Thursday, November 23, 2017

Homemade Greenies (matcha brownies)


Firstly to all my North American readers happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all are having great people with great food around you.

Today's recipe was supposedly meant to be released before Thanksgiving with the idea for people to make it for the Thanksgiving holiday itself. But since my country does not celebrate Thanksgiving and I thought the Thanksgiving date was this upcoming weekend (which is not) I totally missed boat. But luckily there are more holidays to come where this matcha flavoured brownies or 'greenies' as I'd like to call them myself are a great addition to any feast table as well! I hope you'll try them out. 

Ik wist dat rond deze dagen de Noord-Amerikaanse feestdag 'Thanksgiving' wordt gehouden waarbij er uitgebreid gegeten wordt en dus dacht ik hiervoor een leuk recept te bedenken die niet al te moeilijk was. 

Het recept was er maar ik ben wel een beetje te laat met het posten ermee want de Thanksgiving is blijkbaar dus vandaag oeps. Of er moeten nog mensen zijn die last-minute iets willen maken maar anders is dit recept, namelijk de matcha brownies of zoals ik 't zelf graag noem 'greenies' ook perfect voor andere aankomende feestdagen. Probeer dit recept dan ook met veel liefde uit!

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The Ingredients
150 gr white chocolate
140 gr butter
180 (200 for sweeter taste) gr sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp. matcha powder
85 gr plain flour
All in one bowl
This recipe is simple yet satisfying to make because all you need is just one bowl and all the ingredients goes in here. And you don`t even need a handmixer at all! Hurray for less dish washing great!
Melting white chocolate + butter in au bain marie style. You can also choose to melt it in the microwave.
When everything is melted you continue by adding the sugar. High-5 if you find this sugar packaging (that I got from France) is a cutie as well!
Once it is cooled down
You slice 9 equal, fudgy, matcha slices and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee with it and enjoy!
The Steps
1.Preheat oven to 180°C and line a square baking tin.
2. Place on top of a shimmering pan with hot water a heatproof bowl. Make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl! Place the butter and the white chocolate and melt it in au bain marie style.
3. Once everything is melted remove from the pan and add the sugar. Stir and combine until it is melted. Add the eggs one by one and mix. Then finally add in the flour and matcha powder and combine well.
4. Pour the batter in the prepared baking tin and bake for 30 to 35 min. Let it cool down before slicing it. Enjoy!

Friday, November 17, 2017

HOTSPOT: Hoeked Doughnuts


My last time eating a square shaped doughnut was in NY 7 years ago.
So to my surprise when I have accidentally discovered a doughnut shop called 'Hoeked Doughnuts' in Antwerp that sells square shaped doughnuts I just couldn't believe my eyes and I was immediately hooked.
And because it is squared it has automatically the perfect fitting for your Instagram feed which is just great! 

Mijn laatste keer dat ik een vierkante donut heb gegeten was in NY 7 jaar geleden. Dus toen ik in Antwerpen was en tot mijn verbazing een donutwinkel genaamd 'Hoeked Dougnuts' tegenkwam die toevallig vierkante donuts verkoopt was ik gelijk verkocht. Ik moet en zal je opeten! Uiteindelijk heb ik 2 smaakjes op en omdat ze vierkant zijn, hebben ze gelijk de juiste formaat voor jouw perfecte Instagram kiekje. Geweldig!

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hoek [hoeken]
1. means corner in Dutch

Their shop in Antwerp may be small yet very appealing to look at because the interior is cleverly designed plus the wrapping and packaging is just great!
 #hoekeddoughnuts #hoekedantwerp #hoekedonhoeked 

MatchaMatcha & Bittersweet
Once at home I immediately unpack my doughnut box happily to see my two hoeked doughnuts intact and beautiful. It`s time to taste!
So as you can see the `bittersweet` one which is the chocolate one looks a bit bigger than the `matchamatcha` one but anyways. The bittersweet has big nice chocolate flavour but more importantly the doughnut itself which is fortunately pillowly and fluffy. Very trés yum!

The `matchamatcha` however has a totally different dough texture and has a bagel/bread texture mouth feel. Later I have learned it is made of spelt flour with seeds which makes this doughnut a healthy one. Bonus! I would have liked a bit more matcha powder flavour to it. #matchaholic
They were €2,90 per each (the daily specials €3,20) which I thought were a tad pricey. O well I`m someone who`s adventurous and willing to pay for new kind of food even it`s on the pricier side. As long it`s tasty and worth the money I would come back for sure and would I come back to Hoeked? O yeah for sure!
ADDRESS: Oudaan 4 2000 Antwerp - BELGIUM

FOOD: •••∙ 3,⁵/5
INTERIOR: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
SERVICE: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
PRICE: •• 2/5

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pre-Christmas DIY with Papercloud


When someone asks me to come over to craft. I'll simply say: yes. Because I'm by no secret a lover of craft and creations and so when Papercloud - a Dutch puzzle and craft magazine publisher - asked me if I was interested in creating DIYs from their new upcoming Christmas crafting book I frinkin` said yes of course what an honor! I had to take 2,5 hours train to Amsterdam but it was all worth the experience.

Eventually, I have arrived at Papercloud headquarters and I wasn't alone and met other bloggers as well namely Fleur, Ivette and Irene and they were such lovely ladies! Not to mention they were all mums as well! This was new to me because I thought blogging was a teenage kind of thing and don't get me wrong, these mums were looking young! Blogging should be open at all ages anyway but this was the first time I witness blogging mums in action and how big their influences they are in the blogging world. At the end of the day we all shared the same passion: being creative.

Let's check out the behind the scene moments at Papercloud down below! 

Wanneer iemand mij vraagt om te komen knutselen dan kom ik. Meteen! Lekker creabea zijn is wat ik 't liefst doe namelijk en toen Papercloud - die onderdeel is van de welbekende Denksport magazine - vroeg of ik geïnteresseerd was om iets uit hun nieuwe Kerst knutselboek te maken, was het antwoord meteen duidelijk. Maar natuurlijk wil ik dat! 't was wel in Amsterdam en ik moest er 2,5 uur in de trein gaan zitten maar het was het waard! O jawel!

 Ik kwam aan bij Papercloud hoofdkantoor en ontmoette gelijk ook andere bloggers: Fleur, Ivette en Irene en wat waren zij leuke dames zeg! Het waren ook allemaal moeders en dit was verrassend voor mij want ik heb altijd gedacht dat bloggen meer voor de jongere generaties was. Niet dat deze dames oud waren want ze zagen allemaal piepjong uit! Hierdoor leerde ik dat bloggen onder de doelgroep moeders een belangrijk speelt en een groot invloed heeft. En dat is best gaaf om te weten. Uiteindelijk gaat het erom dat we allemaal creatievelingen zijn, ongeacht de leeftijd!

Zie hieronder het hele proces achter de schermen bij Papercloud!

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3D Christmas Bell Origami
With DIY`s I like to get challenged so I went straight down with the most difficult one which is the 3D Christmas Bell. This DIY is quite advanced because firstly you need to make 120 individual pieces and secondly you assemble these 120 individual pieces. This took me literally 5 hours to finish the whole thing and if it wasn`t for the great help from my co-bloggers I`d have quit.
I was so happy when it was done! All the DIY that me and the other bloggers made was a sort of a final test round just to see if there are any typo`s in the instruction, misplaced photo`s and printings before Papercloud print the whole final thing and sell it at stores.
The final results will be also published as well which is super awesome of course!
120 pieces
Ready? Set? Go!
What do you need: just a pair of scissors and doses patience. What I have learned throughout this DIY process is that using a glue is not a bad idea at all because during my 120 pieces assembling, they come loose very easily and so glueing them solves this problem.

whoops, wrong move
So folding the 120 pieces was a piece of cake even though it`s a lot. Then comes the assembling time and that`s where I went wrong. I prefer images/video/real life instructions than a written text and this DIY was a written one and even though I have tried my best to read with full caution I just couldn`t wrapped my finger around it. I keep stacking the 120 pieces on top which is where I went wrong because you don`t stack it on top BUT next to each other in rows (thanks to the help of my fellow blogger).
The Answer
1. Stack it next to each other
2. Connect the end with the beginning to form a ring. This is round 1
3. Place on top of round 1 the next ring.
4. Here comes a tricky part. Flip the entire thing inside out carefully without falling apart. Once it is done continue stacking on top the origami pieces the same thing with step 1
Can you believe that this 3D Christmas Bell has over 120 small pieces init? Pretty cool right!
The rest
A look behind the scene moments and other DIY results.
A lovely Christmas tree that instantly cheer up the entire table. Made by:

Bloggers in action!
Wonderful star mobile. I mean you can`t go wrong with stars am I right? Created by:
These 3D ornaments looking beautiful! Made by:
Order the Papercloud Christmas craft magazine online: