Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Strawberries and crumble


Something to make with strawberries!
For the crumble:
200 gr brown sugar
200 gr butter
200 gr ground almond powder
200 gr flour

for the creme patisserie
1/2 lt milk
100 gr sugar
60 gr flour
2 eggs
20 gr butter
vanilla extract powder
and 200 gr whipped cream

and of course strawberries!

To make the crumble:
Mix the sugar and butter, add the almond and flour and mash them all together. Put the dough in the refrigerator for a bit so that the butter freezes. Rub the dough with your hands onto parchment paper. Bake at 170 °C for 12'-15' tops.

For the creme patisserie:
Mix the flour, sugar and eggs with a spatula until they are mush. In a pot heat the milk and before it begins to boil pour half of it into the mush. Mix again and pour the mixture into the pot with the rest of the milk. Stir quickly and once the cream begins to boil and set  take it off the stove and add the vanilla extract and butter. Put the cream in a bowl and cover with cling wrap that touches its surface. Once it cools put it in the refrigerator. Once it is chilled and cold, take it out of the fridge and beat it in the mixer well until it is smooth. In the meantime, whisk thickened cream until it is stiff. Then fold the whipped cream into the creme patisserie with a spatula and it is done.

Now you can cut the strawberries and set up your dessert! I used little glass tumblers but you can pick whatever you like. Start with a layer of crumble, add a layer of creme patisserie then a layer of strawberry pieces. Add another layer of creme patisserie, then crumble and top of with strawberries! If you have a larger glass you can and an extra layer of whipped cream :-)
Enjoy!
Aleka

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Soft colors palette


Rainy and then sunny, it's a bit like spring in the summer but I like it :-)
Georgia is working on a cross stitch project, I'm loving the muted, soft colors she picked!
Hope you have a lovely weekend,
Aleka

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Hide and seek




The sun is shinning, summer is definitely here! This cat was hiding in the hedge, probably looking for a cool space to sleep :-)
The dance festival in Kalamata, I've been wanting to go for many years!

Wishing you a lovely week,
Aleka

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Decisions




After spending the weekend and the beginning of this week ill, I started feeling better and got a bit creative. The love matchboxes are finished, one of them is in the shop the other will follow soon! And I have this unfinished ice cream cone, can't decide between the two backgrounds: big polka dots or small polka dots? Decisions, decisions...

Hope you are having a lovely weekend,
Aleka

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Adding color



I'm making small hearts to go with packages, I love colorful, happy mail that cheers you up before you open it! I'm also experimenting with a new matchbox design, it will be up in the shop in the next few days, with more color of course :-)
Also I watched Mildred Pierce, the mini series, I loved the styling and overall feel of it. I know there's a movie version, I'm curious to see that one too :-)

Hope you are having a lovely day,
Aleka

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

A crocodile



Our weekend project with the nephew: a paper crocodile! Seemed more difficult than it actually was, once you get the general idea then you simply keep going piece by piece and before you know it you're done! For me the hardest part was cutting the smaller pieces, especially the scales and now it will be up to the crocodile to survive an 8 year old!

Hope you have a lovely week and a great new month! Summer is officially here :-)
Aleka

Saturday, 30 May 2015