20.9.2012

outtakes / the winner



Vihdoin on arpajaisten voittaja!  Anteeksi kun tämä kesti ihan pitkään, mutta tässä voittaja kuitenkin on.  Voittaja on random.org:n mukaan kuudes kommentti, eli maijjan.  Onnea!  Maijja, ole hyvä ja laita minulle sähköpostiviesti jossa on oma osoite ja lähetän kuvat sinulle niin pian kuin mahdollista.  Kiitos kaikille, jotka osallistui näihin arpajaisiin!

Tämä tyttö meni eilen ystävineen The Head and the Heartin keikalle, joka oli aivan ihmeellinen!  Pidän tästä ja tästä erittäin paljon.  Myös tämä bändi oli mukana ja minä siihenkin rakastuin ihan heti alusta!

Finally there is a winner of the giveaway!  I'm sorry this took a little while, but here's the winner!  According to random.org, the winner is the sixth comment, so maijja's.  Congratulations!  Maijja, please send me an e-mail with your address and I will send you the prints.   Thanks to everyone for participating!

This girl went to a The Head and the Heart concert with her friends yesterday, and it was absolutely lovely!  I like this one and this one a lot.  This band was also opening, and I fell in love with them as well right from the beginning!

10.9.2012

arpajaiset / small giveaway



Pari viikkoa sitten siivoten löysin kuusi vanhaa kuvaa.  Ajattelin että olisi kivaa pitää pienet arpajaiset täällä.  Jos haluaisit voittaa nämä kuvat, niin jätä kommentti ja jotain yhteystietoa tänne (blogilinkki käy).  Näihin arpajaisiin saa osallistua tämän viikon aikana, eli maanantaihin saakka, 17. syyskuuta.  Arpaonnea!

A few weeks ago while cleaning, I found six old photo prints.  I thought that it'd be nice to have a small giveaway here.  If you'd like to win these prints, leave a comment here with some sort of contact information, like a blog link.  I'll keep the giveaway open until next Monday, September 17.  Good luck!

6.9.2012

almost, quite



Almost autumn.  I just can't wait.  It's by far my very favorite season.

Things to love lately:

I love these tights so much.

Have you seen Marimekko's latest autumn newspaper?

What are you reading at the moment?  I'm reading True by Riikka Pulkkinen.

Rakastuin tähän lauluun.

Onko Kerkko Koskisen uusin bändi/orkesteri jo teille tuttu?  Voi kun ihana on!  Kuulostaa vähän UB:lta, mutta jotenkin uudelta. Tässä yksi biisi, ja toinenkin.

Mitä luette?

3.9.2012

macaroning



For a while, I've been obsessed with the perfect sandwich cookie, the macaron. After all, they're beautiful to look at, so delicious to eat, not to mention incredibly elegant. I remember cold days in Helsinki (I know, not exactly the macaron capital of the world, but at least closer to Paris than Montana) where I would find myself wandering into a café only to pour myself a cup of coffee and sink my teeth into a couple of macarons. There are a few places here in Missoula that also do the macaron, but as I haven't found one I truly love, I decided to try and recreate the macaron I've been missing for a few months now.  



Macarons aren't the easiest cookies to make.  In fact, I'd say they're one of the hardest I've made thus far.  Scouring the Internet for a detailed yet user-friendly macaron recipe, I quickly learned that there is a lot of macaron knowledge to be shared from those who have tried, failed, and tried again.  I finally landed here, and I can certainly say this post and recipe gave me the confidence to try my own hand at macaroning.  Macarons take a little bravery, time, and research, but if you can find a good recipe with detailed instructions to hold your hand through the process, they become that much easier.



As I said, I followed this recipe almost exactly.  Here are some slight changes I made:  I wanted the macarons to have a true almond flavor, so I added one whole teaspoon of almond extract into the basic batter as opposed to the half teaspoon the recipe originally called for.  I can also recommend making your own almond flour for this recipe, especially if you don't often use almond flour in any other cooking.  It takes little to no time to throw a cup of almonds in a food processor and grind them until fine.

I also found that my macarons weren't done at ten to eleven minutes, so I left mine in the oven for about twelve to thirteen minutes. You want to make sure the entire cookie will slide off the parchment, not just the top, otherwise the macarons will be hollow as most of the filling will still be stuck to the parchment.

For the filling, I decided on bittersweet chocolate.  I love the combination of the really sweet cookie and the bittersweet chocolate. The basic macaron doesn't need anything too sweet for a filling, it's sweet enough on its own.  Instead of five ounces of chocolate, I used about one and a half to two cups of coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate.

I now have my eye on these chocolate macarons from David Lebovitz.  Next time.