Monthly Archive: October 2014

Oct 31

Cinnamon Breakfast Pancakes

Mmmm … pancakes! Haven’t had them for a while so today I made some on a whim. Happy Halloween y’all!

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Oct 29

Simple Beef Pie

Hurrah! Cold weather has finally come! I love fall temperatures as this usually means I can start making stews and thick soups for dinner again. Today I made a really simple beef stew, baked it for 4-hours and then topped it with puff pastry ~ that’s dinner sorted for us. This size pie can feed two people for a couple of days or a family of six quite comfortably.

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Oct 25

Zesty Orange Biscotti with Almonds & Sultanas

Bored and needing something quick and easy to go with coffee, so I ransacked the pantry and found some items I could use in making biscotti. I was actually leaning towards making a chocolate version but I had no more cocoa powder. It’s okay, this one came out way better.

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Oct 19

Basbousa in Honey + Orange Blossom Syrup {Diwali Treats}

During the holy festival of Diwali (Deepavali), Hindus celebrate the event with a whole bunch of sweets and treats, one of them being Basbousa. Sweets are an important component during this Indian festival as they are made as offerings to the deity Lakshmi during poojas and, in return, the worshipper shall receive bountiful blessings for the coming year ahead. Basbousa is a semolina cake that is soaked in simple syrup after baking.

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Oct 11

Wholemeal Pumpkin & Sunflower Seed Loaf

I don’t make too many bread recipes at home, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to. I tend to be a bit cautious with bread because I question my skills and I hate to get things wrong, but with this Annabel Langbein recipe, bread woes seem to be a thing of the past (for now). Beautiful wholemeal bread crammed full of seeds and baked to perfection.

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Oct 07

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte

Since the start of the month, all I can see around the city are adverts for Pumpkin Spice Lattes courtesy of a certain famous coffee franchise. It sounded interesting and since many of my personal friends have been Tweeting about its return I thought I had better try it for myself. Long story short, it didn’t live up to the hype but I liked the concept so I came home and made some for myself the proper way, using proper ingredients. HUGE difference.

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Oct 06

Decadent Chocolate & Raspberry Friands

Stuck with a punnet of raspberries and a boyfriend who’s been threatening to throw them out if they are not used, I quickly delved into my cookbooks and came up with these decadent little choco treats. Wonderful little teatime treats, they would be a welcome sight on any table.

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Oct 05

Plokkfiskur: An Icelandic Staple

Here is an unusual dish that is native to the people of Iceland. Upon returning from my visit to Iceland I have inevitably fallen in love with this mashed fish and potato dish, and I vowed to recreate it at home. And so here it is … Plokkfiskur, the famous Icelandic staple, made right here in the Netherlands!

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Oct 03

Rustic Pear Tarts with Blue Cheese + Onion Jam

Beautiful pear and blue cheese tarts filled with a layer of sticky, sweet and salty bacon + onion jam! Wanted to practice my pastry making skills, so I chose to start off slow by making open faced treats such as this. Pears seem to be out in abundance at the stores now so make full use of them and show them off in your cooking.

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Oct 01

Applesauce Autumn Cake with Candied Pecans

Autumn has finally blown its way in and it is officially time to think of warm cosy baking ideas to celebrate the season … the season of spice and pumpkins. Today I am kicking things off with this wonderfully moist applesauce cake with candied pecans and cream cheese frosting. Now where’s that pot of coffee to go with it?

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