Happy birthday to me! And a brownie cake with chocolate truffle frosting, caramel sauce and almond praline.

On Saturday it was my birthday, it’s the day when I have a right to my own cake, which, since I don’t live at home anymore and thus away from another potential cake maker – my mother, have to make myself. That is OK though, it’s an activity I like (if everything goes as planned) and always results in something good. This year I wanted something extra chocolatey so I went for a cake with brownie bottom, white chocolate and milk chocolate truffle cream and, and, and caramel sauce in between layers. Oh and there is also almond praline hidden in there. Don’t judge me – it was my birthday and I can eat whatever I want.  Continue reading “Happy birthday to me! And a brownie cake with chocolate truffle frosting, caramel sauce and almond praline.”

Baked whole wheat chocolate donut bites

It’s less than a week from Carnival or Mardi Gras or however you call it and it’s time to make something appropriate for the occasion. Since this year Mardi Gras comes just on my birthday and I want my birthday to be filled with cake and not donuts (or maybe I should consider a donut cake), I decided I’ll indulge in donuts a week before. It doesn’t make a difference for me, since here in Belgium Mardi Gras is not so big as it is in some other countries. I do miss it sometimes, I like to dress up and overeat with donuts.  Continue reading “Baked whole wheat chocolate donut bites”

Roasted balsamic “forgotten vegetables”

I know, I know, I’m not discovering warm water with this recipe, but it’s one of my favourite ways to prepare roasted vegetables and it should be found on my blog as well. This time I roasted the “forgotten vegetables”. For those of you who never heard the term (although I think you are in minority) these are vegetables that in the past were widely used, but have not been used a lot recently, either because they look “weird” or because people were not used to eating them as a child and didn’t even know they can be quite delicious. People are more and more informed and “back to nature” mentality is helping with the return of these vegetables to our plates. Continue reading “Roasted balsamic “forgotten vegetables””

Chocolate cake with cream puffs

How was your Christmas? I hope it was filled with good food and spent with people you love the most. This year I was the dessert maker for Christmas dinner and lunch. I took the job very seriously and here I am showing you one of the two cakes. I know I am a bit late for posting Christmas desserts, but since this cake can be made for other occasions as well, the delay is not a big deal. If you are still looking for a nice dessert for New Year’s Eve for example, this would work great. Continue reading “Chocolate cake with cream puffs”

White chocolate chip cookies with raisins and pecans

My December has been super busy so far. The last two weeks turned around so fast and I almost had no time to cook or bake. December without baking is not a real December and that had to change. So on Sunday I took some time to make cookies, while listening to a Christmas songs vinyl plate that I bought in June on a garage sale (it was 50 euro cents, if you’re wondering). These cookies are delicious, they are crunchy on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside. Laurens started to eat them when they were just out of the oven and still soft and professionally described them as smoochy (no idea where he got that word from). Continue reading “White chocolate chip cookies with raisins and pecans”

Raisin bread devils for Saint Nicolas

It’s finally here, Saint Nicolas’ day. I don’t know about your place, but here children get presents on the 6th of December. In Slovenia we put a plate the evening before and in the morning there are presents, some fruit and nuts and of course candy. St. Nicolas comes with angels and devils and if you’re not a good girl/boy, you get coal instead of presents and a willow branch, as a warning (it’s meant for spanking). Continue reading “Raisin bread devils for Saint Nicolas”

Homemade gnocchi with beef goulash

You guys, it’s December! Say what!? Where did the year go? Is it only me who thinks that time flies waaaay too fast? I love Christmas time, but for me real Cristmas feeling starts only after the 6th of December, which is a special holiday in some places in Europe, I will tell more about that in my next post. So as I am not yet in full on holiday mode, today’s recipe is also not very festive, but it’s still comforting and cosy. Gnocchi with beef goulash was a dish that often appeared on my grandmother’s Sunday lunch menu. Continue reading “Homemade gnocchi with beef goulash”

Zwitserse preischotel (Swiss leek dish)

As I wrote in the title Zwitserse preischotel translates into Swiss leek dish. I don’t know if it’s really Swiss though, it’s how they call it here (if anyone has any idea about it, let me know). The first time I heard about this dish was 2 years ago. We just finished with furnishing the appartement and started inviting people over for dinner. The first ones were Laurens’ best friend and his parents. Continue reading “Zwitserse preischotel (Swiss leek dish)”