Things I Like Today…

… are these granola bars I’ve made today.

They are quite easy to make:

Just melt some butter with a bit of honey and sugar in a pot. Then add different types of chopped nuts, oatmeal (or some Bircher-Muesli) and dried fruits (besides raisins you could take for example dried papaya or mango for the exotic touch).

Stir all ingredients and then spread them on baking paper. Bake the mixture for about 25 minutes until it becomes golden brown.

Finally let it cool before you cut it into bars.

Pumpkin Time Again!

I just love pumpkins in all variations: pumpkin soup, pumpkin cake, roasted pumpkin pieces on a salad or pumpkin jam.
It’s the first time I tried this delicious recipe:

half of a hokkaido pumpkin (butternut would also be delicious)
one apple
jam sugar (1:3)
some cinnamon
1 vanilla pod
apple juice

Chop the pumpkin and the apple into small pieces and put them into a big pot. Let them boil together with some apple juice, some cinnamon and the vanilla pod (split it open and scrape the seeds). Mash everything with a mixer. Then add the jam sugar while stirring the jam all the time. Let it boil for three more minutes, then pour the jam into prepared jam jars and put them upside down for a few minutes.

Things I Like Today…

…are mangoes and apricots because you can make delicious jam out of them and they fit together perfectly because of their colour. Marmelade6 Marmelade1 Marmelade2 Marmelade7 Marmelade4 Marmelade5

What you need for three jars are:
1/2 kg of apricots
1 mango (very ripe)
350 g sugar
1 sachet gelling aid

Cut the apricots and the mango into very tiny pieces and heat them gently in a big pot. Add the gelling aid, two tablespoons of sugar and let the mixture simmer while stirring it all the time. Then add the rest of the sugar and let it cook for no more than three minutes. Quickly fill the jam into prepared jelly jars and turn them upside down for five minutes. Wait until the jars are cold before you store them.