Seoul 2014 – Foodporn: Bakeries part 1

Bakeries in Korea are so awesome. Seriously, it’s very different from Dutch bakeries: I love the “self-service” and the endless samples. Besides the usual bread, they also sell be-au-ti-ful cakes. And when I say beautiful, I mean drop-dead-gorgeous! I wish my cakes would look like that hehe…

Anyway, the most common bakeries you’ll find in Seoul are “Paris Baguette” and “Tous les Jours”. Both are bakery chains of which “Paris Baguette” is a Japanese company. I preferred Tous les Jours over Paris Baguette, because there were times I felt like Paris Baguette sold old food. However, Paris Baguette was easier to find (and bump into) than Tous les Jours; you could basically find it on every corner of the streets ^^” Nonetheless, both bakeries sell delicious goodies that will definitely jeopardize your no-carb diet ;)

Besides the chains, we also tried a small bakery called “Publique“. This small bakery is very cosy and sells pastries different from the usual things you find in the chains. Additionally, the employees were super friendly and made an actual conversation with us; they were genuinely interested. There even was a French employee who noticed our Dutch language and was intrigued how we got to know about the bakery. Although I wasn’t able to make finger-licking-delicious-photo’s (shame on me…) to convince you to visit this bakery, I would definitely recommend you to make some time to drop by. You won’t regret it. Trust me, their pistache éclair (or any of their éclairs actually) is to die for! If any, just skip the chains and head straight for Publique ;) Find the address and directions below!

 

Publique Bakery

311-1 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu (마포구 상수동 311-1)
11 am – 10 pm
Closed on Sundays
Website: http://blog.naver.com/publiquepain

Directions:
Sangsu Station Line 6, Exit 1

Seoul 2014 – Food Kit Haul

In one of my previous posts about Korea’s toy stores, I told you guys about the awesome food kits they sold. Well, I loved the kits so much (might’ve been the cute packaging too by the way…), that I actually got myself a couple of kits. Just so I could try them out at home (a.k.a. play with clay :D ) and ofcourse, to share the experience with you guys. (Yes, I’m aware of my age hehe…) Because I wanted to prevent photo-overload in the toy store-blog (which still ended up to be photo-overloaded hehe.. ^^”), I’m sharing the pictures of my little haul in this post today :D  Continue reading

Video: Japanese Cotton Cheesecake

This Japanese Cotton Cheesecake is exactly like the name implies: cotton soft. The pillow soft texture combined with the creamy flavor, makes this delicious cheesecake the perfect treat!

 

 

Oh my gosh you guys, today’s recipe is so delicious, you won’t believe it! This Japanese Cheesecake is really a reward to eat! When you take a bite, you will feel like you’ve sunken your teeth in clouds. Creamy clouds with a slight hint of vanilla. The texture is very, very, very soft and a bit cake-like. The flavor of this cake is deliciously creamy. So this cake will kill Continue reading

Seoul 2014 – A toy story

In Seoul, toy stores are one of the things that caught our attention. The first “toy store” we ran into, was e-mart’s toy section. After we saw what kind of toys they sold, we decided to give Toys-R-Us, the Gundam Base and a couple of small toy stores a visit too ;) And we didn’t just visit the stores for a look… No m’dears, we actually Continue reading

Seoul 2014 – Beauty Shoplog

Helloowww guys! So I finally got to filming a video again (go me!). It’s just a simple shoplog to share my beauty-products from Seoul with you guys, but I hope you’ll like it anyway :D I will be filming/blogging new recipes soon, so stay tuned for that ^^ To find a list of the mentioned products please continue reading this post. Happy watching ;) 
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Seoul 2014 – Arrival, transportation and first impression

안녕하세요~~~, hi guys! How is everyone doing? First, I want to apologize for leaving my blog without notice. A couple of months ago I left for an amazing vacation in Asia, but I didn’t want to post the absence from our home on the internet for security reasons. About 1,5 months ago, we left The Netherlands and traded the rainy days for 5,5 weeks of (mostly) sun in Seoul, Jakarta and Bali! I’ve been working hard and saving lots during my 6 years of university, and let me tell you: this was exactly the kind of relaxation I needed. I’m filled up on energy, drained from stress and stuffed with inspiration too ♥

So, what’s up? I just started  Continue reading

Vanilla Coconut Toast

Crunchy sweet toast with vanilla and coconut flavor. Have these yummy toasties for a Sunday breakfast or as a snack.

Do you guys remember last week’s sweet buns with vanilla coconut filling? If not, you should definitely go back and try that recipe! The buns are soft and delicious, and the filling is simply ah-maze-balls! It’s oh-so sweet and fragrant. Yum~~! ♥ Not an overstatement ;) So as I was testing the recipe, I had some left-over filling and was curious  Continue reading

Vanilla coconut sweet buns

Soft sweet buns filled with a delicious creamy vanilla-coconut filling. The grated coconut adds a nice texture to the fluffy buns.

Hi cuties! It’s been a while since my last recipe, right? I’m so so sorry, but I do have GREAT news (for me anyway hehe…) As you guys might know I was busy finishing the last steps to my Master’s degree in Pharmacy. And guess what?! It’s in the pocket~~!!! *does happy dance* The graduation ceremony isn’t until the end of August, but all 360 credits (= 6 years) have been uploaded to my name. Whoop-whoop!! Anyway, to celebrate Continue reading

Chocolate Strawberry Muffins

Super soft, fluffy ánd moist chocolate muffins filled with delicious sweet strawberries. Pop these in some adorable muffin cups and you’ve got the perfect summer muffin.

When it comes to muffins, chocolate ones are my all-time favorites. And no, I’m not just making this up; just check out these chocolate raspberry muffins and chocolate crumble muffins. Yum, yum and yum! Today, I will be adding yet another version of chocolate muffins to this list: Chocolate Strawberry Muffins! My oh, my. You will love this one too. I’m sure. So sit back, relax and Continue reading

Sausage Ramekins with Vegetables and Egg

Delicious juicy sausage in tomato sauce with delicious slightly-sweet vegetables and runny, gooey baked egg on top. Perfect for lunch or a light dinner.

Hi my munchkins! Today I’ll be sharing my recipe a little bit different with you guys: I’m sharing it in a video! Now, the video isn’t exactly what I hoped it to be, but I know I’m a bit of a perfectionist too ^^; Anyways, I’ll be showing how to make sausage ramekins with vegetables and a delicious runny and gooey egg on top. It’s my boyfriends recipe and he makes this whenever Continue reading

Vegan Coconut Agar-Agar (Jelly)

These vegan (and glutenfree) coconut jelly squares are just as snappy and refreshing as gelatin-based jelly. Serve these squares cool and you’ll have the perfect summer snack!

 

 Today’s recipe is another coconut dessert! Yes, I know, I’ve shared coconut cupcakes, a soft coconut pudding, a coconut tapioca dessert and today will be another one. Who cares? Let’s just go coconut-crazy together! Because these beautiful coconut jelly squares aren’t just delicious, but very refreshing too. Great for summer. Yes, just like the coconut tapioca dessert. As usual this recipe is super simple and quick to make. Additionally, you can make all kinds of varieties from this basic recipe. At the end of this post you will find Continue reading

Blueberry Vanilla Pound Cake

Buttery soft and fluffy vanilla pound cake packed with delicious sweet, slightly tangy blueberries. Serve thick slices of this incredibly soft pound cake with some good tea and your guests will be amazed.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been running a fictional pharmacy with a couple of other students. This is my last course and it’s kind of a “game”. The game is a competition between four pharmacies (pharmacy-student teams) and the goal is to be the most innovative pharmacy. Last week we had a little baking competition to add some fun to this actually-very-serious game. As a food-blogger, it was obvious I had to volunteer to be the baker for our team. So I entered this blueberry vanilla pound cake (plus an apple cinnamon cake) and awaited the scores. The winner?  Continue reading

Tag: Nom nom nom

A few days ago. the beautiful and sweet Beau from Lunedi Congelati tagged me for the “Nom nom nom”-tag. It’s a tag about food and as you all know I love food. Therefore, I just had to do this tag. I copied the tag in Dutch and translated it to English.

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Why we fail and keep failing

Have you guys tried Harry Potter Bertie Botts Every Flavor Jelly Beans, yet? I saw these on the SacconeJoly’s a while back and got really curious! Unfortunately (or maybe not), I haven’t been able to find them in The Netherlands yet. Such a shame.. Although, I might want to skip on the “dirt” and “soap” beans! Or.. persuade my boyfriend to try it and catch it on video haha.. ;) Let me know in the comments if you can tell me where to get these :D

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Coconut Sago with Mango (Vegan and Gluten free!)

A delicious creamy, chewy, sweet ánd refreshing coconut dessert with tapioca pearls and ice cold cubes of mango. Who needs an airplane to fly to the tropics, when each bite of this super easy dessert will take you there in an instant! Great as a gluten free and vegan alternative.

Hello beloved foodies :) How is everyone doing? I’m actually doing quite well. As you might’ve noticed I’ve been quite busy doing other stuff than blogging. This week I’m entering the last three weeks of my time as a student (I’m expecting to pass this last course, anyway…). It’s scary and exciting at the same time! But surprises are what makes life fun, right? Just like Continue reading

Chocolate Banana Cupcake with Cappuccino Frosting

Very soft and super moist chocolate banana cupcakes, topped with a thick layer of creamy and fluffy cappuccino buttercream. Just like bakery-cupcakes (but better).

Last week I went home early from my internship twice! Now, I’m not the kind of person that calls in sick that easy, but the headache was horrible. Currently, I’m writing a headache-diary for my doctor so we can finally determine what kind of headache this really is and what treatment I need. And boy, do I need a treatment. I’ve slept (well, tossed and turned while laying in the dark really..) over 24 hours in two days to get over the headache xD That’s 50% loss of time, people! I could’ve been baking.. or even better: eating :P On top of that,  Continue reading

Pinterest Food Favorites 02

Do you love the food I´ve been loving on Pinterest too?

Oh gosh, it’s been a while since my first Pinterest Food Favorites. I’ve been too busy making and sharing my own foodporn, that I forgot to do some sharing too! We all know: sharing is caring, right? ;) If you haven’t gotten to it yet, Continue reading

Lemon Glazed Vanilla Pound Cake

Soft and buttery vanilla pound cake balanced with just that right amount of tangy lemon glaze.

This weekend’s weather was amazing! Sun, sun and.. uhm, did I mention sun? To celebrate it, we decided to have a lazy weekend: lazy food, lazy drinks, a very sunny balcony ánd an amazing boyfriend! What more could a girl ask for? ♥ It’s the little things we should enjoy, right?

Anyway, although I was enjoying my lazy time, I managed to do some baking too! Yes, baking is included in relaxation-time ;) As I roamed the fridge for leftover ingredients, I found  Continue reading

Gluten free crumble cookies

Gluten free vanilla cookies with a very crumbly texture. These cookies have a delicious meringue-like texture and melt on your tongue like butter.

Last week my friend sent me a picture of her homemade “Gomma cookies“. She told me, the recipe for her thick crumbly cookies finds its origin in Surinam. As a response, I told her I was going to make cornstarch cookies: very crumbly merginue-like vanilla cookies, also from Surinam. Little did I know that Continue reading

Gluten free vegan coconut pudding

Coconut used to be my least favorite flavor. Then again, when I was little I was a VERY fussy eater. Basically everything was my least favorite flavor, really… Nowadays, I´m a real foodie, trying lots of different foods. And guess what? Continue reading

Baked Honey Soy Salmon

Last weekend I was home alone. Although I did miss my boyfriend, I’m also the kind of person who loves “me-time” once in a while. As someone once told me: “You can’t be truly happy, if you can’t be happy all by yourself.” And so I enjoyed a great weekend visiting my dad ♥, practicing yoga, baking a cake, reading one of my to-read books and cooking delicious food for one. It was the perfect weekend to create Continue reading

Ginger cookies

Cookies don’t pop out of my oven very often. Seriously, I was thinking the other day and I could barely remember the last time I made cookies. And so I decided to create a new cookie recipe based on ginger snaps: My version of ginger cookies. Chewy, slightly crunchy and very fragrant. Now, I admit ginger snaps are more of a winter-kind-of-thing, but I absolutely love the flavor of the spices in a cookie. I’d have these any time of the year. Besides, our current weather isn’t getting me in the summer-mood anyway. (I leave the house with scarf and get on my bike, wishing I could use my gloves without making a fool of myself. I blame the tropical(-asian)-genes hehe… ^^”)

To make these cookies you need 6 simple ingredients. I’m sure you’ll have these somewhere in your pantry and fridge:

  1. Butter
  2. Brown sugar
  3. Egg white
  4. Flour
  5. Ginger cookie spice mix
  6. Salt

The butter needs to be at room temperature or you won’t be able to cream it with the sugar. You’ll use brown sugar, because it keeps the cookie moist and chewy. You could substitute with granulated sugar, but keep in mind it will affect the texture of the cookie. The egg white in this recipe contributes to the crunchyness of the cookies. Using 1 egg white will make your cookies slightly crunchy, but not as crunchy as ginger snaps. Finally the ginger cookie spice mix: You could go out and spend some money on store-bought spice mix, but you could also stay at home and throw 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, ground cloves and ground cinnamon together. The latter being so much cheaper and the better option for lazy people (like me). But hey, it’s up to you!

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, get out your mixing bowl. I wish I could say I used a standing mixer (I’d LOVE a kitchenaid someday…♥), but at the moment I’m best buddies with my handheld mixer. A spatula and wisk would do just fine with this recipe too, by the way. Start by creaming your butter and sugar. Then, add the egg white and mix until just combined. Finally, add your flour, spice mix and salt, and mix. You will get a dark brown, slightly sticky dough. Pop this in the fridge for about an hour and bake for 12-15 minutes at 180ºC. Let the cookies cool (slightly) and serve with a tall glass of (soy)milk. Best combo ever.

Ginger cookies
Yields 12
These fragrant ginger cookies are chewy and slightly crunchy too! The spice mix makes these amazing. Super easy and it takes just 6 simple ingredients. Perfect for the winter or winter-ish spring/summer ;)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 125 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 170 g brown sugar
  3. 1 large egg white
  4. 250 g all purpose flour
  5. 2 Tbsp ginger cookie spice mix*
  6. ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a cookie baking tray with baking paper (or use a cookie baking mat).
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the egg white and mix until combined.
  4. Add the flour, spice mix and salt. Mix until a dough is formed.
  5. Chill the dough about 1 hour in the fridge.
  6. Make cookie balls the size of a tablespoon.
  7. Bake the cookies 12-15 minutes at 180C.
  8. Let the cookies cool at least 5 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack.
Notes
  1. *Or add 2 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp ground cloves and 2 tsp ground cinnamon.
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Ginger Lime Mini Pies

Hello my beautiful foodies! How are you guys doing? I wasn’t feel too well last week, so I decided to take a week off writing and have a “me”-week. As some of you guys might know, I’m nearing the end of my time as a student. Now, this would make a whole lot of people happy, but not me… It stresses me out! What job to choose? Will I love it? Will I hate it? I DON’T KNOW! Anxiety disorder to the max… Don’t worry though, I’ve been baking like crazy! Working on some gluten free recipes that you’ll LOVE. Simple, easy and (ofcourse) delicious. However, today will be something else: Ginger Lime Mini Pies. I will tell you why this has to land in your tummies.

You will be making three quick and super easy components for this recipe. To start, you will make the base: a thick, fragrant, sweet and super crunchy ginger-base. The most important part to this base is the spice-mix: ground ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Mix it up with some cold butter, brown sugar, flour and press the mixture in your muffin pan. Pop the pan in the oven for some baking and you’re done! This base tastes like ginger cookies but better. Especially when combined with the lime pie filling. The flavors fit perfectly. Furthermore, the recipe is so simple and (most of all) quick…. Don’t get tempted to get some store-bought cheesecake-base with hocus-pocus ingredients, but make these.

Moving on to the lime pie filling, you will need just three ingredients: egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and limes. It’s as easy as pie *ba-dumtss…* (bad joke, I know haha..) Separate the limes into zest and juice, mix it up with the yolks and milk, and your filling is ready. Yes, I’m not kidding. Pour the filling on top of your base and bake until the center is soft (but not wobbly). Bring it to room temperature and store for about 1 hour in the fridge to set the filling completely. To add the finishing touch, top the mini pies with some unsweetened whipped cream right before serving. It will balance out the sweetness of the lime pie and add some creamyness to your creation. Serve these with a cuppa tea and your guests will be amazed, guaranteed!

Ginger Lime Mini Pies
Serves 12
Zingy, creamy lime mini pies on a ginger spiced crunchy base. Top with a large dollop of whipped cream and serve with a cup of hot tea. Perfect for high teas or for your afternoon sweet-cravings.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients for the base
  1. 120 g flour
  2. 70 g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  3. 70 g brown sugar
  4. 1 tsp ground ginger
  5. 1 tsp ground cloves
  6. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Ingredients for the filling
  1. 3 egg yolks
  2. 300 mL sweetened condensed milk
  3. 4 limes, zest and juice
Ingredients for decorating
  1. 250 mL whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, using your hands or a fork, mix the ingredients for the base to a dough.
  3. Press about a tablespoon of base in every hole of the muffin pan.
  4. Bake the base 15-20 minutes at 170C or until golden brown.
  5. Remove the base from the oven and let it cool completely.
  6. Turn the oven down to 150C.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, mix the ingredients for the filling until you get a smooth mixture. The mixture will thicken.
  8. Pour the mixture on top of the base.
  9. Bake the pies for 15-20 minutes at 150C. The pies will be ready when the filling is still soft, but not wobbly. Let it cool completely, cover and store in fridge for 1 hour or overnight.
  10. Serve the pies with unsweetened whipped cream.
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Chocolate Crumble Muffins

These pure and simple muffins will give you the chocolate-hit you need. The chocolate muffins are soft, fluffy and topped with buttery super-crunch crumbles.

Last Monday my sisters were part of an event to collect money for a good cause. I couldn’t help them with the event, but to contribute my two cents, I decided to bake a treat for the hard working volunteers. Now, this was a last minute decision so my time was limited. I wanted to whip up a quick but delicious recipe. Furthermore, I had to  Continue reading

Chocolate chip cranberries bread

This soft chocolate chip cranberries bread will be gone before you know it. It won’t even have enough time to cool. There’s no butter, but heaps of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a whole lot of cranberries waiting for you in every slice, every bite.

As promised, no more cupcake recipes this week. Instead, today will be a bread recipe… I think. Let me share a little confusion with you guys, because I was kind of puzzled as to how to categorize this recipe. Here’s the thing: After years of reading baking blogs, I know today’s recipe is called a bread-recipe in America/USA/English. However, if I were to serve this bread over here and tell people to have a slice for breakfast, they’d think Continue reading

Strawberry Coffee Cupcakes

These adorable and fun strawberry coffee cupcakes will bring your high tea to a whole other level! Soft coffee flavored cupcakes topped with a super creamy and fruity strawberry buttercream. No artificial flavorings.  , Happy Easter, everyone! Have you all enjoyed your Sunday off and had some brunch with the family? As for me, I don’t celebrate Easter. However, I never say no to an extra day off and an extra excuse to bake more goodies. So I spent my day eating Easter bread, playing games with my family and being Continue reading

Chocolate vanilla cupcakes

Simple, rich vanilla cupcakes topped with a fluffy chocolate buttercream. This simple combination is a must at parties or high teas. It will blow your mind.

For the past few months my cupcake-baking-energy was running very low. Now, there are quite some excuses reasons to explain this, but I think the main reasons were: a) I was too lazy to wash more dishes than necessary make buttercream additional to the cupcake batter and b) I dislike my frosting technique. However, lately, I’m inspired to develop cupcake recipes again! There are so many flavor combinations and ideas running around in my mind and I’ve been dotting them all down on pieces of scrap paper. My bag is a Continue reading

Triple coconut cupcakes

Fragrant coconut cupcakes topped with a silky smooth, melt-in-the-mouth, butter-free coconut frosting. No artificial flavorings.

Last Monday me and my friends had our last get-together as Pharmacy students. This week, we’re all starting our last internship. One of us will leave the country for her intern, while the other will leave the country permanently after graduation. As we’re entering a new chapter in our lives I’m both excited and sad. After 6 years as a student, Continue reading

Cashew crumble brownies

As I’m writing today’s recipe, I’m in the bus headed to the last day of my internship at a polyclinic pharmacy. Now, this intern is the second last intern to my Master’s degree in Pharmacy. I can’t believe time has flown by so fast! The last intern is starting a week from now and my last month as a “poor” student is just one month away! It’s almost time to head into the real world and get a proper job instead of th he occasional burger flipping in my evenings and weekends. Of course, there are some companies I’d like to work, but I have yet to actually find a job.  The future is making me slightly anxious, because right now Continue reading

Gluten Free Orange Chocolate Pudding

Puddings are one of my favorite desserts. The things I love most about puddings are the silky smooth texture and the perfect complementing sweet and rich sauce. Unfortunately, most puddings are usually quite unhealthy, containing sugar, cream, flour (gluten), and a sweet and buttery coulis. So with today’s recipe I tried to bring the pudding back to the core of simplicity and made it fit most diets. It’s my healthy version of an orange pudding An orange pudding topped with Continue reading

Pigs in a blanket

Have you ever made homemade bread? If you have, you’ll know homemade bread is good for so many reasons. For starters, it makes your house smell amazing. One batch of bread and your house will feel like a bakery. Second, you get bread as fresh as it gets. Straight from the oven. The smell will seduce you to dig in straight away. Just take care you won’t burn your tongue (although I’d almost say it’s worth it hehe…). Third, you get to control the ingredients. Whole wheat flour? Less salt? You got it! Adapt the recipe to your liking. Finally,
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Gluten Free Salted Caramel Apple Pie

  Today’s recipe was created due to four apples which were destined to stay uneaten unless baked. Additionally, I didn’t want to create a standard apple pie (there are so many recipes for apple pies already), so I decided to give myself a challenge: Gluten free. To make this pie gluten free, I substituted the flour for oats. Oats aren’t just gluten free (make sure it says so on the packaging), but they’re cholesterol-lowering and full of fibers too. Super healthy, right? Anyway, if you’re anything like me, you’ll love this recipe because (1) you don’t have to keep the ingredients ice cold (2) Continue reading

Vietnamese chicken rolls

When I was little we went to Paris every summer to visit my grandmother and some other relatives. Everytime we went to Paris, we’d visit “Tang Frères” (a big asian supermarket) at least once. The adults would do HOURS (I’m not even kidding…) of grocery shopping and the kids would: wait, get bored, stroll around, get lost, panic and then find out the adults are only one aisle away. It doesn’t sound like a trip kids would like to join, but there was a big plus-side to tagging along: Continue reading

Strawberry Lemonade

Last weekend the weather was beautiful over here. For a second I even thought it was summer already! We hit about 20°C. Now, you might think 20°C is not that good, but if you live in the Netherlands, you know summer(y)-days can be very rare. So we decided to make it a “lazy”-Sunday and enjoy it to the fullest: Sitting on the balcony, enjoying some Continue reading

Paté a choux (choux pastry)

Paté a choux is the fancy french name for choux pastry. When filled with cream, these babies are also known as cream puffs. I’m not sure about other countries, but in The Netherlands everyone’s has eaten these so called ‘soesjes’ some time in their life. They’re usually served at birthday parties and can be found in a whole lot of all-you-can-eat restaurants too. It takes about €1 to get a whole box of frozen cream puffs. Yes, €1! However, eventhough it’s very cheap to buy cream puffs, cream puffs should be served freshly made for three reasons:
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(Vegetarian) Cheese omelette and spinach wrap

Phew, after weeks of hard work, we finally had a housewarming party. For me, the key ingredient to a party with more than 4 people is delicious bite-size food (a.k.a party food). And I decided to go all the way. I served: chicken quesedillas, vegetarian quesedillas, salmon wraps, vegetarian wraps, vietnamese spring rolls (with dipping sauce!), homemade cookies and cream puffs. Yes, all homemade. Starting early in the morning and finishing barely before the first guest arrived! I loved it. If only party food was my job… ♥ Oh, don’t worry, I will share all recipes with you guys.

Today, I will share the recipe for the vegetarian wraps. These were definitely a hit at my party: everyone loved it. Aside from the flavor, these are so easy to make too! One bite includes: 
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The mental road to excellence

So, a while back my friend Yak Man wrote a post (“Waar ben ik goed in? translated: What am I good at?”) that inspired and motivated me to take yet another step in sharing my spiritual growth. Her post was about excellence: She wrote there are a lot of people she sees heaps of talent in, but she can’t seem to find/see her own talent. As I read her post, I couldn’t help but think
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Cheesy chicken and spinach quesedillas

Cheesy chicken and spinach quesedillas ♥ Look at that stringy cheese…

Away from the sugary deliciousness, we’re going to see how my quesedillas are made today. Very cheesy quesedillas filled with shredded chicken, caramelized onions ánd heaps of spinach. These quesedillas are crunchy on the ouside, just like Continue reading

White chocolate truffles with nutty core

White chocolate truffles with a nutty core shining in the sun

A while back I saw Yak Man posting “not-so healthy, healthy truffles” and I got inspired to create my own truffles: I wanted to make truffles with a yummylicious core. Although her creation was my inspiration, I’m sorry to tell you my truffles aren’t  Continue reading

Forgiving, moving on and letting go

Not too long ago, I was suffering from depression and anxiety due to certain events in my childhood. First of all, I’d like to point out that recovering from both of these disorders, does not make you “never depressed/always happy”. Even people without disorders are never “24/7 happy”. This is an important thing to realize. As for me, I had a psychologist who taught me to recognize my triggers and to switch to an other reaction. I’m happy with the way my life is at the moment, but i’m not all-smiles-everyday. And that’s perfectly fine. Today’s post is an intro and the first part of me sharing my experiences.

A psychologist does not “fix” you.

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Vlogging…?!

As some of you might know, this used to be a Dutch baking and/or beauty and lifestyle blog. However, at that time life was getting more and more hectic, which made me shut it down. Now I’m back, stronger and a whole lot better at time management (big thing for me!). So I turned my blog into English,  because 1) I’m better at expressing myself in English and 2) I’m able to inspire a bigger population. However, after the language-decision I got to thinking about content. One thing was for sure, Continue reading

Sometimes it’s so exciting, I get impatient

Hi lovelies! How’s everyone doing? Had an awesome-balls weekend? I’m curious what you guys did this weekend, because my weekend was oh so crazy! Gosh, I don’t even know where to start! So last monday we got the keys to our appartment. We’ve been working around the clock to get things done in the new appartment and to move all of our stuff (we seriously have too much crap..) out of the old place. I was starting my days at 6AM to get to my internship and stayed until 5 PM, after which I’d hurry to the appartment to get things done and hope I’d be in my bed around 11PM so I’d be moderately awake at my internship the next day. It was hectic, but Continue reading

In the end, we’ll all be fine

Moving is so much fun but stressful at the same time too. There are so many things to consider: old furniture, new furniture, packing, unpacking, walls, floor, curtains, time, money.. you name it! Additionally, I’m a stressy person at heart! You can imagine the combination of stressful events and a stressful person to be disastrous xD However, Continue reading

Pinterest Food Favorites 01

I’m often asked how it’s possible I seem to be “forever-hungry”. To which I usually answer “I don’t know. I think I just really like food, which causes me to think about it..a lot…?”. However, a few weeks back one of my friends told me he found the “real” reason: “Because you’re always looking at food-pictures (on Pinterest)!” And I’m thinking, ‘Gee, he might actually be right..’. But believe it or not, it’s not the actual food that draws me to Pinterest, but it’s the technique of capturing food in it’s most beautiful state. (Okay, I admit it: the delicious food itself is one ofnthe main reasons too hahaha.. #foodieatheart :P) Pictures of food at the right angle, with the right lighting, with the right settings.. It’s a true talent, I could watch all day long… (Literally xD)

Oreo Truffles. Yes, you read that right: OREO(!!!) truffles.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes. Whoops, did I just lick the screen?

Cronuts: The baby of croissant and doughnut. I’m not even kidding here…

Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cake. Come one, this has to be illegal, right?!

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Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Soft and rich chocolate muffins with delicious tangy raspberries.

Last week I decided to try a combo of chocolate and raspberries. Although it’s a common combination of flavors, I must admit I’ve never tried it before. What a shame, because chocolate and raspberries are ah-my-gawd delicious! The sweetness of chocolate against the tangyness of the raspberries… it’s absolutely a match made in heaven! I’m not even kidding. The muffins I’m sharing today are Continue reading