Snow! Finally!

It snowed this week and finally it’s cold and feels and looks like winter outside. Actually it’s pretty cold cause the air is much more humid her than in Wisconsin. Right now we have around -12C.

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This week felt very short again. It was the first full working week this year and we have started to work out again. M is still not running cause his ankle and calf make problems but I’ve to run if I want or not. I decided to not wait for the draw for the half marathon in Cape Town but instead to run the half marathon in Portland in May. So I’m registered and the flights are as good as booked. :O

You want to see how much produce we buy for about 4 days… well it’s a lot. And this time I went bonkers on the tomatoes cause they were on discount and our freezer was empty, no not completely empty, on tomato sauce. So, I used the opportunity and stocked up on tomatoes. I think I bought about 8kg which I transferred into sauce on Friday. The sauce is kind of a base and can be use for almost everything which needs tomato sauce like pizza and spaghetti or a hot dish or…

The sink was full…

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After a lot of chopping and cooking for about 2 hours, we had two big pots (each hold about 8l) full with tomato sauce

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My little helper when I prepare tomato sauce, tamarind chutney or apple sauce… it’s a Flotte Lotte..it squishes the cooked stuff through the holes and leaves the skins and seeds in the pan. I got it from my dad a few years ago and love it.

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The leftovers after the squishing

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and the smooth tomato sauce: no seeds, no skins

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But that was Friday. Earlier this week we had a craving for cinnamon buns and since there was a little bit of time left before we had to head to the gym…so I made some. It’s pretty nice to be on the treadmill and think about coming home and hitting your teeth into a fresh still slightly warm cinnamon bun. *yummy*

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Our standard recipe for cinnamon rolls is:

1kg all-purpose flour
150gr sugar
500ml lukewarm milk
15gr salt
150gr butter, cut into chunks
50gr fresh yeast
15gr cardamom
1 egg

Filling:

125gr sugar
125gr soft butter
2 tsp cinnamon

Egg wash and topping:

1 egg mixed with 1tbsp milk, very coarse sugar
  • Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm milk with the sugar. Mix the flour with salt and cardamom in a big bowl, add the yeast milk and the egg. Knead until it’s a very even dough, add then the butter and knead again until the butter is totally incorporated. Use a kitchen machine if you have one. Cover the bowl with cling film and let it sit for about 1hour until the dough has doubled in volume.
  • Punch with your clean fist into the dough, that all the air comes out. Then make two equal portions out of it and begin with the first one. Roll the dough out on a counter, lightly covered with flour, to a big rectangle. The dough shouldn’t be thicker than 1/8″. Now spread the butter evenly on to the dough, followed by the sugar and cinnamon.

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  • Start to roll a tight roll from the long side of your rectangle. Cut the roll into 1.5″ thick slices which you set on a baking tray with parchment paper. Do the same with the rest of the roll. Then repeat all with the second part of the dough.

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  • Preheat your oven to 200C.
  • Brush each roll with the egg wash and spread a bit of the coarse sugar on top. Continue with the others.

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  • Bake the rolls for about 15min or until golden brown. Let them cool off on a cooling rack. In the case that you can’t wait until they have cooled off, be careful, they are really hot inside.

They are prefect for freezing once they are cooled off.

Alternatives for fillings:
Butter + jam
Butter + dark chocolate + sugar + cinnamon
Butter + caramelized apples chunks

Alternative for toppings: chopped walnuts or almonds

Alternative for the flour: swap a part or all with whole wheat flour or spelt flour, but be aware that you are going to need more liquid then.

Theo checked out banana-millet goo and loves it. But goo #4: broccoli with potato got a 👎. He made a face which made us laugh hard but only because he looked so funny but it was more than clear that he didn’t like it at all. So, I prepared another portion of the banana millet goo.

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Have you ever been at IKEA and tried to take a short cut to find out that you had short cut the department you actually wanted to go to. Well, I and I did this and then we didn’t find our way back onto the usual route through the exhibition. It took us several rounds and after passing for the third time through the kitchen department we finally saw where we had gone wrong. No wonder that people actually get lost at IKEA.

Our Ecky has been a bit jealous this week, so we snuggled more with him and everything is fine again. He has figured out that sitting next to Theo’s chair can be a good position at dinner times… waffle pieces fall more or less directly into his mouth. What could be better?

I like the baby gym too…

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Next to K’s thigh is a perfect spot to take a nap

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A racing track was M’s Christmas present he got from his company. The cars are steered by your iPhone or iPad. It’s pretty cool, cause the track can be rolled up and doesn’t take too much space. You can play against the computer too, which wins then of course.

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Next weekend we are going to Germany. Theo has to check out how his grandparents are doing. Ecky is going to stay at our friend I where he’ll be the prince and get endless snuggles.

And for dinner tonight: veggies and fried salmon

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Have a good week!

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