My baby boy is one!
I couldn't have wished for a better little person to complete my world 💙
Love you forever 💙 "my wish for you is that you will smile the biggest brightest smile, be happy most of the time, feel brave, feel strong, be healthy and live long, run along windy beaches, climb trees to far off reaches, feel the sun and smell the rain, pick blackberries on a country lane. i wish you love and laughter and lots of fun, i wish your life and dreams to be full of sun"
What's Cooking Wednesday?⠀
Today it's Kourabiedes. One of the most important ways Cyprus celebrates Christmas is through food. ⠀
Kourabiedes or kourabiethes resemble a light shortbread, typically made with almonds. ⠀
250g butter made from cows milk, cold (Lurpak unsalted)⠀
150g almonds, roughly chopped or almond slivers, roasted⠀
50g almonds (whole) or almond slivers, raw. Alternatively you can also give pistachios a try⠀
75g icing sugar ⠀
1 tbsp rose water⠀
1/2 tsp vanilla extract⠀
1 tbsp baking powder⠀
a pinch of salt⠀
300g all-purpose flour ⠀
lots of icing sugar for powdering⠀
1.Preheat the oven to 200C. To prepare this kourabiedes (kourabiethes) recipe start by roasting the almonds. Place the roughly chopped almonds (150g) or almond silvers on a baking tray and sprinkle with some water. Bake them for 7-8 minutes, until roasted, being careful not to burn them. Set aside.⠀
2. In a blender, add the raw almonds (50g) or the pistachios and blend, until powdered. Set aside.⠀
3. In a food processor, add the cold butter and sugar; mix for about 10 seconds, until the butter ‘breaks’ and is completely dissolved. Add the powdered almonds, a pinch of salt, the rosewater and the vanilla extract; mix for 10-20 seconds, until combined. At the end, add the baking powder and flour and mix again for 10-15 seconds.⠀
4. Place the mixture in a large bowl and add the roasted almonds; blend lightly. It is important that the butter doesn’t warm up and melt. So wait for a while for the roasted almonds to cool, before adding them to the butter mixture.⠀
5. Preheat the oven to 200C; layer the bottom of 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Form the kourabiedes. Roll 1 tbsp of the dough into a ball, place on the baking tray and push with your finger in the middle, to form a little dimple. Continue with the rest of the dough.⠀
6. Place the baking trays with the kourabiedes in the oven and turn the heat down to 180C. Bake for approx. 18-20 minutes, until they have a very faint golden tint and are cooked through. ⠀
Spray with rosewater and sift with icing sugar.⠀
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Great night with my third favourite Greek-Cypriot @alex8man @theambiguousa (after @georgemofficial and @peterandre) eating and drinking @wearezizzi and then off to the @exeterphoenix for a @britishfilminstitute night celebrating the hilarity of LGBTQ+ culture in film....think I got that all in there....
Why can’t we be in Cyprus right now? 🏝 Cyprus is a Mediterranean island country that’s become a popular tourist destination - and I think you can see why ☀️ The island is populated by Greek & Turkish Cypriots and boasts gorgeous beaches and a rich culture ⚱️ Fun fact: One of Medusa’s owners, George, is half Greek Cypriot... so you know our food is gonna be amazing 😋 [pic by @tuliohenrike] #medusagreektaverna#greekfood#madeinbrooklyn