събота, 12 август 2017 г.

Cherni Vruh, 2017

Work, work, work, work. As usual, we are too busy in the summer. And in the evenings I'm too hot and too tired to knit or even to sew. So we hike on Saturdays, to fill in the batteries. Today we started again early and climbed Cherni Vruh on Vitosha from Aleko Hut to the North and then went down South-east to Kupena hut and back to Aleko hut. An energizing four and a half hours hike and this time we had Gaby with us to keep us company.

Moon over the moraines

On Cherni Vruh, Vitosha's highest (2290 m)

The plateau around the peak

Hummingbird moth

Peak Kupena

The jagged rocky walls of Goliam Rezen

The lone cypress tree

вторник, 8 август 2017 г.

Harbor Garden Puzzle

My second Sung Kim puzzle I bought from the sale. I thought I'd keep it for later, but we've been hit by the Lucifer heat wave and assembling puzzles seems the only one of my hobbies I can pursue while I'm slowly melting :)

Puzzle: Harbor Garden by Sung Kim
Brand: Anatolian, 1000 pcs.
Time to Assemble: 2 days

събота, 5 август 2017 г.

Vitosha, Kumata-Zlatnite

A very light and short hike on Vitosha from Zlatnite to Kumata - Edelweiss - Zlatnite. We started very, very early as Alex (a very rare exception) was with us and he wanted to hike in the cool of the morning. A few pictures of Vitosha in August:

четвъртък, 3 август 2017 г.

Homemade Eclairs

My first homemade eclairs. I'm a big fan of all varieties of pastry with custard filling, but I always thought eclairs were too time consuming and difficult to make at home. Well, it turns out they are pretty easy to make. Really.

For the pastry:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
Bring the water and oil mixture to a boil. Add the flour and stir vigorously, until the dough is smooth and comes away from the sides of the pan. Take the pan off the hot plate and let it cool. Then add the eggs one by one, stirring in each egg until the mixture is smooth.
Cover the baking tin with baking paper, take small heaps of dough with a spoon and place them on the baking tin, leaving enough distance between the dough spoons. Preheat the oven at 200C and bake the eclairs for 30 min. To my surprise they tripled their size:

For the custard filling:
  • 500 ml milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 vanillas
Beat the eggs with the sugar until you get thick froth. Add 1/2 cup of water to the flour and stir. Boil the milk and add the flour and the beaten eggs. Stir energetically until the custard is ready. Take off the plate and add the two vanillas. Let the custard cool.

After the eclairs have cooled, cut them in half, fill in with the custard, spread some melted chocolate over and voila - homemade eclairs. Best served cooled with coffee or milk.
I made two plates in the morning and now they are all gone ...