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Orange & Tangerine Curd

A few weeks ago, I had a suggestion from YouTube to watch a show called The Great British Bake Off from BBC. Oh YouTube, you know me so well. I got subscribed to the channel, found a complete season on it (YAY!) and fell in love with both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Now, let me tell you about the hosts of the show. Mary Berry is a jane Queen of all trades: Chef trained at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, in the 60s she became the cookery editor two magazines. TV Show host, cookbook author… she does it all. And she bakes… like no one. I like to think that she is the Queen of Baking. From what I could see in her videos (I’ve been watching her stuff non stop!) she is amazing. I’d love to meet her or just be around when she’s cooking.  Now, Paul Hollywood is a character. He is tough and serious as Gordon Ramsay is (my dream chef!) on the show. Well, Paul Hollywood is the son of a baker, he stepped into the family business later on (trained to be a sculptor, imagine that!). He has appeared in many shows, and honestly, he explains bread baking like no one’s business. He makes it look so easy! Bread I shall tackle next.

Anyway, inspired by one of the Technical Challenges from The Great British Bake Off, I decided to prepare an Angel Food Cake (you can find the recipe here) served with this Orange and Tangerine Curd with Vanilla Beans. I think I would’ve killed it in the competition! Ahh… a girl can dream.


Tangerine Orange Custard

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Blueberry, Tangerine and Spinach Smoothie

For the past weeks I’ve been replacing most of my morning breakfasts (and coffee) with fresh smoothies. A few days ago, I found this recipe with spinach. Have to say, I’ve been skeptical about spinach in my smoothies, but since this is the year of changes… I’m up for it! Surprisingly… this smoothie does not taste bitter like spinach. The tangerine and orange juice do a great job masking the strong flavor.

Don’t get me wrong, I love spinach, but in savory dishes or salads… not sweet smoothies! But, this is just perfect. The tanginess of the blueberries paired with the juices make this smoothie a perfect match for a tough morning. After taking these smoothies, I’ve found no need of having a cup of coffee so early in the day. They keep me satisfied throughout the morning (and I am drinking more water than usual… yay!). I had a little mishap with the blender. The pitcher was starting to crack, so it leaked and I couldn’t blend it all the way to the consistency that I wanted: without all the bits and pieces you see in the photo. But, turned out great nonetheless. I’ve made it a few more times and with a new pitcher all is well again. The secret is to blend the spinach with the juice first, then the tangerines (as they have quite some juice in them) and lastly adding the blueberries. You could add ice, but since I am using frozen blueberries there was no need.

Don’t give the leafy greens the bad eye, give this Blueberry, Tangerine and Spinach Smoothie a chance!


Blueberry Tangerine Spinach & Smoothie

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Roselle / Rosa de Jamaica / Hibiscus infused Vinegar

Remember that we mentioned a surprise for one of our fans? Well, Sandy wrote us a comment in out Roselle/Rosa de Jamaica/Hibiscus Syrup, asking if we ever thought about making our own Hibiscus infused Vinegar. We went online looking for recipes, but we didn’t find one that we liked. Often they had some additional seasonings, and we love hibiscus as it is.

In case you didn’t know, herb, flowers and fruit infused vinegars are both budget friendly and easy to make. And this infusion in particular gives your salad a bold and fresh flavor. Don’t let the word infusion scare you. This basically means get the vinegar hot but not yet simmering, and pour it over dried hibiscus flowers. Let sit until room temperature, then place in the fridge for an extra day… and you’re set! Next thing you need, is a sterilized bottle and you’re done.

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we are!


Roselle infused Vinegar

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Valentine’s Chocolate Bark

Last Christmas I was packed with events since we had family from abroad, and one of the recipes I got to test (but not post) was this Chocolate Bark. For Valentine’s, I wanted to share this quick recipe. You can whip this up in a few minutes. What takes time is melting the chocolate, but after you spread it… you have at least 10-15 minutes until the next batch and after it’s done you can leave it overnight until you cut it in pieces.

On this occasion we are featuring a beautiful sushi plate by Oneida, which you can get here. They just did a soft launch of the site, and its looking great. They have an amazing selection of both dinnerware and flatware for your home.

Back to the Chocolate Bark, I found a couple of things: Get a good kind of chocolate. Go to your local bakery store and ask for both the dark and white chocolate for melting. If needed, they will give you a stabilizer for the chocolate (looks like shredded shortening) go ahead and buy a bit, the white chocolate reacts different when melting… And if you buy the white chocolate there, go ahead and buy the same brand of semi-sweet chocolate. I did some experimenting with different brands of chocolate and it separated/cracked in the middle when I was cutting the wedges.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


Valentines' Chocolate Bark

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