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Snowy South Park.

Friday, December 14th, 2012

more travels in Bulgaria.

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

So last week my Wife and I went to Varna for a few days, this week we are going to Plovdiv and Stara Zagora. I may not be posting for a few days depending on internet connections and other factors.

Meanwhile here is a pic of our very modest Christmas tree.

Our very modest christmas tree.

Our very modest christmas tree.

Snow in Sofia….

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
snow

snow

preparations for winter at the Roman excavation

preparations for winter at the Roman excavation

Roman Sofia under Serdica

Roman Sofia under Serdica

Martenitsa laden tree

Martenitsa laden tree

the gift shop at the National Art Gallery is in need of a new sign, it's one of the best souvenir shops in Sofia

the gift shop at the National Art Gallery is in need of a new sign, it’s one of the best souvenir shops in Sofia

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming!

proof that the pavements do get repaired... eventually!

proof that the pavements do get repaired… eventually!

the Monument to the Soviet Army looks over a ski and snowboard show

the Monument to the Soviet Army looks over a ski and snowboard show

an old sign on a tree

an old sign on a tree

The base of the Monument to the Soviet Army

The base of the Monument to the Soviet Army

snow

snow

snow

snow

snow

snow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Friday, December 7th, 2012
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The last of the Autumn leaves being removed to make way for Winters snow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

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Friday.

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Today was a marked contrast to yesterday. Glorious sunshine and fairly warm. I went for a long walk in South Park, its a pretty big park and it took me a couple of hours but it was worth it.

Rainy Day..

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Sorry not much to post today as it pretty much rained for the whole time.

Here is a photo of the mean looking clouds.

Wednesday

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Balkan Baked Pumpkin Dessert.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

OK, so on Friday my wife, her two friends and I went to a Balkan cooking class. I took a couple of photos and wrote a blog entry. I have had a few friends ask for the recipe for the pumpkin desert we made and have also been made aware that I didn’t take any photos of the food we made at the class. My parents are here in Sofia for the week so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone.

here is the recipe with photos to accompany it. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients.

  • 1000 g of pumpkin peeled and seeded
  • 500 ml of whole milk
  • 100 g of chopped walnuts
  • 50 ml runny honey
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg (I have added this to the recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon of icing sugar (we used granulated sugar in the class)

you will need a baking tray big enough and deep enough for the pumpkin to cover the base. the one we have is approx 30x20x5cm and it was fine. I’d recommend a non stick one to make the cleaning easier.  I’m going to assume people have everything else.

Ingredients

Ingredients.

Here we go!

We are lucky enough to have peeled and seeded pumpkin for sale here which saves some work. it just needed a rinse over to clean it.

Now is a good time to preheat the oven…. 180ºc on the fan assist setting.

Now chop the pumpkin into roughly 2cm sized chunks (its a rustic dish so no need to be too accurate)

Place the chunks into the baking tray.

Now its time to add the spices to the milk.

Give the milk and the spices a whisk together in a jug (they won’t dissolve into the milk but it makes it easier to get an even amount through the dish)

Pour the spiced milk into the tray the pumpkin should be about 0.5cm proud of the milk

Dust with icing sugar (i say dust this looks more like a snowball fight!) this will caramelize during cooking.

Then into the pre heated oven for 45 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft…………………..

45 minutes later.

 You should be able to easily crush the pumpkin with a fork
there will also be a skin on the milk and some colour on the pumpkin.

Something like this.

Add the crushed walnuts, i chopped these down a bit nut kept them big enough for some texture.

Then drizzle with runny honey.

Finally serve and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy this if you make it.

Thanks to Angel from the Balkan Cooking Class for teaching me this recipe (i hope you don’t mind my changes)

and thanks to Chi my good friend who inspired me to write this blog entry.

a day of b/w

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012