April 18, 2010

Apple Cake

Posted in Food, Recipes tagged , , , , at 7:16 am by Liliana

Apple Cake

Try a slice of this delicious, light, cinnamony apple cake with tea or coffee on a sunny Sunday afternoon, like the one we are having in Michigan today.
You will enjoy it no matter what the weather.

•    3/4 cup chopped pecans
•    3 cups all-purpose flour
•    2 cups sugar
•    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
•    4  large baking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
•    1 tablespoon baking powder
•    1 teaspoon salt
•    4  large eggs
•    1/2 cup vegetable oil
•    1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
•    1/4 cup orange juice
•    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch removable-bottom pan with nonstick spray. Sprinkle pecans on bottom of pan.
2.    In a large bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the flour, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and cinnamon. Add apples and toss to combine.
3.    In another bowl, mix remaining flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, oil, butter, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.
4.    Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Top with half of apple mixture. Spoon remaining batter over apples and top with remaining apples, placing them 1/4 inch in from the tube and the border of the cake.
5.    Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Run a paring knife around the sides and center of cake and turn cake out onto wire rack. Invert cake onto another rack to cool, apple side up.

Source: Country Living Magazine

January 29, 2010

Cup of tea

Posted in Family, Health, Serbia, Traditions tagged , at 8:25 am by Liliana

Have a cup of tea!

Have a cup of tea!

Drinking tea has always been associated with relaxation and shared hospitality. In my family,  it is also associated with healing and good health.

In the last few years, different studies around the world have proven that tea ranks higher in antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables. It is believed that tea can heal and prevent many ailments. For example, it can prevent blood clots and lower blood pressure, inhibit the formation of plaque in artery walls, and reduce the risk of heart attack.

For me, tea is precious and delicious in itself. It reminds me of my childhood summers when my grandmother and I went picking armloads of chamomile, berries and various herbs. We would hang them in bunches from the ceiling of my grandparent’s farmhouse attic, where they would dry and be ready when the cold weather arrived. My grandmother loved brewing tea, and it was her answer to every ailment – actual, possible, or imagined.

I taught my own children to love tea and they have a similar view of  its healing abilities that my grandmother had. Whatever hurts, tea will help it feel better. For me, holding a hot cup of steaming, golden tea on a Saturday afternoon is the height of luxury. It takes me back to the best days of summer, and to those fields, fragrant with chamomile.