Wheat Risotto

Recently I had a small vacation in Spokane. In a nice cozy restaurant, I ordered a wheat risotto and it was so insanely delicious that I decided to cook some at home.

This recipe is a kind of experiment. Must admit, it’s a pretty successful experiment, so I can safely advise to try it. Do not add some ingredients at the end of cooking and your wheat risotto will be a vegan-friendly meal. ūüôā

You’ll need:

  • 1 —Āup wheat grain

  • 1-2 chopped onions

  • 5-6 Champignon mushrooms

  • Ô¨Ānely chopped rosemary (fresh or dried)

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 cup white wine

  • salt, black pepper

  • 1/2 cup butter (optional)

  • 1 cup fresh shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (optional)

Instructions:

Place 1 —Āup wheat grain¬†in a large heavy saucepan. Add 3-4 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse.

I like this Organic Whole Grain Emmer Farro from Bluebird Grain Farms most of all.

Saute onion in a bit of olive oil on medium heat about 5 minutes.

Add chopped mushrooms and rosemary and cook about 3-4 minutes.

Add garlic and cook another minute.

Add cooked wheat grain, 1 cup wine. Turn heat up to medium high and cook until liquid is absorbed.

Stir frequently. Add 1 cup vegetable broth. Cook until liquid is absorbed.

Your risotto is ready!

Optional:

Chopped butter, add to risotto, stir. Then add some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Enjoy!

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Leonardo Cat. Cross Stitch

Today I will show you a very beautiful large cross-stitch picture. This is a reproduction of the picture by wonderful artist Geoff Tristram¬†and it’s called ‘Leonardo’.

This project can take a lot of time, but the finished cross-stitch picture turns out magnificent.

I found the pattern here. Please, keep in mind that the key table shows only Dimensions threads codes. To convert them to DMC use this link.

Books for Kids

Dear¬†friends! I know you haven’t heard from me for a long time, but now I am excited to announce something absolutely special. Four of my books for toddlers, created in a wonderful collaboration with¬†Chimalecha Books publishing house,¬†are now available on Amazon.
You can purchase any of them in paperback format or choose the Kindle Edition option with a great price (and even for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member).

What Does The Ball Like Most Of All

Bears Can Fly

For Whom Does The Sun Shine?

The Little Train Goes On A Trip

Hope you and your kids will enjoy these books! ūüôā

Almond Orange Muffins

Try these wonderful muffins when you want light and delicious baking without eggs. These muffins have a very delicate orange flavor. They are perfect for tea parties and stay fresh for a long time, but will probably be eaten instantly.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of flour

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 1/2 almond flour

  • 1 orange

  • raisins

  • a pinch of salt

  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp soda

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 340 F (170 C). Leave the butter to soften.

Squeeze the juice from the orange, add cinnamon

Mix butter with sugar, add almond flour and orange juice with cinnamon, pinch of salt and soda

Pour in the flour, mix well

Add some raisins. Put the dough into forms and bake for 30-40 minutes

Cool the muffins and decorate them as you like. Enjoy your tea!

Roasted Pears with Ricotta and Maple Syrup

Looking for a delicate and yummy gluten-free dessert recipe? It is here. Roasted pears with delicate ricotta cheese and sweet maple syrup. No sugar or gluten added and just 30 min to cook.

You need:

3 pears halved and cored

6 tbsp ricotta cheese

3-4 tsp maple syrup (it could be honey or even amaretto)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 390 F (200 C).

Cover the baking sheet with parchment, put the pears. Place ricotta in each half of the pear, sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with the syrup.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm. Bon appetite!

Tea Book

Hey there! It is almost spring, and I want to show you the one of my February¬†projects. It’s not quite ‘Quiet’ Book, but it is¬†definitely quilt. ūüôā

I made it for my wonderful friend Oksana as a birthday gift. In fact, the main gift was this tea cup…

… and the Book is just kind of addition with some tea stories.

Green tea is all about Chinese dragon in a cup:Black tea shows some Indian elephants:Linden tea reminds of grandmother and harvesting linden blossoms:

Your cup of tea can tell many wonderful stories. You only need to listen, and look, and smell, and taste…

Polar Bear Bookmark

Do you like ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ and its retellings as I do? This fairy tale was collected and recorded by the Norwegian folklorists, Peter Christen Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe. They published it around 1845 in one of their first collections of tales. ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’¬†had been previously popular in Scandinavian countries and then gained popularity in the United Kingdom and United States after the first English translation.¬†It was also included by Andrew Lang in ‘The Blue Fairy Book’ (1889).Today¬†‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ has so many¬†adaptations, I can’t even¬†count, but few of them I really like because of¬†illustrations (‘East o ‘the Sun and West o’ the Moon’ by P.J. Lynch), or narrative (‘East’ by Edith Pattou), or singularity¬†and design (‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ by Jackie Morris).¬†So I decided to make a fairy bookmark for these books.

Of course, I was inspired by a necklace from¬†Jackie Morris’ book, and made it with blue lace and beads.

For Polar Bear I took white felt and used this pattern:polar bear pattern

So, twenty minutes of time and a bookmark is ready! And yes, if you really want, it could be a necklace too. ūüôādsc_0008

Enjoy your reading!