and cut in thin wedges and sprinkle some lemon juice so they don't tarnish til you use them. In a heavy skillet place the butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon. (don't use margarine because it makes the apples separate from the batter).  Now, arrange apple wedges, or slices, all around the skillet on top of the butter mixture. Make two circles, one big and one smaller, until the bottom of the skillet is completely covered with apples, (like the pic) and cook for 3-4 minutes and turn off flame. 
With an electric mixer, beat flour, milk, the 2 egg yokes, b.p. and salt. In another bowl beat the egg whites til stiff peaks form and add while beating, 1/3 cup sugar. Fold them into the batter. Pour this mixture evenly on top of the apple wedges and bake it in a preheated oven at 350F- for 15 minutes, or so..check it inserting a toothpick in the middle of cake.
When it's ready remove sides of the pancake with a metal spatula and immediately turn it into a cake plate. You can serve it warm or cold and with vanilla ice cream on the side...if you want, otherwise, alone is perfect too.

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