20 x Halloween Sweets!

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Yesterday and today I posted two cute ideas I had for Halloween treats. However, there are so many more fun ideas on the world wide web. Because I don’t want to limit you guys to two simple DIYs, I thought it would be fun to do a Halloween Sweets Roundup. Twenty delicious -and mostly easy- sweet (and spooky) Halloween treats listed on one page. You definitely can’t miss these at your Halloween get-together. Read more

Quick Sweet and Sour Fish

Easiest recipe for sweet and sour fish you’ll ever find. Serve with white rice or noodles. 

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Today’s recipe is one of my bf’s favorites: Sweet and Sour Fish. Actually, he likes just about anything sweet and sour. Sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour fish, plain sweet and sour sauce.. I’m not even kidding. He’ll eat it all. Yes, even the sauce. And who can blame him? Sweet and sour is delicious. In addition, you don’t need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen for it either. If you make this quick cheat version, you can start eating in less than 15 minutes. Here’s how: 

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Quark Sultana Scones

Fluffy vanilla flavored scones, packed with plump sultana’s. These delicious scones are made using 1% fat quark (or Greek yoghurt) and are so simple to make, you won’t believe it. Use a dollop of creamy Greek yoghurt (or clotted cream) and strawberry jam to add the perfect finishing touch.

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A few weeks back, I received an email from J., who tried my scones recipe. He mentioned the recipe didn’t work out for him and that the batter was very dry. As I’ve made these scones quite a few times and never had problems with it, I was very puzzled and wanted to solve the problem right away. So I did some extra research and figured some extra pointers for you guys when making this recipe.

The main problem J. had with this recipe was a dry batter. Luckily, he also mentioned the dryness of the farmer’s cheese, because farmer’s cheese in The Netherlands is never dry. It’s more like a yoghurt-consistency. This was my first clue. So I googled away and hit jackpot right away! (woohooh) Turns out, farmer’s cheese isn’t the same in every country…. In Europe, farmer’s cheese is a yoghurt-like product. However, outside Europe farmer’s cheese can be a kind of pressed cottage cheese. Dry and bland. Definitely not good and the perfect explanation for J’s dry batter.

So we figured the needed quark/farmer’s cheese wasn’t available all around the world. As I wanted everyone to be able to make this recipe, I went ahead a did some more recipe testing on these scones to find an alternative for the quark. The solution? Greek yoghurt. It has the same consistency as the quark I use and is slightly tangy too. You can use full-fat Greek yoghurt or 0% Greek yoghurt. Either way it’ll taste good, but with full fat Greek yoghurt the scones will obviously taste a bit creamier. I’d go for creamy, but hey, it’s your choice! 😉

In addition to the substitute, I’ve made a video to ensure no-fail. 

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Mocca Hazelnut Bark

Creamy, snappy two layer bark with dark coffee chocolate and white chocolate. Topped with hazelnut chunks and mocca beans.

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And we’re up for recipe #3 today! Time flies. Monday I shared a chocolate bark for dark, bitter chocolate lovers. However, we all know some chocoholics who like their chocolate somewhat milder and sweeter. And so I’m sharing a mocca bark today. A combination of dark and white chocolate topped with mocca beans and delicious crunchy hazelnuts. My taste testers loved this version the most. And I’m sure you will love it too. It’s creamy, sweet, full of flavor and so delicious.

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Dark Cranberry Coconut Bark (+Tempering Chocolate)

Snappy chunks of dark 85% chocolate, topped with sweet cranberries and a snow of grated coconut. Perfect as a last-minute edible Christmas gift.

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Christmas week!! Holidays get me so excited. Especially this week, because, as I mentioned on my Facebook page, I’ll be sharing a few (last minute) edible gift ideas with you guys everyday. Yes, every.day. Last year I shared just 1 idea (check the homemade muffin mix if you missed it), but this year I’m taking it to the next level. This way you’ll have plenty of ideas to pick from. As a foodie, I just love giving edible gifts. They’re easy, delicious and if you wrap it nicely, it looks super fancy too. Today, I’ll be sharing my version of dark chocolate bark, holiday style. Snappy, sweet, full of texture and with a hint of bitter. Chocoholics: you’re going to love this. Read more