Wednesday, July 8, 2015

COOLING WATERMELON CAKES

TINY CAKES FOR SUMMER PARTY


We love cakes! Today we celebrate Lab Noon's birthday party with having a link party. Congrats Lab Noon! There might be best cake ever! You can find all the other great celebrating food blogs in the end of this post. There is also a giveaway in Lab Noon's blog.

But now I want to tell you about my cake! I love summer and I love to enjoy summer days as much as possible in the garden. Summer is so short here in Scandinavia that you really have to try enjoy every bit of it. So it is a very good idea to have a nice garden party. Parties are always something that you need to work a little bit. If you have garden party then you really have to decide what works there for example on a very warm summer day. 

And yes, I have the coolest - the coolest ever - cake for you. Cute tiny watermelon cake. It is fresh and delicious and very simple to make. It's almost only a watermelon you need.


TINY WATERMELON CAKES

watermelon

fresh berries

mint or lemon balm

cream (i used coconut cream but you can choose your favorite cream)
 
other things like vanilla extract, rose water, candy, chocolate, fruits you want to use in decorating the tiny cakes.

HOW-TO

Find a glass that has straight edges or other enough sharp cylinder shaped item. You can also use professional cutters, then cutting is really easy. I had a bit decorated glass but it worked just fine. You just have to be a bit careful.

Cut the watermelon. Cut it for the height you want your tiny cake to be. After that you can push the glass to the watermelon. After you have made a circle there, you can also use knife to cut the watermelon. But with glass you get nice round shaped ones that are pretty as they are. You can do it quite slowly that the piece of watermelon doesn't stuck in the glass. I have to admit it was quite fun :) You really should not use design glass like this but you get nice pic though, haha! The glass is by Iittala and the designer is Oiva Toikka. He is now 84 years old. Very famous designer in Finland.


Why I used the glass because it was just right size with my tiny ceramic cake holders. I have made them from paper clay. I've been waiting a chance to use them as a photo prop and now I could. When I was making them in ceramic course people were a bit amused by them. "Where do you use them?" they asked me. They said they liked them but couldn't imagine the purpose. Can you? You can use them with small cakes, pastries like macarones and muffins. You can also have your ring and earrings there on your nightstand ;) As you see very useful.

As we are talking about watermelon we know how wet it is, so when you are cutting the cakes, you can dry them a bit with paper towel. Save them in cool place before serving. 

Don't they look adorable? There are possibilites to take this idea even more further. You can also have a DIY cake garden party. Everybody can decorate their own cakes or maybe even make the whole thing. That would be great fun! 

So let's have a party! This post is one of Lab Noon's virtual birthday party. There are several nice recipes for you to enjoy. So please go through the links below and find your favorite cake!

LAB NOON'S VIRTUAL BIRTHDAY PARTY LINK LOVE

Twigg Studios 
Hortus Cuisine
Foodistan 
Cocinayletras 
Celeste Cucina 
Foolproof Living 
mykitchenkiosk 
Gourmet Project 
La Panificatrice Folle
Vermilion Roots 
Persian Foodie
 
You can also win very nice giveaway by leaving a comment on Lab Noon's post. Shipping is only available in Europe.

What do you think - are you going to make some watermelon cakes? You can always make a one big if you aren't a friend of tiny little things...

xoxo
Kreetta


Thursday, June 25, 2015

DESSERT HEAVEN

GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE CRÈME BRÛLÉE AND MERINGUE  

dairy free crème brûlée photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Desserts are always the issue when you have certain food diet. Expecially gluten and dairy free makes it a bit more difficult and if you don't eat chocolate. Like me. I tell you about two desserts I truly can eat. A lot. These two are good choises if you want to have some delicious sweet after a good dinner if you need to have gluten and dairy free desserts. Actually you can resolve two days dessert with these recipes. The best thing is that you can use the whole egg - egg yolk to crème brûlée and egg white to meringue. Because we all know how easily one of those stays in fridge and only way they can go after some time is compost. 

I found great recipe for coconut crème brûlée from Fvonf blog and the recipe is by Sabine Hueck. I changed the recipe a bit with changing the normal cream to oat cream and voila, there you go - dairy free dessert. You can find the Sabine's recipe here. I made my version just changing the cream to oat cream. It's not so difficult as I remebered. Not at all. You can also make them day before and then just make the final preparation before serving. A good party tip.

meringue with berries photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
What about meringue? I love Pavlova cake. I guess it is quite popular during the summer because then we have so many great fresh berries and fruits and Pavlova is just the right place for those beauties. Some lemon balm is always a good idea too or mint. In my dairy free version I don't have cream. But if I would - I would have coconut cream.

For this size cake you see in pic you need

1,5-2dl sugar
3 egg whites
1 tsp potato flour
1 tsp vinegar 
a bit rose water
some bourbon vanilla powder 
fresh berries like cherry and strawberry

How-to-bake

Beat room temp egg whites and sugar until they are firm foam. If you turn your bowl upside down it should stay there - not on the floor. Add other ingredients. Spread to baking paper in shapes you like. Bake in oven in temperature 100-120 C 1,5-2 hours. The time depends on how soft you want the inside to be.

In between two meringue you can put fresh berries like on top of it. My absolute favorite is cherry and then starwberries, blueberries, rasberries...the list is endless ;)

Delicious.

xoxo
Kreetta

Sunday, June 14, 2015

FLOWER CHANDELIER DIY

MAKE A BEAUTIFUL PARTY DECORATION

flower chandelier DIY of lilacs photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
New summer is here. There are flowers everywhere. I truly have waited for this. Let's make something very beautiful! But before that I tell you a bit how I got this DIY idea. For sometime now I've been following in instagram one talented lady Juliane who makes #onebouquetperday - Fröken Skicklig. 

flower chandelier DIY photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Once again she makes her sweet and delicate bouquets. Everyday there is a new one and so many different kind of flowers. She made a challenge in IG to join her and I decided to take the challenge and begun my #oneflowerchandelierperday for one week. But I thought I want to make also a blog post for you to enjoy. So here comes my flower chandelier DIY.

flower chandelier DIY photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com




You need:

unadorned lampshade, size is up to you like amount of them
flowers
string/thread/thin iron wire
scissors
clear floral plastic water tubes for flowers/floral foam if you choose to use them

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WHEN I PAINT - I'M FREE

COLOR IS MY POWER

Neiti Hattara painting by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
neiti Hattara 2015 (acrylic/145cm x 110cm)
Welcome to exhibition! These are my paintings from autumn 2014 to spring 2015. We made a group exhibition called VÄRIVOIMAA! with our painting class and the exhibition just ended in Herttoniemi sairaala. I decided to show you some of my work because I've been talking about it here in my blog quite a lot. So here we go! The first one is called neiti Hattara (ms Cotton candy, 2015) 

Korento painting by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Korento 2015 (acrylic/mixed media/65cm x 63cm)
I have found painting very relaxing and powerful source of strong positive impact. I started about three years ago and before that I thought I couldn't do it. I'm not talented enough. Well some might still think so but I don't. I can and I've noticed that my life is more fullfilled now than before painting.

Hanami painting by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Hanami 2015 (acrylic/87cm x 68cm)

Hanami is my favorite and it will be on our living room's wall. It took 2 years before it was  ready. It is the longest time I've painted one work. There are many different kind of layers. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

MAGNOLIA + CERAMICS

"IMPERFECT THURSDAY" THOUGHTS OF THE MAKER

magnolia+ceramics photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Nothing is perfect. I think. And if things were perfect, nothing interesting would happen.

magnolia+ceramics photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com


As a creative it is awful to admit that without special reason some days are just more difficult than others. You know...that...block. And how to overcome it? 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SPRING SPIRIT

BEGINNING

still life photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Fresh green.Who can resist it? I am so in love with this spring color. I had to cut a branch from our plum tree and make a photo of it because those cute and delicate flowers doesn''t last long. Today I'm going back to forest and continue the project that I started on this week's Thursday. I found so charming creatures from the forest that I have to photograph them again and this time with real camera. I took iPhone photo of them and you'll find it in my Instagram feed. I think pic of these creatures would be very nice on the wall. What do you think?

still life photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Yesterday I was testing also new paints. I painted a cut board. Beautiful paint and what a matt texture! I have a feeling that I will use these painting colors in our workspace kitchen.

Have a happy Sunday!

xo,
Kreetta
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