Archive for July, 2017

2017, July 28

A scenic running event

I re-discovered the Romulus Vuia Etnographic Park during the Hoia Cross this year, which was the perfect reason for me to visit the outdoor museum for the first time in about twenty years!

Come on over to Milliver’s Travels and read my travel article about it, “Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania”.

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2017, July 21

Recipe of the Month: Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galettes

My mind hasn’t been too preoccupied with cooking and baking lately, and when it was, I stuck to my go-to easy recipes. A couple of weeks ago however, I tried a new recipe.
It is this one, Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galettes, slightly adapted from over at TheViewFromGreatIsland.com, and it came out absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try out Sue’s other recipe, Mushroom and Egg Breakfast Pastries, too. After tasting this first one, I’m positive it’ll be just as amazing.
My only regret is that I forgot to take pictures with my camera instead of my phone… but you can still see they look yummy.

Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galettes

2 large or 4 small red bell peppers
2 small onions (red or white)
fresh sprigs of thyme
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
6 Tbsp olive oil
handful fresh parsley
handful cilantro
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten, for brushing the pastry
cream cheese (or thin slices of Feta)
4 large fresh eggs
salt and fresh cracked pepper

Leave puff pastry to thaw. Set oven to 400F.
Cut the bell peppers into 1/2 inch strips, cut the onions in half, and then into 1/2 inch wedges, remove the leaves of the thyme. Chop the parsley and the cilantro.
Mix together the pepper, onions, thyme and spices in a bowl. Add the olive oil and toss well so that everything is coated with the oil and spices.
I skipped this step, but optionally, spread these on a baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, stirring and rearranging the veggies a few times so they don’t burn.
Sprinkle the veggies with half the fresh herbs and set aside.

Turn the oven up to 425. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface until it reaches a 12×12 inch square. Cut into four 6 inch squares. Transfer to parchment or silpat lined baking sheets.
Take a dull knife and score a little 1/4 inch frame around each square of pastry. Don’t cut all the way through. Prick the inside of the squares all over with the tines of a fork. Place it back in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Remove the pastry from the fridge and brush all over with a beaten egg. Spread the inside of each square with cream cheese, or a thin slice of Feta (the latter is my favorite option).
Top each with some of the veggie mixture, spread it out evenly, leaving the borders free, and leaving a shallow depression in the center for the egg, which will go in later.

Bake for about 10 minutes until rising and starting to brown.
Remove and carefully crack an egg into the center of each galette.
Place the sheet back into the oven for about 10 minutes, until the egg is set.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper and the remaining herbs, and eat right away.

Bon appétit! ;)

2017, July 14

What I didn’t like about a charity event

Recently I attended a bake sale-type charity event which left me feeling a teensy bit resentful.

First off, I arrived late. Most of the people had already left, but the sale was still going on which made me happy.
There were all sorts of goodies which looked delicious. Each of the items was assigned a price. I helped myself to a few sweets like cookies, homemade chocolate, and a glass of lemonade.

My total was about 15 lei, and I went over to one of the girls organizing the event to pay. I wanted to tell her to give me change from 30 lei. I handed over my 50 lei bill.
The girl said “Thank you so much! Help yourself to more goodies if you want!” and immediately turned her back to me, walking away to put the money with the rest of the donations. I stood there for a few seconds waiting, thinking how I didn’t even get a word out, but that maybe she was going to come back with change. Well, she didn’t. She put the money away, and went on talking to someone else.

Now, I know people don’t go to bake sales thinking the prices will be the same as in a coffee shop (where they’re way high already, honestly, but that’s a different conversation.) But, I didn’t know it was also a “no change” kind of deal.
If I handed over a 100 lei or 200 lei bill she still wouldn’t have brought me back change? Especially since she saw what I was buying per se and knew it wasn’t adding up to the amount I handed her.
There were donation jars on the table, making sure customers had every possible opportunity to hand over some extra money. So, at least have the decency to ask “How much change would you like?” or something along those lines if you want to encourage people to donate more than the exact price of the items they buy.

Second, the lemonade was crap. I had to add 5 packets of sugar, pour it into a glass twice taller than my original one to fill with water, and it was still barely drinkable. And I wasted about ten minutes trying to get the lemon seeds out.
The person who made that lemonade really mocked the whole charity idea in my opinion.

Resentful or being mocked is not how a charity event should leave one feeling. Here’s hoping you have the guts to say something if you notice similar things at a charity event you might attend.
I didn’t. So it’s my own fault, I know. In the end, it really was for a good cause and the money was put to good use.

Next time, however, I need to remember to call people out when they are being ignorant.

2017, July 7

Dear Friday, 7.July.2017

seriously? 26 Celsius when I went for my run at 10PM? You need to work on that…

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