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As everyone was asked to bring something for our school Christmas eve I decided i will make something savory. My choice was to bake the traditional polish sauerkaut pasties.

Ingredients:

For stuffing

  • 500 g of sauerkraut
  • 2 bay leaves
  • few grains of allspice
  • 1 medium, chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

For dough:

  • 450 g of flour
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 30 g yeasts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 egg mixed with one tablespoon of water

Firstly, shred well the sauerkraut, then put it into the pot with one cup of water. Add allspice grains and bay leaves. You can add some pepper or salt if you want. Simmer for about one hour. Then fry the onion on the olive oil. When it's done, mix it with the sauerkaut and simmer them on butter once again. Cool down.

Mix the yeast with the sugar. When they become smooth, add milk. Then gradualy add the flour and salt. Add the rest of ingredients and mix well to combine. Put the dough on the side and cover with cloth. Let it rest for about one hour. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Then roll the dough into the flat rectangle (should be about 0,5 cm thick). You can choose the shape - if you prefer more dough, i recommend to make ,,buns". I like more stuffing - so i rolled it up (just once) and cut it into pieces. Remember that they will raise in the oven, so while putting them on the baking sheet give them some room between each other. Paint the top with egg mixed with water. Put them into the oven for about 30 minutes. Best with borscht :)

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After quite a long season, when my horses achieved some amazing results I decided that we should take a break. For them that means a lot of rest, good food and all that a horse can dream about. For me it means even more work ;) I decided that I want to do something with my body - so for a month, five days in week I'm training with a personal trainer. I've already done it few times - trainings are exhausting but i can see how much works still awaits me. As we work really hard, I don't have any photos - I'm sure you wouldn't want to see my in my ,,gym version", ;) I hope that soon the results will be clear to see.

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I wanted to help the family in preparations for Christmas, so I decided I will be responsible for bakings. There is one traditional cake that cannot be forgotten - the poppy-seed cake (makowiec).


Ingredients:

For filling:

  • 1/2 kilogram of poppy-seed
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • raisins, orange zest, chopped almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts
  • 4 tablespoons of cherry jam
  • 1 egg
  • sugar

For leaven

  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 30g yeasts
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

For dough:

  • 400g of flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 80g of chilled, melted butter
  • pinch of salt


Firstly, cover the poppy-seed with boiling water and leave it overnight to soak. Then drain it well and squeeze it through the fine mincer (one, two or three times - it depends on how ,,crusty" you want the filling to be). Add 4 tablespoons of natural, good honey (if it's too thick you can melt it) and some sugar - like before, you need to choose the amount by yourself. Then add the rest of the ingredients: walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds (all chopped), raisins, orange zest, an egg, 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 3-4 tablespoons of cherry preserve (choose a good one!). Let it rest.

Now the dough. We start with the leaven - mix one cup of warm milk, 30 grams of yeasts, one teaspoons of sugar and one tablespoon of flour. Leave it to rest.

Then mix the leaven with the rest of the ingredients - flour, eggs, sugar, butter and salt. The dough should be very loose and and it might take a while to knead it properly. When there are bubbles of air inside and it no longer sticks to the hand, put it on a surface sprinkled with flour and cover with cloth. Leave it for about one hour to let it raise - then divide it into 2-3 parts (it's easier to make smaller cakes). Roll it into a rectangle and cover with portion of the filling. Even out the surface and roll up the dough. Be sure that the stuffing isn't protruding! If it is, cover it with dough. Do the same with the rest of dough and filling, and put the cakes on cooking sheet (you can secure them with baking paper, it will prevent them from sticking to each other). Then pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and leave the cakes aside (they should grow a little bit more). Bake them for 40-50 minutes (check if they are ready with a toothpick). If you want you can cover the cakes with icing - i highly recommend the lemon or butterscotch one :)

It isn't the easiest cake to make - and the initial results probably won't be outstanding ;) but don't stop trying , as the perfect poppy-seed cake is worth the effort!

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From 30.11 to 04.12, we were on an international competition, named Cavaliada. It is a big event, located in the middle of Poznań (MTP) and it always attracts attention. I went there with one of my horses, Contender Lady. Unfortunately. she haven't felt very well during that weekend and our results weren't good. Of course we are learning from failures, so even an event like this is useful.


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Because all of my family loves sweets, i decided to bake a carrot cake. Here is my result and recipe :)


  • 1,5 cup of grated carrot
  • 1,5 cup of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts and/or chocolate ;)
  • a pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Whisk the eggs for about 3 minutes. Slowly start pouring in the oil and add the flour, mixed with salt, baking powder and soda. Dough should be thick. Add the cinnamon and carrot. Spread into the prepared mold. Bake for 45-55 minutes (you can check with the toothpick if it's ready).


I've also covered the top with melted chocolate, just to add some sweetness. Enjoy!

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In November, we went to Salio for 2nd elimination of HPP (Indoor National Championships). Courses were very difficult and I'm happy with my results. Both horses were jumping well and my trainer was proud of our work. My final place gave me an extra points for finals and it leaves me with hope for medal in championships :)

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Last sunday, we had an oportunity to work with on of the best young riders in Poland, Jasiek Gawecki. Although he is only 21! he has a lot of experience, and he is an admirable rider. He is also a great trainer - he can easily, and in good way share the knowledge he has, He helped us with some dressage elements- both my horses seemed to know he is there, and they were really good We made some half passes, leg yielding, we worked over the quallty of gaits and made some exercises that helped me achieve a better balance. After this training I felt that I am falling in love with dressage! I hope we will have an opportunity to meet with Jasiek in future :)

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Few days ago, I made some delicious oat cookies. Whole family liked them, and they disappeared in one day!

Here is the recipe, for something about 12-15 cookies. :)

  • Ingredients
  • -2 cups of oatmeal
  • 1 & 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (you can use more or less, depending on individual preferences)
  • 100 gram of melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • raisins, chopped nuts, cranberries, pieces of chocolate etc - together about 3/4 of cup

if there is a need - few tablespoons of milk/water

Mix all ingredients together in the bowl. If dough is too thick, add some milk/water (amount depends on density) Heat the oven to 160 degrees. Cover the baking tray with baking paper. Using a tablespoon, drop mounds of dough onto sheet pans, and then flatten slightly. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cookies chill completely, and then enjoy! Perfect with a cup of warm milk :)

Recipe from http://niebonatalerzu.blogspot.com/

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Few days ago I've had an amazing training. We were jumping a parcour, made of seven obstacles. The hardest part was the line, where you should made three foule (steps of canter). My horses at the beggining were a bit unfocused, but after some mistakes we made a good ride.

The height of the obstacles was between 135-155 cm :) The oxer from photo has 140cm.

Sorry for the bad quality.

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I'm still waiting to meet with coordinator in hospital, so I haven't started my work there. Nevertheless, I wanted to make something for others, so I bake the cake for Amnesty Sale :) Here is the recipe for classic brownie that I've made:

Ingredients

  • 200g of dark chocolate
  • 200g of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 270g of sugar
  • 135g of flour
  • a pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees F. Prepare a mold with dimensions of 21 cm x 28 cm. Line it with baking paper.
  2. Melt the butter on a low heat. Add 2 bitter chocolates (200 g), broken into cubes and stir constantly to melt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs with the sugar. Add the melted chocolate and butter, and blend or mix till smooth.
  4. Add flour and salt, mix again. Spread into the prepared plate.
  5. The rest of the chocolate (100 g), grate or chop into cubes and sprinkle the top of the dough..
  6. Put in the oven and bake for approx. 35 minutes, until the dough will rise slightly. After baking and cooling, cut into small pieces.


Recipe from http://www.kwestiasmaku.com/

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