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Coconut and vanilla cake

This is my favourite time of the year. Advent in Germany is glorious. The otherwise dark afternoons are now full of twinkling lights, poffertjes scent and happy people drinking Glühwein at the Christmas market. Since we have already watched Love, actually there is only one thing to do until Christmas: bake, bake, bake! This recipe is our take on a coconut loaf from this book. You see,  I got a cookbook focused on vegetables for my bithday but all I’ve tried so far are a couple of dessert recipes. These amazing salted caramel chocolate brownies, for instance. So me. However, my intentions are good:  we try to eat healthy most of the time… that’s why I’m munching on spicy kale chips while writing this post and we used coconut sugar instead of refined sugar for this recipe.  If only to spread a good amount of Nutella over this delicious cake afterwards, though. This cake has lots of perks: the ground almonds, spelt flour and coconut sugar make it lighter and easier to digest, the preparation …

Afternoon tea at The Howard, Edinburgh

We love everything British, but Afternoon Tea really deserves a honourable mention. All kind of treats, sweet and savoury, served in beautiful china together with a comforting hot beverage and surrounded by a cosy atmopshere? That is heaven in our books. We’ve already shared with you our wonderful stay at The Howard Hotel in Edinburgh, but we wanted to dedicate a special post to the lovely Afternoon tea we enjoyed in the drawing room of the hotel. With only 14 places available, this Afternoon Tea is an absolutely relaxing, unique, memorable experience. Like everything in this hotel, the menu was traditional but had a few twists that made it even more delicious. Surrounded by tartan, served by the lovely team of butlers of The Howard, with a wonderful soundtrack which included the theme song of Downton Abbey (they got me right at that moment) we enjoyed one of the most relaxing afternoons we’ve had in a very long time. We found the selection of sandwiches and savoury treats particularly delicate and enticing. Our favourites were the …

Mushrooms with spinachs and cream cheese

This recipe is perfect for a nice, healthy Autumn breakfast but it can double as a light lunch or even a side dish.  In any case, it’s marvellously light and delicious. Mushrooms are in season now so it’s a nice way of taking advantage of nature’s resources. However, I warn you: once cooked, the mushrooms don’t look as pretty as pictured above. They look quite ugly, actually. But they are finger-licking good!   You will need: A few mushrooms, peeled and stalks removed Spinach leaves 150 to 200 g cream cheese (we love using garlic cream cheese but you can add any flavour you like) Parmesan cheese, grated Black pepper and olive oil. 1 egg per person (optional) This recipe can’t be easier: Preheat the grill to high. Place the mushrooms on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with black pepper. We don’t add salt because the cheese is already salty and we try to avoid salt as much as we can, but if you want to add salt, this is the …

The Dogs, Edinburgh

When we travel we plan our days around the places where we want to eat. Yes, that’s how we roll. We investigate the best lunch spots and then we plan the routes according to that. Priorities. While planning our trip to Edinburgh there was a restaurant that we knew we had to try. The Dogs, located in Hannover street, which was convenintly close to our hotel, The Howard Hotel. We have read a killer review of this small restaurant in one of our foodie/traveller bibles: Where chef eat. Small menu based on Scottish and British ingredients? Easy vibe? Cosy decor? We booked a table, of course. The Dogs is located in Edinburgh’s New Town and it’s almost hidden in the first floor of a building. Once you enter you are welcomed by an unusual mix of a classic style with quirky touches. And two dogs, obviously.  They have two small dining rooms and we were lucky to have a small table by the window in the main, bright one. And then we felt it again: …

Salted Caramel Brownies

I remember the first time I tried salted caramel. We were in Bruges, spending a lovely long weekend away. I loved the mixture of the creamy, velvety, sweet fudge and the and the crunchy, strong salt. I was surprised and delighted. Since then it has become my favourite flavour after chocolate, that is. Chocolate is my true love. It will always come first. This recipe, however, combines my two loves: the comfort of dark chocolate and the excitement of salted caramel. It’s a match made in heaven. Besides, it’s really easy to prepare (I think I’ve written this sentence in every recipe published in this blog but we love easy preparations with amazing results). At first I was scared of preparing salted caramel myself, but if you have a non-stick pan and a little bit of patience, it’s actually quite simple. Or you can always buy pre-made salted caramel and add it to your brownie mix. No judging here. To make the salted caramel you will need: 50 gr unsalted butter at room temperature 100 …

Caramelised leek tart

These last days have been the perfect mix between visits to the flower market, afternoons sipping coffee and eating cake and long walks enjoying the faded, warm Autumn sun. Autumn is my favourite time of the year and, therefore, I tend to eat my favourite food. One of these recipes that I always prepare when I have people over, when I have to bring something to a party or when we want something really comforting to eat, let’s say after a long walk on a Sunday, is this caramelised leek tart. Actually I don’t know why it hasn’t made an appearance in this blog until today, but better late than never. Everyone loves it and they always ask me for the recipe, so here it is.I make the pastry myself, but you can buy it at the supermarket. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s ok to cheat. But in case you want to prepare the pastry, you’ll need: 225 g plain flour 140 g butter A pinch of salt 1 egg 2 tbsp cold water …

Autumn squash soup with an Asian twist

Long weekend ahead? We get a cold, obviously. These past days we’ve been fighting the flu. Somehow it seems we are winning, thanks partly to the oldest weapon againt colds: soup. This one in particular has the star ingredient of the season, squash, but also some of the best ingredients to give your health a boost: ginger, garlic and coriander. To make this delicious, zesty yet velvety, uttlery comforting soup, you will need: 1 butternut squash 2 large onions, roughly chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 3 cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated 4 celery sticks, roughly chopped 1,5 litres chicken broth Juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon of soya sauce Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) To prepare the amazing lemony coriander oil that adds the perfect contrast to the sweetness of the squash and the onions, you will need: 2 handfuls of fresh coriander (leaves and stalks) finely chopped Zest of one lemon 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 8 tablespoons EVOO Black pepper We found the original recipe, which we’ve modified a …

Classic bruschetta

Inspired by our trip to Rome, we wanted to share with you this easy recipe of a classic Italian bruschetta. With a few ingredients and a griddle pan you can create a fantastic Italian meal in less than ten minutes. Better than pizza? 

Breakfast muffins

We love a good breakfast but we try to keep things as healthy as possible on a daily basis (if only to have a nice pudding after dinner. You know, for balance.) These wheat bran, date and banana muffins are great to start your day on a sweet note but with lots of nutrients and a good conscience.

One more salad before Summer ends

Is there anything better than a fresh salad in Summer? Now that we are saying goodbye to easy lunches al fresco, family gatherings and quiet afternoons in our balcony, we feel it’s the right moment to share another recipe for a quick, easy salad that could be perfect during these last days of sunshine.