Matcha green tea cake

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas filled with family, friends & food. I created a matcha green tea cake for boxing day. Matcha powder is the highest quality powdered green tea available and therefore quite expensive. It is used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. It has been drunk in Japan as part of the tea ceremony for almost 1000 years, and is used by Buddhist monks to keep them alert, awake and focused during long days of meditation. Nowadays matcha green tea powder is mainly consumend by Japanese students in exam periods, and it is gaining popularity in other countries as well.

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Healthy, velvety, smooth chocolate mousse

It has been quite a while since my last post: I was studying for law exams, I started a new job and I went on holiday, but I am back with a great recipe:)

This recipe features raw cacao powder. Raw cacao or raw chocolate is made from cold-pressed, unroasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao and other beneficial molecules which break down in the process of prolonged heat exposure. The studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bars. In fact, the chocolate they are reffering to, is raw cacao.Chocolatemousse.2
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Healthy Reese’s peanutbutter cups

Reese’s Peanutbutter cups, the milk chocolate cups filled with creamy peanutbutter, are one of America’s most beloved candy’s. But unlike what the name suggests, it does not only consist of those two ingredients.

Let’s have a look at the ingredients:

MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR; COCOA BUTTER; CHOCOLATE; NONFAT MILK; MILK FAT; LACTOSE; SOY LECITHIN; PGPR, EMULSIFIER; PEANUTS; SUGAR; DEXTROSE; SALT; TBHQ (PRESERVATIVE)

I don’t even know what PGPR Emulsifier is, and neither have I ever heard of TBHQ preservative. I decided to create a clean, but still very tastful version of this traditional treat, and the good thing is, it is ridiculouly easy to make!

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Chocolate and orange baked oatmeal

To be honest, I am not someone who hankers after the chocolate and orange combination, although it is a very classic combination. But I decided to give it a go, and combined the flavours with baked oatmeal. It turned out to be so good: sweet and tangy, suprising and subtle, that I have changed my opinion. The chocolate and orange unite exquisiteley; crispy bits of tangy orange peel gently realese their flavour, surrounded by velvety, smooth, dark chocolate flavoured oatmeal. It is a such a rich, gooey and decadent recipe and it keeps you going for hours!

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Quinoa avocado sushi

Who doesn’t love sushi? I think it’s one of the few meals you could wake me up for in the middle of the night. Although, it takes a little practice, but creating your own custom sushi can be such a fun and very rewarding activity. Last week I had a great time with a lovely friend while making some quinoa avocado sushi rolls.

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Easter Bunny inspired oatmeal banana pancakes

Happy Easter everyone! Easter falls at such a lovely time of the year: spring has sprung and plants and flowers are starting to wake up after a long, drab winter. While many Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and attend a traditional church service, it is also a perfect time for everyone, if you are religious or not, for a moment of reflexion and to spend time with family and friends. When I was little, my brother and I used to decorate eggs and there was of course always the famous chocolate egg hunt. My dad really enjoyed to think of the most obscure hiding spots (hiding and egg behind his ear!),  and sometimes we would spend the whole day looking for the last eggs, getting more and more frustrated. Thinking back, he was brilliant, but at that moment I did not like it all. Although I still would love to find easter eggs, we don’t do it anymore. Instead, I decided to make a nice Easter bunny pancake, based on oats and banana for the easter brunch.
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Roasted eggplants with tahini- yoghurt dip and pomegranate seeds

Eggplant is very well liked in Mediterranean regions and it is often considered as’the king of the vegatables’, because of its versatily and great abilty to absorb the flavours that are added to it. Sadly, the vegatable is not half as popular in the US and Europa, probaly because many people dont’t  know how to prepare it. And when it is not cooked right, eggplant indeed doesn’t taste very nice. The most common complaints are that they are too tough, bitter and watery, but often, this can easily be resolved by salting the eggplant before cooking it. If you are one of those eggplant haters, let me convince you with this recipe! I think you are highly missing out on a very healthy, tasty and versatile food.

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Baked sweet potato with cinnamon- peanutbutter

If I was forced to make a list of my top 5 most favorite foods, I would definitiely put sweet potato and peanutbutter on it. I never thought of combining them, but they truly are a match made in heaven. Sweet potatoes are such an amazing nutritional powerhouse and they offer a host of health benefits which far exceeds the nutrional value found in regular potatoes, for example they contain twice as much fiber. Not only are these orange- skinned root vegetables one of nature’s most unsurpassed sources of betacaroteen, they are also rich in vitamin C and E. These are all important antioxidants, which help to protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals and to strengthen your ability to help fight infection and disease.

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Baked oatmeal with bananas and blueberries

Baked oatmeal with ripe bananas, juicy blueberries, cinnamon and crunchy walnuts, need I say more? The possibilities with oatmeal are endless, and I think every household should store oats in their cupboard. Not only are they a good source of fiber, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels, they also contain a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. At the moment I am completely in love with baked oatmeal, because it allows the fruit to really ‘melt’ into the oats. If you never had this version of oatmeal before, you are truly missing out. It is so easy to whip up, it can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days and warmed up to eat whenever you want and can be served as breakfast, snack or even dessert.

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