Greek Easter - Koulouria Biscuits


My mum says as a greek you must carry on the traditions of which our ancestors did. These biscuits are traditionally made, as there are certain shapes you are allowed to make (which are all shown in the image above) these biscuits are made and eaten every year for Greek easter, and personally I absolutely love them. Even if you are not Greek you can still make these and create different shapes of biscuits, but it is always nice to continue on with traditions as it teaches us about our culture and other peoples cultures, so try it out yourself!

What you will need:
250g of butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2.5g of powdered baking ammonia
1/2 a cup of milk (lukewarm)
4 medium eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
The zest of 2 oranges
1kg of flour
What you need to glaze the koulouria:
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon of water

Method
Preheat your oven at 200C.
Start by mixing the butter and the sugar for around 10 to 15 minuets, until the butter is creamy and fluffy.
While the butter and sugar are mixing warm the milk in a pot on the stove, once warm remove the pot and add the ammonia to the milk, mix until dessolved.
Once the butter and sugar are mixed well add the eggs one at a time whilst mixing, allowing each egg to be absorbed before adding another one. Pour the vanilla extract, the orange zest and the milk (which has the ammonia in it) into the butter, sugar and egg mixture.
Once combined add the flour, a little bit at a time whilst mixing until all the ingredients are well combined and the dough is not too sticky.
Cover the dough with some plastic wrap and set it aside for 20 minuets.
Place the dough on a clean bench and take a small piece of dough and form long cords, from there you can shape the dough with you hands into anything you would like!
Line your baking tray with baking paper and place the koulouria on the tray, making sure you leave some space between them as they will rise quite a bit when baked.
In a small bowl add the egg yolks and 1 tablespoon of water and whisk it with a fork. Once done you can brush this over the top of the unbaked koulouria after they are shaped.
Then place them in the oven for 15 minuets until golden brown.
Make sure you let them cool down completely before you eat them! (I know I couldn't resist)

Greek Easter - Designed Red Eggs


What you will need:
Boiled eggs (as many as you would like to dye)
Red dye powder
stockings
rubberbands
water
saucepan
Vinegar (made from wine)
Plastic gloves

Ideas in which you can use to design your eggs

  • parsley
  • coriander
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • leaves from your garden

Method
Cut the stockings so that one piece of the stocking can cover one entire egg, make sure to leave 2 centimetres, for the rubber band to rap around.
As you will be using all of the stocking, once you cut the feet area (which only has one hole).
You may need to leave 4 centimetres as there will be two places in which you will need to use a rubber band to make sure the egg does not slip out of the stocking.
Before placing the egg into the stocking pouch (make sure it has already got one side of it which has a rubber band on it) decide what design you want on you egg, it could be one parsley leave or it could be multiple leaves and flowers. Once decided, place the leaves onto the egg and make sure to position them as you want them to be as the leaves will not stick to your egg. Place the egg into the stocking with the design (your design may move a bit because of the stocking) Once your egg is in the stocking twist the opening so it is closed, get your rubber band and tie it onto it tight to make sure it does not move or come open. Do this until you cover all of the eggs.

For dyeing your eggs you must make sure they are at room temperature, pour 3/4 of lukewarm water (30°C/86°F) into your pan, add 4 tablespoons of vinegar, add the egg dye and stir vigorously.

Place only one layer of boiled eggs into the pan and leave them in the pan for only 3 minuets to dye.
Put on the plastic gloves and take the eggs out and allow them to dry very well before taking the stockings off the eggs. Repeat this until all of the eggs are dyed.

Once all the eggs are dyed your ready for a fun greek easter, full of cracking eggs and food! (and of course family time celebrating)

A Day At The River









Me and my friend Skye had a fun day shopping from 12pm till 5pm which seems long but trust me it defiantly didn't feel that long, after spending to much money we decided to go down to the river and go on the paddle boats which it was Skyes first time going on one. We payed to go on it for 15 minuets. Considering we were in the middle of a river, somehow we were still able to connect to the cities wifi. On many occasions we came uncomfortably close to the large black swans in which both of us had a mild freakout and paddled like there was no tomorrow, as we thought we would get bitten by them. Although you need to paddle to get to one side of the river and I consider that as 'exercise' it was rather quite relaxing. Many of my friends know that I enjoy exercising, but also relaxing so combining the two is perfect. After that we got on to a tram to china town and got some bubble tea which was the most delicious drink I have had from china town. note for future me: get the GG passionfruit green tea. It was such a good and fun day and I definitely slept well that night considering the amount of walking we did.

A Autumn Outfit

My all time favourite season is Autumn purely because it's not to cold like Winter and not to hot like Summer, so you can layer which is one of my favourite things to do.

Outfit
Ballet flats
Knitted poncho
Leggings
Beanie

Pros and Cons Of Getting A Rabbit As A Pet

There are many Pros of getting a rabbit and everyone thinks that having a rabbit as a pet is easy. Let me tell you with 5 years experience with Nibbles it is not all 'smooth sailing'. Although a rabbit is great company there is a lot of work which comes with the 'company' of a bunny rabbit. If you are reading this to decide whether a rabbit is the right pet for you or your just curious as to how much work goes into taking care of a rabbit, you've come to the right place!

PROS

  • rabbits can't make loud sounds (so your neighbours won't complain).
  • they like eating carrot peels, banana peels, broccoli. etc (If you would like to find out what you should and shouldn't  feed your rabbit check out my blog post Things You Should And Shouldn't Feed Your Rabbit ).
  • Rabbits don't need a lot of toys
  • As most people think rabbits are .nocturnal, rabbits actually adjust to your time, if you take them out of there cage when you get up they will stay up till you put them back into there hutch and they may have the occasional nap from here and there.
  • rabbits are a lot more independent then dogs but not as independent as cats in the way that they won't leave your house all the time.
  • rabbits poo can be used as composed for your garden.
  • you won't need to bath your rabbit as rabbits clean themselves, the only time you may need to clean them is if they have poo or something stuck on their paws but make sure you don't ever wash there ears or get there ears wet as that could cause complications with your rabbits ears
CONS
  • Rabbits don't usually bite you although if a rabbit has not been desexed a male rabbits teeth can come in contact with you, keep in mind that your rabbit does not think that you are a carrot as that would draw blood from you, they bunny simply will just play fight you and give you a few 'nibbles' here and there, as I have witnessed Nibbles doing this to me, this only happens in the first half of summer when it is mating season, but besides that your rabbit will only lick you or nudge you.
  • Rabbits tend to pick a spot in a room and do there business there in that particular spot and that means even if it is carpet or tiles your rabbit will still do his or hers business there.
  • Rabbits need at least 3 hours of running around each day, with a minimum of 3 metres to play in, they may be small animals but as i said before they require a lot of work.
  • Rabbits attention span is a couple minuets meaning if you are training a rabbit they won't listen to you for long so make your training gradual throughout a couple weeks.
  • rabbits like to chew paper and anything straw or wood mainly because they need to grind there teeth down.
  •  Rabbits pee creat.es a stain on carpets which is quite hard to get out and also tiles although tiles are easier to clean there pee is also acidic which means it will work its way through something very slowly throughout time, if not removed.

I hope these pros and cons have helped you with deciding whether to get a rabbit or not, they are great fun although as I have shown you may be a bit of a handful with cleaning but I promise you if you decide to get a rabbit you will not regret it!

links:
Instagram - @rabbitnibbles
https://www.instagram.com/rabbitnibbles/
Youtube - @rabbitnibbles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWAEVg2r9NY
Emai - rabbitnibbles.owner@gmail.com




Favourite Pictures Of Rabbit Nibbles

Never before seen pictures of Rabbit Nibbles...

















links:
Instagram - @rabbitnibbles
https://www.instagram.com/rabbitnibbles/
Youtube - @rabbitnibbles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWAEVg2r9NY
Emai - rabbitnibbles.owner@gmail.com

One Day In March - Outfit Look Book

What I love to wear on a cozy saturday...























Outfit
Overalls - http://cottonon.com
Top - https://www.peppermayo.com/

Where you can contact me!
Email - rabbitnibbles.owner@gmail.com
check out my other blog - Rabbit Nibbles
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