Kettle Popcorn

kettle popcorn

This popcorn so addictive. It has the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness. I had no idea what kettle corn was until very recently. I had seen it being sold in fairs/carnivals etc, but not once did I try any (worries of GMO corn). The thing is, I do love popcorn, and used to coat it thickly with butter and sugar, but that was in my past life. Nowadays, I toss it with olive/coconut oil and sea salt (oh by the way, I lurrrrrrve salt).

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Nanaimo Bars

nanaimo bar

A few years ago, A talked about Nanaimo bars and how we should make them. The thing is, we got on with our lives and totally forgot. I wanted to make him a treat and so looked up a recipe. At first glance, the ingredients list made me a little sick. These bars contain no nutritional value, and to buy the ingredients was really hard for me. Vanilla pudding? You’ve got to be kidding me! There was no way in hell I was buying that #$!* stuff, so I made vanilla buttercream.

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Pan-Fried Plantain Chips in Coconut Oil

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One of my favorite Trader Joe’s snacks was their roasted plantain chips. They are crunchy, salty and incredibly moreish. Unfortunately, they make them with refined oil and it is not clear if they are made on an allergen-free line. In the past, I wouldn’t have cared, but now, if I’m in doubt, I just don’t eat it.

I have tried microwaving plantain chips, and although they were good, Continue reading

Frozen Chocolate Coated Banana Treats (gluten-, dairy, refined sugar-free)

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When these beauties are eaten at just the right temperate, they taste like buttercream candies. On biting into one, you will be greeted with a wonderful cracking sensation from breaking the homemade dark chocolate exterior with your teeth. Inside you will find a sweet and dreamy banana-ry filling.

The trick is to freeze any super-ripe bananas, in slices, individually, as soon as they are ready. That way, you will always have a good supply of frozen bananas to make these simple, yet delectable treats. The pay-off for making these treats is ridiculous. They are so simple to make, but they will leave you with a flavor, texture and taste sensation that will be hard to forget.

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Dark Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats with Marshmallows

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As kids, we used to make chocolate rice krispies treats. We used to love them. However, at that moment in time, we had no idea what was good and what was not. We used melt milk chocolate flavored cake covering, known as Scotbloc, and mix it with rice krispies (or broken up shredded wheat cereal).  The thought of milk chocolate flavored cake covering now makes me shudder.

Even with better ingredients: organic dark chocolate, I avoid these treats because of the sugar, however, they are usually well received by everyone else*… they are also a great way of using up lots Continue reading

Crunchy Spiced Almonds

crunchy spiced almonds

Everybody who knows me, knows that I am nuts for nuts. Some time ago, I was really craving some crunchy almonds that were also sweet and spicy. I took a good recipe from the interweb and added a bit of cinnamon and chili. What could possibly go wrong with that? Hmm, well, unfortunately, these almonds didn’t hit the spot. I kept added more cinnamon and chili, but they still weren’t Continue reading

English Scones (gluten-, gum-, refined sugar-, dairy-free)

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I was browsing at food porn one morning and saw pictures of Devon cream scones. The photo made me salivate and I was determined to make them as soon as possible. I made two batches, one gluten-laden (for A.) and one gluten-free (for me). Unfortunately the gluten-free version (based on an online recipe) was not very good. The taste, texture and flavor of the scones made me want to hurl. I was so disappointed, especially after seeing A. devouring his delicious looking scones. I HAD to create a new batch. Continue reading

Coconut “Bacon” (gluten-free)

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I would never have thought that seasoned coconut could taste like bacon! Well, it’s true folks! The end product of this recipe really does taste like bacon. For the convenience of this entry, I will abbreviate Coconut “Bacon” as CB.

For people who no longer eat meat and are craving the salty and smoky flavor of bacon, this is the recipe for you. For people who no longer eat meat and are craving the crispness of bacon, this is the recipe for you. Heck, for people who do eat meat and crave the salty/smoky flavor and crispness of bacon, but want to cut down on saturated fat from animals, this is the Continue reading

All-Butter Flapjacks

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Over the last few days, I’ve been craving flapjacks…  British flapjacks.  The ones made with butter, oats, sugar and golden syrup.  I guess to an American, I would describe them as a chewy granola bar, but with so much more flavour!

These flapjacks can be chewy or crunchy, just by changing the cooking temperature. I prefer the chewy version, but have given instructions for both below. They are perfect for packed lunches, afternoon tea, or general snacking. I also remember people putting raisins and/or chocolate chips in them, but I prefer the plain Jane variety – simple is the best! Continue reading

Rijstevlaai – Dutch Rice Pudding Flan/Pie

If you’ve ever been to the Netherlands, you’ve most likely stumbled over a shop that sells Dutch flans/pies, vlaai (pronounced “fly”). Vlaai originates from the Limburg province of the Netherlands, but they can be found almost everywhere. The variety of vlaai is a dieter’s nightmare, but I don’t really care for that! My favourite variety is the creamy rice version. These flans/pies are different from others that are traditionally known, the pastry case/shell is made from a lightly yeasted, bread-like dough, not a crisp short pastry.

There’s a warning that comes with this recipe: do not make this with soy milk. If you do, the filling is absolutely vile, Continue reading

Devonshire Scones

In the summer of 2005, I was on vacation in the West Country in the UK. To be honest, it didn’t really feel like a vacation, because I was living in the UK at the time, but it was a great getaway for a long weekend. There were a few things that I wanted to do during this trip, which was accomplished, including eating real Cornish pasties and having a cream tea.

I did wonder why a “cream tea” was so darn expensive. Only to realize that it contained tea, scones, clotted cream and jam. I remember it was rainy and dull, and the cream tea was welcomed with open arms. The scones are slightly dry, but go so well with a thick layer of clotted cream and strawberry jam. They were SOOOO good. It was funny because I thought that I could feel my arteries clogging up with every mouthful, but the taste, flavor and texture was so worth it! Continue reading

Taai-Taai – Dutch Chewy Spiced Honey Cake Dolls

It’s closing in on December 5th, and it’s this time of year when there are normally gifts and wonderful Dutch goodies in the house. Only this year, there are none. It was J who introduced me to these wonderful culinary delights, and for 10.5 years we had been together, I had never made taai-taai, speculaas or gevulde speculaas. This was because my mother-in-law would furnish us with a food parcel at this time of year.

Taai-taai aren’t exactly cookies, they are closer to gingerbread. They are spiced differently too, similar to that you would find in Dutch spiced biscuits (cookies), speculaas. They are soft, tough, chewy and incredibly moreish, made to be enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee, Continue reading