Healthy, easy & delicious for the whole family !
Behold, the planets have been aligned and I'm back ! Recently our church hosted a conference for married couples and of course my beloved husband and I attended the event without hesitation. I mean how could we say no to the opportunity of learning and improving our marriage !
AND having a great time with the greatest ,,comedian,, on the topic, Mark Gungor !!!!!!
YES he is a pastor, with a very humble heart ( besides those sparkly outfits ). But I believe anyone who listened to him knows that he could easily switch the career. Cuz he's the one who'll make you cheer !!!!!
We had such a good fellowship and time, just be aware that after the conference you might need some ICE packs for your jaws. Cuz you are really gonna laugh your way to a better marriage !!! That being said I also found out a big truth about myself !!! Shocking, ha ! I guess we are never to old for those. I found out that my roots do not come from my home land only. You guys I came from Perfect Country as well !!! And if you ask yourself what's the connection with my Chicken Pate recipe I will gladly explain it to you. You see I kinda had this blog post ready to go a year ago, like many others. But people from Perfect Country, often prepare more in advance...much more than they should ! Everything has to be perfect, the photos, every written detail and on and on ! And most of all it's the planets, yes, they have to be aligned, period.
So with the historic and epic moment of 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, I pounded everything , and decided that the time is now and my Chicken Pate recipe shall be revealed !!!
The chicken pate brings so many memories. Back in the days this used to be a whole year round snack. My favorite time was in the summer, when the pate was accompanied by the fresh home grown tomatoes and peppers. My family used to buy it from the local store but we also had a a home made version with pork liver.
One day I craved this creamy chicken pate but had no idea of the international food stores, at that time and this is how I got creative in the kitchen. I believe that simple means beautiful, and also apply this concept often while in the kitchen.
My first chicken pate had exactly the same ingredients as the recipe below. The recipe is simple and flexible after everyone's taste ! Basically you can add more or less of any of the ingredients. You can also add different spices or fresh herbs for a more robust aroma ! You can enjoy it on bread, toast even as a dip with chips. As far as time consumption, this a perishable food and is nothing I can add because in our house it never lasts more than one day !
My toddlers absolutely love the pate, and we all know how picky they can be !!!
2 cups boiled chicken breast (1 medium chicken breast raw)
3 Tbsp salted butter room temperature
1/2 cup chicken stock
All the ingredients are very simple and easy to be found in every kitchen ! For the preparation of the chicken breast there are two options:
Option 1 : Boil the chicken breast in a medium pot filled with cold water and a pinch of salt.
Option 2 : Boil the chicken breast in a medium pot adding 2 carrots, 1 small onion, 1 parsnip root and a pinch of salt. Which will give you a light chicken stock ;) perfect for a noddle soup later on or needed ingredient for the recipe !
Once all the ingredients are at room temperature, add them to a kitchen blender/ chopper. Also if the pate is to dry feel free to add more chicken stock/ warm water.
And voila , the chicken pate is ready to enjoy !!! I hope y'all give it a try and enjoy it as much as our family does !
My Grandma's Bread Recipe
Most of my childhood memories were made in the kitchen with my grandma, especially in the winter months when beside crafts and cooking was not much to do. My grandma is the best cook and then my mom (I had to add this for safety reasons :D ). Early in the morning my grandpa would make the fire in the wood burning oven while my grandma made the coffee…and couple hours after, full of laughter with them and half of our street neighbors, the day started off with preparing meals and delicious recipes.
So many good memories !
Once a week with lots of love and lots of flour my grandma baked lots of breads. I remember how she used to give me a piece of dough and show me how to knead it and then carefully she helped me to place the dough in a little blue pan and then to the oven. Let me tell you I was thrilled and never bored !!!
Bread was something I’ve craved ever since I’ve moved to U.S . I tried many recipes, asked around but not even once bread was close to the one my grandma made. Couple years ago I went back for Christmas. I spent mornings with my lovely grandma, ate all her prune compote (back then I was pregnant and spoiled) and asked for the bread recipe. The recipe I'm about to share with you is very simple. Not fancy at all and easy to make. But before we get started I wanna share with you one more thing.
One day I asked myself what makes a recipe good ??? I mean gooood !!! Are the ingredients ? The recipe itself ? The process? The taste only?... I meditate on this and soon enough after making my grandma’s bread recipe the answer was clear and loud in my heart and mind. I made the bread and after taking a crunchy bite…I was back, back in time in my grandma’s kitchen ! The taste was delightful, just like home, just like grandma’s!
Moms let’s keep our daughters close to us while we cook! The good part in my recipe is the strong bond that was created between me and my lovely grandma. While cooking let’s build strong bridges, healthy relationships and amazing little ones ! ! !
Let’s take every cooking experience to another level that will keep the recipe, the mom, the grandma,the children in our hearts forever !
1. In a mug add 1 cup of warm water and yeast, mix with a small whisk. Sprinkle flour on top and let them sit for few minutes till the yeast is activated.
2. Shift the flour in a big bowl add the salt the activated yeast. Start to knead adding slowly the other 2- 1/3 cups of warm water. Knead for about 5-7 minutes. This is a very good exercise for your arms :) keep going !!! You can do it !!!
3. After you knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes start pouring the oil (I used Sunflower oil like ma grandma did but you can use Olive oil as well) and knead again for 15 minutes. Remember this is my grandma's bread recipe :) But if you have a standing mixer with a dough hook attachment let him do the job. Follow the consistency and texture from the gallery and you are good to go (wink wink) !
4. Give the dough the shape of a ball and place it in a big bowl (I found mine here) or just cover a normal bowl with plastic wrap. Then put it in a warm draft free place (I put mine in the microwave). Let it rise for abut 50''- 1 hour, till the dough doubled in size.
5. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. And place the Dutch oven pan ( with lid) inside, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Play a little bit with the dough give it a nice round shape and sprinkle over flour. Score the bread with a sharp knife. Let it sit for 10 minute .
6. Take the Dutch oven pan out, place the dough inside VERY CAREFUL !!!! That thing is HOT HOT HOT (don't ask... :D ). Place it back and after 15 minutes take the lid out. Turn the temperature to 400 degrees and let it sit till your house is gonna smell like fresh baked-homemade-bread and everybody is gonna go crazy !!! About 15 minutes till the crust is golden and your mouth is watery :D
Allow it to cool completly...(If you can) !
And then ENJOY !!!
I spread on mine some butter and honey just the way I used to have it...Just like home!
Back in my grandma's kitchen !!!
How to resist the temptation of not feeling pretty.
Les femmes sont belles ! Las mujeres son hermosas! Le donne sono belle! Femeile sunt frumoase! Women are beautiful!
They just are ! From the little chubby baby girl who just arrived to wrinkly Granny, different color, different sizes, different shapes, different ages, culture, nationality, different anything-
W O M E N S A R E B E A U T I F U L !
In our house, I was the first granddaughter to live with the whole family. I mean the grandparents, my mom, even uncle and aunt for a while. My dear aunt Lidia often tells me how bad I terrified them while I was teething ! Ha ha that must have been hard!
I was surrendered with people who loved me and saw me as anybody sees their own child perfect, beautiful and flawless! Now that a nice complexion to start life with!
But then I've got exposed...in kindergarten ! In the beginning was nice, all the colorful toys hours to play with, oh sweet heaven but one day some smart pants question my freckles!!! How wuud (rude) is that!!!
That was a easy fix for me, my grandma has freckles so does my mom, it's just the way we are and I taught is beautiful-cuz I never heard different!
My mother was never a skinny girl. All her life she tried different diets. Some of them worked most of them did not. Often I saw her straggle but most likely those were ''moments''. Instead I will always remember the way she encouraged me when I had my ''moments'' . She told me : ,, My dear when I did not felt pretty, the way I looked, weighted or whatever it was I always told myself out loud : Ester you are beautiful, you have a beautiful body, shape, you are feminine, you are beautiful ! After all the most important thing is for you to know how beautiful you are. Remind yourself that often ! ''
Today ''beauty'' has so many different meanings, dimensions. From person to person beauty can variate. Some will call something beautiful some will not. And is true we are not the same but one thing I'll tell you, and I am sure of it : God does not make mistakes !
It's almost like beauty can not be defined by something natural, divers but most likely skinny (anorexic), flawless (full coverage makeup) or feminine (hot, sexy). And if this is what beauty means for us today...we are not less pretty but poor! Poor in knowing the true deepness of the authentic beauty.
Like every woman I have my own battles. There are moments when I just don't feel good in my own skin. And probably most of those moments have nothing to do with ,,my skin,, but the sleep deprivation I'm going thru right now (just saying)!
If you are still with me, if you feel me, here are five thoughts I remind myself to keep those moments as their ale called!
See what you can see.
Go straight to the mirror, just make sure is not the one in the living room, some talking will be involved ! Take a look and please try to ignore that pimple, crazy hair or whatever bothers you at the moment. Look in your eyes, they are unique- and you can see it ! Look at your body if you have what it takes to walk and grab stuff, you are in business and overly blessed. Then say it out loud : I am beautiful ! My eyes are beautiful, I can hear, I can walk, I can talk. I can smell, I can see well ! You are beautiful !
Understand what you are.
We are women and beside the whole hormotional part we are unpredictable, better then forecast. Sometimes for real, depends on the day we can go yeey or nay ! We have emotions, we express and live them to the max. We are a beautiful bouquet of everything, colorful and glittery.
We laugh and cry over every single thing. Till this day my dear husband can't understand how one (aka me) can burst into tears over a wrong come out of my kitchen back splash's grout color ! ! !
Often we are driven by our emotions and this may not be good 99.9 % of the time. Sometimes we just have to loosen up, let go and let God !
Know who you are (In Christ).
And this is my secret. Ladies right here is the most important of all ! To know our identity, who we are, where are we coming from and where are we going . Many years i struggled trying to figure out my identity. I had all the love i needed but my father's. And that impacted my life in many ways, and make the most of my battles.
But once I discovered my Heavenly father's love my life changed for the good and forever ! Indeed took me years to really accept God's love...such a love that I find it impossible to describe in words. Once you know who you are, haw valuable you are, how precious, how unique...you are still gonna feel the wind but you are never gonna be moved by it !
Check your diet.
When we wanna eat healthier one step we do is what I like to call, decluttering our pantry. And usually first to go are the unhealthy items. Declutter your thoughts and beliefs ! Many times we get ill because the water we are drinking from is not clean. Ask yourself who said you are not beautiful. Who told you? Maybe was a commercial, a TV show, or even a ,,friendzie,,. Whatever it was is time to declutter!
Negative thoughts, attitudes, and sometimes as harsh it sounds, even bad friends ! Time to go ! On the other hand when was the last time you've read the Bible and you felt less pretty? It's time for us to connect, re-connect with the TRUTH ! And then - P.A.S Pray and Stay to see what God has to say ! After all He is our Creator, our Father ! He knows the best, we are His!
Be beautiful !
Beautify the journey. Spread the love. See the bouquet in my hands above, few flowers yet all different and so beautiful just like us women ! Be different appreciate the value inside out, the true beauty in every soul. Make the difference do good and trust God.
You are beautiful and wonderfully made !