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Autumn comes

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Autumn comes
The summer is past
Winter will come too soon

But with fruit bowls this gorgeous I couldn’t care less.

Also, I have this tune in my head for days now. We used to sing it in high school at the end of summer and I’ve always loved it.

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#Food: all aboard the “nice cream” train

Wow! It’s been long since I did a #Food update. Probably because I’ve fallen pray to bad habits again (after getting back from holidays, I’m still not over the fact that I have to do my own dishes again). But hey, I cooked some things. Mostly toasts and grilled cheese… but some things.

And I tried out one of those “healthy raw food” recipes that go trending these days called “nice cream.” Basically, it’s ice cream without all the stuff that makes ice cream delicious: no cream, no sugar, no diary if you please. I made mine with yoghurt because no diary simply doesn’t get room in my life. But some die hard’s make it with water…

Banana and peach nice cream
Delicious peach and banana nice cream with agave syrup for sweetness.

Now you might know by that I tend to be a little sceptical about all these “fake” foods like “vegan cheese” and “gluten free pancakes.” Actually, I looked forward to call this post “nice try cream,” but unfortunately for that pun, it ended up getting a lot more optimistic title. Nice cream is actually the bomb!

Freeze some bananas, throw them in a blender, add yoghurt and some other fruits, chia seeds or almonds, bzzzzzzzzzrrrrr, and done! Without an ice cream machine, the result definitely doesn’t look like ice cream, you can’t eat it of a cone and frankly, it tastes more like frozen smoothie. But it’s goooooooooood!!! And it came just in time for summer πŸ™‚


Toast
Now this was good! Grilled spicy feta cheese with artichokes on the one hand, gilled cheese with zucchini and truffle oil tapenade on the other.

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#Food: everything tiny

Some of this weeks food ended up… tiny.

I bought a ridiculously small cake tin that I first tried last weekend, and I also made these super cute fruit shots, of, basically, just fruit. But not any fruit. My favourite fruits! And you know… everything tastes (even) better in a shot glass.

Also, to those who were sceptical about the tiny cake tin… I present to you: delicious one egg sponge cake that will NOT be shared (muhahaha)!

Fruit shots (mango, strawberry and banana).
Fruit shots (mango, strawberry and banana).
Fluffy sponge cake with milky lemon glaze and strawberries. Totoro approves!
Fluffy sponge cake with milky lemon glaze and strawberries. Totoro approves!

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The frothy deliciousness that is Iced Matcha Banana Latte

I don’t know about you guys, but here in Belgium spring has finally arrived and the weather is beautiful. This is the proper time to introduce you to Matcha Latte, as it’s gorgeous pale green colour perfectly matches early spring, and it’s cooling, delicious taste will refresh you all summer long.

Matcha latteI first tasted matcha while travelling Japan and I have been madly in love since. Although this luxurious, pure kind of powdered green tea is pretty expensive, it’s worth every cent you spend on it.

Not only is it super tasty, it’s also said to be extremely healthy. Full of catechin, matcha is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can find; not a single tea on the market contains more cancer fighting elements. Matcha also has calming properties that increase concentration and lifts energy levels without the drawbacks of high caffeine intake. Like all other green teas, it boosts the metabolism and detoxifies the body, however one glass of Matcha equals ten cups of regular, distilled tea when it comes to it’s nutritional value and health benefits. It doesn’t raise insulin levels, is anti-bacterial and lowers cholesterol. Do you need any more reasons to try this miraculous tea?

When first tasting matcha, it can be a bit confusing, especially when drinking it pure and hot. The bitter, strong flavour isn’t to be compared to “regular” green teas and neither is the structure. My first encounter with it, however, was at a coffee bar in Hakata, Fukuoka, and it came iced, heavily sweetened and topped with an ice cream swirl.

Indeed, matcha can be found in many forms, plenty of them being desserts: matcha mocchi, matcha ice cream, matcha cake, matcha coated cookies… all of them are heavenly. My recipe for this refreshing summer smoothie, however, is both healthy and a real treat. Here we go! Continue reading The frothy deliciousness that is Iced Matcha Banana Latte

Moist banana cake

It was cold and dark yesterday night. A violent and disturbing wind bashed the windowpanes of my tiny flat and rattled the doors. Unsettled, I was sitting in my sofa like a little pile of misery. Crunched up in a ball, face all wet from crying my heart out after watching The Imitation Game. I’ve mentioned Graham Moore’s Oscar speech on this blog before, yet after actually seeing the movie, his words touch me even more.

There I was. Contemplating life and fighting off a small internal crisis on whether it’s still okay to #StayWeird without being a gifted mathematician or extraordinary writer.
That’s when I decided to bake a banana cake. If you don’t see the correlation, it’s pretty straight forward. Nothing matches stormy nights like the smell of warm dessert floating through your house. And nothing suits the mind like stirring batter mindfully, while singing out loud in the kitchen.

Can you believe that I never even tasted banana cake before? What a shame!

Banana Cake


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