APPLE SAMOSA TARTS







Happy French Friday and if you are in France or the US, cheers to the long weekend! Yesterday I was doing my weekly clean out of my fridge (such thrilling stuff, I know!) and noticed I had way too many apples and for some reason several packages of phyllo pastry. Which means James is planning on making me samosas sometime soon, but 3 packages was still a bit much. So I decided to get a little creative and whip up my version of a French apple tart, samosa style. They ended up being so simple to make and really delicious, if I do say so myself.

These are perfect to have at tea time, dessert or if you roll like me, why not with ice cream for breakfast? So go ahead and treat yourself this weekend with my French Style Apple Samosas, enjoy!



Apple Samosa Tarts

prep time: 15 minutes
baking time: 15 - 20 minutes
makes: 8 samosas

INGREDIENTS
2 apples (I used pink lady, but whatever you have on hand works)
1 package of phyllo pastry
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon spice mix (cloves, nutmeg, anise)
3 tablespoons water
1 vanilla seed pod, seeds scraped out
Little bowl of lukewarm water
2 egg yolks

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 390°F | 200°C. Peel and core apples and cut into small diced pieces.
Melt butter on stove top and add sugar, cinnamon, spices, vanilla seeds. Once melted add apple pieces and water. Cover and cook on medium heat for 7 minutes, or until apples are tender. 

2. Unroll phyllo pastry and cut into 8 equal pieces. Starting with the first piece place about 2 tablespoons of apple mix on one bottom corner. With your fingers add a little lukewarm water to the edges of the phyllo. Take the corner where the apple mix is and fold up into a triangle shape to the opposite side. Add more water to the edges to stick the phyllo sides, if water does not stick try brushing with egg yolks instead. Continue folding into triangle shape about 4 times, until you are left with a little end. Brush end with egg yolk and tuck into the samosa wrap to seal the little package. Brush with egg yolk and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue this until you have made 8 samosa wraps.

3. Place in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, so they do not brown too quickly. Once cooked and golden brown, remove from oven and serve with ice cream, custard, whipped cream or whatever tickles your fancy.

Bon appétit!


p.s. You can find those cute alphabet plates here (Europe) or here (North America).

MIDWEEK MUSIC MIX 10






Happy Hump Day ya'll! This week while on my quest to find new music to create a Midweek Music Mix, I noticed there were a ton of cover songs that I hadn't discovered yet. While some cover songs are not great, and much worse than the original, I think I have managed to find some really cool ones and some that have completely changed the original song. It is so fun to hear as familiar song with a completely different sound. So this week's mix is all about cover songs, and I hope you and your ears enjoy it!


If you like what you hear, please feel free to share!

STAYCATION





You may be wondering why I haven't been posting a lot this past week, since I have been back from Budapest. Well with the sudden Summer heat and humidity I decided to escape to my in-laws beautiful house and pool, while they were away in Paris. It was a little staycation for a few days which was exactly what this exhausted pregnant woman needed.

My in-laws only live about a 10 minute drive from us, but it seems worlds away because their property backs on to a national forest, and it the most serene place to be. The dogs were in heaven, running around the backyard, and going on daily off leash hikes through the forest and hills. I was also in heaven, swimming in the pool and getting my early tan on. 

It is so nice to have a quick getaway spot to escape to, especially as the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and makes this little city a tad crazy. So here are a few shots of how I have been spending my time during the Film Festival. And no it might not be as glamorous as Carin Olsson`s festival days, but I am sure I enjoyed myself just as much.

On Sunday I hit the 20 week mark of my pregnancy, pinch me now! I really can't believe it, and the excitement of it all is really overwhelming. My belly is growing bigger by the day, and it's so cool to capture weekly photos and compare the growth. Here is my belly from the weekend, it definitely feels bigger to me than in the photo, I am so looking forward to an even bigger one!


AGING BEFORE EACH OTHER'S EYES




I watched this video yesterday afternoon and I don't know if it's the pregnancy hormones or what, but I couldn't help myself from getting super emotional at how much love this couple has for each other. Starting off as just a little experiment to see what they will look like as they age, quickly pulls on their heart strings and makes them realize how much they want to grow old together. It's just so cute!

You can watch the video here, and if you are like me you might want to grab a tissue beforehand.


(Video via Twisted Sifter)

MIDWEEK MUSIC MIX 9




Since this baby inside my belly can now hear, and I want him/her to be born super cool and with great style and taste, I have been playing a ton of music for bébé. Not sticking to one genre or style of music, I have been mixing it up with a variety of playlists throughout the day. I read that babies can remember music and sounds they heard in the womb, which is so incredible to me. So I play a lot of music hoping it brings this little tot some peace and familiarity when it's born. 

This week I wanted to share with you a mix I have been playing quite a bit for bébé recently. It's a chill mix with a few new songs I only recently discovered. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Have a happy Midweek!

BACK FROM BUDAPEST




We got back on Wednesday from four incredible days away in Budapest, and I completely fell in love with the city. I had high expectations for it, because everyone I know who has been has told me only great things, so I was happy it lived up to all the hype. We met our friends from Toronto there and shared a gorgeous apartment in the heart of the Pest side. Our location was perfect and we could walk everywhere from it. 

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