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Recipe: Parve Poppy Seed Roll with Challah dough/Makowiec

PoppySeedChallahRollI was supposed to go on a healthier lifestyle as of August 1st, but my Mom came back from Poland the night before with 10 cans of Masa Makowa (Poppy Seed mix for Eastern European pastry/Makowiec filling). I asked her friend (the one who lives in Poland) to buy some cans so that my Mom could bring it back to Belgium for me (it is extremely expensive here in Belgium). I obviously didn’t ask for 10 cans, but Polish people multiply their generosity in literally every possible situation! <3

I felt the urge to make ‘Makowiec’ as I have 11 months to consume these cans (900 grams each!!! And I haven’t finished the first can yet!!!) I don’t know Polish cuisine, but I know the Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine, so I made Challah dough and added the store-bought filling and rolled it up! I can assure you, you are in for a treat! 

I hadn’t made Challah for a very long time and I figured out that the result was a little bit try, as I didn’t knead the dough that long (all by hand, to be clear). So, this is just a quick post because I had promised you to do so on my Facebook Page, but I’m obviously going to remake this recipe until the result is PERFECT! I just made two quick rolls, that weren’t rolled that well. Next time I will be providing you a much more detailed article with beautiful pictures.

I have to be honest, this Masa Makowa has a lot of orange (and other dried fruits) in it, and it is not my favorite mix. I’m planning (after the exams) to make my own version of the mix, with more nuts in it (Hungarian style), and will automatically make a recipe article about it! For the time being, we will make a homemade dough with a store-bought filling.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 1 cup of half hot, half cold water
  • 2 packs of active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, 2 egg yolks
  • 75 grams of granulated sugar
  • 75 ml of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 800 grams of flour

Ingredients for the egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • A couple of tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Ingredients for the filling:

  • Store-bought filling of your choice or follow the recipe of the filling of you choice (I have the Helio and Bakkaland fillings)

How to:

  • 1 cup of half hot, half cold water + 2 packs of active dry yeast // mix together and set aside for 5 min;
  • 1 large egg, 2 egg yolks, 75 grams of granulated sugar, 75 ml of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of salt // lightly beaten and mixed together;
  • After 5 min: add the cup of water with the risen yeast // mix well;
  • Add half a cup of lukewarm water to the mix // mix again;
  • Slowly add flour to the wet mixture // it should be around 4 cups of flower (800 grams);
  • Add more flour if the dough’s still sticky;
  • Add more water if you think you have not enough dough and according to that, add more water in order to make it sticky again;
  • Knead the dough for around 10 min in order to form a non-sticky ball of dough;
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel, somewhere warm; 
  • Let it rise for 60 min, until the dough has tripled in size;
  • Punch the dough and cut the dough in the 3 to 4 parts // smaller or bigger loafs: make less or more parts;
  • Roll the ball of dough out until you have a thin layer of dough (not too thin, though);
  • Cut the edges in order to get a square;
  • Spread the filling on the entire surface of the dough and roll it until you have a cylinder shape dough;
  • Mix the ingredients for the egg wash together and brush it on the rolls;
  • Preheat your oven to 200 C° celsius;
  • Place your rolls onto a baking sheet, onto backing paper;
  • Bake the rolls for about 40 minutes; cover the rolls with aluminum foil if you see the rolls brown too quickly during these 40 minutes.


Until Next Time

Love | Sarah K.

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Column: Singlehood, Part I – Throwback Thursday to three years ago

Column Singlehood - BannerI have been single for a little less than 3 years now, and I feel that I should write about it, because it may be time for me to change that. Before I tell you why I should change my relationship status, I should tell you about my last one: 

Three years ago I was in a toxic relationship with someone I knew, it wouldn’t last forever. We did not share the same religious views (he was more religious than I am) and belongs to a family who looks down on people who are not from the same religious, ethnic and financial background than they are. Lucky him, we didn’t share anything in common on all three points, that was promising! He seemed sweet at first, and I myself didn’t have lots of boyfriends and found this to be the perfect opportunity to date him, even though, we were like ‘best friends’ at first and I knew by dating him, that the friendship would end at some point; I did it anyways. The only thing I gained out of this is the experience of having a 9-months-lasting-relationship, really, nothing else. 

After a six months relationship, the last summer of the relationship (around this time, three years ago), I wasn’t a happy person. It made me realize what we had was toxic and I should end it, ASAP. I did not, because I did not know how. As I was an unhappy person, I made him feel miserable from time to time and one day he just broke up with me (Halloween 2012), BOOM: trick or treat! I thought that this was my opportunity, I was free and felt that I should make him feel as he was the bad guy in this story, ‘cause he really just was, at the end. Me, being a great actress, I showed him what I got; I made him feel as I was madly in love with him, while I was not. We had a talk, face to face, and even though, I have to admit it, I was sad and had a hard time speaking, a part of me was still acting. For instance, when we had that talk, we had it in the apartment of a friend,  at the end we had nothing to say to each other and I decided to leave. As I knew he would follow 5 minutes later, I decided to stay in the elevator and pretend to cry in there, to make the bastard feel guilty. I know, it was evil, but he pretended to be sad too while this was all a joke to him. What a scumbag! I felt bad but still, I was convincing myself that he would regret it, wanted to start fresh and this could be the opportunity for me to break up with HIM! Yes, mam, I’ve got it all planned out! Unfortunately (or not), he was serious about the breakup and it finally got to me. He had someone else! I cried for a week, did not eat for 36 hours, lost 3 kilos and ended up depressed for six months. 


During these six months, I cried over romantic songs I’m usually not emotional about; cried on the phone to a friend of mine about him ALL THE F-ING TIME; went out so much I gained so much weight that I ended up being disgusting. What I think broke me, was the fact that he broke up with me and not the other way around. I felt like I was the weak person who got broken up with. After six months, the crying ended, the depression: so-so. I was still depressed, but at least I did not cry over him anymore. Because, why would I? I was not even in love with him! He was definitely not my type; the sex was horrible; he literally had the smallest penis I had ever seen and the last six months of the relationship, he barely gave me any attention. Damn it! It just got to me, he was one hell of an asshole and thinking about it made me realize why. I started cyberstalking Mister Small Penis, to see what did chance in his life on social media to see if he had someone else…

Each week I am going to tell you a piece of my singlehood story and last relationship, that will lead us to where I am today. If you are interested in knowing more, stay tuned on my blog because I will be posting an article each week to tell you more about it. I will not divulge any real names in it, if one day I use a name, I will make sure to change the name to another one, except if that person is okay with being named. Obviously, I am not sharing any specific details about my ex or any involved men. We’ll call him Mister Small Penis.

Until Next Time, 

Love | Sarah K.