Thursday, November 20, 2014

Recipe: Indonesian pandan cake

Last saturday we decided to try out our new KitchenAid and we've made this Pandan Chiffon cake. We went to our local toko and bought the supplies. When you're not sure you'll succeed, you could also try a pre-mixed package, which they'll probably sell too, and the taste is delicious too. You only need to add eggs and 3 tbsp of water! Easy enough. But, if you want to make one from scratch, this is what you do:

What you need:
  • 6 eggs on room temperature
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • butter
  • 150 grams flour
  • 1 teaspoon bakingpowder
  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pandan paste/coloring (from the Toko)

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius
  2. Butter the cake mold thoroughly, so the cake wont stick to the sides.
  3. Beat the eggwhites with the sugar in a bowl, for at least 8 minutes, till soft peaks form.
  4. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the coconutmilk, flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar and the salt to a smooth mixture. Add the pandan untill the color is the green you like.
  5. Slowly and gently fold in the egg white mixture into the egg yolk and flour mixture until well-combined.  
  6. Pour into a 23cm tube pan and bake for 60 mins. Do not open the oven door when the cake is baking.  When the cake is done, let it cool down in the oven, before removing the tin.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Outfit: All dressed up in the forest


Last week we had to dress up for our annual Christmas photo shoot at the office. So, Shannon and I decided to do our own little outfit shoot on lunch break. We put on our heels and headed to a little forest right next to our office in Amsterdam. Click here to see Shannon's photos!


What I'm wearing: 
Blazer: Only - Top with bow: H&M - Skirt: Modemusthaves - Stockings: HEMA - Pumps: Hilfiger Denim - Watch: Michael Kors - Bracelet: Forever21

Monday, November 17, 2014

Recipe: Goat cheese and pear salad

Last weekend I've made us this delicious salad for lunch. It's perfect for this time of the year, because of the pear. Goat cheese is one of my favorite ingredients, in almost everything. So I came up with this recipe and it tasted soooo good!

What you need for two servings:
  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 2 handfuls of rocket
  • Spring onion
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 50 grams of goat cheese
  • 4 slices of crunchy bacon
  • 1 pear
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of extra vergine olive oil
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • roasted pecans or walnuts
  • bee pollen

Instructions:
  1. Put the spinach and rocket into a bowl.
  2. Chop the cherry tomatoes in four pieces, cut the spring onion in tiny rings, crumble the goat cheese and break the bacon. Get the skin of the pear and cut it into bite size pieces, add it all to the salad.
  3. In a little bow, you add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper and mix it. This is your dressing.
  4. Top your salad of with roasted pecans or walnuts and the bee pollen.

Enjoy!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Recipe: Clean chocolate pancakes

Just in time for the weekend, because weekends and especially Sundays, are perfect to have a pile of delicious pancakes. And there are enough healthy options too: You could make the regular banana and egg pancakes, the green and clean pancakes, pumpkin and banana pancakes or these clean chocolate pancakes.

What you need for 2 servings:
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut grater
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • Greek yogurt or quark (curd cheese)
  • 1/2 papaya
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • Raw cocoa nibs
  • Dried coconut flakes
  • Pecans

Instructions:
  1. Mash the two bananas, until its a nice puree. Add the 3 eggs and whisk everything together.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder and stir it in.
  3. In a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, when it's melted pour in the batter, making 4 little pancakes at once. Do this twice, so you'll have 8 tiny pancakes.
  4. When the pancakes are in your pan, make a cocoa sauce. Just mix 1 tablespoon of raw cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of water.
  5. Built you pancake stacks! Layer them with a scoop of Greek yogurt in between. 
  6. Top them of with the chocolate sauce, fruit, nuts, coconut flakes and bee pollen.
Enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY: Mini succulent and cacti garden

I've been pinning these little mini terrariums for ages and when my friend and cousin-in-law Lisette asked me if I wanted to make some together, I immediately said yes! So last saturday, before we had a pizza and wine party, we went to a garden shop and bought everything we needed!

enough choice, this was cacti heaven!

What we used: 
  • A glass vase or container with a large opening
  • Cacti and succulents in different sizes
  • Cactus mix soil
  • Gravel
  • Moss
  • Tweezers (trust me, those babies sting!)
  • Handgloves

Steps:
  1. Pick out succulents that you would like to use in your terrarium. 
  2.  Select a glass container. Remember to choose a container with a wide opening to prevent accumulation of moisture. 
  3. Place a 2-inch layer of gravel on the bottom of container; this provides drainage.
  4. Place a layer of cactus mix soil, a fast-draining soil that retains little moisture.
  5. Add accents or garden ornaments, such as cement mushrooms; iron birds and snails; large river rocks; and glass bugs and spiders.