I have to thank Lina over at Lin´s Recipesfor nominating me for this award. Honestly, it was a surprise because I am just getting back to my blog and following blogs more closely after being a bit absent for about a month or two. It was not due to lack of interest, I was just overwhelmed with work.I have about 200 students and I am responsible for creating, marking, filing their lessons, tests and homework. That is not a complaint. I just have more responsibilty than last year and as anyone in the workplace knows, the more responsibilties you are given the less time you have to fulfill them. I am learning to manage my responsibilities better but my blogging, and even my cooking took a bit of a backseat in order to find the time to finish things. In the end, I am a worrier and just wanted to do things right. When you do things right, or at least try to, the less likely you will be open to accusations and complaints..usually from parents!
But enough about that. I am back and happy to be. I am including a lovely recipe for some ¨sweet kisses¨that is :1. Delicious 2. Easy 3. Makes use of any leftover egg yokes you may have.
Rules for the award:
1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and link to the blogger who nominated you.
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
4. Link to your awardees in the post.
5. Write 7 things about you.
Seven things about me.
- I have a lot of cookbooks. I can´t help myself. I much prefer having a real cook book or something printed on paper than something on a screen. I am very much tempted to purchase a new one.It is a new publication called Tea with Jane Austen:Recipes Inspired by her Novels and Letters.
2. I am am talkative and cheerful at work but in general I am a quiet and reserved person. I am usually very shy. the truth is, when you are teaching you are really performing and only showing a small part of who you really are. I kind of prefer to stand back and observe than actually being the center of attention.
3. Spring is my favourite time of the year. I can´t help but feel emotional when I see the cherry blossom petals falling.
4. I am a homebody and never get bored. I think that this is something that is part of my personality but also instilled by mother. We NEVER told my mother we were bored. She would say..¨Oh, really? I suppose that means we can give all your toys and books away because they are so boring?¨ I don´t have to tell you how we responded to that question!
5. I love cats. They have expressions which just crack me up!
6. I love butterflies.
7. I love the Irish sense of humour.
Ok, now for the nominees. I know I am supposed to choose 7 but I chose 8 instead! Please keep in mind that nobody is required to participate!
Something that I have noticed about Spanish baking is the frequent use of egg yolks and almonds. The taste is unique and delicious. Whip a few of these little guys up in no time and have them with coffee or tea. I confess I prefer them with my café con leche. They are known as “Bride’s Kisses” but I call them “Sweet Kisses” 😉
4 egg yolks
125 grams sugar
125 grams ground almonds
Truffle size silicon molds or mini muffin molds
Makes about 16
1.Preheat oven to 180° and lightly grease your silicon molds or mini muffin molds. I use sunflower oil. Butter is rarely used in Spanish recipes.
2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and yolks together until well incorporated.
3. Mix in the almonds.
4. Roll the mixture into small balls and place them in the molds. I press them in gently and the molds are nearly completely filled.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. When cooled down, sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar.
6. I left mine in the molds because they looked pretty but you can take them out and leave them to cool on a wire rack.