Until later

Hi friends,  long time no “talk.” I’ve been blogging weekly over at the Satisfied Cravings blog and had a draft saved about my recent obsession – baking bread – which I thought I actually posted about, so I feel like I’ve been blogging but clearly it’s been 2 weeks since my last post.

Yeah…

Obviously other things are getting in the way. It’s driving me insane how inconsistent I am about blogging over here and I think that may mean something.

This little blog used to be my outlet. It was a place where I shared my ventures into healthy cooking and weight loss struggles and successes. I loved the sense of community over here (thank you all so much for all your amazing comments!) and it’s the reason I’ve been continuing to blog for all these years.

But… my life is full now. I’m learning every day about myself while trying to grow my little business. I’m learning about what’s important and what’s just noise in my head that drives me to do more and more until I no longer can.  It’s all been hard and amazing and luckily I have the most supportive husband who keeps me grounded and reminds me about priorities.

And so, I think it’s time to move on. I’m not saying goodbye because that feels really final, so I’m going to say “until later!” I’m taking an indefinite break during which I will continue blogging over on Satisfied Cravings and possibly over on Russian Bites. And then we’ll see if all I needed was a break or if my priorities have permanently changed.

Thank you all again! And if I don’t “talk” to you soon (over on your blogs) then I hope you have a fabulous summer. Follow your heart and your dreams. And if you don’t have a defined dream, keep searching until something clicks and makes you the happiest you’ve been. Do it. It’s worth it!

PS – If you want to keep in touch, follow me on twitter and over at the Satisfied Cravings blog.

Ok, I’m signing off. Love you all!

MWA

~Elina

CSA goodies – week 2

This week I only got 1/2 CSA share because my neighbor and I are splitting it and she was back in town. Here are this week’s goodies:

Two of the above are the stars in a delicious recipe for a three cheese pizza with spinach and garlic scapes. Check it out over on Satisfied Cravings! :)

Russian Bites: Napoleon cake

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You know how after traveling for a while you really crave home? The ordinary things, like being able to sleep in your own bed and cook for yourself? By the end of our Eurotrip, I even missed bootcamp (so happy I love working out) and my business. With every city we left, I was sad to go yet ready to move on.

And now I miss those daily pastries, al fresco drinks in the middle of the day and long long walks. Guess what? I can still get away with doing all 3! Winking smile I really should sometime…

Russian napoleon cake

Last month I was asked for a Russian Napoleon cake recipe so I immediately emailed my mom and set up a date for us to make it. I’m good like that (also I really like cake). It’s actually originally a French dessert (Russian food has a lot of French influences) but the traditional Russian version seems to be a bit easier (although it has 4 layers vs 2) and has a bit of a different look. With using store-bought puff pastry dough, the whole thing comes together in a cinch and will be gobbled up even quicker! That’s a fact. Winking smile [See how the styled photos are only of a few tiny pieces? Yeah, that’s because that’s all that was left! Too good.]

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So what’s a Russian Napoleon cake? It’s pretty much 4 layers of puff pastry layered with custard cream (creme patissiere). Bake the puff pastry according to instructions on the package, make the custard cream (eggs, milk, sugar, flour, butter) and then layer the two. Easy!

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The last piece of puff pastry gets crumbled to create this fun topping:

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Let the whole thing stand in the fridge overnight so the puff pastry softens a bit from the custard and the layers really meld together. The result is a cool, creamy, buttery dessert that’s unbelievably addictive!

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I want a piece right now!!

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Printable recipe

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Do you ever miss home while on vacation? Ever had Napoleon cake? It’s gooooood; I hope you try it! Open-mouthed smile

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