Did you know the Earth is closest to the Sun in December, although December has the shortest days?
And so we say farewell to Autumn in time to greet Winter. The scents are very similar, only heavier. Maybe it’s’ because there’s more fog, the air is cutting our nostrils and it’s colder. The colours have faded, frost and hoarfrost started to embrace the plants and trees, it all looks a little bit mystical. It seems the plants are taking a rest. We’ll leave them be on their deserved rest and we’ll engage ourselves 🙂
Christmas is coming in full speed, and we started taking out decorations and searching for inspiration to have the most beautiful holidays. We like a lot of things. We love minimalism and luxury, artificial and natural. Colourful and decent. As always, we tried to find balance, and this is a little sneak peak in our home decorations and home atmosphere…
What do you like? What makes you joyful? Which cookies do you like best?
Autumn…first post… Chestnuts and jitters. Served for you and us only. No, really… We were sitting the other day and, while enjoying tea and coffee, talking about how wonderful nature is. And how everything is colourful and lit up, but sort of gloomy and rainy at the same time. We just love the feeling of “warmth” at this time of year, either while taking a walk in the nature while wearing countless layers of clothes, or in the cosy warmth of our home with roasted chestnuts or a delicious mousse. Of course, it is best to enjoy the gifts of autumn with people we love… certainly with a nice drink, under a blanket… Did you know that a man sleeps best in autumn?
For this post we have gathered courage and brought autumn into our homes, honouring this magical season in our own humble way. This season will soon fall into deep winter’s sleep… or won’t it?!
We bought domestic chestnuts from a sweet man at a grocery store in Vinogradska Street. He explained to us the difference between Croatian and Italian chestnuts, why his own are the best, and we also couldn’t resist his locally-grown tangerines.
Cut the chestnuts along the crust in a diagonal slit and let them soak in salty water for 30 minutes. The water softens the crust and prepares them for roasting. This time we did not make them in a pan, but put them in an oven (preheated to 180°C) for about 20 minutes. When the chestnuts are done, leave them covered with a cloth for a while, and voilà – ready to serve. They go perfectly with a cup of tea with rum and home-grown tangerines. There’s nothing better than enjoying warm roasted chestnuts and a good book!
Perhaps we thought there’s nothing better than enjoying warm roasted chestnuts and a good book… until we felt an urge for the sweet stuff! 😉 Which, of course, lead us to think about a sweet version…. We decided to make a delicious mousse, enriched with white chocolate cream. This takes us back to our childhood a bit, do you recall the excitement when your parents took you out for a chestnut puree to your favourite patisserie? This feels almost the same, just a little bit better.
The recipe is very simple, and it goes something like this: we heated 500g heavy cream over low heat while dissolving 150g of white chocolate in another bowl. When the chocolate melted we poured hot heavy cream over it and mixed until the mixture was nicely connected and put it aside to cool. We did not add any additional sugar because the mixture is sweet enough as it is.
For the mouse – chestnut cream – we used 250g of chestnut puree (purchased frozen, you can find it in any major retail chain) and 250g of heavy cream. Chestnut puree needs to be completely unfrozen. We whipped the cream, added a large spoon of powdered sugar and unfrozen puree and mixed some more. Once this mixture connects, our mousse is finished. We also mixed the cooled down white chocolate mixture.
And now you can go wild when it comes to decorating. We like this dessert served in a cup or mug – take your pick. Put the mixtures in a freezer bag, cut one end of and fill the cups the way you like best. This is what ours looks like…
Hi! We are Martina & Marina. Or Marina & Martina. We have been friends since forever, 30 years to be more precise. Only recently have we started getting to know each other better, and discovered that we are both awesome! 🙂 We have a lot in common even though we are totally different as individuals.
The blog is intended to be a “lifestyle” blog which will primarily bring us a lot of fun. Where this adventure will take us is yet to be seen. The idea is to merge the two diversities through things we both enjoy. What you are about to read and see are bits and excerpts from our lives; sincere in intention and maybe, just maybe, still a bit clumsy in performance. Don’t be too hard on us… 🙂
My name is Marina. I am ….. years old…. and love every one of them. I have opinions and attitudes about everything, but am keeping them inside. Somehow I have learned to let go of issues and problems and fully enjoy the moments life provides… I suppose this comes with the… aforementioned.
I have a day job and am a mom…. and I am me. I don’t have too much free time on my hands, but I want to use it in the best possible way. And that’s why I’m going on this adventure with Martina <3.
Dear all, my name is Martina. I am a photographer, great theorist and storyteller. For a long time I have been nurturing the idea of starting a blog that would feature everything I see and hear and, of course, whatever I have to say about it. Just like Marina’s, I also work 24/7, but manage to find beauty and pleasure in the little everyday things, and the new experiences, acquaintances and journeys that I will gladly share with the rest of the world. I am passionate about reading books and also blogs made by all the wonderful people around the world that I truly admire. Therefore I am extremely excited about this new adventure with Marina.