Sunday, July 20, 2014

a little something: birthday meal companions

Hi there guys!

Two days ago, my mum celebrated her 51st Birthday and, as you might be guessing already, it was a very great pleasure for me and my sisters to prepare a special birthday meal. Today, however, I am not going to post that meal, for I think you all have your own favourite birthday meals, don't you?

Instead, I have brought along some ideas which might be a nice "add on" to your or your beloved ones' favourite birthday meals. I think that there are two things that are almost as much important as the meal itself: the drink and the (sweet) decorations.  

So as my Mum does not really like alcohol and as she loves sweets, my task, next to cooking a light summer meal, was clear: create a refreshing non-alcoholic drink AND don't forget the sweets (which ideally should be ice-cold and eaten immediately, considering the temperatures).
The two recipes I am posting today have got the advantage that they look like "oh so much effort" but actually do not take you a lot of time to prepare them.  

Have a look:

Cassis-Lemon-Rose Drink

ingredients (4 L)

150 g cassis berries
2 tablespoons dried rose blossoms
2 tablespoons rose water
150 g raw cane sugar
2 lemons, juice
0.5 dl water

1. bring everything to a boil and let simmer for 25 minutes
2. sieve and mix with 4 litres of water and ice, refridgerate


Rose-Almond-Chocolate Drops

ingredients (12 pieces of 4 cm) 

200 g milk chocolate (or any chocolate you like)
2 tablespoons rose water
1 1/2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons butter
12 almonds
some dried rose blossoms

1. melt chocolate, rose water, butter and almond butter slowly in a pan
2. put a baking sheet on a plate and put chocolate drops on it (about 1 tablespoon per drop, or as much as you like, depending on the size you want to have them)
3. immediately top with rose blossoms and 1 almond per drop
4. freeze for 45 minutes, enjoy immediately

See you guys and happy birthday to everyone who is celebrating today!

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